Sword Art Online (Japanese: ソードアート ・ オンライン, Hepburn: Sōdo Āto Onrain) is a Japanese light novel collection written by Reki Kawahara and also illustrated by abec. The series takes place in the near future and also concentrates on lead character Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya and also Asuna Yuuki as they play via different virtual reality MMORPG worlds. Kawahara originally created the series as an internet book on his internet site from 2002 to 2008. The light stories began publication on ASCII Media Functions’ Dengeki Bunko imprint from April 10, 2009, with a spin-off series introducing in October 2012. The collection has generated nine manga adaptations published by ASCII Media Works and Kadokawa. The books and also seven of the manga adjustments have actually been licensed for launch in The United States and Canada by Yen Press.
An anime television series produced by A-1 Photos, understood merely as Sword Art Online, aired in Japan in between July and December 2012, with a tv movie Sword Art Online: Extra Edition broadcasting on December 31, 2013, and also a second period, titled Sword Art Online II, airing in between July and December 2014. An animated movie titled Sword Art Online The Motion Picture: Ordinal Range including an initial tale by Kawahara premiered in Japan as well as Southeast Asia on February 18, 2017, and was launched in the USA on March 9, 2017. A spin-off anime collection titled Sword Art Online Choice Weapon Windstorm Online premiered in April 2018, while a 3rd season entitled Sword Art Online: Alicization premiered in October 2018. A live-action collection will certainly be produced by Netflix. 6 computer game based on the collection have been released for numerous gaming consoles.
Sword Art Online has obtained widespread commercial success, with the light books having more than 20 million copies offered worldwide. The light unique collection had excellent reviews, mainly on later arcs, while various other collection like Progressive were applauded since the start. The anime collection has actually received combined to positive reviews, with appreciation for its animation, musical arrangement as well as expedition of the psychological facets of virtual reality, however objections for its pacing and writing.
An anime adjustment of Sword Art Online was announced at Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival 2011, along with Reki Kawahara’s various other light novel series, Accel Globe. The anime is created by Aniplex and also Genco, computer animated by A-1 Photos as well as directed by Tomohiko Ito with songs by Yuki Kajiura. The anime broadcast on Tokyo MX, tvk, TV Saitama, TV Aichi, RKB, HBC and MBS in between July 7 and December 22, 2012, as well as on AT-X, Chiba TELEVISION as well as BS11 at later dates.The collection was additionally streamed on Crunchyroll as well as Hulu. The anime is adapted from the first 4 books and also parts of quantity 8.
The anime has been licensed in North America by Aniplex of America and also an English-language dub premiered on Grownup Swim’s Toonami from July 27, 2013 to February 15, 2014. The collection was released by Aniplex of America in 4 DVD and Blu-ray sets, with unique extras on the BD sets, between August 13 as well as November 19, 2013. Manga Entertainment released the initial collection on BD/DVD in the United Kingdom in December 2013, whilst Psycho Entertainment launched the collection in Australia and also the English-language version began broadcasting on ABC3 on June 7, 2014. Sword Art Online has been offered on Netflix in The United States And Canada because March 15, 2014.
A year-end unique, labelled Sword Art Online Extra Edition, broadcast on December 31, 2013. The unique evaluated the previously aired anime series and also consisted of some brand-new footage. Extra Edition was streamed worldwide a few hrs after its airing in Japan. The two-hour-long special was available on Daisuki globally besides French-speaking locations, in addition to China and also Korea. Daisuki offered subtitles in various languages such as English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and German. English-speaking countries, Mexico, Central and South America could additionally view the stream on Crunchyroll. Extra Edition was additionally simulcast in Korea on Aniplus cord channel as well as in China on the LeTV streaming site. French-speaking nations might watch on the Wakanim streaming website. The Blu-ray Disc and DVD of Extra Edition was launched on April 23, 2014 in Japan. The restricted edition included a Yui personality song labelled “Heart Dessert Heart” by Kanae Itō and also an initial side tale created by Kawahara labelled “Sword Art Online Niji no Hashi” (ソードアート ・ オンライン 虹の橋, Sword Art Online Rainbow Bridge).
At the end of the unique, the anime tv series was validated for a second period, labelled Sword Art Online II, which premiered on July 5, 2014. The first 14 episodes of the 2nd period are an adaptation of quantities 5 as well as 6 the light stories that cover the Phantom Bullet arc. Episodes 15 to 17 cover the Calibur arc from volume 8 of the stories, with episodes 18 to 24 covering quantity 7 of the novels, the Mother’s Rosario arc. Premiere testing occasions of the second period were held in the USA, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan prior to the tv premiere between June 29 and also July 4, 2014. At Katsucon, it was revealed that the English dub of the 2nd season would broadcast on Toonami starting March 28, 2015.
A computer animated movie labelled Sword Art Online The Film: Ordinal Scale, featuring an original tale by Kawahara established after the events of Sword Art Online II, premiered in Japan and also Southeast Asia on February 18, 2017, and also was released in the United States on March 9, 2017.
The third period of Sword Art Online, entitled Sword Art Online: Alicization, as well as a spin-off anime, labelled Sword Art Online Choice Weapon Gale Online, were revealed in 2017. Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, computer animated by 3Hz, premiered in April 2018. Sword Art Online: Alicization broadcast from October 6, 2018 to March 30, 2019, with a one-hour opening night which broadcast in Japan, the United States, Australia, France, Germany, Russia and also South Korea on September 15, 2018. The English dub of the 3rd period premiered on February 9, 2019 on Toonami. The period was originally revealed to air for four cours, and adapt from the story’s ninth quantity, Alicization Start, to the eighteenth volume, Alicization Lasting. Nonetheless, the period finished at episode 24 on March 30, 2019 (completing the fourteenth quantity of the novel, Alicization Uniting), and also advanced October 12, 2019 with a second component titled War of Abyss. The second half of the Battle of Underworld series will continue in April 2020