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    ソードアート・オンライン アリシゼーション War of Underworld

    The fourth season of the popular show about guys playing virtual MMORPGs with real-life consequences. The Alicization saga continues as there's a bigger war going on after taking down the big bad of the church.

    Airs: Saturday, October 12, 2018

    Studio: A-1 Pictures

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  • #2
    Episode 1

    Enjoy everyday life while it lasts.

    The last season ended with a big cliffhanger with the place Kirito's physical body in the real world is at being attacked, but it doesn't mention that here. This episode is mainly focused on Alice getting back to her old life as she's on friendly terms with the knights that were brainwashed by Quinella again, all while she's taking care of Kirito, who is just an empty shell seeing that there's stuff happening in the real world, all while the battle took its toll on him. Just when it looked like things were getting back to normal, all of the sudden a huge attack happens that apparently came from the Dark Territory, and Selka is in danger. That was a great way to get back into things here with a transitional episode, but there's still one lingering question that hasn't been answered yet in regards of what became of Kirito IRL with the attack.
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    • #3
      Episode 2

      We're under attack!

      And the goblins attack the village seeing that there's nothing stopping the enemies from the dark territory from invading the village, but Alice is there to slay all the goblins in one fell swoop just like that. It took quite a lot of convincing as the villagers didn't see Alice as a knight, but taking off that eye patch did the trick. Meanwhile, the first half ended on a big cliffhanger as the base is under attack, and Kirito's life is in danger. It turns out that these attackers are foreigners with contacts to high-ranking officials and were out to steal the Alicization research for reasons yet to be revealed, and not to destroy this place. Lots of info dumping here in the second half as Kirito's status is explained, all while there's some ulterior motive going on with the attackers that remains to be seen.
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      • #4
        Episode 3

        Before the balance of power is tilted in their favor...

        The nature of the attack is revealed as Gabriel was asked by the American NSA to seize the Soul Translation technology fearing a great imbalance in military might with Japan able to deploy unmanned units. Gabriel just so happens to be someone who Kirito battled before in GGO. With the American mercenaries attacking that Kirito's life is in danger, and thus Asuna goes into the game to help out. It was mostly a setup episode here as things are about to get quite chaotic with the Dark Territory about to launch an invasion.
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        • #5
          Episode 4

          Destroyed at the last stage.

          This episode focuses on what's happening in the Ark Territory as Shasta had intended to use Quinella's death as an opportunity to make peace with the humans, but once Gabriel arrived everything changed as he leads the troops to conquest. Lipia tried to assassinate him, but that failed, and her death sent Shasta into a frenzy. He would have caused a lot of destruction had it not been for that lethal tranquilizer that Fu Za fired at him to put him out of his misery. It goes to dhow that while that's supposed to be an evil place, that's not exactly true as some of the Dark Territory's inhabitants are good people who are just being led down the wrong way. And now, there's a huge war coming because of him.
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          • #6
            Episode 5

            Ready for war.

            After sizing up the enemy side the last time around, this time the focus is on the Human Empire as Alice is rallying the troops and preparing them to fight seeing that with Kirito still out, it's up to Alice to get the knights and other fighters ready to defend their homeland. It's the calm before the storm there as everybody will need to be in top shape if they are going to stand a chance against the huge army that the Dark Territory boasts.
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            • #7
              Episode 6

              By the honor of the knights.

              And war is on with this episode focusing on the knights as the outcome squares largely on them. One of them goes down as Dakira is killed after overexerting herself to protect Fanatio, and that led Fanatio to unleashing her hidden powers. Then there's Deusolbert racking up the kills by firing those arrows, but soon he runs out of arrows and ends up using his sword as one to defeat the goblin chief. It's mostly action here, and it's great.
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              • #8
                Episode 7

                Seeking redemption.

                And now, the focus is on one of the knights who was rejected by Quinella in Renly. He killed his best friend by accident during a swordfight and because of that traumatizing experience, he has refused to kill and that has stunted his growth as a knight. But the opportunity comes knocking as he overcomes his lack of killer instinct to save Ronie and Tiese from that goblin, and then goes on to take out one of the goblin leaders. Quite an inspirational turnaround that is as the humans can use all the manpower they can get.
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                • #9
                  Episode 8

                  Fight for the light.

