Sword Art Online -Extra Edition- review

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It’s not unusual for an anime series to feature a recap episode between seasons. For Sword Art Online, it was a special episode that takes place after episode 25, “The World Seed,” and the start of Sword Art Online II featuring plenty of flashbacks and girls in bathing suits.

Sword Art Online -Extra Edition- begins as Asuna, Ayano Keiko (Silica) and Shinozaki Rika (Liz) head towards the school’s pool to teach Suguha to swim. During this time Kazuto (Kirito) is supposed to have a meeting with the school counselor. It ends up being a trick to instead meet with Kikuoka Seijiro from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, who is currently in charge of finding the truth of what happened in Sword Art Online. Kirito then talks about his experiences of what happened in both games. It was first surviving the death game of Sword Art Online and defeating the man who was responsible for it, Akihiko Kayaba. He then talks about attempting to rescue Asuna in Alfheim Online at the same time the girls are talking about how they met Kirito in the game and their experiences.

Disc Spec

  • Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
  • Subtitles: English & Spanish
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Number of Disc: 1 Disc (Blu-ray)
  • Total Run Time: Approx. 140 min.

Bonus Contents

  • Sword Art Offline special episode (subtitled only)
  • Sword Art Online II trailer

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • 16-page booklet with episode information and artwork
  • Double-sided Poster

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Video/Audio

If anything, Sword Art Online has grown as the series progressed. Extra Edition really did a great job going back and improving some of the visuals from the earlier episodes for Blu-ray. Rather than being a full recap episode, it spreads itself around creating different locations and places with different atmospheres.

You can enjoy listening to the series in either English or Japanese audio with subtitles in English or Spanish. Like most of Aniplex titles, you are limited to Linear PCM Stereo 2.0, which still has amazing surround sound that lets you hear every scream, wave, and weapon clashes in battle, putting you right in the center of the action.

Extras

SAO -Extra Edition- includes a two-sided poster to enjoy as well as a 16-page book that looks at the character art and episode special. What really captured my eyes is the cover which is illustrated by Shingo Adachi.

After watching -SAO Extra Edition-, you can enjoy a special that originally only aired in Japan titled “Sword Art Offline Extra Edition.” Offline edition is a chibi-style variety style show where Asuna and Leafa are the hosts. They have some fun talking about SAO and mostly teasing and messing with Kirito. It’s about 20 minutess and is really cute and silly.

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Final Reaction

Overall Sword Art Online – Extra Edition- is a nice piece to have if you are a huge Sword Art Online fan. The price might be a bit too much for a one-hour special, even with all the beautiful extras. Overall it’s mainly recapping the first 25 episodes with like 45 minutes of it being original content. SAO EE can be purchased on rightstuf.com for $49.98 which is about the same price to buy another anime Blu-ray like Kill la Kill or Gurren Laggan which have 5-6 episodes a piece.

It’s one of those items that as a stand alone might be tough to justify due to lack of content. If you do buy it you won’t be that disappointed with what you get in terms of visuals and extras.

Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms

NR 3_5 Atoms - B-

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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.

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