Fans are stoked for the upcoming Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online. This spin-off features gun bases team combat, an incredibly cute character in Karen, and a new animation studio!
That’s right, Gun Gale Online is shaping up as a Sword Art Online anime that fans and haters may both enjoy. Here are reasons why!
1A-1 Pictures Isn’t Producing
Fans love to poke fun at A-1 Pictures‘ spotty track record, but you won’t have that meme in your arsenal since Studio 3Hz is producing Gun Gale Online. This upstart studio is responsible for creating Flip Flappers and Princess Principal – both of which feature stunning animation quality and fun character interactions!
2You Don’t Need Prior Sword Art Online Knowledge
You don’t have to watch past Sword Art Online anime because Gun Gale Online is a spin-off. Sticklers for continuity can place this story sometime after the Phantom Bullet Arc. However, don’t expect any appearances from Kirito, Asuna, and the rest of the main Sword Online crew since they aren’t involved with Gun Gale Online‘s story.
3The Story is Written by Keiichi Sigsawa
Sigsawa is famous for creating Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World-, which follows a young traveler visiting different countries with a talking motorcycle.
Sigsawa’s main series is praised as a character study and an examination of different cultures, but Gun Gale Online offers him a chance to indulge in his firearm hobby. Gun Gale Online does feature better writing that the main Sword Art Online series, but you have to appreciate guns as much as Sigsawa does to get the most out of it.
4Kohiruimaki “Llen” Karen is a Relatable MC
Karen is bullied by her classmates due to her height which leads to an inferiority complex. As a result, Karen withdrawals into the world of books, music, and video games – all of which are common coping mechanisms for people.
However, Karen also captures the enthusiasm many gamers have once they find an addicting game. The opening arc of Karen getting accustomed to the mechanics of Gun Gale Online is equally cute and relatable.
5Thrilling Gun-Based Action
Purge your mind of swords beating out guns in the Phantom Bullet Arc and get ready for adrenaline-fueled gun-on-gun combat! Sagisawa is a self-proclaimed gun enthusiast and is known for dropping gun knowledge in his Kino’s Journey series.
Are you excited for Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online this April?