Sword Art Online, one of the more interesting sci-fantasy properties around, has had a consistent presence for years now in various forms of media. If you are a fan of the series and you're looking to get your hands on one of the foundations of the franchise, you're in luck, because Amazon is offering an enormous discount on the Platinum Collector's Edition, dropping the price from $200 all the way to $97.87 (h/t Wario64)

Sword Art Online Platinum Collector's Edition

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This gorgeous box set comes packaged with exclusive prints and a new poster illustrated by series artist Abec alongside the two beautiful collector's edition volumes. If you're unfamiliar with the series, Sword Art Online started life as a series of web novels by Reki Kawahara that ran from 2002-2008, with light novels arriving in 2009.

That's right, the books below are proper novels of Sword Art Online, but printed in a more luxurious and high-quality format. The light novel series focuses on several virtual worlds set within the titular Sword Art Online game that can be accessed with virtual reality hardware like NerveGear. Unlike real VR gear like the Meta Quest 3 or Sony's PSVR 2, these headsets provide a more stimulating sense of immersion that's almost indistinguishable from reality.

This is pretty cool tech for MMORPG fans, but pretty terrible if an enigmatic mastermind traps 10,000 players within that virtual world and tells them that they'll die if they try to exit before they conquer all 100 floors of a dungeon that's teeming with deadly monsters. If you'd like to sit down for some anime, you can check out this Sword Art Online Blu-ray that includes all 25 episodes of the first season.

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