The official website for the anime adaptation of Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online light novel series has released the set of preview images and preview video for the upcoming 23rd episode of Sword Art Online II, due to air on Tokyo MX on Saturday the 13th of December at 11:30pm JST.
Episode 23: Beginning of a Dream
Yuuki Konno is the first person to use the Medicuboid, the world’s first Fulldrive medical machine that also allows the user to dive into the virtual world. Yuuki is unfortunately unable to leave her sterile room due to her severe condition of AIDS and that stepping out of the closed room would lead to her death. But Yuuki has one final wish, to be able to attend school again. Asuna intends to fulfil that wish and in order to do so, she meets with Kirito and her friends and interact with each other so that Yuuki can experience a normal school life once again. After school Yuuki suggests a place she would like to visit and guides Asuna to an old house, where she onced lived in with her family…
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. To date a total of 15 volumes have been compiled in the series, released in Japan on August 9th 2014. . 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 with handheld and browser video games, international merchandise, and the many spin-off manga of the light novel’s arcs. The latest manga volume, Sword Art Online: Caliber, began serialization in the September issue of Dengeki G’s Comic magazine. In addition, Kawahara has relaunched the series as Sword Art Online: Progressive, a re-release of the light novels with additional content. A new light novel adaptation titled Sword Art Online: Alternative will begin publication on December 10th.
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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