"Where...am I...?" Before he knows it, Kirito has made a full-dive into an epic, fantasy-like virtual world. With only a murky recollection of what happened right before he logged in, he starts to wander around, searching for clues.
He comes upon an enormous, pitch dark tree (the Gigas Cedar), where he encounters a boy. "My name is Eugeo. Nice to meet you, Kirito." Although he is supposedly a resident of the virtual world – an NPC – the boy shows the same array of emotions as any human being.
As Kirito bonds with Eugeo, he continues to search for a way to log out of this world. Meanwhile, he remembers a certain memory deep down within him. He remembers racing through the mountains with Eugeo as a child... A memory that he should not have in the first place.
And in this memory, he sees someone other than Eugeo, a young blond girl. Her name is Alice. And it is a name that must never be forgotten...
Can this be just me laughing at how, judging by the reviews, it seems as if SAO is good now, no, great, what are you people talking about?
I'm might be going too edgy here, and also, the site is warning me that this must be longer than only HAHAHAHAHA.
I should've dropped this after the horrible episode 5 or the other horrible episode, 6.
Here it is, my non review
The character's interactions are very unnatural and fake;
Pacing is as bad as always, too slow as seen on the first 6 episodes, or too fast like in episodes 7 and 9;
Kirito still looks 12 years old even though
he's 22 or something;
Eps. 5 and 6;
What the heck is Kirito doing on these 2 years at the academy, he sure isn't training;
There is no subtlety anywhere on the show, i LOVED the villains introduced in ep. 7 so much, they're such rich and complex characters;
Kirito a.k.a. Kuro no Ooh Sama Kenshi, hasn't changed at all from the other seasons, as perfect as ever;
Blonde/Shy Kirito is as plain as a Beta can be;
Alice doesn't seem to be a much better character either;
The fight in episode 8 is really bad, choreography, direction, storyboarding, The Sword of Omens making an cameo appearance(THUNDER, THUNDER, THUNDERCATS, OOOOOOHHH);
Harem keeps increasing;
The apprentices are manly maids?
Marry me, senpai.
But there are some good things about it too
The show has an interesting premise,the lineart is as refined and in model as ever, A-1 put some effort on the visuals in the first 4 episodes or so, the colors are really pretty and lively, Alice's blonde hair, the snow inside the cave and the Goblins' vibrant color are particularly striking;
The fight in episode 4 against the Goblins is really good, you could feel the weight in the strikes, the animation was actually good and the characters seemed somewhat in danger, there was also strategy being used in the fight;
Story (4/10) Art(5/10) Sound(6/10)
If you loved the Aincrad arc but felt Fairy Dance and Phantom Bullet were a let down, liked Calibur and Mother's Rosario just fine and surprisingly enjoyed Ordinal Scale, REJOICE, you're probably going to love this new arc, and i heard there is someMAIMING and RAPE in episode 10, SAO fans are going to love this episode, RAPE scenes are already a staple of the show.
But, if you hated everything SAO had to offer in the last 6 years or so but still remember enjoying those first 7 episodes, Go Watch SAO Abridged NOW.
It fixes lots of the problems with the first arc of the anime and makes it exceptionally funny, also the characters are amazing, True Edge Lord Kirito, Dumb AF Asuna and their amazingly fucked up but earned relationship, plus BallsDeep69 and Tiffany.
"Watch Alicization, it's SO much better".
Literally equally bad as the other seasons and movie.
Should have noticed that before, since the creator wrote the movie while he was writing this arc, and the movie is also terrible.
But no, I'm a complete fucking idiot, and decided to waste my time.
So now I'm wasting my time writing this. Enjoy the ride if you can.
I actually enjoyed this as a comedy. It's absolutely hilarious.
According to some fans of the show, if I don’t go into exaggerated detail I have no argument and I’m a baiter; expect this to be very long.
THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR EPISODES 1-10.
is in this high tech virtual reality.
