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Sword Art Online (ソードアート・オンライン) is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec, which has been published by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko imprint since April 2009.

The series has been licensed for an English release by Yen Press under their Yen On imprint.

Synopsis

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.

Characters

Light Novel Volumes

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Sword Art Online 1 Aincrad
April, 2009
Sword Art Online 2 Aincrad
August, 2009
Sword Art Online 3 Fairy Dance
December, 2009
Sword Art Online 4 Fairy Dance
April, 2010
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Sword Art Online 5 Phantom Bullet
August, 2010
Sword Art Online 6 Phantom Bullet
December, 2010
Sword Art Online 7 Mother's Rosario
April, 2011
Sword Art Online 8 Early and Late
August, 2011
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Sword Art Online 9 Alicization Beginning
February, 2012
Sword Art Online 10 Alicization Running
July, 2012
Sword Art Online 11 Alicization Turning
December, 2012
Sword Art Online 12 Alicization Rising
April, 2013
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Sword Art Online 13 Alicization Dividing
August, 2013
Sword Art Online 14 Alicization Uniting
April, 2014
Sword Art Online 15 Alicization Invading
August, 2014
Sword Art Online 16 Alicization Exploding
August, 2015
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Sword Art Online 17 Alicization Awakening
April, 2016
Sword Art Online 18 Alicization Lasting
August, 2016
Sword Art Online 19 Moon Cradle
February, 2017
Sword Art Online 20 Moon Cradle
September, 2017
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Sword Art Online 21 Unital Ring
December, 2018
Sword Art Online 22 Kiss and Fly
October, 2019
Sword Art Online 23 Unital Ring II
December, 2019
Sword Art Online 24 Unital Ring III
May, 2020
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Sword Art Online 25 Unital Ring IV
December, 2020
Sword Art Online 26 Unital Ring V
October, 2021
Sword Art Online 27 Unital Ring VI
October, 2022

Manga Volumes

Sword Art Online: Aincrad

The manga adaptation of the first two volumes of the light novel: with art by Tamako Nakamura. It was serialised in Dengeki Bunko Magazine and published under the Dengeki Comics imprint from September 2012.

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Sword Art Online: Aincrad Volume 1
September, 2012
Sword Art Online: Aincrad Volume 2
September, 2012

Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance

The manga adaptation of the third and fourth of the light novel: with art by Tsubasa Hazuki. It was serialised in Dengeki Bunko Magazine and published under the Dengeki Comics imprint from October 2012.

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Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance Volume 1
October, 2012
Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance Volume 2
August, 2013
Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance Volume 3
June, 2014

Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet

The manga adaptation of the fifth and sixth of the light novel: with art by Koutarou Yamada. It was serialised on ComicWalker and published under the Dengeki Comics NEXT imprint from September 2014.

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Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet Volume 1
September, 2014
Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet Volume 2
September, 2015
Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet Volume 3
September, 2016
Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet Volume 4
February, 2022

Sword Art Online: Mother's Rosario

The manga adaptation of the seventh of the light novel: with art by Tsubasa Hazuki. It was serialised in Dengeki Bunko Magazine and published under the Dengeki Comics NEXT imprint from December 2014.

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Sword Art Online: Mother's Rosario Volume 1
December, 2014
Sword Art Online: Mother's Rosario Volume 2
August, 2015
Sword Art Online: Mother's Rosario Volume 3
June, 2016

Sword Art Online: Calibur

The manga adaptation of the part of the eighth of the light novel: with art by Kiya Shii. It was serialised in Dengeki G's Comic and published under the Dengeki Comics NEXT imprint from August 2015.

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Sword Art Online: Calibur Volume 1
August, 2015

Sword Art Online: Project Alicization

The manga adaptation of volume 9-18 of the light novel: with art by Koutarou Yamada. It was serialised on Web DenPlay Comic and published under the Dengeki Comics NEXT imprint from October 2017.

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Sword Art Online: Project Alicization Volume 1
October, 2017
Sword Art Online: Project Alicization Volume 2
October, 2018
Sword Art Online: Project Alicization Volume 3
August, 2019
Sword Art Online: Project Alicization Volume 4
August, 2020
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Sword Art Online: Project Alicization Volume 5
August, 2021

Sword Art Online: Kiss and Fly

The manga adaptation of 22nd volume the light novel: with art by Bekkourico. It was serialised in Dengeki Maoh and was published under the Dengeki Comics NEXT imprint from March 2020.

