Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online
Voice Director: Alex von David

US Premiere: Jul 27, 2013
US Conclusion: Feb 15, 2014
US Home Media: Aug 13, 2013
Japan Premiere: Jul 07, 2012
Japan Conclusion: Dec 22, 2012

Seasons: 1
Episodes: 25

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures

Popularity: 13th All Time, 34th This Week

Franchise: Sword Art Online
Characters on BTVA: 41
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said at 3:04 PM on Wed May 2 2018
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Yeah I'm not going to sugarcoat anything SAO isn't a good show. A-1 has made other shows in the past like Erased, Blue Exorcist and Your Lie in April but this one was really weak. The main protagonist Kirito is about as interesting as a piece of cardboard and Asuna while somewhat redeemable is ruined in the second ark. Silica, Lizabeth, and Leafa are all the same for the most part and all they do is hang around Kirito as part of his 'harem'. Yui is also beyond boring and Oberon...what can I say? The guys a complete and utter scumbag who is beyond unlikable. Todd Haberkorn and Takehito Koyasu both make him somewhat redeemable, but even they can't save such an awful character. As far as I'm concerned the show's only three redeemable main characters are Klein, Sinon and Yuki and one of said characters is only good because you never would've guessed the VAs age while the other two debut in the second season! I'd definitely skip it if I were you.

Unlike Littlepaul's claims the dub isn't worse. It's actually kind of better. Granted I can't pretend that Oberon is the manifestation of the way Joseph (Joestar) views Dio but it still has some great moments. It is a shame however that most people (cough cough Anisins cough cough) confuse their dislike for Kirito for their dislike for Papenbrook, since he actually does a great job here. He also has great chemistry with Cherami Leigh, who is very enduring as Asuna. But even that can't save it...
said at 4:23 AM on Sat Jul 7 2018
@Soul-dragon I meant the screams are even worse in the dub.
said at 2:47 AM on Thu Mar 29 2018
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I only ever watched 5 episodes of this show, and I thought it was... okay? Nothing particularly memorable or great mind you. It is nice that it has gotten some people into anime however, can't hate that I suppose.
said at 2:16 AM on Thu Mar 29 2018
No offense to those who like Sword Art Online and A-1 Pictures, but, when I watched it on Netflix, I was frightened, upset, and confused by that show because of it's plot of cowardly female characters.

In the subbed version (only watched a few episodes), most of the female characters (minus Yui) scream too much in almost every episode (whether it's for no reason, falling off, about to get killed, or because the male character is killed), and that kind of stuff was way too uncomfortable for me on an empty stomach. The male characters screaming aren't that bad though.

For Example: In episode 7, Lisbeth screams because Kirito broke an expensive sword (I think). In the other scene, she screams as she and Kirito fall off into an hole, but actually they survived (it was very difficult and confusing because I thought she was dead).

In the English version (watched all 25 episodes), it was so much worse than the subbed version, and good actresses such as Cherami Leigh, Sarah Williams, and Christine Marie Cabanos, really frightened me in the English version.

To be fair though, it is not the Japanese and English voice actresses who are to blame, because they are just following directions. However, it was the show's plot that made me uncomfortable and difficult to watch.

There's also 2 other shows produced by the same studio behind SAO, Blue Exorcist and
Seven Deadly Sins. Starting with Blue Exorcist, I was wondering, it couldn't be much worse than SAO. Unfortunately, I was wrong. Blue Exorcist has the same difficult plot as SAO, in both subbed and dubbed, and I stopped watching Blue Exorcist after watching the first 12 episodes of the subbed version. Next is Seven Deadly Sins, which was so much worse than SAO and Blue Exorcist as it has the same difficult plot as these shows, which I watched all the episodes of the first season.

Therefore, because of it's plot on Sword Art Online and other A-1 Pictures shows, it caused me to not watch all anime shows produced by that company, except for Fairy Tail and Black Butler.
said at 12:33 PM on Sun Jan 28 2018
I guess Sinon doesn't exist.
said at 10:20 PM on Mon Jan 29 2018
@Inflixer This page is only for Season 1, which she doesn't appear in.
said at 9:56 AM on Tue Jan 10 2017
Disappointed in this anime. It sounded good on paper but then someone messed it all up. I never read the source material its based on but the anime was very underwhelming.
said at 2:03 AM on Sat May 14 2016
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SAO was the 3rd anime I've ever watched and I really enjoyed it because it had action and some romance! But now that I've watched way more better anime this one doesn't come close to the others. I will admit that it is good for beginners, but once you've seen more anime you'll see why people don't really like it. Personally I like it still but not as much as others. He voice acting was alright but I think that people should give this anime more potential than what it gets!
Joel the Pokekid
said at 4:11 PM on Wed Jan 20 2016
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A very underrated show. I feel like it deserves more respect.
Fancy Ken
said at 10:07 PM on Fri Mar 25 2016
@Joel the Pokekid I don't feel it's underrated. I was constantly pressured to watch this and only finally did once I came here and saw Casandra Lee Morris and a few of my other favorites were in it.
said at 6:46 AM on Sat Mar 26 2016
@Joel the Pokekid This isn't underrated at all, honestly. I'll admit that it gets way too much vitriol, although the hype surrounding the series perplexes me to no end at the same time. It's nothing special. The abridged series by Something Witty is worth checking out, if only because the characters are more relatable and the writing's a hoot; not consistently funny, but way more entertaining than the source material in and of itself.
Eren Jeager
said at 12:45 PM on Sun Feb 22 2015
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I like both parts to SAO. But I prefer the first part just the slightest bit more. Also, when Kirito screams when fighting, he sounds like like from Legend of Zelda. Lol!
said at 8:44 PM on Wed Dec 17 2014
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*Guy who was charlie dies*


