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What is Sword Art Online?

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Sword Art Online has dual meanings. First and foremost it is the name of a Japanese manga title, later aired as an Japanese anime with the same name. But the second meaning comes from the Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online game the characters of the manga/anime series play in. So basically what you read or watch about the series is about the lives of players playing in a video game.

The plot of the story is everyone to logged in on the initial public launch of this game had their minds trapped in the video game itself as their minds was used as the game's controller through a system called FullDive to play the game through use of a helmet called the NerveGear. What the helmet and your brain transmitted was your 5 senses via microwaves to make it feel as if you are physically there in the game, while your body actually rests asleep in the real world. However when the players realized they were trapped in the game, they were unable to log out by normal means and anyone in the outside world who tampered, removed, or disconnected the helmet caused the game to send a lethal microwave frying a persons brain making them die. This also went a step further for players in the game where if they died in the game, the same lethal microwave was used to kill a person in real life, making the game and its consequences real and the threat very much tragedy.

This is an article from Wikia detailing what occurred and how the plot ended in the manga and anime series.

Prior to official launch, «Sword Art Online» Closed Beta was available to 1000 beta testers for a one month period from August to September of 2022. During that period, «Sword Art Online» was lauded as an incredible experience, and it received extremely positive reviews despite the actual difficulty of the game (over the one month period, the Beta Testers only reached the 8th floor). After the Closed Beta Tested ended, the Beta Testers were given the opportunity to pre-order the game. SAO Presale Hardcore gamers waited three days in line to receive the much-anticipated first issue of Sword Art Online

Only 10,000 copies were printed in the first batch of the game, and online sales sold out within seconds. Hard-core gamers waited in line for days to purchase the first few hard copies from stores.

«Sword Art Online» officially started server service on 1 PM of November 6, 2022 and obtained infamy when the creator succeeded in trapping 10000 people in the game, and making it so that death in-game would mean actual death for the player. During the two-year period the game remained active, «Sword Art Online» evolved into an innovative yet complex society of individuals with mixed feelings about the possibility of clearing the game.

Psychologically, many players experienced extreme despair, grief, and sadness during the course of the game. Of the total 3,853 deaths, over half occurred in the first month of SAO. Combined with lethal dungeon traps, PKing, crime, suicides, a slowly dwindling population, and increasing difficulty on the higher floors, the prospects generally looked very bleak.

The game was prematurely ended on the 75th floor (as opposed to the intended 100th floor), after the «Black Swordsman» defeated the final boss Heathcliff in a duel. A total of 6,147 people were successfully logged out on 2:55 PM (Aincrad Standard Time) of November 7, 2024. SAO serves as the main setting for volumes 1, 2 and 8 of the Sword Art Online series.

This is the world this site will take place in. Some people will cower and do nothing, some will attempt to beat the game, others will live an adapt to this world and live their normal lives the same in the game, others will find occupation and find a new life, and some may attempt suicide feeling helpless trapped in this kind of world.

How you play is up to you. What opportunities and consequences will come from us. And it will be you who determines, what fate or destiny befalls upon yourself.

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Also if you wish to acquire a fansub of Sword Art Online, Google for the translation group "Hatsuyuki". They have a subbed copy of Sword Art Online for you to watch. I will not be posting any links but least now you have a direction and usually can find a torrent copy in MKV format.

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Ren    0

A show that contains a "medieval setting" with "technology" is nothing more then pure awesome. Though, I hope this kind of genre will get more shows within the future.

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*0*- I'm crazy XDDDDDD

And that is why we love you Haine.

The show really does an amazing job explaining itself. The first two episodes paint the story in a well written way.

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Netflix just added it to the list of animes it has, season one only though.

I'm assuming you mean the Aincrad story arc is only included and not the Fairy Dance arc. Season two hasn't aired yet and will air this July (or May if the internet had their way).

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I'm assuming you mean the Aincrad story arc is only included and not the Fairy Dance arc. Season two hasn't aired yet and will air this July (or May if the internet had their way).

What i mean by season one is, both SAO and ALO are on there. Season two will consist of GGO and Underworld, this could be the case, not sure yet on Underworld though, season two may not come to netflix at all in the near future. But this is just rumors that i read on other blog and forum sites.

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