Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online TV Anime Announced

The Sword Art Online stage panel at the “Dengeki Bunko Aki no Saiten 2017 event (Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival 2017) event in Tokyo has announced that a television anime project of Keiichi Sigsawa’s Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online novel series is launching.

Tomori Kusunoki will play Llenn, and Yōko Hikasa will star in the series as Pitohui. Kazuyuki Okitsu will play M, and Chinatsu Akasaki will play Fukaziroh.

Source: ANN

Sword Art Online to Get New TV Anime Covering Alicization Arc

The Sword Art Online stage panel at the “Dengeki Bunko Aki no Saiten 2017 event (Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival 2017) event in Tokyo has announced that a television anime adaptation of the Alicization arc in Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online light novel series is launching. The third series is titled Sword Art Online: Alicization. The Alicization arc is covered in volumes 9 through 18 of the original novel series.

The series will again star Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kirito and Haruka Tomatsu as Asuna. Ai Kayano will play Alice, and Nobunaga Shimazaki will play Eugeo.

Source: ANN

Writers Added to the Live-Action Sword Art Online Series

American independent production company Skydance Television has announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Patrick Massett and John Zinman for the pair to serve as writers, showrunners, and executive producers on Skydance television projects, including Skydance’s live-action Sword Art Online (SAO) series.

Massett and Zinman are joining Laeta Kalogridis in writing the pilot script, and are executive producing along with Kalogridis and Skydance’s Marcy Ross, David Ellison, and Dana Goldberg.

Skydance Television President Ross says, “We’re already deep in development with Patrick, John, and Laeta on our larger than life Skydance SAO series, in which we aim not only to satisfy the franchise’s enthusiastic sci-fi and anime fan base but also to appeal to new TV audiences the world over.”

Skydance announced the series adaptation of Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online light novels in August 2016.

Source: ANN

Aniplex of America Announces Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- Coming to Blu-ray and DVD with Limited Edition

Aniplex of America has announced that Sword Art Online the Movie –Ordinal Scale- is coming to Blu-ray and DVD for the first time, along with a Limited Edition release. These releases had been highly anticipated after the movie’s record-breaking success during the theatrical release, grossing $1.35 million during the first four days of the North American release. Pre-orders for all three of the Blu-ray and DVD editions began on August 11, 2017.

The Blu-ray releases will come with bonus contents that include audio commentary by the creators and Japanese cast, as well as a Special Short Animation. On top of the bonus contents, the Limited Edition Blu-ray includes a music CD and a deluxe booklet with special packaging.

The Sword Art Online franchise is based on a light novel by Reki Kawahara, which was a winner of the 15th Dengeki Novel Award Grand Prize, its first volume selling over 18.6 million copies worldwide. The light novel has spawned into video games and comic books in addition to the TV anime adaptation. According to Theron Martin’s review on Anime News Network, the movie differs from many other series-based movies, as the story for the movie is an original work written by Kawahara himself. Focusing on the fans’ favorite characters and “retrofitt[ing] into the franchise’s timeline much more smoothly,” Sword Art Online the Movie –Ordinal Scale- has rightfully garnered a dedicated fan base of its own.

Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale- Limited Edition Blu-ray includes:

Blu-ray Features

Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
Subtitles: English & Spanish
Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
Episodes: Feature Movie
Number of Disc: Two (a Blu-ray & CD)
Total Run Time: Approximately 120 min.
Rating: 16 UP (Brief nudity and some violence. Parental guidance suggested.)

Bonus Contents

Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast:
(Tomohiko Ito, Shingo Adachi, Reki Kawahara, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu and Sayaka Kanda)
Special Short Animation: Sword Art OFFline –Ordinal Scale–
* Bonus contents subject to change.
* Bonus contents include English subtitles.

