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  • World of Swords: Episode 1Go to Sword Art Online Episode 01
  • Beater: Episode 2Go to Sword Art Online Episode 02
  • The Red-Nosed Reindeer: Episode 3Go to Sword Art Online Episode 03
  • The Black Swordsman: Episode 4Go to Sword Art Online Episode 04
  • A Crime Within the Walls: Episode 5Go to Sword Art Online Episode 05
  • Phantom Avenger: Episode 6Go to Sword Art Online Episode 06
  • Warmth of the Heart: Episode 7Go to Sword Art Online Episode 07
  • Black & White Sword Dance: Episode 8Go to Sword Art Online Episode 08
  • Blue-eyed Demon: Episode 9Go to Sword Art Online Episode 09
  • Crimson Killing Intent: Episode 10Go to Sword Art Online Episode 10
  • Morning Dew Girl: Episode 11Go to Sword Art Online Episode 11
  • Yui's Heart: Episode 12Go to Sword Art Online Episode 12
  • Edge of Hell's Abyss: Episode 13Go to Sword Art Online Episode 13
  • The End of the World: Episode 14Go to Sword Art Online Episode 14
  • Return: Episode 15Go to Sword Art Online Episode 15
  • The Land of Fairies: Episode 16Go to Sword Art Online Episode 16
  • Captive Queen: Episode 17Go to Sword Art Online Episode 17
  • To the World Tree: Episode 18Go to Sword Art Online Episode 18
  • The Legrue Corridor: Episode 19Go to Sword Art Online Episode 19
  • General of the Blazing Flames: Episode 20Go to Sword Art Online Episode 20
  • The Truth about ALfheim: Episode 21Go to Sword Art Online Episode 21
  • Grand Quest: Episode 22Go to Sword Art Online Episode 22
  • Bonds: Episode 23Go to Sword Art Online Episode 23
  • Gilded Hero: Episode 24Go to Sword Art Online Episode 24
  • The World Seed: Episode 25Go to Sword Art Online Episode 25
  • Extra EditionGo to Sword Art Online Extra Edition
  • Second Season Logo
  • World of Guns: SII Episode 1Go to Sword Art Online II Episode 01
  • Sniper of Ice: SII Episode 2Go to Sword Art Online II Episode 02

The Sword Art Online anime is an anime adaptation of the original Sword Art Online light novel series, written by Kawahara Reki. The anime is produced by A-1 Pictures, with the direction of Tomohiko Ito. It began airing on July 7, 2012 in Japan, while an English dub version began airing on July 27, 2013. A second season, titled Sword Art Online II, started airing July 5, 2014.[1]


StaffEdit

  • Director: Ito Tomohiko
  • Music: Kajiura Yuki
  • Character Design: Adachi Shingo
  • Art Director: Nagashima Takayuki, Takeda Yusuke
  • Chief Animation Director: Adachi Shingo, Kawakami Tetsuya
  • Sound Director: Iwanami Yoshikazu
  • Director of Photography: Hirooka Takeshi
  • Action Animation Director: Yanagi Ryuuta, Shikama Takahiro
  • Art Setting: Taniuchi Yuuho
  • Color design: Nakajima Kazuko
  • Effects: Konno Yasuyuki
  • Main Animator: Saito Atsushi
  • Monster Design: Yanagi Ryuuta
  • Prop Design: Shikama Takahiro, Tsuchiya Yuta
  • Sub-Character Design: Kawakami Tetsuya

CompaniesEdit

  • Animation Production: A-1 Pictures
  • Project Generalization: GENCO
  • Sound Production: Dax Production

CastEdit

Japanese CastEdit

Aincrad Arc (Sword Art Online)Edit

  • Matsuoka Yoshitsugu as Kirito (Kirigaya Kazuto)
  • Tomatsu Haruka as Asuna (Yuuki Asuna)
  • Itou Kanae as Yui
  • Takagaki Ayahi as Lisbeth (Shinozaki Rika)
  • Hidaka Rina as Silica (Ayano Keiko)
  • Yamadera Koichi as Kayaba Akihiko
  • Ohkawa Toru as Heathcliff
  • Hirata Hiroaki as Klein (Tsuboi Ryoutarou)
  • Yasumoto Hiroki as Agil (Andrew Gilbert Mills)
  • Hiyama Nobuyuki as Diavel
  • Hayami Saori as Sachi

Fairy Dance Arc (ALfheim Online)Edit

Extra EditionEdit

Phantom Bullet ArcEdit

English CastEdit

Aincrad ArcEdit

  • Bryce Papenbrook[2] as Kirito (Kirigaya Kazuto)
  • Cherami Leigh[2] as Asuna (Yuuki Asuna)
  • Stephanie Sheh[2] as Yui
  • Sarah Anne Williams[2] as Lisbeth (Shinozaki Rika)
  • Christine Marie Cabanos[2] as Silica (Ayano Keiko)
  • Kevin M. Connolly[citation needed] as Heathcliff
  • Mark Diraison[citation needed] as Kayaba Akihiko
  • Kirk Thornton[2] as Klein (Tsuboi Ryoutarou)
  • Patrick Seitz[2] as Agil (Andrew Gilbert Mills)
  • Sean Chiplock[citation needed] as Diavel
  • Xanthe Huynh[citation needed] as Sachi
  • Cassandra Lee[2] as Leafa (Kirigaya Suguha)
  • Todd Haberkorn[2] as Oberon (Sugou Nobuyuki)

MusicEdit

  • Crossing field
  • Crossing field
  • Crossing field
  • Crossing field
  • Crossing field
  • Innocence
  • Overfly
  • Niji no Oto

