Alicization goes live.

After a grueling and confused first day, Kirito enters the new world in which he is trapped, trying to understand it more deeply and find a way out.
To start the adventure, however, he will have to finish Eugeo's work quickly.

Synopsis

Kirito's second day opens catapulting him into the reality of daily life in the village of Rulid, witnessing Eugeo's Sacred Task of cutting down the demonic tree. Kirito knows he needs his new partner to get to the city, and for this he tries to think of more efficient ways in which Eugeo could be able to finish his job quickly. During a conversation Eugeo tells of how Alice was taken prisoner, an event we witnessed in the first episode, although in this new version of the story Kirito was not present. It is on this occasion in which we come to discover that Eugeo, after the unfortunate kidnapping of Alice, decided to return to the mountain range on the border to retrieve the Blue Rose, the legendary sword protected by the deceased dragon that guarded the caves of the mountain that the hero Bercouli failed to recover. The weapon is, apparently, a Divine Object, an entity not forged by the inhabitants of the Underworld, whose material is particularly resistant. Remembering that he used a Sword Skill the previous day, Kirito suggests using the weapon to take down the plant that hinders his adventure. With initial difficulty, given the considerable weight of the weapon (which, unlike a video game, is perceptible here for Kirito), the swordsman tries to use Blue Rose in combination with a Sword Skill, managing to reduce the tree by 1 HP demonic. Discouraged by the ineffectiveness of his action, it is Eugeo who points out that although the blow was of considerable power, its effectiveness was reduced because it hit in the wrong place, damaging the solid trunk without however hitting where Eugeo had led for years. work ahead. The latter, at the suggestion of Kirito, makes an attempt using Blue Rose after listening to the instructions of his new friend on how to wield a sword but, despite the blow seemed to be well placed, he was unable to hit the precise point, revealing himself ineffective. 

At the end of the day Kirito returns to the church, where he is a guest. Here we are introduced in more detail to Selka, Alice's younger sister, already seen in the previous episode, who became a student of the Sacred Arts following what happened to her sister. The girl, much less gifted than Alice, who had a very rare talent, reveals that she often finds herself having to manage the pressure of being constantly confronted with Alice and, after opening up to the boy, asks Kirito why Alice it was taken away, which was kept a secret from her for all those years.

The next day Selka disappears, which is completely atypical for her, and Kirito and Eugeo realize that after hearing about Alice years ago she must have headed for the mountain caves on the border. The two rush to a familiar place where it is revealed that Eugeo is able to perform low-level Sacred Arts, in particular the already seen System Call "Generate Luminous Element", a phrase that upsets Kirito due to the computer language used. although Eugeo's consideration of the insignificance of the words "System Call" makes us understand that the inhabitants of Underworld are not really aware of the nature of their "magic", that "System" for them is a simple command, not a word with a meaning.

Arriving at the cave, the two companions find Selka captured by the goblins who, as previously mentioned by Eugeo, have long since stormed the territory under the indifferent and, in his opinion, negligent eye of the knights. Kirito promptly hides himself but Eugeo, seized by the urge to save Selka, reveals their position to the goblins now turned completely on the two unarmed boys.
The episode ends with the monstrous horde ready to attack and Eugeo helpless, paralyzed by fear despite the unsuccessful call of Kirito.

Considerations

The third episode of Alicization confirms the peculiar slow rhythm of this narrative arc compared to previous seasons.
Of course, this story will not always be free of relevant events and action, as confirmed by the end of this episode, but it is difficult to imagine that this is the last time we will have a "relaxed" episode like this. This is not, however, a negative point for the series, which has rarely focused on the most detailed details of its worlds and which indeed testifies to a clear desire to resolve the rhythmic problems that characterized the previous narrative arcs.

Looking at the original Light Novel, it actually appears that this episode could have been even slower if the anime had decided to adapt everything perfectly, but the choice to make cuts on details such as Kirito's personal speculations on the nature of Underworld and of the inhabitants he meets, very difficult to transpose on the screen, or an extensive discussion regarding Eugeo's ability to perform the magic of lighting manages to make the episode lighter without emptying it of content, compensating for the cuts made with the bathroom scene and Kirito's contemplation of his Object Control Authority, and allows the episode to flow smoothly.

Selka's introduction manages to keep intact, albeit in a less obvious way, the implication that she is trying to take Alice's place in more ways and some small details (the use of Blue Rose and the use of magic by by Eugeo) suggest any future developments.

The whole thing, as a whole, flows well and manages to keep the viewer intrigued by the development of the narrative without keeping the mind too busy with an excess of information. The technical merits of the series are also proving consistent, with a visual aspect worthy of an animated film, but the real test will be in the next episode, when we have our first real action scene.