Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

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In the year 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and a massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched. With the aid of "NerveGear" technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts. Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed "Kirito," is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of the game. He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, in a cruel turn of events, the players soon realize they cannot log out; the game's creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game. In order to escape Aincrad, Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players. Some are allies, while others are foes, like Asuna Yuuki, who commands the leading group attempting to escape from the ruthless game. To make matters worse, Sword Art Online is not all fun and games: if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life. Kirito must adapt to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hopefully break free from his virtual hell.

User Rating: 4.65 ( 17 votes)


English: Sword Art Online
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)
Producers: Aniplex, Genco, DAX Production, ASCII Media Works, Bandai Namco Games
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Light novel
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance
Duration: 23 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080p
Type: Dual Audio, BD


Atsuhiro Iwakami – Producer
Kazuma Miki – Producer
Yasunori Mori – Producer
Morio Asaka – Director, Storyboard
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Theme Songs

OP1: “crossing field” by LiSA (eps 2-14)
OP2: “INNOCENCE” by Aoi Eir (eps 15-24)
ED1: “crossing field” by LiSA (eps 1, 25)
ED2: “Yume Sekai (ユメセカイ)” by Haruka Tomatsu (eps 2-14)
ED3: “Overfly” by Luna Haruna (eps 15-24)

Episode List

01: The World of Swords
02: Beater
03: The Red-Nosed Reindeer
04: The Black Swordsman
05: A Crime Within the Walls
06: Illusionary Avenger
07: The Temperature of the Heart
08: The Sword Dance of White and Black
09: The Blue-Eyed Demon
10: Crimson Killing Intent
11: The Girl of Morning Dew
12: Yui’s Heart
13: Edge of Hell’s Abyss
14: The End of the World
15: Return
16: Land of the Fairies
17: Captive Queen
18: To the World Tree
19: The Lugru Corridor
20: General of the Blazing Flame
21: The Truth of Alfheim
22: Grand Quest
23: Bonds
24: Gilded Hero
25: The World Seed


“Two years worth of semen made a glopping noise as it flowed endlessly into Asuna”


Self-indulgent power fantasy about a soulless husk in black saving waifus from one-dimensional psychopaths.


Even though people talk badly about this. I quite liked it.


Overrated, poorly written at times, and generic as it is, SAO gets more hate than it deserves.


It’s fun to shit on. So let’s continue to shit on it.


Interesting idea, questionable execution of that idea, and story has generic romance and begins to fall short quickly.


First 10 episodes aren’t terrible, and then Yui was introduced…


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