Sword Art Online

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  • TV-14
  • 2012
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.5  (42,169)

Sword Art Online is an epic adventure anime series from Aniplex that takes place in a futuristic world where virtual reality gaming has become a way of life. The series stars Cherami Leigh as Asuna Yuuki, Bryce Papenbrook as Kirito Kazuto Kirigaya, Hiroki Yasumoto as Klein Ryoutarou Tsuboi, Hiroaki Hirata as Heathcliff Kayaba Akihiko, Koichi Yamadera as Akihiko Avia, Haruka Tomatsu as Silica Keiko Ayano, Ayahi Takagaki as Lisbeth Rika Shinozaki, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Agil Andrew Gilbert Mills, Rina Hidaka as Priscilla and Saori Hayami as Sachi.

The story follows the lives of Kirito and Asuna, two gamers who get trapped inside the virtual reality game Sword Art Online. The premise of the game is simple - the players have to explore and clear 100 levels of the game's tower, called Aincrad, to win. However, things take a turn for the worse when the game's creator, Kayaba Akihiko, traps all 10,000 players inside the game and informs them that the only way to escape is to clear all levels of the game.

Kirito, who was a beta tester for the game, is one of the few players who knows the ins and outs of the game. He takes it upon himself to lead Asuna and others, as they explore the virtual world, fighting against different enemies and bosses on the way. As they progress deeper into the game, they realize that the virtual world is not just a game, but a matter of life and death.

Throughout the journey, Kirito and Asuna develop a deep bond, sharing their thoughts and feelings with each other. Kirito trains Asuna to become a strong fighter, and they both become important figures in the community, known for their bravery and determination.

In addition to Sword Art Online, the series also includes other virtual reality games, such as Alfheim Online, Gun Gale Online, and Underworld. Each game provides a new challenge for Kirito and his friends, as they explore the limits of their abilities and try to overcome the various obstacles that they face.

One of the unique aspects of Sword Art Online is its exploration of the relationship between the virtual world and reality. The series raises several thought-provoking questions about how the two worlds relate to each other, and whether one can be substituted for the other. It also delves into the ethics of virtual reality, such as the consequences of killing another player in a virtual space.

Overall, Sword Art Online is an engaging and thrilling anime series that combines adventure, romance, and science-fiction elements. The story is filled with intense action scenes, emotional moments, and captivating character development, making it a must-watch for fans of the genre. The voice acting by the talented cast, including Cherami Leigh, Bryce Papenbrook, and Haruka Tomatsu, adds an extra layer of emotional depth to the characters and their interactions.

Sword Art Online is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (98 episodes). The series first aired on July 7, 2012.

