Sword Art Online II is a second season of Sword Art Online and a sequel of Sword Art Online: Extra Edition, a Japanese action fantasy anime TV series based on the Japanese light novel series written by Kawahara Reki and illustrated by abec.
Title: Sword Art Online II English: Sword Art Online II Synonyms: Phantom Bullet, SAO II, Sword Art Online 2, SAO 2 Japanese: ソードアート・オンライン II Type: TV Episodes: 24 Premiered: July 5, 2014 Season: Summer 2014 Broadcast: Mondays at 00:00 JST Producers: Aniplex, Genco, ASCII Media Works, Bandai Namco Entertainment Directed by: Itou Tomohiko Written by: Music by: Kajiura Yuki Studios: A-1 Pictures Licensed by: Madman Entertainment, Aniplex of America, Anime Limited Network: Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, tvk, TVS, CTC, TVA, MBS, TVQ, TVh, AT-X, BS11 Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance Duration: 23 min. per ep. Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older Prequel: Sword Art Online: Extra Edition Sequel: Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale Others: Sword Art Online II: Debriefing, Sword Art Online II: Sword Art Offline II Opening Theme#1: “IGNITE” by Eir Aoi (eps 2-13) Opening Theme#2: “courage” by Haruka Tomatsu (eps 15-23) Opening Theme#3: “Separate Ways (セパレイト・ウェイズ)” by Haruka Tomatsu (ep 24) Ending Theme#1: “IGNITE” by Eir Aoi (ep 1) Ending Theme#2: “Startear” by Luna Haruna (eps 2-14) Ending Theme#3: “No More Time Machine” by LiSA (eps 15-17) Ending Theme#4: “Shirushi (シルシ)” by LiSA (eps 18-24)
12 months after escaping from Aincrad, Kirigaya Kazuto has been settling back into the real world. However, his peace is short-lived as a new incident occurs in MMO game called Gun Gale Online, where a player which called Death Gun appears and could killing people in the real world by shooting them in the game. Contacted by officials to assist in investigating the incident, Kirigaya Kazuto once again assumes his persona of Kirito and logs into Gun Gale Online, in order to halting the killer.
When inside, Kirito meets a highly skilled sniper, Sinon who afflicted by a traumatic past. She’s soon dragged in his chase after Death Gun, and together they join the Bullet of Bullets, an event where their target is sure to appear. Unsure of Death Gun’s real powers, Kirito and Sinon race to stop him before he has the chance to take another life. Not all goes easily, however, as scars from the past impede their progress. In a high-stakes game where the next victim could easily be one of them, Kirito puts his life on the line in that MMO game.
Chrysheight / Kikuoka Seijirou
Seiyuu: Morikawa Toshiyuki
Kikouka Seijirou made his first appearance at the start of the Phantom Bullet arc as an acquaintance of Kirito, getting in touch with him for advice regarding a troubling matter. He informed the Death Gun issues, trying to debate on how Death Gun could kill through the tamper-proof, safety-conscious AmuSphere. He and Kirito reasoned that such a feat was impossible, but he persuaded Kirito to investigate for a big reward.
Pina Seiyuu: Izawa Shiori
Pina is included as a converted data from Sword Art Online. When Silica joined up with a party to get the famous Holy Sword Excalibur from the underground dungeon, Pina is roofed as a team member to help obtain the famous sword.
Agil / Andrew Gilbert Mills Seiyuu: Yasumoto Hiroki
Agil doesn’t make an appearance in game through the series. In some episode, he shows to keep his cafe when Kirito has a meeting with others.
Seiyuu: Yamashita Daiki
Though suffering from cancer, Jun is an easy going person who always wears a smile on his face and always has a joke to tell. Because of his young age, he’s easily fired up when experiencing new things and is sometimes nervous when confronted with fearsome opponents. However, he is a capable fighter who boasts strong defensive and offensive skills due to him being a Salamander, making him a great addition to his guild.
Seiyuu: Tamaru Atsushi
Talken gets nervous while speaking with girls, as he stuttered while introducing himself to Asuna.
Seiyuu: Tano Asami
Nori is a medium-range, damage-dealer member of the Sleeping Knights.
