The Excel Centre at the Royal Victoria Dock is currently heaving with cosplayers and plain-clothes enthusiasts who have flocked there from across the country for the MCM London Comic Con. As well as eager fans, various companies from across the United Kingdom are in attendance to show off their latest and upcoming wares – such as the Glasgow-based distributor Anime Limited, who announced the acquisition of a hot property this morning.
Sword Art Online II, Aniplex and A-1 Pictures’ second television anime adaptation of Reki Kawahara’s best-selling light novel series, will be released on DVD and blu-ray in the United Kingdom courtesy of Anime Limited. The company has tentatively scheduled for the first of four planned volumes for release this August, where it will be available as both as Collector’s Edition DVD/Blu-ray combi-pack and a Standard Edition DVD. The Collector’s Edition volumes will carry a recommended retail price of £39.99, with the Standard Edition DVD’s being £24.99.
The series’ first Collector’s Edition volume will include episodes 1-7 of the “Phantom Bullet” story arc that will be held in a digipack and stored in a rigid box, alongside a booklet exclusive to the Anime Limited release. There are also plans to include a storage box with enough room to store all four of the series’ volumes.
Following on from the events of the first series, Kirito is approached by a minister from the Japanese government who asks Kirito to investigate an unusual series of murders that may be connected to the Virtual Reality online game “Gun Gale Online” and an avatar called “Death Gun”, who claims that anyone shot with his gun in the game, will also die in real life.
Manga Entertainment UK released the first television anime series on DVD and blu-ray, while Yen Press are currently releasing the original light novel series.