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Sword Art Online II Anime’s Calibur Arc Previewed in Video

posted on 2014-10-11 12:40 EDT

Arc covering Kirito’s quest for Excalibur starts on October 18

The Dengeki website began streaming the latest promotional video for Sword Art Online II’s “Calibur” arc on Saturday. The Calibur arc (light novel volume 8) revolves around the quest for the legendary sword Excalibur. The video features the anime’s new opening song, “courage,” by Haruka Tomatsu.

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Kirito: During that, we saw the golden sword that shone in the highest grade.
Klein: All right! This is the last adventure of the year!
Kirito: All right, let’s do this!

The same video debuted at the Dengeki Bunko Aki no Saiten (Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival) event last Sunday. The Calibur arc will start on October 18 on Tokyo MX and other stations, followed by the Mother’s Rosary (Mother’s Rosario) arc on November 8.


Sword Art Online II’s The Next Chapter Trailer Posted in English

posted on 2014-10-11 16:45 EDT

Haruka Tomatsu, LiSA sing new songs this fall for Calibur, Mother’s Rosary arcs

Aniplex of America began streaming the English-subtitled trailer for “The Next Chapter” of Sword Art Online II on Saturday. Aniplex of America ran the same English trailer during its New York Comic Con panel on Saturday, and the original Japanese version aired last weekend.

The anime will begin the Calibur arc (pictured right) from Reki Kawahara’s original light novel series on October 18 on Tokyo MX and other stations, followed by the Mother’s Rosary (Mother’s Rosario, pictured below) arc on November 8. These arcs will use a new opening theme song “courage” by Haruka Tomatsu, as well as a new ending theme song by LiSA.

The Calibur arc (light novel volume 8) revolves around the quest for the legendary sword Excalibur. In the Mother’s Rosary arc (light novel volume 7), Asuna faces a duel against an secretive Avatar named Zekken for an Original Sword Skill.

A compilation episode, episode 14.5 “Debriefing,” aired on Saturday with a preview of footage from the Calibur arc.


I like this Pic of Sinon as her ALO Cait Sith


CD Jacket Photos for Haruka Tomatsu’s 14th Single “courage” Revealed

November 12, 2014 4:50am CST
2nd OP song for “Sword Art Online II” TV anime

The official website for popular anime voice actress Haruka Tomatsu has posted the photos for the three versions of her upcoming 14th single “courage.” The song is now featured as the 2nd OP song for Sword Art Online II TV anime. She has played the main heroine Asuna/Asuna Yuuki in the anime series, and previously sang the 1st ED song for the first season, “Yume Sekai,” which was released in July 2012 as her 9th solo single. Her 14th single “courage” will be available in Japan on December 3.

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A-1 Pictures Offers a Look Behind the Scenes of “Sword Art Online II” Calibur Opening Animation

November 13, 2014 12:27pm CST
Studio offers a look at genga, key animation by Kengo Matsumoto, Tetsuya Takeuchi and Ryuta Yanagi.

In their latest online special behind-the-scenes feature, A-1 Picture has posted a look at the genga, key animation for the Sword Art Online II, Calibur arc opening with work by main animator Kengo Matsumoto, key animator Tetsuya Takeuchi and monster designer/action AD Ryuta Yanagi.

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II Episode 22

[details=spoiler] This one really made you feel depressed. It definitely filled us in on the truth with the Sleeping Knights though. To think, Asuna joins the guild to help them make one more last memory in the virtual world… because they’ll be busy come spring? Nope! You find out that 3 of the guild members only have at most 3 months to live and, Yuuki being one of them, has AIDS. That’s brutal. I’m glad Asuna got to know the truth and why Yuuki disappeared so suddenly last episode.

To make the most of her time left, Yuuki wants to go to school? This should be interesting.[/details]


[size=20]LiSA Releases Sword Art Online ED Single "SHIRUSHI"[/size]
Dec 10th 2014

7th Single “SHIRUSHI” available today!
LiSA delivers another Sword Art Online collaboration single!

Today, LiSA has released her 7th single “SHIRUSHI” worldwide!
The lead track “SHIRUSHI” is featured as the ending theme song for the popular TV anime series, Sword Art Online II Mother’s Rosario arc, which is currently airing.
The second song was also used as the ending theme song for Sword Art Online II’s , Calibur Arc, titled “No More Time Machine”.
To top it off, LiSA’s mega hit single, “crossing field” ”, which was featured as the opening theme song in the first season of Sword Art Online (Aincrad arc), has been specially produced with English lyrics.
The original “crossing field” song has continued to be a best seller, with a total of 340,000 downloads worldwide!
This is highly anticipated single boasts three incredible tracks, creating another LiSA x Sword Art Online collaboration that fans have been waiting for!

