SAO ending explained: What happened to Alice, Kiriko, and Asuna? (2023)

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SAO ending explained: Read on to know what happens at the end of the third season of 'Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld'

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Sword Art Online (SAO) has seen somewhat of a renaissance in the past few years. The franchise started off as a series of novels written by Reki Kawahara. However, it later went on to get illustrated by Abec for nine mangas, an animated TV series, and six video games. The confusing yet engaging storyline of SAO has gained popularity in recent years, resulting in Netflix ordering a live-action series based on the IP. However, Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld has come to an end with the 23rd episode. Read on to know the ending of War of Underworld:

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SAO ending explained

Kirito receives a call from Rinko who reveals that Alice has gone missing. Kirito later heads out to meet Rinko but is interrupted by the postman who ends up leaving a huge box along with the Rath Insignia in front of the door. Kirito opens the box only to find Alice inside it. Looking at Kirito, Alice loses her calm and confronts him for having stayed behind in the underworld. The two then duke each other out in asword fight in Kiriko's family dojo where Alice emerges as the winner.

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At night, Alice comes to Kiriko's room to inform him that she has received a cryptic mail. The mail is then decoded using Yui's help and find an IP address that connects them to the underworld. Alice and Kiriko then head to the Rath HQ along with Asuna to test the information.

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Asuna, Kiriko, and Alice finally connect on the IP address which leads to outer space. They can see themselves overlooking the human empire of Cardina. However, before they can grasp what is happening to them, the trio is interrupted by the two giant spaceships which are being headlined by Ronie and Tiese's descendants. The two pilots can be seen fighting a giant monster and are then assisted by the trio.

One of the descendants recognises Alice and once the monster is defeated, the two humans return to Cardina along with the trio, who are regarded as heroes. While this episode might not look like a season finale episode, the antiques of the show have been dialed down for the final episode. Recent developments in the series suggest that it will be least two years before fans experience the next season of SAO.

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What happened to Asuna at the end of SAO? ›

Towards the end of the SAO arc, she saves Kirito from a killing blow by Heathcliff at the cost of her life. However, her death was only in-game and she is shortly reunited with Kirito shortly after the death of Heathcliff.

What happened to Alice in the end of SAO? ›

Kirito opens the box only to find Alice inside it. Looking at Kirito, Alice loses her calm and confronts him for having stayed behind in the underworld. The two then duke each other out in a sword fight in Kiriko's family dojo where Alice emerges as the winner.

What happened to kirito and Asuna after 200 years? ›

After Kirito and Asuna leave the Underworld after 200 years, they decide to remove their memories of the VR world. Many SAO fans were puzzled at their decision, but Asuna and Kirito made their decision with good reason. Regarding the Fluctlight's acceleration, time was manipulated unusually.

What happens to Alice after Alicization? ›

Alice was taken to the Chamber of Elders and had her Core Protection removed by force over three Underworld days. With Alice's Core Protection removed, Quinella conducted a «Synthesis Ritual» on her, suppressing the girl's memories and turning her into an absolutely loyal Integrity Knight.

Who will marry Asuna? ›

Asuna and Kirito quickly began their leave of absence from the Knights of the Blood Oath and once buying their new home, they get married and begin to enjoy their honeymoon.

Did Asuna get married to? ›

Kirito and Asuna become a couple, but in the original light novel and the anime, they hardly have any time for dates when they're trying to survive. The most they ever did was take time off to go on a honeymoon after getting married inside the game.

Is Alice in SAO alive? ›

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Because of her popularity, the author managed to keep her in the story by any means neccessaryーeven if it meant turning her into an advanced android. Alice now lives as an Android in the real-life, with not much change to her persona.

Did Alice come to real world in SAO? ›

Alice finally makes it to the real-world in War of Underworld, just as Kirito and Asuna make their return. WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Episode 22 of Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld, Part 2, "Alice" now streaming on Crunchyroll.

Why did Kirito and Asuna stay in the underworld? ›

Through Kirito's flashbacks we learn that Kirito and Asuna were so celebrated following Gabriel's defeat that they were able to unite the human territory with the forces of the dark territory. Eventually during this time span, the two of them go on to rule as the King and Queen of the Underworld.

Are kirito and Asuna still together in Alicization? ›

No, they never did break up in SAO, sorry. They are together forever!

How many years was Kirito stuck in SAO? ›

The 200 years Kirito and Asuna spent in Underworld is glossed over, with Sword Art Online showing them waking up in the real world shortly after.

Does Alice get her memories back? ›

Does Alice Get Her Memories Back? No, she does not. The original Alice Zuberg with her memories is dead. Alice Synthesis 30, a separate being, has only a scraps of memories left in her from before the Synthesis Ritual - nothing more.

