Source: Aniplex of America

Aniplex of America announced that Sword Art Online II will air on Adult Swim’s Toonami block. The series will begin airing on March 28, 2015 at 1:00AM (Eastern & Pacific), with new episodes running weekly.

Currently, Naruto Shippuden airs in the 1:00AM slot.



February 14, 2015

Sword Art Online II to Debut on TOONAMI This March



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Kirito Returns in the Hit Sequel on the Adult Swim Saturday Night Lineup!

SANTA MONICA, CA (February 14, 2015) –Fans at Katsucon (National Harbor, MD) were ready to “Link Start!” when Aniplex of America surprised them with their announcement today that Sword Art Online II will be debuting on TOONAMI, the animation programming block that airs on Adult Swimeach Saturday night, on March 28th from 1:00AM (PST/EST). This will be the second announcement this year by Aniplex of America of their licensed title to air on national television since

KILL la KILL premiered on TOONAMIon Febraury 7th. The highly anticipated second season ofSword Art Online makes its return to the Saturday late night lineup since the first season ended in 2014.

The all-star English dub cast returns in Sword Art Online II, including Bryce Papenbrook (Blue Exorcist, DURARARA!!) playing Kirito, Cherami Leigh (Blue Exoricst, Baccano!) as Asuna, Cassandra Lee Morris (Madoka Magica, Blue Exorcist) as Leafa, Sarah Anne Williams (Madoka Magica, KILL la KILL) as Lisbeth, Christine Marie Cabanos (Madoka Magica, KILL la KILL) as Silica, Kirk Thornton (Blue Exorcist) as Klein and Stephanie Sheh (Blue Exorcist, KILL la KILL) as Yui. Aniplex of America confirmed that Michelle Ruff (GURREN LAGANN, DURARARA!!) will be joining the star-studded cast as Sinon in the sequel.

About Sword Art Online II

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.

For details on Sword Art Online II, please visit:


Original Story: Reki Kawahara (Dengeki Bunko / ASCII MEDIA WORKS)

Original Illustration & Character Design Concept: abec

Director: Tomohiko Ito

Character Design: Shingo Adachi

Sub Character Design: Yu Yamashita

Chief Animation Director: Shingo Adachi, Yu Yamashita

Action Animation Director: Ryuta Yanagi, Tetsuya Takeuchi

Gun Animation Director: Satoshi Mori, Yu Aoki

Main Animator: Kengo Matsumoto

Monster Design: Ryuta Yanagi

Prop Design: Shinobu Tsuneki, Takahiro Ishimoto, Harumi Takagi

Art Director: Yusuke Takeda, Takayuki Nagashima

Art Setting: Yoshinori Shiozawa

Conceptual Art: Sotaro Hori (CyDesignation)

Color Design: Kazuko Nakajima

CGI Director: Ryuta Undo

Director of Photography: Atsushi Usuda, Gaku Hirooka

Editing: Shigeru Nishiyama

Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami

Effects: Yasuyuki Konno

Sound Production: Dax Production

Music: Yuki Kajiura

Project Supervising: GENCO

Animation Production: A-1 Picutres

Produced by: SAO II Project

CAST (Japanese/English)

Kirito: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka / Bryce Papenbrook

Sinon: Miyuki Sawashiro / Michelle Ruff

Asuna: Haruka Tomatsu / Cherami Leigh

Yui: Kanae Ito / Stephanie Sheh

Silica: Rina Hidaka / Christine M Cabanos

Lisbeth: Ayahi Takagaki / Sarah Anne Williams

Agil: Hiroki Yasumoto / Patrick Seitz

Klein: Hiroaki Hirata / Kirk Thornton

ADR Director: Alex von David

About Aniplex of America Inc.

Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favoriteBlu-ray and DVD releases such as Sword Art Online, KILL la KILL, Bakemonogatari, Durarara!!,Fate/zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the Garden of sinners, Blue Exorcist, Anohana: The Movie, Silver Spoon, OREIMO 2, Blast of Tempest, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Oreshura, and Vividred Operation. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles Sword Art Online II, ALDNOAH.ZERO, Persona4 the Golden ANIMANTION, MEKAKUCITY ACTORS, The irregular at magic high school, Mushi-Shi Next Passage, Nanana’s Buried Treasure, NISEKOI, World Conquest Zvezda Plot, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, and Samurai Flamenco.

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