PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Airing 8 July 2012 to
2 April 2020
Premier Summer 2012
Broadcast Sundays at 00:00 (JST)
Source Light novel
Episode 25 (23 min. per ep.)
Status Finished Airing
Score 7.62 by 943571
Rank 1309
Favorite 50828
Popularity 3
Member 1341541

Sword Art Online


  • S.A.O
  • SAO
  • Sword Art Online
  • ソードアート・オンライン


Sword Art Online adapts the first 4 novels of Reki Kawahara's light novel series of the same name.[Written by MAL Rewrite]EditBackgroundSword Art Online adapts the first 4 novels of Reki Kawahara's light novel series of the same name.The first episode received an early screening at the Tokyo International Forum Hall C on June 24, 2012. The regular TV broadcast started July 8, 2012.


In the year 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and a massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched. With the aid of "NerveGear" technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts. Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed "Kirito," is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of the game. He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, in a cruel turn of events, the players soon realize they cannot log out; the game's creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game. In order to escape Aincrad, Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players. Some are allies, while others are foes, like Asuna Yuuki, who commands the leading group attempting to escape from the ruthless game. To make matters worse, Sword Art Online is not all fun and games: if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life. Kirito must adapt to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hopefully break free from his virtual hell. [Written by MAL Rewrite]


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