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Sword Art Online—An Action-Fantasy Anime
Anime lovers who are also fond of MMORPGs were excited to find out that Sword Art Online, the Japanese light novel series, has been adapted into an anime. Although there are a lot of criticisms about the overall quality of Sword Art Online, there is no doubt that it is well-liked by many anime fans.
The Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG), Sword Art Online (SAO), is released in the year 2022. It allows players to control their in-game characters with their minds, using a virtual reality helmet called Nerve Gear. The players' excitement turns into horror as they soon discover that they cannot log out of the game. They are informed by Kayaba Akihiko, the creator of SAO, that the only way to return to the real world is to reach the 100th floor and defeat the final boss.
The catch? If their in-game characters die, they also die in real life.
If you loved Sword Art Online, you should also check out some of the anime below!
Anime Similar to Sword Art Online
- Accel World
- Log Horizon
- Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
- Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
- Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
- In Another World with My Smartphone
- How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
- And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online?
- KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!
- Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World
- The King's Avatar
- Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren't They?
- The Rising of Shield Hero
- Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
- No Game No Life
- Mirai Nikki
- Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk
- Guilty Crown
- Kaze no Stigma
- Hunter x Hunter
Overlord now ranks as one of the most popular anime series of all time—and for good reason! This isn't your ordinary "player stuck in an online game" show. Overlord makes things interesting by telling a story of how it would be like if it's a villain that ends up getting stuck in the game. The unique mix of characters and personalities makes the show exciting and unpredictable.
2. Accel World
If you're a hardcore anime fan, then you've probably heard a ton of theories surrounding the link between SAO and Accel World. The two shows are set in the same universe apparently, just at different timelines. It's widely believed that NerveGear was the first generation of the tech used in Accel World.
Haruyuki Arita is a student who is often bullied at school, which causes him to have low self-esteem. He turns to playing squash to free his mind from his miserable life but everything changes when Haruyuki meets Kuroyukihime, the most popular girl in school. She introduces Haruyuki to a secret program called Brain Burst.
Haruyuki soon finds out that Brain Burst is not only a program that speeds up the cognitive process, but it is actually a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online (VRMMO) Fighting Game, where people fight each other to gain Burst Points, which can be used for acceleration abilities in the real world.
Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime join forces to reach Level 10 within Brain Burst, meet the creator, and find out the real purpose of the secret program.
3. Log Horizon
This is an anime that often gets compared with SAO. In fact, you will see tons of discussions comparing Sword Art Online and Log Horizon all over the Internet. The main similarity is that both take place inside a MMORPG. It is important to note, however, that even though both series feature the same setting and characters fighting in-game to return to their normal lives, the stories are entirely different.
The MMORPG, Elder Tale, has been a phenomenal success following its eleventh expansion pack. The game has grown its user base to millions of players. The next expansion pack, however, surprises thirty thousand players as they suddenly find themselves wearing their in-game avatars. They soon realize that they are inside the game they love. Shiroe, a gamer who is socially challenged in real life, teams up with other players to take on the challenges in their way.
4. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Kirito being too overpowered is one of the primary criticisms about Sword Art Online. Many fans also dislike the harem elements, which could prove to be a bit too much at certain points. These two issues aren't present in Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash. Here's a show you should definitely watch if you're more into team-oriented battles instead of one character dominating everything.
5. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
During the early parts of SAO, you were probably looking forward to watching Kirito get stronger and climb up the tower until reaching the top floor. But instead, we see him on the top floors almost immediately. The good news is that Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? strays from this kind of storytelling. The main character ramps up his fighting skills until he obtains a special ability that enables him to work his way deeper into the dungeon.
6. Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku
As soon as you watch the first few episodes of Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku, it's hard not to compare it with SAO. The game mechanics where you can't log out, the importance of maintaining your HP to avoid real-life death, and the need to figure out a way to escape virtual reality—these elements can be seen in both shows. The main character is also overpowered and, much like Kirito, seems to have a thing for girls fantasizing about him.
7. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
It's evident how OP Rimuru Tempest is from the beginning, and he gets even stronger as the show goes on. Just like Kirito, Rimuru develops his own army. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime also has strong harem elements, and the story gets darker toward the end which many SAO fans would likely appreciate.
8. In Another World with My Smartphone
Mochizuki Touya shares many similarities with Kirito. After getting struck by lightning, he finds himself transported to another world where he possesses superpowers and a smartphone. Touya is overpowered as well, and he likes to use his skills to help others. There are plenty of fight sequences in which he fights alongside female characters.
It's easy to see why Btooom! is often compared to SAO. Both male protagonists have unmatched passion for the game they love. Ryota Sakamoto suddenly finds himself stuck in the game, and he must find a way to return home with the help of fellow players.
Ryota Sakamoto, 22 years old, is unemployed and lives with his mother. There is only one thing that he excels at, which is playing a combat game called Btooom!.
One day, he wakes up in a tropical island and has no idea how or why he got there. He sees someone and asks for help, but the stranger responds by throwing a bomb at him. He realizes that he is trapped in what seems to be a real world version of Btooom!. Ryota meets Himiko, another Btooom! player, who is his in-game wife.
