Today's Aniplex of America’s Sword Art Online Panel at Sakura-Con in Seattle, featuring special appearances by Director Tomohiko Ito, Character Designer Shingo Adachi and Producer Shinichiro Kashiwada, confirmed that the Sword Art Online II anime will see a worldwide simulcast. More after the jump.
The latest news concerning summer's Sword Art Online II anime is that Eir Aoi, singer of the previous anime installment's second opening, as well as the Extra Edition, will be returning for the sequel anime's theme song. More after the jump.
Between an update to the series' site and Tweets by light novel author Reki Kawahara (@kunori) some exciting plans have been laid out for Sword Art Online II. Satoshi Mori isn't listed on the staff, with Tetsuya Takeuchi replacing him as the second action animation director. Self-described "gun maniac" and Kino's Journey author Keiichi Sigsawa will be overseeing depiction of firearms. More after the jump.
Namco Bandai and Dengeki Online have offered new looks at the upcoming PS Vita game Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment. In addition to the latest ad for the game, scheduled for an April 24th Japanese release, Dengeki posted a glimpse at the player/AI feedback system for Red (attack), Blue (defense) and Green (buff) play styles, along with a look at the corresponding unlockable outfits. Check these out after the jump.
Still haven't gotten enough of Sword Art Online? You aren't alone: Furyu keeps cranking out SAO prize figures, and this time it's Asuna as an Undine. Get a look at the prototype pictures after the jump.
Namco Bandai has posted a fourth preview of Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, the second handheld game based on the fictional MMO series, coming to PS Vita on April 24th. With it, Dengeki Online has shared a number of goodies, including a look at the model for Konno Yuki, the bridal dress preorder incentive DLC and casual clothes outfits. Get a look after the jump.
Namco Bandai posted a new 60-second spot for Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, coming to PS Vita on April 24th. Meanwhile, Dengeki Online posted a new shot of the bedroom event CG featuring Philia, the Yui Ishikawa voiced orange player who Kirito meets whike exploring Aincrad's Hollow Area. Get a look after the jump.
Anifone's beta test for their Sword Art Online Android smartphone interface/game is now wrapping up, with a full launch now slated for this spring. Unlike the Madoka Phone app, which sells theme packages for the different magic girls, SAO's will be a free download with in-app purchases. More after the jump.
Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novels feature interesting explorations of of point of views, of relationships between people as well as between virtual and fictional and real worlds. Hirose Masahiro seems to think so, with the books now on their Japanese literature syllabus at the Aichi University of Education. More after the jump.
Eir Aoi, singer on the second and Extra Sword Art Online themes, recently sat down with producer Futami Takakai to promote/discuss Hollow Fragment, the new game tie-in coming to PS Vita April 24th. The subject of the character interaction came up, and Eir Aoi raised the question of whether Kirito can start filling his friendship meter with male characters. Get a look after the jump.