The anime series Sword Art Online Season 5 is based on a Japanese light novel series of the same name written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by Abec. The novels were originally written by its author on his website as web novels. Animated by A-1 Pictures, the series began broadcasting in 2012. Various video games for the same have also been released. And a Netflix live-action series is probably on the table as well.
Animes often take long hiatuses before returning back, which often extends to an expanse of years. Sword Art Online has faced a similar situation. Fans had to wait for approximately four years for Sword Art Online Season 3 (Alicization- War of Underworld) after the Season 2 finale. A lot of confusion has arisen about the status of the series as some sources refer to “Alicization- War of Underworld Part 2” as Season 4 and consider the upcoming season as Season 5. However, for now, the current pandemic has pushed back the release of Season 4. And this puts up a big question regarding the fate of Season 5.
Sword Art Online Season 5 Official Announcement
If you’re considering the upcoming season of Sword Art Online to be Season 5 as per some sources then you’re in for good news! The upcoming arc is a new project altogether, whether you consider it to be Season 4, Season 5, or a possible reboot. The Alicization arc was supposed to put an end to the story; yet, the official source of Sword Art Online announced the release of the new project titled Sword Art Online: Progressive on 19 September on their Twitter page.
— アニメ ソードアート・オンライン 公式 (@sao_anime) September 19, 2020
Sword Art Online Season 5 Release Date
Although the announcement of Season 5 or Sword Art Online: Progressive has been made by the official sources along with a new poster and a teaser trailer, there is still no news regarding the release date for the same. Many viewers are confusing the date “6 November 2022” mentioned in the trailer with the release date. However, that is not the release date. This mentioned date is actually when the story in Sword Art Online began.
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Sword Art Online Season 5 Storyline
The series revolves around characters named Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki in the future, who get stuck in the virtual world of a game called Sword Art Online (SAO). They struggle to survive once the role-playing game begins. The difference between the virtual world and their real one gets blurred consequently. The catch here is that if they die in the game, they die in the real world too.
The story of the new season of Sword Art Online will be based on the light novels “Sword Art Online Progressive”. This series was published in 2012 as a reboot. Hopefully, all the 6 volumes of the series will be delved into through this project.
Sword Art Online Progressive Trailer
All previous seasons and episodes of Sword Art Online are available on Crunchyroll. If you want, you can stream them all there.
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