So…someone explain to me why the name was important? Did Kirito really go through all of that trouble to remember Death Gun’s SAO name just to force that one moment of hesitation? I don’t even think that moment was helpful…it seemed like all he really needed was Sinon’s prediction line to end that fight. Also, there’s only one valid reason I can think of for Asuna to be at that hospital room: if she’s the one who told Kirito to go see Sinon. Otherwise that was pointless too.
It’s just these sorts of little moments that just seem like filler time to me. Anyway, the arc should basically be over. The friend, Spiegel, turns out to be one of Death Gun’s allies as predicted and he has his psycho moment right up to the end. Presumably, next week is going to wrap up everything. Will we get more information about Death Gun’s motives? Why the targets were chosen? I really hope that they didn’t kill Zexceed just because Spiegel was having a fit about what he said about agility-based characters…that’s just childish.