Aincrad ArcEdit

Fairy Dance ArcEdit

Extra EditionEdit

Phantom Bullet ArcEdit

Character SongsEdit

SoundtracksEdit

Episode ListEdit

Season 1Edit

Aincrad ArcEdit

No. Title Original Air Date
1 World of Swords
Ken no Sekai (剣の世界)
July 7, 2012
Sword Art Online has been officially released as the first VRMMORPG. Kirito, a beta-tester of the game, returns to the world of Aincrad to meet a beginner named Klein to whom he teaches the basics. Later, as they try to log out, they find that they are trapped within the game. After being teleported back to the starting town, Kayaba Akihiko appears as the game master and tells them that he has purposely removed the log-out button with the intention of having them clear all 100 floors. As Akihiko leaves, he reveals the player's true identities through a mirror that he placed in their inventory. Kirito leaves the starting town with only the thought of survival in mind because he knows that the rest of the beta testers will dry out the good hunting grounds. Before leaving, Kirito asks Klein to follow him to which Klein declines, saying that he was going to wait for his friends in the starting city. By the end of the first month, 2,000 out of the initial 10,000 are dead with the first floor yet to be cleared.
2 Beater
Bītā (ビーター)
July 14, 2012
A month has passed since the game started, 2,000 people are already dead, but they haven't cleared the first floor yet. To deal with this situation the first floor boss strategy meeting commences. The meeting is directed by a player named Diavel, after a brief talk everyone was told to make parties, since he didn't knew anyone Kirito allied with a girl named Asuna. A guy called Kibaou interrupts the meeting, but after a man named Agil interferes the meeting is resumed. That night Kirito talks to Asuna and the next they head to the boss room. During the fight Diavel commands everyone and the battle flows as planned, but at the last moment Diavel attacks the boss alone but it made an unexpected move, and takes him down with a single blow. Kirito then attacks the boss, and with Asuna and Agil's help he defeats it. Kibaou then confronts him for being a beta tester, creating discomfort between the other players, so Kirito takes all the blame to himself, takes the title of Beater and leaves to the second floor.
3 The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Akahana no Tonakai (赤鼻のトナカイ)
July 21, 2012

After four months inside the game, Kirito has reached well above level 40. After assisting a small group of players on a lower floor, Kirito is asked to join their guild "The Black Cats of the Full Moon." When asked about his level, Kirito lied and told them that he was around level 20. Kirito was told to train Sachi to use a one-handed sword. Eventually, Sachi confesses to Kirito that she is afraid of dying. Kirito promises her that he would never let her die. Sachi begins to sleep in Kirito's room because she felt safe. After days of leveling, the group had almost reached a level capable of fighting on the frontlines. On June 12, 2023 Keita, the guild leader, decides that it was time to buy a small house to act as the guild's headquarters. While he was gone, the remaining party members decided to go into a higher level dungeon to surprise Keita with new items when he comes back. While in the dungeons, the group stumbles upon a hidden room that contained a treasure chest. Not heading Kirito's warnings, the group opens the chest and triggers a trap. Kirito watches as all of the members die and especially feels guilty for Sachi's death. After learning of the news, Keita commits suicide by jumping off the side of the town.

During Christmas, Argo the Rat reveals to Kirito a special quest that yielded an item that could revive the dead. Kirito heads off to face Nicholas The Renegade. He bumps into Klein and his guild and later the Holy Dragon Alliance. Klein tells Kirito to go face the boss while he held off the Holy Dragon Alliance. After defeating the boss, Kirito learns that the revival item only worked on a person within 10 seconds of their death. He gives the revival item to Klein and leaves to go sulk in his room. Suddenly, a recorder crystal shows up in his inventory. Upon activation, Sachi's voice tells Kirito to not blame himself for her death. She was glad that she had met him and that he had wanted to protect her. She then sings him "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" before telling him to live on.

