– ソードアート・オンライン アリシゼーション
– 刀劍神域 Alicization
– 소드 아트 온라인: 앨리시제이션
– SAO Alicization
– Sword Art Online III
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.
Like other Sword Art Online series, the artwork and animation are just as gorgeous. Unlike the first two seasons where each season was split into two story arcs, the third season is doing the reverse where the arc is split into two seasons. The main narrative is focused on the VR world of Alicization, where time moves faster than real life and using artificial “soul” to populate this world. It is an intriguing notion and sounds credible.
The arc starts very strong with the blend of the real world and the VR account. Once the tale only focuses on the VR world, the pacing suffers. I was more invested at the beginning as we see our familiar characters mature and grow. But the VR sub-arc is almost a stand-alone story that just takes you out of your earlier investment.
Compound the facts that we have fewer characters and a longer arc make the show a bit slow. The show would have been better with fewer episodes. Despite that, I am still looking forward to the conclusion in season 4.
Highly recommended for fans of the series and those that also enjoy playing MMO. Sword Art Online contains moderate violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.
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Sword Art Online Season 3 (2018): Alicization
A collection of notable music and song from this series.
– “Resister” by Asca (eps 14-22, 24)
– “Iris” by Aoi Eir (eps 2-13)
– “Forget Me Not” by Reona (eps 14-18, 20-22, 24)
– “Niji no Kanata ni” by Reona (ep 19)
– “Resister” by Asca (ep 23)
– “Niji no Kanata ni” by Reona (ep 24)
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