The first set of preview images have been released on the Sword Art Online website for the upcoming 9th episode of Sword Art Online II. The episode will air on August 30th at 11:30pm JST.
Episode 9: Death Gun
As Death Gun appears in front of a subdued Pale Rider, Shinon takes a shot at him, but his health remains the same as the bullet flies through him. Pale Rider tries to attack Death Gun, but Pale Rider immediately and mysteriously disconnects. Death Gun then declares to the remaining contestants and viewers of the Battle of Bullets who he is: true death. Asuna was watching the stream and is shocked to learn that he is a former member of SAO’s Laughing Coffin. Shinon and Kirito remain hidden and hatch a plan to follow Death Gun…
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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