The final episode of Sword Art online: Alicization- War of Underworld announced on Saturday that Sword Art online: Progressive light novels will be adapted into anime.

An key visual and teaser featuring Asuna was released with the announcement.

Sword Art Online: Progressive Anime key visual
Sword Art Online: Progressive Anime key visual

Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure, on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!

Yen Press, the English publisher of novels describes the story as such:

“There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…

One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.
Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone.

Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?”

The studio haven’t been confirmed yet but looking at the teaser it seems like A-1 Pictures will be animating the Sword Art online: Progressive anime project.

Reki Kawahara begin writing the side story in October 2012 with illustrations drawn by Abec. Kiseki Himura is drawing the manga adaptation in Dengeki G’s Comic since June 2013.

About Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara with illustrations provided by Abec. ASCII Media Works is publishing the novels with 23 volumes currently in circulation. The series has spawned multiple manga adaptions, spin-offs and video games.

A1 pictures produced a 25 episodes Tv anime series in July 2012 followed by 2nd season in July 2014. Sword Art Online: Alicization premiered in October 2018 and ran for 36 episodes. Anime original movie Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale was released in 2017 in Japanese theatres. 3hz adapted Spin-off by Keiichi Sigsawa Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online into a Tv anime in April 2018. The series was ranked as second most favorite anime in Japan in an online poll.

The series takes place in the near future where a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players can control their avatars through brain waves using technology called “NerveGear.” When players enter the game, they discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive. To escape, players must beat the game by defeating each boss on all 100 floors; however, if they die in the game, they die in real life too. Their struggle for survival starts now.

That’s all for today. Stay tuned for more relevant news on Sword Art Online.