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Accel World

Accel World

In a world where everyone connects to an online network, pudgy Haruyuki Arita can't seem to catch a break. Constantly bullied, afraid to face reality and paranoid his two childhood friends pity him, the teenager uses online games as a way to escape his problems. But things change one day when Haruyuki's beautiful upperclassman Kuroyukihime approaches him with a mysterious time-decelerating program known as Brain Burst - there‘s just one catch. To keep the ability, he must defeat other Brain Burst wielders in Accel World, an exclusive, virtual MMORPG, and the newbie player will need all the help he can get. Eager to prove he's not a pathetic weakling, Haruyuki joins forces with Kuroyukihime to challenge fierce competitors and discover just how incredible Accel World and he truly are.

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Sev229 Sev229 says...

Sword Art Online and Accel World are both anime adaptations of two light novel series written by the same author, Reki Kawahara. Both are set in the future where virtual reality combined with gaming technology are present, and are even set in the same world, with Sword Art Online taking place in 2022 and Accel World in 2046. Both series explore the exploration of the virtual world in which both of the main characters are suddenly plunged into a VRMMO while fighting in the game for something much more than just entertainment. Sword Art Online takes a more dramatic and mature approach while keeping the idea of these new VRMMOs in skepticism while players are fighting for their lives, while Accel World is arguably more playful and where VRMMOs are much more accepted and players now fight for the power and ability to "accelerate" in real time.

Sakux Sakux says...

They are basically the same, animes based on characters playing online virtual games.

The difference is that in Accel World the characters want to be forever in the game and also want to know the creator of the game  and his/her purpose with the game.

In Sword Art Online, the creator and his purpose is known in the first episode, and the characters want to get out of the game.

Also in the two titlles the male main characters are lonely people that change their way of life because the apparition of a girl.

zerak zerak says...

they are both the same consept in a way they are both about a game were you are the player almost phiscly and you have to clear the game  adding that they are by the same writer  

dandere dandere says...

Both anime are centered around the main character playing a real virtual online video game where you must fight to level up. Both take place in the future.

SkulkerZX SkulkerZX says...

Both have alternate game realities, which begin seemingly fun until real life tangles into the game and things become more complicated.Similar themes, Light Novels by the same author. 

Naga Naga says...

Minding that both are made by the same author it´s not suprise that these 2 have so much in common. Both are around main protagonist in some kind of virtual world. While SAO is more serious and more of less a high stake game where they actually fight for survival and escape in AW they do it...well they duel all right... I´m not sure myself... I guess for the sake of it... Both anime contain a lot of flashy action and world exploring, which is quite good.

NaokoOfSky NaokoOfSky says...

The reason to watch both is because they both take a similar premise. And both are equally interesting, written by the same person and dealing with the same thing, the virtual world and MMOs (Massively-Multiplayer Online Games, for those who know naught of them). But the other reviews would also state this. Both MCs are flawed characters in their own way. And, the concepts are different, but just as interesting as the other.

WaveMasterJohn WaveMasterJohn says...

Both revolve around a virtual world where the protagonist spends most of there time. the only diffrence between the two is that  the protagonist for sao (kirito) actaually does something while the protag in accel world hides behind his friends. (for the most part)

Xzure Xzure says...

Same author, they both take place in a vrmmorpg though one is purely fun/competitive while the other is a survival. They're both great and I highly recommend both of them!

hannes33 hannes33 says...

the biggest thing they share is the alternative world, in which most of both animes take place. Additionally both other worlds are some kind of game.

for every role play game fan, these animes are a must watch. and there is hardly a chance that you dislike one, whne you like the other

valocis valocis says...

Besides them being written by the same author, and both containing a central them in a fully immersive virtual world that involves all five senses. The largest diffrence though between them is that, while both do have high stakes, Accel World is definatly not as high staked as Sword Art Online where losing means death. I HIGHLY recommend watching both.

flaze flaze says...

SAO: Interesting premise, a complete let-down regarding battle scenes.

AW: Awesome battle scenes, ridiculous story.

Both are not that great but if you really enjoyed either one, and are looking for something similar, this is your best bet.

emblemfire emblemfire says...

They are both about a virtual reality game that has a very drastic effect on those that are part of the game. They were both written by the same guy and thus feel simular. SAO is better then Accel but both are excellent watches. If you like one of them, you WILL like the other!

P4NCH1 P4NCH1 says...

It's maybe the same timeline. Sword Art Online happens in about 20 years the future and Accel World in 20 years more.

The technologies used in both series are the same, but different versions.

wyvern73 wyvern73 says...

After watching Accel World i was reminded of Sword Art Online instantly. Both anime involve games and and trying to accomplish something bigger than themselves by doing so.

Shanalogic Shanalogic says...

Both based on 'virtual reality mmorpgs' but I really like SAO much better, i even dropped Accel World. Accel Worlds kinda awkward and i dont like the main character. Also, the plot is silly and SAO's plot has much more meaning behind it, well it has more 'survival' sense to it.

Accel World all you can lose is stopping time, and they make such a big deal outta that. So silly, I thought. And what i dont get is why they made the main character so dislikable and annoying, with personality and looks (fat)

SAO you can lose your life. The suspense over that is nice, and the main character is not annoying and is not a typical male hero that is dense, kind or whatnot. And there is romance that is not that awkward and embarrasing unlike Accel World.

Maybe Im very biased, but i deeeefinitly think SAO>>>Accel World. :)

Slaanesh14509 Slaanesh14509 says...

I only started reading the light novesl, after watching the series, but from what I see, they both play in the same world, just after each other on the timeline (at least one episode strongly hints in that direction). Both have the same premise of using online games as the characters main way of interactions, although SAO forces it onto them, whereas in AW the characters choose to use the MMO.

anime101 anime101 says...

Both shows are about romance and living life inside the video game world. Their  are some major differences beteween the two shows. SAO takes place inside the game world with little reference to the outside world with more focus on the romantics rather then action. Accel World on the other hand has alot more to do with the outside world but they never really leave the game, Accel world also focuses more on action then the romantics. In any case both shows have romance and action along with good storys requiring the main characters to be the top of their game to reach their goals. If liked one you will most likely like the other.

slaystock slaystock says...

Both animes are Sci Fi tagged animes. Both of them are very interesting and mystery. Both of main characters in these two animes are Students. In both animes have two worlds.

Kirigaya Kirigaya says...

How can it not be? Main Protaginist goes into a virtual world and fights difference is that Accel World you can leave in SAO you can't until you beat the game.

Nurse Nurse says...