An Shiun / Shiune
Seiyuu: Shimamura Yuu
Shiune is a kind at heart, but slightly sensitive and emotional also. Shiune isn’t as emotionally resilient as yuuki, as she was prepared to give up many times, but after meeting her and learning the she had been going through the same pain all her life, Shiune forced herself to fight.
Seiyuu: Kobushi Nobuyuki
Tecchi is a close-range, tank-build member of the Sleeping Knights.
Seiyuu: Kuwashima Houko
Urd is an NPC, the Queen of the Lake from Excalibur quest. But she isn’t using the set response routines, like normal NPCs. She’s connected to a language-engine module that’s near the core program. In other words, she’s been turned into an AI.
Seiyuu: Minaguchi Yuko
Freyja is helpless woman in Caliburn arc. She was locked upfor refusinga marriage requestwith Thrym.
Seiyuu: Iizuka Shouzou
Thrym is the King of the Frost Giants and final boss of the Calibur side story, Thrym is an AI that ALO’s Cardinal System produced from the actual Norse myth. However in a departure from usual NPCs, Thrym is one of few whose primary programming is linked to ALO’s language engine to be a more realistic character.
Seiyuu: Nakahara Mai
Verdandi is made by Cardinal System’s Automated Quest Generation function, which based the character on a myth from Norse mythology. Unlike most quest NPCs, Verdandi’s primary programming is linked to the language engine component, therefore, rather than having a set response routine, she has a certain level of AI and is thus capable of much more flexibility in her dialogue routines as well as sounding a lot more realistic than a normal NPC.
Seiyuu: Fujita Saki
After Kirito’s party completed “The Holy Sword of the Ice Palace” quest by retrieving Excalibur from the plinth of Thrymheim, thus returning Jotunheimr to its original flourishing state, Skuld along with Urd and Verdandi, came to reward the fairies for their help. As the three sisters were going to leave, Klein all of a sudden jumped up and asked Skuld for her contact address. While her sisters continued to disappear, Skuld herself turned around and made an amused face, and she waved her hand again and sent something glittering to Klein. Afterwards, Skuld followed her sisters and disappeared from the view of the fairies.
Seiyuu: Genda Tessyo
When disguised as Freyja, Thor first appeared as if he was a helpless woman, however, after being freed, it was unveiled that he was actually a strong, determined person, as seen by how he refused to retreat to be able to get his lost treasure, and also how he responded to Thrym’s question about their marriage. After exposing his true form, Thor was revealed to be a revengeful personality, as shown by how he sensed about Thrym’s robbery of his hammer. But he’s shown to be a figure who awards others for their help, as he rewarded Klein, who had freed him from an ice cage, with the fairy-sized version of his hammer.
Spiegel / Shinkawa Kyouji
Seiyuu: Hanae Natsuki
Kyouji is a player of Gun Gale Online. He uses the AGI powered character, Spiegel. He’s Asada Shino’s friend and the one who introduced her to GGO. He’s a son of the director of a hospital. He later grows a hatred towards Zexceed and also other STR-oriented players, for destroying Spiegel’s development by recommending AGI as the best way to power provoking him to boost AGI, but being struggling to wield heavy guns due to his lack in STR. He also later grows a stalker attachment towards Shino, leading to him trying a homicide and suicide together with her, only to be foiled by Kirito, almost being killed along the way. He also played the role of Death Gun when Zexceed and Usujiro Takaro were wiped out. In the end, he and his brother were arrested by the police.
Pale Rider is one of the participants of the 3rd Bullet of Bullets competition in the Gun Gale Online. Pale Rider is a STR-type player, who had three dimensional ability to move. Pale Rider was a tall, skinny male who used blue and white camouflage clothing. Because of his black helmet, his face cannot be seen.
Seiyuu: Tsuruoka Satoshi
Dyne is a mindful player who only leads his squadron to fight weaker enemies and would order his squadron to retreat if there is even a minuscule sign of threat. Dyne is also a hypocrite, as he adversely talks about monster hunting players becoming too predictable due to only fighting monsters at all time and thus not having any pride, yet he himself attempts to ambush such a party similarly.
