It is officially confirmed today that Reki Kawahara's popular light novel series Sword Art Online reaches 10 million print run in Japan as of the release of its 15th volume on August 9. SAO is the second Japanese light novel series reaching the 10 million mark, following Kazuma Kamachi's A Certain Magical Index. Hit the jump for more story.
It seems like Sword Art Online II episode four has made quite an impression, with lots of English and Japanese speaking fans discussing Yoshitsugu Matsuoko's nekama performance as Gun Gale Online Kirito. So, the timing is great for the spotting of Genco's GGO Kirito bedsheets, which is head to Comiket 86 along with Kadokawa's Asuna and Sinon hug pillows. Check them out after the jump.
This week, Good Smile Company presented a string of male figmas. Pre-orders launched for Yowapeda's otaku turned cyclist Sakamichi Onoda, set to be released in January, and a re-release of Sword Art Online's Kirito, scheduled for December. Meanwhile, a Ninja Slayer SatzBatz Knight is an exclusive to the weekend's Summer Wonderfestival event and their web store. Get a look after the jump.
In tablet maker Wacom's latest live painting video, animation director/character designer Adachi Shingo (Sword Art Online, Working!!) demonstrates the use of their Cintiq 24HD touch. Get a look after the jump.
It's time for some more jealousy-inducing items planned for this summer's Comiket. Perhaps to go with those classic Kirito bedsheets, Kadokawa will be offering Sword Art Online Asuna and Sinon hug pillows. Elsewhere, the Is the Order a Rabbit? goods presented at the Rondo Robe booth have been previewed and they include two sets of series sheets. Get a look after the jump.
It's time to start seeing Sword Art Online II merch. Kotobukiya fires an early shot with a 1/8th scale Sinon statue, released following their Aincrad and Fairy Dance Asuna and Fairy Dance Asuna, as well as Fairy Dance Leafa, this December. Get a look after the jump.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment has been doing pretty well for itself in Japan since its release on PS Vita. Producer Yosuke Futami previously told Famitsu magazine that if this installment sold more copies than PSP predecessor Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment a sequel would be possible, and it looks like that's the case. Read on for more.
Launched in February 2013, the GREE Sword Art Online: End World social smartphone game celebrated 1 million registered users last month. Still, with a new TV series debuting it's time to promote the game. A new TV ad is doing this with the promise of Sinon card, and a bit of old Asuna pillow talk. Get a look after the jump.
PS Vita RPG Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is getting a major DLC update on July 10th with the level cap being raised to 250, a Grand Quest, the options to Argo and date with Sachi, new areas, new weapons and harder bosses. A new TV ad showcases something that might be more minor, but which will be welcome to anime watchers... GGO outfits for Kirito and Sinon!
Chara-ani (the company that did the "New Wives Always Say 'Yes'" figure) has lined up another Sword Art Online swimsuit figure. Following Asuna, set to be released in September, a 17cm, 1/10 cm Rika "Lisbeth" Shinozaki is now set to ship in October for 6,980 yen. Get a look after the jump.