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This 24-episode series initially ran in Japan from July 5 to December 20, 2014 on Tokyo MX with later airings on Chiba TV, tvk, Teleball, GYT, GTV, MBS, TVA, TVh, TVQ and BS11.[7] The series was made available as a worldwide simulcast by Aniplex.[8][9] It was also picked up by Crunchyroll for online simulcast streaming in North America and other select parts of the world.[10] Daisuki allowed users to stream the series in select European countries.[11]

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The light novel series spans several virtual reality worlds, beginning with the game, Sword Art Online (SAO), which is set in a world known as Aincrad. Each world is built on a game engine called the World Seed, which was initially developed specifically for SAO by Akihiko Kayaba, but was later duplicated for Alfheim Online (ALO), and later willed to Kirito, who had it leaked online with the successful intention of reviving the virtual reality industry. A third world known as Gun Gale Online (GGO) appears in the third arc and is stylized as an FPS game instead of an RPG, and is the main setting of Alternative Gun Gale Online. It was created using the World Seed by an American company. A fourth world appears in the fourth arc known as the Underworld (UW). The world itself was created using the World Seed as a base, but it is as realistic as the real world due to using many powerful government resources to keep it running.

In 2022, a virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online (SAO) was released. With the NerveGear, a helmet that stimulates the user's five senses via their brain, players can experience and control their in-game characters with their minds. Both the game and the NerveGear were created by Akihiko Kayaba. On November 6, 10,000 players log into SAO's mainframe cyberspace for the first time, only to discover that they are unable to log out. Kayaba appears and tells the players that they must beat all 100 floors of Aincrad, a steel castle which is the setting of SAO, if they wish to be free. He also states that those who suffer in-game deaths or forcibly remove the NerveGear out-of-game will suffer real-life deaths.

For the protagonist Kirito, Kawahara was asked if Kirito's personality and character were based on his own; he answered that he usually does not put aspects of himself into his characters, and jokingly remarked: "but if I had to say there was a point of similarity between Kirito and myself, it is the fact that neither of us are good at forming parties. We [both] tend to play solo in these games a lot."[7] He also noted that the female characters in the story were not based on anyone he knew in the real world, stating: "I don't usually make a character, setting, or anything before I start writing. As I write the story, the girls become what they are now. So, somehow, I don't know exactly, but somehow, my subliminal idea or some hidden emotion creates the characters to be strong and capable." He added that he wrote the series to demonstrate that he views online gaming not as a social ill or escape from real life, but rather decided to show games in a more positive light in his light novels. Kawahara also noted that the character of Asuna might have been created a little too perfectly.[7]

A year-end special, titled Sword Art Online Extra Edition, aired on December 31, 2013. The special recapped the previously aired anime series and included some new footage.[52][53] Extra Edition was streamed worldwide a few hours after its airing in Japan.[54] The two-hour-long special was available on Daisuki worldwide except for French-speaking areas, as well as China and Korea.[54] Daisuki offered subtitles in various languages such as English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and German.[54] English-speaking countries, Mexico, Central and South America could also watch the stream on Crunchyroll.[55] Extra Edition was also simulcast in Korea on Aniplus cable channel and in China on the LeTV streaming website.[55] French-speaking countries could watch on the Wakanim streaming website.[55] The Blu-ray Disc and DVD of Extra Edition was released on April 23, 2014 in Japan.[56] The limited edition included a Yui character song titled "Heart Sweet Heart" by Kanae Itō and an original side story written by Kawahara titled "Sword Art Online Niji no Hashi" (ソードアートオンライン 虹の橋, Sword Art Online Rainbow Bridge).[56]

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is a PlayStation Vita game released in Japan on April 24, 2014.[113][114] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment takes place in the same alternative storyline as Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment,[115] and it includes all content of "Floor Clearing" from that previous game[116] with the addition of new unexplored "Hollow Area" of Aincrad.[117] The protagonist Kirito will cross swords with a mysterious player who would become one of the key characters in the game.[117] The game sold 145,029 physical retail copies within the first week of release in Japan, topping the Japanese software sales charts for that particular week.[118] The game had also been released in Taiwan by Namco Bandai Games Taiwan with Chinese and English subtitles.[119] A digital-only North American, European and Australian release was released in August 2014.

