The Sword Art Online series revealed a trailer for the 10th-Anniversary event during AnimeJapan 2022. In addition to the scenes from the previous seasons and the movies, the video also includes a sneak peek into the upcoming Sword Art Online: Progressive -Scherzo of the Deep Night- anime film.
Sword Art Online started off as a Japanese light novel series by Reki Kawahara. ASCII Media Works has been serializing it with abec’s illustrations since 2009, and it currently has 26 volumes with more than 26 million copies in circulation. Yen Press is publishing the series in English.
The series received an anime adaptation in 2012. The first season had a total of 25 episodes. In 2013, a movie titled Sword Art Online: Extra Edition premiered in Japan, followed by a season 2 of the series in 2014. The franchise took a short break and then returned in 2017 with an anime film titled Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale.
In 2018, A sequel titled Sword Art Online: Alicization aired, and it had a total of 24 episodes. It was followed by Sword Art Online: Alicization -War of Underworld-. Manabu Ono (Hellsing) directed the Alicization arc of the anime. A-1 Pictures animated all of it.
In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online – a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other – debuts, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a system that allows users to completely immerse themselves in a wholly realistic gaming experience. But when the game goes live, the elation of the players quickly turns to horror as they discover that, for all its amazing features, SAO is missing one of the most basic functions of any MMORPG – a log-out button. Now trapped in the virtual world of Aincrad, their bodies held captive by NerveGear in the real world, users are issued a chilling ultimatum: conquer all one hundred floors of Aincrad to regain your freedom. But in the warped world of SAO, “game over” means certain death – both virtual and real…Yen Press
Source: Official Twitter and AnimeJapan 2022
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