Sword Art Online War of the Underworld: Alicization Invading and Alicization Exploding

Our look at the anime Sword Art Online continues! Now that the series has wrapped up, it’s time for me to finish all of this off! This will be two posts, consists of both halves of the fourth season. There is plenty to discuss though, so after the cut, let’s dive into Sword Art Online: War of the Underworld: Alicization Invading and Alicization Exploding!

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Episode III: Revenge of the West

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Schrodinger’s Harem: Kirito and the Girls of Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online, being as popular as it is, has been a series that has received more than its fair share of criticism over the years. While some of it is fair and merited, most seems to be superficial and surface level. Yet while everyone is entitled to their own views on the series (you either like it or you don’t), and while much of the critiques over the series are addressed over time. There has been one accusation thrown at Sword Art Online that has stuck around more than all others.

Kirito’s ‘harem.’

The idea that Sword Art Online is a harem anime, that all the girls are in love with Kirito, and that they are just there to be part of said harem, it something that has been lobbied at the series time and again. Even in my short time among this fandom, I have seen the critique thrown out as some sort of ‘gotcha’ moment. Having watched many, MANY harem anime over the years, and having seen almost all of Sword Art Online, I today to examine that critique, where it comes from, and how yes, in some ways it exists, but how it is also not true. Let’s get into it after the cut.

((Spoilers for the ending of War of the Underworld up ahead. Anime only viewers, please be aware))

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Time to beat this dead horse.

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Sword Art Online: Unbiased and Fanboy-free.

Hey guys.

About a month ago, I finally decided to take a look at the long running, popular series Sword Art Online. One of the most beloved, but divisive series of all time. I went into the show completely unbiased, non-judgmental and fanboy free. To try and judge the series for what it is, not what fans and haters have made it to be.

I’m exceptionally proud of the work I did, and I was deeply touched by the reaction from viewers and members of the SAO fan community. Now that I’ve gotten some distance though, I want to put up a post where you can find links to each of the blog posts. I hope you enjoy them as much as I loved writing them, and please feel free to share! Check out the links after the cut.

Aincrad Arc | Sword Art Online Wiki | Fandom

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Sword Art Online Alicization: Respected Stumbling Ambition

Our look at Sword Art Online continues! Like before I have said my piece on the two halves of this third season, but I could not say goodbye (for now) to Alicization and Sword Art Online with giving my final overall thoughts on the season so far. Let’s not waste anymore time. Join me after the cut as I take one final look at the third season of the the most divisive anime of all time: Sword Art Online -Alicization-

My thoughts on Aincrad

My thoughts on Fairy Dance

My thoughts on Phantom Bullet

My thoughts on Calibur and Mother’s Rosario

My thoughts on Ordinal Scale

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Climbing a Tower of God

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Sword Art Online Alicization: Alicization Rising and Alicization Uniting

Our look at Sword Art Online continues! We have now reached the end of the second half of the final season (as of now) that we’ll be looking at. Comprised of two different, but intertwined parts, how do the remaining episodes hold up? Join me after the cut as I dive into the second part of Sword Art Online Alicization: Alicization Rising and Alicization Uniting!

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Episode II: Attack of the Bros

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Sword Art Online Alicization: Alicization Beginning

Our look at Sword Art Online continues! Man it has been a ride so far. We’ve discussed the first two seasons and the movie. I’ve given plenty of daily updates, and gushed about what is becoming a show that I’m really liking, far more than I expected.

Now we have reached the third season, and I’ve already completed the first quarter, and already it’s left with me for plenty of things to talk about. So after the cut, join me as I dive into the first part of the third season of Sword Art Online Alicization: Alicization  Beginning.

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Episode I: The Phantom Bromance

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Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale

When it comes to anime, any film that comes out of it can often be placed into one of two different categories. The first is your standalone films that aren’t connected to any series or show and tell singular stories. These are things like your Miyazaki pictures, Your Name, Mirai, and so on. The second are what I call ‘franchise films.’ These are movies that are connected to long running series, often either as a stand-alone ‘non canon’ adventure, or serving as a epilogue to certain plot points. Most of the shonen anime films from series like Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece and Bleach and fall into the first type, while movies like Gundam Wing Endless Waltz, End of Evangelion, Steins;Gate, and Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card, are examples of the latter. Finally there has been a new sub-genre of anime film: continuation movies. These often act as a mini-season of a show, and carrying on from where the story left off. Konosuba, Tanya the Evil and Rascal does not Dream of a Dreaming Girl are very recent examples of this

Now why do I bring this all up? Well aside from wanting to talk about that for ages, I thought the background would be important when talking about the film today. Let’s not waste anymore time, after the cut our look at the most divisive anime of all time: Sword Art Online continues with the series’s debut film: Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale.

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Even Kirito needs a Montage!

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Don’t @ Me: Eleven of my Anime Opinions: Sword Art Online Edition

We’ve been hitting the Sword Art Online sauce quite bit here at Shallow Dives in Anime, and that won’t be changing for a bit. This week will feature a look at the movie Ordinal Scale in preparation for our dive into season 3 the follow week. For now though, welcome to Don’t @ Me. The time where I log on to give you my random thoughts on anything related to anime and like.

Now I’ve been quite kind to Sword Art Online, measured, respectful and unbiased as I can be. Frankly I think it deserves it, and I honestly really am becoming a big fan of the show. That said, now I’m going to indulge myself and talk about random shit involving ‘the most divisive anime ever made’. Buckle up, grab your waifus, and let’s get into it after the cut.

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SAO opinions right up ahead.

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Sword Art Online II: What you take with you and what you leave behind.

Our look at Sword Art Online continues! While I have said my piece on both parts of the second season, I knew I couldn’t leave without giving my final thoughts on the entire season in general. Let’s not waste anytime, and get into my thought on Sword Art Online II after the cut!

My thoughts on Aincrad

My thoughts on Fairy Dance

My thoughts on Phantom Bullet

My thoughts on Calibur and Mother’s Rosario

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Beyond the Keyboard

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Sword Art Online II Episodes 15-24: The Calibur and Mother’s Rosario Arcs

Our look at Sword Art Online continues! The second season is now in the bag, which means it’s time to talk about it! I’m going to be doing things a bit differently this time though. Since there are two arcs, and Calibur really doesn’t have much to say. I’m going to put my thoughts down at the bottom in point form, and devote the majority of this post to the second. I was tempted to not even write about the first story arc, but I wouldn’t be doing my due diligence if I did that. Either way, join me after the cut as I discuss the final half of the second season of Sword Art Online: The Calibur and Mother’s Rosario Arcs!

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Eleven-Hit Combo to the Feels.

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