Sword Art Online’s fifth episode has received the usual pre-airing preview clip – and finally, it seems that a character aside from the protagonist will be making a repeat appearance, the long lost heroine.
Available on the official site, this PV seems to show the next episode as one with a jump into a new tier of plot. The facet of the heroine showing her face is alone enough to aide one in realizing that indeed, this will be a more serious episode as it’s less likely to simply be an expendable side-story if it’s needing to resurrect characters – yet in either case, other elements also aide in indicating the tenser mood not to be taken lightly, such as the dark room, intense debating, and facial close-ups.
One will also notice the PV show several hints towards the inclusion of the typical romance elements – the heroine growing closer to the protagonist, occasionally setting aside her tsundere expression of anger to simply accept her fate as the generic female lead who will mate with the relevant male.
In addition to all those more predictable necessities, the PV also has several outright peculiarities which ignite interest – such as the knight pinned to a castle wall, and of course, our protagonist’s interactions with the recurring male character he met during the same episode as the heroine.
No matter, regardless of what the PV shows, it merely gives an idea of who to expect to see within at best – the episode itself will, as always, likely prove quite a captivating and emotional affair.