Sword Art Online fans, this is not a drill. After a couple years, it looks like Kirito and Asuna are coming back to TV. The third season (or series rather) or Sword Art Online has been officially announced.
The long-awaited update came this weekend at the Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival in Tokyo. The event was able to confirm Sword Art Online was returning and adapting Reki Kawahara's "Alicization" arc.
If you're curious about the anime's talent, it will feature lots of familiar voices. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka will return to voice Kirito while Haruka Tomatsu will play Asuna. Ai Kayano will play newcomer Alice when Nobunga Shimazaki voices Eugeo.
If you are not familiar with Sword Art Online's upcoming arc, then you have a bit to read up on. The storyline is covering in volumes 9-18 of Kawahara's light novel series. The story stars in June 2026 after Kirito is offered a job with a company called Rath. The hero is asked to work for the private firm to test out a new type of FullDive equipment known as the Soul Translator. However, as fans could expect, Kirito's job wasn't laid out fully before he took the gig.
As it turns out, Rath has no plans to make a new FullDive gaming console. Instead, the firm is working to make a new AI for military purposes. The company was able to copy a child's soul into the machine, but Rath could not make its AI break laws or do anything humanistic. As such, they brought in Kirito to act as a human influence on the AIs until one finally broke their virtual world's law. When Kirito was brought out of the machine, Rath blocked his memories of his time in Underworld, but Kirito learns there are plenty who'd like to shut him up permanently about his time spent with the AI named Alice.
Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale hits Blu-ray and DVD on December 19, 2017. It's available to pre-order now.