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Sword Art Online II is a science fantasy Japanese anime series based on the Sword Art Online light novel series written by Reki Kawahara. It is the second season of the Sword Art Online anime series and follows the events of volumes 5 and 6 of the light novels, titled "Phantom Bullet". It also covers the Caliber (part of volume 8) and Mother's Rosario (volume 7) arcs.

The series was produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Tomohiko Itō. The series also features character designs by Shingo Adachi, based on the original designs by abec, art designs by Yoshinori Shiozawa, and music composed by Yuki Kajiura. The 24-episode series premiered in Japan on July 5, 2014 on Tokyo MX with later airings on Chiba TV, tvk, Teleball, GYT, GTV, MBS, TVA, TVh, TVQ and BS11.[2]

The English dub of the series aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block from March 28, 2015[1][3][4] to September 26, 2015. The series was rated TV-14-LV on Adult Swim.

Plot

After putting an end to the SAO incident in 2024 and rescuing Asuna in Alfheim Online (ALO), Kazuto Kirigaya finally returned to the real world to resume a normal life with his friends once more. However, when a string of deaths begin occurring in connection to a virtual reality game called "Gun Gale Online" (GGO), Kikuoka Seijiro of the Ministry of Internal Affairs enlists Kazuto to once again don his character "Kirito" and enter the virtual world to investigate the cause of the deaths. While meeting new allies, Kirito may be faced with his most dangerous challenge yet—a player known only as "Death Gun" with the ability to kill a person in the real world by killing their virtual avatar.

Characters

Kazuto Kirigaya (Kirito) — The black knight who led the other players to clear the horrifying MMO Sword Art Online (SAO). Kirito's avatar in GGO is the rare «M9000» type, which is speculated by GGO players to be awarded to players with long play time. It is an avatar that many male players dream of having, due to its feminine appearance. If one did not know better, it would be easy to confuse him with a female. This often causes great confusion to people, such as Sinon.

Asuna Yuki — Kazuto's girlfriend, a skilled player of Sword Art Online who fought alongside Kirito.

Shino Asada (Sinon) — a female player of the gun and steel filled MMO Gun Gale Online (GGO). She is a sniper who wields the giant "Hecate II" rifle. She is a member of Dyne's squadron in Gun Gale Online.

Suguha Kirigaya (Leafa) — Kirito's younger sister who was a Sylph player in the world of Alfheim Online (ALO)

Keiko Ayano (Silica) — She was saved by Kirito in the world of SAO and was a Cait Sith player in ALO, specializing in the taming skill.

Rika Shinozaki (Lisbeth) — The skilled blacksmith who created Kirito's sword in SAO. In ALO she played as a leprechaun blacksmith.

Kyoji Shinkawa (Spiegel) — Shino's friend both in the real world and Gun Gale Online (GGO), in fact he was the one who introduced Shino to GGO in the first place as a form of immersion therapy for her fear of guns.

Death Gun — The mysterious avatar who is responsible for the player kills within the world of GGO. Players who are killed by Death Gun in the game also lose their lives in the real world.

Voice Cast

Character English Voice Actor Japanese Voice Actor
Kirito Bryce Papenbrook Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
Asuna Cherami Leigh Haruka Tomatsu
Sinon Michelle Ruff Sawashiro Miyuki
Leafa Cassandra Morris Ayana Taketatsu
Yui Stephanie Sheh Kanae Itō
Klein Kirk Thornton Hiroaki Hirata
Silica Christine Marie Cabanos Rina Hidaka
Lisbeth Sarah Anne Williams Ayahi Takagaki
Seijiro Kikuoka Matt Mercer Toshiyuki Morikawa
Death Gun Ben Diskin Sōichirō Hoshi
Xexceed Grant George Hiroshi Kamiya
Yumikaze Chris Tergliafera Go Shinomiya
Spiegel Johnny Yong Bosch Natsuki Hanae
Aki Natsuki Julie Ann Taylor Ayako Kawasumi
Agil Patrick Seitz Hiroki Yasumoto
Dyne Dan Woren Satoshi Tsuruoka
Ginro Ben Diskin Anri Katsu
Endo Colleen O'Shaughnessey Yōko Hikasa
Urd Karen Strassman Houko Kuwashima
Freyja Mela Lee Yūko Minaguchi
Verdandi Olivia Charles Mai Nakahara
Skuld Julie Ann Taylor Saki Fujita
Thrym John Snyder Shōzō Iizuka
Thor Richard Epcar Tesshō Genda
Schmidt Kaiji Tang Masayuki Katō
Kyoko Yuki Johanna Luis Megumi Hayashibara
Yuki Erica Mendez Aoi Yūki
Jun Max Mittelman Daiki Yamashita
Talken Zach Aguilar Atsushi Tamaru
Nori Erica Lindbeck Asami Tano
Siune Erika Harlacher Yū Shimamura
Tecchi Chris Cason Nobuyuki Kobushi
Dr. Kurahashi Robbie Daymond Hidenobu Kiuchi

