Sword Art Online’s fourth endeavor is the first with an actually positive ending – our protagonist manages to assist a loli, and not only does accomplish this valiant deed, he also gets criminals off the virtual streets.
Fading into the start of the episode, a loli is in distress as she’s being rudely looked down upon by a vixen – yet the arguments don’t carry on for long at all as the loli leaves near immediately, and the opening sequence then rolls. Once the episode initiates once more, the loli is seen in a position awfully unfavorable – surrounded by monsters, her eyes water up with fear, among other feelings, and even though the protagonist arrives to rescue her effortlessly, she remains upset for one specific reason.
One may have noticed her blue feathered winged companion earlier, the fellow died as the loli met a barrage of creatures – and the loli is left heartbroken. However, our protagonist has every concern covered – he informs the loli of the possibility of resurrection for her feathery friend, and then further proceeds to even offer equipment and service in aiding her achieve the necessary.
Much of the substance for this episode arrives in how the loli responds to the help she’s being given by Kirito during their miniature escapade together – one will see that she has a very evident crush on him, yet more of interest, one should be cognizant of the feelings.
An establishment of emotions is a crucial element indeed – and notice how Sword Art Online doesn’t get too complicated with this. There’s no over the top love triangles packed within a single episode, or anything else ridiculous to aggravate the current, already troubling state of being trapped within an RPG – rather, the method of Sword Art Online is one of quality over quantity. The earnest emotions of the episode are given great room to thrive – and Sword Art Online makes the most of the opportunity.
This episode’s sentiments are a simple development in which an intimacy grows between man and loli – with the various cute moments of the loli in fact doing more than merely providing the ever-necessary moe moments, they’re also building her character significantly with every second.
And of course, the same holds true indiscriminately between loli and protagonist – his character is similarly propelled in intervals through the episode, an aspect to keep in mind being how he’s actually occupied in thought over a few items outside of the world of Sword Art Online. One will basically be acquainted with the fact that the game is actually far more than merely a “game” – and this event is simply another instance of life transpiring through it, one with something of a twist.
The loli’s quest to revive her beast companion isn’t anything too astounding – it’s truly just what is shown at face value, an ordeal not complex at all. Instead, the plot flips into another incident which makes up the more elaborate sector of story. Part of the reasoning as to why Kirito aided the loli was apparently to lure the arrogant bishoujo from earlier and have her imprisoned. She was chasing after the loli in order to, frankly, kill her – she’s a player killer, and she’s simply too obnoxious to understand that people legitimately face death upon their defeat in-game.
Nonetheless our protagonist puts on a thrilling show of power – at which point, the day essentially falls to his feet. The loli’s winged friend is resurrected from digital death – and as early aforementioned, the protagonist did not simply support her in achieving this, yet he reduced the amount of life loss from PK groups.
Being an overall direct and conclusive episode in what it introduces, the remaining points to question and consider are whether more of our protagonist’s real world background will ever be learned, will he ever escape Sword Art Online, and of course, if he is to ever once again encounter the passing individuals of his many travels. In essence, it’s an episode which acts as a transition to the next – Sword Art Online has been spectacular indeed, though it’s still hardly shown us anything thus far.