It starts off with blonde Kirito and kiddie Kirito cutting down a tree. This tree is literally the villain of the first arc, by the way. Then, Alice goes there and gives them food. That’s her personality: She cooks food, and is kind of responsible, I guess (So Asuna after the first arc, basically). [Kiddie] Kirito’s personality is slightly more childish, but mostly the same from the original. Blonde Kirito, aka Eugeo, is the same but slightly more responsible and more shy. There aren’t many things that distinguish their personalities apart.
Anyway, we get into a boring exposition dump (Just like in any other SAO season) that takes around 7 minutes. Conveniently, they explain the dragon, the good/bad guys, Alice’s backstory, his dad and what happens when you go to the evil land: things that literally happen and are explained again in the next 2-10 minutes. They were already aware of these things before. Why are they explaining these things if they already know? This is just a problem throughout SAO entirely. The writer doesn’t know how to deliver information to the viewer.
So something, something, they want to go for some ice somewhere, and it could be in some cave apparently. They go in a cave where the [dead] dragon is, grab some ice and realize they are lost. They go through a random entrance of many and it’s the evil land.
Then they see two good/bad guys fighting. “So the guy in dark clothes is from the dark organization”- the kids say. The bad guy falls and points at the kids. Alice runs to him, even though he’s the bad guy and that’s the evil land, falls, and her fingertips touch the evil land. It’s so over-dramatic that it’s comical. If they made it less dramatic, I would have taken it seriously.
Next day, the good guy goes for Alice to arrest her in some kinky handcuffs. They also explain again that the mayor is Alice’s dad, by the way. Kirito tries to stop him, but the other guy is too powerful. Eugeo also tries it but is stopped by an “Alert System” he has implanted. Why didn’t those work when they were getting close to the evil land? Even though they over explain most things, I’m still left with questions.
Kirito wakes up from the virtual thing, then goes to GGO. Mostly uninteresting choreography. Also, weird to see Kirito in the girl skin while everybody else has a model that is exactly like in real life. Another plot-hole, I see.
So, Sinon asks Kirito [and Asuna] to go the bar another day to ask him something/talk. Why don’t they stay there to talk? Oh, right! Because then he couldn’t die.
So they go to the bar and there is ANOTHER exposition dump. It goes on for 4 minutes, then Asuna interrupts, then it goes on for another 7 minutes. They aren’t even explaining necessary plot points, they are just wasting my time here.
Then, Kirito and Asuna go outside, mention more stuff and the last bad guy from GGO appears, with an injection of poison, somehow (they forgot that plot point from GGO). And the moment where Kirito tries to grab his sword is hysterical. How could the show screw up the tone so badly? This is comparable to the homing bullet in GGO.
Bad guy runs towards him, Kirito pushes Asuna, grabs the umbrella, and instead of Kirito going for the chest (because the bad guy wouldn’t have reached him that way and stopped) he goes for the leg and gets injected in the heart. Hilarious. Also, I noticed that when Kirito stabbed the bad guy, a knife effect was heard. Great sound design!
Episodes 2-6 are very boring (Tree is the bad guy until episode 4). They barely even advance on episode 4; little development that won't pay off happens, and nothing interesting happens.
Some things I will mention however:
1.- The goblins getting scared by the glowing plant is and looks dumb.
2.- The part where Kirito is scared because of his bleeding arm? He just uses it later like nothing happened (it's later explained, but the explanation is so ridiculous OMG).
3.- When Eugeo gets hurt in the goblin fight, Kirito talks to him for a minute straight when there is a giant, expert, pissed off goblin right there behind him. It ruins the tension.
4.- The scene where Alice appears behind Kirito is ridiculous. No explanation could mask how stupid and convenient it was. It's just there to explain where Alice is EXACTLY.
5.- "This tree is incredibly powerful, even the Rose Sword doesn't do much damage"
"Now it's instantly easy!"
6.- Why did Kirito need Eugeo to go to the capital with him? He could have went with literally anybody else after they finshed their easier calling. Wanting him because he's "familiar" is a terrible excuse.
7.- Eugeo's training with the sword is skipped over, just like any moment when Kirito "trained".
8.- The security for The Ocean Turtle was really weak.