They are both about virtual reality games. They also have similar art. Of course, Sword Art Online is more serious.

Luiven801 Luiven801 says...

Because the storyline is nice and the artwork is good, I love how they combine game and real life (or anime) and how the technology is pretty much convinient in both ways

darkone666 darkone666 says...

Both are been created in the same universe and by the same creator. In one of the ep of Access World, you even see them talking about the Nerve Gear (one has the current technology and the other has the precursor)

Both are greatly enjoyable and you get attached to the main character.

DrMarmelo DrMarmelo says...

Both are about online games and are in the future , both are about romance while in the game

I think that if you liked one of them you will like the other

biggkenny biggkenny says...

They are both set in the same universe and both about games containing VR. Accel World is definitey easier to keep watching for me as the romance in Sword Art Online (and yui) was not the reason I watched it and was rather unecessary. They feel very very similar, and if you like one you will definitely like the other one.

Doomoo Doomoo says...

Everyone has mentioned the main points as to why they are obviously great recommendations for each other so I'll tell you the strong points of each. They each have very strong points and while I feel Sword Art Online is overall more entertaining they are both well worth the watch. Here we go.

They are both great all around but Sword Art Online's story is much better but Accel World's Animation and sound track are absolutely top notch. So they both have very strong points. I would put Accel World's animation and sound track in the same league as Bakemonogatari (though not as experimental/artist) in quality. While I would say that Sword Art Online's story in the same league as Shiki.

jiropracter jiropracter says...

Set in the same Universe, both deal with Virtual reality video games and are action packed. Both have romance aspects to them as well.

Kexmix Kexmix says...

Same author, same world, twenty years apart. Both are great and if you liked one of these shows, you'll definitely like the other.

dBo0i dBo0i says...

Both series involve the protangonist going into a video game or video game-like world. In Sword art online they are in a MMO where they need to quest and such, in Accel World they are in more of a classic fighting game.

thymez thymez says...

I recommend this anime for the ppl who luv mmorpgs! This anime is very intense and very beatiful fight scenes. Must watch!

mercurybubbles mercurybubbles says...

They are by the same author. Both animes incorporate the idea of nerve gear and full dive video gaming experiences.

Animeboy424 Animeboy424 says...

Accel World is the same like sword art online. Both anime are the same with big differences to the story. 

FullMetalAnimest FullMetalAnimest says...

There both death games, and the same person wrote them, and you have a nice little romance going on in both of them :D

JohnWatchAnime JohnWatchAnime says...

both Accel World and Sword Art online are set in a videogame. The action in both shows are simular and both have thesame settings

Haganai Haganai says...

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DrumChik DrumChik says...

they are both set in the future with amazing gaming devices, great fights and character development...

nalbuque nalbuque says...

Similar themes and storyline but main characters in sword Art are much better and can't be compared.

NinTeddie64 NinTeddie64 says...

I could say what everyone else has said about how Accel World shares the same author as Sword Art Online and is even it's spiritual successor, but that's only part of the reason why I'd recommend Accel World if you liked Sword Art Online. In a way Accel World is a subversion to Sword Art Online. Whereas Kirito the main protagonist of Sword Art Online is shown to be a confident fighter capable of doing almost anything, Haruyuki Arita the main protagoinst of Accel World is the opposite being a weaker willed protagonist that becomes more confident as the story progresses. Another difference is that Kirito is a lone wolf capable of fighting on his own whereas Haru relies on the help of his friends while becoming more confident. If you liked Sword Art Online I'd suggest checking out Accel World since it's a similar plot but in the perspective of a different type of protagonist.

drawing425 drawing425 says...

Both have protagonist who escapes from reality and about fighting to survive in the game world for someone the love 

Xzyqus Xzyqus says...

If you like SAO then you should watch this anime since it involves virtual reality and has good animation,plus it is made from the same author as SAO.The main character is not as bad as you think since people did quit just because of the looks of the main character.This anime is pretty much a boy that wants to escape reality.

flip2012 flip2012 says...

i agree beacuse they had all the things the same the director, voice actors and the story is kinda same and theyre inside a game and both main characters are powerful

NoOneImportnt NoOneImportnt says...

Both are bassed off of video games and they both have a romance strongly presented. Also you see the main characters being fairly powerful compared to the rest of the people presented. 

TheBear9696 TheBear9696 says...

They both have a game based world where you have to win or lose everything from life to a happy life 

Deazent Deazent says...

Accel World and Sword Art Online are very similar to each other. In both animes players get into a game to fight for something. The avatars players use in SAO looks more like how they look in real life, but avatars in Accel World are completely different. In SAO people fight for their lives, to get out of the game, while in Accel World people fight to keep their power in real world. In SAO people can't log out once they beat the game, but in Accel World you can log out whenever you want. That's why SAO seems more motivated than Accel World to me. They both have some kind of romance, but SAO has more of it. 

Conquerer Conquerer says...

Both the animes are based on virtual reality, futuristic, with neuro linkers and the fate of your real life being dependent on your performance in the other world.

casualterror casualterror says...

Both were written by the same author and both revolve around a future with VRMMOs and Video Games. Both are even based in the same universe with Accel World set years after the events of Sword Art Online.

Precursor Precursor says...

Written by the same author, the story revolves around a video game setting. Both the main male leads are the extreme cases of a gamer. One who finds gaming as his only specialty and the other who is lonely, inside and outside the world of gaming. However, with the help of the female lead, both characters learn to open up. Both plots also have a very similar goal, to find the creators of their games and its purpose of creation. If you liked the elements in either of these animes, please check the other out. I was hesitant to find an anime with an obese male lead, but give it a chance, you'll find it likeable.

NarkyOtic NarkyOtic says...

If you enjoyed Sword Art Online, then you'll likely enjoy Accel World. The parallels here are very significant. They both centre around teenagers/younger people in a futuristic society, where 'logging in' to Virtual Reality scenarios/worlds is commonplace for those who possess the technology.

Both of these titles feature settings where physical battles in these VR worlds are the catalyst for much of the story's movement.

I would recommend both ways as the similarities create an almost dual channel of genre/setting/conflict which would appeal in both directions.

ytty123 ytty123 says...

It's written by the same author. The nerve gear from SAO is mentioned. IT's the same universe (reality) as SAO. It has a SAO feel + mechs. I'm a fan

The only difference is that Accel World's protaganis isn't a god.

Sucker4Crime Sucker4Crime says...

