Summary [AniDB]: * Based on [Kawahara Reki]`s light novel series Sword Art Online.
Kazuto "[Kirito]" Kirigaya enters a virtual-reality, massively multiplayer online role playing game called Sword Art Online. There is no escape from this world unless the player clears the game; however getting a "game over" results in the death of the player.
Note: The first episode received a pre-airing on 24.06.2012 at an event at Tokyo International Forum Hall C. Regular broadcast started on July, 8.
The anime explores the universe of Sword Art Online, a Virtual Reality MMORPG, that takes the users and traps them in a virtual world, Aincrad. After it is announced that the only way to leave the game is by beating it the main character - Kirito, a very powerful swordsman - takes on a quest to free himself. Trapped and fighting for their very lives in a Virtual Reality MMORPG, Aincrad Online, the story explores the mishaps and adventures of the greatest one handed swordsman of the VR world, Kirito. Together with his friends, the solo swordsman strives to finish the game, which in turn will release all the minds trapped into Aincrad.