Bandai Namco released Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag RPG for Android and iOS[148] in August 2016. It was released outside of Japan on January 24, 2017.[149] Featuring content from the anime series, Ordinal Scale, and some original shorts written for event characters, players are allowed to play solo and progress through the story, or join up with others online to farm special items, equipment, and materials.[150] Common events include ranked challenges against other players, floor clearing, character introductions and seasonal events. Players have the choice of spending real money to speed-up their progress.[151] However, the game was discontinued in August 30, 2021.[152] While Memory Defrag is delisted from the app stores, the game is still available to play via offline version of the app if the person downloaded the game before the termination date.

Bandai Namco released Sword Art Online Arcade: Deep Explorer in Japanese arcades on March 19, 2019. It is an exploration action RPG that supports up to three players in online co-op and it is the first arcade game in the Sword Art Online series.[155][156]

Richard Eisenbeis of Kotaku hails Sword Art Online as the smartest series in recent years, praising its deep insight on the psychological aspects of virtual reality on the human psyche, its sociological views on creating a realistic economy and society in a massively multiplayer online game setting, and the writing staff's ability to juggle a wide variety of genres within the series.[178] Eisenbeis particularly noted how the romance between Kirito and Asuna is explored bringing "definition to exactly what love is like in a virtual world."[178] However, at the time of this preliminary review, he had only watched the first 12 episodes of the series.[178] He has since gone on to review the second half of the series, lauding its excellent use of plot twists and praising its well-written and believable villain. However, he felt that some of the initial positive aspects of the series were lost in the second half, such as the focus on psychological repercussions and social interactions that could be realistically seen in an online game. Criticism was also levied towards the aspect of turning Asuna into a damsel in distress, stating that a female lead as strong as her was "reduced to nothing but the quest item the male lead is hunting for." Eisenbeis closes his review of the series by stating in regards to the two halves, "Both, however, are enjoyable for what they are."[179]

In the 2020 edition of Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!, Sword Art Online was voted by the public in an online poll and by a jury (critics, influencers, and other people related to the light novel industry) as the best light novel series of the 2010s, being the first in the ranking with 1,728.95 points.[193]

Based on the popular light novels by Reki Kawahara, Sword Art Online is one of the best-known anime of the past decade. The fantasy sci-fi series has captured the imaginations of viewers with its adventures through different game worlds that often blur the lines between virtual reality and real life. That being said, viewers new to the series may need a little help determining the proper Sword Art Online watch order.

SAO Alternative is a separate series, with a different cast of characters. Based on the light novels by Keiichi Sigsawa, its only similarity to the main series is that it takes place in the already-established world of Gun Gale Online. It can be viewed as a standalone story, although a couple of references to Sinon and Kirito might be missed if you haven't watched the "Phantom Bullet" Arc first.

Even fans of the series might be overwhelmed as they try and keep up with new material, so new fans have a lot of catching up to do. The series is easy to find on a variety of streaming services, but there's an ideal order to watch them. Keeping an eye on the Story Arcs, which are numbered, is one part of the guideline.

The series' aesthetic is intended to be surreal, so the setting and characters might seem fantastical or even inconsistent even if viewed in the recommended SAO watch order. The anime doesn't dramatically deviate from the manga or light novels, and reading the literature isn't mandatory to understand any of the anime. This order also doesn't include spinoffs, which are optional for viewers more interested in the expanded lore.

This series neatly explains everything in the very first episode, including the development of the new "virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game" or VRMMORPG, its flagship title being the new Sword Art Online. The plot follows the main character Kirito, a dedicated gamer who was also active in the beta-test version, as he and the other players become trapped within the game world. He seeks to beat the game and free himself along with all of the other players. 041b061a72


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