Sword Art Online: Alicization – 21 – Love Isn’t Control, But Friendship Is Power

One would think a duel as significant and built-up as the one between Kirito and Eugeo would last an entire episode, but that assumption gives Administrator too much credit. Eugeo’s hasty synthesis was willing, not by force, and it happened in a profound moment of weakness for Eugeo.

He and Kirito cross swords and give each other matching cuts, but once Kirito asks Eugeo to recall who gave him his Baltio-style moves, not to mention all of the people waiting for them to return home with Alice, Eugeo’s piety module is quickly exposed.

But while Eugeo wakes up and even says Alice’s name, there’s still something off about him, and I dreaded Kirito dropping his guard, and with good reason: Eugeo uses Enhance Armament to bury both Kirito and Alice in ice before returning to the top level.

There, a skeptical Chudelkin asks if Eugeo eliminated the rebels, to which Eugeo responds the Pontifex only ordered him to stop them, and stop them he did. That’s not sufficient for the Prime Senator, who heads down below to finish them off, thereby playing right into Eugeo’s hands.

Without Chudelkin, Eugeo is all alone with Administrator, who assumes that while his piety module was compromised, he’s still loyal to her. But when she removes it outright in order to recalibrate it, she’s only freeing him to recall more memories, which motivate him to break free of her emotional and magical hold and attack her with the dagger provided by Cardinal.

Administrator is taken aback, but her shielding is close to perfect, and tells Eugeo that no blade, even one fashioned by Cardinal, can pierce her skin. As we know from the OP and flashbacks, Administrator prefers to hang around in the nude, and once her “loving partner” gig is up, she dispenses with the clothes and provokes Eugeo by mocking Alice’s ordeal (her synthesis was forced over many agonizing days).

That’s when Chudelkin returns all beat up to warn his Pontifex that the other two are free, and Kirito and Alice arrive on the top floor. Eugeo intended to make up for his initial betrayal by taking care of Administrator alone, but she’s too strong. In fact, it will be a miracle if the three of them working in perfect harmony can overcome her knowledge of nearly every cheat code in the world.

Still, Administrator isn’t interested in fighting the three directly; not while she has one last subordinate standing in Chudelkin. She fires him up by agreeing to let him have every inch of her body for one night if he can eliminate the rebels, and he uses his fingers, toes, and eyes to summon his trump card: a monstrous fire genie.

Chudelkin has always been a wild card since his first appearance (which is only fitting as he looks like a Joker), so I honestly don’t know how Eugeo’s ice, Kirito’s black sword, and Alice’s scattering blades will hold up against this boss, but the important thing is that the three are finally fighting on the same side.

P.S. We get new OP visuals (same theme) as we’ve completed Alicization “Rising” and begun Alicization “Uniting” – featuring Kirito trying to hold his own against a very capable (and very nude) Administrator.

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Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

3 thoughts on “Sword Art Online: Alicization – 21 – Love Isn’t Control, But Friendship Is Power”

  1. The Kirito/Eugeo sword fight wasn’t the longest in SAO history, but boy it was enjoyable to watch. Great action and tension.

    1. The fight was so well-supported by the well-documented history between these two best buds, its duration and flashiness was almost beside the point. Just the fact they were going at it was enough to have me on the edge of my seat!

      As annoyed I was with the seemingly last-minute addition of a goofy jester-like boss between the knights and Admin. I don’t think they’ll have much trouble with Chud’s fire demon, particularly when Eugeo’s got an ice sword.

      I’m more worried more about whether Cardinal’s dagger turns out to be useless against Admin’s stout protection.

      If that’s the case, what’s the backup plan?

      1. I find Chudelkin kind of creepy. He is so out there in terms of SAO character design norms that he creates a sense of unpredictability that his character wouldn’t have if he was more ‘SAO mainstream’. I’m putting my faith in Cardinal’s dagger. Only because without it working at some point, the whole Cardinal plot becomes a little redundant, and as Cardinal is the alternative ruler of that universe, she should be as powerful as the Administrator at least.

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