‘Sword Art Online’ Light Novel Sequel, New Book Series By Reki Kawahara Discussed By ‘SAO’ Editor Kazuma Miki

Patrick Frye - Author

Dec. 14 2017, Updated 12:14 a.m. ET

A new Sword Art Online light novel series is already in the works now that SAO: Alicization has been completed. However, the big news is that SAO author Reki Kawahara is planning on working on a brand new book series.

The revelation came during a recent interview with Mr. Kazuma Miki, CEO of Straight Edge, which is in charge of editing the Sword Art Online light novel series. When Miki was asked if he had a message for all of the English-speaking fans, he briefly discussed where the SAO light novel is going next with the story.

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“We look forward to sharing our new development with you in the near future, and we hope you’re looking forward to learning about it!” he said. “The Alicization Arc of the SAO original novel series – which is the longest arc – has reached its conclusion, but Mr. Kawahara is already working on the sequel.”

Sword Art Online Volume 18 ended the Project Alicization arc, which was 10 volumes just by itself. The first two seasons of the anime were based on the first eight volumes, although Kawahara provided extra side stories that were included in the anime adaptation.

In addition, Sword Art Online Volume 19: Moon Cradle, which was published in Japan in February of 2017, provided more side stories that took place before the end of the Project Alicization Arc. Some fans believe that Sword Art Online Volume 20 will finish the new short story based on the Cradle Of The Moon web novel, which Kawahara said was originally “structured to be readable as an independent fantasy story with some character names in common (with the original works).”


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