The official website of the anime adaptation of Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online has released its set of preview images for the upcoming 14th episode of Sword Art Online II. The episode will be airing on Saturday the 4th of October at 11:30pm JST.
Episode 14: A Small Step
After barely surviving Death Gun’s attack in Gun Gale Online, Kyouji begins attacking Shino Asada in real life. But Kazuto Kirigaya manages to rush into Shino’s house and saves her in the nick of time and tackles Kyouji. Among the brawl Kyouji manages to stab Kazuto with the syringe, but the succinylcholine chemical itself miraculously did not inject into him. As the police sirens grow louder, Kazuto manages to break free.
A few days later Kazuto visits Kikuoka Seijirou to discuss the facts about the incidents with Death Gun. Kikouka also delivers a message to Kazuto from one of the Death Gun arrestees…
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 anime from MAL:
1 year after the SAO incident, Kirito is approached by Seijiro Kikuoka from Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Department “VR Division” with a rather peculiar request.
That was an investigation on the “Death Gun” incident that occurred in the gun and steel filled VRMMO called Gun Gale Online (GGO). “Players who are shot by a mysterious avatar with a jet black gun lose their lives even in the real world…” Failing to turn down Kikuoka’s bizarre request, Kirito logs in to GGO even though he is not completely convinced that the virtual world could physically affect the real world.
Kirito wanders in an unfamiliar world in order to gain any clues about the “Death Gun.” Then, a female sniper named Sinon who owns a gigantic “Hecate II” rifle extends Kirito a helping hand. With Sinon’s help, Kirito decides to enter the “Bullet of Bullets,” a large tournament to choose the most powerful gunner within the realm of GGO, in hopes to become the target of the “Death Gun” and make direct contact with the mysterious avatar.
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