Aniplex of America Announces Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
Sword Art Online is back. Its not what I thought it would be, but it is coming back. Gun Gale Online will feature in the new series, which will have all new characters, and no Kirito to speak of. A battle royale amongst teams with guns. This is the alternative SAO.
Aniplex of America has announced at their industry panel at Sakura-Con that the newest series from Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online (SAO) universe, Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, will stream on Crunchyroll and Hulu starting this spring. The latest expansion is based on the original work by renowned writer Keiichi Sigsawa, with illustrations and character design concept by Kouhaku Kuroboshi.
Known as an avid gun and military fanatic, Mr. Sigsawa is also credited for serving as the gun consultant for Phantom Bullet of Sword Art Online II. The series will be produced by Studio 3Hz (Flip Flappers, Princess Principal) Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online begins April 7th on Crunchyroll and Hulu, with new episodes every Saturday.
The new series centers on main character LLENN, voiced by Tomori Kusunoki (Slow Start, Marchen Madchen), and features the same world as the “VRMMO Gun Gale Online” where Kirito and Sinon met in Sword Art Online II. The cast also includes Yoko Hikasa (The irregular at magic high school THE MOVIE –The Girl Who Summons the Stars-, WAGNARIA!!) as Pitohui, Kazuyuki Okitsu (Nanana’s Buried Treasure, Charlotte), as M, and Chinatsu Akasaki (Fate/Apocrypha, ERASED) as Fukaziroh.
Character name: LLENN; VA: TOMORI KUSUNOKI
A petite female player, less than 150 cm (4’9”) tall. Possessing high AGI, her specialty is close combat that maximizes her speed. Loves anything adorable, and dresses entirely in pink. Her main weapon is the P90, which she calls “P-chan.”
Character name: PITOHUI; VA: YOKO HIKASA
LLENN’s friend – a tall, beautiful girl with a tattoo on her cheek. A veteran GGO player, but an enigmatic figure; nothing is known about her except that she is a hardcore gun freak, using a different gun for every play.
Character name: M; VA: KAZUYUKI OKITSU
A male player, who is an acquaintance of Pitohui’s. A hulking giant, over 190 cm (6’2”) tall, he excels in mid-range to long-range combat and is especially trained in sniping. Cool-headed and skilled at strategizing, he serves as the team adviser.
VA: CHINATSU AKASAKI
An acquaintance of LLENN’s, and a female player just as petite. With her character converted from the VRMMORPG [ALO (ALfheim Online)], she holds high stats. Taking full advantage of the overwhelming STR, she fights with two multiple-grenade launchers.