Best Sword Art Online Anime Watch Order 2022: Series, OVAs, and Movies (Recommended List) (2022)

2012 was a year of game-concept animes. Whether you are an anime fan or not, the name SAO, better known as Sword Art Online, might have slipped inside your radar– be it by word of mouth or on the internet.

SAO continues to maintain its popularity and is still being talked about today.

What’s not to love about SAO? If you are a gamer, then SAO will definitely fit your taste. SAO takes the gaming genre to another level: playing a virtual game will kill you in real life.

It’s thrilling, the plot is good, the animation is top-notch, and the storytelling is superb. Hence, it instantly became one of the most talked about anime during its release. It’s definitely an anime that is worth watching.

If you are into action-packed animation, MMPORG style, the fight scenes are something to look forward to. It adds to the hype factor of the series, even though it’s already been 10 years since it first aired.

Sword Art Online Watch Order By Chronological Order of Events

The best way to stream Sword Art Online is by watching it in chronological order of events.

The plot, if watched by the release date, can be confusing. Hence, for the best experience, watching the events unfold by following their timeline would be the best.

By watching chronologically, viewers will be introduced to the main characters one by one.

Furthermore, you will get to see different perspectives that are happening in the series.

Watch OrderTitle
1Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night
2Season 1: Sword Art Online (Episodes 1-2)
3Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of a Dark Dusk
4Season 1: Sword Art Online (Episodes 3-25)
5Sword Art Online: Extra Edition
6Season 2: Sword Art Online II
7Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
8Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale
9Season 3, Part 1: Sword Art Online: Alicization
10Season 3, Part 2: Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld
11Season 3, Part 3: Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld 2nd Season

Where to Watch Sword Art Online (October 2022)

USHulu, Disney+, Netflix, Funimation
CanadaNetflix, Crunchyroll, Funimation
UKFunimation, Netflix, Crunchyroll
AustraliaFunimation, Crunchyroll

SAO can be watched on the aforementioned sites but is mainly found in Crunchyroll and Funimation.

Not all seasons are available on Netflix. Moreover, not all seasons and movies are available on only one streaming site, so it’s better to watch on multiple platforms.

If by chance, the series is unavailable to watch in your country, then you need to use a VPN.

Complete Summary of Sword Art Online Anime

# of Episodes96
RuntimeApproximately 23 to 24 minutes per episode
Manga Canon Episodes1-49 (Seasons 1 and 2), 1-47 (Season 3)
Anime Canon Episodes50
Special Episodes (OVA)12
MoviesSword Art Online: Extra Edition (2013), Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale (2017), Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night (2021), Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of a Dark Dusk (Upcoming October 2022)

SAO, or Sword Art Online, is a Japanese light novel by author Reki Kawahara and was illustrated by Abec.

SAO was originally only a web novel on Kawahara’s website spanning from 2002 to 2008. But then he begins to publicize his work on ASCII Media Works’s Dengeki Bunko on April 10, 2009.

With enough source material, a manga adaptation of the SAO web novel was made. It was then serialized and published by ASCII Media Works.

Not long after, in 2012, an anime adaptation of the series was animated by A-1 Pictures.

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The SAO franchise received immense recognition and was widely praised by the public, confirming it to be a commercial success. The light novels of the series sold 30 million copies worldwide and had relatively good reviews.

Sword Art Online Complete Anime Synopsis

1. Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night

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Original ReleaseOctober 30, 2021
RuntimeApproximately 1 hr. 37 minutes
IMDb Rating7.2/10

The film starts off with an aspiring high school student named Asuna Yuuki, who is gearing up for her high school entrance examinations. Asuna has the brains and social skills to excel and ace any field.

Moreover, she is well on her way to top her examinations. Life seems to be looking up for her, but then one fateful decision would change her life.

Asuna, in preparation for exams, had been studying hard for days on end. Her good friend Misumi Tozawa, otherwise called “Mito,” invited her to play Sword Art Online.

It is a virtual multi-player role-playing game that created buzz for its utilization of the “NerveGear,” a helmet that can help players control their characters using their minds.

Asuna accepted the invitation. As they are playing, the game will take a turn for the worst as they are held hostage in the virtual world.

