This episode did more or less what I expected it to, and that is it answered nothing and left us hanging on what happened in the real world. That isn’t actually a problem given how many episodes this series is going to have. Unlike an 11 – 13 episode show it doesn’t have that pressure of getting to a solution now or the problem that the end may feel rushed if it doesn’t get things moving and so we have plenty of time for set up and viewers going in knowing the length of the show are probably happy enough. Not to mention, the best part of the first episode was when Kirito was inside the Underground and so spending the whole episode with Kirito trying to get his bearings there again when he has some memories of his life but almost none of the virtual world and how it works is actually pretty interesting.
Of course, interesting is subjective, so if you are in the camp where watching Kirito wander around, eating bread, and chatting to characters that may or may not be NPC’s isn’t something you find fascinating, you are in for an episode that doesn’t really appeal.
I did really like that we got to spend a lot of this episode with Eugeo. His memory of Alice’s disappearance is a little different to the way we saw it last week given Eugeo doesn’t seem to remember Kirito at all and that is just one other thing to later figure out. It is really nice to see Kirito kind of making a friend and the two of them play nicely off one another making it fun just to hang out with them.
Still, as I said at the beginning of this episode review, Alicization is in zero hurry. Practically nothing happens in this episode other than Kirito getting his bearings and one shot of some blue haired girl in a tower. There’s a million questions about the fallout from episode 1 but I guess we’ll all have to wait and in the meantime at least the virtual world is really pretty.