People who watched Sword Art Abridged would get what i'm saying.
Haruyuki Arita
said at 2:46 PM on Sat Oct 3 2015
@Regomania Yep. I got :D
said at 1:02 PM on Tue Nov 17 2015
@Regomania it ruined the aincrad kirito for me was hard to rewatch sao again
said at 6:17 PM on Wed May 7 2014
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TRON meets fantasy MMORPG in this flawed but consistently entertaining series from A-1 Pictures. My opinion: the first half is terrific. The second half isn't quite as good, but it's not terrible either. It just has some disconcerting issues that prevent it from being as effective. But it's nowhere nearly as unbearable as the island/Africa arc from NADIA. For all its faults, I ultimately enjoyed my time with SWORD ART ONLINE. It's great fun for JRPG fans, offers some heartwarming moments, romantic bits, and funny bits. The first fourteen episodes are a 9/10, while the second is a lesser but still competent 7/10. 8/10 for me.

The dub is fantastic, with TERRIFIC performances from Bryce Papenbrook and Cherami Leigh as protagonists Kirito and Asuna, respectively. The chemistry between the two is absolutely fantastic, and makes their love story come alive. Everyone else is excellently voiced as well. Great series (despite its shortcomings), even better dub.
said at 5:19 AM on Mon Apr 7 2014
The first part is alright and had a fair amount of good moments but the second one is pretty weird(that damn Sugou creep)

But anyway from what I heard of the dub(I saw the Japanese one) I'm not fond of Kirito and Asuna's voice but Akihiko sounds fantastic. Kudos Marc Diraison

If only all of the episodes was Sword Art Online instead of the last 11 being Aincrad it would have been better
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 2:19 PM on Wed Apr 2 2014
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I liked the first part of this anime, the part where "Sword Art Online" was the right title. The second half isn't bad per say but I felt it lacked the something the other part did.
The fact this'll get another season annoys me since it ended on a good note.
said at 1:08 AM on Sun Jun 29 2014
@Music Meister Well I mean, the show is based off of a series of light novels, so it's not like they're making sequels out of thin air xD
said at 1:14 PM on Sun Nov 8 2015
@SaigoSentinel truee
said at 1:27 PM on Wed Apr 2 2014
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SAO: An anime that's not even close to seven years old, yet is vastly overrated! Not that that little nitpick can hamper its success and whatnot, mind you; to me, it was only ever great with the Aincrad arc. Once it got to the second part of the series, I really wonder why A-1 Pictures couldn't have titled this "Alfheim Online"...

I'm expecting a lot better from the second season.
said at 7:35 PM on Mon Jan 6 2014
Is there confirmation on who voiced Midori Kirigaya in english? It does sound like Caitlin Glass, unless there's an actress in L.A that can deliver similarly to Caitlin?
said at 5:02 PM on Sun Nov 24 2013
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I believe that Kuradeel, Sakuya and Alicia Rue are voiced by Doug Erholtz, Lauren Landa and Cristina Valenzuela respectively.
said at 5:14 PM on Sun Nov 10 2013
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In case anyone is wondering, Kevin M. Connolly is Heathcliff.

said at 3:36 PM on Thu Nov 14 2013
@SecretJustin1130 Also, according to the official Bang Zoom Entertainment facebook page, Doug Stone voices Nishida.
said at 1:58 PM on Mon Nov 4 2013
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Midori Kirigaya sounds exactly like Caitlin Glass. Is that her? I'm sure it is but I can't guarantee since she doesn't love in California where this anime was recorded at.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:52 PM on Wed Nov 6 2013
I had the same thought too. It could be her since she's sometimes in California (usually for Street Fighter games). Even though SAO is recorded at a different studio it's possible she booked a guest role on this dub.
said at 3:33 PM on Thu Nov 14 2013
@Jackson_H According to AnimeNewsNetwork, Amanda C. Miller voices not only Midori Kirigaya but Recon as well. I'm not sure but maybe we should try and confirm this just in case they're wrong.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 4:50 PM on Thu Nov 14 2013

You're probably unaware of it so I'll play nice. :) ANN has a fancy tool on every page called "lookup sources" once you do that you see little "i" icons beside every credit. Click on the "i" and you see the source.

