The fall 2018 anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization became the 2019 series with War of Underworld, the second half of this sprawling storyline that’s underway. The folks at Toonami broadcast the first series and now they’ve set a January 18th, 2020 debut for the second half to get underway. It’ll be aired at midnight Saturday night/Sunday morning on the network.
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.
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.