Asuna is reduced to being MacGuffin while Kirito’s cousin takes over main female role. Seems good, but I can’t help but be worried about this… I’d rather not think about this for now.
The new arc starts with drama. Looks like Kirito can’t live without his precious Asuna and she’ll be married to some corporate douchebag by her parents, maybe Kirito should get an Asuna dakimakura in the meantime… Why what do you know, Asuna’s consciousness is trapped in another virtual MMO! Its time to play a new MMO, Kirigaya Kazuto!
In all seriousness though, the one thing I immensely enjoyed in this episode is Takehito Koyasu voicing the main antagonist of this arc. Koyasu pulls of the perfect villain voice for Nobuyuki Sugo who is a scheming corporate douchebag. Maybe this will be the start of the Koyasu villain era in anime!
It’s Alfheim Online time next episode!