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Sword Art Online II
Status: Not Yet Airing
Aired: Jul 05, 2014 to ?
Producers: Aniplex, A-1 Pictures, Aniplex of AmericaL
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance, Shounen
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.
This new season of Sword Art Online will be based on volumes 5 and 6 of the light novel, principally. People would like to discuss the light novel are welcome here.
I don't know if it will have episodes based on extra stories of others volumes (like 1st season), at least I don't remember anyone related directly with GGO. That said, I expect something more detailed than the first season, which was based on 4 volumes, it is good I think. GGO, especially, has more details that must be showed than Aincrad and Alfheim.
Excellent return to the world we love. It was great seeing Kirito smiling again. Though the episode was mostly discussion, GGO sounds pretty amazing seeing it on screen, as well as Death Gun.
XeXeeD is one of the coolest usernames around.
The game itself looks rather cool and Shinon is sexy but apart from that basically nothing happened. An introduction episode to show us that virtual worlds are as dangerous as ever and that it is possible to buy Kirito.
Kirito and Asuna scenes were cute but yeah... That's it.
Opening song is great.
I'm reserving all judgement.
The first episode was fine by me. A little slow and the digital world versus real world philosophy is not really something I get into but I can see why they'd want to put that in there. A relatively peaceful beginning.
Gun version of Death Note... Kirito really is a geek and Asuna plans to stay with him forever.
GGO sure is interesting, earning money by being a good player.
Good episode, loved the exposition.
It's nice to see that the anime is back to continue the story. It has been quite a long time since I last read the novel and this anime will serve as a re-cap for me. Yay!!
The Death Gun arc is a very interesting part of the story. I'm so excited to see words (from the novel) that are coming alive in the motion pictures.
The beginning of the first episode has a good start with the interviews of players and having the one who "talked big' get killed. I thought this guy has a cool name but too bad for him, it has to follow him to the grave.
The series showcased the landscape of Tokyo, which was really nice. That red-coloured camera-lamp looked quite interesting as well.
The date of Kirito and Asuna seemed like a reminisce of old times for them. With Asuna's great enthusiasm of their future in the real world, Kirito suddenly got tongue tight without telling the girlfriend of his "secret" meeting with Kikuoka and what he had decided to do after.
I like Kirito's imaginary scene of the pro-player who was killed, pretty epic type. I hope the rest of the episodes would have such similar effect.
If there was a guy called Lightly Salted Tarako, then his twin brother must be Heavily Sugared Tarako. haha! This is meant to be a joke. :P We have very interesting and funny in-game names, haven't we? hehe!
The ending music video was pretty nice and the music was good too.
I'm looking forward for the next episode.
Oh, thanks Skyguardian for your post. Otherwise I wouldn't have known that Sword Art Online has started its second series.
Finally it's back and the first episode of this new season was excellent and the explanations didn't feel obnoxious.
This Death Gun seems to be a really dangerous guy, given that he can kill a person in the real world by killing his/her Avatar in the virtual one.
I wonder how he does that though...
Looking forward to watching the next episode....and Shion.
When I saw that screen written "Sword Art Online II" I believed that it was back!
Perfect beginning, I couldn't expect anything less than this. The first episode should be theoretical since it is that way in the light novel. I missed Kirito and Asuna, I was looking forward to watch this date of them and it was within my expectations. They're the image of perfect couple for me.
Anyway, talking about business now, Kirito doesn't like Kikuoka that much because of many reasons, it wasn't clear in the anime because it is Kirito's thoughts, it ocurred with ALO as well, especially with Suguha, that's why many people thought she was annoying, which was not entirely right. The mission is hard and a bit dangerous, but Kikuoka is not irresponsible, all cares will be given to Kirito. On a sidenote, some clues was already given...
Next episode will have more action, they finished this episode right before the action begin. XD
So, this first episode definitely didn't hook me like the first episode of season 1 did, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now.
Last edited by Zatono; July 07, 2014 at 06:28 PM.
Light Novels are not like most of the mangas, where an overly exciting beginning is a question of survival; it contributes for a slower pace in this kind of media and, consequently, in animes based on them. As a recent example we have Mahouka, which I had the same opinion as you guys now since I hadn't read the novel yet at that time.
SAO I first episode was somewhat the same way, but the tension gave a more interesting aspect than SAO II first episode.
From now on, the story just escalates. I can guarantee this.
But I'm not fond of the long-haired Kirito shown in the ending, though.