• PoH finally meets Kirito
  • Red Army continues to battle against Underworld
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization War Of Underworld Part 2, Episode 17 will air Saturday, Aug. 8

"Sword Art Online: Alicization War Of Underworld" Part 2, Episode 16 of the anime series has ended with a cliffhanger and the new episode is likely to focus on Vassago Casals or PoH.

This article contains spoilers from Episode 16

The official title of "Sword Art Online: Alicization War Of Underworld" Part 2, Episode 17  is out and it teases a Vassago-centric episode. Vassago is also known as the Prince of Hell or PoH.

In "Sword Art Online: Alicization War Of Underworld" Part 2, Episode 16 named "Code 871," PoH comes face-to-face with Kirito. The episode ends with PoH announcing that showtime begins.

Episode 16 continues with Yanai pulling out a gun at Higa who is trying to revive Kirito. Yanai tells him he should not be treated as a traitor.

Yanai reveals he infiltrated Rath to carry his boss’s legacy. His boss is Sugou Nobuyuki, who was the head of a research institute named RECT Inc. Higa is surprised as Suguo is still alive. Yanai reveals Suguo will be in prison for 10 years and it was a close call for him too. However, he blamed it all on his colleague and got away. He also reveals he gathered data for Suguo’s terrifying human experiments.

Later, he tells Higa he has been leaking intel about Project Alicization to the Americans. If the Americans fighting in the Underworld succeed in retrieving Alice, there will be a bonus and a position for Yanai overseas.

Meanwhile, Higa manages to alert his coworkers by sending a message – Code 871, which is printed on Yanai’s lab coat.

Elsewhere, at Dark Territory Rocky Mountain, Gabriel’s new avatar Subtilizer faces Sinon. Subtilizer tells Sinon he will find Alice. He recalls fighting Sinon in Gun Gale Online. Subtilizer attacks Sinon and tries to steal her soul but Kirito’s pendant saves her life. She vows to fight back and launches an attack against Subtilizer.

In the meantime, the Human Empire is struggling against the massive Red Army led by PoH. Toward the end, PoH manages to find Kirito. It remains to be seen whether Higa revives Kirito before PoH can cause any harm to him.

"Sword Art Online: Alicization War Of Underworld" Part 2, Episode 17 is airing Saturday, Aug. 08. The episodes are available for streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, AnimeLab and HiDive.

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