Sword Art Online will air on Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block this August. The series has a similar premise to the .hack series. It features a virtual reality system known as “Nerve Gear” that completely immerses players in “Sword Art Online,” an MMORPG where dying in the game means dying in real-life.
This will be the first airing of the English dub by Aniplex but the entire series is already available with English subtitles on streaming websites: Hulu and Crunchyroll.
Hideki Goto, president of Aniplex, said in a statement that his company is set to “reach out to the new fans that have not been able to watch the series yet.”