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Sword Art Online: Sets 1-4 Blu-rays

Posted May 24, 2013 11:25 PM by Webmaster

AniplexAniplex of America has announced and detailed the Blu-ray releases of the Sword Art Online anime series, which will be available via four Limited Edition sets scheduled to arrive monthly, beginning in August 2013. Each 3-disc set features special packaging and an array of bonus content.

Series Synopsis: Sword Art Online is an anime adaptation of one of the most popular light-novel series written by author Reki Kawahara. The story is set in a not-so-distant future where people are able to play video games more realistically with the emergence of the Nerve Gear, a virtual reality generating device, which the players wear to stimulate their senses to control their avatars in the world of the game. Kirito is an experienced player who is at first excited for the release of the new Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG), Sword Art Online, aka SAO. But when Kirito and all the other players log on to SAO for the first time, they quickly realize that things surrounding the game and its creator, Akihiko Kayaba, aren't what they appear to be.

Complete technical specifications have yet to be detailed. However, each set will include Japanese and English audio and optional English and Spanish subtitles.


Sword Art Online, Set I: Aincrad Part 1 (Street Date: August 13th)

Synopsis, Episodes 1-7: In the year 2022, a next-generation game known as Nerve Gear has been developed, making Full Dives into a virtual dimension possible. Nerve Gear: 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 game is inescapable unless all levels are cleared. And in this world, "Game Over" is equivalent to death in the real world.

    Bonus Content

    • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
    • Special Animation "Sword Art Offline", with English subtitles
    • 1st Season Textless Opening
    • Original Web Previews
    • Trailer

    Bonus Materials & Special Package

    • Original Soundtrack CD 1
    • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
    • Illustration Pin-ups
    • Exclusive Collectible Card
    • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
    • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design

Sword Art Online, Set II: Aincrad Part 2 (Street Date: September 17th)

Synopsis, Episodes 8-14: It's been two years since the players of Sword Art Online were trapped in its life-or-death adventure. As Kirito and Asuna get closer, Asuna starts to want distance from the Knights of the Blood, but her wish does not come easy. Kirito challenges Heathcliff to a duel to win Asuna's freedom but ends up joining the Knights of the Blood himself. The Assault Team launches an attack on the 75th floor boss, but they find the Skull Reaper to be an extremely tough foe. Meanwhile, Kirito begins to feel suspicious of Heathcliff's actions.

    Bonus Content

    • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
    • Special Animation "Sword Art Offline", with English subtitles
    • 1st Season Textless Ending
    • Original Web Previews

    Bonus Materials & Special Packaging

    • Bonus DVD: Staff Interview
    • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
    • Illustration Pin-ups
    • Exclusive Collectible Card
    • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
    • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design

Sword Art Online, Set III: Fairy Dance Part 1 (Street Date: October 15th)

Synopsis, Episodes 15-19: Although Kirito cleared SAO and returned to his real life, his adventure is far from over. Kirito finds that Asuna is in a coma in the hospital, and Nobuyuki Sugou of RECTO, the company that took over SAO, is trying to marry Asuna while she is unconscious. Hearing that Asuna has been spotted in a game called Alfheim Online (ALO), Kirito decides to dive into the virtual world once again. With the help of Leafa, Kirito rushes to the World Tree where Asuna is supposedly imprisoned.

    Bonus Content

    • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
    • Special Animation "Sword Art Offline", with English subtitles
    • Original Web Previews
    • 2nd Season Textless Opening

    Bonus Materials & Special Packaging

    • Original Soundtrack CD 2
    • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
    • Illustration Pin-ups
    • Exclusive Collectible Card
    • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
    • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design

Sword Art Online, Set IV: Fairy Dance Part 2 (Street Date: November 11th)

Synopsis, Episodes 20-25: Kirito and Leafa have finally reached Central Arun, the largest city in Alfheim by the foot of the World Tree. Kirito is determined to face the dangers of the Grand Quest to rescue Asuna. With the support of the Sylphs and the Cat Sídhes, Kirito will face the dangerous Grand Quest. Will Kirito save Asuna in time or will he be crushed by Oberon's evil plans?

    Bonus Content

    • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
    • Special Animation "Sword Art Offline", with English subtitles
    • Original Web Previews
    • 2nd Season Textless Ending

    Bonus Materials & Special Packaging

    • Bonus DVD: English Cast Interview
    • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
    • Illustration Pin-ups
    • Exclusive Collectible Card
    • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
    • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design



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News comments (9 comments)



KamiAmaya
  May 25, 2013
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Hmm, wonder why they didn't release just a season 1 box set.
Do want, but I'm worried what the prices are going to be.
insomniac013
  May 25, 2013
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^Be prepared to shell out at least 360 dollars for the complete series!

nicorcano
  May 25, 2013
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Awesome, I loved this show. Excited for a second season,so I'll be definitely be picking each of these up.
KillerJuan77
  May 25, 2013
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Those sets look incredible, so it's a shame that they are probably going to be expensive beyond belief.

KamiAmaya
  May 25, 2013
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@insomniac013, That's exactly what I'm worried about.
When are they going to realize most Americans will not pay that for anime >_<

EricJ
  May 26, 2013
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It's made by the studio, so more likely a "prestige" item than, say Funimation picking up the series.
So, are partial-season sets becoming the replacement for those single disks that anime fans started avoiding to buy the Complete Series boxes instead? SAO only ran two seasons, so it's likely we'll see something more complete down the road.

(And was the second half of the series story any good? I've only gotten partway through the first half, but the "Fairy Dance" half of the series looks like it has extra-season jumped-shark written all over it.)

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Cplhicks
  May 26, 2013
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Too bad they are way too expensive. I wanted to see this series too. Oh well.

Nameraka
  May 27, 2013
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> (And was the second half of the series story any good? I've only gotten partway through the first half, but the "Fairy Dance" half of the series looks like it has extra-season jumped-shark written all over it.)

Pretty much. The first season, for all its faults, was at least fun to watch. The second season... wasn't so much.
KaineKinetic
  May 27, 2013
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Seems like .hack//Sign on a wider scale.
I've seen the first episode. It was good.
I'll need to see more before final judgement is passed.


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