One of the most popular light novel franchises in Japan, Sword Art Online, will start airing an anime adaptation of the Alicisation Arc at midnight on 7 October 2018. A new trailer has been released which also teases the opening and ending themes. The opening and ending theme artists should be very familiar to SAO fans. LiSA will be performing the opening theme ‘ADAMAS’ and Eir Aoi will be performing the ending theme ‘Iris’.
In addition, it has been announced that SAO: Alicisation Arc will be airing for a total of 4 cours! A cour is one season of anime (i.e. 3 months), so that means that the series will be running for a full year. It is not yet clear whether the anime will be running for 4 consecutive cours (i.e. for one year non-stop) or if it will be a split-cour anime (i.e. taking a 3-month or 6-month break before starting up again). The anime will be covering volumes 9 to 18 of the Sword Art Online light novel, which is the entirety of the Alicisation Arc.