“SHIRUSHI” Track listing

  1. SHIRUSHI (Sword Art Online II Mother’s Rosario ED)
  2. No More Time Machine (Sword Art Online II Calibur Arc ED)
  3. crossing field -English ver.-


LiSA first came to prominence through the hit anime TV series, “Angel Beats!” in 2010 where her vocal abilities shone through her role as the 2nd generation vocalist for the band within the series, “Girls Dead Monster.” Subsequent releases under the band’s name ranked high on the Oricon charts, steadily growing in popularity and fame.
The following year, LiSA made her debut as a solo artist with a mini-album in 2011 and enjoyed further success in chart performance. Her next releases included major tie-ups with anime series, including the iconic “oath sign” for the series “Fate/Zero” and “crossing field” for the hugely popular “Sword Art Online” series, strengthening her popularity in both the anime and pop rock world.
LiSA’s fanbase continues to grow exponentially in and outside of Japan, thanks to her infectious, energetic live performances, friendly, down-to-earth disposition, and cute sense of fashion. All eyes are on this definite artist to watch!

【LiSA Official Website】
【LiSA Official English Website】
【LiSA Facebook】


SAO Extra Edition, Kill la Kill Vol. 3 Ship Early

posted on 2014-12-13 23:57 EST

Aniplex of America confirmed that Sword Art Online: Extra Edition and Kill la Kill volume three are now available for purchase—two weeks ahead of both volumes’ December 23 release date. Customers can purchase Sword Art Online: Extra Edition on Blu-ray and DVD and Kill la Kill volume three in a limited edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, or separately on Blu-ray and DVD.


Asuna’s mom, wearing white pants.


S2 Ep. 24

Brace yourself, the feels are strong with this one.

and I’ll leave this Gif here…


Just watched it. It was a satisfying end to the season. If there’s no season 3, I would be fine with how things ended here.


Here’s a Christmas Picture


How can you not feel jolly after seeing that? :wink:



CR ARTICLE: Aniplex Of America Announces Toonami Broadcast For “Sword Art Online II”

Sword Art Online II English Dub to Run on Toonami

posted on 2015-02-14 15:30 EST

Michelle Ruff joins cast as Sinon

Aniplex of America announced at its Katsucon panel on Saturday that Sword Art Online II will air on Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block beginning on March 28 at 1:00 a.m. EST. The English dub cast from the first season will return, and Michelle Ruff (Bleach, Gurren Lagann) will join the cast as Sinon.

The first Sword Art Online series previously ran on Toonami starting in August, 2013.

Aniplex of America streamed Sword Art Online II on Daisuki and Crunchyroll as it aired in Japan beginning last July. The series adapts the third arc, Phantom Bullet, from Reki Kawahara’s original light novel series.

Toonami premiered Kill la Kill earlier this month, but the block’s run time was recently cut by several hours.



February 26, 2015 3:20pm CST
"SAO II" volume 6 hits Japan on March 25th


Aniplex Launches “crossing field -English ver.-” Karaoke Contest

March 01, 2015 6:20pm CST
The contest will be held on official Facebook page from March 1 – April 12

Aniplex has announced the kick-off of an official karaoke contest for “crossing field -English ver.-,” which is the English version of Sword Art Online’s iconic opening theme song sung by LiSA. The contest will be held on their official Facebook page from March 1 – April 12.

Aniplex explains:

We invite you all to participate by uploading your covers of “crossing field -English ver.-” on to any online streaming video service (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, etc) and posting the links to the Facebook page. The karaoke backing track (instrumental) is available digitally or on the single CD of “crossing field,” so please use this track to sing along to!
(※Please note that if you post the videos directly on Facebook, there is a chance the video will be blocked or removed due to copyright reasons, therefore please submit your entries via a free streaming video service.)

LiSA and her team will watch the videos and choose a winner, who will receive an exclusive present from LiSA! So don’t miss out – sing and post away!
(※Staff members will contact winners via direct messages on Facebook.)

And, speaking of Aniplex…

March '15 marks 10-yr anniversary since Aniplex of America was established … ;1st release was Gurren Lagann Mov Jul '10


Releases on 30 June 2015

Right Stuf Link: Sword Art Online II Limited Edition Blu-Ray

Right Stuf Link: Sword Art Online II Regular Edition Blu-Ray

Right Stuf Link: Sword Art Online II Regular Edition DVD


[size=16]Press Release: Aniplex to Release Sword Art Online II on Blu-ray and DVD[/size]
Apr 17th 2015
Aniplex to Release Hit Anime Series Sword Art Online II on Blu-ray and DVD

[size=20]Box Art For Final Japanese “Sword Art Online II” Blu-ray Previewed[/size]
Limited edition Blu-ray will feature new Reki Kawahara short story "Sisters’ Prayer"
May 12, 2015 10:17am CDT

The Japanese site for the Sword Art Online anime has been updated with a look at character designer Shingo Adachi’s cover for the ninth and final collection of the second season. This volume with episodes 23, “Beginning of a Dream” and 24, “Mother’s Rosario” will be released on June 24th. In addition to bonus CD, 16-page booklet, audio commentary and SD character video, the limited edition Blu-ray will feature new Reki Kawahara short story “Sisters’ Prayer.”

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