Can Ryota make good use of his gaming skills now that his actual life depends on it?
Many say that SAO is based on the .hack series. This alone should be enough to pique your interest, especially if you love the virtual reality MMO genre. .hack//SIGN also does not have a lot of action sequences. The story revolves around gradually revealing the secrets of a game until the main protagonist finally discovers the reason he can't log out.
Tsukasa wakes up inside a game called The World. He is unable to recall anything that happened prior to his awakening. Suspected as a hacker, he realizes that he cannot log out of the game. Tsukasa wanders around and finds an item in the form of a “guardian,” which protects him from all harm. Other players learn about his situation including the leader of the Crimson Knights, Subaru. They try to find an answer to Tsuakasa’s problem before it's too late.
11. How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
This Isekai series features a male protagonist who gets summoned as Demon Lord Diablo. From the first few minutes of the show, you'll see similarities with SAO, particularly when Diablo begins forming a harem. The show contains several action scenes that keep things interesting to watch despite Diablo being too strong compared to all the characters.
12. And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online?
One reason why And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online? is so interesting to watch is the fact that the characters try to act as their real selves within the game. Just like Sword Art Online, you'll find many female characters fighting with one male protagonist. Although it doesn't have a lot of dark and dramatic scenes, it still has its fair share of similarities to SAO.
13. KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!
If you want an anime like SAO but more light-hearted, then look no further than KonoSuba. The story is set in a fantasy world with video game mechanics. It still follows the typical direction of the male protagonist having to deal with different obstacles to accomplish his goal, but KonoSuba does this while inserting lots of hilarious scenes. While it's more of a comedy than a virtual reality anime, this show is well worth checking out.
14. Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World
Here's another show where the main character finds himself in a fantasy world. Unlike SAO, however, the protagonist doesn't start out strong. He soon gains a special ability and gets surrounded by female characters, although his eyes are set to only one girl. If you want a show with less romance and more dark and psychological moments, Re:Zero should be the next one on your list.
15. The King's Avatar (Quan Zhi Gao Shou)
SAO and The King's Avatar both tell the story of skilled gamers in MMORPG settings. Although The King's Avatar focuses on eSports instead of being stuck in a video game, the show can be compared to SAO especially when it comes to the main characters. The plots take different directions. If you want something with heavy emphasis on action scenes, then give this one a shot. Not to mention, the main character is more relatable since he loses everything at the beginning and works his way back to the top.
16. Problem Children are Coming from Another World, Aren't They?
This show follows three of the characters as they enter a game-like fantasy world called Little Garden. The male protagonist is overpowered just like Kirito. And if you liked the second half of SAO, you'll find that it gives the same vibe when watching Mondaiji-tachi. The art and animation are also comparable to Sword Art Online.
17. The Rising of the Shield Hero
SAO and The Rising of the Shield Hero starts out in the same fashion, with the male protagonist suffering from a traumatic experience of being placed in an unfamiliar world, only to find comfort in a female character they meet later on. Naofumi Iwatani isn't as strong as Kirito at first, but he soon forms a party with mostly female characters to help him complete various objectives.
18. Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
You probably know that this one's coming. There isn't much to say about Gun Gale Online since it's a spin-off, so similarities with SAO are almost inevitable. Some fans would say that GGO is actually a better version of the original, while many would say otherwise. If you loved SAO, though, this show is a must-watch.
19. No Game No Life
No Game No Life is a relatively new anime series that was released on April 9, 2014. Online anime communities are littered with discussions comparing SAO and No Game No Life—again because both anime have the same setting. This anime, however, doesn’t have as much action since it is more of an adventure-themed, supernatural anime. It has many comedy scenes and fun games which make it very enjoyable to watch.
No Game No Life follows the story of siblings Sora and Shiro who are known for being great gamers but are reclusive and unsocial in real life. They are a member of “Blank,” a mysterious group of gamers who do not lose in any of their games. One day, they are summoned into a world where everything is decided through games and in which humanity is driven to one remaining city. It is now up to Sora and Shiro to defeat the leader and save the human race.
20. Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
This psychological thriller may not seem anything like SAO, but it actually does share some striking similarities, including a main character who isn’t very good with people and suddenly finds himself in a dire situation. He makes friends in the game, only to lose them later on because of the game itself.
The story follows Yuki Amano, a socially awkward boy who prefers to write in his diary or talk with his imaginary friend, Deus Ex Machina. One fateful day, he learns that Deus Ex Machina is more than just a figment of his imagination. Deus gives him a diary containing events that will happen in the next 90 days. Asked to participate in a battle against twelve other people, each equipped with a future diary, Yuki needs to find a way to kill all his opponents and prevent the Apocalypse on the ninetieth day.
21. Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk
This anime is similar to Sword Art Online in the sense that both take place in a tower-like setting, in which the characters need to get to a certain floor before being able to move on to the next. The ultimate goal, of course, is to reach the last floor and defeat the final boss. Tower of Druaga also features many RPG elements such as hunting for rare items, forming parties, and leveling up.
