SAO: War of the Underworld | Anime Review

Despite the defeat of Quinella—the pontifex of the Axiom Church—things have not seemed to calm down yet. Upon contacting the real world, Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya finds out that the Ocean Turtle—a mega-float controlled by Rath—was raided. Due to a sudden short-circuit caused by the raiders, Kirito’s fluctlight is damaged, leaving him comatose. Feeling insecure about the people at the Axiom Church, Alice brings the unconscious Kirito back to their hometown—Rulid Village, disregarding her banishment due to an unabsolved crime. Now, Alice is living an ordinary and peaceful life close by the village, wishing for Kirito to wake up.

However, tragedy strikes when Alice notices that the Dark Territory has already started to invade the Human Empire. Reassuming her previous alias, Alice Synthesis Thirty, she promises to defeat the Dark Territory in order to defend the world that Kirito and Eugeo worked so hard to protect.

Alright so I do have a problem with how the first half of SAO: War of the Underworld turned out, allow me to share my thoughts on the anime.

I will admit, going into this season (part two of season three) I expected Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld to be GRAND. I mean, when you have something like “War of Underworld” the first thing that comes to mind is that something this is going to be epic. In that regard, I thought the anime failed in that respect. Let’s be real here, this part two of three, was all about coming to grasp with what is happening in the Underworld and how that relates to the real world.

Which was something I didn’t enjoy because it felt as though each episode was filled with more conversation than anything else. This has been a long standing issue I’ve had with anime as a whole. I agree it’s important to set the stage for what is to come, providing context is very important. However, I think going about this through filling the majority of the episodes with conversations isn’t the way to go. I prefer if it was sprinkled in between the action sequences just to break things up. Having continuous segments where our characters just talk with very little happening isn’t something I enjoy in the slightest.

Yes, as soon as the gate fell, the war began but it felt as though we didn’t see much from it. We saw more of our characters chatting about strategy and things of that sort more than we did action.

What I also found interesting is that Asuna is playing on an administrator account, right? However, she’s acting as though she was given some normal account. Shouldn’t she be overwhelming everyone and everything? If Kirito was able to function properly and was given an administrative account like Asuna, dude would have this game beaten in under a hour. Like you cannot tell Kirito “Leave the rest to me” and proceed to ask for the help of others to get it done.

Like, apparently Asuna needs the help of the Integrity Knights to defeat Vector and those who inhabit the dark territory. However, in true SAO fashion, she also needs the help of the SAO gang because they all stick together and they do everything for (indirectly/directly) for Kirito. It feels as though Asuna (in-game) has gotten weaker and weaker with each season while Kirito gets more and more powerful. Apart from right now of course, as he’s not really there at the moment, but I can only assume that once he wakes up dude will own everyone in a second.

Looking back, I probably should have expected a little less given that there is another part. In terms of meeting my expectations, Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld fell way short of the mark. It’s one of those things where I know, at the end of the day, Kirito is going to come in and save everyone. Hopefully when the real war and battles take place in the second part of this War of Underworld arc takes place that I’m greeted with something better than was was given to me this season.

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