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Sword Art Online

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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
Premiered: Summer 2012
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:00 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Light novel
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.601 (scored by 977,647 users)
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Ranked: #13812
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Popularity: #3
Members: 1,394,909
Favorites: 52,134


Both animes play in an MMORPG world and have several similarities 
report Recommended by Atira
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. 
report Recommended 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.  
report Recommended by Liinah
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 joy in  read more 
report Recommended by ShanaFlame
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.  
report Recommended by ShanaFlame
Game mechanics are important as the setting of the animes. They place importance on life or death in HP, and remain as a character's lifeline throughout the whole anime as a game mechanic. The game's nature is fantasy. Swords and magic skills are decided. 
report Recommended by MagicFlier
As the king of the faux-MMORPG arena (.hack started development in 2000, then released in 2002; SAO was first wrote in 2001/2002), .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. 
report Recommended by AironicallyHuman
A group of people are thrown into a fantasy world from which they cannot escape and must fight to find a way to survive. Though comedic at times, the plot is relatively serious and focuses on battles, life and death, and the bonds between characters. Both are also by A-1 Pictures, so their art styles are somewhat similar. 
report Recommended by loco-mocos
Something that people enjoy is turned into a living nightmare and it involves technology. A character who is unable to make friends is suddenly able to make friends only to lose them due to the "game". There is also a "god" in the game too. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
If you're a fan of action-packed anime that feature a skilled gamer in a fantasy MMORPG setting, then these are the shows for you. While they differ plotwise, the similarities are endless such as the engaging action sequences, the very skilled and confident protagonists, and the cute female companions. 
report Recommended by Chaste
Fantasy world with fighting with themes of what its like when a real person is thrown into what feels like a game. After SAO I looked for other anime which felt similar Re:Zero was very satisfying. 
report Recommended by glue493
Both are about an overpowered protagonist that finds himself in another world. In SAO, the protagonist is stuck in the other world, while in Mondaiji, the protagonist is bored and stays in the world and somehow has superpowers. 
report Recommended by lucifershine47
Yes, it's another guy stuck in a fantasy world however it's a more light-hearted take on the genre. A bit lewd at times but still generally wholesome. While Konosuba doesn't take place in a video game, it captures the world of an MMORPG quite well. In a way that SAO didn't in my opinion. 
report Recommended by xBobcat
Both MCs feels that they need to do what needs to be done on their own by there own way. Even though they some what dislike the choices they've made they know that the can persevere over whatever trails they face. They both work hard and are willing to scarify themselves to benefit others. 
report Recommended by orbbie
Game mechanics are important as the setting of the animes. They place importance on life or death in HP, and remain as a character's lifeline throughout the whole anime as a game mechanic. The game's nature is fantasy. Swords and magic skills are decided. 
report Recommended by MagicFlier
Kirito and Asuna are similar to Louise and Saito and they go on adventures together and fall in love. 
report Recommended by twilight-knight
In case you are just looking for a story about characters litterally inside a videogame then both SAO and HxH Green Island (along with its sequel: HxH Green Island Final) could be of your liking, because they both share: • RPG with a virtual reality (including quests, gaining items, special skills, and such) • The game over means real death for all players in both stories • The characters are somewhat trapped inside the game, and to get out they must achieve a certain point and clear the game • Overall good art design and nice characters Probably you might be discourauged by watching HxH Green Island as you might  read more 
report Recommended by EtnaEraclea
In both series the main characters are trapped in a world where they would rather not be in. They try to resist and fight this world in order to regain their freedom. This is why I would recommend watching both series if you liked one of them. Both of them also involve a love story 
report Recommended by Darkbow
Both involve characters playing in an MMORPG where what goes on in the game is affecting the outside world and visa versa. Both games are run by shady companies in the real world. Characters develop deep friendships with other players in the game. 
report Recommended by grond
How the main character express their feeling towards others are similar. When they first enter the new world, their purpose is to win and, nothing stood in their way in till they learn the value of life. In C when some loses they lose a part of their future in RL, in S.O.A, they die in RL. So both come to a conclusion that they must find a way to win without causalities  
report Recommended by Crzykido
Both main characters are somewhat fictional in the world that the action is taking place, deal with swords and increasing inner strength/ skill. Also, in both shows the art and sound are great. 
report Recommended by naerayan
Both include an element of survival and fighting for a belief. Monsters/enemies are a common theme and there is also a slight hint of mystery. 
report Recommended by Jager
Mahouka and Sword Art both have an extremely competent and multitalented protagonist, who is usually quite level-headed. The protagonists each have a younger sister who is a serious brocon. Both series are more about hiding ones full potential and deciding where to go all out, rather than falling into a desperate situation. 