Both have story plots that revolve around being inside a futuristic mmorpg/ Both have stakes in which there is a reason to play the game. SAO has a more dramatic approach for the first half of the anime however it isn't completely high stakes after the first 12 episodes. Accel World has a lighter approach to things however there are still stakes involved. Both were also created by the same writer. If you enjoyed one you will probably enjoy the other. 

Cyclaz Cyclaz says...

It is another anime based on one of novels of the same writer. It is set in the future timeline of sword art online though it only connects lightly to it. So far...

Bestanimeserie Bestanimeserie says...

Not only are both shows written by the same authour, both shows are about games the main difference is that in Sword Art Online the players are trapped in the game whilst in Accel World the characters can just hop in when they want to. Both shows are set in the same world with accel world set a few years after sword art online. Both shows also feature lots of combat & ecchi moments so if you like one you'll most likely like the other as well.

XxMicrochibixX XxMicrochibixX says...

Accel World and Sword Art Online are both sci-fi anime based on light novels by the same author. Both involve a virtual reality video game and have some romance mixed into the story.

MeetPex MeetPex says...

They bouth have the same feeling and they bouth take place on a virtual reality world .. and accel world as a reference to sword art online in one of the final three episodes 

kgg1290 kgg1290 says...

Both shows come from the same source and are loosely tied together in the same universe with Accel World taking place in the future of SAO. Tonally and thematically the shows are quite different but if you enjoy one you will probably enjoy the other. The elements of dealing with the fact that the main characters are very important online while being nobodies in real life is a key similarity and the shows take that and run with it in different directions, creating two distinct shows.

xarclesh xarclesh says...

Created by the same mangaka and linked to the same universe.  Accel World has a game where you are putting your memory on the line to gain extraordinary powers usable in the real world.  

ilkcsk ilkcsk says...

they have similar concepts and the same creator. Accel World is same world, pretty much, just further along in the future.

drkabutops drkabutops says...

They are very similar in backround plot and the way the story's are both carried out is similar as well, if you like one, you'll definitly like the other

MrVandalous MrVandalous says...

They're both written by the same person and are assumed to be in the same universe on different timelines (accel world being several years ahead of SAO)

Ildib Ildib says...

Accel World and Sword Art Online are both filled with the idea of a virtual world that gets applied to games in the future. However, Sword Art Online and Accel World are still very different in how they apply this setting in their stories so both anime will not appear exactly the same and thus give a new experience to the viewer. It is recommended that you should watch Accel World and Sword Art Online if you liked either of the anime.

IGSF IGSF says...

Very similar technology, with Accel World's being more advanced. Both have excellent action that will keep you wanting to watch the next episode before shutting down your computer.

Nakazura Nakazura says...

this anime and perfect as it sums up the lives of many people, including me, do not have words to describe anime that SAO is fantastic, and will be

Redback209 Redback209 says...

both have a great story revolving around one persons experience in an alternate world (video game). The rules of the worlds are continually being broken but the main character manages to overcome the challenges to become a better and stronger person

FanzBoy FanzBoy says...

Both written by the same author and exploring thier concepts in a fun way. If you like anime's where you interact in a game this is a good set to watch.

LunarTriggerX LunarTriggerX says...

The game interactions with real life are actually set in a similar world, probably due to the fact that both are written by the same person.  In terms of similarities, the comparisons aren't all that many.  The main characters are fundementally different, as are their love interests. The story focuses more around beating the game for the sake of gaming, whilst Sword Art generally is about beating the game for means of survival, or for the preservation of that which is most important.  

espie666 espie666 says...

Same author, same premise, yadda yadda. Both take place in a digital video game and both characters either have special abilities or are extremely advanced in the game. They both have fantasy elements and are very similar. If you liked one, you would probably like the other.

Swerto Swerto says...

They're both based in the same universe and written by the same man. Accel World takes place in the future after SAO's storylines have come to a close. Accel World hints at SAO, but never outright spoils what happens during it, so feel free to watch both together. 

SakoChan SakoChan says...

Two very similar anime, about the link between gaming and real life. Both have a male lead character with a close relationship with a female, both characters gradually evolving while playing.

Two must-see anime, definitely!

crossfire92 crossfire92 says...

I believe it's by the same author. If you are ok with a bit darker premise you should be fine as accel world relies on the same premises (overwriting the game with your own imaginiation).

Stahu Stahu says...

Similar world, nerly the same. I think its eaven from the same studio. And in SAO 2 Kirito want to create a link system the same is in the acell world

BorislavRangelov BorislavRangelov says...

Story revolves around games, relationships between characters and character development, especially in Accel World where one chacter completely transforms. Won't spoil which one.

Ritz385 Ritz385 says...

Both of these anime revolve around similar concepts, with problems arising inside virtual gaming realities, and with relationships and characters continually developing in both. Not only that, but these both occur in the same universe.

DaisukeKun DaisukeKun says...

they are the same practicly. Sword art online left accel world very far behind in sales. oh 100 characters recommendation space needed

animepapa animepapa says...

Same author, same visual-reality-concept, same world wtih Accel World set in the future of Sword Art Online. The stories are not similar though.

loksorr loksorr says...

Wery similar concepts.

Accel is a bit lighter mind you. And has super powers granted to players while Sword art is more realistic.

AnimeBlackStar AnimeBlackStar says...

On a similar line, in the Anime characters uses a Neuro Linker, a future version of the NerveGear of SAO. It's pretty similar for the Online World where the characters fight and take a part of their live, i reccomend to watch some episodes before dropping it, at start its not so attractive but it become more interesting and nice in the next episodes, not bad for who love anime based on video games et similar

Log Horizon

Log Horizon

With over 20 million players worldwide, Elder Tale is one of the hottest online RPGs. At least, it used to be only a game, until the fateful day that tens of thousands of players became stuck in the virtual world, unable to log out. For these would-be knights, healers and magicians, Elder Tale is no longer a hobby, it’s a reality, complete with tasteless in-game food, revivals upon death, and boring NPC conversations! With no other options than to accept their fates, the analytical Shiroe, perverted-and-proud Naotsugu, tiny and adorable Akatsuki and other new friends must adjust to their new lives in Elder Tale, avoiding player killers and monsters along the way!

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

These shows share almost identical plots. They're both about a large group of MMO players getting trapped inside of the game. Both shows go into the various social structures built by an MMOs player base and they discuss the different play styles that individuals adapt. 

SAO is a bit different because it takes place in the future and the game was already virtual reality when the players gets stuck whereas in Log Horizon the players were playing on their PCs before being transported to the game world. Other than that one difference the shows share a similar style of storytelling as the players try to make sense of their situation all while fighting against the game world.

shadowarai shadowarai says...

