Just hours before the premiere of Sword Art Online II, Dengeki Online has released the final set of character designs for the upcoming anime. The designs have released for the main characters of the anime’s second season, based on Reki Kawahara’s light novel series of the same name.
So here are the final designs:
- Kirigaya “Kirito” Kazuto – Real World, voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sora in No Game No Life)
- Kirigaya “Kirito” Kazuto – Gun Gale Online
- Asada “Shinon” Shino – Real World, voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro (Himeko Inaba in Kokoro Connect)
- Asada “Shinon” Shino – Gun Gale Online
- Yuuki Asuna – Real World, voiced by Haruka Tomatsu (Haruka Takayama in Sakura Trick)
- Kikuoka Seijirou – voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa (Minato Namikaze in Naruto)
Additionally, check out the latest trailer for Sword Art Online II:
Sword Art Online is a light novel series written by Reki Kawahara, who also is the author of Accel World. The light novel series began in 2009 being published in ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko. Since then it sold millions of copies, topping the charts in 2012. Additionally in 2012, an anime adaptation was released. The Sword Art Online anime aired in July and was produced by A-1 Pictures, which received a large reception. Since then, the series has appeared on a plethora of media from handheld and browser video games, to spin-off mangas and international merchandise. The latest canonical light novel, the thirteenth in the series, was released in Japan on August 10th 2013. In addition, Kawahara has relaunched the series as Sword Art Online: Progressive, a re-release of the light novels with additional content. The second issue of the re-releases launched in December 2013.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players control their avatars with their bodies using a piece of technology called Nerve Gear. One day, players discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive unless they reach the 100th floor of the game’s tower and defeat the final boss. However, if they die in the game, they die in real life. Their struggle for survival starts now…
Sword Art Online II will air from July 5 at 11:30pm JST on Tokyo MX, during the Summer 2014 anime season. The Opening theme of the anime will be Ignite from Eir Aoi, and the Ending theme will be Startear from Haruna Luna.
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