Again…I would like to address my own opinion regarding the events of Episode 24 of Sword Art Online.
Many, many people in the SAO tag have been publishing hate-like reviews of this episode due to the seriously massive Deus ex Machina it holds. I really, REALLY dislike this hate—not only because I really like this show, but also because it misunderstands the literary uses of deus ex machina.
I’m putting the rant underneath a read more on purpose. If you’re going to send me hate because I express an opinion then don’t read it. If you’ll go into it open minded, even if you disagree, welcome!
Great examination, it totally works within the anime if thought of that way. On the other hand the anime leaves out part of Kirito’s original monologue. It leaves out him desperately pleading for someone, anyone, to help him, to grant him the power to defeat Sugou even if it means giving up his life. It’s his pleading that awakens Kayaba’s consciousness. To him it’s been almost an instant between now and when Aincrad collapsed.
Also, he doesn’t help Kirito for free: His price is to have Kirito decide what to do with the World Seed, which should hopefully be explained in full next episode.