Aniplex will release Sword Art Online: Extra Edition on Blu-ray and DVD on December 23. The set will include the original Japanese audio track with English subtitles and an English dub. Bonus materials include the “Sword Art Offline” special animation with English subtitles and Sword Art Online II trailers. It will be bundled with a booklet and exclusive poster. The Blu-ray will retail for US$59.98 and the DVD will retail for US$39.98. It will be available for purchase in the U.S., Canada, Central and South Americas.
The special streamed worldwide on January 1 following its Japanese premiere on December 31. Aniplex describes the story:
Kirito and the others decide to go on an underwater quest within the world of ALO to grant Yui her wish to see a whale. As they all prepare for the quest, they face a shocking revelation… Leafa, or Suguha is afraid of water. So, Asuna and the other female members decide to teach Suguha how to swim at a pool in the real world. Meanwhile, Kirito was meeting somebody…
Original light novelist Reki Kawahara took part in the writing of the two-hour special. Tomohiko Ito returned to direct at A-1 Pictures. The original light novel series’ illustrator abec gave the characters a full makeover, and character designer Shingo Adachi is adapted abec’s art for anime. The cast is also returned from the television anime.