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.

Toonami Announces Schedule for January 4, 2014

Toonami has unveiled is broadcast lineup that begins on January 4, 2014.

11:30 p.m.: Space Dance
12:00 a.m.: Bleach
12:30 a.m.: Naruto Shippuden
1:00 a.m.: One Piece
1:30 a.m.: Soul Eater
2:00 a.m.: Sword Art Online
2:30 a.m.: FLCL
3:00 a.m.: Uncut Naruto (starting from episode 1)
3:30 a.m.: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
4:00 a.m.: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
4:30 a.m.: IGPX
5:00 a.m.: Star Wars: Clone Wars
5:30 a.m.: Inuyasha

New Anime Releases: November 19, 2013

Here are the new anime releases for November 19, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Danguard Ace: The Movie Collection [DVD]
Divergence Eve: Complete Collection [DVD]
Good Luck Girl: Complete Series [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Little Busters! Season 1 Complete Collection [DVD]
Little Busters! Season 1 Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
One Piece Film: Strong World [DVD]
One Piece Film: Strong World [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Sword Art Online Volume 4: Fairy Dance Part 2 [DVD]
Sword Art Online Blu-ray Box Set IV: Fairy Dance Part 2 [Blu-ray]

Sword Art Online: Extra Edition to Stream Worldwide

Aniplex of America announced at Anime Festival Asia 2013 that the Sword Art Online: Extra Edition special will be streaming worldwide on January 1, 2014, immediately following its Japanese premiere. The special premieres on Tokyo MX TV, BS11, and Niconico in Japan on December 31, 2013 at 10:00 p.m.

The special will then stream at midnight (Japan time) on January 1, 2014 in the English-speaking countries, Mexico, Central and South America on Crunchyroll and Daisuki; in Korea on the Aniplus cable channel; in China on the LeTV streaming site; and in France on the streaming site Wakanim. Daisuki will also stream it in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, German-speaking countries, Italian-speaking countries, Russian-speaking countries, India, and the Middle East.

New Anime Releases: October 15, 2013

Here are the new anime releases for October 15, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Campione! Complete Collection [DVD]
Campione! Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Dragon Ball Z: The Best of Goku [Walmart Exclusive]
Dragon Ball Z: The Best of Vegeta [Walmart Exclusive]
Eureka Seven AO: Part Two [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
One Piece: Season Five, Voyage Three [DVD]
Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honneamise [DVD]
Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honneamise [Blu-ray]
Sword Art Online Volume 3: Fairy Dance Part 1 [DVD]
Sword Art Online Volume 3: Fairy Dance Part 1 [Blu-ray]

Aniplex Is Hosting Sword Art Online Watch And Win Contest on Toonami

Aniplex of America has announced they will be hosting a special Sword Art Online “Watch and Win” contest on Adult Swim’s Toonami, where viewers will have a chance to win a variety of prizes. Prizes include Sword Art Online Blu-ray sets and DVDs, and Sword Art Online Weib Schwarz trial decks from Bushiroad. Three special grand prize winners will receive a 3D Personal Viewer courtesy of Sony Electronics, which will let users submerge themselves into the world of Sword Art Online.

To enter the contest, viewers need to tune in and watch Sword Art Online on Toonami Saturday nights at 2:00 a.m. ET/PT on October 20th and 27th and look for the keyword shown immediately after the show. Viewers will then enter the keyword on the entry form on the Sword Art Online Contest Page; this is also the website where you can find complete details about the contest.

Adult Swim’s Toonami is not sponsoring this contest.