A month has passed and, after a massive amount of death, the people of Aincrad decide to meet up to discuss how they should move forward. A large number of people gather inside a colosseum and they try to develop a strategy for defeating the boss of the first floor.
It is in this episode that the audience learns of the resentment some players have with those who beta tested the game. When the large group finally confronts the floor boss, they are met with a very difficult battle in which most of the group struggles to survive. But, due to the combined effort of Kirito and Asuna, they manage to make it out alive.