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Madman Announces Sword Art Online 2014 Exhibition Tour

Exhibition showcasing Sword Art Online to premiere at Perth Wai-con in March before touring Australia;

The Sword Art Online exhibition will give fans an inside look at the show by showcasing original artwork pieces covering character designs, storyboards, animation frames and more. The exhibition will also include a photo area for fans to take photos with the heroes of Sword Art Online, Kirito and Asuna, and ‘Lisabeth's Smith Shop’ where official Sword Art Online merchandise will be available.

The exhibition has been organised in conjunction with Aniplex of America and will be touring select cities across Australia in 2014. If you want to visit the Sword Art Online exhibition you simply purchase a ticket to attend the partner event (Wai-Con and Supanova) and entry to the exhibition is then free. There will be more locations for the exhibition announced in the future but the currently announced dates are as follows;

  • Wai-Con
    1st and 2nd of March 2014 - Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
    www.wai-con.org.
  • Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Gold Coast
    5th and 6th of April 2014 - Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
    www.supanova.com.au
  • Supanova Pop Culture Expo - Melbourne
    12th and 13th of April 2014 - Melbourne Showgrounds.
    www.supanova.com.au

The Wai-Con premiere dovetails nicely with their announcement of special guest Bryce Papenbrook, the voice of Kirito in SAO, now attending the convention.

Wai-Con will be taking place on the 1st and 2nd of March 2014 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in Perth, Western Australia and this will be the 10th year the event has run. Tickets are available online and if you would like further information please visit their website.

If you wish to view Madman Entertainment's announcement, you can do so on their website.

Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online adapts Reki Kawahara's (Accel World) light novel series of the same name. 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.

SAO was produced by A-1 Pictures under the direction of Tomohiko Ito (Occult Academy) with art direction by Takayuki Nagashima and Yusuke Takeda (Giant Robo, Eden of the East) and music by Yuki Kajiura (Fate/Zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica).

Since the 26 episode series conclusion, Madman Entertainment has streamed the entire series through their Screening Room and have started to release the series to DVD with a Blu-Ray release planned in the near future.

The series has also spawned an additional Christmas episode called Sword Art Online: Extra Edition which encompasses a clip show and additional adventure with the cast in Alfheim. The follow on, Sword Art Online II that will continue to follow the plot of the light novels was announced after the airing of Extra Edition in December.


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