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Sword Art Online – 25 (END)


Best character in the middle.

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The release of this episode concludes the SAO project! Over the past six months, we’ve followed the adventures of Kirito and Co. (or should I say Harem instead?) through two game worlds and four volumes of the LNs, and this is where we say goodbye to the series, right before Christmas.

My feelings towards this anime are mixed. I really did enjoy Volume 1 of the LNs and had high hopes for the series initially, but I can’t say I liked many of the directing decisions the studio made as the series progressed. In particular, all the sweet, little things that made Book 1 wonderfully romantic were left out. I never really liked the ALO arc either, but I suppose it makes sense to end it there.

Now that I’ve had my say, here are comments from the other staff!

kokujin-kun (Translator): A-1 Pictures, lrn2 English
Isakasan (Timer): I enjoyed it, aside from the action scenes it wasn’t too bad. The adaptation was done really well even if that meant making ALO so dull. Just like the novels! It was great working with UTW and the rest of the team regardless. Thanks to everyone for making this so enjoyable.
Justaway (Typesetter): Coming soon…
ar (Encoder, Backup Typesetter): Working on this show was a pain cause I didn’t enjoy it, but I had fun working with the guys none the less. Boobs would have made it better, but there wasn’t any so I rest my case.
Spoggerific (QC): Surprising how fast half a year passes. It’s a little cliche, but it seems like it was only yesterday when we started on the first episode. I liked the SAO arc a lot more than ALO, but at least that brought us Suguha, The Best Imouto. I hope there’s a second season just so ar has to work on this show some more.
thecowgoesmoo (QC): Thank you to everyone on staff for having enough patience to deal with my slow, obsessive self. I think SAO tried to do both too much and too little with the time it had, but in the end it turned out okay, right?

I handled the TLC, editing, QC, and anything that needed doing when people disappeared on me (such as timing and ad hoc typesetting. Shit sucked).

killazys, Sapphi, KmE, fgghjjkll, Bungles, msm595, and sangofe all helped out at some point or another… yeah, we had a lot of random fill-ins.

I think we’re doing the BDs, but they’re admittedly low priority. Don’t expect anything soon.

We hope you enjoyed the series and our work, and hope you’ll stick with us for future series! Thank you all for your continued support throughout!

143 Thoughts on “Sword Art Online – 25 (END)

  1. Faishal26 on December 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm said:

    There’s no anime have all the good thing in their show, of course SAO is not exception. But they already made a good ending and I’m satisfied with it..
    Thank you UTW & Got Woots for making us satisfied in every weekend..

    P.S: I wanna see Asuna with her elf avatar more, that hair color is really beautiful..

  2. Well done! Thank you for the consistently good work and timely releases. You have a very talented team here – I’m looking forward to your future efforts.

    bob

  3. Thanks UTW+GotWoot for subbing this fantastic anime, I hope you do the next season if ever. Asuna <3

  4. @Huami:
    Your problem here is that you are literally seeing “incest” where it is not. Yes, Suguha felt something towards Kazuto that she wasn’t able to clearly categorise – she literally didn’t know whether she is in love with him or merely likes him as her brother. But the point is, she tried to force it to be the latter, and she succeeded by making herself fall in love with Kirito, only to find out that Kirito is Kazuto. Which is why she broke and chewed out on him without meaning to.
    And in the end, she managed to be a sister to Kazuto, and a friend to Kirito, no incest and no romance involved.

    You might have experience when it comes to having a wife or having sisters, but it doesn’t make your words marking it as “incest” any less irrational.

    As for it being harem, well, yes, there are many girls around him. But for something branded as a “harem” it really lacks “harem-like” development – out of all the girls only Asuna, Rika, and Keiko could count as being in his “harem”, and even then they aren’t trying to make him choose them all, they merely want him to choose them over Asuna (any one of them, that is), and they quickly become “just friends”.

