The next Sword Art Online anime is adapting the Alicization Arc

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It’s been a while sinceSword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scalehit theaters, and I was wondering when we would receive more information about the series’ new installment. As the Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival happened on Sunday, the folks at theSword Art Onlinepanelrevealedthat the sequel will cover the original light novel’s “Alicization Arc.”

While the film’s home release featured a message about the show’s return, an expanded announcementis always a plus. Of course, Kirito and Asuna’s voice actors are reprising their roles. Other than that, Ai Kayano (Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE’sAyaha Oribe,Konosuba’sDarkness) is voicing Alice, and Nobunaga Shimazaki (Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Moon Dwellers’Touya Shiun,Your Name’sTsukasa Fujii) is being cast as Eugeo.

Considering that the original “Alicization Arc” isSword Art Online’slongest saga, I wouldn’t be surprised if it runs for 25 episodes or more. From the looks of it, the sequel’s title,Sword Art Online: Alicization,implies that it’s focusing on one storyline.As a person who finds the series to be entertaining, I’m down with checking it out.

As nice as it is forSword Art Onlineto continue, the idea of there being an anime adaptation ofSword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, a spin-off light novel by Keiichi Sigsawa (Kino’s Journey’sCreator), sounds like a better project.

Unlike the main series, this TV show will focus on a new cast. Seeing thatKino’s Journey’sstrength is the strange way how its towns and cities are depicted, it’ll be interesting to see how it’ll cover this story about two female players enteringGun Gale Online’steam tournament.

With the star being a tall female college student playing a short character calledLlenn, her relationship with the player named Pitohui has potential since the former is uncomfortable with her own height.

Aside from making her anime debut, the show’s lead will appear inSword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, which is a nice way for them to promote the show. As we wait for more updates on the new installments, you can check out the spin-off anime’s announced cast.

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online’sCast:

  • Llenn:Tomori Kusunoki (Kirara Fantasia’sKirara)
  • Pitohui:Yoko Hikasa (Super Robot Wars Original Generations: The Moon Dweller’sKatia Grignarl,Danganronpa’sKyoko Kirigiri)
  • M:Kazuyuki Okitsu (Fate/Extella’sArchimedes,JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’sJonathan Joestar)
  • Fukaziroh:Chinatsu Akasaki(Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth’sAnju,Hunter x Hunter 2011’sMitsuba)

Sword Art Online Gets New TV Anime Covering Alicization Arc [Anime News Network]

Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online TV Anime Announced [Anime News Network]