Aniplex announced that Sword Art Online: Alicization will premiere this October.
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There is also a shake-up of the production staff – Manabu Ono (The Irregular at Magic School / Saki / The Asterisk Wars) is replacing Tomohiko Ito as the season’s director. Most of the previous production staff will return, with Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale animation directors Gou Suzuki and Tomoya Nishiguchi joining Shingo Adachi as character designers.
Last month, producer Kazuma Miki assured fans that the anime will adapt the entirety of the Alicization arc, which comprises 9 light novel volumes. However, an episode count is yet to be revealed.
Alicization takes a different approach to the Sword Art Online formula as it focuses on mystery and psychological elements as Kirito adapts to living in a virtual world in which he is the only the human. With no past memories, Kirito struggles to uncover the mystery of Underworld while learning survival skills.
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Haruka Tomatsu reprise their roles as Kirito and Asuna respectively. Ai Kayano will voice Alice and Nobunaga Shimazaki will voice Eugeo.
Additional cast and production details will be shared at a later time.