During the stage event at Dengeki Bunko’s “Aki no Saiten 2017” event in Tokyo, it was announced on Sunday that Sword Art Online will be receiving a third television anime series that will follow the light novel’s next major arc, Alicization. The Alicization arc is the 4th main arc in the Sword Art Online series. The new series is titled Sword Art Online Alicization.

In addition, a new visual for the third season of Sword Art Online was revealed on the official Twitter account:

Sword Art Online Season 3 Anime Visual

and the trailer announcement:

Anime visual:

Sword Art Online Anime Visual

Sword Art Online is a 2009 Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by Abec. The series takes place in the near future and focuses on various virtual reality MMORPG worlds. The light novels began publication on ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko imprint from April 10, 2009, with a spin-off series launching in October 2012. The series has spawned eight manga adaptations published by ASCII Media Works and Kadokawa. The novels and four of the manga adaptations have been licensed for release in North America by Yen Press. An anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures aired in Japan between July and December 2012, with an Extra Edition episode aired on December 31, 2013, and a second season, titled Sword Art Online II, aired between July and December 2014. Four video games based on the series have been released on the PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 4. An animated film titled Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale featuring an original story by Kawahara premiered in Japan and Southeast Asia on February 18, 2017, and was released in the United States on March 9, 2017.

Sword Art Online has received widespread commercial success, with the light novels having over 19 million copies sold worldwide. The anime series has received mixed to positive reviews, praised for its animation, musical score, and exploration of the psychological aspects of virtual reality, but criticized for its pacing and writing.

Sword Art Online synopsis:

In the year 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and a massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched. With the aid of “NerveGear” technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts.

Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed “Kirito,” is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of the game. He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, in a cruel turn of events, the players soon realize they cannot log out; the game’s creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game.

In order to escape Aincrad, Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players. Some are allies, while others are foes, like Asuna Yuuki, who commands the leading group attempting to escape from the ruthless game. To make matters worse, Sword Art Online is not all fun and games: if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life. Kirito must adapt to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hopefully break free from his virtual hell.

Source: Sword Art Online official Twitter

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    Yuuki EXQ Figure -- Sword Art Online "Mother's Rosary"

    Sword Art Online fans will love this new SAO prize figure featuring the adorable Yuuki! She is shown in a cute white one piece dress while posing shyly for us. A great figure for fans! This prize figure is the same kind that you would find in the game centers in Japan, and are very hard to get. We've made special arrangements for customers of J-List so they too can enjoy these great figures!

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  • Asuna 1/7 Figure -- Movie Sword Art Online -Ordinal Scale-

    Asuna 1/7 Figure -- Movie Sword Art Online -Ordinal Scale-

    A wonderful figure of Asuna from the hit animated film Sword Art Online -Ordinal Scale-. She comes in her red and white costume with a cheerful expression. With an amazing level of detail and all the presence and beauty you expect from a first-rate figure, this item is the perfect addition to your Sword Art Online collection. By Alter. This is a preorder scheduled for release in November 2018.

    $230.00
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    Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet PS4

    The new Sword Art Online game is here! It's a great region free game in which you play the actual hero in your own virtual world, and interact with all the characters from Sword Art Online. Everyone is here: Kirito, Asuna, Leafa, Sinon, Silica, plus lots of new girls. About this software product: This is a Japanese-language game for the PlayStation 4. It is compatible with all PS4 units regardless of country of manufacture.

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  • Sinon 1/7 Figure -- Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale

    Sinon 1/7 Figure -- Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale

    A wonderful 1/7 scale figure of Sinon from the hit animated film Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale. She comes in her usual outfit, carrying a long sniper rifle while striking a cute pose. With an amazing level of detail and all the presence and beauty you expect from a first-rate figure, this item is the perfect addition to your Sword Art Online collection. Great for SAO fans! By Alter. This is a preorder scheduled for release in October 2018.

    $240.00

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