  5. Ashandarei on December 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm said:

    While I feel that the ‘dance in the air’ scene should have been with Asuna (simply for the warm fuzzies), I’m not dissatisfied with the ending at all. Their dance felt kinda like Harry & Hermione’s in Deathly Hallows 1, IMO; it felt like their long-fractured relationship was fixed.
    I’m not entirely certain about the identities of certain people at the Dicey Cafe, though. After re-watching it I realized two of them were Yoruko & Kains/Caynz, (whatever the official spelling for his name was in the show), and by process of elimination one had to be Yulier, but I still didn’t know who everyone was…
    Thank you UT/Woots for another awesome season. Many of my friends switched to your version after expressing dissatisfaction with Crunchyroll (and especially Hadena, meh heh heh) because they realized yours was the best and most polished. You guys rock harder than Sex Bob-omb. Wait, that may not be such a good analogy,,, Okay, you guys rock harder than Scott THINKS Sex Bob-omb does.

  6. Bravo, guys, Bravo.

    Thank you guys for your hard work and dedication when it came to subbing this anime. My whole family looked forward to Sunday every week thanks to you!

    The quality is amazing.

    Would you be able to torrent out some AVI or MPG that are 720p that have the subtitles transcoded in? I converted them, but they become huge and the streaming over wireless is shoddy, so I have to put 1-2 episodes on a thumb drive per viewing (cuz I don’t have a big thumb drive).

    Or… would anyone be able to point me to a better converter that will do this but keep the file size down?

  7. So since most of your shows for this season are done now and all four nekomonogatari episodes are this Saturday, the 29th, I was wondering if we could expect anything on that front from you guys…

  8. For all those complaining about the “air dancing” scene, I actually found it somewhat refreshing that they showed Kirito doing something nice for the other important woman in his life, rather than just ignoring her after he got his one twoo wuv back. It’s not as though the only options between a man and a woman are “whirlwind romance” or “stranger to be ignored”.

  9. RockManZero on December 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm said:

    I hope there is a next season, but in the meantime gonna pick up the Light Novel (which I haven’t read yet >.<).

  10. LargeHard on December 25, 2012 at 1:47 am said:

    Okay… Instead of joining those ” OTHER ” rantings… Just wanna say this…
    About that pic

    Do they make it seem that Kirito and Lizbet are holding hands behind Asuna’s back…?

    https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/475695_458248780900486_1752756835_o.jpg

    Seems like… Liz have her right-hand behind Asuna while Kirito’s left hand’s obstructed from view…
    So like… Lyfa’s clinging to Kirito’s right-arm that’s holding unto Yui. And Asuna’s Laft-hand’s on Yui as well…
    Then what’s Asuna’s right-hand holding…?

    Could just be mine P~Brain’s messing with me…

    And why’s Heathcliff doing a V – sign anyways…?

  11. LargeHard on December 25, 2012 at 1:47 am said:

    Thaanks for the release brw and a merry X-MAS to all‼

  12. man00ver on December 25, 2012 at 2:30 am said:

    @LargeHard – I don’t know the whereabouts of the unseen hands, but for me the creepy part of that group picture is the ghost of Sachi. Brrrrr. I mean, Pina’s looking at her like, “so you came back from the dead too!”

  13. LargeHard on December 25, 2012 at 3:05 am said:

    @man00ver :

    Oh right…! Pina was revived…!

    Seriously… How come ingame Pets gets to have 3-days… While Players only get 10 secs ?

    Why?? Y¿

  14. Ashandarei on December 25, 2012 at 3:58 am said:

    So, does anyone know what the hell it was Kirito said (but that there was no audio for) right before the ending? The way Sugu and Asuna reacted it seemed significant…

  15. man00ver on December 25, 2012 at 4:24 am said:

    @Ashandarei – according to the LN, he was whispering a name while looking downcast. No other clues there, but Kayaba’s would be my guess.

  16. @LargeHard:
    Pina is a in-game object/whatever so it can be recreated. It’s kind of hard to recreate a player after their brain was fried.

    And if I were to guess, I’d say Heathcliff is doing a V sign because he has pretty much realised all of his goals – literally, it would not be a mistake to say that he is the one who won in the end.

  17. Well, saw it through, but this was definitely Wasted Potential: The Series (the entire work that is, novels included not just this adaption). The anime would have had to have deviated significantly from the LNs to be good but unfortunately they made a reasonably faithful adaption so meh. While not truly terrible, it *could* have been so amazing that it ended up being more disappointing then something that no one expected anything from in the first place. Oh well. Maybe if they do more it’ll have more boobs.

