Won't go too into detail so that I won't spoil the garbage. That being said, so far, the story is a disgrace to anime viewers. If the stories of the previous SAO seasons felt as if an edgy teen made it up, this one is way worse. It's as if the edgy teen lost their sanity and wrote whatever bs they could think of. A lot of wasted potential because of the story.
Same as story, absolute garbage. I was hoping for some better character development, but the character backstories for this arc so far is so demented and unimaginable that its disgusting. As
usual, the villains were written very poorly, and the protagonists' backstories not being very clear either.
Art and Sound: 9
That being said, the redeeming factors of this show lie with the art, animation, and sound. The visuals are stunning, but doesn't distract you from how bad the plot is. The soundtrack is still great, helping to hype up meaningless battles that are irrelevant to the plot. The OP and ED were great, but again, it doesn't make up for how bad the plot is.
I enjoyed listening to the OP and ED. That's about it. The rest of the time, I was either questioning why i bothered to watch this show in the first place, or cringing over the plot.
So far, episode 1 seemed like there was room for development, but all that potential went down the drain in the next few episodes. It doesn't seem like it will be worth watching the show to the end.
SAO is a series that for some reason, a loud minority of westerners love to hate on despite it being one of the most successful media franchises in Japan(where it matters). Alicization as an arc, particularly the second half (war of underworld) fixes a lot of the issues that loud minority have with the series and with the story.
Alicization War of Underworld is by far the best installation of SAO to date. There was never any doubt in my mind that it would be, having read the LN. After the events of the end of Alicization, Kirito is left incapacitated and in the care of
Best Waifu, Alice. Alice is conflicted with her duty as a knight to protect the kingdom and fight against the dark empire and between her feelings as a woman to stay with Kirito.
This installation gives us Alice as the protagonist and my God is it amazing to see her personal development and character growth from when she first appeared. A-1 have truly done an amazing job of adapting the story and in my opinion, it may be the best LN adaption of all time in terms of faithfulness, right now at least. The art is gorgeous, I'm talking Unlimited Budget Works gorgeous, the music, fights, OP/ED etc are all top tier. I can not recommend watching this enough, even if you hate SAO. Please, just go in with an open mind and try it out.
Disclaimer: I don't hate SAO, but I am not a fan of this adaptation.
Have you ever watched an anime in which, before they play the opening, they show a short clip before the episode? Whether they were supposed to recap or to set the mood, I never really liked these. This new season's episodes remind me of these shorts.
Without a doubt, one of the major flaws of this season is the pacing. What could have been covered in one episode is stretched out into two. What the studio doesn't seem to understand is that an episode is supposed to advance the plot
or build upon a character, but the bulk of the episode is meaningless exposition. Gabriel should know who Vassago is without asking; they literally spawned next to each other and look identical to their real-world counterparts. In fact, they even do a cliche "evil guy" pose together.
The order in which the episode plays out is also very awkward. For example, Gabriel breaks in, then shows how he got in, then discusses possible options to achieve his goal, then explains what his goal is. Similarly, Vixur decides to propose to Lipia while in the middle of a discussion about war, and a short clip of Yui attempts to foreshadow the ALO players' participation in the final battle. It's random, out of place, and doesn't work.
With its new characters, SAO clearly hasn't learned from its past mistakes. Gabriel is basically Sugou (in other words, he's a fucking psycho) who makes typical rapey expressions and gets high off of murder. He's a fucking asshole for basically no reason. After Gabriel, they introduce a dozen new named characters (none of whom are even remotely memorable) and kill off two of them. While Vixur's scene was a lot more badass than it was in the novel, it didn't really mean anything as the death of Gabriel and a few other heads would have done nothing to soothe the rage of the thousands of other bloodthirsty, battle-ready monsters. There are more effective ways to stop war than mindlessly throwing yourself at a literal god; then again, SAO's characters have never been known for their intellect.
