Recap: We find that Kirito has joined a small guild and is protecting them as they continue to level. After a devastating event, Kirito searches for an item that might be able to reverse the damage.
We meet Klein again! We see that Klein’s doing well with his guild and doesn’t seem to be dying anytime soon so I think that we’ll get to see him plenty of more times. Also, Sword Art Online now has PvP enabled! Towards the end of the episode we get to see Klein’s guild face off against members of one of the leading guilds in the game; however, we don’t get to actually see any of the fighting, which is a let-down. I wonder whether they actually kill each other or just duel until a side admits defeat. Anyways, we finally get to see some skills that players can use such as teleportation as well as more interactions with menus and such making it feel more like an MMORPG. Towards the end of the episode, Kirito starts looking for an item that acts like Phoenix Down. The Nerve Gear is supposed to fry your brain if you die so using the revival item un-fries your brain? Well, it doesn’t have to make sense, but, unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to exist either.
There was a bit of confusion when starting the episode. The episode begins with a group thanking Kirito and asking him to join their guild. I was pretty confused how he got there, but I realized that takes place long after Kirito cleared the first level. We get a sense of time when we are given a few dates. The only other way to get a sense of time is when we hear news of a group clearing an upper floor we can assume that some time has passed. While all the jumping around can make things a bit confusing, it makes sense to do so because covering every floor in Sword Art Online can become repetitive and boring.
My only complaint is that this episode should have gone on for one or two more episodes. While we understand that Kirito has been with Sachi and the guild for a long time and is upset over her death, we, as the audience, haven’t had the time to grow attached to Sachi to evoke enough emotion from her death. Still, Sachi’s message at the end of the episode did make get teary-eyed especially at the part where she hums the song. This episode was just full of sadness. The episode becomes a bit depressing when we find out that the guild leader commits suicide and that Kirito blames himself for the death of Sachi and the others.