Hour-long 1st episode premieres on September 15
The official website for the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime revealed on Thursday that LiSA will perform the series’ opening theme song “Adamas,” and Eir Aoi will perform the ending theme song “Iris.” The single CD for “Iris” will ship on October 24.
Both singers have previously performed theme songs for various anime in the franchise.
The anime’s hour-long first episode will have a premiere event in Japan on September 15. The episode will have a premiere event in Los Angeles on the same day. The series will also have premiere events in Australia, France, Germany, Russia, and South Korea.
The anime will premiere on television in Japan in October.
Manabu Ono (Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Saki, The Asterisk War) is directing the anime at A-1 Pictures. Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale animation directors Gou Suzuki and Tomoya Nishiguchi will join Shingo Adachi for the character designs.
The anime will cover the entirety of the novels’ “Alicization Arc.” The Alicization arc is in volumes 9 through 18 of the original novel series. Ono said in an interview on the anime’s official website that he accepted the job as director around the time of the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale film’s preview screenings, and he has heard from Aniplex staff since that time that the plan is to adapt the original novel series all the way to the end.
The novel series has two television anime adaptations, an anime special, and a recent film. The franchise has also inspired multiple manga series, games, and a virtual reality demonstration in Japan. Aniplex of America releases the anime in North America. Skydance Television is planning a live-action series on Netflix based on the novels.