In both anime there´re MMORPG players who discover themselves trapped in a fantsy game and they can`t "log out"

SirMarkus SirMarkus says...

They both have the same setting: people finding themselfs stuck in a online world. Trying to find a way out and survive.Where Sword Art Online doesnt have magic, Log Horizon does have magic skils.In the world of Log Horizon people do not always look just how they do IRL.If you like one, you are sure too like the other. 

KingArthur13th KingArthur13th says...

Both series focus on an RPG player who is trapped in a video game world. The major difference being that there is a lot more diversity in Log Horizon than in SAO but in SAO there is an added touch of "when you die in the game you die in real life." Both series are pretty enjoyable for anyone who loves RPGs or shounen series.

JohnWatchAnime JohnWatchAnime says...

In both anime lots of people get stuck in a MMORPG, not being able to log out. The only difference is that in Log Horizon you'll respawm when you die

Naga Naga says...

With almost identical type of story/setting where bunch of players is stuck inside a MMORPG game, there's no better recommendation. While Log Horizon may be a lot more light hearted that Sword Art Online, it does have a more natural storytelling that will definitely to people unaffiliated with MMO. If you enjoyed one, there’s a good chance you might like the other one.  

prasetio63 prasetio63 says...

The 2 anime story is about people who play VMMORPG (Virtual Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) and trapped inside the game.

tennis101101 tennis101101 says...

If you liked either one of these animes you would like the other because they are both bassed on a video game. Also in the anime the main characters have become trapped in these video games and can't get out.

bidon bidon says...

Trapped in a rpg game dayum. I cant say more.  why do i have to write 100 words to fill this up. this sentence was enough to decide. 

prebstep prebstep says...

very similar premises (trapped inside an RPG). SAO focuses more on the escape from the game, and the adventure that entails. LH takes a lot more strategy into mind, and is more about improving the new world that the characters are finding themselves in.

dras444 dras444 says...

They're very similar. Their both inside a videogame and the main character is a heroic male(both great animes)

MisakiUsagi MisakiUsagi says...

True that both Log Horizon and SAO have the same undertone but their plots are different SAO is about escaping the world while Log Horizon is about living in this world. If you like the MMO plot I recommend these two. 

Xewis Xewis says...

I think its pretty Similar to each other because, you have the same feeling in both of them. I dont want to spoil to much so just have fun watching the other when you watched one of them :-)

huiboy huiboy says...

Both are good, Sword Art Online has a more distinct plot which is to escape the virtual world. While Log Horizon goes into alot of detail in the game world mechanic and the people seem to be more concerned with the affairs of the game. 

bk202 bk202 says...

Some say that log horizon is cheap since it feel like Log Horizon is riding on SAO's wave (popularity of a trapped in video game theme and Log horizon came out a year after SAO) but the .hack series' came out long before SAO and were quite popular (at least popular enough that they made four different ones)

SAO and Log horizon are both able to stand on their own due to their unique take on the issue. SAO changed it to not just one person or 'thing' being trapped in the world, but the entire population - focusing on the entire population, struggling as a whole, to get out. Log horizon did use that idea but took it a different way, leaving them with no hope of escape. Thus the focus of Log horizon is not escape but trying to build a world where players of all levels can live happily.

Both go into the emotional states of the characters after being trapped but Log Horizon also adds in the dynamic of NPC's actually having consciousness (something also touched on in the .hack series, but again Log Horizon takes it to a different level). And yes, both main characters are introverts who are scared of guilds, but they aren’t the same character,  Kirito, from SAO, depends on his individual strength to survive, while Shiroe is more focused on strategy, their characteristics reflect the different goals of the worlds.

sitostick sitostick says...

If you like sword art online, you WILL like log horizon!

Both are about being trapped inside of a game, sword art online is more survival based.

Both anime are awesome.

sboy sboy says...

SAO and Log Horizon are the perfect compliments of each other!

Although SAO has more Fanservice than Log Horizon, there is no denying that Log Horizon returns the lack of FS with a very deep and detailed plot!

I highly recoomend any fan of one to watch the other, I guarentee that you will LOVE the other!

Nilana Nilana says...

In both of these animes you have players stuck in an MMORPG, like .hack/. The story telling and character development in both is very good. I like the character development in SAO better but it is a bit darker than Log Horizon. In SAO characters die IRL when they die in the game. In Log Horizon they respawn back at the cathedral and lose all of their loot. I feel that Log Horizon has a more strategy and team based way of winning the game where SAO is more about a single character

lyllyean lyllyean says...

Both shows share the same concept, people get trapped in a video game.

But while SAO is more focused on how to get out of this videogame world, Log Horizon is more centered around how to survive in the new world. This makes both shows interesting to watch, because their still very different.

Carcajou Carcajou says...

TL;DR: If you like the idea of 'trapped in an MMO' Log Horizon is the only one that stays completely true to the idea.

Similar to SAO only in the fact that a MMO is the general location. Where SAO pretty much abandons the day to day mechanics of an MMO and becomes more fantasy/scifi based(you can easily forget it's inside a game), Log Horizon sticks to the premise of being trapped inside the MMO world. Guild politics, interacting with what was once mindless NPCs(now living people, and far more numerous than the adventurers themselves), the concepts of raids, quests, PvP, and how people would react to finding themselves in a game world are all present. Highly recommend.

FinLin FinLin says...

They're both about a bunch of people getting stuck inside a game. Although Log Horizon barely had any drama, it does however make more sense than SAO. Both are good in my opinion, though!

LordPadfoot LordPadfoot says...

The main differences between SOA and LH are that in the first one, players die in real life if they do die in the game, and they are always trying to escape that world; in the second one death doesn't matter anymore, and the players try tu build up a new living world, a peaceful society, living along with the NPC's < who become more human> and other players. Both are great titles, about people getting trapped in a MMO fantasy game. It's just the problem solving logic that's different. 

Fishy116 Fishy116 says...

When I first watched this anime, I thought, wow! These two are literally extremely similar! If you liked one, you are sure to like the other.

DivineJudgment DivineJudgment says...

The shows are very similar because both are about players trapped in a game world. They each have their differences, but are great shows, so you should give it a try. You won't regret it.

kgg1290 kgg1290 says...

The similarities between the SAO and Log Horizon are farily obvious and at the beginning you will think that they are basically the same show. People are trapped in a VRMMORPG and have to struggle to find a way out. While SAO focuses on players actually getting out and dealing with other problems later, Log Horizon focuses on how the trapped players try to make their new home better. Halfway through each show they really become their own and really have some good elements that make them stand apart from each other.