Moreover, the only way out is to clear all one-hundred levels– without dying. If their characters die in-game, so will their bodies in the real world.

2. Season 1: Sword Art Online (Episodes 1-2)

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Original ReleaseJuly 28 – August 4, 2013
RuntimeApproximately 23 minutes per episode
IMDb Rating7.2/10

Kirigaya Kazuto, better known as Kirito (his in-game name), is a beta-tester of the virtual reality game Sword Art Online (SAO).

He quickly made friends with a fellow player named Klein, who he taught the basics of defense and offense.

After a few hours into the game, they decided to log out. However, the odd thing is the log-out option was removed, making exiting the game impossible.

Akihiko Kayaba, an employee of Argus and the designer of SAO revealed that he deliberately removed the logout option. Furthermore, he announced that all players should participate in a life-or-death situation while in the game.

Players who die in the game will die in the real world. The NerveGear console helmet should not be removed forcefully, or it will lead to the person’s demise.

After a month in the game, approximately 2,000 players have died. Kirito and the surviving players must figure out to win the levels in the game. They must work together to make it out alive.

3. Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of a Dark Dusk

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Original ReleaseOctober 22, 2022
RuntimeApproximately 1 hr. 40 minutes
IMDb Rating7.4/10

Scherzo of a Dark Dusk is the continuation of the first SAO Progressive movie. It features the meeting between Kirito and Asuna and the circumstances that happened on the first floor of Ancriad.

It showcases Asuna’s inner struggles to adjust and cope with this new reality she was forced into.

4. Season 1: Sword Art Online (Episodes 3-25)

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Original ReleaseAugust 11, 2013 – February 16, 2014
RuntimeApproximately 23 minutes per episode
IMDb Rating7.2/10

Kirito joins Moonlit Black Cats, a guild under the leadership of a player named Keita. There he met Sachi, a fellow guild member of the Moonlit Cats who expressed her fear of dying.

Kirito assures her that she will live through this whole ordeal. Keita separated from the group to buy a house for their guild.

On the other hand, Kirito and the others went to explore the 27th floor, where they stumbled upon a treasure chest.

That was a big mistake, as the treasure chest is a trap set up by my monsters. Surrounded with nowhere to run, the guild members are killed off one by one, with the exception of Kirito, who managed to survive. Upon discovering his guild’s demise, Keita cannot cope and kills himself.

With that horrifying experience, Kirito is determined to beat the game.

In later events, he teamed up with Asuna and other skillful and accomplished players. Together they must overcome the obstacles as they attempt to clear the game, one floor at a time.

5. Sword Art Online: Extra Edition

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Original ReleaseDecember 31, 2013
# of Episodes1
RuntimeApproximately 1 hr. 41 minutes
IMDb Rating6.6/10

This is what we call your “every anime’s pool episode.” Asuna and the other girls are enjoying their swimming and playtime.

But instead of the refreshing waters and the fun time spent at the pool, trouble is brewing behind the scenes.

Kirito was attending the SAO Survivor’s School’s emergency counseling while the girls were out.

But instead of a fruitful and civilized discussion, it led to a disaster. The meeting was set up by Seijirou Kikuoka, who is dedicated to repeating what had happened in the virtual world of SAO.

6. Season 2: Sword Art Online II

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Original ReleaseJuly 5 – December 20, 2014
# of Episodes24
RuntimeApproximately 23 minutes per episode
IMDb Rating7.6/10

A year has passed since the terrible incident that happened in SAO. Kazuto Kirigaya had been assimilated back into the real world and is now living his life as a normal citizen.

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That is until players of a game called Gun Gale Online are murdered one after another. A mysterious player of the game with the alias “Death Gun,” had been killing people outside the virtual world by shooting them in real life.

Law officials asked Kazuto for his assistance in investigating the killings, and he accepted.

In the game, he met player Sinon, a reputed sniper with high accuracy making her the top sniper of the game. She is soon involved in helping Kirito upon a chance encounter with the killer in the game. Together they work together to avoid any more murders from happening.

7. Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

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Original ReleaseApril 8 – July 1, 2018
# of Episodes12
RuntimeApproximately 23 minutes per episode
IMDb Rating6.8/10

Karen Kohiruimaki standing is a 6-foot-tall quiet, and introverted university student. She developed an insecurity about her height after years of teasing. When she stands out among the average crowd, she feels restless.

As a coping mechanism for her distress, she joins the game “Gun Gale Online.” There, she created a character named “Llenn.” Her online persona mirrors her ideal self–short, cute, and loli-like.

However, her strong persona quickly made her known as a force to be reckoned with. She gained the name “Pink Devil” for her superb performance. Not only that but her equipment and costume are also pink.

But even the best of their craft gets bested when one of her targets manages to beat her. There she met Pitohui, and they quickly established a friendship.

The duo then competed in a tournament called “Squad Jam,” where players are to fight each other until only one remains. Hence, naming them the best of the best.

8. Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale

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Original ReleaseFebruary 18, 2017
RuntimeApproximately 1 hr. 59 minutes
IMDb Rating7.3/10

The year is 2026, and 4 years have passed since the SAO incident. Another novel piece of gaming technology called the “Augma” has been introduced to the public.

Unlike the Nerve Gear and Amusphere consoles, Augma is said to be safe to use and is public-friendly. Moreover, players can retain their consciousness while playing the game.

Ordinal Scale is the most popular game that utilizes the Augma console. Gamers like Kazuto and his friends definitely don’t want to miss out on the fun. Hence, they joined in on the hype by logging in to the game.

However, history repeats itself, and a sense of foreboding deja vu envelops the group as something sinister is about to happen.

9. Season 3, Part 1: Sword Art Online: Alicization

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Original ReleaseOctober 7, 2018 – March 31, 2019
# of Episodes24
RuntimeApproximately 24 minutes per episode
IMDb Rating7.5/10

Kirito works as a part-timer for Underworld, a game that is under development. It is played with a console named “Soul Translator.”

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Soul Translator is a contemporary full-dive interface that engages with the player’s “soul.” Or in the game’s corresponding terminology, the “Fluctlight”.

Rath, the company developing the game, aspires to improve what they have made. To do that, it needed the participation of Kazuto Kirigaya.

Because of contract agreements as per stated about working in discretion, Kirito’s memories in the virtual world of the Underworld are erased. This is in order to maintain the console’s confidentiality,.

One day in the real world, when Kazuto was accompanying Asuna home, they encountered a past enemy, and he got fatally wounded.

After that, he awoke to the virtual world of the Underworld. He has to find a way to get out of the game and reunite with Asuna in the real world.

10. Season 3, Part 2: Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld

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Original ReleaseOctober 13 – December 29, 2019
# of Episodes12
RuntimeApproximately 23 minutes per episode
IMDb Rating7.6/10

Although the head of the Axiom Chuch, the Quinella, was defeated, the aftermath of the tension felt in battle is still high.

Kirito, who had managed to contact the outside world, was informed that the Ōshan Tātoru, or Ocean Turtle, was attacked.It is a mega-float located in the Pacific Ocean owned by Rath.

Because of the raid, Kirito got into a comatose state when the raiders tampered with the equipment and caused damage to his “Fluctlight.”

Alice Zuberg took care of Kirito in his unconscious state and dedicated herself to taking care of him until he woke up. Not before long, another war was about to commence as the Dark Territory invaded the Human Empire.

It is up to Alice to protect and defend the Empire in the absence of Kirito. Once again, she took her persona as Alice Synthesis Thirty.

11. Season 3, Part 3: Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld 2nd Season

Best Sword Art Online Anime Watch Order 2022: Series, OVAs, and Movies (Recommended List) (11)
Original ReleaseJuly 12 – September 20, 2020
# of Episodes11
RuntimeApproximately 24 minutes per episode
IMDb Rating7.5/10

The war with Dark Territory continues. Asuna and the rest of her friends assisted in the battle and did their best to defend and protect the allies they had made.

But despite their best efforts of attempting to win, they are still lacking and falling behind.

Alice is being pursued by Gabriel/Emperor Vecta as she makes her way to the World’s End Altar.

