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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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 8.261 (scored by 203713 users)
Ranked: #2392
Popularity: #9
Members: 291,442
Favorites: 19,353
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Synopsis

In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players control their avatars with their bodies using a piece of technology called Nerve Gear. One day, players discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive unless they reach the 100th floor of the game's tower and defeat the final boss. However, if they die in the game, they die in real life. Their struggle for survival starts now...

(Source: Crunchyroll)

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
Main
Papenbrook, Bryce
English
Papenbrook, Bryce
De Filippis, Alessio
Italian
De Filippis, Alessio
...
Kirigaya, Suguha
Kirigaya, Suguha
Main
Padoan, Eva
Italian
Padoan, Eva
Meynen, Julia
German
Meynen, Julia
...
Yuuki, Asuna
Yuuki, Asuna
Main
Tomatsu, Haruka
Japanese
Tomatsu, Haruka
Leigh, Cherami
English
Leigh, Cherami
...
Yui
Yui
Supporting
Sheh, Stephanie
English
Sheh, Stephanie
Itou, Kanae
Japanese
Itou, Kanae
...

Staff

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



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Feb 26, 2013
LLYNCES
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
LordAura
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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Recommendations

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.
Main similarity is that both anime features living and dying 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.

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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