Episodes

Color Season Episodes Toonami Premiere Toonami Finale
Phantom Bullet Arc 14 March 28, 2015 July 11, 2015
Calibur Arc 03 July 18, 2015 August 1, 2015
Mother's Rosario Arc 07 August 8, 2015 September 26, 2015

Sword Art Online II follows the events of volumes 5 and 6 of the light novels, titled "Phantom Bullet". It also covers the Caliber (part of volume 8) and Mother's Rosario (volume 7) arcs. The series was released by Aniplex of America on DVD and Blu Ray, in 4 volumes, between June 30, 2015 and January 9, 2016.[5]

Broadcast History

The series premiered in Japan from July 5, 2014 to December 20, 2014 on Tokyo MX, with later airings on Chiba TV, tvk, Teleball, GYT, GTV, MBS, TVA, TVh, TVQ and BS11.[2] The series was licensed in North America by Aniplex of America and was made available as a worldwide simulcast by Aniplex.[6][7] It was also picked up by Crunchyroll for online simulcast streaming in North America and other select parts of the world.[8] Daisuki also streamed the series in select European countries.[9]

An English-language dub was produced by Aniplex and Bang Zoom! Entertainment which aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block from March 28, 2015[1] to September 26, 2015.

  • Japan (Tokyo MX) — July 5, 2014[2] - December 20, 2014
  • United States (Adult Swim) — March 28, 2015[1] - September 26, 2015
  • France (J-One) — September 14, 2015[10] - 2016

Toonami Broadcast History

Sword Art Online II premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block on March 28, 2015 at 1:00 AM.[1] On June 20, 2015 the series was moved to the 1:30 AM time slot.[11] The series completed its run on September 26, 2015 and was replaced in the lineup by Parasyte -the maxim-.

  • Toonami (United States) — March 28, 2015[1] - September 26, 2015

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "SAO II Anouncement ". toonami.tumblr.com. February 14, 2015. http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/111033210598/sorry-march-28th-is-when-you-need-to-get. Retrieved on February 14, 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "ON AIR Phantom Bullet ソードアート・オンライン ". Aniplex. http://www.swordart-online.net/phantom/onair/. Retrieved on February 14, 2015. 
  3. "Sword Art Online II English Dub to Run on Toonami ". animenewsnetwork.com. February 14, 2015. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-02-14/sword-art-online-ii-english-dub-to-run-on-toonami/.84458. Retrieved on February 14, 2015. 
  4. "Sword Art Online II ". swordart-onlineusa.com. http://www.swordart-onlineusa.com/index-sao-two.html#!/top. Retrieved on February 14, 2015. 
  5. "Aniplex to Release Sword Art Online II on Blu-ray and DVD ". animenewsnetwork.com. April 17, 2015. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/press-release/2015-04-17/aniplex-to-release-sword-art-online-ii-on-blu-ray-and-dvd/.87227. Retrieved on October 4, 2016. 
  6. "Sword Art Online II Set for Worldwide Simulcast ". Anime News Network. May 2, 2014. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/press-release/2014-04-21/sword-art-online-ii-set-for-worldwide-simulcast. Retrieved on February 14, 2015. 
  7. Green, Scott (April 20, 2014). ""Sword Art Online II" Worldwide Simulcast Confirmed ". Crunchyroll. http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/04/19/sword-art-online-ii-worldwide-simulcast-confirmed. Retrieved on February 14, 2015. 
  8. Macias, Patrick (May 22, 2014). "Crunchyroll to Stream "Sword Art Online II" ". Crunchyroll. http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/05/22-1/crunchyroll-to-stream-sword-art-online-ii. Retrieved on February 14, 2015. 
  9. "Sword Art Online II TV Spot Streamed ". Anime News Network. May 18, 2014. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-05-18/sword-art-online-ii-tv-spot-streamed. Retrieved on February 14, 2015. 
  10. "Sword Art Online II : La Saison 2 Inédite en VF ! ". j-one.com. http://www.j-one.com/sword-art-online-ii-la-saison-2-inedite-en-vf/. Retrieved on October 4, 2016. 
  11. "MICHIKO & HATCHIN JOIN TOONAMI-SCHEDULE CHANGE 06.20 ". toonami.tumblr.com. June 9, 2015. http://toonami.tumblr.com/post/121120840405/michiko-hatchin-join-toonami-schedule-change. Retrieved on June 9, 2015. 
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