Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline
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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: A-1 Pictures
Source: Light novel
Genres: ComedyComedy
Duration: 11 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.221 (scored by 3356933,569 users)
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Ranked: #70572
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Popularity: #1581
Members: 73,907
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Apr 30, 2015
CabernetRose (All reviews)
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
Feb 11, 2014
TRSyntax (All reviews)
first of. there is NO new material in these shorts. secondly, whatever any other reviwers say, this is NOT a recap show. and, imho, you should only watch this if youre a true SAO fan. maybe even a hardcore one. i'm not, but i still enjoyed these short episodes.

the review:

each episode consist of up to five parts of a SAO news station broadcast:
the headlines, sword art offline, trivia, playback corner, slot talk, life counseling and ending

the show starts with "news headlines" by chibi anchor asuna followed by either "sword art trivia" with chibi yui (yeah) or goes straight to "sword art offline". in the sword read more
Mar 11, 2017
Hirudan (All reviews)
Since many of the reviews for these shorts bring a railing judgment against them, I thought I'd offer a modest defense for them and why they aren't (completely) terrible.

Ultimately, I evaluate any anime series, including chibi short spinoffs like this one, based on how well it meets the objective that it sets for itself. The main Sword Art series attempts to tell a sweeping story about how players hold on to their humanity in a virtual world, and while we can debate the efficacy of its attempt to meet that objective, Sword Art Offline sets no such lofty standard for itself and thus shouldn't read more
Jun 17, 2020
Eoussama (All reviews)
I guess every popular show has got to have filler content included in the Blu-ray / DVD releases. The Sword Art Offline special shorts are just that to SAO in general, from this one it picks up the trend of the simulcast Chibi commentary trying to hide the fact that it's just another cheap trick to force you into watching a recap.

It goes through the entirety of Aincrad and ALfheim arcs, I liked the trivia section. The jokes were lazy and trying too hard at times, thank God for the short length of the episodes (11 minutes) or else it would have been a nightmare read more

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