  18. @zanon:
    People would be crying about wasted potential if they made it different, too. Nowadays the only way to make an original anime without people crying about something not getting adapted faithfully is to not use a source for it but to write the script yourself, and considering the trend in the past few years that ‘s getting less common because they don’t really have time for that.

    And besides, for what it was, SAO anime was decent. Not “the best thing ever”, sure, but it definitely was enjoyable.

  19. first thing’s first then…
    *pauses*

    no GunGale?

  20. I love you.

  21. Asdfjuma on December 26, 2012 at 3:32 am said:

    Happy ending… I don’t know how they could follow that with a second series. Well if they followed the SAO guys again at least it would be ruining things.

    Does the LN do this ending any different and continue on with Kirito’s story?

  22. man00ver on December 26, 2012 at 4:03 am said:

    @Asdfjuma – The ALO ending is the same in the LN, and the next volume picks up from there. It’s not set in Alfheim or Aincrad, though there are references to gameplay progress there. There’s a new character, and some unfinished bad buisness is the plot driver. Great, edgy story coming next year, if we’re lucky.

  23. @zanon:
    Okay then, Mr. ‘wasted potential’, how would you have done it? You suggest that it “would have had to have deviated significantly from the LNs to be good but unfortunately they made a reasonably faithful adaption so meh”, so I ask you to define ‘meh’, then offer examples of how it could have been changed/improved. Also, plz leave suggestions like “more boobs” on the sixth-grade recess yard where they belong.

  24. I am disappointed to have BDs just “low priority”. It would be nice to have them higher up.

    As for me those Leafa/Leefa = Lyfa and Swilvane = Sylvain was kinda irritating.

    Well, i should not complain to much. It was fun.

    PS: In the beginning of GGO, is it saying that they completed NEW Aincrad? Just wanna know.

    And i think he says “Sachi, do you see this” in this 25 episode.

  25. @olexijl:
    The new Aincrad is still being cleared when he plays GGO. It is progressing slowly because the floor bosses all got buffed (because the death penalty isn’t as bad in ALO).

  26. Hi, I just want to say, AWSOME job on this!

  27. Will there be a batch?

  28. Thanks for subbing the series 😀

    The “Sword Art” arc was, well, okay. It had it’s nice parts, but it suffered from many serius flaws and plotholes, some big enough to fit a Boeing 747, with ample space on both sides.
    I found it a very stupid idea to put the side stories at the beginning, they didn’t fit in at all. They were done after the arc was already completed, and you were expected to know a lot of things abiout the series and the characters already. Watching them without any advance knowledge about the series, a lot of things didn’t make sense and went right over your head.

    I enjoyed the Alfheim arc quite a lot more – even if had its flaws as well, but those were nowhere near as big. Optimally, they should’ve reduced the Sword Art arc to four episodes max., as some sort of introduction, then do the Alfheim arc as they did now, and then do another arc in the remaining episodes – as I’ve heard, there are still many more arcs. That would’ve been much better.
    Alternatively, they should’ve at least cut out those stupid Sword Art side stories at the beginning and then devote more episodes to Alfheim.

  29. thanks alot for your hard work and for releasing it on time it was very much appreciated

  30. Will you guys release a batch for this? Thx 😀

  31. takuto06 on December 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm said:

    Thanks for subbing SAO. It was enjoyable marathon watching it before the year ended. Cheers everyone!

    BTW, who is that blonde at the bottom right of the pic?

  32. man00ver on December 31, 2012 at 8:08 pm said:

    @takuto06 – That little blondie with the whiskers is Argo the Rat, an information broker who’s uncharacteristically friendly with Kirito. She only appears briefly in the anime, when she gives Kirito the info about locating Nicholas the Renegade in the “Red-Nosed Reindeer” episode. She’s a slightly better-developed figure in the LNs and side-stories.

  33. takuto06 on January 1, 2013 at 4:15 am said:

    @man00ver
    Thanks man. Just re-watched episode 3 to see.