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Sword Art Online: Kiss and Fly Volume 1
March, 2020

Sword Art Online: Re:Aincrad

The manga adaptation of the aspects of the Aincrad arc that were not included in the anime adaptation. It features art by ???. It is serialised in Dengeki Daioh and set to release under the Dengeki Comics NEXT imprint.

Sword Art Online: Girls Ops

The manga spin-off based on the light novel: with art by Neko Nekobyou. It was serialised in Dengeki Bunko Magazine and later Web DenPlay Comic. It was published under the Dengeki Comics NEXT imprint from July 2014.

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Sword Art Online: Girls Ops Volume 1
July, 2014
Sword Art Online: Girls Ops Volume 2
April, 2015
Sword Art Online: Girls Ops Volume 3
May, 2016
Sword Art Online: Girls Ops Volume 4
February, 2017
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Sword Art Online: Girls Ops Volume 5
February, 2018
Sword Art Online: Girls Ops Volume 6
February, 2019
Sword Art Online: Girls Ops Volume 7
August, 2020
Sword Art Online: Girls Ops Volume 8
May, 2021

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale (Manga)

The manga adaptation of the anime original movie based on the light novel: with art by IsII. It was serialised on Web DenPlay Comic and published under the Dengeki Comics NEXT imprint from March 2017.

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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Volume 1
March, 2017
Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Volume 2
January, 2018
Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Volume 3
October, 2018
Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Volume 4
June, 2019
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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Volume 5
May, 2020

Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization

The manga adaptation of the video game spin-off based on the light novel: with art by Tomo Hirokawa. It was serialised in Dengeki Maoh and published under the Dengeki Comics NEXT imprint from March 2017.

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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Volume 1
March, 2017
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Volume 2
September, 2017
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Volume 3
March, 2018
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Volume 4
September, 2018
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Volume 5
March, 2019
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Volume 6
October, 2019

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris

The manga adaptation of the video game spin-off based on the light novel: with art by Tomo Hirokawa. It was serialised on Web DenPlay Comic and published under the Dengeki Comics NEXT imprint from May 2020.

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Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Volume 1
May, 2020
Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Volume 2
December, 2020
Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris Volume 3
July, 2021

Anime

Sword Art Online

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An anime adaptation of volumes 1-4 of the light novel. Aired for 24 episodes between July 8, 2012 and December 23, 2012

CAST:

  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as KIRIGAYA KAZUTO (KIRITO)
  • Haryka Tomatsu as YUUKI ASUNA (ASUNA)
  • Ai Kayano as ALICE ZUBERG
  • Ayana Taketatsu as KIRIGAYA SUGUHA (LEAFA)
  • Miyuki Sawashiro as ASADA SHINO (SINON)
  • Nobunaga Shimazaki as EUGEO
  • Kanae Itou as YUI
  • Ayahi Takagaki as RIKA SHINOZAKI (LISBETH)
  • Rina Hidaka as AYANO KEIKO (SILICA)
  • Hiroaki Hirata as TSUBOI RYOUTAROU (KLEIN)
  • Hiroki Yasumoto as ANDREW GILBERT MILLS (AGIL)
  • Aoi Yuuki as YUUKI KONNO (YUUKI)
  • Shiori Izawa as TOMO HOSAKA (ARGO)
EPISODE No. EPISODE TITLE AIR DATE
01 The World of Swords July 8, 2012
02 Beater July 15, 2012
03 The Red-Nosed Reindeer July 22, 2012
04 The Black Swordsman July 29, 2012
05 Murder in the Safe Zone August 5, 2012
06 Illusionary Avenger August 12, 2012
07 The Temperature of the Heart August 19, 2012
08 The Sword Dance of Black and White August 26, 2012
09 The Blue-Eyed Demon Spetember 2, 2012
10 Crimson Killing Intent September 9, 2012
11 Girl of the Morning Dew September 16, 2012
12 Yui's Heart September 23, 2012
13 Edge of Hell's Abyss September 30, 2012
14 The End of the World October 7, 2012
15 Return October 14, 2012
16 Land of the Fairies October 21, 2012
17 Captive Queen October 28, 2012
18 To the World Tree November 4, 2012
19 The Legrue Corridor November 11, 2012
20 General of the Blazing Flame November 18, 2012
21 The Truth About Alfheim November 25, 2012
22 The Grand Quest December 2, 2012
23 Bonds December 9, 2012
24 Gilded Hero December 16, 2012
25 The World Seed December 23, 2012


Sword Art Online II

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An anime adaptation of volumes 5-8 of the light novel. Aired for 24 episodes between July 5, 2014 and December 20, 2014

