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View Poll Results: Critique of Episode 10
10 out of 10: Near Perfect... 114 53.52%
9 out of 10 : Excellent... 48 22.54%
8 out of 10 : Very Good... 25 11.74%
7 out of 10 : Good... 10 4.69%
6 out of 10 : Average... 7 3.29%
5 out of 10 : Below Average... 1 0.47%
4 out of 10 : Poor... 3 1.41%
3 out of 10 : Bad... 0 0%
2 out of 10 : Very Bad... 1 0.47%
1 out of 10: Torturous... 4 1.88%
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Old 2012-09-09, 06:50   Link #261
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Btw I just remembered the Monty Python Black Knight joke I mentioned on the previous thread. Now we know limbs CAN be cut off with no permanent injury, the whole joke became even more (sur?)real
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Old 2012-09-09, 06:53   Link #262
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Just watch this pictures and analyzed. God, forgive me!!!

Spoiler for Episode 10:


If you'll say "she still has her "pantsu".. I can't argue with that since I wasn't there when she removed it...

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Old 2012-09-09, 06:57   Link #263
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^Lmao.
Best explanation xD
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Old 2012-09-09, 06:59   Link #264
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The production value keep getting stale without any reason.
There are far worse airing right now (*cough*kingdom*cough*). SAO is doing OK on production values. Not great, but OK.
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Old 2012-09-09, 07:05   Link #265
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Plot wise, the episode felt definitely rushed (not like the romance lacked building, but the lack of transitions between the different scenes in this episode made it completely disjointed).
Exactly. That's much of what I meant by this episode feeling rushed.

Kirito and Asuna's relationship had in fact been well-developed going into this episode. I can totally accept Kirito and Asuna taking their relationship to the next level at this point.

But them doing that is kind of important, imo, and I think it deserves more time and focus than just being the last few minutes of an episode that was mostly about Kirito's duel with Heathcliff and Kirito getting saved by Asuna.

I mean, just think about everything that happened in this episode - Kirito loses an epic duel to Heathcliff and is forced to join a new guild, Kirito gets a new look and is starting to adjust to life as part of a guild again, Kirito has a nice heart-to-heart with Asuna because of it, Kuradeel reveals himself as a total villain and tries to get revenge on Kirito, Kuradeel kills a man and almost kills Kirito, Kirito is saved by Asuna in highly dramatic fashion, Kuradeel gets killed by Kirito, Kirito and Asuna make love and plan to marry.

I don't know... but doesn't that sound like a full arc's worth of plot development? It certainly is a helluva lot to pack into one episode. You have all these major highlight events, and we're not even half-way through the anime yet, so I find it hard understand why they couldn't be spread out more.

I found each of these scenes to be very good-to-excellent on their own, but it did feel a bit disjointed to have them all packed in one episode like this.
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Old 2012-09-09, 07:11   Link #266
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Great episode, really liking the character development between Asuna and Kirito, everything feels just right to me.

Loved the way how Asuna kept tabs on Kirito via the map xD

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Kirito is often portrayed as often going out of his way to actually train skills in the story. ...
When Kirito was asking Asuna how much she spent on her house, maybe he spent 4mil on skills
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Old 2012-09-09, 07:13   Link #267
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Just watch this pictures and analyzed. God, forgive me!!!

Spoiler for Episode 10:


If you'll say "she still has her "pantsu".. I can't argue with that since I wasn't there when she removed it...
The Militant Romanticist believes it is because she sleeps topless. Think of the discomfort of girls!
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Old 2012-09-09, 07:16   Link #268
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The Militant Romanticist believes it is because she sleeps topless. Think of the discomfort of girls!
At least, Sumeragi-Chan, she should have acted embarrassed when Kirito sits besides her while she's topless, where's the privacy...?

Where's the usual "eiiaaahhh, ecchi, hentai, baka!!!"

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Old 2012-09-09, 07:27   Link #269
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I wonder if Kirito has the STD status effect.
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Old 2012-09-09, 07:35   Link #270
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Coming in late to this party...

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What i was wondering is the boss in ep 9 was in floor 74 or 76? I can't remember (and don't have the episode at hand) but if it was 74 how come the arena is in 75? (OTH, if it was 76 it's possible)
Boss was on floor 74, fight / arena was on the 75th. OTOH, if you spend all your time hiding in the safety of cities, or slowly leveling through the middle levels, or even right on the front lines you'd probably be interested in seeing a new city open up. Events like those are probably the only times most of the SAO survivors get together, and it's certainly a cause for celebration (you're one floor closer to escaping). Also, lots of folks were dressed up rather well, so the whole celebration bit certainly fits.

Seeing it packed with people also isn't all that surprising. I'd imagine the KOB folks probably advertised the hell out of the duel. It's a good way to throw some money into the guild coffers, and you get to see the perfect defense of the guild leader.

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Well I guess the main problem with the show is that it requires the viewer to pay good attention to the clues and register all information that has been given, AND remember them from week to week. A lot will be missed when just casually watching it.
The great pitfall of 'show, don't tell', and why most shows don't do it. It requires an audience that can pay attention to the subtle clues.

