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Sword Art Online Season 3 Set to Follow Alicization Arc

With the international release of the original anime film of Reki Kawahara and abec’s Sword Art Online light novel series, Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale, many fans of the series around the globe were able to enjoy the latest instalment in the franchise. With the promise of more Sword Art Online to come, the post credits scene of the film has teased that the next anime will follow the light novel’s next major arc, Alicization.

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Note: the following contains spoilers for Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale

 

During the post credit sequence of the film, Kikuoka Seijirou shows off a room and welcomes Shigemura Tetsuhiro (one of the movie’s original characters) to ‘Rath’. The significance of this is that Rath is a company that made its debut in the light novel’s Alicization Arc, playing an important role in the arc by supplying the technology for the story’s virtual reality device. The arc itself began in volume 9 of the light novel.

 

The end of the film also notes the following phrase:

SAO will return

During Anime Expo 2015, A-1 Pictures president Tomonori Ochikoshi a panel that they would continue to make more Sword Art Online anime as long as Reki Kawahara continues to write more light novels.

The film released on Saturday, February 18th in Japan in over 150 theatres and had a worldwide release on March 9th. It is projected that Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale will release in over 1000 screens around the world.

The main cast and designs of the film consists of:

  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sora in No Game No Life) will be back to voice Kirito

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  • Haruka Tomatsu (Haruka Takayama in Sakura Trick) returns as Asuna

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  • Kanae Itou (Ruiko Saten from Toaru Kagaku no Railgun) voicing as Yui

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  • Rina Hidaka (Airi Kashii in Ro-Kyu-Bu!) as Silica

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  • Ayahi Takagaki (Mikako Satsukitane in Sora no Otoshimono) will voice Lisbeth

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  • Ayana Taketatsu (Kirino Kousaka from Oreimo) voicing Leafa

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  • Miyuki Sawashiro (Celty Sturluson from Durarara!!) is back as Sinon

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  • Hiroaki Hirata (Sanji from One Piece) will return to voice Klein

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  • Hiroki Yasumoto (Germany from Hetalia) as Agil

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  • Koichi Yamadera (Togusa in Ghost in the Shell) will reprise his role as Akihiko Kayaba

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The new characters that will debut in the film includes:

  • Sayaka Kanda (Shioji from Gamba: Gamba to Nakama-tachi) will voice Yuna

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  • Takeshi Kaga (Chairman Kaga from Iron Chef) will voice Dr. Shigemura

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  • Yoshio Inoue (Debut Role) as Eiji

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Here is the film’s latest trailer:

 

And the previous video:

 

The Director of first two seasons, Tomohiko Ito (Silver Spoon, Seikimatsu Occult Gakui), will return to direct the film alongside Anime Character Designer Shingo Adachi (Working!!, Galilei Donna). Yuki Kajiura (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica, Fate/Zero) will also return to compose the music and A-1 Pictures (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, AnoHana) will be back to animate the film. Reki Kawahara will be writing the movie’s original story.

Sword Art Online is a light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec, who also is the author of Accel World. The light novel series began in 2009 being published in ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko. To date a total of 17 volumes have been compiled in the series. Since the series’ debut, the series has sold over 19 million copies, with 12.5 million sold in Japan alone. Additionally in 2012, an anime adaptation was released. The Sword Art Online anime aired in July and was produced by A-1 Pictures, which received a large reception; it was followed by a recap film and a second season. Since then, the series has appeared on a plethora of media with international merchandise, various manga adaptations of the light novel’s arcs, and video games. In addition, Kawahara has relaunched the series as Sword Art Online: Progressive, a re-release of the light novels with additional content.

Here is a synopsis of the anime from MAL:

1 year after the SAO incident, Kirito is approached by Seijiro Kikuoka from Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Department “VR Division” with a rather peculiar request.

That was an investigation on the “Death Gun” incident that occurred in the gun and steel filled VRMMO called Gun Gale Online (GGO). “Players who are shot by a mysterious avatar with a jet black gun lose their lives even in the real world…” Failing to turn down Kikuoka’s bizarre request, Kirito logs in to GGO even though he is not completely convinced that the virtual world could physically affect the real world.

Kirito wanders in an unfamiliar world in order to gain any clues about the “Death Gun.” Then, a female sniper named Sinon who owns a gigantic “Hecate II” rifle extends Kirito a helping hand. With Sinon’s help, Kirito decides to enter the “Bullet of Bullets,” a large tournament to choose the most powerful gunner within the realm of GGO, in hopes to become the target of the “Death Gun” and make direct contact with the mysterious avatar.

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The post credit scene of Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale has revealed that there will be more Sword Art Online anime and will be following the Alicization Arc. The movie itself is currently being released worldwide.

 

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