Aniplex announced today on September 10 that Sword Art Online: Alicization, the upcoming third TV anime adaptation of Reki Kawahara's sci-fi adventure light novel series Sword Art Online, is set to premiere on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, BS11, and MBS on October 6, 2018. It will be aired for four cours (around 50 episodes) and will animate the episodes from the original bunko's ninth volume "Alicization Beginning" to 18th volume "Alicization Lasting."
The original novel author Kawahara says on Twitter, "The one-hour first episode special will premiere at
24:00 on October 6 (Sat)! Since it is four-cour, it is going to be a very long series, but I would be glad if
you can enjoy it till the end! I will also do my best...!"
初回1時間SPは10/6(土)24時から放送開始です！ 4クールということでかなりの長丁場ですが最後までお付き合いのほどよろしくお願いします！ 私もがんばる…！— 川原礫;AW23巻9月7日発売 (@kunori) 2018年9月10日
As reported, the new season's world premiere screenings will be held in seven countries in the world: Japan,
USA, Australia, France, Germany, Russia, and Korea. The Japan premiere will be held at Tokyo International
Forum Hall C twice at 12:00 and 15:30 on September 15, 2018 (JST).
Source: Aniplex press release
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