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
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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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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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Akihiko Kayaba: In every world, once you die, you're gone.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Anime of Fall 2018 (2018) See more »

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Yume Sekai
(Dream World)
Performed by Haruka Tomatsu
Written by Shin Furuya, Kengo Minamida
Arranged by Furukawa Takahiro
(Music Rayn)
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Honestly, not that bad
19 July 2020 | by trolliyamaSee all my reviews

This is an okay anime series. Why do people hate it so much?

It is because of the supposed "sexism"? (Lol, as if the otaku crowd has ever cared that much about sexism) or because the main character supposedly is a "Mary Sue/Gary Stu/Marty Stu/Whatever"? A lot of protagonists in shonen anime are bigger Mary Sues yet people love them. Just ask Akira Toriyama.


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Japan

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Japanese

Release Date:

8 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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Tokyo, Japan See more »

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