report Recommended by Kenji0009
The original base goal of the anime are both the same, to reach the top of the tower. However, SAO setting is a fantasy based virtual game, while Druaga is a fantasy setting based on a game. Though it may be spoiler-ish, the second half of SAO and the second season of Druaga are also the same, to find/save someone. There are also minor scenes that may remind you of the other anime like the boss being CG'd or even the tentacle scenes... lol... 
report Recommended by Paul
Both series are fantasy/action series with a quickly evolving and adorable romance between the Main Characters. Both have visually spectacular fight scenes as well and solid soundtracks. 
report Recommended by RealityRush
both series is mainly focus in another world for this one. the difference is SAO is a story of a living person playing in a game and Isekai a guy who died and reincarnated in a new world. both main character have some special skill and make they're famous with the girls around them. if you like fantasy themed anime with romance and a little bit comedy you should tried this 
report Recommended by WinXF
Both Anime center around sword fighting and mythical creatures. The main character is on a quest to make himself stronger and wants to become the best in order to complete is life goal. They have to learn how to survive and make new allies and friends in order to achieve their goal. Do you want a story full of passion, friendship and epic mindblowing battles? Than you should watch these series. 
report Recommended by Darkbow
Both represent literally every A1 Pictures light novel adaptation cliché. In fact, TAW feels like what SAO would be if SAO took place at a school instead of in a video game world. 
report Recommended by RoarkTenjouin
A person decides to play God within a game where people can interface with a virtual reality. If the God's rules aren't met people die. Basically, very similar situations between the two games. There is also the question of "why" anyone would do this and if they have a reason for being so cruel. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
The entire .hack series is a precursory work to Sword Art Online in the fact .hack was one of the first series to come out for the virtual reality genre, but is also one of the better known earlier works. This particular .hack is short, allowing a quick consumption for those starting out with Sword Art Online and wanting to expand their horizons into the .hack series, but on the flip side, SAO provides a twist on what .hack helped to make popular. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
It has the same kind of style where you have to survive in order to get what you want and many characters aren't all the good guys 
report Recommended by Yetenekli
Ok so this is kind of a stretch because the settings in SAO and CSR are totally different: one being inside a MMORPG and the other a post apocalyptic world with moving cities. However they are very similar in the sense that the main characters between the two are both total badasses. Kirito being a solo player on the front lines who doesnt need any help and Layfon being one of the 7 heavenly blades or whatever in disguise at an ordinary school/city. So basically if you enjoy watching the main male lead go ham and wreck the opponents then both of these shows are  read more 
report Recommended by zazorin
Both involve characters with "frowned upon" hobbies, where these hobbies not only help them make friends, but also helps them become closer with siblings. 
report Recommended by grond
Imagine a world where fiction and reality are one and the same from the air you breath to the battles you fought valiantly alongside your comrades. A perfect world like this is to die for if excluding the drawback of losing one's life. 'Sword Art Online' exceeds in character development and storyline where everyone is fighting for their lives in hope of even the slightest chance of returning to their own world. Most would find themselves drawn to several characters with the development they shown and the struggles they have to endure during their journey. The fantastic music tracks and lovely romance are just few  read more 
report Recommended by ShanaFlame
Our main character from both series share many traits. Sorata and Kirito are calm, determined, and passionate. They both idealize the creator of said game. Kirito=Kayaba who created SAO while Sorata=Fujisawa who is a game developer. These two main figures have influenced their life. In both anime, our main characters has friends/allies who help achieve his goal. We see his ups and down but always goes back up. Add some drama too. SAO involves players trapped and trying to get out while Sakurasou deals with dreams/aspiration/passion. On the romance side, Kirito falls in love with Asuna who changes him. Sorata meets Shina who  read more 
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
Both anime seems to share some notable common features including: - sci fi theme - battling as avatars in another world - two worlds: the virtual and the real - an independent and strong female protagonist  
report Recommended by Stark700
Romance, shounin  
report Recommended by judex__
Both stories include clearing a place (a tower/dungeon) filled with challenges in order to reach their destination and achieve their goal. Each anime also contains a considerable amount of sword-fighting. Magi revolves around a magical world while Sword Art Online focuses on a virtual reality. 
report Recommended by ink-and-paper
Just watch it. Online Game, Vr but honestly it's more like combination of SAO + anoHana...although bad 
report Recommended by fluxion9
Both involve characters being forced into a game without any escape and death in the game means death in real life. However Gantz is set in the real world whereas SAO is set in a virtual world. 
