Crunchyroll today announced that they have acquired the streaming rights to the upcoming anime series continuation “Sword Art Online II“. The online anime distribution company were given the rights to screen the original “Sword Art Online” anime series a while back so it only makes sense that they would stream the latest one too. For those of you unnaware of just what exactly “Sword Art Online II” is, Crunchyroll have released an official synopsis of the series and it is as follows:
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.
“Sword Art Online II” will begin streaming on the site starting on the 5th of July and will continue each week as it is released in Japan. It will be available to users living in U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, U.K., Ireland, Latin American Countries, Europe (excluding German & French speaking countries) and Asia (excluding China, Korea, Taiwan).