Despite “Isekai” animes popping up pretty often today, fans do take Sword Art Online as the first of its kind to explore the genre with its own unique take.
Reki Kawahara’s light novel has come far enough since a decade from its first release.
It’s been a while since season 4 was released as well, and we were wondering when the official SAO season 5 release date will be announced.
Previously rumors have spread on several sites and Twitter that Season 5 of SAO was supposed to be out last November 6, 2022.
But as it turned out, just a rumor.
So when is the actual Sword Art Online season 5 Release date? Scroll down to find out more!
SAO Season 5 Release Date – To Stream Soon?
Sword Art Online season 5 release date is yet to be confirmed by A-1 Pictures.
But rumors suggest we will get to see SAO season 5 available to stream either late 2023 or early 2024 since the light novel SAO is based on is still on its 5th arc, and the previous season has only covered the 4th arc.
The anime is still active, and installments like movies regarding the spin-off light novel SAO: Progressive are steadily being released.
In the last 3 years, the anime has released 2 movies –
- Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night
- Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night.
So there’s still a good chance we will see the continuation of Asuna and Kirito’s journey since the animation studio is actively producing content for the title.
What Will Happen in Sword Art Online Season 5 – Possible Spoilers Ahead
So far, the SAO anime has been dedicatedly following the events of the light novel, and the fourth season has already covered most of the Alicization arc.
This means it will only make sense for Sword Art Online Season 5 to follow the events of the Unital Ring, the next arc in the light novel.
The Unital Ring takes place sometime after Kirito is awake, and it almost seems like everything is back to normal. Previous events of season 4 led to the world learning about Alice.
Lisbeth, Silica, and Yui are busy leveling up by fighting monsters on the 45th Floor of New Aincrad in ALfheim Online.
While Kirirto, Alice, and Asuna make their way to join the girls, a familiar scene stops them and reminds them of the very first day Sword Art Online became a death game.
After a massive earthquake, it seems like New Aincrad merged with another VR game creating Unital Ring.
Will Kirito and the others be able to escape the new game, Unital Ring, or will a few of them eventually get trapped in this virtual reality?
With the party facing life-or-death situations once again, you can expect SAO season 5 to be filled with a lot of action and magic as Kirito, Asuna, and the rest of the members fight their way to escape the game.
SAO Season 5 Characters
Based on the Light Novel, we can assume Kirigaya Kazuto (Kirito) and Yuuki Asuna (Asuna) will once again take center stage for this season.
Joining them will be Alice, Yui, Lisbeth, and Silica. You can also expect Kikuo Seijirou to show up or be mentioned in Season 5 as well.
Just like always, since this is technically a new game the heroes are entering, there’s bound to be new player characters mixed in as well.
SAO Season 5 Release Date on Netflix and Other Platforms
News on SAO Season 5 release date on Netflix was apparently false, but Netflix now has the rights to stream Sword Art Online, so you can be sure that Season 5 will be landing on the streaming giant once released.
In the meantime, you can watch SAO seasons 1-4 on the platform, and it’s even available in English Dub!
Other platforms where SAO season 5 may land include Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu since you can also find older seasons on those platforms.
Surprisingly, you can find older seasons on Amazon Prime Video but their collection is not as up-to-date as the other streaming platforms. So it might take some time for SAO season 5 to release on Prime Video.
Expected Number of Episodes in SAO Season 5
Since there hasn’t been an announcement regarding a possible release date for SAO season 5, I can’t say for sure how many episodes the upcoming season will have.
However, it’ll most likely have 20-25 episodes, as previous seasons had similarly numbered episodes.
- First Season- 25 episodes
- Second Season- 24 episodes
- Third Season- 24 episodes
- Fourth Season- 23 episodes
You can also expect each episode to run 24-25 minutes long since it is the standard for most Isekai-type anime. However, these are all assumptions based on previous entries for the series.
SAO Recent Activity in the Anime
While a concrete SAO season 5 release date has yet to be announced, A-1 Pictures are making sure they get plenty of Sword Art Online content to fill in the gaps.
Just last year, the animation studio released Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night. The English dub released on February 3, 2023.
The movie is a sequel to the anime’s previous film: Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night, which was released in 2021.
Who is Responsible for Making SAO Season 5?
Sword Art Online has always been under A-1 Pictures, and it doesn’t seem like it will be leaving the animation studio anytime soon. It’s been doing a great job with all the movies, OVAs, and the past 4 seasons.
Aside from Sword Art Online, A1-Pictures is responsible for beautiful works like Erased, Nier: Automata Ver1, and Kaguya-sama: Love is War.
If you haven’t started Sword Art Online yet, now is a perfect time to get binging. As mentioned earlier, the anime is already available on various platforms with Japanese and English audio.
It surely won’t be long till we get news on a SAO season 5 release date.