Makane Makane says...

both mmorpgs. both storylines is about a group of people who gets trapped inside a game. the big diffrents from soa and log horizion is that log horizon focuses alot more on the issues about living in a mmorpg world and how to adress problems. were soa's storyline mainly focuses on the relations (love) between the 2 main characters. log horizon focuses on the exploration of the mmorpg world and who to help others.

AnimeShima AnimeShima says...

Both these animes are about people who are trapped in MMORPG and they have to fight their way to try to survive and find a way get back to their own world. Both are great animes though I enjoyed Sword Art Online more.

ShadowKnight23 ShadowKnight23 says...

In my opinion Log horizon is Basicly a Rip off of Sword art online. there are so many things that are different but the whole Story about Ppl being prisoned in the game world is the same . I love both animes and they are Awome!

abimesina abimesina says...

Both of these anime are plotted to a situation that they are trapped in MMORPG game.                                         

adinaonar adinaonar says...

Both involve being stuck in an MMORPG. SAO seems to go into the drama and trauma an event like this could have. SAO is much more about survival and action. The thing that makes Log Horizon stand out is that the Non-Player Characters (NPCs) are all sentient and aware. While there is combat in LH, this anime focusses more on group strategy and takes a lot of time explaining the fundementals of MMORPGs.

Febrianne Febrianne says...

Very close, but same theme with online worlds, I love them both, in different ways, LG is not as much focused on romance as is SAO but more strategy, what ifs, and trying to learn how to make a life there, SAO is more action, romance, and surival, both do it very well, I am slightly leaning more towards LG but both are an awesome story!

lrodry lrodry says...

Both are VMMORPG and the players can't log out, but I think they are different. However, my recommendation for watching LH is because the protagonist Shiro as strategist is awesome.

emalvada emalvada says...

Both are related to a a RL person trapped in a virtual environment. Waiting for Log Horizon 2 to bring the happy ending that SAO has.

Soltine Soltine says...

SAO and LH share the same idea of a community trapped inside a virtual world. Both have solid animation, though SAO may have a slight lead in this. Yet the true shine is the story, one hell bent on saving his "world" and the other adapting to his role as a "savior" figure. Both main char. are the solitary types who have a amazing understanding of the game they are placed in. They both find that community and friendship (love in one case) open the true paths to a "end game". In short if you find your self looking for another "Help i'm in a MMO and i can't get out" program you will find that each bring a unique take on this plot.

AnimeBlackStar AnimeBlackStar says...

The same argument, i love SAO but i don't see all the episodes of Log Horizon, would watch when i have time, but the firsts episodes i see are in the line of sao

Stateless573 Stateless573 says...

Both SAO and Log Horizon are based where the main character are stuck in a MMORPG.  The key difference is that SAO was Virtual Reality, and Log Horizon was not(until they got trapped)

myleswilson47 myleswilson47 says...

If you liked SAO youll like this one. Log's story is going to be longer than SAO's, but it each episode is fulfilling in that it doesnt feel like it is going "slow".

athlon8 athlon8 says...

both are about an vrmmorpg where the players find themselve unable to logout and must find a way to survive

someoneseth someoneseth says...

simlar premise. Log horizon is more about the game aspects whereas SAO is more about the character development

AngelBeatsYui AngelBeatsYui says...

These shows are just about the same a game with properties of reality, trying to find a way out...this is a really obvious recommendation but it i true that these are both similar in purpose genres etc. The only main difference SAO is more about a harem and Log Horizon is more about action but still this isn't a big difference So if you liked one you should like the other.

Ikaros Ikaros says...

The premises of these series are similar, yet they have completely different takes on them: Sword Art Online focuses on surviving in a virtual world to escape to the real one, while Log Horizon is more about adjusting to a regular life in a game universe. As a result, Log Horizon is far more lighthearted, and between the battles and adventures it becomes a slice-of-life kind of series. By contrast, Sword Art Online is more dire and intense.

There is also a difference in how characters interact with the plot. SAO focuses almost exclusively on the goings-on of its protagonist, Kirito, and a handful of friends and allies; LH has a larger cast and spreads out screentime between the characters more, despite also having a definite main character.

In all, the two shows balance each other out well. Watching them at the same time would most likely be jarring, but viewing them one after the other would provide a good mixture of action and relaxtion.

Kreados Kreados says...

In both animes players are trapped in a virtual world. Log Horizon focus more on living in this new world, where as SAO's focus is escaping this new world

sillysia63377 sillysia63377 says...

Both have the similar concept of a game becoming similar to reality. If you like the genre, these two are definitely similar. SAO is more action/fight-based, however, while I found Log Horizon to be a bit more slow-paced, taking the concept of what would happen in such a scenario more seriously, getting very detail oriented.

RoyalOss RoyalOss says...

Both shows start the same way, thousands of players are trapped in a game and unable to log off.

Sword Art Online focusses on the action to complete the game to escape with some romance. Log Horizon focusses more on the story, the reason and how to escape are unknown, they must figure this out all while trying to make a suitable lifestyle in the game. Log Horizon is a shounen so it contains some humour and less action but it is very interesting to see the aspects of dealing with the gamelife and how to handle the NPC characters.

Dionyzeus Dionyzeus says...

The settings are similar, the characters are both trapped in a virtual world and are forced to live their lives and adjust to the rules of their altered reality. The only other similarity I recognize is that they are both engaging stories that keeps the question "what's gonna happen next?" in the back of your mind leaving you wanting more.

JtkBasketball JtkBasketball says...

Both animes take place in a video game world that has trapped all of its players against their will. Leveling up, classes, how to eat, and evil players exist in both worlds. Log Horizon is more politcal, while SAO is more action. Both develope their worlds nicely.

ArcticSword ArcticSword says...

SAO and Log Horizon were about their gamers being trapped on the game. Characters were forced to fight to death in the game. Both have good quality in art and storyline. Having Fond of action and fantasy anime, the two are highly recomended.

crossfire92 crossfire92 says...

Same initial theme of Sword art online (being trapped in a game). But it evolves into a more economic, strategy based adventure. Lots of tactics and thinking and unless you enjoy games the fact that the world is much like a game might annoy you. Where Sword Art online was about surpassing the game Log Horizon is really about the same method but takes that much, much further.

Sethmac75 Sethmac75 says...

Both take place in a game like environment. Both sets of Characters deal with being traped inside the game or game like environment. Both deal with the human condition of how they treat each other in game.  Plot and genre are very similar.

