Announced at a fan event called SAO and GGO New Anime and Original Work Stage, Kazuma Miki stated that the upcoming Sword Art Online season 3 anime will cover the entire Alicization arc. Kazuma Miki is the light novel editor to the story and producer to the anime. Reki Kawahara is the creator and author of the light novel series Sword Art Online. From assumption, rather than having multiple arcs like the past seasons, season will only be focused on Alicization (SAO season 1 had the Sword Art Online and Fairy Dance arcs, and season 2 had Phantom Bullet, Calibur and Mother Rosario arcs). In the light novels, the Alicization arc covers volume 9-18 and it takes place after the events in Mother Rosario and Ordinal Scale movie.
Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online
Also announced from the event, we got news on who will sing for the opening and ending song for the spin-off anime, Sword Art Online Alternative Online. It’s been revealed that the voice actress Tomori Kusunoki will be performing for both songs for the anime. It’s unknown what is the name of the songs, but Kusunoki will be doing both parts. She is also the voice actress for the character Llenn. This anime is set to be premiered in April this year.
Announced at the Dengeki Bunko “Aki no Saiten 2017”, Sword Art Online will be receiving some new anime from two announcements!
The first one announced is a third series to the anime and the name of the new show is called Sword Art Online: Alicization. The anime third season was teased in the end of the movie Ordinal Scale. So far, they released a key image to the anime along with returning casts of Kirito and Asuna. New voice actors will play as new characters:
- Eugeo: Nobunaga Shimazaki
- Alice: Ai Kayano
This arc takes place after Mother Rosario and the movie Ordinal Scale. It will be based on Reki Kawahara’s light novel.
Another anime getting an anime adaptation is a spinoff series based on Sword Art Online but written by Sigsawa Keiichi, illustrated by Kuroboshi Kouhaku and supervised by Reki Kawahara. The series is called Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online Alternative.
Here is the synopsis of the story:
The story follows Karen Kohiruimaki, a 183-centimeter-tall (6-foot-tall) college student who’s insecure her height, and is bad at dealing with people in the real world. She enters the world of Gun Gale Online with her avatar, Llenn, who is less than 150 centimeters (5 feet) tall and wears all pink. She meets a beautiful, brown-skinned female player who goes by Pitohui. They hit it off, but one day Pitohui pressures her to participate in “Squad Jam,” a team Battle Royale variation of the Bullet of Bullets tournament