What is it?
What is it about?
This is how Crunchyroll describes this anime television show:
In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released, where players control their avatars with their bodies using a piece of technology called: Nerve Gear.
One day, players discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive unless they reach the 100th floor of the game’s tower and defeat the final boss.
However, if they die in the game, they die in real life.
Their struggle for survival starts now.
This is how Wikipedia describes this special anime episode:
Sword Art Online: Extra Edition is a special anime episode which was simulcast worldwide on December 31, 2013.
In Japan, it was premiered on two broadcast channels: Tokyo MX and BS 11.
While in other countries, the special was streamed via the Internet on Daisuki and Crunchyroll.
The extra edition was directed by Tomohiko Itō and screenplayed by the creator, Reki Kawahara and Munemasa Nakamoto.
It recounts the events of the original Sword Art Online anime, told in retrospect by the series characters, and features new footage.
I liked the animation, the concept, the action, and the setting; and I think that other people might like this as well.
I did not like the sexualizing of minors, the sometimes overpoweredness of the protagonist, the skipping of important details, the jumps in time, the major shift in the story, and some other things.
I still somewhat liked the show, but it had more potential, and they skipped too many details that I wanted to know.
The special episode was a missed opportunity, in my opinion it should have filled in the blanks of all the details that they skipped that I wanted to know, but it was mostly just a condensed rehash of the show.
- John Jr