Have you ever wanted to be woken up by a beautiful anime girl? Or have you ever wanted to experience being part of the world of Sword Art Online? Well, with the advances of technology, you can now live those fantasies somewhat- with the newly released Asuna Alarm application for Android!
Sony Media have teamed up with the anime adaptation of Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online to create an alarm application feature Asuna for Android. The app uses Live2D technology that is also found in various other anime character alarm apps. The application itself allows users to set up at time where the app will inform you to wake up, just as Asuna would. Of course, the voice actress of Asuna, Haruka Tomatsu (Naruko Anjou from AnoHana) returns to voice her in the app. But there are more functionalities than just the alarm.
Another core feature is the talk function. This allows you to speak to Asuna and she will respond. Ask her questions make her say commands or just say hello. She will easily respond to basic questions such as the date, current time, weather, and even fortune telling. Asuna might even fall asleep if you idle too long.
She will also have various lines to say throughout idling in the application and in response to some questions, and even you get a little “hands on” with her. She will even greet you correctly depending on the time of the day. Of course, do note that she currently responds to and in Japanese.
There is also more than just speaking to Asuna. You can also change what outfit she is currently wearing, from her typical combat clothes or for something more casual.
You will also be able to purchase additional costumes for Asuna.
Here is a video of Asuna in action:
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.
The Asuna Alarm application is currently out now in the Google Play Store for supported Android devices, for free. Many of the app’s functions may only work in Japan. There has been no confirmation whether the app will come to iOS.
Visit the app’s page here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mezamane.asuna
You can follow the app’s updates on Twitter: @mezamane
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