Well…I guess we’re back to Alfheim. It looks like the story for this arc is Kirito and the “We Love Kirito” gang (we can probably just call them groupies at this point) have to stop other adventurers from completing a false quest by retrieving the sword Excalibur (is Kirito really so much of a sword nut that his eyes glisten when he sees a legendary sword?). Unless there’s some darker reason why the false quest was given out, this arc feels a lot like filler (which is annoying considering the recap episode last week). As for Shinon, she really has joined Kirito’s harem, huh? I guess I can respect an archer…especially one who would choose to be one in a game where the class is under-powered (archery is inferior to magic in most games, sadly).
The new opening song seems fairly lackluster to me in comparison to other openings this series has used…the ending is pretty on-par, though. Anyway, it’s very possible this arc is concluded in the next episode. It doesn’t seem like it should take too long. Who knows? Maybe Klein will actually be useful for once? I feel like right now his only role is to be the other guy in the group that stops all of the girls from jumping Kirito at every moment. I feel like Silica suffers the most because she gets false attention from Kirito (Kirito’s really aiming the attention at Shinon, but she gets false impressions because Shinon chose to be a cat girl as well).