Sword Art Online, series regarding the adventures of Kirito, a virtual worlds fan who plays in different MMOs, of which Mondivirtuali.it already talked, experience a particularly happy moment: in 2017 the light novel written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by Abec was the best selling in Japan.
Sword Art Online, success goes on
Over 1.17 million copies were sold and volume 19 was the third best selling in Japan, with over 315k copies. But this is the past, the future regards the next lauch of a new television series (anime).
Sword Art Online tv version also in Italy had a good appreciation from the public, the first series (of 2011) being aired first on the Popcorn Tv site with subtitles (in 2013), then on Rai4 (in 2014), completely dubbed.
Last year arrived also a movie release (Sword Art Online – The Movie: Ordinal Scale), which grossed over 1 billion yens in Japan, getting distribuited also in Italy without too much fanfare (the movie should have grossed all over the world around 21 million dollars).
Alternative Gun Gale Online is coming
The new tv series, Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online, relates to the “Phantom Bullet” narrative arc, i.e. the fifth and sixth volumes of the japanese light novel, and will premier in Japan in the evening between April 7 and 8, before being aired by other japanese television companies.
Considered to be a spin-off of the main series, this series described the ups and downs of a group of player in an american virtual world (VR-MMO), Gun Gale Online, set as a post-apocalyptic world populated by survivors on the way home from a trip into space.
Also Fatal Bullet is set in Gun Gale Online
Who know if, in the case of a public success of the anime also, Sword Art Online can act as towing for the revival of the virtual worlds sector also outside Japan? So far on thing is sure: also in the world of videogames Sword Art Online seems healthy, as evidenced by the good interest for Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, produced by Namco Bandai an in turn set in Gun Gale Online.
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