In a recent interview with Dengeki Online on Friday, Reki Kawahara sat down with the artist of the popular manga Bloom Into You Nio Nakatani and voice actress Ai Kayano who provides the voice of Alice on the latest chapter of the Sword Art Online Anime: Alicization recently sat down an discussed their thoughts on each other’s work. While Kawahara and Kayano professed their admiration for each other’s work, Nakatani remarked that she enjoyed how the female characters in SAO were strong. Which Kawahara responded that the female characters were going to get more active in the story from now on.

Anime News Network has more on the interview.