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Episode 1 Review
Japanese Title: ソードアート・オンライン・アリゼーション
“Where… Am I?”
When Kirito wakes up, he finds himself in a magnificent fantasy like world for some reason. He only has vague memories from the time before he logged in and starts wandering around this world to find clues. When he arrives at some ginormous black trees called Gigas Cedar, he meets a boy.
“My name is Eugeo. Nice to meet you, Kirito-kun.”
The boy turns out to be a person of this virtual world, an NPC, but he carries the warm emotions of a human being. While looking for a way to log out of this world, the friendship between Kirito and Eugeo deepens. Then Kirito starts to remember something. It is a memory from his early childhood, how he and Eugeo are running around a mountain – a memory that should not exist.
In his memory it wasn’t only Eugeo but also a girl with golden hair. Her name is Alice. It’s an important name that should never be forgotten.
Sword Art Online is back with its third season and if you had no reason to be hyped, well maybe you should. The first episode is a bit longer than expected and in its forty-seven minutes of runtime you can’t help but being amazed from the exquisite animation and beautiful artwork. The detailing of the characters, the objects, the worlds and their movements are just absolutely wonderful.
In the first half of the episode we get a glimpse of the new VR world that this season introduces along with two more characters joining Kirito’s friend list. They all look like adorable young children and everything seems to be all lovely jubbly but of course shit hit the fan pretty fast as it always happens in Sword Art Online. In the second part, we see Sinon, Kirito, Asuna, Silica, Lisbeth and Klein playing some GGO, and then in the real world we have Kirito sharing with us the new complicated full-dive technology that the company he works for is testing, which apparently uses consciousness or a human’s soul, instead of the brain to immerse them in different realities. Then a remaining Laughing Coffin member attacks Kirito and almost kills him. Just another usual day for him.
The story looks promising, with the new VR environment and character having obvious influences from Alice in Wonderland and trust me the animation will not leave you disappointed.