My problem with the characters isn't even that they are bland and dull, but that the anime has no idea what it's trying to do with them. We focus on Alice taking care of Kirito for a couple of episodes, then switch over to Rath's situation, then take a detour to the Dark Territory. In the previous arcs, the focus was on Kirito, and people liked seeing him in action. Now, we aren't getting anything substantial. This feels more like a 12-episode extra rather than an actual season. Who is supposed to be getting development? Who does the story revolve around?
What pisses me off the most about this season is that they never "show," and love to "tell." There are distinct concepts behind each character, but for every character except Alice, they are merely stated instead of animated. Clearly, the director has no idea how to do light novel adaptations - it's not a fucking audiobook, it's an anime. There is no need for Fanatio to give such a long-winded explanation of "well, I learned to love myself for who I am." There is no need for Alice to fucking change clothes in order to tell Ronie and Tiese that it wasn't their fault. Everything that the novel could improve on is kept exactly the same, but a lot of things that are done right are also ruined.
The art looks exactly the same as in Alicization. It's still stunning and the fight scenes are fluid. The length of the fights themselves seems to have suffered, but to take off points for that would be unfair.
The opening song and ending are just as good as always, The soundtrack is good enough to set the mood, which is good enough for me.
So far, this new installment of SAO has seen a drastic quality drop in almost every area. Fans of SAO who expect an improved story and better characters will be sorely disappointed, and fans of SAO who come for the hyped up fights and Kirito's general overpoweredness will also find nothing of use. Those of us who are waiting for certain events from the light novels to be animated will also have to wait for the plot to actually start progressing. Maybe it would be better to just watch a recap video once this season ends and skip right over to the next one.
Four episodes in and the story is already not making any sense, and yes, I have watched Alicization and even that is better compared to what we've gotten in the past 4 episodes of this, this is slated to be 12 episodes? Well that's a surprise, but a good one because it's not faring well so far.
The story is summarized by bad guy tries to take Alice cause she's the building blocks of the entire VR world they are in apparently. Though it all falls apart now that we know that the bad guy is absolutely insane. Think of all previous SAO baddies up till
now. This current one is about 5x that and it's just the same sex fiend bad guy that the previous ones where. Only he wants to kill you at the same time for his high.
So, that's the story and characters so far, as Kirito and Alice haven't had much of an roll so far, and Asuna remains on the sidelines. It amazes me to think SAO has gone on for this long with the same generic bad guy at the end of each season. And when so many plot holes and deus ex moments fill it.
Art is probably the best thing about this anime, and sound a close second, it can still get me pumped at the right moments, but those moments are tiresome when the rest isn't all that good to watch which is why I'm questioning myself watching it.
Overall enjoyment is null. There is none, but it passes the time and there are still worse things to watch that wouldn't get me as frustrated as something that could be good would. I do not suggest watching this.
All the negative reviews don't understand what makes a good Anime but only complain and rate all animes 1 star.
I will explain why this is a good anime.
Story: No sjw or "non violance". Animes used to show true Nature and feelings of the humans but modern animes go for "Non violence" or white males war only which makes the show predictable and BORING.
people aren't peaceful so showing 100 episodes of a single fight where the loser only has a sad face and the winner has a smile is called a garbage anime. In SAO True nature where violence and Horror things people in "Real Life"
do is shown which makes the story very interesting and unpredictable because you cannot predict the characters (which i will explain more in the characthers topic) or the story, there is everything in SAO from romance to full action to adventure. "A good anime makes you want to watch the next episode right away" Sao Delivers it.
Art: i have no words to the art in this anime it's relaxing and just mesmerizing. there is a scene when a pigeon flies through the lake it's just amazing the investment of drawing and details.
Sound: Where do i even start... THAT BASS. do you remember how all the Game Trailers sound is amazing? where the skill is shown or when the gun shoots you hear a nice beautiful Bass? SAO HAS IT.
do you remember listening to chillstep and melodics when you were little?
SAO HAS IT.
Characters: Outstanding!!! You actually can feel them in the Anime (i'll explain). Some animes when you watch you think "He is strong" or "He is the coolest one" so you can start predicting what's the next move or how the episode will end, but in SAO you know it because you feel each one of them, you feel their love, their hate, their personality which reflects about their decisions that's why you can't predict because even if you will try to predict something there is a chance they will do something or worse or better or actually fail without a good outcome like other animes because they act on logic and feelings and personalities which makes the show more interesting and natural while most of modern anime only act on logic and "Outsmarting".
