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10-03-2017

Sword Art Online

[Update: Aniplex uploaded the trailers for the two Sword Art Online shows on their YouTube channel.]

It's been a while since Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale hit 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 the Sword Art Online panel revealed that 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 announcement is always a plus. Of course, Kirito and Asuna's voice actors are reprising their roles. Other than that, Ai Kayano (Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE's Ayaha Oribe, Konosuba's Darkness) is voicing Alice, and Nobunaga Shimazaki (Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Moon Dwellers' Touya Shiun, Your Name's Tsukasa Fujii) is being cast as Eugeo.

Considering that the original "Alicization Arc" is Sword Art Online's longest 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.

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