If there is one light novel series that will likely continue to receive steady anime adaptations in the coming years, it's most definitely going to continue being the immensely popular "Sword Art Online." Reki Kawahara's series of books have sold well over 20 million copies and have received numerous novel-based spinoffs, manga adaptations, and fittingly, video game versions.
At Dengeki Bunko Aki no Saiten just recently, Dengeki and parent company ASCII Media Works announced that there is not just one, but two brand-new "Sword Art Online" anime in production.
First up, we have "Sword Art Online: Alicization." It's the proper continuation of SAO's main storyline, covering the 'Alicization' arc in volumes 9 through 18 of the light novel series. Unfortunately, aside from the fact that the series' voice actors will return to reprise their roles, not much else has been revealed at the moment. It's looking hot though, so be sure to check out the teaser trailer and abec's usual gorgeous art as the series key visual!
Sword Art Online TV anime S3 announcement PV pic.twitter.com/hPku9rbcdT— moetron | pKjd (@pKjd) October 1, 2017
Next up -- here's something cool. Did you know that the author of light novel hit of years past Kino's Journey also wrote SAO
fanfiction spinoff novels? It's true, and it already has six volumes. Keiichi Sigsawa launched Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online in 2014, and it follows the story of Karen Kohirumaki in the world of 'Gun Gale Online,' which you probably know as the game that Kirito and co. played in the previous SAO anime's 3rd cour. Her avatar's name is Llenn, and the short character sports a pink getup with adorably huge bunny ears sprouting from her hat. It looks pretty sick, so check it out below.
Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online TV anime announcement PV pic.twitter.com/vgYEKiWgMv— moetron | pKjd (@pKjd) October 1, 2017
What do you think?Are you a fan of the "Sword Art Online" franchise? How do you feel about these announcements? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for more info!