New Anime Releases: December 23, 2014

Here are the new anime releases for December 23, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Horus, Prince of the Sun [DVD]
Kill la Kill Volume 3 [DVD]
Kill la Kill Volume 3 [Blu-ray]
Kill la Kill Volume 3 [DVD/Blu-ray Limited Edition with CD]
Mazinger Z Volume 2 [DVD]
Sword Art Online -Extra Edition- [DVD]
Sword Art Online -Extra Edition- [Blu-ray]

Information for Sword Art Online II Anime

It was announced during the Dengeki Game Festival 2014 that the Sword Art Online II television anime series will be premiering in Japan in July 2014. Sword Art Online II will adapt volumes 5 and 6 of the original novel series.

The series is being produced by A-1 Pictures, is being directed by Tomohiko Ito, and Shingo Adachi is adapting the character designs for animation.

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka will reprise his role as Kirito from the Sword Art Online television anime series. Miyuki Sawashiro will reprise her role as Sinon from the Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment PSP video game.

Several Toonami Shows Rank #1 in Demographics

The series premiere of Space Dandy on Toonami on January 4, 2014 ranked at #1 at the 11:30 p.m. timeslot among men 18-24 and 18-34.

The following series in Adult Swim’s Toonami block ranked at #1 in their respective timeslots among men 18-24:

  • Bleach (12:00 a.m.)
  • Naruto Shippuden (12:30 a.m.)
  • One Piece (1:00 a.m.)
  • Soul Eater (1:30 a.m.)
  • Sword Art Online (2:00 a.m.)

Main Staff and Cast Revealed for Sword Art Online II

The official Sword Art Online website has announced the main staff and cast for the Sword Art Online II television anime series.

A-1 Pictures is producing the series, and Tomohiko Ito is directing. Shingo Adachi is adapting the character designs for animation.

Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is reprising his role as Kirito from the Sword Art Online anime series, and Miyuki Sawashiro is reprising her role as Shinon from the Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment PSP video game.

Sword Art Online II Anime Series Coming in 2014

It was announced during the Sword Art Online: Extra Edition special that a new Sword Art Online anime series, called Sword Art Online II, will be coming out in 2014. This announcement was also made on the franchise’s official website, and the site gives the new article the subtitle of, “Phantom Bullet.”

I am embedding a video of the announcement below, and I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

Ad Streaming for Sword Art Online: Extra Edition

The Dengeki website is now streaming an ad for the Sword Art Online: Extra Edition television anime special. The video features the theme song, “Niji no Oto,” which is performed by Eir Aoi.

The special will premiere on Tokyo MX TV, BS11,and NicoNico in Japan on December 31, 2013.

I am embedding the ad below, and I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.