The Soul Translator is a state-of-the-art full-dive interface which interacts with the user’s Fluctlight—the technological equivalent of a human soul—and fundamentally differs from the orthodox method of sending signals to the brain. The private institute Rath aims to perfect their creation by enlisting the aid of Sword Art Online survivor Kazuto Kirigaya. He works there as a part-time employee to test the system’s capabilities in the Underworld: the fantastical realm generated by the Soul Translator. As per the confidentiality contract, any memories created by the machine in the virtual world are wiped upon returning to the real world. Kazuto can only vaguely recall a single name, Alice, which provokes a sense of unease when mentioned in reality.
When Kazuto escorts Asuna Yuuki home one evening, they chance upon a familiar foe. Kazuto is mortally wounded in the ensuing fight and loses consciousness. When he comes to, he discovers that he has made a full-dive into the Underworld with seemingly no way to escape. He sets off on a quest, seeking a way back to the physical world once again.
English: Sword Art Online: Alicization
Synonyms: Sword Art Online III, SAO Alicization, Sword Art Online 3, SAO 3
Japanese: ソードアート・オンライン アリシゼーション
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Premiered: Fall 2018
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:00 (JST)
Producers: Aniplex, Genco, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Egg Firm, Straight Edge, Kadokawa
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Light novel
Genres: Action, Game, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)