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
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 21628112,162,811 users)
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Ranked: #31872
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #5
Members: 3,095,813
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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

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
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)

Episode Videos


Jun 28, 2024
Is it good? No not really. Then why the heck am I recommending it? Because if you haven't seen it, it's still worth watching.

This is a kids show. Treating it like anything else is silly. It's rated TV-PG for a reason. Even if that wasn't the author's intent that's what it ended up being. Once you realize that and don't take it too seriously that's when you can appreciate it for what it is.

There's no question that it's poorly written but that ended up being half of the fun. Seeing how it didn't make sense half the time to such a ridiculous degree was ...
Jun 4, 2024
Mixed Feelings
There are many anime where the Eastern and Western perceptions are very mismatched. Sword Art Online (SAO) is one of the greatest examples of this. A stalwart, heavyweight franchise in the medium in Japan is seen by many in the West as the most controversial anime ever made, mainly due to its status as being one of the progenitors of modern power fantasy stories. In this review, I give my take as to that circumstance as well as my general opinions on the anime. The first season is the most popular point of the series, but is also the most controversial. So let's begin.

Of course, ...
Jun 29, 2024
This is how to watch this anime. Watch the opening, one of the best older anime openings, enjoy the first two episodes since it sets up everything extremely well. Then stop. Do not pass go, do not watch the rest. This is the worst anime you will watch. Enjoy the first two episodes and revel in what could have been. This anime devolves and wastes what could have been a great plot that would make anyone who wondered the question, 'what if when you die in the game you die in real life?'. Squandered plot lines, bad characters, and an underserved great song for an ...

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