report Recommended by Wildzerowolf
Similarities: - Both main character are very similar. - Both have unbelievable powers. 1. Ao no Exorcist: demonic powers 2. Sword Art Online: Highest level player in the game - Both desire a lonely path of solitude; don't want to rely on others. - Both, everyone hates them. 1. Ao no Exorcist: Most people mainly hates/fear him for being the son of the Underworld King. 2. Sword Art Online: Most people mainly hate/fear him for being a Beta player and branded as a " Beater." He's the strongest player in the world. - Both shouen anime involving action. - Both really good and  read more 
report Recommended by iNinjeek
It is similar to SAO 'cause the Hero in Ixion DT got sucked up in an alternate dimension and seems to travel with a few companions to find a way to get back to the RW. Although there's not really any romance on this anime. Although in SAO the hero didn't get "sucked up" instead in SAO the hero just got "Stuck in a VRMMORPG".. SO JUST WATCH IT 
report Recommended by Basirukun
Gate and SAO contain two very different plots, however each one is centered around a main male protagonist who each are able to become surrounded by pretty girls as they explore new medieval-esque lands they are sent to. Gate directs it's attention towards war, differences in culture and politics of both worlds whilst SAO focuses on the lives of individual characters and the struggles they face as they try to leave the game 
report Recommended by akaraC
Both become trapped in another world and have to learn how to fight to escape. Oh and COOL swords in each like AWESOME swords 
report Recommended by g02sleep
Both series features sci-fi themes involving the protagonists fighting in another world through circumstances. Both series contain action, drama, and some comedy. Both series also has a catchy soundtrack. 
report Recommended by Stark700
Both anime's seem to have a strong focus on the male and female protagonist both have the theme of online gaming but if i had to choose one over the other I would have to go with netoge  
report Recommended by Trinqunity
From episode 59 onwards, Hunter x Hunter takes place inside a game call Greed Island. Like in Sword Art Online, if you die in Greed Island, you die in real life. The games are similar in their fantasy RPG style as well. Apart from that, both anime have excellent stories, animation, soundtracks and voice actors. But most importantly, both have excellently developed characters and take place (mostly for SAO) in a fantasy setting with some real world elements (SAO is occasionally set in modern-day Japan whereas HxH is set in a completely alternate world very similar to modern-day Japan). Both are definitely worth a watch  
report Recommended by adamantiumloz
Both are about killing others to win something and survive. I recommend you guys watch SAO first. 
report Recommended by Dario5514
These two titles both did quite well for their first episode release, as most of us know, one more than the other. What binds these two together in my opinion, is the fact we have a very strong male lead, who seems to be quite powerful to the point we can assume most fights in both shows will go in favor of the main character. Now, both series try to mask this sense of Over Powered-ness, which offers some nice action scenes. The plot has some similarities, like the mortality of every character, which can be exploited in both series. These series are not averse  read more 
report Recommended by rsslayersr
Both are set in floating cities, you have this medieval atmosphere, sword fights. Both female characters are strong and high-skilled. The main story includes defeating a powerful "king". Both anime art are very detailed and the romance is very similar as well. It's really worth watching :) 
report Recommended by stehwade
Both of these anime revolve around a young man trying to escape from a seemingly unavoidable death, in which they meet allies, enemies, and eventually a lover along the way. A main plot point in both is a "game of death". They both have a lot of action, but it's balanced well with the character interaction and emotional scenes.  
report Recommended by shanderra
Both anime have similar themes of the power of human spirit, the impact of death, and of doing the impossible. The main characters in each series have to fight through an unfamiliar world and must cope with the loss of those around them, learning and growing from it. They muster up all of their strength and courage to break the rules of the world and fight for what they believe in. Each offers its own unique take on a similar, intense experience. 
report Recommended by GeminiMaxxim
Video game to RPG tropes are most relevant in both series. Both franchises embody a wishful fulfillment of enlightening the audience with monstrous attacks on the heroines, within SAO, for example, Asuna fights gigantic tentacle monsters, whilst within Neptune, all the heroines struggle against slim monsters, etc. 
report Recommended by Stellio
-male and female protagonists get stronger over time -male and female protagonist share strong feelings for each other -more than one girl falls for the main protagonist overall i think if you enjoyed either one of these animes you will surely enjoy the other 
report Recommended by Unlx
Both are anime with big production values but falter in their storytelling. SAO resorts to an absurd number of cliches in its second half, while K never seems to go anywhere. 
