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 / ... 86 episodes, 2012-2020
Haruka Tomatsu ...  Asuna / ... 58 episodes, 2012-2020
Bryce Papenbrook ...  Kirito 47 episodes, 2012-2020
Cherami Leigh ...  Asuna / ... 44 episodes, 2012-2020


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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In the first episode. As Kirito is reading his magazine. You see a small glimpse of his computer screen with the news report of SAO and Nerve gear along with social media. In the report if you look closely you'll see Klein, in the bottom left corner with his friends holding up their copies of the game. See more »


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Definitely recommended.
8 February 2015 | by hha8See all my reviews

The show has an extremely interesting setting - an mmorpg in a virtual reality, where if you die in the game - you die for real. The first arc of the first season focuses on that, and is executed amazingly.It has plenty of action, and also describes the moral and mental implications this situation.Really, the quality of the animation, the idea of the story, the various story lines and side stories are enough to rate the first arc 9 out of 10, and that is only because, as others have said, it feels a bit rushed, and could have been stretched to at least an entire season. The rest of the series - OK, but not nearly as good as it takes place in different settings and just doesn't have the same 'edge'.I wont bother going into it. I still would recommend watching it if you liked the first season(you obviously HAVE to finish the first season after the first arc.) Overall : 8/10 from me.

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8 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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