In the real world, Rath and its personnel are doing everything they can to restore Kirito’s broken Fluctlight. However, it is proven a difficult task as the attackers have the upper hand.

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Will there be a Sword Art Online movie in 2022? ›

Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night, which is set to premiere in U.S. theaters and on IMAX on December 3, 2022, will release on Crunchyroll's streaming service a week earlier on November 24, 2022.

In what order do I watch the SAO movies? ›

Correct order to watch Sword Art Online
  1. Sword Art Online First Season. ...
  2. Sword Art Online Extra Edition – Movie. ...
  3. Sword Art Online II – Phantom Bullet. ...
  4. Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online (Spin-Off) ...
  5. Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale – Movie. ...
  6. Sword Art Online: Alicization. ...
  7. 12 anime characters with pink hair.
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Is SAO season 4 Confirmed? ›

When Will Season 4 Of 'Sword Art Online' Premiere? 'Sword Art Online' Season 4 released on Netflix today, February 6, 2022.

Is SAO season 5 out? ›

Recently, Netflix issued a decree that the 5th season will be released on November 6, 2022 after it acquires all of the film's copyrights. The official Twitter handle of Sword Art Season 5 also announced the release date on Twitter. The much-anticipated season 5 will thus premiere on 6th November in Asia/Tokyo time.

Is Kirito in the new Sao movie? ›

The voice cast from the anime series returned to reprise their roles in the film, including voice actor Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kirito and Haruka Tomatsu as Asuna. On March 27, 2021, it was announced that the film would be released theatrically in Japan in Autumn 2021.

How many Sao movies will there be? ›

2013's Sword Art Online: Extra Edition, 2017's Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, and 2021's Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night. There's also a sequel to the Progressive movie slated to be released later in 2022, called Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of a Dark Dusk.

Can a 11 year old watch SAO? ›

There is a attempted Rape scene and a sexual assault scene. All and all. You should let your child watch the 1st season but the 2nd is mainly for adults and you would most likely feel uncomfortable letting your children watch it. 3 people found this helpful.

How old is Kirito? ›

10/10 Kazuto Kirigaya / Kirito (14 - 17)

In the virtual reality of Sword Art Online, he'd develop many names, from the Black Swordsman to the Star King. Kazuto is 14 at the start of the Aincrad Arc, 16 towards its end, and 17 throughout the Phantom Bullet Arc and Alicization Arc.

Is SAO an actual game? ›

In 2022, a virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online (SAO) will be released.

Will there be a season 7 of Sao? ›

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What is season 4 of Sao called? ›

Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld (2019 - 2020)

Why was Sao removed from Netflix? ›

The date for leaving is certainly more confusing as Netflix tends to license shows for 12, 36 (3 years) and 60 (5 years) months at a time. To put it simply, Netflix's license to stream the popular anime title is coming to an end.

Is Sao coming to an end? ›

Nope. It isn't. After Alicization there is going to be another arc called the Unital Ring. Beware of spoilers for SAO Alicization War of Underworld.

Will highschool DxD have season 5? ›

Fans have loved High School DxD's four seasons of supernatural adventure/comedy hijinks as well as the show's memorable characters. It's little wonder that the next installment of the series is in high demand. So it's a good thing that via The Cine Talk, the fifth season of High School DxD has been confirmed.

Is Sao happy ending? ›

Season 1 of Sword Art Online has two happy endings, with the second one having much less impact. At the midpoint of the season, the Aincrad Arc comes to a close. Akihiko keeps his word to Kirito after their fight and frees all the remaining player-prisoners.

Why is Kirito stuck in the underworld for 200 years? ›

The 200 years they spent in Underworld were attributed to Fluctlight's technology effect; time acceleration. After Kirito and Asuna leave the Underworld after 200 years, they decide to remove their memories of the VR world.

Is Kirito in high school? ›

He was 14 in the first episode of Season 1 (which is basically 8th grade or 2nd year of middle school). Then he will be 17 in 2025. He was supposed to be in 2nd year of high school or 11th grade. But since he missed 3 years of education as we all know.

Is Kirito in other anime? ›

Kirito makes a cameo appearance in the eighth episode of the anime series Eromanga Sensei, with Yoshitsugu Matsuoka reprising his role.

