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Sword Art Online 

In the year 2022, thousands of people get trapped in a new virtual MMORPG and the lone wolf player, Kirito, works to escape.
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Series cast summary:
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka Yoshitsugu Matsuoka ...  Kirito / ... 49 episodes, 2012-2014
Bryce Papenbrook ...  Kirito 43 episodes, 2012-2014
Cherami Leigh ...  Asuna 38 episodes, 2012-2014
Haruka Tomatsu ...  Asuna / ... 36 episodes, 2012-2014
Kanae Itô Kanae Itô ...  Yui 24 episodes, 2012-2014
Stephanie Sheh ...  Yui 24 episodes, 2012-2014
Ayana Taketatsu Ayana Taketatsu ...  Leafa / ... 22 episodes, 2012-2014
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The year is 2022, and gamers have lined up on launch day for Sword Art Online, a hotly-anticipated MMORPG that lets players connect to an immersive virtual reality world with special helmets called Nerve Gear. Kirito is one such gamer who's eager to jump back into action, having spent a great deal of time as a beta tester, and quickly becomes friends with newbie warrior Klein. But soon, Sword Art Online's 10,000 players discover that not only are they unable to log out, the only way they can return to their physical bodies is by beating the 100-level tower's final boss - death in the game means death in the real world. Now, with no one else to turn to, Kirito and the other participants must survive the game as best they can. Written by Anonymous

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Japan

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Japanese | English

Release Date:

7 July 2012 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Sao See more »

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Dolby Digital EX | Stereo

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16:9 HD
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The storyline is based on the light novel series "Sword Art Online" originally intended as an entry into a short story competition. The original novel was twice as long as allowed for the contest but Reki couldn't bear taking anything out of the story leading to it being self published. See more »

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Spin-off Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (2018) See more »

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Courage
Performed by Haruka Tomatsu
Written by Nori
Arranged by Furukawa Takahiro
(Music Rayn)
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Watching this is as crucial to your existence as learning how to breathe!
1 January 2013 | by UglyParentsSee all my reviews

This anime was nothing less than a masterpiece (and, believe me, I don't throw that word around lightly). I'm not a gamer and yet I found every aspect of SAO appealing: the special skills, the slightly complicated workings of the VRMMORPG(s), the character designs...everything was top- notch. While the idea of creating an anime which focuses on characters playing a VRMMORPG isn't entirely new/original, I believe that SAO manifests the most flawless depiction of such a series.

From the onset of the anime, Tomohiko Ito intrigued me with a plot line so gripping and characters so relatable and admirable that I would undoubtedly watch every last episode of this anime. The phantasmagorical world that he created left me wishing that there was some possibility that it could be real sometimes and the love shared between the two main characters was so heart-rending that it made my heart bleed. This anime illustrates the whole scope of human emotions/relations within a mere 25 episodes AND features quite a bit of character development. Furthermore, it presents a completely fleshed-out and fulfilled story which leaves no "what ifs?"...it ties up all loose ends and then redirects to give you a look at the lives of even some of the minor characters.

This isn't just an anime...it's a true work of art! 100/10 You've gotta watch this! :D


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