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Volume 18 of Sword Art Online noted the finish of the huge Alicization Arc. Now, we can ultimately go to a brand-new arc, in a brand-new wor- wait, why is tright here a map of the Undercivilization inside volume 19? Oh my God. Of course… This is Kawahara. We can’t go to a brand-new correct arc without some filler in between! This review covers the two-part filler arc: Moon Cradle.

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Moon Cradle is set throughout the 2 hundred year time period that Kirito and Asuna are trapped in the Undercivilization, after they beat up Vecta and Poopoo (Laughing Coffin guy), and also turn Alice into an android (or something). Everything’s all well and also good, till a goblin is accoffered of murdering a civilian. It’s up to detective Kirito when again! After all, he’s resolved a whopping one other mystery in his life; he’s perfect!

The initially volume is basically figuring out who the murderer is, and also the second volume is recording the booger. Like other SAO filler arcs (besides the Asuna one), Moon Cradle is very boring. In addition, Kirito and Asuna get free plot armor, given that we’ve SEEN them return from the Underpeople in the previous volume. He likewise showcases even more of his OP-ness from scenes prefer being able to force open up a Vecta-only door via no trouble. 

The personalities don’t obtain much better either. Sure, Kirito and also Ronie (who’s function in the Alicization Arc I completely forgot) get to spend some time together, but it’s more so a kick in her crotch, since Kirito and also Asuna will constantly be THE couple. But hey, at leastern Kirito is as “good” and “inspirational” as he constantly is (*proceeds to wretch*).

And equivalent to a lot of of SAO, despite the urgency of the situation (which ends up escalating to both a murder and also a kidnapping), the characters uncover some time to goof off. “Should we fix this mystery?” “We should, yet I think we should have a picnic lunch first!” This is practically Log Horizon level of personalities proactively picking to not advance the plot. 

But the term “development the plot” is applied loosely below. Many of the investigation is them stating the nuances of the Taboo Index over and over and also over aacquire. And the one time they carry out somepoint investigative, they simply whip out some magic that enables them to witness the crime as it occurred! At this point, I’ve lost all knowledge (and care) of how the magic mechanism in the Underhuman being works, so if you have the right to prove whether or not the spell they did was feasible within the world’s logic, then have actually at it and also explain it to me in the comments section.

To finish off the arc is a less-than-stellar climax. It builds up to the opportunity of a team of 2 women fighting the poor guy, which would certainly have been a nice adjust of pace. I say “would have been” bereason Kirito reflects up ideal at the end and also takes all the crmodify like the researchers who stole that one lady’s discovery of DNA. The actual problem isn’t even refixed, and also Kawahara also points that out himself in the afterword. But despite this, he’s liked to start a totally brand-new arc because… reasons?

Verdict: 5/10

Alicization was the first remotely descent arc in SAO, and currently we have this.

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I’m sorry for being so rude, yet I was seriously, lividly worn down of that blasted Underworld! Well, it’s over currently. So let’s hope beyond hope that Unital Ring is even worth fifty percent the pain of putting up through every little thing that leads approximately it!