Previously, TENTACLE RAPE!!! Sorry. Anyway, when Kirito and Leafa reach the base of the World Tree, the pocket-sized Disney Fairy-wannabe Yui detected her “mama” above them, on the very top of the tree, and Kirito flies up the tree so fast that it’s improbable.
But yeah, Power of Love, Deus ex Machina, Gary Stu. That’s the gist of it.
Anyway, his progress is hampered by a barrier, which Leafa told him about some episodes ago, so it wouldn’t be that hard to forget.
the Power of Love Warning Mode, Yui manages to call out to Asuna. After she hears her voice, she drops down to Kirito a key card that she acquired the previous episode. It’s used to access the System Admin. After Leafa tells him how to get into the World Tree, Kirito bids her farewell. He pretty much begins to ignore her now once Asuna gets back on his mind.
Kirito heads to the base of the tree to begin ALO’s Grand Quest. He begins fighting through the tree’s guardians, and it’s hard for me to feel and sense of tension considering Kirito effortlessly fights through what is possibly ALO’s strongest enemies. Anyway, he continues fighting, randomly repeating what’s-her-face’s name for no reason, but then he takes an arrow in the hand… and several more arrows everywhere else… and several large swords through the chest! Ouch.
Surprise, surprise, Kirito dies, but not for real. In ALO, a player can respawn, but they have to wait 600 seconds or be revived by another player. Anyway, Kirito has a moment to herself to finally realize that he’s not so invincible after all. Leafa comes to retrieve Kirito’s Soul Flame (The remains of a player that hasn’t respawned yet) and takes him out of the World Tree to revive him.
After being revived, the first thing Kirito does is go back inside to tackle the Grand Quest again, not learning any of his mistakes from the last time.
At that moment Suguha/Leafa comes to two realizations: The first is that Kazuto and Kirito are one and the same. The second is that he’s pretty much ignored her for Asuna. She logs out. Kazuto logs out afterwards to apologize to Suguha. Family drama ensues, which is surprisingly not contrived and forced at all. No really, it’s actually believable from Sugu’s perspective. Can’t say the same for Kazuto, however.
Yeah, I felt I had to do that.
I know this has been said alot recently and I’ve agreed about it, but at this point, it’s blatantly obvious that Kazuto/Kirito is a even worse character with Asuna around. At least with Suguha/Leafa, he was thinking straight. This episode pretty much destroyed whatever good character he had. His chances of redemption is now equal to that of this series’ chances of redemption: None.