WARNING: the next incorporates spoilers for Sword Artwork On-line Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night time, now enjoying in theaters.
As a part of Sword Artwork On-line Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night time’s objective of reimagining the “Aincrad Arc,” the film makes Asuna its protagonist. In doing so it not solely adjustments the overarching story but additionally provides followers better perception into the Lightning Flash as a personality. By specializing in Asuna, the film reveals an fascinating facet of her that followers won’t take into consideration and even understand exists.
Apparently, when Asuna first logs into SAO, she does in order a complete novice. There are hints of this within the unique anime, however the film makes it clear that she’s beginning off with no concept what she’s doing. This runs in sharp distinction to Kirito, who enters SAO as a beta tester in addition to a veteran gamer. It is also stunning to see her like this as she’s proven all through the anime as a talented and competent participant. Asuna’s newbie gamer standing not solely paints the Lightning Flash in a brand new gentle but additionally drives the plot of the “Aincrad Arc” in a brand new path.
Asuna’s lack of ability to play video video games is the results of her upbringing. Usually Asuna’s household would not seem till after Aincrad, however with the film being advised from her viewpoint, it is a possibility to develop upon this side of her life. It is established that since her mother is what the Japanese name a kyōiku mama (training mom), the lady should prioritize learning and schoolwork over all different pursuits. Asuna’s deal with teachers not solely explains her lack of online game abilities but additionally contextualizes her ideas, choices, and actions all through the film. There’s even a scene later within the film the place she equates falling behind different gamers to dropping out of the highest 10 in a single’s grade.
The one cause Asuna has even a passing curiosity in SAO, or video video games on the whole, is that her buddy Misumi invitations her to play. In contrast to Asuna, Misumi is a professional-level gamer who attracts crowds round her when she performs on the native arcade. Asuna will play towards her often, however by no means with the expectation that she’ll win. Asuna has no drive to get higher at video video games and, for a way she lives her life, she does not must. She provides SAO a strive as a result of her buddy is there, and never a lot else.
Even with Misumi’s invitation, Asuna’s entry into SAO is totally circumstantial. She occurs upon a NerveGear and a replica of the sport in her brother’s room whereas he is away on enterprise. If all these coincidences hadn’t lined up so completely, Asuna would by no means have been trapped within the recreation with everybody else.
When she first indicators in and arrives on the City of Beginnings, she does numerous issues that solely a beginner would do when enjoying video games. She makes use of her actual identify for her profile, makes use of an avatar that appears like her, and talks to NPCs like they’re precise folks. She even will get known as out for all this by the opposite gamers, together with Misumi (username: Mito). These aren’t essentially dangerous issues, and one among them turns into a moot level anyway, however they’re tell-tale indicators of someone unfamiliar with gaming tradition.
Asuna’s inexperience comes again to chunk her in a scene the film shares with the anime. On the finish of the primary episode when Kirito leaves the City of Beginnings, he’s attacked by a Dire Wolf however manages to make fast work of it. This scene is mirrored by Mito in Aria of a Starless Night time. As for Asuna, the Dire Wolf goes straight for her throat and nearly whittles her hit factors right down to nothing. This scene is intense within the context of the film, however it’s additionally hilarious when juxtaposed with the anime.
Reasonably than shake off the Dire wolf or combat again, Asuna freezes in concern and despairs her imminent dying. It is solely when Mito defeats the Dire Wolf for her that she is saved. Asuna’s response to this example highlights how out of her depth she is in addition to the true peril of SAO.
Storywise, a greenhorn primary character lets viewers see extra of what it is prefer to study to play Sword Artwork On-line. When Kirito was the lead, this gameplay side wasn’t be correctly explored as a result of he is already an professional on the recreation. The one glimpse viewers see of what issues are like for amateurs is when he is instructing Klein at first of the primary episode. From then on, many of the different gamers are proven to be not less than pretty succesful in their very own proper. Aria of a Starless Night time makes use of Asuna to point out extra of what it is like to simply be studying the ropes.
Asuna’s coaching makes for some surprisingly entertaining materials. It is easy to imagine that the one method to hold a narrative partaking could be with more and more harmful threats. Nevertheless, if that have been the case, there may by no means be reboots within the first place. Watching Asuna wrestle with the fundamentals earlier than she lastly overcomes her first enemy on her personal is each thrilling and satisfying. Asuna’s enchancment lets viewers breathe a sigh of reduction once they see that their primary character will not instantly die to no matter she’s put up towards. It additionally supplies a bonding expertise along with her teacher and buddy Mito.
Sadly, Asuna’s general lack of nonetheless remains to be a detriment to her. She has bother coping with a number of enemies and practically dies to a stronger-than-average op0ponent. Within the latter scenario, she nonetheless must be saved from sure dying by one other participant, specifically Kirito. Asuna’s near-death expertise mixed with the information that no one has even cleared the first Ground but places her in a deep despair.
Asuna decides to do the one factor any RPG participant can do to make sure her survival– grinding ranges. Most RPGs set their enemies and managers at a stage they anticipate will give the participant problem. At a excessive sufficient stage, nevertheless, most threats stop to be difficult. She spends days in a dungeon preventing weak monsters and steadily incomes expertise factors. She additionally decides to not convey therapeutic gadgets as a result of she’s assured that she can keep away from taking injury, one thing that gamers of any recreation ought to try for. It is a gradual technique for enchancment, however it apparently works for her.
The fruits of Asuna’s labor come to gentle in the course of the raid towards the first Ground Boss Illfang the Kobold Lord. She radiates confidence, coordinates properly along with her teammates, and even advises them on their finest plan of action. When it comes to battle prowess, she is nice at touchdown quick strikes whereas avoiding injury. Within the anime, this may be the purpose the place Kirito is not positive whether or not or not she’s really a novice. Kirito’s perplexity is not within the film, however there’s a line about how he and Asuna are two of the highest gamers within the recreation after they beat Illfang. Seeing Asuna lastly appear like a professional gamer is superior, particularly within the context of all her ordeals.
In fact, Asuna’s lack of gaming data does finally shine via. Throughout the combat, Kirito calls her by her identify, however this confuses her as a result of she by no means advised it to him. When she asks about it, Kirito explains that she will see her get together members’ names and well being bars below her personal on the HUD. She finds this oversight on her half amusing and laughs it off. It is minor, however it’s humorous to see how a lot can change but keep the identical.
Aria of a Starless Night time might begin Asuna off as an absolute noob, however that is a part of the enjoyable. Seeing the fledgling Lightning Flash slowly work her method as much as incomes that title is a fascinating expertise. It is also one which could not be coated within the anime since most characters introduced in that sequence are already seasoned avid gamers. Watching Asuna persevere via hardship and grow to be one of many high gamers in SAO is each inspiring and entertaining.