9.- Asuna is still ruined (she was somewhat healed in season 2, but got fucked up again in Ordinal Scale). She hates the guy that made the AI for war, but doesn't hate the guy that killed thousands of people "because she could spend some time with Kirito" and "her selfish needs".
10.- The characters just mention confidential stuff to their friends like if it didn't even matter.
11.- The SCI-FI in this is completely stupid and overwritten (guys the souls/fluctlights are tubes of light or some shit. Very necessary info, according to the show).
Episode 7 really shows how all the problems from the first two seasons are still present.
Time skip… Fuck me.
Literally one of the main problems of SAO is now necessary. Why bother for character development? Or good pacing? “But in the novels-“. I’m criticizing the show, not the novels. And the novels also has time skips, right?
We are told literally everything that happened in those two years in the form of exposition. Why even care about showing a story when we could just have a character on screen explaining the entire thing for 50+ episodes? This is so bad.
And then we are force-fed EVEN MORE exposition. This is a more insulting version of exposition, however. Not only are the things mentioned stuff we and the characters already knew about, but they even mention the most basic things imaginable. “If you are low-level you can only do simple spells, but if you level-up you can do more complicated spells”. This is another main problem from the first two seasons. The show acts like the audience is mentally challenged,
“If you believe in yourself, your power will amplify many times, to the point where you could rewrite the laws of the world”… People lied to me. The show hasn’t gotten any better, it’s just as bad as ever. People actually defend this. Wow.
I don’t care if another shitty show made by the same creator is related to this concept (Accel World), it’s still the most stupid thing I’ve ever seen in any show.
We get a fight with no tension. The choreography is pretty bad, too; only one character is shown on screen receiving/giving hits at a time, and the red lines feel very out of place overall. Animation is good, as usual.
When the fight finishes, we get some dick-sucking for Kirito in the form of words. “You have shown me that my sword-fighting isn’t perfect (even though I’ve been training since I was little and you haven’t shown me anything specifically but let’s just ignore that). You haven’t shown you’re true potential. BLEH BLEH BLEH”. Just like the first two seasons…
Nothing happens for a while, but then two of the most cliché characters show up, and clichés are unbearable to me. They also piss me off because they are completely unnecessary characters.
OVERDRAMATIC BREAD EATING.
Now Kirito shows some flowers he’s planting for Liena in the garden.
Then he gets a sword that was being worked on for a long time and wasted more resources than usual for free, just because he can hold it: Literally.
Then he trains with the sword and accidentally gets dirt on Uolo Levanteinn: the biggest cliché character so far. “Hey you got dirt on my shirt, nOw We hAvE tO dUEl”. And Kirito agrees to his conditions that “could kill him” because he is as cocky as ever and he will not get hurt because the plot still needs him.
Now for episode 8.
We get what is essentially a recap before the fight, but in the moment that Liena grabs Kirito’s shoulders, her mouth is very out of place for 15 seconds.
This fight has the shittiest choreography in the entire show. Uolo screams, and Kirito can see what Uolo feels? Not very well explained, but hilarious nonetheless. Uolo slowly swings his sword forward, and instead of dodging it he attempts to parry it three times (which means clearly enough time to dodge but whatever). Kirito imagines all the bland characters he’s met, and that gives him enough power to stop it. Has he never done that before? Because he could beat Liena if he wanted to. Why has he never used the power of imagination before? Or did he use it before and the show just forgot? Confusing as hell.
After some more laughable choreography, the battle is stopped. Why even make it a cliff-hanger? This was disappointing and short as hell.
Didn’t Kirito win though? “First blood”, right?
Also, most background characters looked so uncanny/goofy during this battle.
Then we get into 2 minutes of exposition for Liena.
Also, Gorgolosso doesn’t do anything for episodes 7-8.
After the exposition scene, Kirito goes outside and meets the two cliché characters. One of them gives Kirito one of the flowers he planted, all ruined. I can’t feel anything for the flowers if they were introduced one episode before and this was their only part in the story. Also, the flowers suddenly bursting was funny.
Kirito crying over flowers?
