Sword Art Online: Alicization-War of Underworld Episode 47 Review/Recap
Well, everyone, I did what I set out to do. I said that I was going to review every episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization, and managed to do just that. Was the season as good as I hoped it would be? At times, it was. But it had its fair share of moments that made us cringe. And pacing problems, to be sure. But for all its faults, I think that the Alicization arc manages to stick the landing with an emotional epilogue.
The morning after he finally comes home, Kirito gets a call from Rinko, who says that Alice has run off somewhere! Just when he’s about to go search for her, though, he gets a box delivery. And guess who’s inside it?
Alice missed Kirito so much that she snuck out via the mail service. After getting herself situated, Alice then berates Kirito for not telling her he could be stuck in Underworld for good. She would have stayed behind to help him if that was the case, which is why Kirito didn’t tell her. She’s the hope for Underworld’s future. After talking things out, Alice gets to stay at the Kirigaya house for the rest of the day and bonds with Suguha and Kirito’s parents. Later that night, though, Alice wakes Kirito up and tells he she got a mysterious message through the Internet.
It takes while, but with Yui’s help, the two figure out that the message is giving them an IP address. One that will allow them to log back into Underworld! The three then call Asuna and head to RATH’s Office, where Rinko confirms that the address works. Thus, Kirito, Asuna, and Alice don’t hesitate to log in. And it turns out, the Underworld has been busy!
In the time since Alice left, the people of Underworld have developed space travel, and the Integrity Knights fly in starfighters and protect the planet from monsters in this big, sci-fi, Gundam world. As fate would have it, two Integrity Pilots, descendants of Ronye and Tiese, are locked in combat with a giant monster. The trio use their swordskills to make short work of it, though, letting the Underworld know that its heroes have returned at last.
I won’t lie to you: I legit had tears welling up in my eyes as the episode came to an end. This wasn’t just the end to the longest arc in SAO. In Reki Kawahara’s original web novels, this marked the end to Sword Art Online. And it was going to stay that way for a long time, until Kawahara decided to give it a new ending with the ongoing Unital Ring arc. It may take years for that to get an anime adaptation, though, so there’s no telling if I’ll cover it. In the more immediate future, though, the series is getting a spin-off.
According to source on the Internet, SAO: Progressive is a soft reboot of the Aincrad Arc, one that sees Kirito and Asuna clear the game at a much slower pace. I admit, it will be nice to see the cast in their early days again, as Aincrad was one of the best arcs in the series.
As for how SAO: Alicization ended: I’d say it did pretty good, but that it’s not as exciting as it could have been. You can’t win them all, though, and I’m just glad that we got to see the anime version of this story. Getting my hands on the Light Novels was so hard! It’s too bad it’s over, though: that last scene of them all in space had me hooked!
I Give “New World” a 3.5/5. Good Ending, ’nuff said.
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