report Recommended by DrHorrible123
"Welcome players/classmates to my rules of the game, where I'll make sure all of you feel despair..." The main characters in here were suddenly trapped by the games host to their unknown methods as to why they trap them. A task is required in order to escape "the game": One must cleared the game, while the other is involve killing. One thing in here is survival, which means they fight for their lives until the end. The difference is that SAO is an online gaming, fantasy action themes, and romance. Danganronpa takes place on a school, killing people, and clues and strategies to lure the killer  read more 
report Recommended by omega_d94
both are male characters who fight for what they want. both have epic fights that keep the audience watching while SAO the 2nd half focuses on saving Asuna 
report Recommended by miltonski
There is definitely "sword art" in both shows. SAO is a story set in MMO game, The Sacred Blacksmith is set in fantasy-medieval world. A lot of spectacular sword fights. A lot. Also making swords, cute characters, romantic themes, many emotions. You WILL like it. 
report Recommended by SomeoneLost
-Both are anime where the main character and main heroine travel to a different world to fight monsters -Both have a 'baby' arc where a mysterious child appears and is the honorary offspring of the hero and heroine -In both, the main character is OP and rarely looses a fight, usually losing one to learn a lesson and then never losing again 
report Recommended by thelectricow
TRC and SAO have the same music composer, Yuki Kajiura. All of the main characters from TRC and SAO are also stuck in different worlds. And they both are shonen and romance genres. 
report Recommended by sakurak21
Both involve some kind of a game world, though logging on to the game differs a bit: In Sword Art Online, a more realistic way using "Nerve Gear" whereas in DRAMAtical Murder, it's more of a fantasy way like while standing in the street or just about anywhere. Both have hot guys: SAO -> Kirito DMMd -> Aoba Both are for fans of the game genre. 
report Recommended by dynamitegirl
Our main hero is overpowered and has all the girls loving him. Sword Art Online deals with players trapped in an VRMMORPG. They must complete the game in order to return to the real world. If you die in the game, you die in real life. There is no reset button or re spawn points in this death game. Kirito is an experienced player who knows how to beat this game. He's determined, OP, epic, cool, and BA too. He meets girls who have fallen in love with Kirito. Campione! our main character is a god slayer overpowered, cool, and a BA at it too.  read more 
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
-the first arc of Sao is very similar to Sora no wo to because both are a slice of life, what do i mean by slice of life? well you can watch the first episodes and the last ones and you will probably have no plot holes. - Both are unique episodic anime, but Sao is oriented on trying to be a Shounen or an action show, while Sora no wo to its military themed. differences SAO feels a little rushed and Sora no wo to is slowly placed  
report Recommended by SSoviet
Train and Kirito both play the role of a "dark" bad guy, and both of them are great fighters. They have different motives, but both change through the series. 
report Recommended by AlveeJK
There anime are about guys who are good at a specific type of virtual fighting but they choose to hide their power levels for various reasons. Over time they collect a group of cute girls to be around, but they each only have true romantic feelings for one of the girls. The antagonists in these anime are other participants in the virtual fighting rather than generic demons. It may be the best decision to only watch the first season. 
report Recommended by zombie_pegasus
There is a lot of similarity between them:- 1) In both of them main male and female characters are bad ass. 2) In both male characters is very powerful and has a unique ability(In SOA its "Dual Weilding" and in Black Bullet its "Half mech body"). 3) Both has mind blowing action. 4) In both series someting really bad going around them. 
report Recommended by Death-Stroke
There are 2 heroes on each anime : A boy and a girl, and there are a romance history for the 2 heroes. The boy on each anime is enjoyable, charismatic and have much power, if you loved the hero of Kaze No Stigma, you will love the hero of SAO. The same for the girls. 
report Recommended by azer467
Similarities: -Both have male leads who are both very competent and strong -Both leads start out as one of the most powerful characters -Both male leads are sword users -Both male leads are surrounded by women Differences: -One lead is much less serious and perverted than the other -One has a harem theme where the other is more ecchi/harem  
report Recommended by Krypt0pro
In general, both involve characters enjoying regular life with friends and going into the world of MMO game trying to complete a mission/quest through team work. SAO has a serious tone while PSO2 is much lighter and SoL like, but both exhibits strong companionship in the real world and in the virtual world. 
report Recommended by Kisaragi
Both anime's characters are thrown into some unknown world and fight in order to survive and save their lives. 
