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Sword Art Online

TV, ep.25 (~23 min.), 2012

 

Information:

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Science-Fiction, Game, Shounen, Virtual Reality, Seinen, Novel
Tags: Contemporary Fantasy, Hero of Strong Character, Magic, Swords & Co, Action, Adventure, Based on a Light Novel, Fantasy, High Stakes Games, MMORPG, Person in a Strange World, RPG, Sci Fi, Virtual Reality
Release Date: 24.06.2012 ‑ 23.12.2012
Studios: A-1 Pictures Inc.
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Type: TV (2012)
Episodes: 25, ~23 min.

Alternative names:

ソードアート・オンライン
SAO
Sword Art Online
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Escape was impossible until it was cleared; a game over would mean an actual «death». Without knowing the «truth» of the mysterious next generation MMO, «Sword Art Online» (SAO), approximately ten thousand users logged in together, opening the curtains to this cruel death battle. Participating alone in SAO, protagonist Kirito had promptly accepted the «truth» of this MMO. And in the game world, a gigantic floating castle named «Aincrad», he distinguished himself as a solo Player.
Aiming to clear the game by reaching the highest floor, Kirito riskily continued alone. Because of a pushy invitation from a female warrior and rapier expert, Asuna, he teamed up with her. That encounter brought about an opportunity to call out to the fated Kirito.
In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players can control their avatars through brain waves using technology called "NerveGear." When players enter the game, they discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive. To escape, players must beat the game by defeating each boss on all 100 floors; however, if they die in the game, they die in real life too. Their struggle for survival starts now...
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 - that is, if their HP doesn't drop to zero first, for 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 – some forming guilds, others ruthlessly leaving their peers behind, and many tragically falling by the wayside or to the merciless monsters populating the lands...
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Related anime:

Sword Art Online TV, 2012
Accel World TV, 2012, Shared Universe
Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline Bonus, 2012, Other
Sword Art Online: Extra Edition TV-Special, 2013, Sequel

Related manga:

Sword Art Online Light Novel, 2009, Adaptation
Sword Art Online: Progressive Light Novel, 2012, Adaptation

Related characters:

Player
Player
Player
Player
Player
Player
Frenzy Boar
Frenzy Boar
Wolf
Wolf
Klein  [Avatar]
Klein [Avatar]
Akihiko KAYABA [Avatar]
Akihiko KAYABA [Avatar]
Kirito  [Avatar]
Kirito [Avatar]
Player
Player
Player
Player
Player
Player
Ruin Kobold Sentinels
Ruin Kobold Sentinels
Illfang the Kobold Lord
Illfang the Kobold Lord
Kibaou
Kibaou
Diabel
Diabel
Killer Mantis
Killer Mantis
Nicholas The Renegade
Nicholas The Renegade
Dark Dwarf
Dark Dwarf
Golem
Golem
Keita
Keita
Sachi
Sachi
Tetsuo
Tetsuo
Sasamaru
Sasamaru
Ducker
Ducker
Pup
Pup
Mandrake
Mandrake
Giant Venus Fly Trap
Giant Venus Fly Trap
Land Anemone
Land Anemone
Titan's Hand Member
Titan's Hand Member
Titan's Hand Member
Titan's Hand Member
Titan's Hand Member
Titan's Hand Member
Titan's Hand Member
Titan's Hand Member
Titan's Hand Member
Titan's Hand Member
Drunken Ape
Drunken Ape
Pina
Pina
Silica
Silica
Rosalia
Rosalia
Kyaku
Kyaku
Kyaku
Kyaku
Kyaku
Kyaku
Kains
Kains
Yolko
Yolko
Grimlock
Grimlock
Schmidt
Schmidt
Frost Dragon
Frost Dragon
Ragout Rabbit
Ragout Rabbit
Lizardman Lord
Lizardman Lord
Demonic Servant
Demonic Servant
The Gleam Eyes
The Gleam Eyes
Cobert
Cobert
Godfrey
Godfrey
Kuradeel
Kuradeel
The Army Member
The Army Member
The Army Member
The Army Member
Mina
Mina
Gin
Gin
Cain
Cain
Sasha
Sasha
Argo
Argo
Four-eyed Frog
Four-eyed Frog
Yui
Yui
Yulier
Yulier
Thinker
Thinker
The Fatal Scythe
The Fatal Scythe
Nishida
Nishida
Lungfish
Lungfish
The Skull Reaper
The Skull Reaper
Harry One
Harry One
Kunimittz
Kunimittz
Dale
Dale
Dynamm
Dynamm
Issin
Issin
Heathcliff
Heathcliff
Akihiko KAYABA
Akihiko KAYABA
Red-Eyed XaXa
Red-Eyed XaXa
Johnny BLACK
Johnny BLACK
PoH
PoH
Lisbeth
Lisbeth
Agil
Agil
Midori KIRIGAYA
Midori KIRIGAYA
Shouzou YUUKI
Shouzou YUUKI
Salamander
Salamander
Salamander
Salamander
Player
Player
Player
Player
Kagemune
Kagemune
Evil Glance
Evil Glance
Sigurd
Sigurd
Orcs
Orcs
Jeatex
Jeatex
Salamander
Salamander
Kirito  [Monster]
Kirito [Monster]
Eugene
Eugene
Cait Sith
Cait Sith
Alicia RUE
Alicia RUE
Sakuya
Sakuya
Namekuji
Namekuji
Namekuji
Namekuji
Stone Statue
Stone Statue
Stone Statue
Stone Statue
Guardians of the World Tree
Guardians of the World Tree
Keiko AYANO
Keiko AYANO
Rika SHINOZAKI
Rika SHINOZAKI
Holy Dragon Alliance Member
Holy Dragon Alliance Member
Andrew Gilbert MILLS
Andrew Gilbert MILLS
Shin'ichi NAGATA
Shin'ichi NAGATA
Recon
Recon
Oberon
Oberon
Nobuyuki SUGOU
Nobuyuki SUGOU
Suguha KIRIGAYA
Suguha KIRIGAYA
Titania
Titania
Leafa
Leafa
Kazuto KIRIGAYA
Kazuto KIRIGAYA
Kirito  [Spriggan]
Kirito [Spriggan]
Yui  [Navigation Pixie]
Yui [Navigation Pixie]
Klein
Klein
Asuna
Asuna
Kirito
Kirito
Ketsumei Kishidan
Ketsumei Kishidan
Griselda
Griselda
Kazuto KIRIGAYA
Kazuto KIRIGAYA
Suguha KIRIGAYA
Suguha KIRIGAYA
Thinker  [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Thinker [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Sasha  [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Sasha [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Thinker
Thinker
Sasha
Sasha
Yulier
Yulier
Yulier  [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Yulier [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Asuna YUUKI
Asuna YUUKI
Asuna  [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Asuna [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Ryoutarou TSUBOI
Ryoutarou TSUBOI
Klein  [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Klein [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Ougon Ringo
Ougon Ringo
Lisbeth  [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Lisbeth [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Silica  [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Silica [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Agil  [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Agil [Alfheim Online Avatar]
Shouichi Shinkawa
Shouichi Shinkawa
Atsushi Kanamoto
Atsushi Kanamoto
Schmitt
Schmitt
Kovats
Kovats
Jitax
Jitax
Corbatz
Corbatz
Jiitakusu
Jiitakusu
Kain
Kain
Lizbeth
Lizbeth
XaXa
XaXa