Sword Art Online Season II Character Designs Emerge

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With the final two volumes of the hit anime series Sword Art Online due to go on sale in the UK in the coming months from Manga Entertainment, fans attention is now shifting to the recent news that a second series of the show is now in production in Japan.

Titled Sword Art Online II the anime is said to be focusing on the Phantom Bullet arc in the manga series by Reki Kawahara. This information is now thought to have been all but confirmed when Japanese magazine Dengeki Bunko presented a first look at the series. The Phantom Bullet arc is set inside yet another MMO this time called Gun Gale Online. As you can gather from the name it is primarily focused on guns, but that is not all as it also has knives and even light saber type weaponry in it. The story centres around the main character Kirito investigating a connection between the in-game death and real world death of players of Gun Gale Online. Just like the past two arcs he is aided by a female character, who in this story is called Sinon (the blue haired girl in the images). The seemingly female looking character in the long black jacket is thought to be that of Kirito, whose avatar this time is female. This however is explained in the manga as being caused by the nervegear mis-interpreting an impulse in the character’s brain waves, thus leading him to appear as the rare M9000 series which is known for its ambiguous gender qualities.

The other images found in the magazine seem to show a selection of character designs, including a nurse, a cowboy and a cyborg looking character and also a few sketches of what look to be one of the primary weapons and its accompanying scope. 

There is no news on the actual release date as yet, except that it will be released in 2014. If the series follows the release plan of the first season in 2012, then it would be safe to assume that we could see the new series debut in July.

What are your thoughts on the release of the second series images? What would you like to see in the anime? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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