The Dengeki website began streaming the promotional video for the upcoming Sword Art Online II‘s Calibur arc. The Calibur arc will start on October 18th and is based off of the 8th light novel and revolves around the story of the hunt for the legendary sword, Excalibur. The Sword Art Online II: Debriefing (Sword Art Online II episode 14.5) episode aired today and is a recap of the Phantom Bullet Arc before starting new arcs.
The video features the anime’s new opening theme song “courage” by Haruka Tomatsu.
Kirito: During that, we saw the golden sword that shone in the highest grade.
Klein: All right! This is the last adventure of the year!
Kirito: All right, let’s do this!
Shino Asada and Yuuki Konno’s Mother’s Rosary arc character designs were also revealed earlier this week:
Sword Art Online II Calibur Arc visual:
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.