Seiyuu: Katsu Anri
Ginrou is a cocky player, as he underestimates the power of his enemies and feels that he can simply keep them occupied at close range to stall for time. Ginrou is also someone who attempts to hit on women, though has never succeeded in both the virtual world and real life.
Zexceed / Shigemura Tamotsu
Seiyuu: Kamiya Hiroshi
Zexceed is a deceitful and cunning person, as he spread fake rumors about AGI-build avatars being the best, even though he realized himself that STR-build avatars would have an advantage in the long run, thus misleading players and weakening his competition. He is also an overconfident person, as he believed that he could repeat his success in the future with the same strategy.
Seiyuu: Shinomiya Gou
Yamikazi is an AGI-type player in Gun Gale Online and a participant in the 2nd and 3rd Bullet of Bullets.
Seiyuu: Hikasa Yoko
Endou is a manipulative person who contacted Shino and pretended to be her good friend just to be able to use Shino’s home for personal use and as a spot to stay overnight after getting drunk.
Seiyuu: Kiuchi Hidenobu
Kurahashi is Yuuki’s doctor since she was little and has been assisting her to defeat HIV. He is the one who recommended using the Medicuboid to the family.
Kojirou Rinko was the person who took care of Heathcliff’s body while he was diving. She was working on full-device technology at the same lab.
Sword Art Online II Deep Information
The first 14 episodes of the second season is an adaptation of volumes five and six the light novels that cover the Phantom Bullet arc. Episodes 15 to 17 cover the Calibur arc from volume 8 of the novels, with episodes 18 to 24 covering volume 7 of the novels, the Mother’s Rosario arc.
Bullet of Bullets (BoB) is the largest recurring Player versus Player (PvP) tournament that takes place in Gun Gale Online. Players stay in lobby and waiting the countdown. Once the countdown hits 0, all the entrants there will be automatically transferred to a battlefield containing them and their first-round opponent. The field is a one-kilometer square region. The terrain, weather, and time are random. Players will start a minimum of five hundred meters apart, and once the match ends, the winner is sent back to the lobby. The loser is sent to the first-floor hall. For the losers, there aren’t any random equipment drops.
It’s a battle royal on a single map with thirty players. Starting locations are random, but players will be at least a thousand meters from every other player. The main tournament map is ten kilometers in diameter. It has mountains, forests, and deserts. The stage also starts in the afternoon, so no one has an advantage or disadvantage due to equipment or stat type. The participants automatically receive an item called a “satellite scan terminal.” The idea is that a spy satellite passes over the stage once every fifteen minutes. Then it transmits the location information of each player on the map to the terminal.
After Gun Gale Online incident, Shinkawa Kyouji and his brother, Shouichi, were arrested. Souichi’s testimony made the existence of another conspirator clear. The third Death Gun, Kanamoto Atsushi, is still on the run, but Kikuoka says it’s only a matter of time until he’s caught. Death Gun began when Shouichi purchased a cape, which could make someone invisible, in a real-money trade. Using that cape and binoculars, Shouichi began to fanatically collect other players’ information. Meanwhile, his brother, Kyouji, was having trouble leveling his character. Spiegel (Shouichi) was an AGI type, and he hated Zexceed for previously saying that AGI was the most important stat, while he shifted to a STR/VIT-based build.
When Shouichi heard this, he told Kyouji Zexceed’s real name and address, and the two of them discussed how best to kill him. Even so, they say that at first they weren’t serious. But as they debated for days and days, the plan began to seem increasingly realistic. At last, they settled on stealing a dangerous drug and a master electronic key, used for opening doors in emergencies, from their dad’s hospital. They carefully researched their targets, focusing on people who lived alone, in places with weak security. Shouichi used this master code to enter the house of Zexceed, AKA Shigemura. They settled on a time to kill Shigemura’s character, while Kyouji logged in using his brother’s character, “Sterben.” He called himself “Death Gun,” and attacked Zexceed with a gun. The second victim, Lightly Salted Tarako, was killed in a near-identical manner. But GGO players didn’t get scared of Death Gun. They treated it as a joke. The perpetrators became infuriated, and decided to kill three different players in the BoB tournament. Their target were players who met the same conditions as the other murders: Pale Rider, Garrett, and Sinon.
