Sword Art Online Premieres Tonight on Toonami

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

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Sword Art Online Kirito   Sword Art Online Asuna

It’s not every day that a new series is added to the Toonami line-up, but Sword Art Online will premiere tonight at 2:00 AM EST. Originally scheduled to debut sometime in August, the series will be shown with Aniplex’s new English dub. Bryce Papenbrook (Masaomi Kida in Durarara!!, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist) voices Kirito while Cherami Leigh (Lucy Heartfilia in Fairy Tail, Shana in Shakugan no Shana) will be voicing Asuna.

Sword Art Online follows series protagonist Kirito, a teenage boy who logs into a virtual reality MMORPG and soon learns that he can’t log out. Thousands of other players are locked into the game too, and if their HP reaches zero they will die in real life. When it premiered last year in Japan, Sword Art Online was almost an instant hit with a global audience. Between this year’s Anime Boston and Otakon anime conventions, multiple guests who’ve worked on the series have made or will be making an appearance. Aniplex of America will be releasing the series on DVD and limited edition Blu-ray boxsets starting next month.

I covered SAO last year as the series premiered in Japan, and other members of the oprainfall staff have covered the PSP game Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment. We’re interested to hear your thoughts on the English dub after it premieres on Toonami, so share them below!

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[Former Staff] Jared is a recent graduate from Fitchburg State University where he studied communications, video production, and English. He enjoys playing video games, watching anime, writing, and of course pizza. His favorite games are Shadow of the Colossus and Final Fantasy IX, but he can’t possibly choose a favorite anime. Jared enjoys following the games industry and observing what will happen next, and he puts out an invitation for discussion on these topics. He loves a great story in these mediums and prefers a stronger narrative design over most features. Jared is personally responsible for creating and managing the Anime section of the website, and hopes to inspired and entertain with everything he writes.