4 The Black Swordsman
Kuro no Kenshi (黒の剣士)
July 28, 2012
Kirito finds a beast tamer called Silica, who just lost her familiar, Pina, and decides to help her recover it. On the way to the Inn he finds out that she's very famous, loved by some and hated by others. While explaining the procedure to recover Pina he discovers someone eavesdropping on them. The next day he helped Silica gain some levels on their way to the Pneuma Flower needed to revive Pina. After they find the flower they're ambushed by the Titan's Hand guild, who want the flower. After Kirito explains his motives, he is attacked by the members of the guild, but he overwhelms them with his high level and finally sends them to Prison. On the Inn he talks with Silica and they agree to meet in the real world and Silica finally reincarnates Pina.
5 A Crime Within the Walls
Kennai Jiken (圏内事件)
August 4, 2012
Kirito is sleeping in the outskirts of a Town and Asuna arrives to wake him up, but Asuna falls asleep and Kirito watches for her. To thank him she invites him to dinner, but they hear a scream, just to discover someone was killed inside the Safe Area. They start investigating and find various clues, but nothing seems to explain how that man was killed, so they talk to Agil. After Agil tells them that the sword was made by a player called Grimlock they talk to Yolko at a cafe, who tells them about her former guild the Golden Apple. They decide that they must also talk to the other member of it, Schmitt and they invite him to Yolko's room in an Inn, after a brief talk Yolko loses her composure and nears a window, suddenly she turns and falls with a dagger stabbed on her back, Kirito rushes to safe her, but he only manages to see her disappear in polygons on the floor.
6 Phantom Avenger
Maboroshi no Fukushū-sha (幻の復讐者)
August 11, 2012
After Yolko falls from the window Kirito looks in the roof nearby and starts chasing a hooded player and tries to capture him, but the player teleports away. After dispatching Schmitt they have dinner, Asuna made Kirito drop his sandwich and when he sees it disappear figures out everything. He realized that Yolko and Cainz were alive and they were trying to trick Schimitt to make him confess what he did. They were ambushed by the Laughing Coffin top three but Kirito arrived just in time and save them. Later Asuna finds Grimlock and brings him to them to confess that he planned Griselda's murder. Schmitt and the others take Grimlock, leaving Kirito and Asuna alone, before leaving they see Griselda's ghost giving thanks to them.
7 Warmth of the Heart
Kokoro no Ondo (心の温度)
August 18, 2012
Looking for a sword that can rival his Elucidator, Kirito visits a shop run by Asuna's friend Lisbeth. During his visit he proves that Lisbeth's strongest sword is not strong enough by accidentally breaking it. After a little chat he and Lisbeth decide to look for a mysterious material that is said to be obtainable in a quest on floor 55. When they arrive Kirito confronts a White Dragon. However, Lisbeth is blown away so Kirito jumps to save her, with both of them falling into a pit. Unable to get out, where they spend the night there. The next morning Kirito finds the ingot they were looking for. When the dragon returns, Kirito takes Lisbeth and rides the Dragon to outside the pit. On Lisbeth's shop he gives the ingot to her and she makes a new sword called Dark Repulser. Before Lisbeth can express her feelings to Kirito, Asuna arrives and Lisbeth realizes that she is also in love with him. Lisbeth runs away to hide her feelings but Kirito finds her and comforts her promising that she'll be his exclusive blacksmith.
8 Black and White Sword Dance
Kuro to Shiro no Kenbu (黒と白の剣舞)
August 25, 2012
Kirito gets a rare and very valuable ingredient, since he can't cook it he visits Agil and tries to sell it, during their conversation Asuna arrives, and tells them that she mastered the cooking skill. After Kirito shows her the rare ingredient they depart to Asuna's home, after eating and chatting Kirito leaves. The next day Kirito is waiting, and suddenly Asuna appears, followed by her bodyguard, Kuradeel who was watching outside her house. The bodyguard tries to take Asuna back, but when he's stopped by Kirito, decides to challenge him to a duel, however Kirito breaks his sword easily and wins the duel. A few hours later, Kirito and Asuna are fighting in the dungeon in floor 74, they arrive at the boss room and open the door.
9 Blue-eyed Demon
Seigan no Akuma (青目の悪魔)
September 1, 2012
Kirito and Asuna enter the boss room to gather information, but after the starting sequence finishes they run all the way back to the Safe Area, where they talk while having lunch. Klein enters the area with his guild, and after a brief talk a squadron from The Army too, they request the map info from Kirito and he agrees. The Army's squadron departs toward the boss room, Kirito and company follow them, but when they finally reach the boss room the leader of the squadron is killed, and Asuna jumps in to safe the others, so Kirito follows, giving time to Fuurinkazan to save the others. After some hesitation, Kirito decides to reveal his secret, and after 10 seconds of changing his equipment, he enters back to the fight with his Dual Blades equipped. Kirito defeats The Gleam Eyes by himself, but only at the edge of death, he faints for a few seconds, when he recovers consciousness everybody is around him, and Asuna hugs him, Kirito explains about the Dual Blades to Klein and lets him activate the gate to the next floor. Asuna tells him that she'll take a break from her guild to be with Kirito; the next day Kirito is hiding in Agil's shop, when Asuna suddenly enters. In the Knights of Blood HQ, Kirito is challenged by their leader, Heathcliff, to decide Asuna's future.
10 Crimson Killing Intent
Kurenai no Satsui (紅の殺意)
September 8, 2012
Kirito accepts the duel against Heathcliff, they finally meet in a stadium on the floor 75. It becomes an intense battle, but Kirito finds and opening in Heathcliff moves, but just when he's going to land the finishing blow, Heathcliff moves at an impossible speed, blocking his attack and striking him instead. Kirito joins the guild and tells Asuna about his time with the Black Cats of Full Moon, she promises to protect him, and the head to the KoB HQ, where they talk to Godfree, who is taking Kirito to a training in floor 75's dungeon by Heathcliff order. For his surprise, Kirito finds out that Kuradeel will accompany them. They stop to rest and eat, Kirito and Godfree are paralyzed by a poison Kuradeel put in the water. Kuradeel kills Godfree and reveals that he's part of Laughing Coffin, when he's about to kill Kirito, Asuna appears and takes him on, Kuradeel surrenders and begs for mercy, Asuna lowers her guard and Kuradeel attacks her, Kirito jumps in time and kills Kuradeel with his Martial Arts skill. Kirito asks Asuna to spend the night together, to which she agrees, later Kirito proposes to Asuna and she agrees.
11 Morning Dew Girl
Asatsuyu no Shōjo (朝露の少女)
September 15, 2012

Kirito and Asuna talked to Heathcliff and he let them leave the guild for a while, but ordered them that they should return to the frontlines soon. In their house in 22nd floor, Kirito asked Asuna if their love will only last as long as they're on the game, but she argued and told him that she'll look for him in the real world and will still love him. They spent time together in a forest until they found a girl who suddenly fell unconscious, which was the rumored 'ghost' in the 22nd floor. She's no ghost, nor a player, nor even an NPC. They took her to their house and took care of her until she woke up. She claimed that she doesn't remember anything, aside from her name "Yui". She can't say Asuna and Kirito's name, and she called them "Mama" and "Papa" instead. They believed that she got separated from her family, they went to the Town of Beginnings to look for her parents and for her to recover her memories. Instead, they find a young woman named Sasha and the children she's taking care of being harassed by the Army for not paying the taxes. Asuna attacked their leader and the soldiers ran away in fear. As Sasha and the children thanked her, Yui reached for the sky and kept saying "Everyone's heart...". Asuna rushed to Yui and asked if she remembered anything. Yui then tells Kirito and Asuna that she realizes she has never been to the Town of Beginnings before. Suddenly her eyes widened and mysterious static sound spread out and affected everyone before Yui faints.