report Recommended by LostGod
- Beautiful animation and beautiful fights using sword and magic - Slow progression, similar narrative type - Main character is a genius or has some kind of power that no one else has - Both are "based" in the RPG world; SAO is about people trapped in a fictional MMORPG game and Zestiria is based in an actual RPG game  
report Recommended by Z_Tetriminos
Both of these anime include great/cool fighting scenes, and the characters play out the "dark" bad guys (less in SAO). Darker than Black has magic, but SAO doesn't. And the artwork is different, but great, in both. If you've seen one and liked it, you'll probably like the other! 
report Recommended by AlveeJK
Similarities: - Both have action, adventure, romance, and fantasy. - Both have great animation, pretty colors, and good music. - Both have similar humor and characters interactions. - Asuna=Liya Dissimilarities: - SAO is a virtual world, but DN:WD is supposed to be set in their real world. - DN:WD shows Lamber's cute bare feet more than SAO's Kirito. <- This is very important btw 
report Recommended by Kazami
For those who felt let down by the Aincrad and/or Fairy Dance arcs. Season II comes in with guns-blazing Gun Gale Online and an emotional Mother's Rosario arc.  
report Recommended by mmchan
Kirito - Tada banri Asuna - Kaga Kouko They have the same Romance - comedy atmosphere, Both have 2 characters that are always together. 
report Recommended by McRae
Despite what people think, Kirito, Asuna, and the others did rely on team work like the main crew of characters in Alderamin. Both main characters seem to be good at assessing their situation and acting accordingly. The majority of the time, their plans come through. 
report Recommended by AobaSuzukaze
They're both similar quality and easy to watch. If you liked one, you're probably the target audience for the other. 
report Recommended by PolisChan
Same main character transfer in a fantasy world. + love story, - mmo.  
report Recommended by Sheyne
-Both take place in a game. -Have a similar idea: If dying in the game dies in real life too 
report Recommended by Sailor_Cherry
In both main character are teleported to another world 
report Recommended by Shubham_81998
- Both are related about online games - Main protagonist seems to be pretty powerful - Both got definitely other undertone, but pretty great and big created worlds 
report Recommended by Kactoos
Simular heart warming feel and lessons <3 
report Recommended by SAO_Kirito_SAO
Similar death game scenario, similar flashy animation, even a romance story with a Tsundere. Pretty much everything people like about SAO is in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, but better. 
report Recommended by kairyu_gen1
both are about mc's who experience a game world as real life in a sense though one may be a reverse of the other both mc are more knowledgeable about the "game"  
report Recommended by Fuseteam
Both of them uses alot of focus on swords and magic, and both have those amazing worlds and the main hero and his love. Both heroes are kinda realxed and chill but extremly strong when fighting seriously. 
report Recommended by Victor
Both Sword art Online and Zegapain are action / romance anime, without (too much) harem antics or Ecchi. Though zegapain deals with more complex issues, if you like one chances are you'll like the other  
report Recommended by rmremail
They are both set in the future and both use virtual reality to enhance the world as we know it. Definitely watch it. (^_-) 
report Recommended by Benpai
If you're just looking for simple entertainment with some romance in it. 
report Recommended by Erforscht
One of the main character for Re:Creators, Selestia is loosely based off Asuna from SAO. Re:Creators is a brilliant battle between copyright safe versions of anime characters from different genre. Its awesome. Selestia has a true fantasy backstory and is more mature than Asuna. But if you loved Asuna and want to see a show where her character type really shines check out RE:Creators and if you somehow haven't seen SAO and want to know Setsuna's base character watch the first half of SAO.  
report Recommended by MariSan28
Clannad (+Clannad After Story) and Sword Art Online are similar in one significant factor. Unlike the majority of animes with romance these two show's actually develop their main's characters affections for one another and you get to watch them grow in their relationships, as well as deal with various trials and tribulations. Overall, if you felt that either relationship (Kirito/Asuna or Nagisa/Tomoya) was fulfilling, I believe you will enjoy watching the other one develop as well. 
report Recommended by Tridon
The shows are not similar because of the artstyle or the story, but because of the strong bond between the main characters. Katanagatari is a show with humor, romance, action and a very interesting style. I think SAO fans will love this show. 
report Recommended by BrandonMTA
Both take place in a modern society with characters involving in a virtual gaming system which is the focal point of the show. Both the MCs are well known and are powerful users that dominate the screen. The female lead are similar but somewhat. The characters in Yugioh VRAINS are cold and detached as opposed to SAO being all about friendship. 
report Recommended by 99thEmperor
The story line involves the idea that the main character must seduce girls with the help of a virtual game applied in real life. These girls are spirits that need to be saved or they will be killed. Anime with good plot, romance and action. 
