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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Aniplex To Release Sword Arts Online As Limited Blu-Ray And Standard DVD Editions!

To be honest, I have yet to watch a single episode of Sword Arts Online, but this may change that. Unlike Aniplex's previous Limited Editions, this is US based, and thus fit right at home with most people's budget!

The Blu-Rays will include some nice swag in the form of soundtrack CD's for Volumes 1 and 3, Cast interviews on Volumes 2 and 4, a 16 page booklet and more. Aniplex, please take my money!

Read the full PR after the break!

From Aniplex of America:

SANTA MONICA, CA (May 24, 2013) –Recently at their panel at Anime Boston, Aniplex
of America Inc. announced their release plans for the hit anime series Sword Art Online in
North America: 4 volumes per format, Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set and Standard
Edition DVD. Release dates are as follows:

Volume 1 – Aincrad Part 1 - August 13th
Volume 2 – Aincrad Part 2 - September 17th
Volume 3 – Fairy Dance Part 1 - October 15th
Volume 4 – Fairy Dance Part 2 - November 19th

All SKUs will be available for pre-order and purchase through rightstuf.com and Aniplex’s
official retailers (Aniplexusa.com/retailers) from May 28th. Each of the Limited Edition
Blu-ray Box Sets will come with tons of bonus materials including Original Soundtrack CD
(Vol.1 & 3) or Bonus DVD of English cast interviews (Vol.2 & 4), a deluxe 16 page
booklet, illustration pin-ups as well as exclusive collectible card from Bushiroad. In
addition, bonus contents on each Blu-ray discs will include audio commentary by creators
and Japanese cast, Special Animation “Sword Art OFFline”, and more. The Box Set will
also feature an exclusive rigid box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design), and
clear BD Cases with double-sided Japanese cover design. Both Blu-ray and DVD will have
Japanese and English dialog, English subtitles as well as Spanish subtitles.

Limited Edition Box Sets will be available while supplies last.

Sword Art Online Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set I features:
Video: 16:9 widescreen
Audio: Japanese & English dialogue
Subtitles: English and Spanish (*OP/ED themes and Bonus features have English subtitles only)
Episodes 1-7 (175 min.)
Trailer
1st Season Textless Opening

<Exclusive Bonus Materials and Special Packaging>
Original Soundtrack CD 1
Deluxe 16-page booklet
Illustration Pin-ups
Exclusive Collectible Card
Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
Clear BD cases with double-sided wraps of Japanese Cover Designs

Sword Art Online Standard Edition DVD Vol.1 features:
Video: 16:9 widescreen
Audio: Japanese & English dialogue
Subtitles: English and Spanish (*OP/ED themes and Bonus features have English subtitles only)
Episodes 1-7 (175 min.)
Trailer
1st Season Textless Opening

<Exclusive Bonus Materials and Special Packaging>
Mini pin-up poster
O-sleeve case
Clear DVD case with double-sided wrap of Japanese Cover Designs

All Sword Art Online Releases can be pre-ordered and purchased at:
Right Stuf: http://www.rightstuf.com/
Official Retailers: http://AniplexUSA.com/retailers

About Sword Art Online

"This is a game, but it isn't something you play."

-Sword Art Online Programmer Akihiko Kayaba
Sword Art Online is an anime adaptation of one of the most popular light-novel series
(Dengeki Bunko / ASCII MDIA WORKS) 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 NerveGear, 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 was excited for the release of the new Virtual Reality Massive
Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG), Sword Art Online, a.k.a. SAO.
But, when Kirito and all the other players logged on to SAO for the first time, they quickly
realized that something was not right. The creator of the game, Akihiko Kayaba, reveals to
them that they will not be able to leave the game world unless they defeat the final boss
atop a tower that is 100 floors high! To make things worse, Kayaba informs them that if a
player dies in the game, he or she will also die in the real world. Now Kirito must fight
along with players to defeat the boss and free everyone from Kayaba’s dreadful ploy. Kirito
and his friends will soon learn that Sword Art Online is more than just a game.
SwordArt-OnlineUSA.com

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