12 Yui's Heart
Yui no Kokoro (ユイの心)
September 22, 2012
Kirito, Yui and Asuna are in the first floor talking with Sasha about her duty taking care of the children and the recent events involving The Army, when a member of such guild arrives. She presents herself as Yulier and explains everything that has happened as she asks for help to rescue Thinker, the real leader of the Army, who was trapped in a high leveled dungeon hidden in the first floor. They enter the dungeon and Kirito enjoys himself killing everything along his way until they are able to see the safe zone where Thinker was, but when Yulier was running towards it, she was attacked by The Fatal Scythe. Kirito and Asuna save her, but they nearly die, when Yui saves them, destroying the monster. It is revealed that she is the mental health AI, and was driven insane by watching all the player's pain and doing nothing. She is about to be deleted by Aincrad's AI controller, Cardinal, when Kirito saves her into a small blue crystal.
13 Edge of Hell's Abyss
Naraku no Fuchi (奈落の淵)
September 29, 2012
While fishing near a lake, Kirito encounters Nishida, an old man and a network security manager who oversaw the game's development, who claimed that despite honing his fisherman skill, he is unable to create delicious dishes with them. Kirito then invites him to his home for Asuna to cook the fish he just caught for them. During their meal, Nishida mentions a huge fish he tried to catch many times but failed, thus he asks Kirito to help him. Nishida manages to hook the fish and gives the rod to Kirito to pull it away. The fish is revealed to be a huge monster whom Asuna slays. Soon after, Kirito receives a message from Heathcliff, and upon meeting him, they learn that a scouting party was trapped and killed in the 75th level's boss room, thus a team of players from several guilds is being assembled to confront it. As the time for the battle approaches, Kirito asks Asuna to stay behind fearing for her safety, but Asuna refuses, claiming that she would rather die than live without him. She also mentions that all players' real bodies must be currently treated in hospitals and their condition can not be kept indefinitely, thus fleeing to live by themselves trapped in the game forever is also out of question. As the players enter the boss room, they are confronted with "The Skull Reaper", a powerful monster capable of killing players with one blow. Kirito, Asuna and Heathcliff confront the creature head on while the other players attack it from the sides.
14 The End of the World
Sekai no Shūen (世界の終焉)
October 6, 2012
After the group defeats the Skull Reaper, losing 14 men in the process, Kirito deduces that Heathcliff is, in fact, Akihiko Kayaba himself. Paralysing everyone but Kirito, Akihiko offers Kirito the chance to face him in a one-on-one duel where, should Kirito win, Akihiko would log out all the remaining players. After giving his best wishes to the others, Kirito accepts the challenge but is unable to overcome Akihiko's advantage over him. As Akihiko prepares to make the final blow, Asuna overcomes her paralysis and takes the hit instead, losing all of her HP and disappearing as a result. Distraught by Asuna's death, Kirito loses the will to fight and receives a fatal stab from Akihiko. However, at the point of death, Kirito remembers Asuna's belief in him and manages to regain enough substance to defeat Akihiko using Asuna's sword. They are both killed simultaneously and the game is declared cleared. Kirito then awakens high above the game world where he finds both Asuna and Akihiko, who reveals he has logged out all the other players as promised and explains his motives for making Sword Art Online. As the world falls apart, Kirito and Asuna reveal their true names, Kirigaya Kazuto and Yuuki Asuna, and embrace each other as the world disappears. To his surprise, Kazuto awakens in a hospital in the real world and despite being physically weak, sets off to search for the real Asuna.

Fairy Dance ArcEdit

No. Title Original Air Date
15 Return
Kikan (帰還)
October 13, 2012
Two months after being freed from SAO, Kazuto continues to be plagued with nightmares about Asuna. Since his two-year coma in the game, his sister, Kirigaya Suguha, has been constantly worrying about him. The pair have a kendo spar, and though Kazuto loses, Suguha is both shocked and curious about his unusual yet proficient sword fighting skills as a result of his time in SAO. Later, Kazuto goes to the hospital to visit Asuna who, along with 300 other players, has yet to wake up even after the SAO incident. It is there that he meets an associate of Asuna's father, Sugou Nobuyuki, who tells Kazuto that he intends to be adopted into Asuna's family while she is still comatose as a precursor to marriage, much to Kazuto's fury. Claiming that this is his right since it was his company that had been keeping SAO's server online after it's developer went bankrupt, he's keeping Asuna alive, he informs Kazuto that the ceremony will occur in a week and tells him not to see her again. Later at home, Kazuto breaks down before Suguha, who tells him not to give up, despite knowing Kirito is actually her cousin and harboring her own feelings for him. The next morning, Kazuto receives an e-mail from Agil with a screenshot of an avatar resembling Asuna from another game.
16 The Land of Fairies
Yōsei-tachi no Kuni (妖精たちの国)
October 20, 2012
Kazuto visits Agil to know more about the photo, and learns about a new game, SAO's successor, ALfheim Online and that Asuna might be in the game at a place called the World Tree. Kazuto goes home and starts to play the game. Due to malfunction of the game, Kirito is transported to a forest, and find that all of his SAO data was transferred into Alfheim along with Yui. Kirito learns the basic of flying from Yui. While two players called Leafa and Recon are attacked by a group of players causing Recon to die but when Leafa was surrounded, Kirito appears to rescue her.
17 The Captive Queen
Toraware no Joō (囚われの女王)
October 27, 2012

Kirito kills two of the players and asks the last one if he wants to fight, but he makes an excuse before flying away. Kirito asks Leafa if she also wants to fight, to which she declines. Leafa offers to buy Kirito a drink as a thank-you for saving her, so she takes him to Swilvane, an Sylph town. There they meet Recon, who has respawned there. He tells her Sigurd and the others saved her a seat at their usual meeting place, but Leafa declines, explaining that she promised Kirito a drink. At a tavern they go to, Kirito asks about the World Tree, and is told that there is a Grand Quest to clear it, and to receive unlimited flight, but Leafa hinks it is impossible. Kirito gets angry, but calms down and thanks Leafa, telling her he will go alone. When Kirito is about to leave, Leafa offers to take him. He thanks her, and she logs out, at which point it is revealed that Leafa is Suguha. Kirito lies in bed with Yui at the tavern, and promises her he'll rescue Asuna and reunite them all. He then logs off.

