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Sword Art Online

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The year is 2022, and gamers have lined up on launch day for Sword Art Online, a hotly-anticipated MMORPG that lets players connect to an immersive virtual reality world with special helmets called Nerve Gear. Kirito is one such gamer who's eager to jump back into action, having spent a great deal of time as a beta tester, and quickly becomes friends with newbie warrior Klein. But soon, Sword Art Online's 10,000 players discover that not only are they unable to log out, the only way they can return to their physical bodies is by beating the 100-level tower's final boss - that is, if their HP doesn't drop to zero first, for death in the game means death in the real world. Now, with no one else to turn to, Kirito and the other participants must survive the game as best they can – some forming guilds, others ruthlessly leaving their peers behind, and many tragically falling by the wayside or to the merciless monsters populating the lands...

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related anime

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline DVD Special 2012 TBD
Sword Art Online: Extra Edition TV Special 2013 TBD
Sword Art Online II TV 2014 Sequel
Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline - Extra Edition DVD Special 2014 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Sword Art Online (Light Novel) 2009 TBD
Sword Art Online - Aincrad 2010 TBD
Sword Art Online 4-koma 2010 TBD
Sword Art Online: Progressive (Light Novel) 2012 TBD
Sword Art Online - Fairy Dance 2012 TBD
Sword Art Online: Girls Ops 2013 TBD
Sword Art Online: Progressive 2013 TBD
Name Role
Shingo ADACHI Character Design
Tomohiko ITO Director
Yuki KAJIURA Music
Reki KAWAHARA Original Manga Creator
Kazuma MIKI Producer
Shinichirou KASHIWADA Producer

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Sword Art Online ratchet573 4/10 Jul 10, 2014
Sword Art Online noname0302 10/10 Jul 10, 2014
Sword Art Online RoyalOss 8/10 Jul 7, 2014
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ThePlanetsLastDance is watching Sword Art Online anime at 10 of 25 episodes
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Tower of Druaga: the Aegis of Uruk

Tower of Druaga: the Aegis of Uruk

In the kingdom of Urak, the tower of Druaga is a source of fear and death; it is the cause of disease and monster attacks, and climbing it is impossible given the ferocity of the monsters within – until now. It is the Summer of Anu, a period that occurs once every five years during which the monsters are weakened. Jil, a guardian, is one adventurer whose goal is to reach the top level and slay the tower’s creator, the demon Druaga, and finally bring peace to Uruk with the help of a powerful artifact found within. However, Jil and his friends aren’t the only ones who aim for the top; it’s a race to the finish!

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lugiamew007

While both being situated in an RPG (RPG-like at least in Tower of Druaga) based story, the enjoyment I felt in both series are almost the same. It is just that Tower of Druaga is more comedy inclined than Sword Art Online while the latter is more into the story.

And, you'll enjoy both their action scenes! Works of GENIUSES indeed. I also recommend the second season.

UBIQ

'Sword Art Online' reminds me of the older series 'Tower of Druaga' in that they both have plots that involve towers and are based on video games.

Although 'Tower of Druaga' is based on an 80's series of arcade games and 'Sword Art Online' on a near-future VR MMO, they both have great settings and a sense of peril and comradery as the characters attempt to ascend the towers and to defeat the highest level.

If you have not seen one or the other I would recommend both.

SamIchi

SAO and TOD are similar in a few things. They both are based on videogames (SAO futuristic videogame, TOD is actually an 80s videogame), they both have swordplay and magic, they both have epic battles and they're both good anime.

They have romance in between battles and I really liked both. Your emotions will have a party in your head.

I do think that TOD's first episode is by far one of the funniest and SAO first episode makes you wanna keep watching it. I recommend both. If you like one, you'll like the other.

sothis

Sword Art Online is quite serious and Tower of Druaga is a parody, but both involve a group of adventurers trying to reach the top of a tower in a fantasy world. If you liked one, you'd at least appreciate the concept of the other, at very least!

DuskFey

Sword Art Online and Tower of Druaga are an excellent match. The moods of the shows may be a bit different, but I loved them both for the same reason:

As a gamer, I've always liked the idea of immersion into a game, but I can also step back and laugh at the stranger aspects of our culture.

Both these shows let me enjoy the rush of gaming and the complications that come from playing with real people. If you like one, try the other! ^_^

CloeKittenOliver

SAO was brilliant and for a refreshing change it hasn't beem dragged out or overly dramatic as most anime series these days are.

Sp4rKz

Even though Druaga no To isn't set in a virtual world, it is very similar to Sword Art Online. Both anime are about a team (party) trying to reach the top floor of a world (in SAO) or the top floor of a tower (In Druaga no To). Both are inspired by video game, SAO is based on MMORPG and Druaga no Tou directly from an old arcade game.

