Sword Art Online

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Synonyms: S.A.O, SAO
Japanese: ソードアート・オンライン
English: Sword Art Online
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Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2012 to Dec 23, 2012
Premiered: Summer 2012
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:00 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Light novel
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance
Themes: Love PolygonLove Polygon, Video GameVideo Game
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.211 (scored by 21517022,151,702 users)
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Ranked: #36872
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Popularity: #5
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Ever since the release of the innovative NerveGear, gamers from all around the globe have been given the opportunity to experience a completely immersive virtual reality. Sword Art Online (SAO), one of the most recent games on the console, offers a gateway into the wondrous world of Aincrad, a vivid, medieval landscape where users can do anything within the limits of imagination. With the release of this worldwide sensation, gaming has never felt more lifelike.

However, the idyllic fantasy rapidly becomes a brutal nightmare when SAO's creator traps thousands of players inside the game. The "log-out" function has been removed, with the only method of escape involving beating all of Aincrad's one hundred increasingly difficult levels. Adding to the struggle, any in-game death becomes permanent, ending the player's life in the real world.

While Kazuto "Kirito" Kirigaya was fortunate enough to be a beta-tester for the game, he quickly finds that despite his advantages, he cannot overcome SAO's challenges alone. Teaming up with Asuna Yuuki and other talented players, Kirito makes an effort to face the seemingly insurmountable trials head-on. But with difficult bosses and threatening dark cults impeding his progress, Kirito finds that such tasks are much easier said than done.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Mori, Yasunori
Miki, Kazuma
Niwa, Masami
Assistant Producer
Itou, Tomohiko
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

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


Apr 17, 2024
This review will be split in 2 for both arcs since um there is a clear difference in the quality : )

Arc 1 - Eincrad

Art - 9/10 Animation is pretty amazing, still holds up even though it was like 2012 character models and the boss models are fire

Characters - 7/10 Characters are for the most part good, but alot of them are hella boring, main cast is great though

Story - 9/10 IF this came out today, there would be no where near the impact it had, but it came out 12 years ago and had such a unique premise that the story is actually ...
Apr 4, 2024
Mixed Feelings
will be careful not to be overtaken by nostalgia. The work is fun to watch, especially if it's for the first time. The first episodes are very good, they make you think and want to watch more. However, after the 12th episode, I don't recommend it as much.

I have mixed feelings about them. I recommend it to everyone up to the halfway point, but unfortunately, S.A.O. is a love or hate

This work represents the beginning of all the hype for isekais, so it's a very cool work, it's a very important work, but it really doesn't make me very happy after the ALO part. ...
May 8, 2024
I could literally rant all day about how terrible and pathetic SAO is, and I still wouldn't be satisfied by the end of it. There are just so many things about it that's garbage and infuriating, it's hard to choose.
I feel like SAO is such a joke. There are some people that genuinely like it for some godforsaken reason, but as for me, there are so many flaws with it that I don't get how you can watch it unironically and not feel like it's a comedy.

I think Asuna is one of the most bland waifu bait I've ever seen in any media ever. She ...

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