Sword Art Online II Set 4: Mother’s Rosario review

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Sword Art Online II comes to an end with the final arc, Mother’s Rosario. While the Gun Gale Online arc is easily the most enjoyable arc in the series, Mother’s Rosario is easily the most memorable thanks in part to a very touching story centered around a new character, Konno Yuuki.

After the events of the previous arc, -Calibur-, Asuna and Kirito learn that a new area in ALfheim Online is about to be available. It was once part of the Sword Art Online server and contains an area where the two lived together with Yui for a short time. After deciding with their team that they should reclaim the area they once called home, Kirito and the rest of the group hear about a powerful player named Zekken, who apparently has yet to be beaten and poses a powerful skill. Asuna, after learning that a few members of her party have already faced this player and lost, decides to challenge Zekken, who ends up being a young powerful girl. She ends up befriending Zekken and asking her for a favor and joins her team known as the Sleeping Knights, who wish to clear a dungeon boss with a small team and make their names known as quickly as possible before time runs out.

I rather enjoyed how everything came together. While there were a few parts of the story that seemed a little too convenient in terms of plot, the character interaction and Yuuki’s personality are really the star of this arc. You’ll get to enjoy the character who comes out of nowhere and makes her mark strongly as she becomes the main focus, with Asuna letting Kirito taking a step away. It has a pretty touching ending and adds some nice action that was missing in the last arc.

Movie Rating: 4/5 AtomsNR 4 Atoms - B

Video

Sword Art Online II is presented in 1080p with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Both Sword Art Online and Sword Art Online II did a great job of introducing us to four different worlds. Each world we visited in the course of the series had their own unique look and style based on the different types of game. The things that really brought everything together were the characters and locations that appeared, along with the colors that represented those worlds, which had contrasting colors that looked beautiful on Blu-ray with sharp and crisp colors.

Video Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B

Audio

Sword Art Online 2 features dual audio options presented in Japanese PCM 2.0 Language and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Language. The final arc of the series has a softer, sadder tone towards the end, and the two different voice tracks make a big difference based on your preference. For me, the Japanese track had a more powerful feel when mixed with some great music. The final scenes had some of the best moments of the series in terms of audio that leave a strong impression.

Audio Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B

Special Features

Disc Specs:

  • Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
  • Subtitles: English & Spanish
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Episodes: Episodes 18-24 (7 episodes)
  • Total Run Time: 175 min
  • Number of Disc: 2 (1 Blu-ray Disc + 1 Soundtrack CD)
  • Rating: 13 UP

The Sword Art Online II Set 4 Limited Edition includes:

• Bonus CD: SAO Radio -USA- #2 by English voice cast
• 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

The final Limited Edition set includes what I like to call the standard Aniplex extras (Weiss card, booklet, and postcard set), along with a bonus CD featuring SAO Radio #2 which focuses on the voice actors talking about their characters, favorite episodes and working on the series. I wasn’t a big fan of the first SAO Radio #1 which came with set two. It’s a nice listen but it’s not something I would ever listen to again; I felt the same about #2.

The two items I really enjoyed in set four Limited Edition were the illustrated case from abec. It looks amazing and features Asuna and Yuuki together with the rest of the Sleeping Knights on the front. What really stands out about it is the character designs and the coloring. While I really enjoyed the darker colors of the first two sets, set four is easily the best out of all of them. It includes a heart logo on the back of the box. The second thing I enjoyed about this set is the amusing Special Animation “Sword Art Offline”.

Special Features Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B

Final Reaction

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Mother’s Rosario is a strong ending to the Sword Art Online II series. While the series overall didn’t catch the action and suspense of the original, it still is a great watch especially the first half. While I would have loved to see more of the characters that were already established in the original series, Sinon and Yuuki made very strong impressions, even more than Asuna.

While we’ve seen more and more companies releasing anime set around the concept of virtual video games, SAO, like .Hack, did a great job of making it enjoyable and fun while also having a powerful message, a message about how games can help them cope with real life and how technology allows them to do things they may not ever be able to do.

Overall Rating: 4/5 Atoms

NR 4 Atoms - B

Sword Art Online II Set 4 Blu-Ray – $69.98

Sword Art Online II Set 4 Limited Edition – $89.98

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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.