Well done, with a touch of basil if you would my dear.

A time skip to the two years-in mark and we’re finally at the main “plot.”

Kirito manages to catch himself a rare cooking ingredient, he tries to sell it to Egil.

But who could cook this beast?

A cook appears!

Haggling = Completed. Cook = Acquired.

People change to adapt to their environments. Sometimes that means leaving the life they wanted behind. It’s not all fun and games though.

As a group expands, things change. Sometimes those things aren’t for the better and a bit of corruption seeps in, but the leaders now must have a broader view of things and cannot do much to change the status quo that results.

Kuradeel is most likely going to come back as a bigger villain in the near future.

Looks like next episode will focus on the level boss, which will be an interesting episode for sure.

The simple problem with SAO is pacing issues. If each of these episodes were twice as long, I think this would be one of the most amazing series ever, but as it is, I don’t see it transcending into greatness like Horizon will.