The world has lost an icon today. This man transcended his medium and became what few ever do. A legend. His creations will stand the test of time and for as long as I live I will never forget Stan Lee.
I grew up, like many people did, with Spiderman. Through every iteration of the hero in every medium, I've had Spiderman at my side be that physically, digitally or otherwise.
There never had been a Stan before Stan, there sure as hell isn't another now, and there never will be again because Stan Lee was unique.
He gave us everything he had and now he gets to rest and I hope he rests well.
Rest in Peace Stan Lee.
Holy anime gods this was such a great episode! These moments in SAO are what I really love about the series. The moments where the actions of another character affect those around them.
When Kazuto got taken to the Ocean Turtle, everyone, especially Asuna, got completely thrown off because, admit it or not, their lives mostly revolve around him being there. When he isn't, they have to figure things out on their own and seeing the characters come together to help out one of their own is a great thing to see.
The whole detective thing is a nice change of pace and episodes being action packed and there were even more anime originals that improved on the source material in ways I didn't think possible. My favourite had to be when Asuna had her Augma on and she was so disheartened and upset over not being able to find Kazuto that she felt she had to give up and Yui reminded her of how Kirito never gave up searching for Asuna in ALO which I felt was a nice callback to early KiriAsu and I liked seeing the roles reversed for a minute.
However, my absolute favourite scene from this episode, probably like many of you, was the final scene with Asuna standing up, like an absolute BADASS if I may add, to Kikuoka who I've never really been sure of since the start.
I'm kinda salty that they didn't use their last opportunity to add the scene from the LN just after Kazuto got stabbed with the needle and he told Asuna he was sorry. That should have been animated so I'm slightly annoyed that it wasn't.
Also, and now I'm just nit-picking, FIX THE OPENING! We are into the events of the second LN in the arc now which is called Running not Beginning.
Lastly, I have to wonder if we're just gonna skip a whole ton of Asuna on the Ocean Turtle which I don't imagine they will with what we've seen so far and go straight into SMA or if they will continue to take their time. Let me know what you think!