Spoilers for ep 22
I have to say, awesome fight! He had a fighting chance of making it until those archers spawned. Considering the size of the army and room, there was no way to make it past them. The knights though were pretty sweet. I love the design for those swords. I've never even considered drawing one where not every piece was physically connected. I like to draw(mostly weapons since I'm not that great) and that's given me a new way of thinking. Not going to take ideas. Can't stand people who do that. Maybe get some inspiration from another design but don't copy it. Off topic. Anyway, Kirito was epic in that fight. He definitely is capable of some amazing things, even by a game's rules. He mentions to himself how he's limited by the game's rules and statuses but that's only partially true. I seriously doubt any other player or even admin had thought up being able to punch an enemy so hard you impale it's freaking head with your fist! The game may have limits but that doesn't mean something outside the programming or not written in it is completely impossible. I guarantee that statement will cause some kind of problem with somebody, big or small, but I don't care. It's true. Ex: Halo 2-You really think that those bulls*** "super jumps" were programmed in there? They were glitches yes, but they weren't written into the programming. That example will probably be used against me somehow but whatever.
The parts after the fight, for me at least, were heartwrenching. I don't really know what I can say about them so I'll just put out down whatever comes to mind. Think about it how you will. Admittibly, it is surprising that Leafa didn't recognize Kirito from the start. He looks nearly identical to his avatar. And his name too. Kirito- Kirigaya(or was it Kiragaya?) Kazuto. It shouldn't be hard to see that he took the first part of his last name and first name. I like how it's done with that and I know that the writer made it play out like this but anybody with reasonable deductive skills should have been able to come to that conclusion, even if they simply considered it an option. I wish I could say I know how Sugu feels. I can empathize with her but I've never been in a situation like that. And you all know this is true: when somebody tells you they know how you feel, you think to yourself that they're full of s***. They don't know, at least most don't. Maybe if you're lucky that person may actually understand but at least 98% of the time, we aren't that lucky. Close to 98% of the time, I have no luck whatsoever with anythng I do. I admit this actually got a little dark but like I said, just putting down what comes to mind. Literally speaking my mind I guess. Lol.
At any rate, back to the ep. Sorry. I agree with Dragon that seeing what's next will be interesting but not with the "make-up" session part. That's a little heartless in my opinion but maybe I'm taking the ep a little too personally. I tend to do that a lot but that's just me. I understand if some people think it's weird or crazy. I went off topic again. I apologize. Perhaps though, while Kirito and Leafa come to terms with how they feel, those two groups who formed an alliance will have finished their preparations. The leader of the cat-like group did say that with Kirito's contribution, they were nearly ready. I can't say I'm too excited about the next ep. There are some obvious reasons for that but, honestly, the main one is because it's so close to being over. Hopefully it will be continued past this. It has the popularity, batou was kind enough to give us the other arcs(plenty of source material) and as far as I know, the manga isn't even over. I don't read the manga anyway. That doesn't guarantee anything though. But if they don't something's seriously screwed up with their minds! You can't deny that. I do believe that is all I can think of to say for now. One last thing actually. Damn you Aniplex!!!!