Originally Posted by superdry
My only problem with the battle was randomness of the strategy to beat the Salamanders. We only know what Kirito does or switches to due to Yui telling Leafa to cast a certain spell at a certain time. It would have been nice to show a minute or two of Kirito telling Yui what his new plan was going to be.
Well, yeah, you could say that they basically did this to surprise the viewer. The take-away in terms of the characters is that Kirito still isn't very good at the whole teamwork thing (communication), but Leafa trusts his judgement anyway even if it seemed crazy. Of course, she had already basically resolved herself that they'd just die and respawn, so she didn't really have anything to lose to go with his crazy possibly-a-plan plan anyway. Having them both be sword fighters in that case wouldn't have been a good strategy against that sort of mage-dominated party (and Kirito's useless in any other role, so...)