Off the heels of the end of the Sword Art Online: Alicization -War of Underworld- anime, an anime adaptation for the Sword Art Online Progressive light novels has been announced. Sword Art Online Progressive is written by Reki Kawahara and is a reboot of the Aincrad arc from the original light novels. Progressive will show Kirito and Asuna’s adventures through the early floors of Aincrad. Much of these areas were skipped in the main Sword Art Online light novels. There are currently 6 volumes in print and Yen Press has licensed the novels for release in English.
Yen Press describes the 1st Progressive novel as follows:
“There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…”
One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.
Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?
Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure–on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!
You can check out the teaser trailer below. (Please note, the teaser on YouTube is region-locked.)
Japanese Teaser via Twitter
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The Sword Art Online Progressive anime is in production. No other information has been announced at this time. You can check out the anime’s official website HERE.