                  Thanks to Alice's trump card, that bought the knights some time to regroup, but Alice is fully aware that they are ready to strike at a moment's notice. She learns that she's what Vecta wants and will do anything to get his hands on her such as promising something for the one who brings her to him. Those wolves and orcs didn't have any ill will, and it's just sad to see them being killed off so that Dee could unleash her trump card, and it's quite a scary power to deal with. Eldrie sacrificed himself to keep everybody safe and it was sad to see him go, but in the end he decided to go down as a knight, and now Alice is more motivated than ever to make things right.
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                  • #10
                    Episode 9

                    Armed and dangerous.

                    More fighting going on as this time, it's Sheyta's turn in the spotlight. She had her way cutting off everybody's fists, but against Iskahn, she's in for quite a fight as his body is much harder and not as easy to cut. But that fight got interrupted thanks to Dampa as something bigger is happening, and it turns out that Asuna has entered the Underworld. Just like that, she took down Vecta and his army sending him beneath the ground. More action, but things are changing now that Asuna has arrived.
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                    • #11
                      Episode 10

                      On the outside looking in.

                      Thanks to Asuna has arrived, she's getting Alice and company up to speed about what's going on in the real world and the consequences they have in the game as Alice is being targeted by Vecta. And through what Alice told her, it's big trouble as somebody at Rath is working for the enemy. And then Asuna and Alice talk about their experiences with Kirito leading to some unexpected reactions. It's mostly info doming here as the war has stopped for the time being, and it's a much -needed break seeing that what's coming next is going to be really critical.
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                      • #12
                        Episode 11

                        Rally the troops.

                        And now, the focus has shifted to Kirito's friends as they are now getting into the Underworld. Sinon and Leafa make the trek to the middle of the ocean, while Lisbeth is telling the Japanese VRMMO players to get involved. The speech didn't exactly start out well seeing this a high-risk, low-reward proposition, but then she really turns it up there and that was quite a speech she made. After the next episode, the Alicization arc will take another break.
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                        • #13
                          Episode 12 (To be continued in April)

                          Hope is on the way.

                          Now that the emperor has back-stabbed the Dark Territory Army that they are now joining forces with the humans to defeat Vecta's army of red knights. But just when things were looking bleak with Vecta having captured Alice and having gathered so many American players to do his dirty work, in comes Sinon making a dramatic entrance. Just like with Asuna, Sinon made her presence known with the way she made her entrance. So with that, the first half is finished, but the show is going to take a break before continuing in the spring.
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                          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                          • #14
                            Episode 13

                            They're all human.

                            After a long break in which Sinon joined the battle, it's finally continuing as Leafa and Klein have arrived. First, it's Leafa coming and agreeing to become a prisoner in order to see the emperor, but D.I.L. would have none of that as her orders overwrite anything else. It appeared to be another messy rape situation that this show drew a lot of ire for, but it stopped at just tearing off Leafa's outer breastplate and being sucked up by those magical tentacles, while the orc managed to keep his pants on this whole time. And then Leafa showed D.I.L. just how badly she underestimated her. Meanwhile, Bercouli and the emperor are squaring off with Bercouli on the verge of biting the dust, and just when the situation was getting dire in comes Klein to save the day. So with that, more of Kirito's allies have joined in with Asuna and Sinon already in, while Leafa and Klein just made it, and Lizbeth and Silica are on their way.
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                            • #15
                              Episode 14

                              Reinforcements have arrived.

                              Not long after Leafa and Klein arrived, Lisbeth, Silica, Agil, and over 2000 Japanese players have joined the battle in the Underworld. Of course that pales in comparison to the 50,000 Americans, but at least there's hope seeing that it's happening while Japan is sleeping. And back IRL, Higa has just found out that there's hope of getting Kirito back his fluclight, but he will have to act quickly since the military is closing in fast, and failure means Kirito won't be able to go back into the Underworld. And then it ends with a fight between Bercouli and Vecta in an animation style that feels more like watching Fist of the North Start than SAO, and it was nicely done. Too bad Bercouli bit the dust, and Quinella makes an appearance there to take him to the afterlife. I'm curious to know what the explanation is for how that fight ended up getting animated differently than usual. Anyway, looks like the Americans are about to call their ultimate weapon as Gabriel is determined as ever to make Alice a WMD.
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