The official website for the television anime of Keiichi Sigsawa’s Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online novel series revealed on Saturday that the anime will premiere on April 7. The show will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS11, Tochigi TV, and Gunma TV on April 7 at 24:00 (effectively April 8 at 12:00 a.m.), before later airing on MBS, TV Aichi, and CS NTV Plus. The series will also stream on AbemaTV.
Tomori Kusunoki stars as Llenn, and Yōko Hikasa also stars in the series as Pitohui. Kazuyuki Okitsu will play M, and Chinatsu Akasaki will play Fukaziroh.
Masayuki Sakoi (Celestial Method, Princess Resurrection, Strawberry Panic!) is directing the anime at Studio 3Hz (Flip Flappers, Princess Principal). Yousuke Kuroda (My Hero Academia, Gundam Build Fighters, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) is in charge of series composition and the script. Yoshio Kosakai (Chaos;HEAd, Needless) is chief animation director, and he is also designing the characters based on Kouhaku Kuroboshi’s original designs. Eir Aoi is performing the opening theme song “Ryūsei” (Falling Star). Kusunoki is also performing the ending theme song.
The story follows Karen Kohiruimaki, a 183-centimeter-tall (6-foot-tall) college student who’s insecure her height, and is bad at dealing with people in the real world. She enters the world of Gun Gale Online with her avatar, Llenn, who is less than 150 centimeters (5 feet) tall and wears all pink. She meets a beautiful, brown-skinned female player who goes by Pitohui. They hit it off, but one day Pitohui pressures her to participate in “Squad Jam,” a team Battle Royale variation of the Bullet of Bullets tournament.