The fall 2018 anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization kicked off back on October 6th, 2018 and is moving along with new episodes. The seventeenth episode is set for a February 2nd, 2019 debut and the first preview for it has landed online. Crunchyroll is streaming it to viewers in North America, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland and Funimation is handling streaming for it as well.
Manabu Ono is directing it and A-1 Pictures handling the animation production. Gou Suzuki, Tomoya Nishiguchi, and Shingo Adachi are handling the character designs.
The announced cast includes Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kirito, Haruka Tomatsu as Asuna, Ai Kayano as Alice, and Nobunaga Shimazaki as Eugeo.
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Plot Concept: Kirito awakens in a vast, fantastical forest filled with towering trees. In his search for clues to the truth of his surroundings, he encounters a young boy who seems to know him. He ought to be a simple NPC, but the depth of his emotions seem no different than a human.
As they search for the boy’s parents, Kirito finds a peculiar memory returning to him. A memory from his own childhood, of this boy and a girl, too, with golden hair, and a name he should have never forgotten Alice.