News Sword Art Online Anime Slated for 1/2 Year Next July
posted on 2011-12-10 12:40 EST
ASCII Media Works' official website for the anime adaptation of Reki Kawahara's light novel series Sword Art Online announced on Saturday that the two-cours (two-quarter or half-year) anime will premiere in Japan next July. Kawahara launched the light novels with illustrations by abec in 2009, and Kadokawa Group Publishing released the eighth volume in August.
The site also confirmed that the drama CD's cast members are reprising their roles for the anime. Tomohiko Ito (Occult Academy) is directing the anime at A-1 Pictures with character designs by Shingo Adachi (Megaman Star Force, Wagnaria!!).
The story revolves around a boy named Kazuto "Kirito" Kirigaya who enters a virtual-reality, massively multi-player online (MMO) world called "Sword Art Online." There is no escape from this world unless the player clears the game, but "game over" means the death of the player.