It has recently been confirmed by RightStuf that North American anime publisher Aniplex of America have halted shipments of Sword Art Online (S.A.O) DVD 1: Aincrad Part 1 which was released last Tuesday.
This block on shipments is due to an error made during the replication process, meaning incorrect content was placed on some of the DVD’s released on shelves and online. Aniplex are working towards setting up a disc replacement program, with more information to be confirmed over the coming days.
The following is what RightStuf had to say to customers who have already received and/or purchased a DVD copy of the release (No issues have been noticed with the blu-ray release). Instructions may vary between retailers:
Right Stuf has removed all units of this item from inventory and will resume shipments once corrected discs have arrived. For customers who have purchased this item from our store and already received it, please hold off on shipping your box sets back to us. We are currently working with Aniplex to set up a replacement disc program. When we have more information available we will update our news post and/or our customer care team will contact you directly.
Part 1 of Sword Art Online contains episodes 1 – 7, and comes with a hybrid dub (Japanese and English) with both English and Spanish subtitles available. It was available on DVD for a recommended retail price of $49.98.
In the year 2022, next-generation game Sword Art Online (SAO) is the world’s first true VRMMORPG. A virtual reality helmet known as “Nerve Gear” has been developed, making Full Dives into a virtual dimension possible.
SAO has generated worldwide buzz, and on its official launch day, one player, Kirito, immerses himself in its virtual world. But Akihiko Kayaba, the developer of SAO, proclaims the following to all players. “This game is inescapable unless all levels are cleared. And in this world, ‘Game Over’ is equivalent to death in the real world.”