Crunchyroll Details "Sword Art Online II" Anime Streaming Plans

Expanded territories announced for season 1 and Extra Edition

The addition of Sword Art Online II to Crunchyroll's summer anime lineup was announced in the latter half of May, and now we have more simulcast details. The series will broadcast every Saturday starting July 5 at 9:30am Pacific Time for premium members, with free members able to watch one week later. 


Sword Art Online II will be available worldwide except for France, Switzerland, Belgium, Algeria, Monaco, Tunisia, Germany, Luxemburg, Austria, and Liechtenstein, China, Taiwan, Korea, India and Japan. EU territories (except UK and Ireland) will be delayed by one month. 



Crunchyroll's synopsis: 

Based on the light novel by written by Reki Kawahara, the Sword Art Online series continues into its second season. One year after the SAO incident, Kirito is approached by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Department, Seijiro Kikuoka, with a request to enter other VRMMO called Gun Gale Online (GGO). Kikuoka informs Kirito that, “Players who are shot by a mysterious avatar with a jet black gun lose their lives even in the real world…” 


Unconvinced that the virtual world can affect the real world, Kirito logs on to GGO, wandering in an unfamiliar world in order to investigate the “Death Gun” incident. He is joined by a female sniper named Sinon who owns a gigantic “Hecate II” rifle. The two decide to enter the “Bullet of Bullets,” a large tournament to choose the most powerful gunner within the realm of GGO, in hopes of making direct contact with the mysterious avatar behind the “Death Gun”.  


Additionally, Crunchyroll is expanding territories for the first Sword Art Online season and Extra Edition. The following regions will be added starting July 1: The Middle East, Africa, and Europe excluding France, Switzerland, Belgium, Algeria, Monaco, Tunisia; Germany, Luxemburg, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy, San Marino, Vatican, Malta, and Monte Carlo.



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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