The official website for the Sword Art Online television anime began streaming the fifth in a series of short promotional videos for the Sword Art Online II series on Friday. The video features narration from Kirito:
Because of the virtual world, real people are dying. I can’t believe that’s a possibility. But, I’ll head there if there is a one percent possibility.
The new series will adapt the third arc, Phantom Bullet, from Reki Kawahara’s original light novel series. The arc from the fifth and sixth novel volumes features the heroine Sinon and the protagonist Kirito.
The United States premiere screening event will be held at Anime Expo in Los Angeles on July 4. Original light novel author Reki Kawahara and illustrator and character designer abec will be in attendance. Crunchyroll will stream the series starting on July 5.
The following venues will simultaneously run the anime:
United States: Hulu, Daisuki, Crunchyroll streaming
China: LeTV streaming
South Korea: Aniplus cable television
Taiwan: i-funtv streaming
French-speaking countries (France, Switzerland, Belgium, Algeria, Monaco, Tunisia, and Quebec, Canada): Wakanim streaming
German-speaking countries (Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Austria, but also Poland) Peppermint.TV streaming
Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Central and South America, Europe outside French- and German-speaking countries, Asia outside China/South Korea/Taiwan: Daisuki streaming
Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Central and South America, Asia outside China/South Korea/Taiwan: Crunchyroll streaming
The show will air in Japan on Tokyo MX TV on July 5 at 11:30 p.m. before the show also airs on MBS, TV Aichi, tvk, BS11 and several other other stations. The series will also stream in Japan on niconico and the d Anime Store.
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka will reprise his role as the main protagonist Kirito from the Sword Art Online anime series. Miyuki Sawashiro will also reprise her role as Sinon from the Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment PSP video game. Ignite” by returning singer .
Tomohiko Ito will again direct the series at A-1 Pictures, and Shingo Adachi will again adapt abec’s original character designs for animation. Eir Aoi will perform the opening theme.