Will there be a SAO movie? ›

Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night , the first anime film in the project, opened in Japan in October 2021, and topped the box office in its first weekend.

Will there be a SAO 3? ›

Sword Art Online: Alicization is the third season of the anime series adapted from the light novel series Sword Art Online, written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec.

Is SAO will continue? ›

SWORD ART ONLINE LAST RECOLLECTION: the famous game series will be back in 2023 | Bandai Namco Europe.

Does Sword Art Online have 18+ scenes? ›

WARNING: Contains spoilers to previous collections, and this series is only suitable for over-18s. Includes violent scenes, including some of a sexual nature. One of the things that first strikes you when you come across the latest collection of SAO is the rating: 18.

Is there an age limit to watch anime? ›

Here are some tips on age-appropriate anime: Anime seen on the Cartoon Network (or other channels that show children's cartoons) before 9pm is probably safe for most children younger than 13. If it is on after 9pm, then you know it isn't appropriate for children younger than 13.

Who is the youngest person in SAO? ›

Ayano Keiko
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What is Kirito weakness? ›

whats his weakness? Answer: bugs. in chapter 13 after Kirito and Eugeo have recently defeated either Deusolbert or Fanatio they come across some bugs.

What LVL is Kirito? ›

In the article for Kirito it states his level at the end of SAO is 96.

How old is Kirito 2024? ›

The game is clreared on 7th of November 2024, so Kirito is 16 years old at the end of Aincrad arc.

Is ALfheim online a real game? ›

ALfheim Online (アルヴヘイム・オンライン aruvuheimu onrain) is a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game (VRMMORPG) in the Sword Art Online series released a year after SAO had been beaten. Compatible with all FullDive systems, and allowed transferring player characters from SAO.

How many players survived SAO? ›

Later, Kirito exposed Heathcliff as Kayaba after the 75th Floor Boss. He faced him in a one on one duel with a condition; to allow every player to logout if Kirito wins, and manages to defeat him ending SAO with a total of 6,147 survivors.

What is the closest VR game to SAO? ›

Aincrad Rift is a Virtual Reality game inspired by Sword Art Online and will have hundred of quest, items and monsters.

What is coming next for SAO? ›

The second movie, Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of a Dark Dusk is planned to be released sometime in 2022. RELATED: Sword Art Online: How Did Kirito Get His Arm Back in Season 1? Based on the light novels, there is enough left for a couple more feature films.

Will SAO continue after War of the underworld? ›

Sword Art Online's massive Alicization saga has finally come to an end, and fans are bidding farewell to this season after the final episode of War of Underworld.

What arc is after Alicization? ›

After the initial Alicization arc, there is the War of the Underworld arc, which takes up season 4. If you're talking about the books, after Alicization, there is the Moon Cradle arc and finally the current Unital Ring arc, which is said to be the last arc of the main series.

Who is the villain in SAO season 4? ›

Gabriel Miller, also known as Subtilizer (in Gun Gale Online) and Emperor Vecta (in Project Alicization/Underworld), is the main antagonist in the second half of the Alicization arc of Sword Art Online, known as the War of the Underworld Subarc.

Who is the love interest in SAO? ›

Yuuki Asuna. Asuna is Kirito's partner and main love interest in the series. Among all the people Kirito has met, she is the closest and dearest to him. Originally the two of them only thought of clearing the game, but their relationship began when they partied on the 1st Floor.

Why is it called Alicization? ›

The name 'Alicization' is formed from the acronym A. L. I. C. E. (Artificial Labile Intelligent Cybernated Existence or simply a highly adaptive artificial intelligence), in reference to the project's goal of turning artificial human Fluctlights into «Alice».

Is Netflix getting rid of anime? ›

'Death Note', 'Vampire Knight' & Other Anime Leaving Netflix in October 2022. Some big anime titles may leave Netflix in the United States in October 2022. Titles like Death Note, Bleach, Vampire Knight, and Beserk show removal dates.

Why did Netflix add anime? ›

Netflix has aggressively pushed into the anime space in recent years, signing several content agreements with Japan's biggest entertainment companies. The company claims that half of its estimated 222 million subscribers watched some anime on its service in 2021.

