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Sep 30, 2017 9:09 PM
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The Sword Art Online stage event at the Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival 2017 announced on Sunday that the franchise will receive a third anime series, which will adapt the Alicization arc from the light novel.

The Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online spin-off novel will also receive a TV anime adaptation. New cast members for each anime adaptation have also been announced.

Story (Alicization Arc)
Kirito awakens in a vast, fantastical forest filled with towering trees. In his search for clues to the truth of his surroundings, he encounters a young boy who seems to know him. He ought to be a simple NPC, but the depth of his emotions seem no different than a human. As they search for the boy's parents, Kirito finds a peculiar memory returning to him. A memory from his own childhood, of this boy and a girl, too, with golden hair, and a name he should have never forgotten—Alice. (Source: Yen Press)

Cast (Alicization Arc)
Alice: Ai Kayano (Amanchu!)
Eugeo: Nobunaga Shimazaki (Ano Natsu de Matteru)

Story (Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online)
Karen Kohiruimaki always felt out of place in the real world. Due to her extreme height, she found it hard to make friends with other girls her age. Everything changes when she's introduced to VR and Gun Gale Online. In GGO, Karen is free to play the cute, chibi avatar of her dreams! Can Karen find friendship in this bullet-ridden MMO...? (Source: Yen Press)

Cast (Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online)
Llenn: Tomori Kusunoki
Pitohui: Yoko Hikasa (Hataraku Maou-sama!)
Goushi "M" Asougi: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Fuuka)
Miyu "Fukaziroh" Shinohara: Chinatsu Akasaki (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!)

Written by Reki Kawahara with illustrations by abec, Sword Art Online has been publishing since 2009 and currently has 20 volumes in print. The light novel received its first anime season in Summer 2012, followed by a TV special in December 2013, and a second season in Summer 2014. The Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film featuring an original story by the Kawahara premiered in Japan on February 18.

Yen Press licensed the light novel in English in 2014 and published the 11th volume on August 22. Aniplex of America licensed both anime seasons, as well as the special, in North America. American production company Skydance Media announced to adapt the light novels into a live-action TV series last August.

Keiichi Sigsawa began publishing the Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online spin-off novel with illustrations by Kouhaku Kuroboshi in 2014. Kadokawa published the sixth volume on March 10.

A manga adaptation drawn by Tadadi Tamori has been serialized in Dengeki Maoh magazine since October 2015. The first compiled volume of the manga was published in October 2016, with the second volume scheduled for release on November 10. Yen Press licensed the manga in English earlier this April and will publish the first volume on November 17.

Alicization Arc Announcement PV

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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Announcement PV

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Official site: http://www.swordart-online.net
Official Twitter: @sao_anime
Official site (Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online): http://gungale-online.net
Official Twitter (Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online): @ggo_anime

Source: Moca News

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Sep 30, 2017 9:11 PM
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Let's hope this isn't as bad as the movie.
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Sep 30, 2017 9:16 PM
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Actually looking forward to Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale. The LN is/was written by Sigsawa, Keiichi who wrote well kino. So it might actually be decent.
Sep 30, 2017 9:16 PM
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Not 1 but 2? Wow, did not expect the spinoff.
Sep 30, 2017 9:18 PM
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Yeeessss . Really want to see Alice animated .
Sep 30, 2017 9:18 PM
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Oh wow. So here is the long awaited third season. loool can't wait for all the drama
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Sep 30, 2017 9:19 PM
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maybe i will watch this if i ever feel like watching Ordinal Scale first though
Sep 30, 2017 9:24 PM
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Yes yes yes!!! Here comes Alicization arc animated. Hooray! Banzai! Now waiting for eromanga sensei S2 & Index S3.
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Sep 30, 2017 9:25 PM
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I haven't read the novels that far yet. Anyone possibly know how long Alicization Arc might be?
Sep 30, 2017 9:26 PM
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didnt they already announce a 3rd season at the end of the movie?

anyway, im pretty damn hype
Sep 30, 2017 9:26 PM

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Oh boy...

Brace yourselves. MAL forums are going to have a hard time now.

Of course I'm going to watch. I won't miss the shitfest for nothing.

