The official website of Sword Art Online has released a bunch of preview images for the 8th episode of Sword Art Online II, which will be airing Saturday the 23rd of August at 11:30pm JST.
Episode 8: Battle of Bullets
As Kirito heads off to register for the Battle of Bullets finals, he bumps into Shinon. Shinon gives Kirito a rundown of how the finals will work. Kirito then asks her about any unknown or unusual players in the final, thinking that he may locate Death Gun. She asks why Kirito would be asking such a thing, and figures out that he was one of the survivors from Sword Art Online. As the time ticks down to the finals they get into their positions. The stage is set, a battle royale between the best 30 players in a 10km diameter field; the Battle of Bullets Finals.
Here is a synopsis of the anime:
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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