Asuna sits in a golden cage, and looks wistfully at the birds outside. Oberon then approaches her, and taunts her about the fact he is experimenting on the brains of the SAO players who have yet to wake. She says she'll tell the police, but he says he will alter her memory as well. He is revealed to be Sugou. She reads the door code in the mirror as he leaves, and once he is gone, she cries out for Kirito to save her.

18 To the World Tree
Sekaiju (世界樹へ)
November 3, 2012

Suguha reminisces about how she started VR gaming, and then meets up with Recon's real life persona, Shinichi Nagata. She informs him that she will be leaving their party to join Kirito. Later, she logs in as Leafa and accompanies Kirito to shop for new equipment, but runs into her party. The group is led by Sigurd who does not take kindly to Leafa's departure and warns them they will be considered renegades for not sticking their allegiance to their race's territories. Before Kirito and Leafa set off, Recon approaches them, saying that though he wants to join them, he will remain in the party to keep an eye on Sigurd due to some suspicions he has on him. Later during their travels, Kirito and Leafa arrive at a landing point where they take turns logging out to refresh themselves. After Kirito returns, they both set off again, unaware that they are being followed by a mysterious group. Meanwhile, Asuna learns from Sugou that Kirito is still alive and secretly obtains the keycode for her cage's lock.

19 The Legrue Corridor
Rugurū Kairō (ルグルー回廊)
November 10, 2012
While passing though a cave, Leafa gets a message from Recon warning her to take care when she and Kirito realize that they are being followed and try to escape, only to cornered by a large group pertaining to the Salamander faction. Kirito asks Leafa to support him with her magic while he fights the group by himself, but he is unable to break their formation until Yui comes up with a plan to have Leafa cast some protective magic on Kirito while he conjures a spell that transforms him into a giant monster that obliterates the enemies, save for one whom Kirito bribes in exchange for information. He reveals that his party were sent to attack them by orders of the same group which attacked them when they first met. After arriving at the next town, Suguha logs out for a while and is called by Shinichi who reveals to her that Sigurd is in cahoots with the Salamanders, who threaten to attack the Sylphs and Cait Siths during a meeting to establish an alliance. Upon logging in again, Leafa explains the situation to Kirito and states that for his own sake, he should proceed without her, as allying with the Salamanders may be the best option for him in order to reach the top of the World Tree. Kirito instead claims he will not abandon her and makes use of his speed to break out of the cave with her.
20 General of the Blazing Flames
Mōen no Shō (猛炎の将)
November 17, 2012
Kirito and Leafa reach the meeting place just as the Salamanders prepare to attack the Sylphs and Cait Siths. Seeing that they have no chance against them, Leafa thanks Kirito for all he has done for her and asks him to continue to the World Tree by himself, but he rushes forward and stands before the Salamander General Eugene instead, bluffing that he is an ambassador for the Spriggans/Undines alliance and to attack them would lead to the four factions waging war against the Salamanders. Eugene does not believe him and challenges him to a duel. Kirito is severely punished by Eugene's sword which can bypass his defenses, until he conjures a huge smokescreen, making use of it to steal Leafa's sword and turn the tides of the battle fighting Eugene with two swords. After Eugene is defeated, he is revived by Sakuya, the leader of the Sylphs and leaves in peace with his army. Having his treason exposed, Sigurd is contacted by Sakuya who strips him of his title and has him banished from the Sylph territory. After learning that the now allied Sylphs and Cait Siths plan an incursion to the World Tree in a couple of days, Kirito donates a large sum of money to Alica, leader of the Cait Siths, to aid them in their war effort and departs ahead with Leafa. Meanwhile, Asuna makes use of the code she had previously learned to open the cage and escape.
21 The Truth about ALfheim
Aruvuheimu no Shinjitsu (アルヴヘイムの真実)
November 24, 2012
Kirito and Leafa finally arrive at Alne and a voice announces that there will be server maintenance soon. Kirito asks if there's a cheap inn because he gave away most of his cash to log out at and Yui points them to it. In the real world Kazuto greets Suguha and notices that she is sleepy. Suguha tells Kazuto she was up late on the internet and Kazuto pours cold water down her back. Meanwhile Asuna uses the code she learned to get out of her cage and tries to escape. While looking for a system console so she can log out she notices a map with a room marked experiment. Curious she heads there where she sees holograms of brains who seem like they are in pain. She vows to help them but notices a couple of scientists who logged in in the form of slimes. She heads towards the console but gets caught and thrown back in the cage but not before snagging a GM card.
