Aniplex to Release Sword Art Online on DVD, Blu-Ray


Aniplex to Release the Hit Anime Series Sword Art Online
in a Limited Edition Blu-ray and DVD Sets
Sword Art Online Boxart - 20130528
Cover Art Subject to Change
©REKI KAWAHARA/ASCII MEDIA WORKS/SAO Project

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

Product number and UPC bar code
Title
Street Date
SKU #
UPC
SRP
Store
price
Sword Art Online
Limited Edition
Blu-ray Box Set 1
August 13
AOA-2901B
850527003325
$112.98
$89.98
Sword Art Online
Limited Edition
Blu-ray Box Set 2
September 17
AOA-2902B
850527003349
$112.98
$89.98
Sword Art Online
Limited Edition
Blu-ray Box Set 3
October 15
AOA-2903B
850527003363
$112.98
$89.98
Sword Art Online
Limited Edition
Blu-ray Box Set 4
November 11
AOA-2904B
850527003387
$112.98
$89.98

Title
Street Date
SKU #
UPC
SRP
Store
price
Sword Art Online
DVD Vol.1
August 13
AOA-2901D
850527003332
$49.98
$39.98
Sword Art Online
DVD Vol.2
September 17
AOA-2902D
850527003356
$49.98
$39.98
Sword Art Online
DVD Vol.3
October 15
AOA-2903D
850527003370
$49.98
$39.98
Sword Art Online
DVD Vol.4
November 11
AOA-2904D
850527003387
$49.98
$39.98

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

About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc.
(headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and
leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex
of America has launched fan-favorite DVD and Blu-Ray releases such as Bakemonogatari,
Durarara!!, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the Garden of Sinners and Blue Exorcist. The
company’s ever-growing line-up of shows includes our most recent titles, Sword Art Online,
Magi, Blast of Tempest, Oreshura and Vividred Operation.

AniplexUSA.com
Youtube.com/AniplexUS

About Right Stuf
Currently celebrating its 23rd year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players
in the U.S. Japanese Animation (“anime”) industry, as both an anime producer/distributor
and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the
anime and manga industry, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of
media including podcasts and special publications.

www.RightStuf.com

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