After watching SAO #21 and #22, I suddenly lost all hope in this anime.
The only moment I feel something is when Yui said Asuna is up there, and Kirito was trying to reach her even though it is impossible to break the barrier surrounding the World Tree. But that moment alone isn’t enough to fill the emptiness I feel while watching those episodes.
Maybe I’ve lost hope since the battle scene with General Eugene in #20. I was hoping it would be epic. But they made General Eugene like a total scumbag from beginning to end, and what the hell happened to the greatness of that part with Kagemune. I have to say that the battle scenes and even facial expression of the characters while fighting are much more better in SAO world than in ALO world.
This maybe unpopular opinion. But some part of me who didn’t like Sugu character has a voice in the emptiness I feel as the show goes through. It becomes more about Sugu’s feeling, and I can’t find myself sympathize with her while I know how she treated Recon. She only seeks him when she needs him. Fine, she didn’t want Recon to call her by her in-game name at school. But she even didn’t like Recon to talk to her at all in school. What? Because she is a popular athlete and Recon is a game otaku? Meh.