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Sword Art Online 

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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 46 episodes, 2012-2019
Cherami Leigh ...  Asuna / ... 43 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 »


Referenced in Anime-Gataris: Minoa, Anime Rookie! (2017) See more »


Performed by Haruka Tomatsu
Written by Nori
Arranged by Furukawa Takahiro
(Music Rayn)
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SAO- an anime you'll always remember
27 January 2015 | by crespo-camila97See all my reviews

SAO- an anime you'll always remember

I guess the ones who have got here already now the back story of season I, so i'll avoid explaining it. Anyway, be prepared for a bunch of new and fresh characters. Such as Sinon and Yuuki, both girls, and both with some incredible and difficult pasts. Definitely SAO II is not as good as the first season, but the evolution of the characters makes worth seeing it. The content of some chapters is weak but as you go further it improves a lot. At the end, the essence of SAO appears again and makes you love the show even more. If you have already seen the first season, the second one would sure be awesome for you! Love the ending. Don't miss it, is one of those anime which you go through all the emotions.

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Release Date:

8 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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Tokyo, Japan See more »

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16:9 HD
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