Sword Art Online is back, and boy oh boy, the first episode really helps you freshen up your memories and relive the hype. Absolutely gorgeous in its aesthetics and with an intriguing storyline, Sword Art Online: Alicization is going to make this next year an amazing experience for all the SAO fans out there.
Japanese Original Episode Title: アンダーワールド
In the first half of the episode we see Kirito in an unknown VR environment spending his time as a child with his friends Eugeo and Alice. One day as they enjoy their meal, they decide to go explore a cave on the borders of Human Territory in order to get some ice. After finding the ice and the remains of a White Dragon, they get lost and end up at the boundary with the Dark Territory, where Alice trips and falls with her hand touching the Dark Territory. She is then sentenced to death by the Integrity Knights. Kirito attempts to save Alice from being taken away, but fails and awakens in the real world tearing and with no memory of what happened.
On the second half on the episode, we see Sinon, Kirito, Asuna, Silica, Lisbeth and Klein confronting a mysterious PK squad in GGO that flees after one of them is taken down. After the battle, Sinon invites Kirito and Asuna in the real world at Andrew’s café to ask them to join her in the upcoming edition of the BoB tournament. Kirito then starts telling them more about his part-time job in the Rath Company where he works as a tester for a new Full-Dive technology known as ‘Soul Translator’ or STR. On their way home, Kirito and Asuna are attacked by the last member of Laughing Coffin, Johnny Black, who succeeds in injecting Kirito with a syringe.
Eugeo, Alice, Kirito, and the VR: I have no words to describe how beautiful the VR world was along with the characters. The lighting, the movements even their eyes were so well designed and detailed that I thought I was watching a movie or something. The fact that Alice is inspired by Alice in Wonderland is pretty much self-explanatory from her name, outfit, and overall looks but honestly everything looked so pretty that I got entranced and overwhelmed by every scene.
Full- dive technology: So much information was thrown to us during their conversation at the café that I actually had to stop and write down everything. So basically, this Rath Company is working in something that is called ‘Soul Translator’ technology and they think that the human soul is some sort of light that they call Fluctlight, which they try to mess up with in order to make humans live dream-like experiences.
Kirito Vs Johnny Black: Come on Kirito, really? I know you tried to save Asuna first and you don’t want to kill in the real world but you should have aimed for his vital points as well or at least have tried to disarm him or something. Supposedly you have practiced kendo before, so what are you doing? Have you lost so much weight that you actually lost your mind?
Themes & Trivia
Alice’s Adventures Under Ground: It is the name of the original manuscript version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The story, which began life as ‘Alice’s Adventures Under Ground’, was first told by Reverend Charles Dodgson to Alice and her sisters, Lorina and Edith, on a trip down the river on 1862. The children enjoyed the story so much that Alice asked Dodgson to write it down for her.
Soul Translator: It is a fourth generation Full-Dive machine invented by Higa Takeru at Rath. Unlike its predecessors, the machine connects to a human’s Fluctlight (i.e. consciousness or soul), instead of the brain.
I don’t know where to begin: the Bercouli tale’s animation, the Blue Rose Sword, everything is a work of art. I still can’t grasp all the polished details in this first episode of Sword Art Online. I feel like we are being too spoiled and I get scared of the animation that is about to follow. But then again, I think that this season will run for a whole year so I hope that the quality will be consistent, even though this might be too much to ask.
The first episode was up to my expectations and I am actually very excited to see how this story is going to be told and learn more about the new characters.
NEXT TIME: The Demon Tree
Sword Art Online – Alicization Arc
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