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 ...  Kirito / ... 49 episodes, 2012-2014
...  Kirito 42 episodes, 2012-2014
...  Asuna 37 episodes, 2012-2014
...  Asuna / ... 36 episodes, 2012-2014
Kanae Itô ...  Yui 24 episodes, 2012-2014
...  Yui 24 episodes, 2012-2014
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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Sword art online was nearly not released but due to another anime called accel world doing well the author thought he would release sword art online as well See more »

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Spin-off Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (2014) See more »

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Written by Eir Aoi, Ryosuke Shigenaga
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Over hyped and kind of stupid, but enjoyable nonetheless
14 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

I have mixed feelings about this show. It has many good things, but it also has its fair share of bad things. The first half of the show, I like. It's just pure entertainment, with absolutely nothing else, but it's watchable and addictive. The animation is great, I love seeing the world of Sword Art Online, the threat of death creates a little tension, and watching our two main characters Kirito and Asuna fall in love is sweet and charming. The second half I hate. I don't like the new world Alfheim Online. It never captured my interest the way Sword Art Online did and the threat of death is gone. The whole arc with Kiritos' sister is unbearably annoying and I really wish they had just cut that out. Lastly, Asuna, the all powerful Asuna, is reduced to the clichéd damsel in distress, which is stupid, dumb, and makes no sense. All that being said, I still enjoy the show and recommend you watch it. There are stupid things and it may not require much brain power, but you can have fun with it.


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