Why was Alice taken away SAO? ›

She was eventually taken away by an Integrity Knight after she broke a Sacred Taboo. In the capital, Alice's identity was stripped away by the Administrator Quinella who turned Alice into one of her Integrity Knights.

Will there be another SAO after Alicization? ›

SWORD ART ONLINE LAST RECOLLECTION: the famous game series will be back in 2023.

How long were Kirito and Asuna in the underworld in real life? ›

After awakening they have their memories of 200 years in underworld removed under Kirito's request, though RATH employee Takeru Higa secretly keeps a backup consciousness of his 200 year self, who have unknown plans for the Underworld.

Will Kirito and Asuna get married IRL? ›

Lastly, it is as Gsimenas said, we already know what is going to happen in the next arc, and no, there is nothing about them being engaged/married etc. To sum up, as of current situation (in both anime and light novel), Kirito and Asuna are not either officialy engaged nor marred IRL.

Who is the daughter of Kirito and Asuna? ›

Yui (Sword Art Online)

Who is Asuna child? ›

Kirito and Asuna have an adopted child, an artificial intelligence called “Yui”. They didn't have an opportunity to make a biological child yet on SAO timeline, but Yui does the job of being adorable very well as she is.

How old is Asuna at the end of SAO? ›

9 Asuna Yuuki / Asuna (15 - 18)

Asuna's age varies throughout the series. She is 15 at the start of the Aincrad Arc. Towards the end of it, she is 17.

Who does Kirito marry in SAO? ›

Do the others (especially Sinon) know that Kirito and Asuna are a couple (Sword Art Online)? In fact one of the first things Sinon does after meeting Asuna is figure out shes Kirito's girlfriend. They get married in-game in Episode 11 of season 1.

Did Asuna and Kirito sleep together? ›

Yeah they did it WatchMojo just revealed it in their top ten anime characters who finally got laid on March 11, 2018.

Who is stronger Asuna or Alice? ›

Despite Alice having the upper hand in strength and armor, Asuna has the upper hand when it comes to speed and sword skills. Even without using a Divine Object, Asuna would have more sword skills, as well as better swordplay overall, when it comes to battling Alice.

Who is Alice in love with in Sao? ›

Alice ends up falling in love with Kirito. The trio ends up traveling and doing missions together inside the world of Project Alicization. While many fans hoped that Alice and Eugeo would end up together, this relationship would never happen.

Does Sword Art Online have a happy ending? ›

Season 1 of Sword Art Online has two happy endings, with the second one having much less impact.

Why did Asuna and Alice fight? ›

Why was Asuna and Alice fighting over Kirito? They actually dont know each other, Alice thought asuna was not on their side and wanted to kidnap kirito, but now they will share each story they have over him.

Who is Alice father in Sao? ›

Gasupht Zuberg (ガスフト・ツーベルク, Gasufuto Tsūberuku?) is the Village Chief of Rulid Village. He is the father of Alice and Selka.

What does Alice think of Asuna? ›

She constantly feels inferior to Asuna on all fronts and thus consistently feels the urge to simply “compete” against her no matter the topic.

Who does Kirito end up with? ›

Asuna is Kirito's partner and main love interest in the series. Among all the people Kirito has met, she is the closest and dearest to him. Originally the two of them only thought of clearing the game, but their relationship began when they partied on the 1st Floor.

Is Eugeo a copy of Kirito? ›

For the thousandth time, the only reason Eugeo and Kirito look similar is because Japanese series suffer from "Same Face Syndrome". Just because the characters look similar does not mean they are related in any way.

What happens to Asuna in Alicization? ›

During the second half, she dives into the Underworld in order to protect and rescue Kirito and the residents of the Human Empire.

Why didn t Asuna wake up? ›

Asuna "survived" because Kirito managed to clear the game before her 10 minutes to death. Kirito survived because he killed Heathcliff before he died. 2. Explained in the latest episode, 300 survivors including Asuna were filtered and transferred into a different server.

Do Alice and Kirito end up together? ›

No. Kirito and Asuna are still completely in love and Kirito, as he typically behaves with all of his female friends, doesn't show a sliver of interest in Alice aside from a friend and battle companion.

Is Kirito Immortal? ›

He himself was never immortal and actually almost died in both encounters.

How old is Kirito IRL? ›

Kirigaya Kazuto
SeriesSword Art Online
Age14-5 (Aincrad Arc) 16 (end of Aincrad Arc; Fairy Dance Arc) 17 (Phantom Bullet Arc; Alicization Arc)
BirthdayOctober 7, 2008
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Who is Alice supposed to marry? ›

Alice is unaware of the plot to get herself married to Hamish. After arriving at the party late, she and Hamish dance quadrille, but the dance is a failure, with Hamish constantly reprimanding Alice for her personality.

