If earlier this year, you saw Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale in cinemas and were patient enough to sit through the credits, you may not be surprised by today’s announcement from Dengeki Bunko’s Fall Festival. Sword Art Online: Alicization, a television anime adaptation of Reki Kawahara’s light novel story arc, is in production.
The fourth and currently longest major story arc in the Sword Art Online, the Alicization arc was published between volumes 9-18 of the original novel series, before additional side-stories were published in later books. As of writing, the first 11 volumes have been released in English by Yen Press, who describe the first novel of Alicization as follows:
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.
In addition, an anime has also been announced for the Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online novel series by Sigsawa of Kino’s Journey fame. Yen Press, who have licensed Tadadi Tamori’s manga adaptation for release starting this November, describe the series as:
A spin-off to the massively popular story by Reki Kawahara, a new player steps onto the battlefields of the MMORPG Gun Gale Online! Pint-sized and dressed in pink, she’s ready to blast her way to the very top!
Fans of A Certain other Dengeki Bunko franchise need not worry about being forgotten however, as after months of speculation, a return for A Certain Magical Index has finally been revealed! Atsushi Abe and Yuka Iguchi will be reprising their respective roles of Toma Kamijo and Index in the series, which is currently slated for 2018 release. This expansion will not just be limited to Index however, with Dengeki Bunko editor Kazuma Miki teasing that the “A Certain Project 2018” will have more in store for fans.
This will mark the fourth Index anime project and the sixth for the overall A Certain series, following two seasons each of A Certain Magical Index and spin-off A Certain Scientific Railgun, as well as the feature film A Certain Magical Index the Movie: The Miracle of Endymion. All of which are available on both DVD and Blu-ray in the United Kingdom, courtesy of Manga Entertainment, whose official synopsis for A Certain Magical Index, is:
Kamijo is a student in Academy City, where people use science to develop supernatural abilities. The guy’s got a lot of heart, luckily for a young nun named Index. She’s on the run from a sorcery society that covets the astonishing 103,000 volumes of magical knowledge stored in her memory. When Index stumbles into Kamijo s life, she find a faithful friend and protector, and while Kamijo s easily the weakest kid in Academy City, he s got something else going for him: the Imagine Breaker, an unexplainable power stored in his right hand that negates the powers of others. With scientists and sorcerers attacking from all sides, the Imagine Breaker will definitely come in handy but it s Kamijo s loyalty to Index that will be his greatest weapon in the fight to keep her safe.