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Alicization Lasting (アリシゼーション・ラスティング, Arishizēshon Rasutingu?) is the 18th book in the Sword Art Online light novel series, published on August 10, 2016. It is the fourth volume in the War of the Underworld sub-arc of the Alicization arc, as well as the final volume of the Alicization arc.
"------ It's Kirito-kun. My Kirito-kun, came back......"
On the second day of the Final Tolerance Experiment, the entire Underworld has plunged into chaos. The Dark Territory Army, led by Dark God Vector, are the users from the «real world»......
Deceiving VRMMO players from America, China and Korea, he summons tens of thousands of «Dark Knights» into the «Underworld» as reinforcements. Since Integrity Knight Bercouli, the highest commander of the «Human Empire Army» has fallen, Alice, his beloved apprentice, rushes towards the «World End Altar» on her own. Losing the Super Account «Dark God Vector», Gabriel logs in again as «Subtlizer», defeats Sinon in their duel, and pursues Alice.
Meanwhile, in the battlefield where the «Human Empire Army» is trapped by the «Dark Knights» overwhelmingly outnumbering them, the desperate fights of Asuna and the help of Lisbeth, Sakuya and others turn out to be in vain. Eventually Kirito is captured by the enemy in his state of self-loss.
As his rival since the SAO era, the enemy is «PoH», one of the remaining members of Laughing Coffin. As though releasing all the grudge accumulated for years, «PoH» is about to sink his fangs into Kirito---!! Suddenly, from Kirito's heart, a voice resonates. It belongs to his best friend whom he has lived with, fought alongside with and laughed together with. The voice of his one and only one, best friend---.
Finally, Kirito revives.In order to save Alice, who determines the fate of the world, Asuna, who is his best love, everyone else who rush in to help, and «everything» living in the Underworld.
Chapter 21 - Awakening (Continued)
Kirito, under the severe torment he was receiving from his fluctlight, started to re-live the worst memories that he had gained during his lifetime. From letting an old friend from the SAO beta get beaten up by thugs, to the deaths of Coper and the Black Cats of the Full Moon. After witnessing all the events from then to the present, he started blaming himself for Eugeo's death and that he should have been the one to die. As he was about to tear out and smash his own heart, he started seeing Asuna, Sinon, and Suguha trying to cheer him up from Higa Takeru's fluctlight manipulation. That wasn't enough however as he felt like that he couldn't be forgiven for his actions from them.
Higa realized this and figured out that at least one more person connected to Kirito needed to help him out. At that moment, he noticed another spike in Kirito's fluctlight unrelated to the ones from the three girls. The fluctlight from the Blue Rose Sword. Since the memories of objects are the same as people, he was able to connect the memories of the sword to Kirito's fluctlight. Just before Kirito's heart was crushed, Eugeo called out to him and helped Kirito come to his senses. With the help of everyone presently connected to Kirito, he finally came to terms over Eugeo's death and headed back to the Underworld.