sword art online Alicization arc key visualSorry Samantha, I know that Anime Expo is your thing this weekend but I’m taking over for a few minutes because Sword Art Online is MY thing all the time!

During the Sword Art Online Summer Festival 2018 panel at Anime Expo this weekend, Aniplex USA revealed a brand new promotional video along with a key visual and cast and crew details for the upcoming third season of Sword Art Online.

The third season of SAO (which is set to premiere this October) will cover the entire Alicization arc which spans from volume 9 through volume 18 of the original novel series.

Interestingly, a brand new director is taking the reigns for this series as Manabu Ono will be taking over for Tomohiko Ito who directed the first two seasons of the TV series along with the Ordinal Scale movie.

The cast will feature Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Haruka Tomatsu reprising their roles as Kirito and Asuna respectively. New cast members include Ai Kayano as Alice and Nobunaga Shimazaki as Eugeo.

This is pretty exciting news for Sword Art Online fans who have been waiting not so patiently for the third TV season so enjoy the moment while it lasts!

News and Key Visual via Comic Natalie, PV via Aniplex USA YouTube