In a surprise move, terrestrial channel TV5 has aired the second season of the highly-popular anime series Sword Art Online on Saturday, after finishing the airing of the show’s first season last week.
The channel also aired the original video animation (OVA) adaptation of the popular drama series Fushigi Yuugi on its highly-popular “AniMEGA” block, despite the fact that the television anime adaptation continues to air.
Sword Art Online II airs Every Weekend mornings at 09:30am, while Fushigi Yuugi OVA airs Every Weekend mornings at 10:30am.
Sword Art Online II
One year after the SAO incident was resolved, Kazuto Kirigaya is adjusting to a normal life once again as best he can. He thinks all that death is finally behind him, until he is approached with some startling information. In the wildly popular pro shooter MMO Gun Gale Online, an ominous player has shot players in the game, and the same players mysteriously turned up dead in real life. Kazuto feels himself being pulled in as if by the shadow of SAO and agrees to investigate. He must now tread back into the dark world of his past with the help of the troubled, ice-cold sniper Shinon as he searches for the player who only refers to himself as “Death Gun.” (Synopsis from Anime News Network)
Sword Art Online II is the second anime adaptation of the Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec, which is being serialized by ASCII Media Works under the Dengki Bunko imprint. The manga series currently is running since April 2009, and currently has 15 volumes.
Director Tomohiko Ito and character design artist Shingo Atachi returned to work on the second series, which was produced by A-1 Pictures.