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From what I saw of this episode, Kirito made two mistakes. One, turning over potions/crystals is the most obvious one.
I know this one's been discussed to death in the intervening pages, but Kirito didn't turn over any healing potions...

Also, considering how paranoid Kirito likely is as a long-time solo player why should you assume he turned them ALL over? Kuradeel turned over two, Kirito turned over two. Kirito is a much higher level player, and solo's full time... He's probably got a junk drawer full of the things. Likely he looked at what Kuradeel turned in, and matched the numbers. He just made the mistake of turning over a anti-status crystal. But that would be a (semi) safe move if he knew the monsters on the floor didn't use status debuffs.

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the majority of the fight composed of going Kirito going berserk on Heathcleef's shield. Can't help but judge it really.
I liked it, because the KOB guild leader is perfectly calm during almost all the fight, it's Kirito who's going berserk trying to defeat his 'perfect defense'. Kirito is trying to move faster and faster with his dual blades, whereas his opponent is calmly watching and blocking everything with his shield and just landing a few glancing blows against a berserk attacker.

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The game made the paralysis status effect almost unfairly effective.
Lots of MMO's have unfairly effective status effects. It's sort of a staple. Eve Online's E-War basically means you're stuck twiddling your thumbs for a pretty solid chunk of any fight it's used in. FFXI is very similar... you can be locked down for nearly a minute vs. a monster that couldn't actually kill you if you weren't paralyzed (but can do a much better job of it vs. a paralyzed opponent).
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Old 2012-09-09, 07:40   Link #271
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At least, Sumeragi-Chan, she should have acted embarrassed when Kirito sits besides her while she's topless, where's the privacy...?

Where's the usual "eiiaaahhh, ecchi, hentai, baka!!!"
Because she just had a happy dream which she wanted to keep going.

(You know I'm like this because I'm not satisfied, don't you?)
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Old 2012-09-09, 07:43   Link #272
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Because she just had a happy dream which she wanted to keep going.

(You know I'm like this because I'm not satisfied, don't you?)
Now now stop being in denial and tsundere .

On a related note and it might be a totally stupid question, but is it possible to conceive children in a VR world?
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Old 2012-09-09, 07:44   Link #273
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Depends on the game.
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Old 2012-09-09, 07:46   Link #274
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Depends on the game.
I'm talking strictly in Sword Art Online.

Btw don't answer LN readers, it's a rhetorical question.
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Old 2012-09-09, 07:46   Link #275
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Seeing it packed with people also isn't all that surprising. I'd imagine the KOB folks probably advertised the hell out of the duel. It's a good way to throw some money into the guild coffers, and you get to see the perfect defense of the guild leader.

I liked it, because the KOB guild leader is perfectly calm during almost all the fight, it's Kirito who's going berserk trying to defeat his 'perfect defense'. Kirito is trying to move faster and faster with his dual blades, whereas his opponent is calmly watching and blocking everything with his shield and just landing a few glancing blows against a berserk attacker.

Lots of MMO's have unfairly effective status effects. It's sort of a staple. Eve Online's E-War basically means you're stuck twiddling your thumbs for a pretty solid chunk of any fight it's used in. FFXI is very similar... you can be locked down for nearly a minute vs. a monster that couldn't actually kill you if you weren't paralyzed (but can do a much better job of it vs. a paralyzed opponent).
It is also to show them that their guild is still the strongest. Also, it can be used for recruitment.

Yup. This might be Kirito's disadvantage. He somewhat now over reliant in his speed to beat most of his opponents.

If you want unfair, try Shin Megami Tensei games or Atlus games in general, status effects can literally screw with you when you least expect it.
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Old 2012-09-09, 07:48   Link #276
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Actually, all Kirito and Asuna has to do now is find a little boy/girl while traveling on the lower levels and adopt her/him. Then again, how the heck does a little boy/girl survive 2 years in this mess without people already helping them? I think it would be too much to program a digital child. That would be so AI intensive, that I don't think it can work without draining too much resources.
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Old 2012-09-09, 07:49   Link #277
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Because she just had a happy dream which she wanted to keep going.

(You know I'm like this because I'm not satisfied, don't you?)
Hmmm.. huh??? Now I'm lost... wait.. God>>>
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Old 2012-09-09, 07:50   Link #278
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What did Asuna discuss with Kirito? Her dream and being afraid everything that had happened was just a dream.
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Old 2012-09-09, 07:57   Link #279
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Thinking about it, whether they had sex or not is neither here nor there. To me what matters is that Asuna was willing to commit physically and Kirito was willing to commit spiritually to which Asuna agreed to. Sooooooooooooooooooooo touching!!!
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What did Asuna discuss with Kirito? Her dream and being afraid everything that had happened was just a dream.
Thanks... I have to see the "controversial scene again ...

Anyway..

She dreamed about her old world. She had thought whether all that happened in those two years were just a dream. She was glad it wasn't. She also mentioned that though she wanted to return, she still want to come back in the game where she has a lot of memories...
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