  34. Kotomine on January 2, 2013 at 5:24 am said:

    Oberon is totally creeping on Sakuya in that picture.

  35. a Lilac on January 6, 2013 at 4:12 am said:

    Many thanks to UTWoots for their great fansub, the series certainly wasn’t perfect, but I genuinely enjoyed it and eagerly await Season 2. The art and story world are unforgettable, and the OST is most definitely worth listening even outside the anime. I absolutely love the premise of the story to death, and can only dream of one day playing something like the one that’s been illustrated. Unfortunately, right now, I’ll just have to make do with Guild Wars 2 :P. I liked the “SAO” arc much better than the “ALO” arc, but both weren’t without it’s faults. Here are the most major issues I had with ALO, a little “critique,” if you will. *I have never read the LNs.*

    The relationship and one-sided romance between Suguha and Kazuto was, to be honest, quite shallow and never fully explained. The studio made it seem as if Suguha’s love for him was only to serve as the plot’s device for all the emotional turmoil and dramatic irony, making her character and motives seem flimsy and superficial. When Suguha confronted Kazuto and said, “You’re not my real brother,” did anyone else think to themselves, “Aren’t you two still cousins?” The series takes a very complex and powerful device, love, and tosses it around non-nonchalantly, as seen with Kazuto’s “harem.” In the realm of film, and more specifically so of course, anime, if used properly and within good taste, there certainly isn’t anything wrong with that, but it forces the viewer to only take the film at face value, and takes any possible depth behind it and torpedoes it further into the bottom of the ocean.

    This brings me to my next point, the scene where Asuna is sexually assaulted. Rape, as a plot device, barring its possible contrivances of morals and sexism, is an effective way of triggering an emotional response and a sense of urgency in a given scene. However, leading up to this point, the entire series has been inhabiting the realm of superficiality, eliciting emotional responses from the viewer through means such as puppy love and the like. By using something like the notion of rape, suddenly the scene demands to taken seriously, and the identity of the series splits and becomes bi-polar. Even though, within the scene, it was used within context, it still felt out of place in the series as a whole. I guess all I’m saying is, if you’re going to use a device that is as powerful and controversial as rape, if would be best to have first established an identity that would have viewers take it more seriously.

    Of course, this is simply my opinion on the matter, and I would definitely like to know what others think, particularly ones that have read the LNs. Did you find that the anime lived up the standards of the novel, and do you feel content with the way that the studio developed the story? Also, where can I find ebooks or downloadable versions of the LNs? Some of you guys make it sound so much better. Thanks! It’s been a good run :’).

  36. Charkelle on January 21, 2013 at 4:18 am said:

    @a Lilac: This is a bit of a late reply, but I thought it was still something worth going back to reply to. As a reader of the LNs, my opinion on the matter is that the anime was a better adaptation than I expected it to be, but there were still a lot of things that it could have done better. Honestly, I felt that the ALO arc was the weakest of them all in the LNs as well as in the anime, but on thing that stood out to me most as lacking in the anime is background knowledge. There was a lot that was shown in the anime that was never really given any real explanation (despite an explanation existing in the LN), which, along with the animation style in some cases, had a tendency to make things come across as significantly less serious or more over-the-top than they had in the LN.

    The whole situation with Suguha is an example of this. As a whole, the ALO felt somewhat rushed even in the LN, but part of this was due to the fact that within the story itself Kirito was working under very tight time constraints, forcing him to simply rush ahead. This was only compounded in the anime, though, and a lot of things got rushed by without much in the way of explanation. While I won’t say it was handled perfectly in the LNs either, Suguha’s feelings were a bit more fleshed out, and while there was a bit of a feeling of the plot forcing it along, it was actually quite believable considering the fairly complex circumstances. Personally, I’ve never agreed with the idea of all the people crying incest at that, and there were those that did after only reading the LN as well (though I don’t remember seeing it nearly as much as I have from the anime).

