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Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

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Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of the first light novel featuring Kirito (left) and Asuna (right).
ソードアート・オンライン
(Sōdo Āto Onrain)
Genre Adventure,[1] science fiction[2]
Novel series
Written by Reki Kawahara
Published by Self-published
Original run 2002 – 2008
Light novel
Written by Reki Kawahara
Illustrated by abec
Published by ASCII Media Works
English publisher
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Demographic Male
Original run April 10, 2009 – present
Volumes 24 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Tomohiko Itō
Produced by
  • Kazuma Miki
  • Shinichirō Kashiwada
Music by Yuki Kajiura
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MXGTVGYTtvkTVSTVARKBHBCMBSAT-XChiba TVBS11
English network
Original run July 8, 2012 – December 23, 2012
Episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Sword Art Online: Progressive
Written by Reki Kawahara
Illustrated by abec
Published by ASCII Media Works
English publisher
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Demographic Male
Original run October 10, 2012 – present
Volumes (List of volumes)
Anime television film
Sword Art Online: Extra Edition
Directed by Tomohiko Itō
Produced by
  • Kazuma Miki
  • Shinichirō Kashiwada
Written by
  • Reki Kawahara
  • Munemasa Nakamoto
Music by Yuki Kajiura
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Aniplex of America
Original network Tokyo MX, BS11
Released December 31, 2013
Runtime 100 minutes
Anime television series
Sword Art Online II
Directed by Tomohiko Itō
Produced by
  • Kazuma Miki
  • Shinichirō Kashiwada
  • Yōsuke Futami
Music by Yuki Kajiura
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Aniplex of America
Original network Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, tvk, TVS, CTC, TVA, MBS, TVQTVh, AT-X, BS11
English network
TV5
Adult Swim (Toonami)
Original run July 5, 2014 – December 20, 2014
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Sword Art Online Alternative: Clover's Regret
Written by Watase Souichirou
Illustrated by Ginta
Published by ASCII Media Works
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Demographic Male
Original run November 10, 2016 – present
Volumes (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Sword Art Online: Alicization (1–24)
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld 
(25–47)
Directed by Manabu Ono
Produced by
  • Masami Niwa
  • Takaaki Yuasa
  • Yōsuke Futami
  • Misato Aoki
  • Kaoru Adachi
  • Ryūtarō Kawakami
Music by Yuki Kajiura
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Aniplex of America
Anime Limited
Original network Tokyo MX, GYT, GTV, BS11, MBS, AT-X, TV Aichi
English network
Adult Swim (Toonami)
Original run October 6, 2018 – September 19, 2020
Episodes 47 (List of episodes)
Anime
Sword Art Online: Progressive
Other
Video games
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Sword Art Online (Japaneseソードアート・オンラインHepburnSōdo Āto Onrain) is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. The series takes place in the near future and focuses on protagonist Kazuto "Kirito" Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki as they play through various virtual reality MMORPG worlds. Kawahara originally wrote the series as a web novel on his website from 2002 to 2008. The light novels began publication on ASCII Media WorksDengeki Bunko imprint from April 10, 2009, with a spin-off series launching in October 2012. The series has spawned nine manga adaptations published by ASCII Media Works and Kadokawa. The novels and the manga adaptations have been licensed for release in North America by Yen Press.

An anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures, known simply as Sword Art Online, aired in Japan between July and December 2012, with a television film Sword Art Online: Extra Edition airing on December 31, 2013, and a second season, titled Sword Art Online II, airing between July and December 2014. An animated film titled Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale featuring an original story by Kawahara premiered in Japan and Southeast Asia on February 18, 2017, and was released in the United States on March 9, 2017. A spin-off anime series titled Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online premiered in April 2018, while a third season titled Sword Art Online: Alicization premiered in October 2018. An anime adaptation of Sword Art Online: Progressive has been announced. A live-action series will be produced by Netflix. Six video games based on the series have been released for multiple consoles.

Sword Art Online has received widespread commercial success, with the light novels having over 20 million copies sold worldwide. The light novel series had good reviews, mainly on later arcs, while other series like Progressive were praised since the beginning. The anime series has received mixed to positive reviews, with praise for its animation, musical score and exploration of the psychological aspects of virtual reality, but criticisms for its pacing and writing.

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