Sword Art Online: Alicization – War Of Underworld

What is it?

The 2019 Japanese anime (animated) TV show Sword Art Online: Alicization – War Of Underworld.

Toonami – Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld Promo (HD 1080p)

What is it about?

This is how MyAnimeList describes this anime (animated) TV show:

Despite the defeat of Quinella—the pontifex of the Axiom Church—things have not seemed to calm down yet.

Upon contacting the real world, Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya finds out that the Ocean Turtle—a mega-float controlled by Rath—was raided.

Due to a sudden short-circuit caused by the raiders, Kirito’s fluctlight is damaged, leaving him comatose.

Feeling insecure about the people at the Axiom Church, Alice brings the unconscious Kirito back to their hometown—Rulid Village, disregarding her banishment due to an unabsolved crime.

Now, Alice is living an ordinary and peaceful life close by the village, wishing for Kirito to wake up.

However, tragedy strikes when Alice notices that the Dark Territory has already started to invade the Human Empire.

Reassuming her previous alias, Alice Synthesis Thirty, she promises to defeat the Dark Territory in order to defend the world that Kirito and Eugeo worked so hard to protect.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

This is how Wikipedia describes this anime (animated) TV show:

The second part of the anime, titled Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, adapts from the novel’s fifteenth volume, Alicization Invading, to the eighteenth volume, Alicization Lasting.

While not covered in the light novels, Alicization takes place after Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, as it incorporates elements from the film not in the novels.[a]


Sword Art Online: Alicization

Sword Art Online (2012)
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The 2018 anime television show Sword Art Online: Alicization.

What is it about?

This is how Wikipedia describes this anime television show:

The third season of Sword Art Online, titled Sword Art Online: Alicization, is an anime series adapted from the light novel series of the same title written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec.

It is produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Manabu Ono.

It covers the “Alicization” arc and adapts from the novel’s ninth volume, Alicization Beginning, to the eighteenth volume, Alicization Lasting.[1]

The series premiered on October 7, 2018,[2] with a one-hour world premiere airing in Japan, the United States, Australia, France, Germany, Russia and South Korea on September 15, 2018.[3]

Aniplex of America announced that the English dubbed version will begin airing on Adult Swim’s Toonami block from February 9, 2019.[4]

It will air for four cours (around one year).[1]

The first opening theme is “Adamas” by LiSA and the first ending theme is “Iris” (アイリス) by Eir Aoi.[5]

The second opening theme is “Resister” by Asca and the second ending theme is “Forget-me-not” by ReoNa.[6]

The music is composed by Yuki Kajiura.[4]

Final Thoughts

This was the worst season of Sword Art Online yet, it was a waste of pretty good animation, and only a few moments and fight scenes like the early goblin fight stood out as some of the better scenes of the season.

My brother GC and I could not wait for this season to end, it became pretty empty, and we wish that they would have focused on the real world more instead of the virtual world this time because the virtual world in this season was not as good as the virtual video game worlds of previous seasons.

If you already hate Sword Art Online, you will likely hate this season even more, and even someone like myself who did not hate the previous seasons did not like this season.

In my opinion this season was a disappointment and a waste of resources that could have went toward a better anime.

The end,

-John Jr