Sep 30, 2017 9:26 PM

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A series that seems like everyone hate, but at the same time a lot of people love. Will be watching s3, hearing a lot of good things about the arc it is going to adapt. Keeping my expectation to a minimum.

@Stark700

From what I've heard, a lot of fans that have read that arc said 25 episode isn't enough to adapt the entire arc.
Sep 30, 2017 9:29 PM
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more shitstorm incoming...
great news anyway.
Sep 30, 2017 9:30 PM
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Anybody read the spinoff of GGO? How is it?
Sep 30, 2017 9:31 PM

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Noice but a live action Hollywood movie was also announced :(
Sep 30, 2017 9:32 PM

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ichii_1 said:
Noice but a live action Hollywood movie was also announced :(


I thought its a TV series? Well, aside from SAO there's also Your Name, Naruto and One Piece. Oh God help us.
Sep 30, 2017 9:34 PM
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Noice but a live action Hollywood movie was also announced :(
That was announced ages ago actually
Sep 30, 2017 9:44 PM

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I lived for this day to come.


Sep 30, 2017 9:45 PM
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Wow, what's up with this flurry of sequels and adaptions lately?
I was expecting Season 3 to be in the making since Ordinal Scale mentioned it in the end but who would have guessed that we'd also get a spinoff series.
Hopefully, at least one of the two will air next year but I'm not really one for high hopes for this show. Just going to watch it for the sake of watching it and seeing Kirito expand his dominance.
Here's hoping both will be better than the Second Season of Sword Art Online and more like the first half of the First Seasom...
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The collective screams and sounds of keyboards smashing from the wannabe elitists is sweet, sweet music to my ears right now.

They could never even make the season 3. Just the reactions from the announcement alone are worth it.
Sep 30, 2017 9:57 PM

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*facepalm*
Oh boi... Please no... Well, at least please be released after I graduated.. I can't hear more chippers about SAO from all of my otaku friends in RL anymore.. I'll go nuts.. So please...


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Sep 30, 2017 10:00 PM

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Alicization huh... I wonder if they're gonna do all of it at once, or spread it over 3-4 years to boost LN sales. The spinoff was written by the author of Kino's Journey (the new anime is the result of his connections, seeing how lots of A1 staff are working on it) so maybe it's good? I haven't read it so I wouldn't know.
Sep 30, 2017 10:03 PM

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Alicization huh... I wonder if they're gonna do all of it at once, or spread it over 3-4 years to boost LN sales. The spinoff was written by the author of Kino's Journey (the new anime is the result of his connections, seeing how lots of A1 staff are working on it) so maybe it's good? I haven't read it so I wouldn't know.


I think the anime is made to shill the new GGO game.
Sep 30, 2017 10:04 PM

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It was only a matter of time, and now here it is. The long-awaited 3rd season. The forums are going to be fun.

I've heard many positive things about this upcoming arc, this better not be one of those cases where LN readers overhype the shit out of something, causing me to raise my expectations greatly, only to be severely disappointed later.

Also, if it this arc really does need 50-60 episodes to be fully adapted, I'd much rather get part of it in the 3rd season and the rest in a 4th season, rather than a rushed mess that's crammed fully into the 3rd season.
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Sep 30, 2017 10:05 PM

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24 episodes is definitely not gonna be enough. It needs like 50 or more.
Sep 30, 2017 10:07 PM

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Alright SAO fans, you said that the Alicization arc was going to git gud. So when I watch SAO III, it better git gud...
Sep 30, 2017 10:08 PM

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loli_a_ravioli said:
AvidAnimeViewer said:
Alicization huh... I wonder if they're gonna do all of it at once, or spread it over 3-4 years to boost LN sales. The spinoff was written by the author of Kino's Journey (the new anime is the result of his connections, seeing how lots of A1 staff are working on it) so maybe it's good? I haven't read it so I wouldn't know.


I think the anime is made to shill the new GGO game.

Yeah, with any Kadokawa brand companies the most important objective is boosting light novel/manga/video game sales.
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OH MY GOD!!!!!!
It's finally announced!!! How long will it be I wonder? If there trying to adapt all of alicization then it has to be at least 50-60 EPs to cover 11 volumes of the light novel.
Sep 30, 2017 10:11 PM

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enjoyed the first half of the first season, but didn't like the second half or the second season. maybe the third will be different? or will it share the same fate

Sep 30, 2017 10:14 PM
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Bless this news, haters and lovers rejoice. Finally we get an announcement of more SAO. This is such good news, am very hyped.
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Alice share the same voice as Darkness but their personality is totally different even if they are both knight. I am waiting for someone to swap their voices.

