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: 7.201 (scored by 20914432,091,443 users)
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Ranked: #31452
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Popularity: #5
Members: 2,982,192
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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)


Aug 29, 2023
"Sword Art Online," the anime produced by A-1 Pictures in 2012, stands as a notable entry in the virtual reality gaming genre. The story revolves around Kirito, a skilled gamer who, along with countless others, becomes trapped in a virtual reality MMORPG and must navigate a series of virtual worlds to escape. This anime offers an intriguing blend of adventure, friendship, and virtual exploration.

To fully grasp the essence of "Sword Art Online," it's advisable to watch beyond the initial episodes and delve into Kirito's journey as he adapts to the virtual realm and forms connections with other players.

The strongest aspect of "Sword Art Online" lies ...
Aug 7, 2023
Mixed Feelings
As a person who likes to play video games, sometimes I dream to live in one mainly because I believed it would be nice to have a health meter so I only die when it's at zero. Behold! The anime that portrays this kind of life style: Sword Art Online.

The anime begins with the launch of the titular Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. The game looks beautiful, plays really smoothly, and all ten thousand players are having a good time. What could possibly go wrong? Well, the creator of Sword Art Online, Akihiko Kayaba, has set some rules where the players cannot ...
Aug 27, 2023
I watched the abridged episodes until episode 18.

But I think I can still provide a valid opinion. Sword Art Online sucks! If you want the story, you are best off watching the abridged version. The transition from the hilarious abridged to the frankly awfully boring anime was intense to say the least.

SAO is about a young guy, Kirito, who got stuck in a video game. To get out of the video game, he has to beat the top level. The Sword Art if you will.
Title screen please.
Anyway, it is a nice plot and all but they threw it in the trash. The ...

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