Yui has finally returned in the form of a Pixie! Anyone else think it was kinda stupid for Kirito to delete her item, which I’m assuming at that point was like a backup of her core data? What if Cardinal destroys her again? But I guess it’s an older version of Cardinal, so Yui should be able to handle it.
Speaking of Cardinal and the system of the new game Aflheim, I shuddered a bit when Yui used the word “copy” for the former SAO servers. It suggests that the SAO servers were shut down, but the data was first replicated into a different server. This then suggests that if they hadn’t been shut down, there would technically be “two Asunas” or whoever is still trapped in the world. That just has some weird implications. Makes more sense if Aflheim runs on SAO’s servers, which were never shut down (which may be what it is, but this isn’t made very clear).
Agil described this game as being more magic-based than SAO…I guess they’re trying to cover all extremes when it comes to genres of gaming. But one thing he said bugs me…he said something about athletic ability being part of how skills work in this new game. It’s not completely clear what that means. I wouldn’t expect Kirito is so strong in real life that he’s able to overpower those characters…clearly it’s a god mod from his past data. But does this mean that later on, his physical ability will help him somehow? That’s what isn’t clear to me.
Anyway, next week it looks like we’ll see what really happened to Asuna and why she’s in that birdcage on the World Tree. Also, Asuna’s replacement seems fairly similar to her so far (Leafa, was it?)…guess we’ll see how she is too. She isn’t using the wing controller, so I get the sense of mobility from her…that’s all. I guess Kirito gets recruited by the Sylph? Or do he and Leafa just get disowned by their races? Not like he cares…he’s used to being a one-man army after all. And is the sister supposed to join this game too?