Sword Art Online releases 10th Anniversary visual, announces J-pop singer Luna Haruna to attend November 2022 event

New Sword Art Online key visual for 10th Anniversary Event.
New Sword Art Online key visual for 10th Anniversary Event. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

On July 29, 2022, Sword Art Online’s official Twitter account unveiled a new visual by character designer Shingo Adachi for its 10th Anniversary Event, which features memorable characters from the anime series as well as original character Mito, who is Asuna’s friend in Sword Art Online the Movie Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night.

Eugeo also makes an appearance in the visual, which has many fans wondering if the franchise intends to eventually bring him back somehow. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Sword Art Online’s Twitter account also announced that J-pop singer and fashion model from Tokyo, Aya Ito (stage name Luna Haruna) will perform at the franchise’s 10th Anniversary Event scheduled to take place on November 6, 2022, in Tokyo, Japan.

Picture of Luna Haruna.
Picture of Luna Haruna. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Luna Maruna’s memorable collaborations with Sword Art Online

Luna Haruna’s second single “Overfly” was used as the second ending theme to the 2012 anime series Sword Art Online and was released on November 28, 2012. This is one of the most memorable songs that was used for the series and has gained more than 33 million views on YouTube!

You can listen to “Overfly” on Luna Haruna’s official YouTube channel here:

The official music video for Luna Haruna’s song “Overfly”.

Luna’s song “Startear” was used as the first ending theme song to Sword Art Online’s sequel Sword Art Online II. Her song “Yoru no Niji wo Koete” was used in the video game Sword Art Online: Lost Song. Her ninth single “Windia” served as the opening theme of the game Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization and was released on October 12, 2016.

On Feburary 22, 2017, Haruna collaborated with other talented artists: Kotoko, Haruka Tomatsu, Rika Mayama, Sachika Misawa and Akira from Disacode, on her mini album SxW EP. Haruna and Kotoko’s song “SxW: Soul World” was used as the theme song for the game Accel World VS. Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight.

What is Luna Haruna’s inspiration for singing anime theme songs?

In an interview with the Japanese entertainment website Nihongogo, Luna shared the inspiration behind her career as a singer specializing in singing anime opening and ending theme songs.

In terms of TV and anime, I grew up watching and singing the songs from Sailor Moon. I was also really inspired by artist Chiaki Ishikawa and the group ALI PROJECT. I was amazed by the power of music and song while watching these artists perform. Their performances inspired me to become a singer that could move people’s hearts.

Luna Haruna commented on the Nihongogo website.

What other artists will be at the franchise’s 10th Anniversary Event?

Other performers, who have all sung theme songs for the series, including Eir Aoi, ASCA, ReoNa, and Fiction Junction will perform the 10 Anniversary’s theme song “Sokyu no Fanfare” (Fanfare of the Blue Sky).

Where can I watch Sword Art Online?

In July 2012, the original Sword Art Online anime premiered in Japan and its sequel Sword Art Online II debuted in July 2014. In October 2018, Sword Art Online: Alicization premiered in Japan and was streaming on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Funimation Now. In July 2020, the anime’s final season Sword Art Online: Alicization: War of Underworld Part 2 premiered.

In October 2021, the first anime film in the Sword Art Online the Movie Progressive film series titled Sword Art Online the Movie Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night opened in Japan. In celebration of Sword Art Online’s 10th Anniversary the second film titled Sword Art Online the Movie Progressive: Scherzo of a Dark Dusk is set to premiere on September 10, 2022.

Are you looking forward to the Sword Art Online Full Dive 10th Anniversary Event? What about the upcoming movie Scherzo of a Dark Dusk? Let us know in the comment section below!

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