report Recommended by Lokura
Although at the first glance those two anime does not look similar at all, watching war maidens in Mandan no Ou to Vanadis fight reminded me SAO fights... Especially when they were fighting dragons (or each other) and using all those supernatural moves ^^ Also, in each series there is an outstanding guy whom all girls around him start to like XD 
report Recommended by lennah
Both have really cool sword combat systems and if you are into that then i think you should for sure watch them both. Both are also very action-packed. 
report Recommended by that_seXC_guy
When i watch SAO. it remind me an arc in yu-gi-oh when they are both trapped in virtual world and they must beat the game i mean boss behind this. Also both anime have a cool tech. Ex: Yu-gi-oh have a duel disk it can materialization monster and SAO have nerve gear so we can play inside the game. 
report Recommended by Indrico
I was very surprised to find that these weren't already recommended for each other. I can say with confidence that if you like one, you'll most likely like the other. both deal with gaming turning into something more real. although the game subjects are different. The art is really similar in both.They are so similar on atmosphere, that you must watch both. I MUST stress on thing though, if you are into SAO for the fighting, you may not like the other, for it has much less action. it has more ROMANCE.  
report Recommended by emif
Both Sword Art Online and ZET are very fast paced series, and they both contain fantastic action scenes, but ZET is much more for a mature audience out there. 
report Recommended by Rayla
The story progresses the same you know. The main reason because both start with an awesome plot of combats until the characters reach the top. But it is not seen completely because the plot decides to go to another route. So there will be a bunch of side stories than just wathcing the plot they have stated in the first episode. By the way the first episodes of each one is almost the same I recommend it if someone wants to watch it. 
report Recommended by KevSan
When I was watching the third episode of SAO- I thought of Bokurano. I don't know exactly why, maybe it's the atmosphere? Anyway, they both explore death. In Sword Art Online, 10,000 people are trapped in the game world. If they die in game, they die in real life. For Bokurano, 15 kids agree to play a game that later turned out to take place in reality. If they lose, everyone dies. Both anime's deal with having death smacked into plain view, and how the characters deal with what stands right before their eyes. 
report Recommended by DarkAngelz
The anime is similar to SAO mainly due to clearing dungeon levels as a group of adventurers and having the main character to be more powerful than others and also having a bond with other characters while clearing dungeons. 
report Recommended by Aleron
I'll start by saying that these are different in a lot of ways, but the overall feel and some of the themes are the same. SAO only touches on what Maoyuu Maou Yuusha is all about. While they both have some cool action here and there (SAO has more than Maoyuu Maou Yuusha by far, which isn't a lot if you've seen SAO), they both deal with bigger themes and they are mostly about the relationship between the lead male and female characters. They both are midieval themed with some magic and monsters, and the main character in both is the strongest fighter in the land.  read more 
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I know the plots are completely different but the feeling that both the anime transmit are the same. Both anime start with the main characters living a happy life when they both enter a new world (for mahou shoujo that would be the world of witchs and SOA the online game of the same title) that at first both those worlds feel like paradise, full of hapinness but soon after they realise not everything is as good as they tought (even though in SOA this happens way faster and right on the first episode) and after that they live in a life full of dilemmas  read more 
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takes place is a vr world where not everything is what it seems. The main characters have avatars like those of the first four games but why? Other players are also winding up in comas again. 
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The main characters from both series are refereed to as Black Swordsman. But Kuusen adds Black Swords master instead. Both are voiced by Matusoka-san. Both taking place in a fantasy setting. But in SAO's case its an VRMMORPG video game. While in Kuusen Madoushi takes place in a magic school setting. They are called a traitor by other people due to their actions. They are surrounded by woman who are interested in them  
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Based on an MMORPG. SAO uses Nerve Gear VR technology. While Blade and Soul is for the PC. One series deals with players trapped in a game. They must find a way out or risk dying in the process. The other series is based off a Korean MMORPG. More action and fanservice. SAO has swords. Blade and Soul has martial arts. While SAO has action and plot driven. But also has romance and drama between main characters and others. Both series has overpowered main character.  
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Both of these shows were done by A-1 pictures, which means they both boast excellent animation, especially when it comes to landscapes and scenery. Both shows contain "rooms" in which the characters have to clear in order to proceed through challenges, often causing them to be in life-threatening situations. In both shows, plans are made by groups of people to clear specific rooms, making strategy a vital part of the series.  