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New World
25. New World
September 19, 2020
Rinko informs Kazuto that Alice is missing. He's about to rush to the Rath Roppongi branch when the doorbell rings. In a panic, Kazuto throws open the door, only to find a deliveryman there with a huge cardboard box.
24. Alice
September 12, 2020
The Rath Attack Incident, masterminded by the American National Security Agency, is over. Now head of the newly formed Oceanic Resource Exploration & Research Institution, Rinko unveils Alice to the world as an authentic artificial general intelligence.
Beyond Time
23. Beyond Time
September 5, 2020
The maximum-acceleration phase has begun. Alice successfully logs out of the Underworld, but Kirito doesn't make it in time. In the real world, Higa and Kikuoka rush to shut down the STL, in order to disable the maximum-acceleration phase, but...
The Night-Sky Blade
22. The Night-Sky Blade
August 29, 2020
Alice and Asuna head to the World's End Altar as Kirito confronts Gabriel. Unless he can defeat Gabriel and return to the real world before the maximum-acceleration phase begins, Kirito will have to spend the next 200 years in the Underworld.
21. Awakening
August 22, 2020
Escaping his nightmares, Kirito regains consciousness at last. With the Night-Sky Blade in his right hand and the broken Blue Rose Sword in his left, he faces off against Vassago, armed with the Mate-Chopper, now enormous in size.
20. Memories
August 15, 2020
Sinon manages to severely damage Gabriel, but her strength has been sapped. Leafa collapses after wiping out the American players. And Asuna, her situation now hopeless, gazes at Kirito. But the Black Swordsman continues to wander through his dreams.
Prince of Hell
19. Prince of Hell
August 8, 2020
Asuna and the others succumb to Vassago and the Chinese/Korean players. Discovering the catatonic Kirito, Vassago kicks his wheelchair over. Enraged, Klein lunges at Vassago, only to be pinned down by enemy players. Just then, someone unexpected appears.
Code 871
18. Code 871
August 1, 2020
The traitor inside Rath turns out to be a researcher named Yanai. When Higa attempts to restore Kirito, Yanai tries to thwart the operation by holding him at gunpoint. Meanwhile, in the Underworld, Sinon confronts Gabriel, who has logged back in.
17. Instigation
July 25, 2020
Bercouli pursues Vecta, who's abducted Alice. After a long, vicious battle, Bercouli unleashes his secret sword skill, Uragiri, and finally defeats Vecta, despite having sustained severe injuries himself.
End to Eternity
16. End to Eternity
July 18, 2020
Despite its modest size, the Human Empire Army and Asuna valiantly battle the wave of American players surging towards them. But they're hopelessly outnumbered, and the Human Empire soldiers start to fall one after another.
The War of Underworld
15. The War of Underworld
July 11, 2020
Sinon has logged in with the super-account of Solus, the Sun Goddess and rescues Asuna and the others at the last minute. Meanwhile, Leafa logs in with the super-account of Terraria, the Earth Goddess, and descends to the Underworld.
Ray of Light
13. Ray of Light
December 28, 2019
Due to Gabriel's scheme, U.S. players were given black knight accounts, and are now continuously logging in to the Underworld. They begin mercilessly slaughtering soldiers from both the Human Empire Army and the Dark Territory Army.
Heartless Choice
12. Heartless Choice
December 21, 2019
Asuna has created a bottomless chasm. The dark knights and the pugilists attempt to cross over to the other side, where the Human Empire Army waits. Meanwhile, Critter releases an announcement about a limited-time beta test for a bizarre new VRMMO.
Stacia, the Goddess of Creation
11. Stacia, the Goddess of Creation
December 14, 2019
Asuna has logged into the Underworld using the superuser account of Stacia, the Goddess of Creation. After she descends, she is reunited with Kirito, thanks to Ronie and Tiese. But soon Alice arrives, leading to a precarious situation!
Sword and Fist
10. Sword and Fist
December 7, 2019
Upon seeing Alice, Gabriel orders his entire army to capture her. The pugilists guild races ahead of the main force. As Alice and Bercouli try to come up with a strategy to counter them, the silent Integrity Knight Sheyta Synthesis Twelve steps forward.
Blood and Life
9. Blood and Life
November 30, 2019
The powerful formal art unleashed by the Integrity Knight Alice inflicts severe casualties on the forces of darkness. Alice encounters an enemy survivor and learns that Emperor Vecta's objective is to find the Priestess of Light.
Stigma of the Disqualified
8. Stigma of the Disqualified
November 23, 2019
Integrity Knight Renly Synthesis Twenty-Seven, in battle for the first time, flees his position, allowing goblins from the forces of darkness to infiltrate to the tent where Kirito is.
Battle of the Knights
7. Battle of the Knights
November 16, 2019
The Final Load Test has begun, and the Eastern Gate has collapsed. Incited by Gabriel, now Emperor Vecta, the massive army of the Land of Darkness pushes on towards the Human Empire.
The Night Before Battle
6. The Night Before Battle
November 9, 2019
Resolved to fight for humankind, Alice joins the forces of the Human Empire, bringing Kirito with her. But while the forces of darkness boast overwhelming numbers, only thirteen Integrity Knights are available to fight for the Human Empire.
Dark Territory
5. Dark Territory
November 2, 2019
Shasta, commander of the Dark Territory's dark knights, had intended to use Administrator's death as a chance for peace with the Human Empire. But his plans are thwarted by Emperor Vecta's return to the land of darkness.
The Final Load Test
4. The Final Load Test
October 26, 2019
The mysterious group that attacked the Ocean Turtle turns out to be a secret unit under orders from the U.S. National Security Agency. And its leader, Gabriel, has battled Kirito and Sinon before.
3. Raids
October 19, 2019
A force from the Dark Territory is attacking Rulid Village. Though she'd lost her purpose in battle, in order to fight for her family, and for the people that Kirito and Eugeo tried to protect, Alice takes up the Osmanthus Blade once again!
In the Far North
2. In the Far North
October 12, 2019
Six months have passed since the fierce battle against Administrator. Alice has brought Kirito to her childhood home, Rulid Village, where they live peacefully. Gazing out at the world that she saved with Kirito, Alice reflects on all that's happened.
1. Reflection
October 5, 2019
Asuna and Alice reflect on the series of events that have led to their current predicaments and what they have learned along the way.
Where to Watch Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online is available for streaming on the Aniplex website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Sword Art Online on demand at Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 7, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (42,169)