SANTA MONICA, CA (March 30, 2018) – Aniplex of America has announced at their industry panel at Sakura-Con (Seattle, Washington) today that the newest series from Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online (SAO) universe, Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, will stream on Crunchyroll and Hulu starting this spring. The latest expansion is based on the original work by renowned writer Keiichi Sigsawa, creator of the popular Kino’s Journey novels, with illustrations and character design concept by Kouhaku Kuroboshi, who also provided the original character design for World Conquest Zvezda Plot. Known as an avid gun and military fanatic, Mr. Sigsawa is also credited for serving as the gun consultant for Phantom Bullet of Sword Art Online II. The series will be produced by Studio 3Hz (Flip Flappers, Princess Principal) with Yoshio Kozakai (Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu, Tsukimonogatari) serving as Character Design and Chief Animation Director, and Masayuki Sakoi (Strawberry Panic!, Princess Principal) as Director for the series. Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online begins April 7th on Crunchyroll and Hulu, with new episodes every Saturday.

The new series centers on main character LLENN, voiced by Tomori Kusunoki (Slow Start, Marchen Madchen), and features the same world as the “VRMMO Gun Gale Online” where Kirito and Sinon met in Sword Art Online II. The cast also includes Yoko Hikasa (The irregular at magic high school THE MOVIE –The Girl Who Summons the Stars-WAGNARIA!!) as Pitohui, Kazuyuki Okitsu (Nanana’s Buried TreasureCharlotte)as M, and Chinatsu Akasaki (Fate/ApocryphaERASED) as Fukaziroh.

Characters:

About Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online:

In the world of guns and steel that is Gun Gale Online, LLENN has been a devoted, female solo player. She is obsessed with two things: donning herself entirely in pink and honing her skills with consistent game play. She soon discovers her love for hunting other players (a.k.a. PK), soon to be known as the “Pink Devil.”

Meanwhile, LLENN meets a beautiful yet mysterious player, Pitohui, and the two click right away. Doing as she is told by Pitohui, she enters the Squad Jam group battle.

For details on Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Onlinevisit GunGale-OnlineUSA.com  or follow the official Sword Art Online Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/SwordArtOnlineUSA.

STAFF
Original Work: Keiichi Sigsawa
Original Illustration/Character Design Concept: Kouhaku Kuroboshi
Director: Masayuki Sakoi
Series Composition/Screenplay: Yosuke Kuroda
Character Design/Chief Animation Director: Yoshio Kozakai
Animation Production: Studio 3Hz 

CAST
LLENN: Tomori Kusunoki
Pitohui: Yoko Hikasa
M: Kazuyuki Okitsu
Fukaziroh: Chinatsu Akasaki

About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD releases including Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works], Fate/Zero, the Sword Art Online series, Your lie in April,KILL la KILLBakemonogatariPuella Magi Madoka MagicaBlue Exorcist, anohana -The Flower We Saw That Day-, NISEKOI, the OREIMO series, DURARARA!!×2Magi series, Expelled From ParadiseThe irregular at magic high school, and ALDNOAH.ZERO. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows include: March comes in like a lionBlue Exorcist: Kyoto SagaERASEDThe Asterisk WarOWARIMONOGATARI,KIZUMONOGATARICharlotte, Occultic;Nine, WWW.WAGNARIA!!, GRANBLUE FANTASY, Eromanga Sensei, Katsugeki TOUKEN RANBU, BLEND-S, Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] I. presage flower, Slow Start, Record of Grancrest War, and Today’s MENU for EMIYA Family. In June 2017, the company launched the English version of the popular mobile game, Fate/Grand Order, which has exceeded two million downloads.

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