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SAO and Elemental Gelade are both adventure, fantasy, and romance (and in my opinion, are both kind of sci-fi). I really loved the end of both series. The female leads in EG (Reverie) and SAO (Asuna) are like polar opposites, Reverie is quiet (but not shy) and Asuna is very energetic. The male leads in EG (Coud) and SAO (Kirito/Kazuto) are kind of alike but they have their differences. I'm making this recommendation because they both gave me a hate/love feeling at some point in both the anime. Both are awesome anime, so I recommend watching both if you haven't watched any or have only  read more 
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The main characters are stuck in a video game and must clear the game in order to leave. Death is also permanent. Sword Art Online is a virtual reality video game played using NerveGear; the log-out button has been removed from the menu, leaving clearing the game's 100 levels as the only way out. Greed Island is a rare video game that only Hunters, who have a special power called nen, can play; players who start the game are transported to the actual island in real life, and cannot leave without collecting all the cards necessary for clearing the game. Please note that this particular  read more 
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In the real world, for both main characters they're just normal. But in this other world, they're both "special" in some kind of way and strong. and both also has quite a few girls that like the main guy. 
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Both series are based off of light novels. Though the main similarities is how they were adapted into their anime. Both barely bother to explain to you the minor details and you'll find yourself confused throughout both series unless you have prior knowledge of them from the light novels or any other source, although SAO does explain 'some' of its terminology. But regardless of understanding, both series are still enjoyable even with the lack of understanding. The overall genre of the two are fairly the same as well, as in action, adventure, fantasy, romance.  
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Main male protagonists are very similar, in personality and strength. There are similar themes in both anime, including friendship, sacrifice, and knowing who to trust. 
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this is similar and different in a way. Phi brain plays the game like SAO, but are not really IN the game as SAO. the situation is kinda different here, and that is that phi brain can avoid it, but SAO, you are in it and could not avoid it even if you want to. both involves risking their own life to finished the game. 
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Kiba is set in another world while SAO is set in a virtual reality - they share the concept of being transplanted from one reality to another. They are both shounen and have a great deal of action, adventure, and enough enjoyment to keep you jumping from one episode to the next. Kiba, unlike SAO, does not crap out at the end and begin another horrible story arc that tries hard to be as good as the first half, however. They remind me of each other and everyone that enjoyed SAO will enjoy Kiba. 
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The battles mainly take place in the virtual world. In Rockman, the enemies you fight are viruses, and you gain things after deleting those viruses. Same concept with SOA, you fight monsters, and you gain things from stuff they drop. Another neat thing to point out, there are Charged techniques used in both series. Rockman's Charged Shot, and Kirito's Charged Slash.  
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Got that annoying character that you hate so much thats like a leech, sucking the very precious screen time that could be used to further the plot. Ones that you wish they would away as soon as possible, well Gundam and Sword Art Online are for you. Supporting characters that serve no possible than cannon fodder are done away quickly and swiftly to be never heard from again. I should not that these don't discriminate between men and women. So if you don't like the women meeting the business end of reality you may want to stir clear from these.  
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While the plots are relatively different, I felt like the Tales Of Zestiria and Sword Art Online had a similar atmosphere to them. Not only that, but the main characters in some way could be paralleled, without giving anything away (their identities, dialogue, it was all there). One is set in an RPG game and the other is a promotion for one, so I do believe if you have seen one or the other this would be up your alley. 
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Although one is medieval fantasy(Claymore) while another one is Virtual Reality(SaO), they both in fact have some common elements: Medieval looking world. Monster Killing and hunting, a lot of it... Encountering enemy that is overpowered and can only be defeated in a group In fact SoA could learn a lot from Claymore, the battles in Claymore are much more intense, while the Claymores themselves use special abilities that are spectacular...  
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No recommendation for this yet? Well, old school series like Digimon Adventure probably slipped out of some people's heads. But at any rate, these two series have quite a bit in common. Both series features sci fi themes involving a deep journey to another virtual world that blurs the lines between fiction and reality. In that fictional world, there are digital like beings. Both series has main characters who are independent, skilled, resourceful, and helpful for those in need especially for their friends. Both series has comedy, drama, action, and a game atmosphere setting. Both series sets the fictional world with similar aspects such as the city, ocean,  read more 
report Recommended by Stark700
Both are about people who love playing online games where they end up finding their love interests and also eventually meeting their real life counterparts. 
report Recommended by AOIsama
Both anime offer a good amount of action and fanservice. Great anime to enjoy for fun. 
report Recommended by BenJames
Both anime tell story about The adventure in Virtual World MMORPG + From friends become lover + In some fight scene, MC fighting in group not alone + Both MMO (The World & SAO) turn become dangerous game which not only affect the players but also the real world  
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Similarity : + Action-Adventure anime set in Virtual MMORPG + Players trap inside game and only can be escape after defeated the main boss (Heathcliff & Deletloss) Different : + Compared to SAO, webdiver is lack romance between character + Kento Yuki (Webdiver MC) not trapped inside game like Kirito(SAO MC) 
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Both anime is about "another" world, and both are rly entertaining. Oda Nobuna is about historical events, but protagonist got his knowledge from games. In SAO it's about VRMMO, so its a bit similar in that way. 
