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Baltimore, MD (July 25, 2013) – Here is a rare opportunity to own an original poster featuring Sword Art Online at Otakon 20.

Otakon in collaboration with Aniplex of America have come together again to help raise funds for continuing tsunami relief in Japan. In exchange for a small minimum donation ($5), Otakon is offering a Limited Edition poster featuring Sword Art Online courtesy of Aniplex of America. All the proceeds for this promotion will be donated to the Japan Red Cross. The poster featuring Sword Art Online is an original design by Otakon guest Shingo Adachi and features Otakon mascots Hiroko and Hiroshi cosplaying as the characters from SAO. This poster will only be available at Otakon 2013.

This year’s Otakon Convention Chairman, Terry Chu, stated that, "We're incredibly happy and honored by the art that Shingo Adachi and Aniplex have presented to us. We're also glad we can support Japan and the continuing efforts towards Tsunami Relief. It's absolutely wonderful to see the Otakon mascots in this rendition, and the poster will be on my wall shortly after the convention."

Donations for posters will be available at the Otakon merchandise table in the Dealers Room while supplies last but donations will are gladly accepted at any time. Limit one poster per donation and one poster per person.

Originally airing in Japan from July through December, 2012, Sword Art Online is an original story by Reki Kawahara developed into TV series directed by Tomohiko Ito (Silver Spoon) and produced by A-1 Pictures.

In the year 2022, a next-generation game known as "NerveGear" has been developed, making Full Dives into a virtual dimension possible. "NerveGear" The world's first true VRMMORPG. "Sword Art Online (SAO)" has generated worldwide buzz, and on its official launch day, one player, Kirito, immerses himself in its virtual world. But Akihiko Kayaba, the developer of SAO, proclaims the following to all players: “This game is inescapable unless all levels are cleared. And in this world, "Game Over" is equivalent to death in the real world.”

With the popularity of the series growing worldwide, Aniplex of America has recently announced plans of releasing the series to the US audience with the first Blu-Ray and DVD sets to be released August 13, 2013. Also, Sword Art Online will be featured on Toonami starting on July 27, 2013.

For more information about this title please visit www.swordart-onlineusa.com.

There will be an “Art of Sword Art Online” panel happening on Saturday of the Otakon convention featuring Shingo Adachi and Tetsuya Kawakami.

Otakon 2013 will be held August 9-11 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

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