Virtuality Transcendent: Part 3
In Virtuality Transcendent: Part 3,
Tom and Xiu struggle with the nature of reality itself before all is revealed to be a multi-layered deception helping them transition from Sphidia to the actual real world.
In Episode 1,
after succeeding spectacularly in breaking through the blocks on "magic", Tom finds himself in another world, where he is told that no "reality" has ever been really real at all.
In Episode 2,
Tom returns to the dystopian reality, where he teaches Xiuying to break through it just as he has, and she in turn convinces him to take their discovery less cynically.
In Episode 3,
while struggling to take having their reality turned upside-down in stride, Tom and Xiuying are eventually told the truth behind all these elaborate deceptions, and awakened for real.