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SAO Alicization: War of Underworld

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As the longest arc of the franchise based on Reki Kawahara’s bestselling light novels, Sword Art Online Alicization premiered to much fanfare in October of 2018 with a hugely successful 24 episode run on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and FunimationNow, followed by the English dub on Cartoon Network’s Toonami from February to July. The series revealed that it would consist of four cours (A three-month unit of television broadcasting) with “War of Underworld” marking the final two cours of the Alicization arc. Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld picks up following the dramatic events of the last episode and the series recently revealed that Haruka Tomatsu, the voice actress of Asuna, will sing the opening theme song titled “Resolution.”

The Sword Art Online franchise has become a global phenomenal, recently celebrating its 10 year anniversary since publication. After the success of the first and second seasons of the TV series produced by A-1 Pictures, the franchise expanded with a feature length film in 2017 with Sword Art Online the Movie –Ordinal Scale–, which grossed over $40 million in box office ticket sales globally.

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For more information, please visit the official website at: http://www.sao-alicization.com

 

About Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld:

Kirito, Eugeo, and Alice.

Six months have passed since the two disciples and an Integrity Knight brought down the pontifex, Administrator.

With the fighting over, Alice has been living in her hometown of Rulid Village.

Beside her is Kirito, who has not only lost his arm and soul, but also his dear friend. As Alice devotes herself to looking after Kirito, she too has lost the will to fight that she once had as a knight.

“Tell me, Kirito… What should I do?”

Nevertheless, the time for the final stress test – one which will engulf the entire Underworld with tragedy – draws relentlessly closer.

Meanwhile, in the deepest areas of the Dark Territory, the Dark God Vecta has resurrected, as if to have waited for this very moment. Leading an army of dark forces, they begin their invasion into the human empire in hopes of attaining the Priestess of Light.

The human empire force led by the Integrity Knight Bercouli prepares for a war of an unimaginable scale against the army of the Dark Territory.

Even then, Alice is nowhere to be seen, nor the two heroes that saved the realm…

 

 

STAFF:

Written by: Reki Kawahara (Dengeki Bunko)

Original Illustration / Character Design Concept: abec

Director: Manabu Ono

Character Design: Shingo Adachi, Go Suzuki, Tomoya Nishiguchi, Yumiko Yamamoto, Kento Toya

Assistant Director: Takashi Sakuma

Chief Animation Directors: Go Suzuki, Yumiko Yamamoto, Kento Toya,

Prop Design: Asami Hayakawa, Kiminori Ito

Monster Design: Toshiya Kouno

Action Scene Animation Director: Yoshihiro Kanno

Art Directors: Yukako Ogawa, Keito Watanabe

Art Setting: Kenichi Morioka, Yuho Taniuchi

Color Setting: Naomi Nakano

Director of Photography: Kentaro Waki, Kenta Hayashi

Motion Graphics Designer: Hiromu Oshiro

CG Director: Ryuta Undo

Editing: Yuji Kondo

Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami

Effects: Yasumasa Koyama

Sound Production: sonilude

Music: Yuki Kajiura

Produced by: EGG FIRM, Straight Edge

Animation Production: A-1 Pictures

Production Committee: SAO-A Committee

 

CAST:

Kirito (Kazuto Kirigaya): Yoshitsugu Matsuoka

Asuna (Asuna Yuuki): Haruka Tomatsu

Alice: Ai Kayano

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