Sword Art Online: Alicization War of the Underworld has finally come to an end.
But is it the end of Sword Art Online anime series?
Or will there be Sword Art Online season 4?
And what about the English dub version of Sword Art Online: Alicization War of the Underworld?
Questions are too many & you’re looking for the right answers.
Well, you’ve come to the right place.
I’ll tell you when you can expect this most anticipated anime show.
So, let’s get started –
Sword Art Online Season 4 Release Date
Before going ahead, I would like to clear a common misconception.
Many think of Sword Art Online: Alicization War of the Underworld as season 4.
That’s not correct.
You see, Sword Art Online season 3 was divided into 2 parts –
The first part of the Alicization saga had 24 episodes,
And the 2nd part which concluded on September 19th had 23 episodes.
Now, that all the doubts are cleared, the biggest question that remains unanswered is –
“When we’ll see Sword Art Online Season 4?”
Well, not before 2024.
I know that’s way too long but there’s nothing anyone can do about this.
Earlier, fans had to wait for nearly 4 years for the Sword Art Online Season 3 premiere.
After this long hiatus, when the anime returned, I learned one imperative lesson from it –
‘Good things come to those who wait.’
And the 4 years of the wait was actually worth it.
Alicization arc in both the parts of Sword Art Online Season 3 was amazing.
Sword Art Online: Alicization War of the Underworld English Dub Release
The Japanese version of Sword Art Online Season 3 part 1 was concluded in March 2019.
And within the next 2-3 months, we had its English dubbed version.
Sword Art Online: Alicization War of the Underworld (or the 2nd part) concluded the Japanese version on September 19.
So, if you’re keen on watching the English dubbed version, I would say –
Wait for 2-3 months & you’ll get it by the end of 2020.
Actual Reason Behind Upcoming Sword Art Online Season 4 Long Hiatus?
In the anime world, Sword Art Online is considered as one of the most followed anime shows.
And it’s widely popular because of its –
- Unique concept.
- Appealing Story.
- The Mass Appeal.
Unlike other anime shows, you never see any kind of drag in story or relationships.
Instead, because of its sci-fi genre, most of the time its story arcs are related to video games.
So, it’s natural for viewers to enjoy the anime as they watch it.
Now, coming to the reason behind the long hiatus that’s ahead of us –
By the end of Sword Art Online Season 3 Part 2, Alicization arc was concluded.
At the time of Sword Art Online renewal, a new story arc was announced.
And for this, the writer and illustrator, Reki Kawahara will need at least 2 years to come up with a compelling story arc.
Once the new story is written, it’s publication will take some additional time.
So, all in all, you can expect Sword Art Online Season 4 to air sometime in 2023.
Hold on, don’t get disappointed that easily.
There’s a ray of hope.
If somehow, the writer publishes 10 volumes before 2022, you may expect Sword Art Online Season 4 to release a bit earlier.
And as for the cast, actors for Sword Art Online Season 4 will be –
- Nobunaga Shimazaki (Eugeo),
- Ai Kayano (Alice Schuberg).
- Yoshitugu Matsouka (Kirito),
- Haruka Tomatsu (Asuna),
Where Can We Watch Sword Art Online Season 3 in English Dub?
The Japanese version of Sword Art Online Season 3 is available to stream on Funimation, Crunchyroll etc.
Thanks to the English Subtitles. You can understand what’s going in the anime.
If you’re okay with subtitles, go for it.
And as for the English dubbed version,
Legally speaking Funimation has the rights to produce & distribute the English dubbed version of the anime.
As soon as Funimation finishes with the dubbing, you can watch it on their streaming platform.
Along with it, Hulu has a partnership with Funimation. So, after Funimation, you can watch the anime on Hulu.
Then last but not the least, you’ll get the English dub version of the anime on Netflix.
Frequently Asked Question
Q – Is Alicization arc the end of sword art online anime series?
A – No. The Alicization arc is not the end. In fact, A-1 Pictures has renewed the anime for 4th season. However, for its premiere, you need to wait for at least 2-3 years.
Q – Is there any Sword art online season 4 trailer?
A – Once again – I would say NO. The producers don’t have the story in their hands yet. So, how can you expect to see its trailer?
Q – Is there any exact release date of Sword Art Online: Alicization War of the Underworld English dubbed version?
A – Well, not at the moment. But yeah, there’s one thing that’s sure – you’ll get it by the end of this year.
Q – Does Sword art online season 4 has any name?
A – No. However, in a different announcement, Netflix announced a new Sword Art Online: Progressive anime that’s adapted from the light novel with the same name.
Q – When is Sword Art Online: Alicization War of the Underworld dubbed in English coming to Hulu?
A – Funimation owns the right to create & distribute the English Dub version of Swords Anime Online. Two years back, Hulu had signed a deal with Funimation. So, once the anime is released on Funimation, you’ll be able to watch it on your Hulu subscription.
Q – how many episodes are there in Sword Art Online: Alicization War of the Underworld?
A – The second part of the Alicization arc features 23 episodes which is one less than part 1.
Q – Does Asuna die in sword art online season 3?
A – Nope. She doesn’t die at any point in the anime series.
That’s all for now.
Within 3-4 months we’ll have the English dub version of Sword Art Online: Alicization War of the Underworld anime.
Once that finishes, we all have to wait for 2-3 long years.
So. in the meanwhile, you can fill that void by reading the most popular manga of all-time.