Kyuubikku Kyuubikku says...

It's pretty much the same premise with a more lighthearted delivery. Definitely worth a watch at the very least.

shad0wn3t shad0wn3t says...

they both share aspects of being trapped in a online mmo but at different with different things on the line however both animes are amazing and worth watching for Action / Comedy / Romance / RPG

death565 death565 says...

Very Similiar plots about large number of people being trap in an online game and working to try and find a way to live and return to the real world.

hollowknight hollowknight says...

both are vrmmo based anime that share a similer story and both will keep you on edege wanting to watch the next episode just because you cant stop thinking about what will happen

Kirito09 Kirito09 says...

Both have similar theme/story like being trapped in the game world. Log Horizon and Sword Art Online have those romantic comedy love which will keep you watching since you wonder "Will something happend?" or "will they get closer to each other?" and the fighting style entertaining and every episode will be more exciting. You won't regret watching those

Btooom!

Btooom!

22-year-old Ryouta is an unemployed good-for-nothing who spends his days living at home and playing Btooom, a wildly popular online game that's sold over three million copies worldwide. Alongside other teammates, Ryouta battles it out with others using powerful bombs and sonar that can reveal hidden enemies, and his dedication has earned him the title of Japan's top player. But soon, Ryouta's pastime becomes a terrifying reality, as he and many others are dropped onto a tropical island and forced to play Btooom – but this time for real. Now, he and the rest must fight to the death by whatever means necessary, as the only way to win this deadly game is by killing seven of the other players.

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sunnytwo sunnytwo says...

Basicly these two Anime have the same storyline. Game turns through an incident into reality and the story evolves aorund the top player. They're both still ongoing but I enjoyed both of them so far, they are definitely worth watching. Altough I personally like SAO more but it is still too early to make up my mind about Btooom!

Jankr Jankr says...

its basicly very similar. only a slightly different concept.. while in this anime he finds himself with the game equipment and all that... in SAO gamers are actually trapped in a virtual reality MMORPG game where you cant escape unless you clear the game and, if you die, you also die in real life.

SakuraX SakuraX says...

I highly recommend Sword Art Online and Btooom! both ways. Mainly because they are both quite similar (both are about survival, Btooom! revolves around this topic whereas this topic is most dominent only in the first arc of SAO). Btooom! has actual blood involved and also has a bit more, in my opinion, (depends on what you think) mature themes than SAO. The setting of the story is a bit different. Btooom! takes place in the wilderness in the real world while SAO takes place in a populated region in a virtual world.

Overall, these two are a must watch. If you haven't done so already, watch it! Hope this helped! :P

jeremy19124 jeremy19124 says...

I agree that these two are similar but they differ in SAO Kirigaya Kazuto (Kirito) gets stuck in this newly released game that was supposed to be all the rave, but after he got the game and started it up he got stuck by the game creator who wants to test the human race. But in Btooom! the main charcter gets taken away by men in black suits and sent to an island but he cant remember thelast few hours. after traveling in the world he opens the bag that he has never seen and there are bombs in it. While trying to regain his memories he realizes that it is exactly like the game that he is ranked #10 in the world Btooom. the two have a simmilar theme they revolve around the game they play but they differ by this. they both need to complete the conditions which in ryoutas case is to callect 8 items from his dead enemies but in kiritos case he needs to beat all 100 levels of the tower and defeat all of the bosses that come with each of them. if you have only watched one of them or neither of them i recommend you watch them both they are really good anime in my opinion.

nmplayer nmplayer says...

these two animes are quite similar and are both AMAZING! personally I like SAO better than btooom but they are both amazing and i recommend them both

Rayray1000 Rayray1000 says...

the two series are very similiar because in the both games the main protaganist is an excellent gamer who gets stuck in a high stake game risking there lives in sword art its vrmmorpg that if u die in the virtual world u die in real life  but in btooom the main charcacter is among the top players of a game called btoom then gets choosen by someone who hates him to particuipate in real life version. and in both the main character falls in love in the game. one of the biggest differences is that btoom is more explcit wen it comes to blood and gorry stuff if u liked one i suggest the other

AL57 AL57 says...

Same kind of setup, Btooom! is also a dethgame with a lovestory (more deathgame than lovestory though :P).

MFM MFM says...

Okay, basically they have the same storyline: They're both about a guy who loves playing online games but one day that game becomes real. Their lives are at stake and they are forced to "play" to survive. Both have a little of romance in it to spice things up. However, Btoom! has (as it's tagged) more mature themes whereas Sword Art Online doesn't. And I mean physically and psychologically. I believe Sword Art online has a softer approach and maybe meant for slightly younger viewers. Therefore this recommendation is valid for those who have enjoyed this whole game idea and are looking for a worth watching similar anime. Personally, I enjoyed both.

shikikywketsuki shikikywketsuki says...

both of these anime's are about diffrent games: btooom! (fps (well kinda)) and sword art online (mmorpg) and geting such in that enviroment of the game. as well as having a similar gaming side they also have the idea of survival and freinds as in both anime's they have to team up in order to escape.

FullMetalAnimest FullMetalAnimest says...

There both death games, and you have a nice little romance going on in both of them :D

And if you like Btooom and SAO try watching Accel World, it is very alike Btooom and SAO :D

crazyballons crazyballons says...

I highly recommend Btoom because both of them iclude being transported into a game and not being able to leave until they beat people

JtkBasketball JtkBasketball says...

With the main characters life being at stake because of a video game, it is difficult to not think that these two are very similar. The main protagonist also falls in love with a girl in both situations. These two animes are very similar, but each unique. 

eNdZq eNdZq says...

Both have protagonists which are stock in a game(real or virtual) where they need to fight to survive and both actions are creating a beautiful love story.

alexzaharia alexzaharia says...

Similar plot - characters trapped in a game where they have to kill to survive, similar love story, similar overall characters, similar art

NoOneImportnt NoOneImportnt says...

Both series are bassed off of people being forced to either be stuck in a video game (sword art) or to live it in real life such as Btoom!. You also see a romance within both series and the main characters are really only good at videogames and nothing in their real life. Both are seen fighting other players and defeating the game mechanics in order to win.

Bloc97 Bloc97 says...

These two animes are very similar in the story side, in both the protagonist has to survive in some sort of "game" that a mad "scientist" has created for research or own pleasure.The only difference is that you will probably be less traumatized by Sword Art Online than Btooom!. Since the principal idea in SAO is to help eachother to beat the game (100th floor), but in Btooom! the goal to win is to kill 7 persons and get their IC chips.I would recommend both animes to anyone, but I don't think that young kids should watch Btooom! though.