EPISODE No. EPISODE TITLE AIR DATE
II 01 The World of Guns July 5, 2014
II 02 Cold-Hearted Sniper July 12, 2014
II 03 Memories of Blood July 19, 2014
II 04 Gun Gale Online (GGO) July 26, 2014
II 05 Guns and Swords August 2, 2014
II 06 Showdown in the Wilderness August 9, 2014
II 07 Crimson Memories August 16, 2014
II 08 Bullet of Bullets August 23, 2014
II 09 Death Gun August 30, 2014
II 10 Death Chaser September 6, 2014
II 11 What It Means to Be Strong September 13, 2014
II 12 Bullet of a Phantom September 20, 2014
II 13 Phantom Bullet September 27, 2014
II 14 One Little Step October 4, 2014
II 15 The Queen of the Lake October 18, 2014
II 16 The King of the Giants October 25, 2014
II 17 Excaliber November 1, 2014
II 18 Forest House November 8, 2014
II 19 Zekken (Absolute Sword) November 15, 2014
II 20 Sleeping Knights November 22, 2014
II 21 Swordsman's Memorial November 29, 2014
II 22 Journey's End December 6, 2014
II 23 Beginning of a Dream December 13, 2014
II 24 Mother's Rosario December 20, 2014


Sword Art Online: Alicization

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An anime adaptation of volumes 9-14 of the light novel. Aired for 24 episodes between October 7, 2018 and March 31, 2019

EPISODE No. EPISODE TITLE AIR DATE
Alicization 01 Underworld October 6, 2018
Alicization 02 The Demon Tree October 13, 2018
Alicization 03 The End Mountain October 20, 2018
Alicization 04 Departure October 27, 2018
Alicization 05 Ocean Turtle November 3, 2018
Alicization 06 Project Alicization November 10, 2018
Alicization 07 Swordcraft Academy November 17, 2018
Alicization 08 Swordsman's Pride November 24, 2018
Alicization 09 Nobleman's Responsibilities December 1, 2018
Alicization 10 Taboo Index December 8, 2018
Alicization 11 Central Cathedral December 15, 2018
Alicization 12 The Sage of the Library December 22, 2018
Alicization 13 Ruler and Mediator January 5, 2019
Alicization 14 The Crimson Knight January 12, 2019
Alicization 15 The Relentless Knight January 19, 2019
Alicization 16 The Osmanthus Knight January 26, 2019
Alicization 17 Truce February 2, 2019
Alicization 18 The Legendary Hero February 9, 2019
Alicization 19 The Seal of the Right Eye February 23, 2019
Alicization 20 Synthesis March 2, 2019
Alicization 21 The 32nd Knight March 9, 2019
Alicization 22 Titan of the Sword March 9, 2019
Alicization 23 Administrator March 9, 2019
Alicization 24 My Hero March 9, 2019

Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld

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An anime adaptation of volumes 15-16 of the light novel. Aired for 12 episodes. IT aired between October 13, 2019 and December 29, 2019.

EPISODE No. EPISODE TITLE AIR DATE
War of Underworld 01 In the Far North October 12, 2019
War of Underworld 02 Raids October 19, 2019
War of Underworld 03 The Final Load Test October 26, 2019
War of Underworld 04 Dark Territory November 2, 2019
War of Underworld 05 The Night Before Battle November 9, 2019
War of Underworld 06 Battle of the Knights November 16, 2019
War of Underworld 07 Stigma of the Disqualified November 23, 2019
War of Underworld 08 Blood and Life November 30, 2019
War of Underworld 09 Sword and Fist December 7, 2019
War of Underworld 10 Stacia, the Goddess of Creation December 14, 2019
War of Underworld 11 Heartless Choice December 21, 2019
War of Underworld 12 Ray of Light December 28, 2019

Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Part 2

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An anime adaptation of volumes 17-18 of the light novel. Aired for 11 episodes. It aired between July 12, 2020 and September 20, 2020

EPISODE No. EPISODE TITLE AIR DATE
War of Underworld P2 01 The War of Underworld July 11, 2020
War of Underworld P2 02 End to Eternity July 18, 2020
War of Underworld P2 03 Instigation July 25, 2020
War of Underworld P2 04 Code 871 August 1, 2020
War of Underworld P2 05 Prince of Hell August 8, 2020
War of Underworld P2 06 Memories August 15, 2020
War of Underworld P2 07 Awakening August 22, 2020
War of Underworld P2 08 The Night Sky Blade August 29, 2020
War of Underworld P2 09 Beyond Time September 5, 2020
War of Underworld P2 10 Alice September 12, 2020
War of Underworld P2 11 New World September 19, 2020

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