Once, Jotunheimr was like Alfheim. It enjoyed the blessings of the World Tree, Yggdrasil, and was covered in beautiful water and greenery. The Queen, hill giants, their servants, and animals lived in peace. Below Jotunheimr is the land of frost, Niflheim. The King of the Frost Giants who rules that land, Thrym, snuck into this realm and cast Excalibur, the “sword which cuts all trees and iron,” into the Urd’s lake, at the center of the world. The sword cut the deepest root of the World Tree, and when it did, Jotunheimr was cut off from Yggdrasil’s bounties.
Thrym’s frost giants attacked Jotunheimr from Niflheim, en masse, building many fortresses and castles, and capturing and imprisoning the The Queen, the hill giants. They built a castle, Thrymheim, on the massive block of ice that used to be the lake of Urd, and they now rule this land. Urd and her two sisters escaped to the bottom of a frozen lake, but they lack the power they once had. The frost giants are not satisfied, however, and they are trying to kill all servants, the animals, that live in this land. If they succeed, the Queen’s power will vanish, and they will be able to elevate Thrymheim to Alfheim’s surface. King Thrym desires to cover Alfheim in snow, and rise to the top of the World Tree, Yggdrasil. He desires the golden apple said to grow there.
Thrym and his generals have grown upset at their inability to slay my servants, and have begun to ask for the help of firies, the players. He offers Excalibur as a prize, and his goal is to have their servants annihilated. But King Thrym has no intention of giving that sword to anyone. When Excalibur vanishes from Thrymheim, Yggdrasil’s bounties will return to this land, and that castle will melt and fall. Thrym probably plans to bestow the false sword, Caliburn, which look identical to Excalibur.
In one respect, Alfheim Online differs greatly from the other The Seed Projet VRMMOs. The Cardinal System operating the game is not a stipped-down version. It’s a copy of the full-spec version used in the former Sword Art Online. The original Cardinal System had an auto-generation system for quests. Via its networks, it gathered traditions and legends from all over the world, and used or rearranged terms and story patterns from them to generate infinite quests. According to the data in Yui’s archives, this quest and ALO itself are based on Norse mythology, which culminates in a so-called “final war.” Not only will the frost giants invade from Niflheim or Jotunheimr, but flame giants from an even lower level, Muspelheim will appear, and burn down the entire World Tree. An original Cardinal System has the access level necessary to destroy an entire map. Because the original Cardinal System’s last task was to destroy the floating castle, Aincrad. If they use the Cardinal System’s auto-backups, they will only be able to roll back player data, not field data.
Zekken is a strongest player in ALfheim Online, also means “Absolute Sword.” In the north of floor 24’s main town, there is a little island with the big tree. Everyday, at 15:00, Zekken stands there, and fight anyone who challenges her, one at a time. At first, there was a post on MMO Tomorrow’s message board, that she was seeking challengers. People wanted to teach this bratty newcomer to ALO a lesson, so the first day, about thirty or so showed up, but she beats them all. Her HP didn’t fall below seventy percent in any of the duels.
Medicuboid is something that’s currently being developed by the national government. It’s the code name for the world’s first medical full-dive system. For people with vision or hearing problems, that machine is truly a blessing. Because the Amusphere transmits sound and images directly to the brain, it isn’t only signal transmission, either. The Amusphere also has sensation-cancelers by sending an electromagnetic pulse, it can temporarily paralyze the nerves. In other words, it functions just like general anesthesia.
Amusphere and even NerveGear can’t cancel the pain from surgery or serious illnesses. So, the Medicuboid enhances the electromagnetic pulse’s output, and it’s combined with the bed, so we can cover everything from the brain to the entire spinal column. If this is put into use, it will change medicine forever. And with the Medicuboid’s specs, user could combine it with a camera to allow AR-image processing in real time. It truly is a dream machine, but it doesn’t treat the underlying illness. The place where it’s hoped it will have the most impact is terminal care, the treatment for terminal illnesses.