Who does Kirito end up with season 4? ›

After defeating Gabriel, Kirito and Asuna had made the ultimate decision to spend 200 years of their virtual lives together before being reunited in the real world. As we learn, the two of them eventually became the King and Queen of it.

What happens to Asuna? ›

Towards the end of the SAO arc, she saves Kirito from a killing blow by Heathcliff at the cost of her life. However, her death was only in-game and she is shortly reunited with Kirito shortly after the death of Heathcliff.

Does Rias become Issei's girlfriend? ›

In Volume 22, Rias was there to allow Issei to be promoted to High-Class devil, during the ritual in which she placed the crown on his head, which made Issei a King. Later the two become engaged when Issei proposes to Rias after her graduation ceremony, making her his first bride.

Does Rias become Issei's servant? ›

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However, Issei realizes too late that the date was a trap set up by Raynare, and is fatally stabbed in the stomach. After he is revived by Rias Gremory, he becomes a devil and her servant, where he joins the school's Occult Research Club.

Is High School DxD season 6 out? ›

The sixth and final compilation was released on February 26, 2014.

Who is the final boss of SAO? ›

Heathcliff was the name used by Kayaba Akihiko, the creator of Sword Art Online. Becoming a well-respected member of the Knights of the Blood guild, Heathcliff was the final boss of the game. Under most circumstances, he was invulnerable to most forms of death inside the game.

Does Kirito reunite with Asuna? ›

Although the two of them managed to reunite in Underworld after Kirito woke up from his double coma towards the end of the War of Underworld arc, the two of them finally were able to reunite face to face as War of Underworld comes to a close.

How long did Kirito and Asuna stay in the underworld? ›

The 200 years Kirito and Asuna spent in Underworld is glossed over, with Sword Art Online showing them waking up in the real world shortly after.

Will SAO have another movie? ›

Sword Art Online -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night (a.k.a. Scherzo of Dark Dusk) will get theatrical showings in North America. The official Sword Art Online account announced that SAO Progressive movie 2 will appear in U.S. and Canadian theaters in February of 2023. It arrived in Japanese theaters in October 2022.

Will there be another Sword Art Online after war of underworld? ›

Since the main light novel series is still ongoing, the logical continuation for the next SAO anime series is certainly the next arc after the War of Underworld, called Unital Ring.

Is there going to be a Vrmmorpg Sword Art Online? ›

Interest. Sword Art Online Franchise Confirms Event On Game's In-Universe Launch Date. On November 6, 2022, the fictional Sword Art Online VRMMORPG launched within the series' universe.

Did SAO get Cancelled? ›

The game was terminated on July 29, 2016.

Is SAO will return? ›

SWORD ART ONLINE LAST RECOLLECTION: the famous game series will be back in 2023 | Bandai Namco Europe.

What is the new SAO movie called? ›

Kirito and Asuna are returning to the big screen in Sword Art Online-Progressive-Scherzo of Deep Night, which will debut in Japan on Oct.

Is Kirito stuck in the underworld for 200 years? ›

Towards the later part of Sword Art Online: War of Underworld, a situation arises, forcing Asuna and Kirito to stay in the Underworld to aid Alice's escape from the VR world to the real world. As a result of their choices, they spent 200 years in Underworld, a situation caused by VR's reboot.

What is SAO season 4 called? ›

Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld (2019 - 2020)

Is SAO ended? ›

The main storyline of Sword Art Online is indeed coming to an end soon. Originally, the author, Reki Kawahara planned for Alicization to mark the ending of the main storyline, however he was convinced to continue for one last arc, Unital Ring.

What does Vrmmorpg stand for? ›

VRMMORPG stands for Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game.

What is the VR called in SAO? ›

The NerveGear (ナーヴギア, Nāvugia) is an advanced Virtual Reality Headset invented by Kayaba Akihiko.

Is VR popular in Japan? ›

Japan is recognized as a world leader in AR/VR technology and has pioneered development of gaming hardware and software over many years. Until now, VR/AR has largely been used in Japan for entertainment purposes.


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