The ‘Sword Art Online’ manga follows Kirito, his girlfriend Asuna, and their allies as they navigate different virtual worlds to fight for gamers’ freedom and safety online. The series started in 2002 and has continued to bring in fans into different worlds such as Elfheim, Gun Gale Online, and now the Underworld.
The latest manga series “Project: Alicization” by Kōtarō Yamada has also been adapted into the anime ‘Sword Art Online: Alicization’ and ‘Alicization: War of the Underworld.’ Recently, publisher Kadokawa has announced that “Project: Alicization” will come to an end with its upcoming volume 30, ending its stint on Web DenPlay Comic, reports Anime News Network.
This follows on the heels of the announcement that Tomo Hirokawa’s manga adaptation of Bandai Namco Entertainment’s ‘Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris’ game is also going to conclude with its third volume. ‘Lycoris’ follows the anime pretty closely until just before ‘War of the Underworld’ story-arc where Sword Art Online creator Reki Kawahara consulted on an original plot for the video game.
Sword Art Online has a combined twenty-five volumes that span several video games, anime, a spin-off series, and even a theatrical film.
According to Yen Press’ English synopsis of ‘Aliciziation,’ “Deep in an unfamiliar forest, Kirito awakens with sensations far too convincing for a virtual world… With memories of a life he doesn’t remember living. A boy and a girl…and a name that sticks in his mind: Alice.”
Bandai Namco Entertainment America describes ‘Lycoris’:
“Play as series protagonist, Kirito, and become immersed in the “Underworld,” a mysterious virtual world set in the anime series’ Alicization arc. Featuring epic battles, stunning JRPG visuals, and an expansive world to explore; Kirito’s journey through the latest Sword Art Online game is ready to begin.
Following the events of the Sword Art Online Alicization anime series, Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris finds Kirito in a mysterious but familiar virtual world, “Underworld,” where A.I.s behave like humans. As players take control of Kirito, they will relive heart-pounding scenes from the series through intense combat. Players will also encounter fan favorite characters including Eugeo, Alice, Administrator, and many more. A wide world awaits Kirito and his friends in this exciting adaptation to the Sword Art Online: Alicization series.”
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