Sword Art Online is an anime that’s a dream come true for every gamer. An almost un-defeatable main character, epic boss fights, out of this world gameplay and of course, attractive gamer-girls all encapsulated in a series with gorgeous animation.
The animation of Sword Art Online is exceptional, and regardless of whether or not you enjoy the story and its characters, the entertainment quotient never goes down.
The anime has 3 seasons and 86 episodes, none of which are fillers. Sword Art Online was quite controversial when it started airing and has polarised opinions regarding its plot and characters. Still, the anime gets really good after season 2. So, give it a watch and decide for yourself which side of the argument you side with!
1. Release Order
I. TV Series
- Season 1: Sword Art Online (2012)
- Season 2: Sword Art Online II (2014)
- Season 3, Part 1: Sword Art Online: Alicization (2018–19)
- Season 3, Part 2: Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld (2019–20)
- Sword Art Online: Extra Edition (2013)
- Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale (2017)
2. Side Series
- Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale (2018)
3. Chronological Order
- Season 1: Sword Art Online
- Sword Art Online: Extra Edition
- Season 2: Sword Art Online II
- Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
- Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale
- Season 3, Part 1: Sword Art Online: Alicization
- Season 3, Part 2: Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld
The recommended order of Sword Art Online is its chronological order. For the best experience, do not skip the movies or the side series, they’re equally essential and entertaining.
5. About Sword Art Online
At the launch of the game, 10,000 people had connected themselves to the virtual reality of Sword Art Online. The plot takes a twist when people realize that they can’t quit the game.
Protagonist Kirito, a pro gamer and was present for the beta launch of SAO, starts planning to clear levels as soon as possible. Throughout his quest to finish the game, he meets many friends and also a love interest, Asuna.
The plot and the whole premise of the show are remarkably unique and quite believable in some futuristic sense.