LiSA and Eir Aoi sang the musical themes of the anime Sword Art Online: Alicization

The official website of the anime Sword Art Online: Alicization, the third season of the animated television adaptation of the Sword Art Online novels by Reki Kawahara, has announced who will put their main musical themes.

The artist LiSA (left) will be in charge of the opening with the song "Adamas", while Eir Aoi (right) will be the one who puts the ending with "Iris", whose single will go on sale on October 24th. Both singers had already collaborated previously putting musical themes to the franchise.

The first episode of the series will be a one-hour special and will have a preview event in Japan on September 15, although it may also be seen in several other countries that include France and the United States, although at the moment there have not been any data beyond those of the Japanese event.

The anime will premiere in October on Japanese television.

" I...?" Before he knows it, Kirito has made a full-dive into an epic, fantasy-like virtual world. With only a murky recollection of what happened right before he logged in, he starts to wander around, searching for clues.
He comes upon an enormous, pitch dark tree (the Gigas Cedar), where he encounters a boy. "My name is Eugeo. Nice to meet you, Kirito." Although he is supposedly a resident of the virtual world – an NPC – the boy shows the same array of emotions as any human being.
As Kirito bonds with Eugeo, he continues to search for a way to log out of this world. Meanwhile, he remembers a certain memory deep down within him. He remembers racing through the mountains with Eugeo as a child... A memory that he should not have in the first place.
And in this memory, he sees someone other than Eugeo, a young blond girl. Her name is Alice. And it is a name that must never be forgotten...
(Source: Aniplex USA)

Manabu Ono (Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, Saki) will direct the anime under A-1 Pictures. Shingo Adachi will return as character designer, joining him Gou Suzuki and Tomoya Nishiguchi, who were animation directors in the movie Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale.

To them join:

Management assistance: Takashi Sakuma
Music composition: Yuki Kajiura
Fund design: Mami Hayakawa, Kiminori Ito
Monster design: Toshiya Kawano
Direction of action animation: Yoshihiro Kanno, Tetsuya Takeuchi
Artistic direction: Yukako Ogawa, Yoshito Watanabe
Artistic design: Kenichi Morioka, Yuuho Taniuchi
Design color: Naomi Nakano
Direction of photography: Kentaro Waki, Kenta Hayashi
Graphic animation: Takemune Oshiro
CGI Address: Ryuta Undo
Edition: Yuji Kondo
Sound direction: Yoshikazu Iwanami
Sound effects: Yasumasa Koyama

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka will return as the voice of Kirito and Haruka Tomatsu as that of Asuna. Ai Kayano will be Alice's voice, while Nobunaga Shimazaki will voice Eugeo.

The anime will completely cover the Alicization arc of the original novels, that is, volumes 9 to 18 of them.

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