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SAO Season 4: Release date | Plot | Trailer| Updates


David Mudd

The world of fiction is very interesting. There are no two series that appear the same. The Japanese anime industry produces one of the best mythical worlds with probably the most competent stories and presentations like Sword Art Online (SAO) Season 4.

Anime and manga have spanned over several forms and genres like horror, romance, comedy, adventure, etc. One of them being science-fiction enjoys quite a wide fan base.

The more we learn about them, the more enthralled we get by their intriguing concepts and the scope of creativity they enable us to exercise.

They might just seem plain cartoons, but they are so much more. 

Mostly fictional, they talk about life, relationships, and challenges widely and can become a great source of inspiration for various lessons and other useful stuff.

The Japanese Manga art form has been widely adapted into Anime shows that have captivated audiences all over the world. One such show is Sword Art Online, also known as SAO.

About Sword Art Online

Sword art online is one of the most famous science fiction anime produced so far. The majority of millennials enjoy sci-fi anime television dramas, and ‘Sword Art Online is one of their favorites. 

It was created in Japanese and is based on the same-named light novel series. Reki Kawahara wrote the light novel, and ABEC illustrated it.

From 2002 to 2008, Kawahara published the series in web novel form on his site originally. First, ASCII Media Works’s Dengeki Bunko imprint published the light novels on April 10, 2009, along with a spin-off series following in October 2012. Kadokawa and ASCII Media Works have already released nine manga adaptations of the series. 

The novel quickly became a hugely popular series. A-1 Pictures chose it to be turned into an anime television series. Yen Press has licensed the manga and novel versions for publication in North America.

About the various seasons of Sword Art Online

SAO official poster with all major characters
SAO was an instant hit in the anime circle.

The first four books, as well as portions of volume eight, were adapted for the anime. Aniplex of America attained the right to the anime in North America, and an English-language dub aired on Adult Swim’s Toonami from July 27, 2013, to February 15, 2014.

Sword Art Online season 2, the anime television series that premiered on July 5, 2014, was announced as the second season. Season two’s first 14 episodes are based on the fifth and sixth volumes of the Phantom Bullet arc in the light novels.

In 2017, Sword Art Online: Alicization, the third season of SAO, was released. The season was intended to last for four episodes adapting from Alicization Beginning, the novel’s ninth volume to Alicization Lasting, the eighteenth volume.

After 24 episodes, the season ended on March 30, 2019, which aimed to finish the novel’s fourteenth volume, Alicization Uniting. It later resumed on October 12, 2019, with a second part titled War of Underworld. 

Its second half was supposed to air in April 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, it was pushed back from July 11 to September 19, 2020.

The Plot of Sword Art Online

SAO season 4 all major characters poster.
The characters of SAO season 4.

The first season’s plot follows the exploits of Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki, two players stuck in the “Sword Art Online” virtual universe (SAO). 

To be released from the game, they must clear all 100 Levels and beat the final boss. The story is set in the year 2022. It’s Sword Art Online’s launch day. People have been waiting for this game for a long time, for the MMORPG facilitates the gamers tap into interactive virtual reality space using the Nerve Gear. 

Kirito is one such gamer ready to get back into combat after spending too much time as a beta tester, and he easily bonds with newbie warrior Klein. 

However, Sword Art Online’s 10,000 players quickly learn that they are not only powerless to log out but that the only way to return to their physical bodies is to defeat the 100-level tower’s ultimate boss – death in the game equals death in real life.

Kirito and the other participants must now depend on themselves because they have no one left to look up to.

The expected plotline of Swords Art Online season 4   

Season 4 also depicts the six months that have elapsed since the Administrator’s brutal defeat. Kirito has been returned to Alice’s childhood home, Rulid Village, where they remain in peace. Alice ponders the events of the day as she looks out at the planet she and Kirito have saved.

Season 4 of Sword Art Online to release?

Sword Art Online Alternative poster in Japan
Sword Art Online was a major debut in Japan.

The anime has evolved to become one of the most successful anime franchises on the web since its first season. Since binge-watching the third season, fans are looking forward to the next season.

According to Netflix and the official social media pages for the anime series, Sword Art Online season 4 will not be returning anytime soon.

Reki Kawahara, the series creator, has announced that he will write “one more major arc” called “Sword Art Online: Unital Ring,” which has only three volumes so far.

A-1 Pictures’ director Manabu Ono has stated in the past that the studio is “planning to adapt the entire Sword Art Online series,” implying that all the content will be adapted at some stage.

Sword Art Online is almost certain to return for a fourth season, given A-1 Pictures’ desire to adapt the entire series and the fact that a final arc is currently being written.

Where can we watch SAO season 4?

Crunchyroll and Hulu have broadcasted the series. It was telecasted on Toonami, Since March 15, 2014, Sword Art Online has been streaming on Netflix in North America. Between July 7 and December 22, 2012, the anime telecasted on Tokyo MX, tvk, TVS, TV Aichi, RKB, HBC, and MBS, and later on AT-X, Chiba TV, and BS11. 

If you live outside of the United States, you can watch the entire Sword Art Online (SAO) Season 4 of this anime on Crunchyroll, FUNimation, HIDIVE, and Hulu.


Anime lovers are used to having to linger a prolonged time for their beloved shows to return, and often the saying “good things come to those who wait” pops up, but really, who likes to wait?

Sword Art Online (SAO) Season 4 is an amazing series. Since it first became popular, the world of anime and manga has captivated audiences. Many people have been addicted to a specific series due to the fantastic storylines and graphical treatment. 

Season 3 of Sword Art Online was almost four years in the making, and it felt like an eternity.

Unfortunately, it seems that we would have to endure yet another equally excruciating wait until Season 4 returns to our screens. what do you think of the upcoming season?

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