If you enjoyed the subtitled version of Aniplex of America’s SAO spin-off Gun Gale Online. Then you know that it was a really successful season. The season was so great that it is already green lit for another season in Japan. Writer and mangaka Keiichi Sigsawa announced it’s renewal back in July at Anime Expo. Just annouced at Anime NYC the english dub and subtitled version will hit Hulu and Netflix 2019.
Based on the original work by self-proclaimed military and gun fanatic Keiichi Sigsawa, author of Kino’s Journey and gun consultant for Sword Art Online II, the series, hereafter referred to as GGO, premiered in April of 2018 with Japanese voice cast members Tomori Kusunoki (Slow Start, Marchen Madchen), Yoko Hikasa (The irregular at magic high school THE MOVIE –The Girl Who Summons the Stars-, WAGNARIA!!), Kazuyuki Okitsu (Nanana’s Buried Treasure, Charlotte), and Chinatsu Akasaki (Fate/Apocrypha, ERASED).
The English cast features the series’ main character LLENN voiced by Reba Buhr (The Asterisk War, Violet Evergarden), Allegra Clark (Fate/Apocrypha, GRANDBLUE FANTASY The Animation) as Pitohui, Ray Chase (March comes in like lion, anohana -The Flower We Saw That Day-) as M, and Faye Mata (Fate/Apocrypha, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable) playing the lovable best friend, Fukaziroh. Produced by Studio 3Hz (Flip Flappers, Princess Principal), the show features the work of Yoshio Kozakai (Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu, Tsukimonogatari) serving as character designer and chief animation director with Masayuki Sakoi (Strawberry Panic!, Princess Principal) as director, and Yosuke Kuroda (Trigun, Hellsing OVA, My Hero Academia) as the screenwriter.
GGO follows the tale of college student Karen Kohiruimaki, a devoted solo player who goes by the alias LLENN in the virtual shooting game, Gun Gale Online. Quickly gaining notoriety as the “Pink Devil” for her signature pink get-up and vicious agility, LLENN joins a battle royal style group combat, known as the Squad Jam, at the urging of a mysterious and beautiful woman named Pitohui.
In an interview with Crunchyroll News at Anime Expo 2018, creator Keiichi Sigsawa describes the story as consisting of two pillars, “one is the game world that I wanted to depict: a world where people could engage in gun fights but no one had to die. The other would actually be the relationship between the two personas, Karen and LLENN; and the juxtaposition of an individual with a height complex playing a petite character online.”
Since premiering in April, GGO has received much acclaim from both fans and critics alike, attributing the series’ strong female characters and theme of escapism as a big draw in an article titled, “The Internet Still Can’t Believe How Good ‘Gun Gale Online’ Is” by Comicbook.com. In a piece featured on Polygon, Alyse Stanley writes, “the series posits, through gunplay action, that media featuring strong women doesn’t have to be beholden to a particular theme or look, that this entertainment should be as varied as the women watching it.” GGO has won numerous online fan polls including Anime Trending’s favorite action/adventure anime, top ending theme song, and best female character of the spring 2018 anime season. The series was also featured in Thrillist’s “The Best Anime of 2018” list noting that “while we still have a protagonist pulling off the impossible to succeed, [LLENN’s] wild pirouettes and ridiculous strategies are thrilling to experience on a moment-to-moment basis.”
Checkout episode 4 of our Anime Pad Podcast for talks on Gun Gale.