Enjoyment: just Watch it and if you reached episode 10 don't put 1 star because if you weren't enjoying it you wouldn't waste 4 and a half hours straight in 1 star show.
When I watch an SAO series, I usually try not to expect much from it. When you have SAO, I usually just watch it for the world-building and the interesting concepts. Things like characters or story, I try to pass on some of the less glaring confusing plotholes.
For the good things about the show. I find it very interesting the concepts with the fluctlight and the VR dive technology. I think most of us wouldn't mind a summer vacation there, minus all the anime dangers. Alice is also a more decent character, with her origin and care for Kirito, you have to appreciate her.
I can't say much more good about it; Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld is just a mess. To begin with, the viewer is confused about what in the world is happening in the outside world. The pacing is a little awkward, while most of the time we are shown the VR world, they show is rushed detail the conflict going on at the base with the VR tech is at. Which I have to add, usually most people don't care about the outside world if you have a focus story-wise on the VR one. Assassins Creed tried it, and look at how everyone reacted with Desmond. Anyway, we know there is an attack on the base by some bad guys, and we are confused about who they are affiliated with, which brings me to the next point.
One of the reasons why some thought to come back to watch the SAO series with Alicization is that those common things associated with SAO were different. Kirito is not exactly overpowered, especially currently, but that we know will change. Also, there is a philosophical debate about the AI people being actual humans or not.
Sadly it seems to again be falling into the standard "SAO tropes." SAO has always had a problem with villains, and the one introduced this season is just as creepy and has he exact face as all the other past minor or major villains of SAO. And I guess nowadays, having a basic boring villain would be actually refreshing? Well, it normally would be okay, except SAO has a tendency to well... make the villains very disturbing and show some really unnecessary graphic scenes in order to tell you the villain is "bad". It is a turn off to a lot of people, and really confusing with the more light-hearted tone of the story.
I will probably finish watching this because I hate to leave a series I've so heavily invested into unfinished. But I think after this last episode I need a short break from it this next week.
At the beginning if you are the one who hate SAO for no reason , don't waste your time reading my review ..
i'm someone who watched more than 700 series for over than 15 year, so i will give my impression on this season without personal effect , Read it with a calm mind ,,
I'm reading many negative reviews about this series from many ppls here but they missed many important points the gives this show its enjoyment ..
Let's go down to the details , at first i will give my ratings:
Story 8/10 :
*Story* the story
is going on in order of the timeline while focus on giving details on all the parties and sides of the story (kirito & alice - underworld in human and dark realm - real world ), in my opinion this is giving the story a very big positive factor instead of being negative to it ..distribution of the screen time and sides of story comparing to the no of episodes are fair but we need more episodes to cover more details .
and with each episode pass, the story get more integrated and more interesting while completing its all fragments .
Art is amazing and the scenes are highly detailed which make this anime more realistic using simple yet wonderful drawings, scenes of fighting are interesting and beautiful but we need more battle screen time .
Sound 8/10 :
Op & ED songs are amazing ones among all the songs of this year animes , let the other soundtracks are exactly suitable for the most of the anime but some scenes needed more ost and changed one with other
Character 9/10 :
The characters are interesting while the screentime directed toward develop it could be less than what we all want but we should notice that this season has only 12 ep and much details and events are included in it , the charcters are wonderful at the most points .. u will know it when u complete watching it to the end
Enjoyment 10/10 :
It's SAO, fiction with our heroes and Sci-fi and romance comprised with dark world ..
all the moments of this anime were enjoyable to the extent that i wanted to watch it forever .
SAO Alicization' underworld war is clearly Amazing and deserve watching .. never miss it ^_*
Overall 9/10 :
with pace of the anime , it will deserve higher rating ^_^
my review here is just initial one because the anime didn't finish up-till now ..
