Sword Art Online: Extra Edition to Stream Worldwide

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Crunchyroll, Daisuki to stream special in U.S. on January 1 at midnight Japan Time

Production company Aniplex announced at Anime Festival Asia 2013 on Friday that the Sword Art Online: Extra Edition special will stream or run worldwide on January 1, immediately following its Japanese premiere. The special will premiere on Tokyo MX TV, BS11, and Niconico in Japan on December 31 at 10:00 p.m.

The special will then run on January 1 at midnight (Japan Time) in the English-speaking countries, Mexico, Central and South America on Crunchyroll and Daisuki; in Korea on the Aniplus cable channel; in China on the LeTV streaming site; and in France on the streaming site Wakanim. Daisuki will also stream it in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, German-speaking countries, Italian-speaking countries, Russian-speaking countries, India, and the Middle East.

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 is returning 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 again adapting abec's art for anime. The cast is also returning from the television anime.

Image © Reki Kawahara/ASCII Media Works/SAO Project

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