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Sword Art Online: Alicization

Alternative Titles

English: Sword Art Online: Alicization
Synonyms: Sword Art Online III, SAO Alicization, Sword Art Online 3, SAO 3
Japanese: ソードアート・オンライン アリシゼーション


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Premiered: Fall 2018
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:00 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Light novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.731 (scored by 142,286 users)
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Ranked: #10842
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Popularity: #243
Members: 359,668
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The Soul Translator is a state-of-the-art full-dive interface which interacts with the user's Fluctlight—the technological equivalent of a human soul—and fundamentally differs from the orthodox method of sending signals to the brain. The private institute Rath aims to perfect their creation by enlisting the aid of Sword Art Online survivor Kazuto Kirigaya. He works there as a part-time employee to test the system's capabilities in the Underworld: the fantastical realm generated by the Soul Translator. As per the confidentiality contract, any memories created by the machine in the virtual world are wiped upon returning to the real world. Kazuto can only vaguely recall a single name, Alice, which provokes a sense of unease when mentioned in reality.

When Kazuto escorts Asuna Yuuki home one evening, they chance upon a familiar foe. Kazuto is mortally wounded in the ensuing fight and loses consciousness. When he comes to, he discovers that he has made a full-dive into the Underworld with seemingly no way to escape. He sets off on a quest, seeking a way back to the physical world once again.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Sword Art Online: Alicization is an adaptation of volumes 9 through 18 of Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novel series.

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Miki, Kazuma
Ono, Manabu
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Iwanami, Yoshikazu
Sound Director
Kobayashi, Kouji
Episode Director

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#1: "ADAMAS" by LiSA (eps 2-13)
#2: "RESISTER" by ASCA (eps 14-)

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#1: "Iris (アイリス)" by Eir Aoi (eps 2-13)
#2: "forget-me-not" by ReoNa (eps 14-18, 20-24)
#3: "Niji no Kanata ni (虹の彼方に)" by ReoNa (ep 19)

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Mar 30, 2019
SunlitSonata (All reviews)
I tried to like this. I really, really did. I was even sticking out for it upon its announcement because for all of the problems earlier iterations of SAO had, there was always a sense that, if the finer details were checked over and looked at in complete retrospect of what came before, it could be deservedly fun, inspiring or genuinely meaningful. A series deserving of the immeasurable hype phenomenon it generated. Escapism, blurring between actions of reality and fiction was always a thematic that separated the series from the many isekais this decade that followed in its footsteps, and something that held my interest read more
Mar 30, 2019
Stark700 (All reviews)
In a world where popular light novels gets anime, manga, games, and hell, even live action movies, there’s one title I’m sure no anime fan can ignore. Sword Art Online. Becoming ever more popular and entering a mainstream line of anime adaptations, the franchise has also no doubt sparked decent deal of controversy. But hey, controversy sometimes makes cash right?

It’s not rocket science to realize SAO would eventually get a continuation. It was just a matter of when and after 5 years since the second season, the time is now. Sword Art Online Alicization covers the light novels with an extended amount of material, read more
Mar 30, 2019
Chrome_Falcon (All reviews)
The anime community seems to be split in its opinion on SAO. Half of them ignore everything positive about it and only talk about negetive things. The other half just does the opposite. No other anime has been this controversial for more than 5 years after its original release. Now here is a new season that features mostly different cast from the original. So is it worth watching or not? Here is my analysis:-


The story this time is centered not on a game, but around a simulation of civilization. The aim of this simulation is to read more
Mar 30, 2019
papsoshea (All reviews)
Before we begin, be sure to check out Ordinal Scale, a movie of the franchise that’s events take place prior to the main story here. So here we are, back again with another installment (the 3rd) of Sword Art Online that follows the adventures in the virtual reality world of prestigious gamer, Kirito. If you’ve gotten this far with into the franchise, you either loved the excellent blend of its infamous time-jumping storytelling and iconic big fights from the past or hoping for a season that lives up to its promise with a better-paced story and less formulaic plotting. Alicization is the best of both, read more


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