Sword Art Online II Set 2 Limited Edition review

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Kirito has learned that the man known as Death Gun is also a survivor of Sword Art Online, and worst of all, he was a member of a guild of murderers known as the Laughing Coffin. Seeing his tattoo caused him to remember that he had killed two people himself in the fight to stop Laughing Coffin from killing anyone else. The series takes a bit of a darker tone, and with the finals of the third Bullet of Bullets tournament about to happen, Kirito has no choice but to fight and face his fears to save everyone involved, including Sinon, who may be a target of Death Gun.

Right from the start, the battles intensify as Kirito and Sinon end up teaming up together to take down Death Gun and find out his character’s name, but at the same time, try to stop him from killing everyone else. However, it seems Death Gun is a very strong player, possibly stronger than Kirito. Through all this, Sinon is forced to push through her fears if she hopes to survive, not just in the game, but in real life. It seems it’s thanks to Kirito that she is able to move forward, whether she likes it or not.

While not the greatest story, it does do a great job of dealing with the concept of mortality and how people deal with different types of trauma in their life while keeping you entertained at the same time.

Movie Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B
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Video

Blu-ray is definitely the way to go with this series with its 1080p and 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. For me, the episodes in this set are actually some of the best action sequences in all of Sword Art Online. With episodes set on a huge battlefield that take place in different locations, you can really see the detail and colors very clearly with no visual imperfections. You get some great dark colors in these episodes, especially due to the darker setting of this part of the series and the character Death Gun.

Video Rating: 4.5/5 Atoms

NR 4_5 Atoms - A-

Audio

Sword Art Online 2 features dual audio options presented in Japanese PCM 2.0 Language and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Language. Both options offer clear and rich sounds which are important in a series that features heavy dialogue, powerful music to set the mood and loud bangs in the battle scenes. It never overpowers each other, including scenes where even the slightest noise can give away enemy positions in military shooters.

Sword Art Offline and the audio commentary itself are only featured in Japanese, but you can enjoy the 8 episodes in English if you prefer it.

Audio Rating: 4/5 Atoms      

NR 4 Atoms - B(1)

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Special Features

The Sword Art Online II Set 2 Limited Edition includes:

Bonus CD: SAO Radio -USA- Parts 1 & 2 
Exclusive Weiss Schwarz Collectible PR Card
24-Page Deluxe Booklet
• Postcard Set 
Illustrated case designed by abec (Original Character Designer)
Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast 
Special Animation “Sword Art Offline”
Textless ending
• Original Web Previews

After watching the series, you can enjoy more of with the extras, like watching Sword Art Offline (which is a variety-style short that takes a look at scenes from the main series and to add a bit more depth). It’s one of my favorite things to watch since it’s pretty silly and you see the character’s tease each other quite a bit. On top of that, the animation for it is pretty great since it uses the characters in chibi form. Aside from that, you also have access to textless endings and trailers for the show.

I wasn’t impressed with this Limited Edition Set as I was the previous one. While it’s still easily worth the extra $20 on top of the price of the regular Blu-ray edition (especially for the hardcover case designed by abec), the Radio SAO bonus disc is something you wouldn’t listen to more than once, really. I still listen to the music CD that came with the last set over and over, and while I don’t mind listening to Bryce Papenbrook (Kirito), Cherami Leigh (Asuna), Michelle Ruff (Sinon) and Ben Diskin (Death Gun) converse for about an hour about their favorite episodes and read fan questions, I don’t think I’ll be listening to it again anytime soon

Special Features Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B(1)

When I first saw GGO (Gun Gale Online), I thought of the old saying, never bring a sword to a gunfight. I guess that saying doesn’t count if you are an overpowered player wielding what looks like a lightsaber named Kirito. GGO had to be in my opinion the best arc of the Sword Art Online series, since it introduced my favorite character in the series, Sinon, and has the coolest-looking world in terms of design. The most touching part of the series is next with “Mother’s Rosario,” but gone is the awesome world of GGO as we head back to ALO (ALfheim Online).

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Atoms

NR 4_5 Atoms - A-

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.