Looking forward into the remaining episodes and the second Core ... 3>
This is my first review about anime, pardon me for my bad English
I choose this one to be my first because i followed this series from the beginning
First, let's start from the story. We can see from the first episode the continue of the series. Truly when i watched it, i think that i'm going to cry because i remember Eugeo's death. I'm so touched and sad with the Kirito's condition. So, i give 8,5 to 9 for the story because it's almost completely same with the novel, but still there is a lot scene that has been skip.
Second, the art. I think that A-1
improved the art quality. It can be proved from the ending song's art. It's so realistic. But still the fighting scene is too short and some scene that can support the story development are cut off. So, it's 8 from 10.
Third, sound. I think this is the best part of this series. The opening and ending song completely match with the new pov of this series. We can feel the struggle, sad, and dark side from this series. Not only that, i think the backsound it's more detail than before. 9 from me.
Fourth, character. I think we can see many character development, especially Alice. If you watch SAO Alicization before, in this series we can see many of her expression. The new villain character (especially Gabriel) is less introduced in detail, like the background, his family, or maybe his current life (his job, connection). So, it's 8.
Fifth, i think that i enjoy this series. Until the fifth episode, i was like rollercoaster when i watch it. I feel sad, a little bit creepy, sometime i got the goosebumps and curious about what's next episode is. So, it's 9.
Overall, i think this anime is really good and can be better because it still has 7 episodes and one split cour. Please watch it after you watch SAO Alicization and please watch it with your heart inside it. You can feel all the emotions from this anime if you are positioned as someone who sees it directly.
That's all for me. I hope it can be helpful for you.
Story : 1
This is one of the worst, the earlier SAO parts were too pushy on being eDgY but this takes the spot, it's not different. And without getting into spoil territory ill just say we all know how its gonna end.
Art & Sound : 8
SAO has always had really good Art and Sound production, whether or not it's it's high budget or not doesn't matter. The OPS and EDS are great and really are the only thing letting me still watch this, The Art work is on top but there are already some really bad CGI moments, Enough to make you look at them
and wonder why.
Character : 1
There is a lot of potential not used which is terrible, i found myself wondering what i could do better because some of the Characters can be genuinely explored but aren't. This is nothing new with SAO but i feel like its getting worse.
Enjoyment : 2
The reason this is a 2 and not a 1 is because the art really saves this series, Its fun to laugh at how bad it is and when watching it with friends can sometimes even be okay, But that doesn't take away from the terrible writing and wasted potential.
Overall : 1
I know we aren't that far in but we all know whats happening and as a LN reader i can say it doesn't get better, its not worth watching at any rate, wait until they fix the series or better yet just read the LN.
I should probably start this review off by letting you guys know that, in general, I am completely neutral to SAO; I don't hype it up for more than it's actually worth, neither do I bash it unnecessarily since that seems to be sort of a trend these days (both the mindless hyping and the mindless bashing). The best analogy I can think of for SAO is a roller-coaster: it hooks you at the very start with its interesting premise, lovely soundtracks, and beautiful designs; it gradually eases you upward, satisfying you little-by-little, but once you reach the top everything else is just downhill from
This was the case for me with SAO's first season, and SAO's latest season (Alicization started off strong; everything after the sexual assault went downhill). The pacing was ruined, the animators grew lazy with the fight-scenes, things stopped making sense, etc.
War of Underworld, so far, has satisfied me. The focus isn't just on Kirito (which may or may not be a turn-off for most), and time is actually being taken to show us different sides of the same story from varying perspectives. In a way, it feels like War of Underworld is trying to scratch my Game of Thrones itch; there are even darker elements involved as well, such as a cruel (yet oddly satisfying twist) between two lovers and the main bad guy.
Of course, it still has its flaws as well: Kirito's harem is still as uninteresting as always, Asuna still isn't the "Lightning Flash Asuna" many of us grew to like, but instead some side-chick who chills on the sidelines praying for the safety and well-being of her man like a damsel. At times, it feels like it's rushing things a bit, and certain characters could definitely be fleshed out better. However, so far, it has been a pretty enjoyable watch.