Anime Review: Sword Art Online: Alicization

 

Details: This is a review of episodes one through twenty-four. More information can be found at https://www.crunchyroll.com/sword-art-online and https://myanimelist.net/anime/36474/Sword_Art_Online__Alicization

Score: 7/10

Sword Art Online: Alicization is the latest series in the Sword Art Online franchise. Sword Art Online is a well known franchise, both for its popularity and for the ridicule this series receives on the internet. Personally, I don’t think the franchise is perfect, I do mostly enjoy it and look forward to its continuation.

This season picks up where Sword Art Online II left off. Kirito is walking around with his girlfriend when someone jumps out and injects him with poison. Kirito loses consciousness and wakes up in another virtual world, except that none of the people in the virtual world know they are in one. Kirito now must try and make his way through this virtual world in order to escape it.

The big change in this season is that everyone in the virtual is a “fluctlight.” Basically, a fluctlight is a digital copy of a human being. In this way, every virtual person Kirito interacts with is technically sentient and “alive,” despite being an artificial intelligence. Also, each virtual person grew up in the virtual world, so no one knows they are computer programs.

The story feels a little different because everyone in the virtual is “alive,” but doesn’t know about the real world. Kirito is also a master of navigating virtual worlds by now, so you don’t really feel too worried for the characters as you did in past seasons.

With that said, this story hits a lot of the same notes Sword Art Online has hit in the past. There are lots of action scenes and they are mostly well done. There’s a big rape scene… which has sadly happened before in Sword Art Online. Avoid this show if that stuff is intolerable to you. Kirito remains the perpetual bad ass and is usually the strongest guy in the room.

The animation is pretty good.

Overall, this season was okay. It’s another isekai series with a technological twist. I’ve watched this franchise from the beginning, so I’m probably going to keep watching it. If you haven’t seen the first season, I’d advise you watch that first before watching this. There are a lot of story points built on top of events from the prior seasons. It’s also good that you watch earlier seasons to see if Sword Art Online is a show that would even interest you in the first place.

Score: 7/10

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