It’s time to take a close look at the battlefield that is Gun Gale Online.
Earlier today, the official Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online anime website updated with a new teaser trailer. The minute-long teaser focuses on the show’s action scenes, as opening theme song Ryūsei plays as a background track.
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Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online will hit Japanese TV on April 7, with the full broadcast schedule as follows:
- Tokyo MX: 4/7/2018 at 24:00 (4/8/2018 at Midnight)
- Tochigi TV: 4/7/2018 at 24:00 (4/8/2018 at Midnight)
- Gunma TV: 4/7/2018 at 24:00 (4/8/2018 at Midnight)
- BS11: 4/7/2018 at 24:00 (4/8/2018 at Midnight)
- MBS: 4/7/2018 at 27:08 (4/8/2018 at 3:08AM)
- TV Aichi: 4/9/2018 at 26:05 (4/10/2018 at 2:05AM)
- CS Nitteleplus: 4/20/2018 at 21:00 (4/20/2018 at 9:00PM)
Masayuki Sakoi (Celestial Method, Kamen no Maid Guy) was tapped to direct the project at Studio 3Hz, with Yoshio Kosakai pulling double duty as character designer and chief animation director. Yousuke Furoda (Gundam Build Fighters, My Hero Academia) is in charge of series composition for the title.
Eir Aoi will perform opening theme song Ryūsei (Falling Star). Tomori Kusunoki, who plays Llen in the series, will perform closing theme To See the Future.
The series will star the following:
- Llenn: Tomori Kusunoki
- Pitohui: Yōko Hikasa
- M: Kazuyuki Okitsu
- Fukaziroh: Chinatsu Akasaki
Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online launched under Dengeki’s Dengeki Bunko imprint in December 2014. The series currently spans six volumes, with the most recent hitting stores on March 10. A manga adaptation by Sigsawa and artist Tadadi Tamori launched in Dengeki Maoh magazine in 2015. The second volume will hit Japanese bookstores on November 10.
Manga resource Baka-Updates describes the series as:
A 183cm tall female college student, Kohiruimaki Karen, has a complex about her tall figure and has a poor social disposition because of it. This was changed by the VRMMO game «Gun Gale Online» (GGO). In the game, Karen obtained a dream “chibi” avatar less than even 150cm in height, put on a full-body pink uniform and, as the player “LLENN”, frolicked around the world of GGO. A beautiful player “Pitohui” appeared before LLENN. She was a rare female player in GGO and so the two hit off well――but one day, LLENN was asked to take part in a team battle royale formal tournament «Squad Jam» by Pitohui…..
An official spin-off of Sword Art Online supervised by Kawahara Reki, written by the gun supervisor of the Sword Art Online II anime, Sigsawa Keiichi (the author of Kino’s Journey), and illustrated by Kuroboshi Kouhaku.
Yen Press currently holds the domestic rights to the Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online manga. They’ll release the first volume on November 17.