Elliot Gay of Japanator writes:
"Not even original light novel scribe Reki Kawahara could have predicted how big his Sword Art Online franchise would eventually become.
Since the first novel was published in April of 2009, Kawahara's creation has seen 12 sequel novels, five separate manga series, a video game (with another one the way), a spin-off light novel series, and a 25-episode anime. I'd say he ended up doing pretty well for himself.
Yet Sword Art Online's success has not been limited to Japan. Indeed, the show has somewhat crossed over into the mainstream through airing on Cartoon Network's Toonami block.
Aniplex has decided to give the series quite the deluxe BD treatment, but the question is whether or not these box sets are worth their relatively high asking price for fans."