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Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Sword Art Online Specials, S.A.O Specials, SAO Specials
Japanese: そーどあーと・おふらいん


Type: Special
Episodes: 9
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 24, 2012 to Jun 26, 2013
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Unknown
Genres: Comedy
Duration: 11 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.551 (scored by 18,869 users)
Ranked: #49092
Popularity: #1051
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Kirigaya, Suguha
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Taketatsu, Ayana
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Itou, Kanae
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Kawahara, Reki
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Original Creator

More episodes Episodes(9/9)

Episode Title Aired
1 Sword Art Offline 1
Sword Art Offline Sono 1 (そーどあーと・おふらいん その1)
Oct 24, 2012
2 Sword Art Offline 2
Sword Art Offline Sono 2 (そーどあーと・おふらいん その2)
Nov 21, 2012
3 Sword Art Offline 3
Sword Art Offline Sono 3 (そーどあーと・おふらいん その3)
Dec 26, 2012
4 Sword Art Offline 4
Sword Art Offline Sono 4 (そーどあーと・おふらいん その4)
Jan 23, 2013
5 Sword Art Offline 5
Sword Art Offline Sono 5 (そーどあーと・おふらいん その5)
Feb 27, 2013

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Jan 11, 2014
"Tell me, what do you think is the ultimate fear? I really thought I'd already reached the darkest of the dark, but then, ahead of me, I beheld a darkness even greater still." - Johan Liebert, Monster

As a masochist, I've watched many things that hurt me. Some anime damaged my brain with how absurdly bad they are. Some anime made my heart ache because of how painful they were.
But never before has an anime reached out and stabbed my soul, leaving terror and desolation in its wake.

With its appalling humor, dreadful set of chibis, and its abysmal story of absolute nothingness, this recap is read more
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Nov 13, 2012
Sword Art Offline is a side show, meant to show and discuss the daily lives of the characters in SAO, because of that, a story is non-existent. The art style also deviates from the normal character designs, turning the characters into "Chibi", but since the entire show is meant as a bonus episode without any important details, the art wasn't very important. The single major flaw about it is the content of the entire show, where it never used this show as a chance to discuss possible scenes and events that required a bit more explanation. In the end, this special can only be considered read more
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Apr 30, 2015
Sword Art Offline didn't seem to add anything; I felt that if you watched it or didn't watch it, you're not missing out on anything (action-wise or information-wise).

For animated chibis, they displayed a very limited range of emotions (most of the time it's just blushing); they're chibis, they're supposed to be over the top in my opinion.

Plus, too much useless fanservice and tsundereness that I find plain annoying.

The attempted humour falls flat, and everything that happens is extremely predictable.

The segment that I did enjoy was the trivia corner because it wasn' something that was necessarily repeated information - usually it was something new read more
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Jul 26, 2014
Sword Art Online was an anime that I did not particularly enjoy. I found many aspects of it either annoying or plain stupid.

Nevertheless, I still watched the Specials. I found that they were much more enjoyable than the anime itself.
Since these are pretty much OVAs, they don't have any particular storyline: instead they are presented under the form of news bulletins.
What I really liked about this is that most of the points that I did not enjoy in the original anime were drawn out and made fun of. Basically, the anime was making fun of itself. It was a little ridiculous, but I really read more
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Anime: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Yoku Wakaru Mahouka!
Both are short ONAs made as a spin-off of otherwise action series. Both are made in kinda of chibi style and both are comedies. Both have mainly characters from the anime.  
reportRecommended by Junelovesanime
Anime: Akame ga Kill! Theater
Both are specials beside the main show and reflect on the main show. They are also both drawn in a chibi style.
While Akame ga Kill Theater reflects on each episode individually and just makes a little fun of it, SAOffline goes trough several episodes at once with larger segments as well. 
reportRecommended by Everay
Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - 4-Koma Theater
Sword Art Offline and FMA: Brotherhood - 4-Koma Theater are both similar as:

1) They are both drawn in a Chibi style
2) They both have short sketches (However Sword Art Offline flows together better, this is as it is set as a news report. Wheras 4-Koma Theater is a collection of different (and hilarious) shorts)
3) In both, each episode spans around 2 minuites

However, only watch either of these series if you have watched the main anime first, this is as they sometimes contain links to the plot of the anime. Also, most of the comedy in 4-Koma theater you will  read more 
reportRecommended by Maxew555
Anime: Shingeki no Kyojin Picture Drama
Both are specials with short episodes that takes characters from otherwise shounen anime and remakes them into chibi style. Both are mainly for comedy purpose. While Shingeki no Kyojin Picture Drama stays in same storyline as parent anime, Swort Art Offline is putted in news setting. 
reportRecommended by abystoma2
Anime: One Piece: Straw Hat Theater
Both are short specials which takes characters from othervise shounen show and puts them into cute, chibi style. Both shows are comedy more about dialogue than story. 
reportRecommended by abystoma2

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