Then some Deus Ex-Machina voice comes and says “Yo, you gotta imagine stuff, something, something, don’t give up”. Kirito explains what he was just explained and the flowers are restored. Yay, I guess. We spent 6 minutes in the garden, somehow.
Another battle with nice animation and terrible choreography happens. We don’t even see swords hitting until the last blow. Liena just had to believe in herself to win. This sentence is stupid.
Kirito gives Liena the flowers.
We are introduced to two bland waifus that act the exact same way, and the episode ends.
This Episode feels very long and stretched out. Some users mentioned that it’s because after the last scene of this episode a lot of important things happened, and they didn’t want to end it on a cliff-hanger. But in that case, why didn’t they animate a little bit more of the content that was cut off? That would have evened things out without one part feeling too rushed and another feeling too slow.
Apparently the two evil cliché guys are actually #1/#2 there. But Eugeo without any imagination training could easily go against the second best guy, and most likely even win if the fight wasn’t stopped. This makes no sense.
Then, Kirito and Eugeo are invited by the two bland waifus that were introduced last episode. The one that isn’t as bland anymore is Tiese, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
Kirito and Eugeo are told that one of the evil cliché guys are forcing a character to inappropriate acts. And this somehow relates to Eugeo? Were they planning on Eugeo knowing somehow? What if they didn’t tell him? They are the most cartoonish evil cliché guys I’ve seen. And somehow the things that they are doing aren’t recognized by the Taboo Index? You’d expect sexually suggestive acts to be priority if you can stop people from doing something before the act. This is just a cheap way to introduce the fact that some things aren’t picked up by the Taboo Index, mirroring laws and morals of the real world.
Then Kirito monologues the most basic and obvious things of laws/morals, and the characters act like it enlightened them and it changed their lives? The information was some of the most obvious things ever! Come on!
“Stay cool” was terribly foreshadowed. Kirito tells Eugeo to use it to say goodbye, but only on very important events. But why did Kirito say it before? Why not just say “Say ‘Stay Cool’ only when I’m ABOUT TO DIE” or something like that, if you’re going to have bad writing anyway?
Then they confront the evil cliché guys. They were planning on provoking Eugeo and Kirito, but one of them still breaks their cool occasionally for some tame shit. Weird.
At last, the final scene, where Tiese gets to shine, but in a terrible/fucked up way. The actual dialogue is the best in SAO, but the implications might be the worst. Tiese asked Eugeo for a future marriage proposal, to which Eugeo said yes, but he actually wants Alice, so Tiese will [most likely] be cucked later. Fuck this Soap Opera.
Episode 10. The worst episode of the entire series so far.
So little actually happens in this episode.
They talk so much and it's so unnecessary. Do they have to mention 3 fucking times that their arms are bleeding out loud?
Eugeo basically gets NTR'd for a while. This is exactly why the Fairy Dance Arc got so much shit talk, yet the fans are going crazy over this episode. SAO fans are weird.
Everything was so exaggerated: The bad guys' personalities that are so smug the entire time, the faces from a comedy scene, the goddamn tongues, the gymnastic jump to get to the bed, the blood went like a sprinkler, everything. I cannot take this seriously. I couldn't stop laughing.
Why was Alice facing the other way? Cheap effect that doesn't even work prevails over logic again!
Fans were hyping this episode so much yet it's the embodiment of why this show is bad.
Things I like:
1.- The few seconds that Klein was on screen, especially when he's talking. His VA alone shows a lot more personality than the rest of the show.
2.- Animation and OST. Obviously.
According to some obviously not delusional people, I'm not a good reviewer because I've only judged the first episodes; these people are stupid and should be ignored. This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in a long time. Why would the first episodes be garbage and then it turns out to be instantly good? The first episodes of the show are still a part of the show (a big shocker to SAO fans, I know).
Also, they constantly repeat "the next episodes are so much better, the good stuff happens next".
So after 10 episodes of bullshit it becomes instantly good? That’s very hard to believe.
Watch it if you enjoy it, but in my opinion: Still garbage; always garbage.
