The enormously successful anime series Sword Art Online, commonly known as SAO, is currently on the 14th episode of its second season. SAO started from a light novel series by author Reki Kawahara. As of August 2014, there are 15 novels out in the main storyline. The story focuses on Kirigaya Kazuto, also known by “Kirito,” his gamertag, and his various adventures in MMORPGs. However, in Kirito’s time, technology has developed to the point when an MMORPG can be played virtually, propelling your entire consciousness into a body generated within the game.
After the 14th episode of SAO II ended, it was announced that the anime would also include the Calibur and Mother’s Rosary arcs in the season. A new opening will be sung by Tomatsu Haruka (AnoHana ED) and a new ending will be sung by LiSA (Fate/Zero OP).
Sword Art Online II New Arcs Announcement Commercial:
The first new arc, Calibur, is to be aired on October 18th, 2014. Calibur is based off of the 8th light novel and revolves around the story of the hunt for the legendary sword, Excalibur.
The second new arc, Mother’s Rosary, is to be aired on November 8th, 2014. Mother’s Rosary is based off of the 7th light novel and features the Asuna’s duel against the mysterious and secretive Zekken for an Orginal Sword Skill.
New key visuals:
Episode 14.5, a compilation episode called “Debriefing”, will air on October 11th, 2014, with a preview of Calibur.
Sword Art Online II synopsis from Haruhichan:
One 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.