Episode Name: Swordsman’s Pride
In the previous episode of SAO:Alicization, we saw Kirito is preparing for a dual with Volo as a punishment for accidentally throwing some mud at him.
Summary of the Episode: In this episode of SAO: Alicization we see that Kirito and Volo Levantein is preparing for dual. Before their dual, Liena (Sortiliena Serlut) advises that Volo always dueled even before joining the academy because he becomes stronger by absorbing his enemies blood and gaining experience with each battle. But Liena says even though Volo is powerful, she believes in Kirito. Then Kirito says he will try his best since he promised to Liena that he will show the true skill of his Aincrad style. When Liena is leaving the arena, Volo calls Liena and asks her to serve as the witness of the fight and she accepts the invitation.
Kirito and Volo started their Dual. Right of the bat, Volo started with his secret skill the High-Norkian Style, Heavenly Mountain-Splitting Wave stance which Kirito relates to two-handed, heavy one-hit thrust skill, Avalanche of SAO. Kirito then counters the attack with four four-hit strikes, Vertical Square where after three hit he stopped Volo’s Sword. Then Volo uses his ancestral sword technique to overpower Kirito. When Volo is overwhelming him, he remembers that the power in this world depends on emotions and imagination of the user. Then he started remembering his fondest memories with Liena, Eugeo, Asuna and his friends in the real world. Suddenly, his sword suddenly started glowing and expanded a little which in turn increased his fighting power. With that Kirito left a little mark on Volo’s cloth. When they both are about to finish the fight with their swords, Azurica-Sensei came and stop the dual.
They both obey Azurica-Sensei’s ruling. Then Volo says he concluded the punishment of Kirito and left the arena. Both Liena and Eugeo are really happy for Kirito. They both went to celebrate with Eugeo and Eugeo’s mentor Golgorossa.
While they are celebrating, Liena says to Kirito that Serlut style is not their ancestral Sword skill. They are not allowed to learn their ancestral Sword skill, the High-Norkian Style since her ancestors once angered the emperor. Because of that, they developed their own Sword skill to fight their battle. Liena explains, though she likes Serlut style, she always had some doubt in her heart while fighting Volo since he got the High-Norkian Style from his ancestors. She says she had some doubt in the past but not she doesn’t have any of that because after seeing Kirito fight with Volo, she is now filled with pride about her Serlut style. Then Kirito says, she now to have to try to pass her class as First Seat in the final exam.
When Kirito returned to his Dorm, Raios and Humbert came from the direction and gave him a un-budded flower that he cultivated for Liena. The Flower is known as the Zephilia which only bloom in the Northern Empire. He faced many hardships to cultivate the flowers in an unfamiliar environment. So he could give them as a present to Liena since those are her favorite flower. When Kirito sees his flower were destroyed in the garden, his heart filled with sorrow and pain. Then Kirito hears an unknown voice which tells him to pray to get the flowers in the previous condition. When he started praying, all the other flowers in the garden started glowing and praying with him. The flowers them return to their old phase which makes Kirito very happy.
In the Swordcraft Academy’s Main training hall, Liena and Volo are fighting with each other for the final exam. This time around Liena never got intimidated by Volo’s ancestral Sword skill and win the dual by splitting Volo’s wooden sword. She passed her final year as First Seat of her class from the Northern Centoria Swordcraft Academy. Kirito gave Liena the flowers he cultivated as a gift which Liena accepted gracefully.
Meanwhile, after advancement exam, Eugeo and Kirito came as 5th and 6th and promoted to Elite Disciple. Eugeo got Shtolienen Tiese and Kirito got Arabel Roniye as Disciples. In their room, Eugeo tells Tiese and Roniye to go back to their dorm since they finish their work. He apologizes to Roniye since Kirito is not there and suggested her to change her mentor. Roniye says it’s not a problem for her. At that moment Kirito came through the window and asks playfully to Eugeo why is he vilifying him behind his back to his subordinate. Then Kirito gives Eugeo honey pies from the Prancing Deer Cafe and gave some to Tiese and Roniye too. After they left the room happily accepting the Honey Pies since those are one of their favorite too……
To be continued……….