This new SAO finally brings new characters who aren't extremely bland, evil, annoying, redundant, and/or useless. We are finally greeted with kirito's new virtual world and faces new challenges that of course include saving someone from a higher power as we've seen countless times. The difference is that this higher power finally is genuinely interesting and the notion of their existence brings up many higher level intellectual subjects such as societal evolution and the theory of knowledge. This new experiment that is being done in the anime is extremely interesting for any computer science
and/or philosophy student and definitely get a 9/10 for story.
The Art and Sound is typical of any other SAO season and get a 9/10 and 8/10 respectively. The new fantasy world is well drawn and vibrant, and sounds are just right.
Character and Enjoyment get and 7/10 and 9/10 respectively. The new characters have finally pumped fresh blood into this series, and most of them are fine/good. However the old and redundant characters are still taking a backseat in what seems like a feline meeting that happens every 1 or 2 episodes. This new SAO is as enjoyable as the good episodes of the first season, it drifts from its old concepts of the VRMMO world which refreshes the entire show well in my perspective.
Overall , SAO : Alicization gets a 8.5/10, would recommend to all of the SAO and mmo fans, also does well for tech fans too.
Anime 👏 Review 👏 (contains spoilers)
(I will compare Alicization to light novels and season 1 cuz they have similar basis with new world and shit)
As a someone who read the SAO: Alicization light novels, I don't like how the anime adaptation is from the ep 1 to ep 7 compared to the light novels. I'm probably going to write another review after the anime is finished.
Story (9): I was actually really hyped by the first episode and only thing I can say about it is "great". It's interesting in a similar way to the first episode of the first season. The world building in the
first few episodes doesn't fall apart like in first arc of season 1 where there is nothing interesting or shrouded in mystery. The story is interesting all the way to the episode 6 where things clarify, but at the same time adds many more questions to the pot.
What I really want to talk about is episode 7. They skipped few things from the light novels and I thought that it was okay since it wasn't that important to the story. But when they skipped like one mini arc which worked for me in the light novels as a sort of character building/bonding between Kirito and Eugeo. Especially the scene where Kirito and Eugeo conversed and Eugeo asked about what Kirito is going to do when he gets his memories back. How am I supposed to feel at that moment? The characters didn't have enough screen time to bond with each other and then to show that kind of vulnerability and emotions towards each other. It felt kinda awkward. At this point in the light novels it felt like they are gonna be BFF. Also the first few minutes before and after op where pure shit. It was there clearly to make the episode long enough. In light novel the Sorteliena's introduction was better by ten folds. A-1 compressed over 30mins of explaning and character building (in the light novels) into almost 3 minutes of fighting. The character and world building was so much better in light novels. I understand that they can't keep every single thing from the novels but I would've still dedicated the whole episode to Sorteliena. I also undestand how from the 30mins of reading like 10mins of description of surroundings. I feel like the directing is the problem and episode 7 good example of that.
Sounds (9): The OP is so good, hyphy and catchy. I believe there are so many people who heard the song checked the series out because of that.
I really like how they re-used many of the season 1 OSTs. I think season 1's OST was so good and hyphy and it really left an impact on me. Particularly the goblin fight brought back some memories. Although I'm not sure if it's literally the same track but it sounds pretty similar. EP is okay.
Art and animation (9): Art is great (Literally nothing more to say). I think the animation is really amazing and I love the looks and smoothness of the sword skills and the action scenes. I think episode 7 choreography in fight between Sortelinea and Kirito is pretty funny looking but still great animation.
Characters (4): In anime... they suck. Kirito is still Kirito and Eugeo doesn't get much anything from anyone. I think the time skip really made Eugeo a shallow character at least for now. The RATH squad is still pretty much mystery in anime so there is nothing to say about em. They get so much more attention in the light novels
Conclusion: I think the SAO: Alicization has improved only in the world building compared to season 1. Characters are as bad as ever. I have high hopes that episode 7 doesn't repeat itself again and then Alicization would be at least a "very good" series that could even be recommended to someone. (though it's season 3 so if you recommend this to someone they would still need to watch 2 seasons of garbage.)