-Bloc97 

sboy sboy says...

I have seen SAO about 5 times now and it is still my favourite anime of all time. But a good anime to watch after watching SAO would be Btooom! Because of the similarities in the styles of both animes.

While SAO takes place in a Virtual MMO game, btooom! Makes a game become real life where players mist use their insticts to survive (and alot of bombs).

Both are amazing anime and are really worth the watch. If you like one you will like the other. Just Btooom! Is more mature in viewing.

OtakuSenseiHig OtakuSenseiHig says...

they are both anime that take gaming to a whole new level having the characters trapped in a place trying to leave playing a game they love to the death letting the famous theme from fate stay/night come out; "People die When They Are Killed".

AutumnFlower AutumnFlower says...

both high risk games that result in death. However Btoom is using their real bodies and no special techniques or skills as to where SOA is using their virtual bodies connected to their bodies in real life. However both result in death because of the makers selfish and twisted desires.

markbarkins markbarkins says...

Both of these feature a main character who is a pro at online gaming, and they both involve the online game becoming a deadly contest. They also both have compelling love stories.

Shaward Shaward says...

Base plot quite similar even if in different situations.. Btoom! has a quite wierd end.. for now

Fishy116 Fishy116 says...

In both of these anime, the main character is put into a video game and forced to survive. They are both extremely similar in both plot and everything else. If you liked one, I would definitely suggest watching the other.

4nime4ddict 4nime4ddict says...

Both of these anime series' are survival orientated, with an implied love interest between the two main characters. 

okamisan okamisan says...

Both have to do with a video game becoming just a little too real. In both series, the protagonist goes from an average (though skilled) video game player to a kind of hero. Btooom! is a little more adult in themes/execution, but fans of either series should very much enjoy the other.

ScaryDodge ScaryDodge says...

Who liked one will also like the other because both stories portray a young man who gets stuck in an online game which he liked to play. And now with other players they risk their own lives.

espie666 espie666 says...

Both series revolve around a male and female protagonist stuck inside a real life video game. Both male protagonists are extremely good at the game they play, and end up helping others stuck in the game out, and sometimes even save their lives.Although these shows are very similar charcter and plot wise, they do have their differences. Btooom! is much more edgier, dark, and realistic. The characters also have to fight and kill others with bombs rather than magic or swords like in SWword Art Online. Also in Sword Art Online, the atmosphere is much more whimsical and cheery looking. If you're more into darker stuff, you may like Btooom better, while if you like fantasy better, you might enjoy Sword Art Online more. Either way, if you liked one, you will most likely enjoy the other. 

Dissey Dissey says...

They both have this amazing romance,action,survival and epic feels moments - <3 Btoom is shorther and less complex/unique but its still a very good serie // AS SAO have way more deph and details. But either way i am pretty sure that if you like one of them you will like the other aswell!

Airotia Airotia says...

I read Btooom! rather than watching the anime, but Sword Art Online and Btooom! have similar sort of concepts. Both involve games that had been fun for the main character previously that have now mutated into game of high-stakes life-or-death where only the best "players" can survive.

Kirito of Sword Art played in the beta version of SAO, becoming one of the top tier players before the game was released to the public. Despite the fact that his character is reset down to the starting point when SAO is released to the public, he retains a lot of knowledge and the strategetical mindset that helps him to survive when SAO becomes life-or-death.

Ryouta of Btooom!, meanwhile, was the top player in an online game of the same name. However, when he and other players are forced to play a "live action" game of Btooom!, he is thrown from a world where Btooom! is only a game to having to survive on an island with live ammo, rather than playing the familiar game at home on his computer.

The main differences between the two is that Btooom! is told as a much, much darker story. There is very little comic relief and light-heartedness, and the main character is actually pretty detestable. SAO, on the other hand, balances serious and light-hearted with a main character who is a kind individual. SAO also feels more like they are playing an actual videogame, whereas Btooom! is more like a warzone. Btooom! is more gorey and mature -- it doesn't shy from showing mutilated bodies and corpses, while SAO approaches maiming and death in shining pixel slashes and sparkling, heaven-bound lights. Another huge difference is the fantasy of SAO versus the real world-ness of Btooom!; while the stakes are the same (life or death), the effect on the "prettiness" of the world sets both of them apart.

RichardBerrios RichardBerrios says...

Both a survival game, with some physcological moments. Both protagonit are at the top of their game.

RoyalOss RoyalOss says...

In both animes the main character get caught up into their game and are forced to play for their lives. In SOA the players are caught into the game and in Btooom the game becomes reality.

Btooom is at the moment halfway the story and it will take a while before the second season has enough of manga material.

Rayso97 Rayso97 says...

These two animes are so similar. Both anime take humans to Real-game, when they can be killed. Sword Art is more cartoon and full of kidness actions, but Btoom! force us to things about feelings towards peoples. I would recommend both series. :)

.hack//SIGN

.hack//SIGN

In a massive online world, people act only as well as their conscience demands. When one player's punishment is to be trapped in this world, a disparate group of people seek the answers why. Their motives are varied; their methods even more so. What stands between when we tear down the walls of reality? Where does our soul end and we begin?

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Maximz Maximz says...

after watching the first ep of Sword Art Online i was instantly and i mean INSTANTLY reminded of ALL of the .hack// series. a story about how 10,000 players dive into a game and are stuck inside of it until they beat the game any attempt from the outside to bring them back inflicts death, if they die in the game they die for real. VERY similar to .hack// i feel if you like sword art online then you should watch the .hack// franchise all of them are good and the games are just as great.  

darkside90 darkside90 says...

Very similar in the concept of virutal reality, stuck in a game, as well as MMORPG style. Both very good animes.

sothis sothis says...

These two are a PERFECT match. Being stuck in a game and not being able to exit? Check. Awesome music? Check. Excellent set design and fantasy creatures? Check. SAO is miles above hack on all levels, but this is a recommendation that makes sense above all.

Ryuuhei Ryuuhei says...

These animes resemble each other in many ways, however SAO is much more sad and depressing. Even the paces are very different, while .hack//SIGN is slow-paced, SAO is extremely fast-paced. But I think you'll like each of this shows, they are both worth watching!

pelly pelly says...

Same plot, virtual reality, stucked in a game, mmorpg style and low magic too are common things between this two series

NovemberNocturne NovemberNocturne says...

A bunch of people stuck inside an MMO at risk of their lives? Sounds like .hack//SIGN to me alright...

