Aniplex of America Announces Release Plans for Sword Art Online II
Aniplex of America Inc. has announced the company’s release plans for the Sword Art Online II. The series will be released in four volumes per format in Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Sets and Standard Edition Blu-rays and DVDs. The first volume will be released on June 30, 2015. Release dates and information on the other volumes will be announced at a later date. Pre-orders for the first volume have started and will be available for purchase in the United States and Canada.
The Limited Edition Volume 1 Blu-ray Box will come with lots of bonus materials including the Original Soundtrack CD Volume 1, a deluxe 24 page booklet as well as an exclusive collectible Weiss Schwarz card from Bushiroad while supplies last. Bonus content on each Blu-ray Disc will include audio commentary by the creators and Japanese cast, special animation “Sword Art Offline II,” and more. The packaging will also feature illustrations by abec and clear Blu-ray Disc cases with double-sided Japanese cover design. Both the Blu-rays and the DVDs will have Japanese and English audio, as well as English and Spanish subtitles. The Limited Edition Box Set will be available while supplies last.
Sword Art Online II takes place about a year after the SAO incident. Kirito is approached by Seijirou 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.