Sword Art Online: Alicization

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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
English: Sword Art Online: Alicization
German: Sword Art Online Alicization
Spanish: Sword Art Online Alicization
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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
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy
Theme: Video GameVideo Game
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.571 (scored by 627258627,258 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #15952
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #145
Members: 1,056,191
Favorites: 7,311

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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.

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Sword Art Online: Alicization is an adaptation of volumes 9 through 14 of Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novel series.

Characters & Voice Actors



Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
1: "ADAMAS" by LiSA (eps 2-13)
2: "RESISTER" by ASCA (eps 14-22, 24)

Ending Theme

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 (eps 19)

Episode Videos


Jan 14, 2024
Sword Art Online finally redeemed itself. It fixed every major problem the previous seasons had. Most of all, it provided the viewer a story that was actually good.

Sword Art Online : Alicization starts with a completely different setting : we recognise Kirito, but he himself is unaware of the world he is in. The 45-minute long first episode provides the viewr a new experience; Kirito is not a powerful overlord, but merely a powerless child. He lives life normally, working and playing with his friends. Even the few minutes we see him in the real world are not too bad : they just serve to ...
Mar 19, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Spoiler-less, TL;DR, fast, simple, and easy-to-digest review:

Swords, Swords, MORE SWORDS!!!


Animation? Excellent (+++)
This is by far the season with the best art style and animation in the series... yet! Fight scenes are way superior to previous ones.

Characters? Ok (+)
Jan 5, 2021
"I will only view this from anime perspective"

"I Believe everyone that saw this review already saw Previous ark / season of SAO"

"If you feel the previous season of this series are average or just okay I absolutely don't recommend you to watch this, except you doesn't have anything left to watch"

first thing first I absolutely don't understand why people say that this is better than previous ark. I do see the attempt to make this ark to become a new experience. but unfortunately they kind of fail to establish the right element in the anime it self. yes, they succeed on downgrading it.

~ Story ~

so ...

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