COVID-19 has taken a toll on several upcoming releases this year. Due to industry-wide shutdowns, entertainment companies are either forced to cancel or delay forthcoming titles. One of the series that has been impacted by the coronavirus crisis is the anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization.
Sword Art Online: Alicization’s official website, previously announced that the second part of the War of Underworld arc was delayed. The news stated:
“Due to the COVID-19 infection spread, the final season of Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld, which was planned to begin April 2020, has been postponed.”
Two months after the show broke the disappointing news to its devotees, it officially revealed the new release date for the delayed installment. The official website announced:
“The broadcast is now scheduled to start July 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.”
The show’s producer, Masami Niwa, further confirmed this news during a live stream on the Dengeki Online Youtube Channel. Moreover, Niwa explained that, while at home, the anime team created the storyboards, scripts, and animation through telework.
Besides, they assured that while they weren’t able to make this the broadest season, they’re still working hard to make the next one.
As per Crunchyroll, the upcoming second installment will take place six months after the two disciples, Kirito and Eugeo, and an Integrity Knight, Alice, brought down the pontifex, Administrator.
With the fighting over, Alice has been living in her hometown, Rulid Village. Alongside her is Kirito, who has not only lost his arm and soul, but also his dear friend. Alice also lost the will to fight as a knight.
Meanwhile, in the deepest areas of the Dark Territory, the Dark God Vecta has resurrected. The army of dark forces begins their invasion into the human empire in hopes of attaining the Priestess of Light.
Consequently, the human empire force led by Bercouli prepares for a war against the army of the Dark Territory. However, with Kirito and Alice still down and troubled, it remains uncertain whether they will fight alongside the human force.
The official website of the anime series released a new wallpaper featuring Eugeo telling Kirito to “stay at home.” It is a phrase being used by the Japanese government to promote coronavirus countermeasures. Above all, Aniplex of America has unveiled the official trailer for the highly-anticipated finale.
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