22 Grand Quest
Gurando Kuesuto (グランド・クエスト)
December 1, 2012
Kirito rushes up the World Tree as high as he can but is blocked by the barrier set up by the moderators. As Yui calls out to Asuna, she hears her and throws down the key card to Kirito. Resolving to get to where Asuna is, Kirito decides to part from Leafa in order to take on the Grand Quest to reach the top of the tree himself. Upon entering the dome at the base of the tree, Kirito is faced with hundreds of valiant guardians, which he angrily battles against. Despite his best efforts, Kirito is overwhelmed and runs out of HP. Just then, Leafa manages to gather Kirito's flame, containing his soul, and get him out of the dome in order to revive him. As Leafa tries to talk Kirito out of going back in there alone, she hears him speak Asuna's name, leading Suguha to realise that Kirito is actually Kazuto. As they both realise each other's identities and log out, Suguha reveals to Kazuto both the fact that she fell in love with both of his identities and how she knew they weren't really siblings before shutting herself in her room.
23 Bonds
Kizuna (絆)
December 8, 2012
In sorrow, Kirito remembers how he discovered the truth about his parents, and the reason he started playing video games. After a moment of solitude, he tells Suguha to meet him at the north terrace of Alne, to fight each other as a way of expressing their feelings. However after a moment of fighting, they ended up by hugging each other, and expressing their thoughts before going to the dome again, with Recon's help this time. Everything goes well until the Guardians target Recon and Leafa, ending in Recon's sacrifice to open the way, before it closes again. At that moment, hordes of Sylphs and Cait Sith Dragoons aid them, allowing the way to the door to be opened once more. Leafa throws her sword to Kirito, allowing him to break through the last blocade of Guardians, only to discover that only the game administrators may open the door. Thinking fast before another spawning Guardians attacks him, Kirito gives the system-access card to Yui, thus allowing them to open the door, and get inside.
24 Gilded Hero
Mekki no Yūsha (鍍金の勇者)
December 15, 2012
Arriving at the top of the World Tree, Kirito and Yui finally manage to reunite with Asuna. However, they are suddenly hit by high gravity magic, which forces Yui to retreat, and are confronted by Sugou. As Sugou reveals his plans to control the human soul, he chains Asuna up and starts to molest her in front of Kirito, who is stabbed and forced to endure incredible pain. As Kirito falls into despair, he hears the voice of Akihiko, who encourages him to stand up and fight, realising the pain is nothing compared to the pain of SAO. Using Akihiko's administrative abilities, Kirito manages to strip Sugou of his high level and challenges him to a fight with no pain absorption, showing him what true pain is before finishing him off. After logging Asuna out, returning her to the real world, Kirito meets with the remnant of Akahiko's memory, who gives him an item called The Seed before leaving. After returning to the real world and giving his thanks to Suguha, Kazuto makes his way to the hospital to finally meet Asuna for real.
25 The World Seed
Sekai no Shushi (世界の種子)
December 22, 2012
Rushing to the hospital Kazuto is attacked by an injured Sugou with a knife at the parking area. Kazuto manages to disarm him, and after considering everything Sugou has done, Kazuto spares his life. Kazuto finally meets with Asuna where they have a tearful reunion. On May 16, 2025, Kazuto and Asuna have returned to school, attending a special school for students who were trapped in SAO. As they have lunch, Kazuto reveals Sugou was arrested by the police after their fight and the crimes he committed were exposed by one of his employees. The 300 players that were trapped by Sugou were freed but his experiments shocked the public. Due to the scandal, Asuna's father and his higher ups resigned and shut down Alfheim Online with other VRMMORPG following suit. Later, Asuna, Kazuto and Suguha head to Agil's bar where Liz, Silica, Yoruko, Kains, Sasha, Yulier, Thinker, Klein and his guild are waiting, and they have a party to celebrate Kazuto for freeing them from SAO. Kazuto gives Agil "The Seed" to be analyzed which is revealed to be a program that allows anyone with a server to create their own VRMMORPG and it allows to transfer players to other VRMMORPG easily. "The Seed" is uploaded to the internet which revives the VRMMORPG genre. Later that night in Alfheim Online, now run by a new company, Kirito meets up with Leafa where they share a dance in the sky. Leafa decides to leave since she feels she cannot keep up with her brother but Kirito reveals his character stats have been reset. As a surprise, the floating castle Aincrad from SAO has been brought into Alfheim Online which Kirito then declares he intends to finish clearing all 100 floors. With their friends from SAO and ALfheim Online flying towards the castle, Leafa, Kirito, Asuna and Yui join them.