What did Alice forget? ›

What Alice Forgot is a 2009 novel by Australian author Liane Moriarty. It tells the story of a 39-year-old mother of three who loses her memory of the last ten years of her life. The book is Moriarty's third novel.

Does Alice have a love interest? ›

Because of her father's apparent abandonment of her and her mother, Alice has difficulties trusting men, preventing her from being part of a successful relationship. When her boyfriend Jack Chase (Heart) is kidnapped, she follows him into a re-imagined Wonderland.

Does Alice get jealous of Asuna? ›

Alice got jealous of Asuna when Asuna claims that she will be taking care of Kirito-Kun herself, but Alice said that she can take care of Kirito-kun too because she doesn't like people taking control of Kirito-Kun. Aice is simply an stubborn girl that can't accept being inferior to anyone.

Is Alice and Asuna the same? ›

Asuna is Sword Art Online's heroine and Kirito's girlfriend, while Alice is the newest addition in Alicization.

Why is Alice so important in Sao? ›

To the Rath employees, Alice is an artificial intelligence unit, a potential weapon to develop more of in order to protect human lives. In other words, human lives and AI lives do not have the same value.

What will SAO season 4 be called? ›

Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld.

What is Sword Art Online season 5 called? ›

Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld (2019–20)

What is SAO season 5 called? ›

The season 5 of the series is names as Progressive and the trailer that was released earlier gained large-scale popularity. You can watch the trailer here.

Will Kirito stay in underworld for 200 years? ›

Unless he can defeat Gabriel and make it back to the real world before the maximum-acceleration phase begins, Kirito will have to spend the next 200 years in the Underworld.

What comes after Alicization? ›

After Alicization comes the short story Moon Cradle, which is set before the end of the Alicization arc. Moon Cradle spans two volumes if I remember correctly. The next main installment though will be called Unital Ring and will be the final story arc for the series.

Did Asuna end up with Kirito? ›

Kirito said that nothing would end and nothing would start until Asuna was released from the virtual world. After rescuing Asuna in ALfheim Online (ALO), the two of them finally met face to face and they officially became a couple in the real world.

Did kirito and Asuna married? ›

To sum up, as of current situation (in both anime and light novel), Kirito and Asuna are not either officialy engaged nor marred IRL. The ring is a promise ring that symbolizes their feelings for each other and planning their future togehter.

Does Kirito leave Asuna for Alice? ›

No. Kirito and Asuna are still completely in love and Kirito, as he typically behaves with all of his female friends, doesn't show a sliver of interest in Alice aside from a friend and battle companion.

Are there 2 kiritos? ›

To put it simply, the Kirito we saw wake up from the STL is the real Kirito (its physically impossible for him to be the copy they can't clone his real body....) and the Kirito that we saw speaking on the monitor to Higa in his bedroom was the copy.

What did Kirito do for 200 years? ›

After defeating Gabriel, Kirito and Asuna had made the ultimate decision to spend 200 years of their virtual lives together before being reunited in the real world. As we learn, the two of them eventually became the King and Queen of it.

Who is Kirito's wife? ›

Asuna Yuuki

Asuna is Kirito's partner and love interest. They first met after being trapped in SAO for a month and formed a party to defeat the 1st Floor Boss.

Why did Kirito and Asuna erase their memories? ›

After 200 years, Kirito and Asuna have clearly filled their data storage, meaning they'd have to start choosing which memories to erase or face certain functional drawbacks. Thus, their decision to scrap those memories and start fresh seems like a practical and necessary form of personal maintenance.

Does Kirito's sister have a crush on him? ›

After her mother reveals to her that Kazuto Kirigaya is not her biological brother, Suguha starts to develop romantic feelings towards him but is later saddened after realizing his attachment to Asuna Yuuki. In the anime adaptation, Leafa is voiced in Japanese by Ayana Taketatsu and in English by Cassandra Lee Morris.

Who is Kirito first love? ›

There, Kirito clearly states that Asuna is his second love and Sachi is his first love.

How old is Alice in SAO? ›

At the beginning when she was Alice Zuberg, she is 11-years-old. In chapter 1 of the light novel, she is 17-years-old. And in chapter 5, she is 19-years-old. As fans can notice, she has grown into a young lady.

Who is Asuna Yuuki brother? ›

Kouichirou is Asuna's brother. Kouichirou is the one who originally had the game copy of SAO, which Asuna borrowed as Kouichirou was not able to play on the first day, which lead to her being trapped in the death game.


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