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Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

Alternative Titles

English: Sword Art Online
Synonyms: S.A.O, SAO
Japanese: ソードアート・オンライン


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2012 to Dec 23, 2012
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.091 (scored by 370354 users)
Ranked: #4342
Popularity: #2
Members: 517,265
Favorites: 29,279
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In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players can control their avatars through brain waves using technology called "NerveGear." When players enter the game, they discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive. To escape, players must beat the game by defeating each boss on all 100 floors; however, if they die in the game, they die in real life too. Their struggle for survival starts now...

(Source: Crunchyroll, modified)

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Episodes  25 / 25
Aired  Jul 8, 2012 to Dec 23, 2012
Status  Finished Airing

Related Anime

Adaptation: Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online: Progressive
Other: Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline
Sequel: Sword Art Online: Extra Edition

Characters & Voice Actors

Kirigaya, Kazuto
Kirigaya, Kazuto
Matsuoka, Yoshitsugu
Matsuoka, Yoshitsugu
Kirigaya, Suguha
Kirigaya, Suguha
Taketatsu, Ayana
Taketatsu, Ayana
Yuuki, Asuna
Yuuki, Asuna
Tomatsu, Haruka
Tomatsu, Haruka
Itou, Kanae
Itou, Kanae


Mori, Yasunori
Iwakami, Atsuhiro
Itou, Tomohiko
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Iwanami, Yoshikazu
Sound Director

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Oct 12, 2014
Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a brave young boy. He was the best swordsman in the land and the manliest man of all. He overcame countless trials with little effort and won the hearts of many fair maidens.

Yes, it's time for Sword Art Online, the origin of many angry rants.

The premise doesn't sound too bad. Ten thousand players of a virtual MMO are trapped in the game and forced to complete it to escape, except that death in the game leads to death in real life. Just think about it: this could be a tragic story of struggle read more
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Feb 26, 2013
I don't really want to go into too much depth, but I'd like to give an overview of the series and give my opinions it. If you haven't noticed yet there are many negative reviews out there for this anime, and while many of them bring up some pretty fair points, I think some people are being a bit too harsh on it. Let me explain.

Yes it's a popular anime, yes it has flaws, no it's not perfect, but at the very least in my opinion it is enjoyable. The pacing is off, the beginning particularly feels rushed, there were moments where I thought read more
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Apr 6, 2014
Since I've seen a plethora of scores of 10 for this show, I thought I'd write what I feel is a more realistic review for this show. Sword Art Online is more or less the equivalent of a fanfiction in it's writing and quality. Whether people want to overlook it or not is up to the individual, but I believe it fails at the fundamentals for writing a good story. This review will go into details as to my opinions on why I feel this way.

1) Story - This is first major problem is the show. Let's start from the beginning shall read more
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May 22, 2015
Sword Art Online is one of the greatest achievements in anime. This is not because it’s good, it’s because people actually watch this show and think they’re watching something that’s worth their time. Go to any mall and you’ll find that your local Hot Topic and FYE are covered in pictures of Kirito and Asuna. Go to any convention and you’re going to be surrounded by people who think Sword Art Online is something worth cosplaying. Populate any forum and you’re bound to find tons of people defending the shit out of a show that makes no sense, has very little characterization, read more
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Main similarity is that both anime features living within the game and in real life. There is the idea of being a member of a community and adventure and exploring the world that the protagonists live in. Both anime are special in their own way such as the contrasting protagonists. Both have good art quality as well and if you like action and fantasy anime, these two are definitely recommendable.  
reportRecommended by cherichelly
The story line involves the idea that you enter a world that is a virtual reality. They have similar art styles and the game play for the characters is different, but the real world repercussions are more drastic in one series then in the other, but they are still there. 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both are about a guy that is forced to play a game risking his live together with other people. In order to leave this situation, they have to beat the game following the rules they were given.  
reportRecommended by Liinah
As the king of the faux-MMORPG arena (.hack started development in 2000, then released in 2002; SAO was first wrote in 2002), .hack can claim a lot of the responsibility for SAO. In the anime universe, the idea of being trapped in a fantasy virtual reality setting, via playing a MMORPG, is already 10+ years old. Even Yuki Kajiura's wonderful (though underwhelming, in SAO) music became famous as a result of her best-soundtrack-ever work on .hack//SIGN. 
reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Yes, both main characters are being transported into a gaming world where there are lots of mysterious wonders to explore. 'No Game No Life' is fresh in terms of its fanservice comedies and vibrant colours, whereas 'Sword Art Online' is focused more on the hardship of the main character and everyone else around him while developing strong romantic relationships along the way.

Comparing the storylines, 'Sword Art Online' easily takes the cake but the crazy and fun games of 'No Game No Life' is something to smile about.  
reportRecommended by ShanaFlame
It comes as no surprise that the environment and concept of these two series are analogous to one and another. Having the same protagonist voice actor in these two series undoubtedly strengthens the momentum going forward.

'Sword Art Online' and 'Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Similar' focus heavily on game systems, leveling and battle strategies. Through layers of boss flooring that increased in difficulty as you progress further which is accompanied by rewards, it is something that is welcomed by fans who has a certain connection with gaming. By all means, the comedy and romance are there to provide  read more 
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Opening Theme

#1: "crossing field" by LiSA (eps 2-14)
#2: "INNOCENCE" by Aoi Eir (eps 15-24)

Ending Theme

#1: "crossing field" by LiSA (eps 1, 25)
#2: "Yume Sekai (ユメセカイ)" by Haruka Tomatsu (eps 2-14)
#3: "Overfly" by Luna Haruna (eps 15-24)

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