Like Overlord, Sword Art Online (SAO) too is considered a pioneer of the isekai genre. Upcoming isekai anime weren’t anything people paid much heed to, but that changed when an adaptation of Reki Kawahara’s light novel about teenagers trapped in a VR game debuted in 2012.
More than a decade has passed since then, and today, the anime has come so far that Sword Art Online: Season 5 is what everyone is gossiping about. So if you’re wondering about the same thing, then here’s everything you’ll need to know about what’s next for Kirito, including when we might see Sword Art Online: Season 5 release, as well as what it’s all about.
When Is Sword Art Online: Season 5 Coming Out?
We hate to be the one to break this to you but Sword Art Online: Season 5 doesn’t have a release date right now. While it may seem it’s bad news, it’s actually nothing to be worried about.
The “Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night” film was just released in October 2022, so the franchise is extremely active at the moment. It’s only natural for there to be a few months or a year of silence at the least till the next project is announced, so all in all, we’ll likely have confirmation on the fifth season soon enough.
What Is Sword Art Online: Season 5 About? (Spoiler Alert)
The Sword Art Online anime is based on a series of light novels written by Reki Kawahara. The fourth season covered the entire events of the Alicization arc, so as the book’s now closed on the fourth arc, Sword Art Online: Season 5 will commence from the fifth arc titled “Unital Ring“.
In the Unital Ring arc, the story will pick up three months later. Kirito’s awake from his coma, the world knows about Alice, and Yui and the others are busy leveling up in New Aincrad. The same events that happened in season one of the anime start to transpire again. Somehow, New Aincrad merges with other VR games to form Unital Ring, a brand new Online game, but is it only a game or is history repeating itself?
Which Studio Is Making Sword Art Online: Season 5?
A-1 Pictures has animated all four previous seasons as well as the movies of the series, so keeping that in mind, odds are high that A-1 Pictures will animate Sword Art Online: Season 5 too. That’s perfect if you ask me because SAO has had terrific animation so far.
What’s even better is that A-1 Pictures is also the studio behind other top-rated anime including Blue Exorcist, and Kaguya-sama. Plus, they’ve apparently got their hands on the upcoming Solo Leveling anime, so there’s no need to take the risk of changing things up since A-1 Pictures is more than capable.
Where Will Sword Art Online: Season 5 Be Aired?
You should be able to watch Sword Art Online: Season 5 on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and maybe even Hulu once it starts streaming officially. After the anime finishes its entire season run, it will likely arrive on Netflix also as all 4 released seasons are already available there.
Sword Art Online has had an unbelievable time in the industry. It’s got multiple two-part seasons, a spin-off series, 3 films, and even 18 video games with another one coming out in 2023. It’s insane how popular SAO has become, and neither the audience nor the production ever lets the franchise sleep, so a new season is all but a done deal.
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