Adephi Adephi says...

What's not to like about people being stuck in an MMO?

Both series have similar concepts only in SIGN it's only one player that's stuck while in SAO everyone's stuck.

ZeroKami ZeroKami says...

SAO is like .hack//SIGN with a faster-paced storyline and higher stakes, so most likely if you liked .hack//SIGN you will love SAO, should go both ways - but if you don't like a little slower-paced show then you may not enjoy .hack//SIGN (it's not unbearably slow-paced like Shiki)

DrMarmelo DrMarmelo says...

MMORPG in the future 

both very alike

even tho i prefer Sword Art Online i recommend both

MaraRuizu MaraRuizu says...

Both are based on the same concept: People stuck in a fantasy style MMORPG. Other than that though, they are wery different. Mainly, Sword Art Online isa lot more fast-paced and action-oriented.

soulreleaser soulreleaser says...

If you like anime based on being trapped in a video game then you'll love both of these great animes.  .hack//SIGN follows several different chacters in it's story the same way SAO does where as SAO moves a little faster in character development .hack//SIGN covers more of the mysterious online world.

Jarudin Jarudin says...

The concept is very similar. An online RPG where players are 'trapped'. I would argue that the romance part of Sword Art Online is better, but the music score in .hack//SIGN is better.

DontStay DontStay says...

I agree with the masses, these 2 shows are definitely a lot like each other. The main story and the idea of both anime is having people stuck inside of a MMORPG game. Where in one, we got only our main protagonist to live inside the game and the other having all the players trapped in.

Tenomaru Tenomaru says...

.Hack is very much like SAO except for one flaw that SAO benefits from: The fact that .hack ends when the protaganist wakes from the game, while in SAO he awakes midway through the anime and has a portion for which he is awake.

illuminatedflame illuminatedflame says...

It really has alot of the same premises except that in SAO they (Spoiler) are kept within the game due to removal of a logout option whereas in .hack//SIGN it is a virus which keeps them from logging out. But if you Enjoy SAO or .hack I would reccomend either to you.

tekman92 tekman92 says...

.hack supposedly gave some insperation to sao i havnt watched the .hack series yet but as a big sao fan .hack has been recommended to me alot as sort of the gandfather of sao

AutumnFlower AutumnFlower says...

Both are virtual worlds that effect the lives of the players real life bodies. However not as dramatic as SOA where they simply go into a coma in .hack//sign instead of actual death.

RG RG says...

The whole idea of a character or characters trapped in a virtual world with no way of getting out . . . that was what came to mind when I first found out about SAO. That said, both shows have their merits.

Swerto Swerto says...

Both revolve around a story where characters are playing a MMORPG and face an issue with logging out. In SAO everyone has this sisue, in .hack//sign only the main character has this issue. Both of their game worlds are a fantasy setting, and both have pretty fun action scenes. 

.hack is a much older series than Accel World/SAO, but its still great. Check the other out if you like it. 

miko miko says...

this is spot on without a doubt ! many times over I thought I was watching a .hack when I was watching SWA could be why I never could get into SWA.  but if you've never seen a .hack feel free to watch and compare.

Wandervox Wandervox says...

It's almost certainly been said before now, but this recommendation is an absolute no-brainer. If you'd already seen one of these, watching the other surely brought this comparison to mind almost immediately. These two stories share so many elements -- they each take many pages from the same book... great book it is, mind you.

You have the main character that's stuck in an online game. Uneasy alliances are forged. Strange happenings abound. There are even some commonalities in the shows' visual design. "So what's left to make me want to watch the one of these I HAVEN'T seen," you ask? There ARE differences, and they take two very similar shows in two rather different directions.While .hack takes more the form of a mystery, preferring to keep you watching by taking you from one oddity to the next. SAO leans more toward action and offers clear, shocking reveals. .hack's main character questions who to trust and why, SAO's whether they should trust at all, and how to even do so.

.hack does suffer slightly from age, and SAO from a spot or two of questionable writing. Regardless, both are interesting and entertaining, and well worth watching, particularly if you are a fan of what either brings to the table.

Deadman Wonderland

Deadman Wonderland

Middle school student Ganta Igarashi witnessed the slaughter of his entire class by the mysterious 'Red Man', and as the only survivor, he was labeled a mass murderer and sentenced to death. Now an inmate at the privately-owned prison and ‘amusement park' known as Deadman Wonderland, Ganta must try to survive in a place where inmates are the main attraction in brutal gladiator-style games. At the same time, he must attempt to uncover the truth behind the ‘Red Man', his mysterious childhood friend Shiro, and why he was the only survivor that bloody day.

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bringiton265 bringiton265 says...

I'm not quite sure how to describe it but the graphics remind me a lot of DMW and if you liked the graphics in Sword Art Online you will like DMW, although just a warning, DMW has quite a bit more blood than this series.

Osiummaster Osiummaster says...

Both are about life and death games, though deadman wonderland didn't really have romance.  they both have a rather mysterious girl (though shiro is alot more mysterious)  and you come to understand the protoganist as the story progresses

Wirusan Wirusan says...

They Both feature characters put into live or die situations. While SAO is more fantasy and Deadman is more violent and the language is more mature they both have that "Will they make it." suspense feeling going for it.

KarnowoB KarnowoB says...

They both feature deathgames esq. story lines as well as very good fights. Though other then this factor its hard to say anything about them is similar.

SpaceCobra SpaceCobra says...

In both, the protagonist is locked into a life-or-death situation with no way out.  Of course SAO has more heartwarming events.

Risana Risana says...

Both main character push themselves beyond the limit....... and then go even harder. You simply can't beat that... or them.

sboy sboy says...

Both have a Life/Death scenarios although Deadman Wonderland is alot more gruesome and bloody, SAO has a very deep and interesting plot which will keep you hooked from episode 1.

Ranisimo Ranisimo says...

Having watched both SAO and DMW, I would recommend both to anyone - especially if you enjoyed one of the two. I'm not going to go into too much detail, although both of the anime’s feature the same pressure applied to the characters: You've got to fight to live, or die trying. A common interest in both the animes is that the characters are all locked up in a sick society against their own will where they'll receive no mercy, so have fun!

Note: DMW is far more gruesome and gory than SAO. So if you don't appreciate guts and blood, give DMW a miss.

hamletsmage hamletsmage says...

Both animes involve games you can't escape unless you win. There are large casts with varying abilities and the threat of death around every corner. Deadman is a tad bloodier, but both anime have a tense thrill underlying the episodes.