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Aniplex of America began streaming a five-minute video interview with Sword Art Online and Accel World creator Reki Kawahara on Friday. Kawahara will be attending Sakura-Con in Seattle on March 29-31. In the interview, Kawahara discusses the popularity of Sword Art Online outside of Japan, what he is looking forward to during his visit to Seattle, and he also commented on some pictures of North American cosplayers. The interviewer mentions the show's simulcast in the U.S., and noted that the series is "approaching 10 million views."

Kawahara's Sakura-Con appearance will mark his first trip to North America.

Sources: ANN, Aniplex

Reki Kawahara is known for his Accel World and Sword Art Online novels.

Accel World

In 2046, people can access a virtual network known as the Neurolinker via their cellphone terminals. A perpetual victim of bullying, middle school student Haruyuki spends his time absorbed in games in a corner of his local network. One day he is approached by the most famous girl in his school, Kuroyukihime (Black Snow Princess). She gives him a strange program called Brain Burst that has the power to "accelerate the world."

Sword Art Online

The players of a virtual reality MMORPG, Aincrad Online, are trapped and fighting for their very lives. After it is announced that the only way to leave the game is by beating it, Kirito—a very powerful swordsman—and his friends take on a quest to free all the minds trapped in Aincrad.

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