Bonus Materials & Package

Bonus Music CD:
“Ubiquitous dB –Special ver.-” by Asuna Yuuki (cv: Haruka Tomatsu), Keiko Ayano (cv: Rina Hidaka)
“Break Beat Bark! –special ver.-” by Rika Shinozaki (cv: Ayahi Takagaki), Shino Asada (cv: Miyuki Sawashiro)
“longing –movie ver.-,” “delete –movie ver.-” and “smile for you –movie ver.-” by Yuna (cv: Sayaka Kanda)
Deluxe Booklet
Rigid Box
* Bonus contents subject to change

Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale- Standard Edition Blu-ray includes:

Blu-ray Features>

Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
Subtitles: English & Spanish
Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
Episodes: Feature Movie
Number of Disc: One Blu-ray disc
Total Run Time: Approximately 120 min.
Rating: 16 UP (Brief nudity and some violence. Parental guidance suggested.)

Bonus Contents

Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast: (Tomohiko Ito, Shingo Adachi, Reki Kawahara, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu and Sayaka Kanda)
Special Short Animation: Sword Art OFFline –Ordinal Scale–
* Bonus contents subject to change.
* Bonus contents include English subtitles

Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale- DVD includes:

DVD Features

Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
Subtitles: English & Spanish
Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
Episodes: Feature Movie
Number of Disc: One DVD disc
Total Run Time: Approximately 120 min.
Rating: 16 UP (Brief nudity and some violence. Parental guidance suggested.)

Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week: July 14, 2017

This list is going to be longer than usual, since I posted last week’s list early. But there really were a lot of great blog posts over this past week, and here are the ones that stood out to me.

Here’s some blog posts talking about the Summer 2017 simulcast season:

And here’s a blog post taking a final look back at the Spring 2017 simulcast season:

These blog posts touch on several different topics that are connected with anime:

Here’s some blog posts talking about anime that’s not current, but these are titles I’ve also reviewed in the past. I like sharing others’ perspectives on topics I’ve already touched on:

And Karandi at 100 Word Anime continues the 30 Day Anime Challenge. I’m not linking to all of the posts from the challenge; instead, I’m just highlighting the ones that interested me:

Sword Art Online The Movie -Ordinal Scale- Grosses $1.35 Million in Its First Four Days of North American Release

Aniplex of America has announced that Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale- has grossed $1.35 million during the first four days of its North American run. The film set an opening weekend record for an Aniplex of America theatrical release, and has played in 560 theaters nationwide.

“I am honored that so many SAO fans came out and supported the film,” said Hideki Goto, President of Aniplex of America. “Ordinal Scale has become a smash hit worldwide and has garnered some wonderful reviews from critics. We hope that our dub release next month will bring the same excitement and lead to more people being able to enjoy this wonderful film.”

Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale- will return on April 22, 2017 for a limited theatrical engagement featuring the dub. Tickets for this screening are available via the official website (www.sao-movie.net/us).

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale English Dub Screenings Begin in the United States on April 22, 2017

Aniplex of America has opened ticket sales for English-dubbed screenings of the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film. The dub will screen in U.S. theaters on April 22, 2017; however, some theaters are listed with screenings on April 23, 2017. Azoland Pictures is distributing the film.

The dub will premiere at the Anime Boston convention, which will be held from March 31-April 2, 2017.

The English cast for the film includes:

  • Bryce Papenbrook is Kirito / Kazuto Kirigaya
  • Cherami Leigh is Asuna / Asuna Yuuki
  • Stephanie Sheh is Yui
  • Cassandra Lee Morris is Leafa / Suguha Kirigaya
  • Christine Marie Cabanos is Silica / Keiko Ayano
  • Sarah Anne Williams is Lisbeth / Rika Shinozaki
  • Michelle Ruff is Sinon / Shino Asada
  • Kirk Thornton is Klein
  • Patrick Seitz is Agil
  • Matthew Mercer is Seijirou Kikuoka
  • Marc Diraison is Akihiko Kayaba
  • Ryan Bartley is Yuna / Yuuna Shigemura
  • Chris Patton is Eiji / Eiji Nochizawa
  • Taylor Henry is Tetsuhiro Shigemura

Aniplex of America hosted a premiere event with English subtitles in Hollywood, California on March 1, 2017, and followed it with a one-night wide release in the United States on March 9, 2017. The film will screen in Canada on March 17-19, 2017.

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale opened in Japan on February 18, 2017, and sold about 308,376 tickets for 425,762,760 yen (about US$3.76 milion) in its opening weekend.

Source: ANN