2nd cour of TV anime was set to air in April 2020
The official website for Sword Art Online announced on April 10 that the second cour, and final chapter, of Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld is delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The website also confirmed the next season is slated to premiere in July, with a date and time to be confirmed.
【重要なお知らせ】— アニメ ソードアート・オンライン 公式 (@sao_anime) April 10, 2020
4月より放送・配信予定の「SAO アリシゼーション WoU」最終章(2ndクール)につきまして、新型コロナウイルス感染拡大の影響を受け、放送及び配信を延期させて頂くことをお知らせいたします。
Aniplex originally announced the next season would air from April 25. Crunchyroll also originally announced on March 19 that the new season would be coming to the platform.
Other anime titles delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak include TV anime broadcasts of Re:ZERO Season 2, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax, many anime movies, and major industry events around Japan.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, alongside the special coronavirus taskforce, declared a State of Emergency in Japan for seven prefectures in the country, including Tokyo and Osaka, on April 7 which will stay in effect until May 7 at the earliest.
Additional reporting by Kyle Cardine
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.