    In terms f the situation between Asuna and Sugou, I got the same sort of feeling from the LN as well, but again it wasn’t nearly as jarring as it felt in the anime. Part of this was simply my general dislike for Sugou. I feel that he was one of the main reasons that I didn’t like the ALO arc as much as the prior or latter books, he was just an entirely unlikable antagonist, and he was pretty much solely responsible for the driving force behind the entire arc. Kayaba Akihiko could be considered to be a much worse villain, considering the comparative severity of their crimes, but of the two Kayaba was by far more likable as a character, if not a person. Asside from that, while he was the mastermind, he was not directly the source of many of the conflicts in the SAO arc. To me, Sugou felt like someone pretending to be Kayaba and failing (which in a way, is what he was intended to be), but lacking any of the characteristics that made Kayaba likable as a character.

    As for your last question (and to anyone else interested), I would highly recommend taking a look at the LNs assuming you haven’t already, especially if you liked the premise behind the story, as one thing the LNs do much better than the anime is fleshing out the world. You can find the translated volumes at baka-tsuki (http://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/index.php?title=Sword_Art_Online), and they currently have up to volume 10 and some side stories that weren’t published in a full volume completely translated, with 11 (the most recent) in progress. By comparison, the anime covers volumes 1-4, which is less than half the published material in the LNs, so they’re worth checking out for that reason as well if you liked the anime. I’m not going to say that the LNs don’t have their own flaws, as they do, but overall I greatly enjoyed reading them, and I believe that anyone else who likes the sort of story and setting it is would as well.

    One thing to keep in mind while reading the first two volumes of the LN after watching the anime, however, is that SAO was originally written as a single, standalone LN (for a writing competition, if memory serves), which was later greatly expanded on by the author. Only around half of what was in the first arc of the anime is actually in volume one (which goes until the clearing of SAO), and many of the side characters (Lisbeth, Silica, and Yui being the most notable) were introduced in a series of side stories. Many of those side stories were collected into what was published as volume two, though there are others as well (they’ve pretty much all been collected and translated on baka-tsuki), so it may seem a bit out of order to someone who watched the anime before reading the LNs. from volume 3 on things are pretty much chronological, though there are a few times things go back to SAO.

  37. i heard there might be a new season called gun gale online i hope what i heard is true i really wanna see a new season also i hope it’s as good as the first 1!

  38. I have stumbled upon Sword Art Offline(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVdxAYGAaK8) in youtube.

    Is there any chance these going to be subbed? seems interesting enough.

  39. Croix on May 17, 2013 at 5:41 pm said:

    Pls do the BD’s too! T.T
    CG’s version is an eyecancer, and they are using Evetaku’s subs, which is a pain in the butt. Doesnt even makes sence at many points.

  40. Guh. I had a lot I wanted to say in renspose to your post but it all went out the window when I read the comments, so I’ll just cover the last part:I am interested in the interplay between moe archetypes and the genre as a whole. And I think it has implications for Kirino as a tsundere. Here’s the short version:Anime these days is painfully aware of the context in which it airs. Shows like Seitokaicho Yakudomo and Panty & Stocking indicate that the genre knows that characters and situations in each show reference and are in dialog with other shows that have aired recently or are airing at the same time. In this model, kirino’s behavior (while complex and nuanced as a regular younger sibling) still exhibits tendencies toward tsundere that the fanbase is EXPECTED to notice (her condescending date invitation during Xmas shopping, the tendency to physically abuse Kyousuke, the constant protesting). While she might not reach full-on denial and therefore fail as a tsundere character in the strictest sense, it’s clear that she’s in a tsundereque category.And I wonder if these characters are actually tsundere in dialog with other shows. Another example would be Azu-nyan, who is definitely NOT, but given the array of moe characters hanging around her, to claim that she is MEANT to be perceived as such. I feel this holds double-true for a show like OreImo where the otaku culture is front-and center. Since the whole thing has got eroge undertones (thanks to Kyosuke’s impressionable nature), I would argue that Kirino is intended to be seen (and played) as if she WERE tsundere. At least that’s how I feel Keima would approach her.

  41. I just saw 18.Any delay will cost him time and he has two problems to solve where time is crictial.One is personal, one is global.This is interesting in that even though he’s not gonna die if killed in the game the stakes are arguably higher than they were earlier.

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