Serving to be as surprising as the color of the sky, Sword Art Online’s seventh affair is simply another side-story – this one managing to start relatively well, only to then put the series on par with a generic harem.
Skipping over the dull scene of the heroine, which despite how uninteresting it may be, is admittedly important to comprehending this half-baked tale as one will later come to see – the episode initiates with the overpowered protagonist entering a shop belonging to a pink-haired bishoujo who is supposedly a blacksmith in spite of her fetishistic maid outfit. From her, he requests a custom sword – and the subsequent interactions amongst the two proves highly amusing.
For a moment, the episode seems promising as the minutes which transpire after these two make acquaintance flourish with a variety of subtle humor that concurrently elaborates upon both characters – whilst of course, also keeps a stream of entertainment going, and there’s simply little to dislike at the current moment. The atmosphere feels very vibrant – and one can also sense the radiance of sincerity from both characters.
However, that dies quite quickly once the two finally embark on a trip to procure materials for a new blade for Kirito – the entire escapade is disgustingly conventional, with the animation literally being a horribly tattered together stop frame skit during an action scene of combat against a dragon.
Starting from the top, the adventuring pair are atop a frigid mountainous terrain – and the series then executes the first of many expired tropes to soon strike, having the protagonist share his coat with the girl who came scantily clad to a snowy region. Yet as much of a nuisance as that is, there’s events certainly more deserving of ridicule to follow not too far after – the two encounter a dragon, and the scenes of Kirito’s face-off against the beast consists of what is truly no more than three or four still images, transitioning with PowerPoint style fades of a quarter second each.
Alone is that scene of scrap enough to make it apparent that this episode is garbage – yet still unsatisfied with its own self-degradation, yet another pitiful descent unto the recycling bin occurs as although the pink-haired female was warned by the protagonist to stay hidden, she seemingly decides that the midst of a battle against a dragon is a fitting moment for her to randomly run out and risk her life.
It goes without saying that this entire ordeal was heavily slopped together and rushed – yet as if that doesn’t detriment the quality enough to begin with, the stack of extensively overused pseudo-developments suffocatingly arranged on top is certainly not aiding the matter. Unfolding from there is merely a route of romance predictable as it isn’t even anything original – it’s simply a girl falling for a fellow immediately as he’s a cure for her loneliness, which means this series has merely gotten more so akin to a below average love story.
Ultimately, the worth of this episode is zero – and it did magnificently well to waste another opportunity of Sword Art Online’s chance as being recognized as more than trash.