Both anime are set in a fantasy/medieval world and have a touch of humour while maintaining a somehow serious storyline. Both anime have plenty of fan service and pop culture jokes­.

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.hack//Quantum

.hack//Quantum

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hoffstyle

I believe Quantum and Sword Art Online both demonstrates a similar theme of the downside to being stuck in a game well.

gof

The main theme of Sword art online and .hack//Quantum is the same, about teenagers stuck in a online multiplayer game.

sothis

While I think .hack//sign is a better recommendation with SAO for most reasons, I agree that Quantum is a good match based solely on the dark/high stakes aspect of online gameplay. Fans of one would appreciate the dark tone in the other - albeit it's much more omnipresent in SAO than Quantum.

xyz72

Almost the same plot, both animes are really cool. They are about life and death struggle in MMO games (as it is written in animes decription).

LadyPsychic

Both take place mostly in a virtual reality MMO game.  In both series, strange events occur such as people going into comas (in .hack), people dying in the real world if they die in the game (in SAO), and people being unable to log out (in both).  I think that if you like one, you will probably like the other.

Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

Over a century ago, mankind was devoured by giant beings of unknown intelligence and origin known as Titans – creatures that eat humans alive indiscriminately and for no apparent reason. The remaining population has managed to survive the last hundred years only by building a multi-walled city capable of keeping the Titans at bay, training military recruits to patrol the perimeter and gather intelligence about their mysterious foe. Eren and Mikasa have lived a relatively peaceful life behind the city's walls, but when a massive Titan appears, smashing the outer barrier and unleashing a wave of terror, their lives are brutally changed forever...

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Austin1397

Both animes have great combat scenes. Attack on Titan will really give you alot of HUGE swists in the story. You will NOT be able to predict how Attack of Titan's story goes.

Ammar01

Sword fighting, huge enemies, strange world, capable main character, badass girl fighter, medival(?) theme. If you liked one, you'll definitely ike the other.

panikinga

The action takes place in dystopian worlds. Main characters are fighters who know what they want. There is a community of friends fighting monsters. The main difference is that Attack on Titan is much more brutal. 

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Chrome Shelled Regios

Chrome Shelled Regios

In a post-apocalyptic world overrun with great beasts called Filth Monsters, a glimmering dome protrudes from the wasteland. This is Zuellni, a mobile city unique for having a consciousness in the form of ‘electronic fairies’. Moreover, Zuellni is an academy where the next generation of powerful Heavens-Blade wielders gather to pit their strength against each other in inter-platoon competitions. Nina Antalk, military student and leader of the 17th Platoon, is intent on recruiting only the best; thus, when mysterious Layfon Alseif transfers to the academy, she instantly recognizes his abilities and decides he’s the perfect candidate to join her group. However, with a secret past that won’t leave him alone, and unknown powers beyond the academy taking an interest in Zuellni, Layfon joining the team is only the start of all their troubles.

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alex4694

If you liked one you will likethe other because both contain a hero with awesome sword skill who fights for their city/world

jotix

In both of these anime, the main character has past experiences that at first he tries to keep secret from his peers. These experiences put them on a lever higher than most and the end up being relied upon heavily to save there respective worlds.

ryan264a

both shows are based around a character that has great power, having to decide to use that power for the good of those around them. 

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No Game No Life

No Game No Life

An urban legend states that those exceptionally gifted at gaming will be sent a special game invitation, and the winners of the challenge will be whisked away to another world. When Sora and Shiro, two hikikomori NEETs who happen to be both siblings and notorious gamers, receive this invitation, they defeat it with ease. And like the legends tell, they're transported to another world where conflicts, peoples' lives and even country borders are decided by competitions and games. Always up for a challenge, the pair quickly take on the obstacles that come their way, whether it be restoring lowly humanity's good name compared with the other races or helping influence who will become the next king.

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Din0queen

both animes are stationed in a world of games, though in SAO, it's all about survival and trying to win the games in order to escape the game and in NGNL, the leading characters are put into a world which is basically just one big game, even though the stories don't match up that much, in my opinion, if you like one, you'll like the other as well

Febrianne

Awesome online gaming expernices, but from very different points, SAO is trying to get back home, trying to survive, and what it is like, NGNL is what if we don't want to go back? how do we make a life there and the expernice that is invivled with that :)

AnimeShima

Both No Game No Life and Sword Art Online are set in a gaming world where the main character compete try to beat the game. In the Sword Art Online you have to beat game in order to live and in No Game No Life the main characters are challenged by God to see who can win the game.

They are visually different but very appealing and can relate to the same kind of fanbase.

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