Is More Sword Art Online coming? Welp, it was bound to happen. In Addition to the announcement of SAO season 3 from last year, it looks like Sword Art Online: Progressive, which is Reki Kawahara’s manga adaptation of the light novels, will be adapted in to an anime. As reported by the Anime News Network two weeks ago:

“The March issue of Kadokawa‘s Dengeki G’s Magazine revealed on Tuesday that Kiseki Himura‘s manga adaptation of Reki Kawahara‘s Sword Art Online: Progressive novels will end in the magazine’s next issue on February 28. The series will also have an important announcement and feature on the issue’s front cover.”

So what does that mean? Well if your familiar with how these types of manga typically announce that they have been greenlit for an anime, this is as clear as crystal. But, in case you aren’t, let me help fill you in. When a manga is serialized in any of Japan’s monthly books such as Shonen Jump or Dengaki G, it typically has a set run. When this run is coming to an end, it is common for the magazine to do a special promotion, like an add in to the front cover, or a poster. Those of you of my age group might remember things like Demo CD’s coming in PC-Gamer or special offers clipped to the front of various other magazines. This still happens in japan, and sometimes that add in is an announcement from the mangaka or their publicists that the manga has been adapted to an anime.

So with all of that in mind, all signs currently point to Sword Art Online Progressive getting its own Anime, when it will happen has yet to be announced or determined, but its safe bet we will have to wait at least a year, my money is on winter 2019. If its not an anime annoucnemnt then it could also be an announcement of an OVA series, though those have become less popular in recent seasons.

The manga itself is an adaptation of the original Sword Art Online light novels, and more closely follows the adventures of protagonist Asuna who is relegated to a secondary character and love interest in the original manga. The manga has been around since June of 2013, when the first series aired, so theres plenty of space for an anime adaptation, perhaps even one multiple seasons long.

This is bound to be a successful project as the original SAO project managed to be one of those anime that broke through the typically small niche audience and made it to a much wider base. So popular was it that we are still more than 5 years getting media associated with it. Just last year we had Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale and of course we have the upcoming Season 3 as well. Like all good things, fame does come with one negative, Skydance television recently announced a live action version of SAO was in production for global release. We all know how that’s going to turn out.

So are you excited to see SAO told from a different side? OR just tired of the same old stuff at this point? Tell us on social media @kitsuga_gaming on twitter!