Special EpisodeEdit

No. Title Original Air Date
Extra Extra Edition
Sōdo Āto Onrain Extra Edition (ソードアート・オンライン Extra Edition)
December 31, 2013
Suguha is revealed to be afraid of water. Thus, Asuna, Rika, and Keiko gather at the SAO Survivor School to teach her how to swim. Meanwhile, Kazuto is called for emergency counseling at the school, but, once there, he finds out that it had been a ruse for Kikuoka Seijirou to meet him to talk about the SAO and ALO incidents. During breaks between swimming practice, Suguha asks the other girls how they had met Kirito, so they tell her their stories. Later, in ALfheim Online, the team go on an underwater quest. They had to find a pearl, which was really an egg. The NPC, who appeared to be an old man, transforms into a Kraken and demands the fairies to give him the egg. Although the fairies try to fight the beast, they find out that the boss is stronger than even Aincrad Floor Bosses. Suddenly, Leviathan the Sea Lord appears and scares off the beast. He then takes the egg to hide it again, and sends the team home on an whale.

Season 2Edit

Phantom Bullet ArcEdit

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No. Title Original Air Date
1 World of Guns
Jū no Sekai (銃の世界)
July 5, 2014
On November 8, 2025; during the stream of «This Week's Winners», featuring XeXeeD and Yamikaze, the winner and runner up of the recently held 2nd Bullet of Bullets tournament, in a bar in SBC Glocken, a cloaked man calling himself Death Gun shoots the image of XeXeeD during the stream and moments later, XeXeeD is disconnected from the show. Nearly one month later, on December 7, 2025; Kirigaya Kazuto meets up with Yuuki Asuna at the East Gardens of the Tokyo Imperial Palace for a date. During the date, he has a flashback of his meeting with Kikuoka Seijirou from about four hours before. During the meeting, he was told about the Death Gun incident and asked to investigate it by finding Death Gun in Gun Gale Online. Meanwhile, in Gun Gale Online, Sinon shoots a player from a monster hunting party.
2 Sniper of Ice
Koori no Sogekishu (氷の狙撃手)
July 12, 2014
On September 14, 2025; Sinon acquired the PGM Ultima Ratio Hecate II by defeating a boss-class monster in a dungeon beneath SBC Glocken. Three months later, on December 7, 2025; Sinon, who had been invited to Dyne's PvP squadron two weeks before, was called upon to kill the supposedly only person in a PvE party that had a live-ammunition gun and posed a threat in PvP. Although Sinon successfully sniped the player with a minimi, a new player in the party turned out to be a hired bodyguard, named Behemoth, who was armed with a GE M134 Minigun. Sinon decided to personally kill the bodyguard, as she believed that he was strong thus killing him would help her become stronger. Meanwhile, in ALfheim Online, Leafa, Lisbeth and Silica were hunting mobs to get materials for Lisbeth, while Kirito and Asuna were enjoying their time together, until Kirito decided to tell Asuna about converting his account to Gun Gale Online.
3 Memory of Fresh Blood
Senketsu no Kioku (鮮血の記憶)
July 19, 2014
Two days after the events in Gun Gale Online, Asada Shino, the person controlling the avatar Sinon, was in the market district, when she was approached by Endou's group and forced to come to an alley where they could demand money from her. As Shino did not accept their demands, Endou made an imitation of a pistol with her hand, causing Shino to have a panic attack. Before Endou could leave with Shino's stuff, Shinkawa Kyouji pretended to be bringing a police officer, scaring off the delinquents. Kyouji then accompanied Shino to a cafe where they had a conversation about Gun Gale Online. After the conversation, Shino returned home, where she tried out holding a model «Procyon SL» to test whether her experience with Behemoth had helped her with her phobia of guns, but was disappointed that the result was the same. Meanwhile, Kazuto arrived at Toritsu Central Hospital, from where he logged into Gun Gale Online while his body was left to the care of Nurse Aki in case the rumour about Death Gun's ability was true.
4 GGO July 26, 2014
After logging in to Gun Gale Online, Kirito found himself within the capital city SBC Glocken. To his surprise, he ended up with a very feminine avatar. After hopelessly navigating the city, Kirito decided to ask a person he noticed for directions. However, he was surprised when the person turned out to be a girl, named Sinon. Mistaking Kirito for another girl player and emphasising with "her" as a beginner female, Sinon showed Kirito the way to a general gun store. As Kirito did not have enough money, he asked if there was an easy way to earn money, so Sinon told him about one of the gambling games around. After Kirito won the Untouchable! game and won over 300,000 credits, Kirito bought a Kagemitsu G4 photon sword due to not having much experience with guns. Under Sinon's advice, he also bought an FN Five-Seven pistol and then went to a shooting range to practise firing. After the two were done shopping and left the store, Sinon noticed that they only had 10 minutes until the Bullet of Bullet registration would be closed. While running to the registration, Kirito noticed a place to rent a buggy and used one to get to the registration on time.
5 Gun and Sword
Jū to Ken (銃と剣)[4]
August 2, 2014
After going together with Sinon to the government house, Kirito entered the Bullet of Bullets tournament, which decides the strongest player within the game. He was given the name Death Gun and asked to keep an eye on him. First of all, to participate in the preliminaries, Kirito had to change his clothes, however, at this time, he introduced himself to Sinon, exposed himself as a male, and received a hard slapping.
6 Wasteland Duel
Kōya no Kettō (曠野の決闘)[4]
August 9, 2014
After winning the first battle, Kirito returned to the waiting area and met a strange player. Kirito remembered that he was also a survivor of the SAO incident, and was a member of the killing guild. While Kirito had that thought, the player spoke, and his voice was same as the recording of Death Gun's.

Blu-ray/DVD Edit

  • Sword Art Online Blu-ray Volume 1 cover
  • Sword Art Online Blu-ray Volume 2 cover
  • Sword Art Online Blu-ray Volume 3 cover
  • Sword Art Online Blu-ray Volume 4 cover
  • Sword Art Online Blu-ray Volume 5 cover
  • Sword Art Online Blu-ray Volume 6 cover
  • Sword Art Online Blu-ray Volume 7 cover
  • Sword Art Online Blu-ray Volume 8 cover
  • Sword Art Online Blu-ray Volume 9 cover
  • Sword Art Online Extra Edition Blu-ray cover
  • Sword Art Online America edition Blu-ray Box I cover
  • Sword Art Online America edition Blu-ray Box II cover
  • Sword Art Online America edition Blu-ray Box III cover
  • Sword Art Online America edition Blu-ray Box IV cover

In Japan, all 9 volumes of season 1 discs were released between October 24, 2012 and June 26, 2013, while the Extra Edition volume was released on April 23, 2014. Each volume is divided into 3 versions: Limited edition Blu-ray Discs, Limited edition DVDs, and Regular Edition DVDs.

Limited edition versions include a character commentary special episode, called "Sword Art Offline" for each volume, a non-credit opening song for volumes 1 and 6, a non-credit ending song for volumes 5 and 9, and an original soundtrack for volumes 4 and 7, respectively. Volume 1 and 9, as well as the Extra Edition volume special editions were also bundled with a short story novel, called The Day Before, The Day After and Rainbow Bridge respectively. Each volume also has an episode given with an audio commentary by the creators and Japanese casts. There are also specials, for example, 16-page deluxe booklets, included.

BDVol1 Special Poster

An example of specials' art.

Those who purchase Volume 1 and Volume 6 BD/DVD from specified shops can get a collection box that can store discs of that arc, with an illustration drawn by abec wrapped around it. Those who buy all volumes together from these shops can get a cast symposium CD. There are also many different shop-specific specials that can be obtained by buying these discs, the content included in these specials varying based on the shop the discs are purchased from.

