Thursday, 7 April 2016

Unboxing [UK]: Sword Art Online II - Part 1: Collector's Edition (BD/DVD)

Last year I picked up the very expensive Aniplex of America sets for Sword Art Online Season 1. This year I decided to go with the Anime Limited sets for Season 2 (saves me money huzzah).

Here's a look at the first part of four for Sword Art Online II.

Sword Art Online II is the second season of the franchise following Kirito as he ventures onto another VRMMORPG to investigate the appearance of Death Gun. While I agree amongst many that Season 1 did fall flat during its second half, Gun Gale Online returns to its roots with a new world, good female character and the fear of death.

Sword Art Online II is split into three story arcs this time around. The first half of the series covers the Gun Gale Online arc, and Part 1 is just half of that. Due to Aniplex, Anime Limited had no choice but to go along with the four part release however they were able to bring it out with special treatment. Unlike the poor job that Manga UK put out for Season 1, Season 2 comes with booklets as well as a box, a shiny box in fact. So shiny that my camera can't get a good shot out of it.

Part 1 contains the first seven episodes of the season (01-07) across one Blu-ray and DVD disc. Both discs have English & Japanese audio (with English subtitles) and a Textless Opening. The Blu-ray also contains exclusive on-disc extras. Subtitles are unlockable but the regions are B/2 only.

Blu-ray Specs:
Languages: Japanese, English
Audio: DTS-HD MA 2.0 [Japanese], DTS-HD MA 2.0 [English]
Video: 1080p HD Native 16:9
Region: B
Subtitles: English [Japanese language & On-screen]
Subtitles Locked: No
Discs: 1

DVD Specs:
Languages: Japanese, English
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 [Japanese], Dolby Digital 2.0 [English]
Video: SD 16:9 NTSC
Region: 2
Subtitles: English [Japanese language & On-screen]
Subtitles Locked: No
Discs: 1

Plot Synopsis (via Anime Limited):
A year has passed since SAO was cleared. Summoned by Seijirou Kikuoka of the Virtual Division at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Kazuto (Kirito) learns of a series of bizarre murders linked to the popular VR game, Gun Gale Online (GGO). After being shot in-game by a player calling himself Death Gun, two prominent GGO players have mysteriously turned up dead in the real world. As Kazuto logs in GGO and starts investigating the mystery, he meets a girl sniper named Sinon who wields a Hecate II rifle. Is she friend or foe? Kirito enters the virtual world once more for an all new adventure!

Extra Content:
Artbox to hold Parts 1-4 of the Collector's Edition
56 page Booklet
Original Web Previews [Blu-ray disc exclusive extra] 
Special Animation "Sword Art Offline II" [Blu-ray disc exclusive extra]
Textless Opening (Phantom Bullet)

These batch of photos are split into two parts. The first part will showcase the set itself while the second covers the booklet.

Part A - The Packaging

Part B - The Booklet

Sword Art Online II is available on Blu-ray and DVD from Anime Limited.

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