Sep 30, 2017 10:16 PM

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Was a long wait but finally we get an announcement. Considere me very interested.
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Writer for Gun Gale spin-off sounds promising. Will probably check it out.



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Writer for Gun Gale spin-off sounds promising. Will probably check it out.



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Sep 30, 2017 10:26 PM

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1st announcement was expected but the second one I didn't see coming. The spin-off is apparently written by the Kino's Journey author so I'll keep my eye on it.
Sep 30, 2017 10:29 PM

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Bahaha we all knew this day will come and I'm not gonna lie, I was also waiting for this. So good or bad, this should be interesting.
Sep 30, 2017 10:32 PM
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I already knew the Alicization arc was going to be adapted but GGO spin-off getting an anime adaptation as well is a complete surprise. HELL YESS!!!

inb4 JC Staff does the adaptation of GGO spin-off since A-1 Pictures has their hands full doing other series and the third season of SAO as well.
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Let's hope this isn't as bad as the movie.


The movie was amazing. It's the best rated SAO animation on here. If you liked the series, then you should've liked the movie imo.
Sep 30, 2017 10:36 PM

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what a great news for haters and lovers.
Sep 30, 2017 10:45 PM

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Isn't the Alicization as long as all the previous arcs together? I would think 4 cours to adapt then, yes?
Sep 30, 2017 10:45 PM
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That’s great and all! But where’s the sequel to Accel World!
Sep 30, 2017 10:47 PM
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Yes yes yes!!! Here comes Alicization arc animated. Hooray! Banzai! Now waiting for eromanga sensei S2 & Index S3.


Index 3 already announced lol I thought anyways. It’s bern added to MAL
Sep 30, 2017 10:49 PM

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That’s great and all! But where’s the sequel to Accel World!


nice to see some fans of Accel World, we are in the minority here lol
Sep 30, 2017 10:57 PM

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I will be watching and hopefully these new anime are as good as the movie. I would have preferred a second season for Re:Zero, but this is nice too.
Sep 30, 2017 11:01 PM

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Alicization arc is 12 volumes long and counting(?)... I wish it could at least adapt up to Eugeo vs. Synthesis one. And what an unexpected GGO we got here.
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Alice share the same voice as Darkness but their personality is totally different even if they are both knight. I am waiting for someone to swap their voices.
Nah, She can do this.
Sep 30, 2017 11:08 PM

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Amd here I will expected a " Go check the original source" kind of thing from the anime adaptation. But, that doesn't change the fact that I'm hyped for it!


More Kirito-sama!!!


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Alicization arc is 12 volumes long and counting(?)... I wish it could at least adapt up to Eugeo vs. Synthesis one. And what an unexpected GGO we got here.


That's no sweat! If it is 24 EPs long :/
Sep 30, 2017 11:10 PM

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I dont mind the trainwreck it gonna gives.

I just wanted to see how it turned out despite never having fully watched the series.
Sep 30, 2017 11:46 PM

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KaiserNazrin said:
Alice share the same voice as Darkness but their personality is totally different even if they are both knight. I am waiting for someone to swap their voices.
Nah, She can do this.


Of course she can. I already hear her voice Alice in Hollow Realization. I just find hearing Alice saying Darkness' lewd lines amusing.

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Jiharo said:
Let's hope this isn't as bad as the movie.


The movie was amazing. It's the best rated SAO animation on here. If you liked the series, then you should've liked the movie imo.


With the asspull near the end that ruined everything?

No thanks.
「友達なんていない。人はすぐに裏切るし、学校っていうのは誰かを標的にしないとやってられない馬鹿共の集 まり。ままごとみたいな役決めて、仲のいいふりして都合が悪くなったら知らんぷり。そんな奴らと仲良くした いとか全然思わない。」
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I'm hype and nervous for the alicization adaptation cause its super long arc, hope they won't rushed and fit this in a single season or sao ln fans will riot.

sao threads will be flooded again xD
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