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Both series have supernatural and fantasy elements as "regular" parts of life. Personally I believe that you either love this series, or you simply can't handle all of the many different elements and sometimes religious motifs used in it. Also, both have romance, action, and a "righteous" MC and both have their cute fanservice moments as well.  
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Both animes' main characters get put into another world where they have to fight their ways out. The main characters' relationships for each other started out as them being hated or annoyed by one another. The main characters at a point were on opposite sides (Blood Oath/Solo, Demon/Heros). Both anime are full of action, romance, and supernatural. 
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Romance, action, and a harem that mostly hurts the show rather than helps it! I personally prefer AD, but logically speaking, SAO has better action. However, what AD lacks in action, it makes up for in the relationship between characters. Also, Absolute Duo, unlike Sword Art Online, has characters not suited for its genre, making it rather interesting. If you liked SAO, you may like AD. 
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Okay, regrettably I don't like SAO, but if you like the concept of people going into games, and interacting, these are both for you. Baka Test is more of a comedy, if you can't take the impact of SAO. 
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Although Sword Art Online is a video game, inside the virtual world there is magic, action, guilds, some romance, similar to Fairy Tale.  
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"Wolverine" and "Sword Art Online" each features a very powerful male protagonist alongside a cast of varying female characters. Despite the main character simply wanting to live a peaceful life, but due to extreme situations, they take charge and become an unstoppable force. Much of the focus of these two anime is regarding a rescue mission for the protagonist's helpless love interest. In this dire situation with time being an urgent matter, they need to travel to an unfamiliar new location with a female companion who knows the area well and is the cause of a twist, stop the final villain in charge of the realm  read more 
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Both have romance in it. Both male leads are strong and are protecting the person most precious to them. They don't have the feelings at first but later gain them. Both female leads are pretty strong too. They both have predicaments where the main female lead gets kidnapped. In Brave 10 they don't get trapped in a game though, but both are amazing. 
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Both sister in these anime love their "brothers". Both anime are about making friends and both anime show how can you become closer with siblings.  
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a protagonist who is absurdly perfect, nice, brotherly, brave, smiley, cool, admirable, etc the similarity cannot be ignored. 
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In the second virtual world they use for attacks lyrics and words . You didn't see that too much or hear ^.^ is nice touch with the atmosphere that is created. Yeah! same time classics are put in good use . Boy and girl main characters >..< ... 
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1.) It has the whole medieval sword fighting fantasy thing going on (Though in Escaflowne there are mecha) 2.) It has the same dynamics with action, fighting, and romance. 3.) There are trapped in other worlds and trying to get home. Hitome, from Escaflowne, tries to get back to earth and everyone in SAO tries to leave the vitual world. 
report Recommended by Kaizoku_Mugiwara
Same concept but Abenobashi is implemented better, boy and girl trapped in a fictional world fighting to return to reality. 
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It is all about virtual world which turns real. While SAO primarily focuses on relationship, Dragon Drive focuses on reiji resolving to fight in order to learn the truth about RI-ON, Rikyu and Dragon Drive. But, in order to get out of the virtual world, both of them have to find the truth and defeat the enemy.  
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Honestly, Just the main story of achieving a goal is very similar. .....Might be bit of a spoiler..... But at one point when Kirito uses dual swords, so much reminds me of Lloyd Irving. Both of these animes have good story line, character development/relationships, and the thrilling feeling when you want to see what happens next. I would be thrilled if Sword Art Online had a game of its own 
report Recommended by Onigiri-tea
A small group of people who fight against the world. Same awesome fight with all the adrenaline, but SAO is not as funny as Naruto. 
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-Both have an Overpowered main character -Both characters go on their journey ALONE (for the most part) for similar reasons -Both stories introduce many characters in one episode arcs Casshern's sins does have much less romance than sword art online. It focuses more on people fearing death. Sword art online looks at this a little bit but turns more towards the romance and trying to beat the game. 
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Both uses a device/console that will bring you to the other world Nerve Gear - Virtual Reality DC Mini - People's Dream 
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at one point in bakugan there was virtual reality but not at the begening so both anime have virtual reality where poeple meet and play then later there are evil forces that trap then in the game so that they can never leave unless they solve the problem and find who caused it. 
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