Aniplex to bring Sword Art Online II Guests to Anime Expo

Aniplex of America to bring Sword Art Online II Guests to Anime Expo for US Premiere Screening Event
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SANTA MONICA, CA (May 17, 2014) – Aniplex of America Inc. has just announced that multiple guests from the animation series Sword Art Online will be attending Anime Expo 2014 in Los Angeles as Guests of Honor: Reki Kawahara (Author) and abec (Original Illustration and Character Design Concept). Both guests will be participating in panels, autograph sessions and special events throughout Anime Expo weekend. Please see the Anime Expo schedule for official times.

Immediately following the worldwide announcement in France by Producer Shinichiro Kashiwada, Aniplex of America has also confirmed that the US Premiere Screening Event of Sword Art Online II will be held at Anime Expo. This event is scheduled for Friday July 4th  and will include a variety of Sword Art Online contents. The US event will coincide with the other premiere events taking place in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

Sword Art Online II is scheduled to begin airing in Japan on July of this year. Details regarding streaming schedules and platforms will be announced at a later date.

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Sword Art Online Featured Guests

Reki KawaharaReki Kawahara

Reki  Kawahara  made  his  debut  with  his  published  work  Accel World(published by ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko) in 2008, which won the 15th  Dengeki Bunko Prize. Along with Accel World, he has been writing his popular work Sword Art Online (SAO) since 2002. The accumulative number of his books sold has exceeded ten million  copies  and  is  still  increasing.  The  Animated  TV  Series  of Sword  Art  Online  broadcasted  in  Japan  in  2012  and  instantly became a big hit. This will be Kawahara’s first visit to Anime Expo.



Original   Illustration   and   Character   Design   Concept   of Sword Art Online.



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-favorite Blu-ray and DVD releases such as Bakemonogatari, Durarara!!, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the Garden of Sinners, Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist,  Fate/Zero,  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  KILL  la  KILL,  MEKAKUCITY  ACTORS,  The  irregular  at  magic  high  school, Mushi-Shi (The Sequel), Nanana’s Buried Treasure, Nisekoi, World Conquest Zvezda Plot, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, Samurai Flamenco, Silver Spoon, and Oreimo 2.