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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: 8.141 (scored by 320336 users)
Ranked: #3582
Popularity: #2
Members: 448,777
Favorites: 26,871
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 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)

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

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



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Oct 12, 2014
TheDeedsOfMen
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
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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Recommendations

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.
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.

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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