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Anime Review: ‘Sword Art Online: Alicization’ High Budget High Quality

The cover photo of SAO

Cover of Sword Art Online Season 3

  • Episodes: 24
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game
  • Broadcasts: Sundays ( Fall 2018)
  • Started: October 7, 2018

One of the biggest anime in this era is finally continuing. Do take note that the previous installation of SAO is a spin-off.

Underworld” … the world that could outstrip even “SAO.”
Residents are NPCs who are just like humans.
Kirito wanders into and gets lost in “Underground.”
He and his new friends struggle to escape as they unravel the secrets of this new virtual world…. -Aniplex USA

‘Sword Art Online: Alicization’ is the part of the light novel where Kazuto (Kirito) dies, well, technically gets injected by Black (The surviving Laughing Coffin Member) with suxamethonium chloride. In order to save Kirito, the ministry of defense has put his body on a new dive system (Soul Translator) which he was previously testing.

The reveal of a new dive system

The new dive system makes use of fluctlights. They are mnemonic data which are sent to the brain. This mimics a dream-like trance while using the shiny new technology.

Several characters from the original SAO from ALfheim will be added in this season – this, of course, includes Asuna.

The reveal of Asuna in SAO: Alicization

And let’s not forget Sinon which is from Gun Gale.


A1 Pictures is a really really big anime studio, so expect the highest quality of visual animations anime has to offer. Sure, it may not be the same as ‘Violet Evergarden’ but that’s because of A1’s distinct art style.

Kirito is dead?

As always, SAO makes use of its previous installations for its lore, so if you have not watched the previous seasons you’ll be missing out on a lot.

I still don’t get the hate on SAO, but judging from the plethora of manga, light novel, games, and anime that this series has been pumping out, I’d say it’s doing great! Are you a SAO fan? Write some comments below and share why you like the series.



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Freelance writer and game developer writing for Anime Athena

2 thoughts on “Anime Review: ‘Sword Art Online: Alicization’ High Budget High Quality Leave a comment

  1. The first season of SAO was just fun. I know some people didn’t get into it, but for those of us who got swept up in Kirito’s journey it was a great ride. The following arcs to a lesser extent, but by then I was so invested in the characters and the world that it wouldn’t really matter. I also love Asuna and Kirito as a couple so there’s always that. I’ve been really looking forward to SAO’s return and I’m glad it is finally here.

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    • Yeah! That’s exactly how I feel too. Nothing beats the first SAO because we felt the danger of losing our favorite characters per level of ALfheim Online.

      The succeeding installations to the series seem to drag out the dangerous plot of SAO but to a lesser extent.

      For me though, what kept me going through the series is SAO’s seriousness in keeping its VRMMORPG lore compared to other anime of the same genre, others seem to be indistinguishable to a pure fantasy genre and not really try its characters to link in the real life.

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