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Toonami Announces January 18 Premiere of “Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of the Underworld”

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Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block has announced that Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of the Underworld will premiere in their block starting on January 18 at 12:00 AM EST (actually making the premiere date to be January 19). Because of the insertion of SAO Alicization to the block, Toonami’s programming schedule will be adjusted as thus:

11:00 p.m. – My Hero Academia
11:30 p.m. – 
Dr. Stone
12:00 a.m. – 
Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld 
12:30 a.m. – 
Fire Force
1:00 a.m. – 
Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
1:30 a.m. – 
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
2:00 a.m. – 
Black Clover
2:30 a.m. – 
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
3:00 a.m. – 
Naruto Shippūden
3:30 a.m. – 
The Promised Neverland
4:00 a.m. – 
Attack on Titan

SAO Alicization premiered in Japan last October 12. The first half of the season has already adapted content from the light novel’s ninth volume “Alicization Beginning” up to the 18th volume, “Alicization Everlasting”. The first half aired a total of 24 episodes from October 2018 to March 2019. A week before the premiere of the second half, a special compilation episode entitled “Reflection” was aired.

Sword Art Online: Alicization is the anime adaptation of the 4th arc of Reki Kawahara’s series of light novels. The anime is set to air for four cours, or four quarters of a year. It still follows main protagonist Kirito as he participates in the experimental testing of a new FullDive machine called Soul Translator, which utilizes a completely different technology from the other machines that preceded it. When Kirito’s encounter with a former member of the Death Gun plot ends disastrously, he is smuggled to a secret base in the Pacific Ocean. There he is connected to a Soul Translator to treat his brain damage. With his physical body in a comatose, Kirito wakes up in the Underworld, the place he visits using the Soul Translator, though he retains no memory of his time there. There he meets a golden-haired boy named Eugeo and a girl named Alice, who both appear to mean so much to him yet he doesn’t remember them.

Source: Anime News Network

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