Discs for the Extra Edition are also available separately in April 2014, with a limited edition version featuring bonuses similar to those in season 1, including a Sword Art Offline episode, a short story novel, a 16-page deluxe booklet, digital character design and so on.

Unlike the Japanese Blu-ray disc version, the American Blu-ray discs for season 1 are packed in 4 BD-BOX sets/DVD Volumes, 2 sets for each arc. Original Soundtracks, audio commentary and special episodes are also included in BD box sets. Both BD box sets and DVD volumes have a non-credit opening/ending song included. Numerous other material are also included in both versions, although the BD boxset has more such material, including a 16-page deluxe booklet, English cast interviews and so on.

Japanese BD/DVD release
Vol. Release Date Episode AN
BD Limited DVD Limited DVD Regular
Season 1
1 2012-10-241 - 2ANZX-6601/02ANZB-6601/02 ANSB-6601
2 2012-11-213 - 5ANZX-6603/04ANZB-6603/04 ANSB-6603
3 2012-12-266 - 8ANZX-6605/06ANZB-6605/06 ANSB-6605
4 2013-1-239 - 11ANZX-6607/08ANZB-6607/08 ANSB-6607
5 2013-2-2712 - 14ANZX-6609/10ANZB-6609/10 ANSB-6609
6 2013-3-2715 - 16ANZX-6611/12ANZB-6611/12 ANSB-6611
7 2013-4-2417 - 19ANZX-6613/14ANZB-6613/14 ANSB-6613
8 2013-5-2220 - 22ANZX-6615/16ANZB-6615/16 ANSB-6615
9 2013-6-2623 - 25ANZX-6617/18ANZB-6617/18 ANSB-6617
Extra Edition
2014-4-23Extra EditionANZX-6619/20ANZB-6619/20 ANSB-6619
Season 2
1 2014-10-221 - 3ANZX-11121/22ANZB-11121/22ANSB-11121
Western BD/DVD Release
Vol. USA Release Date Australia Release Date Episode
1 2013-08-132013-12-181 - 7
2 2013-09-172014-01-158 - 14
3 2012-10-152014-02-1915 - 19
4 2013-11-192014-03-1920 - 25
Sword Art Offline logo

Sword Art Offline logo

Blu-ray Bonus EpisodesEdit

The following episodes are produced by I was a Ballerina co.,ltd..

No. Title Original Release Date
Season 1
1 Sword Art Offline 1 October 24, 2012
A mock TV news is held by Kirito and Asuna, featuring some highlights of episodes 1 and 2 and having Klein as a special guest. Then Kirito tries to do Life Counseling, but the client (Klein) is not satisfied.
2 Sword Art Offline 2 December 3, 2012
The TV news continues, featuring highlights of episodes 3, 4, and 5, with Silica as the main guest. Klein tries to do Life Counseling, but Asuna practically takes over.
3 Sword Art Offline 3 December 26, 2012
This edition feature the highlights of episodes 6, 7, and 8, with Lisbeth as the main guest.
4 Sword Art Offline 4 January 23, 2013
Features highlights of episodes 9, 10, and 11, with Yui as the main guest. Due to this, Heathcliff temporarily replaces her as the Trivia Bot.
5 Sword Art Offline 5 February 27, 2013

Features highlights of episodes 12, 13 and 14. Heathcliff is the main guest of this episode.

6 Sword Art Offline 6 March 27, 2013
The series is heavily revamped, with Leafa taking the role of the host in place of Asuna and Klein's Life Counseling corner replaced by the Slot Talk section. No guest is featured in this episode.
7 Sword Art Offline 7 April 24, 2013
Features highlights of episodes 17, 18, and 19, with Yui as the main guest. Thus, Oberon temporarily replaces her as the Trivia Bot.
8 Sword Art Offline 8 May 22, 2013
Features highlights of episodes 20, 21 and 22, with Sakuya and Alicia Rue as the special guests. In the first 7 minutes of the episode, the show reminiscences about Kirito's death in ALO, with Kirito standing in a coffin.
9 Sword Art Offline 9 June 26, 2013
Features highlights of episodes 23, 24 and 25, with Asuna as the special guest.
Extra Edition
Extra Sword Art Offline Extra Edition April 23, 2014
Features highlights of the Extra Edition with Asuna and Leafa as the hosts, Kirito as the commentator and Yui as the guest.
Season 2
1 Sword Art Offline Two 1 October 22, 2014

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.swordart-online.net/phantom/#!/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 http://www.swordart-onlineusa.com/staff/index.html
  3. 3.0 3.1 SwordArt-Online.net
  4. 4.0 4.1 Tokyo MX episode guide.

External linksEdit

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Crossing Field Itsuka no Tegami - Kawaranai Ao - KiSS me PARADOX
INNOCENCE Velvet Tears - dear brightness
Yume Sekai Issai Gassai
Overfly Inori - Mahou no Shiro, Shinjitsu no Shomotsu.
Niji no Oto INNOCENCE - Yume Sekai
IGNITE Brainwash - Utakata
Startear Natsu no Koi Yohou - Ramune Sekai
Season 1 Character Songs/ Song Collection

My Independent Destiny (Asuna) - Memory Heart Message (Sachi) - Lovely Super Idol (Silica) - Cheer! Tear? Cheer!! (Lisbeth) - I Know "Ai" (Yui) - Face To You (Suguha) - Sky The Graffiti (Leafa) - Sword & Soul (Kirito) - Sing All Overtures - Heart Sweet Heart (Yui) - white flower garden (Asuna) - Party-go-round (Silica and Lisbeth)

Original Sound Track Volume 1 - Volume 2 - Infinity Moment - Hollow Fragment
Other Media
Games End World - Infinity Moment - Hollow Fragment
Drama CD Accel World + Sword Art Online Drama CD

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