Aniplex of America have streamed the upcoming Sword Art Online II‘s arc commercial with English subtitles . 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 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.
A new opening theme song has been announced and will be sung by Tomatsu Haruka (AnoHana ED) and a new ending theme song will be sung by LiSA (Fate/Zero OP).
A recap episode titled Sword Art Online II: Debriefing (Sword Art Online II episode 14.5) aired today and is a recap of the Phantom Bullet Arc before starting new arcs.
Sword Art Online II Calibur and Mother’s Rosary Arcs visuals:
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.