Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld – 18 – Back in the Game

This week, we get into Kirito’s head as he gets up from the symbolic “desk at school” and starts off to his symbolic “home”, passing Alice and Eugeo without noticing them while in transit. Higa was successful in connecting him to his friends, and process of awakening has begun. He just needs a little more time.

While Asuna is certain she can no longer even stand, she’s helped up by the spirit of Kanno Yuuki, who gives her angel wings with which to take up the fight with PoH anew. The art style again shifts to Not Fuckin’ Around Mode, and Asuna proceeds to mop the floor with PoH. Unfortunately, he’s only stunned temporarily, as Sortiliena notices his weapon is absorbing sacred resources. Within moments he’s on his feet and turning the entire force of foreign players on the Japanese.

Meanwhile, in Kirito’s head, he’s forced to walk down memory lane, specifically all of the worst memories he’s had since entering SAO, including  the death of Sachi and the Moonlit Black Cats on the 27th floor, long, long ago, and the time he carved Nobuyuki Sugou up like a turkey. These memories disgust Kirito, and he’d rather tear his own heart out than keep watching and hearing them.

Kirito is momentarily snapped out of it by the appearance of Sinon, Suguha and Asuna, but it’s still not enough for him to forgive himself. Just as Higa is pondering what fourth person could be used to, a fourth connection is established not by a person but an object: the Blue Rose Sword. The remnants of Eugeo merge with Kirito’s own memories of him to create a spectral Eugeo who urges Kirito to wake up and keep fighting, for there are so many people waiting for him.

The first thing Kirito does when he wakes up is use Enhance Armament to freeze PoH and his forces in their tracks. When even this fails to restrain PoH and he rushes Asuna, Sortiliena, and Ronie, Kirito puts up a shield around them, then pushes PoH back, neutralizing him for the moment. From there, Kirito can finally get back to his feet. An elated Asuna simply says okaeri—welcome back—and Kirito replies tadaima…I’m back.

Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

3 thoughts on “Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld – 18 – Back in the Game”

  1. Ain’t gonna lie, nearly cried at several points in this episode.

    And I want a figure of Asuna in Battle Angel mode!

  2. It was great to see my favorite Zekken – Konno Yuuki – back in the action albeit as a spirit buff for Asuna in this episode. I would have liked to have seen her made flesh and deal P.o.S. a few rounds of her ultimate combo. Oh well. As always the villains are the show’s weak spot and I expect P.o.H. will start cackling soon about killing more Japanese before Kirito takes him apart in the next episode or two.
    NB: I noticed in an earlier entry you admit you haven’t seen Ordinal Scale yet. As a movie length arc it is pretty good story telling and the effects are wonderful. Try to see it on a movie screen if possible for full effect if possible.[

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