(This is similar to BTVA's version of the green checkmarks you'll notice on some pages)

If you check Miller's Midori Kirigaya credit it just links the wikipedia page as a source where anybody can submit info; even incorrect stuff...
said at 10:24 AM on Sun Dec 1 2013
@Jackson_H just to rbing up something but, ever notice that whenever amanda c miller tries to play little boys she makes them sound 99% snobby and annoying instead of angry and psychotic at times?
said at 5:33 AM on Fri Sep 27 2013
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Cherami Leigh, Kaiji Tang and Marc Diraison in the same anime? I don't believe it.
said at 5:21 PM on Tue Oct 15 2013
@Fulgore2005 Surprising isn't it?
said at 4:52 AM on Wed Oct 16 2013
@UltimateSSJ4GokouEX Yes. But at the same time, I like that the dubs of shows such as this and Fate/Zero have such varied casts.
said at 10:17 AM on Sun Aug 25 2013
Is Todd really cast as Oberon? He didn't appear yet in the dub.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 1:52 PM on Sun Aug 25 2013
Other roles like Eugene have been confirmed even though those characters don't appear until the second half of the show. Safe to assume the dub is completed by this point since Aniplex USA has release dates for their DVDs & Blu-rays. The Toonami broadcast is basically just free advertising. The DVDs and Blu-rays are more expensive than the average fan will want to pay for just a handful of episodes per set so picky fans should enjoy the TV broadcast while they can.

As for Todd Haberkorn as Oberon, yes it's official. Don't see why the official website would lie

said at 11:16 PM on Mon Aug 5 2013
cough cough stinks cough cough
said at 4:14 PM on Fri Jul 26 2013
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I watched the entire series in Japanese a good while back, and I can honestly say that this series is amazing; it quickly became my all-time favorite.

For those who prefer battle and action, though, many will tire of the series from episode sixteen onward. For those who don't mind slow-downs and build-up of character interactions, and love story-driven plots, I believe many will absolutely love Sword Art Online in its entirety. I highly recommend reading the light novels as well (for those who can read Japanese or find fan-translations); they continue past the current anime series, and are quite amazing!

Here's to hoping the English voice actors will do as good a job as the Japanese seiyuu!

I give Sword Art Online a 10/10; excellent anime, manga, and light novels!
said at 2:23 PM on Sun Sep 8 2013
@TheBlackHawk Agreed. :)
said at 11:42 PM on Wed Jul 10 2013
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A majority of the voice cast for the english dub of Sword Art Online is quite underwhelming granted Cherami Leigh, Bryce Papenbrook, Patrick Seitz & Cassandra Lee Morris will all give well rounded performances as they usually do but I don't have much faith in the lot of new comers that fill up the rest of the remaining cast.
I haven't been impressed with their voice work they lack the great presence that many rookie VAs from Sentai Filmworks & Funimation have from the start but that aside I'm curious to see how Alex Von David(an ADR director that I find to be average at best) will handle the dub.
said at 12:42 AM on Fri Apr 5 2013
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you know when i first watched this show. I really thought it was going to suck and didn't think it was going to be good at all. Wait good?? Who am I kidding. I did know it was going to be AMAZING. Something told me to keep watching it and as soon as I watched 5 episode I was blown away on how the the story and the characters sucked you in really Great! I'm really excited to see it in dub and I'm also super exited that Cherami Leigh my favorite voice actress is Going to be the voice of Asuna.
said at 11:56 AM on Sat Apr 6 2013
@RileyChaseFox i agreed. When the first time i saw this,i thought really suck and made me confuse. But this was the greatest anime i ever seen. The story doesn't monotonous, and just interesting when fighting scene like another anime. But the whole story, just 25 episodes made me so impress with this anime.
said at 12:23 PM on Sat Apr 6 2013
@kuncor You and me both buddy :)
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Kirito / Kazuto Kirigaya
42.0% (81 votes)
Asuna Yuuki
26.9% (52 votes)
Klein / Ryotaro Tsuboi
11.9% (23 votes)
Leafa / Suguha Kirigaya
4.7% (9 votes)
Lisbeth / Rika Shinozaki
3.6% (7 votes)
Silica / Keiko Ayano
3.6% (7 votes)
1.6% (3 votes)
Agil / Andrew Gilbert Mills
1.6% (3 votes)
1.6% (3 votes)
Recon / Shinichi Nagata
0.5% (1 vote)
0.5% (1 vote)
Nobuyuki Sugou / Oberon
0.5% (1 vote)
Alicia Rue
0.5% (1 vote)
0.5% (1 vote)
193 Total Votes