The anime begins during the Third Summer of Anu, a period when the powers of the monsters in the Tower wanes. People take advantage of this and set up camp inside—securing their stronghold within the Tower with the ultimate goal of reaching the top. The armies of Uruk Kingdom lead the pack, but adventurers known as “climbers” hop on their quest as well, attracted by the rumored Blue Crystal Rod found on the very last floor. Jill is one of the new climbers, seeking to reach the top of the Tower and defeat the Evil Lord Druaga.
22. Guilty Crown
Guilty Crown may not be set in virtual reality, but I can't help but be reminded of Kirito when I see Shu Ouma engage in action. Both of them are thrust into war and ultimately become the most powerful. Things get more interesting when you factor in the strong female characters from the two shows. Although they can stand for themselves, both females soon find themselves in situations from which the male protagonists must save them.
On December 24, 2029 a biological hazard known as the Apocalypse Virus descends over Japan. This is later referred to as the Lost Christmas of 2029. Because of the gravity of the outbreak, Japan seeks international help and the United Nations responds by sending the GHQ to help them. After containing the outbreak, Japan is put under the powers of the GHQ.
The story follows Shu Ouma, a high school student who inadvertently obtains a rare and great power, The Right Hand of the Kings. This ability allows him to extract voids from other people, weapons that are the manifestations of peoples' hearts. He meets a girl named Yuzuriha Inori, a member of the rebel group called Undertakers, which seeks to restore the independence of Japan.
With the ability he has mistakenly gained, he is now thrown in the middle of the conflict and must liberate his nation once again.
23. Kaze no Stigma
Alright, I'll be the first to admit that Kaze no Stigma isn't anywhere near the same genre as SAO. Despite that, I think it's well worth watching. If possible, try reading the light novel series as well. The anime adaptation is considerably less brutal, but this doesn't take away from its fantastic storyline.
Yagami Kazuma belongs to the Kannagi family, well known as masters of the Fire technique. However, Kazuma is cast out of his family after being defeated by a distant relative, Ayano, in a match in which the winner would wield Enraiha, Blaze Lightning Supremacy.
Kazuma returns four years later as a master of Fujutsu, or the Wind technique. He is reunited with Ayano and his younger brother Ren. Soon, however, Kannagi family members are murdered, and the weapon is eventually discovered to be Fujutsu.
Kazuma, with Ayano beside him, now has to prove that he is not responsible for the murders.
24. Hunter x Hunter
This one's a bit of a stretch as well, but Hunter x Hunter features some RPG elements. You can even draw a comparison when you consider Gon and Killua playing Greed Island and finding out that it's actually set in the real world.
Hunter x Hunter follows a young boy named Gon, who discovers that his father, Ging, whom he thought was dead, is actually alive. In fact, Ging is a legendary hunter, someone who has proven to be an elite member of society. Gon embarks on a long journey to find his father, soon realizing that he wants to become a hunter as well.
After turning 12, he takes on the Hunter exam, even after learning that many applicants end up dying. He meets several friends, including the silent but deadly Kurapika, the funny but very skilled Leorio, and the ex-assassin Killua. Their friendship is put to test as many trials and threats come their way.
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Sssss on July 02, 2020:
Any shows like SAO but actually good? I like the premise but SAO is one of the worst mainstream anime I've seen in my life.
nivh on June 05, 2020:
Nate on May 12, 2020:
Random person on May 04, 2020:
Dont forget bofuri
Mangafans on April 23, 2020:
How about solo leveling? Its good
Dark on April 06, 2020:
The thing same to SAO is:
Accel World: VR game (the link they use is the later version after the Nervegear appears in SAO, like nervegear is the base for the VR device in Accel World.
Log Horizon: Stuck in the Game
No Game No Life: is this really same as SAO? this is totally isekai anime (not even VR game)
Btooom!: its a game, yes, but real life real world game, one die and game over forever (oh, this one is same)
.hack//SIGN: oh, I did watch other hack//, but not this, but it may same, but just mind-trapped (so, same as SAO, for main char only)
Mirai Nikki: yeah, game to kill each other (but not VR, not MMO nor RPG)
Tower of Druaga: hmm, is this just fantasy world, and not game? every real world scene is kind of parallel setting, and is not real, it just explain the relationship of the characters.
Guilty Crown: hmm, totally not the game, just using the Sword...
Kaze no Stigma: again, not game, totally not, just there is supernatural power in this world.
Hunter x Hunter: yeah, is a game (a part of the anime is), and even with no game, they still have the supernatural power.
BaelRathLian on February 16, 2020:
Only some of these are like SAO. I have seen most of these.
VRL on February 12, 2020:
These arn't like SAO at all!!!
bob the builder on January 13, 2020:
ok so only 2 of the recommended shows are "like" sword art online..
Overlord (not mentioned) that time i got reincarnated as a slime ( not mentioned) Lord retry ( not mentioned) How not to summon a demon lord ( not mentioned) whoever made this top 10 "like" post is a retard the non mentioned i listed ARE LIKE sword art online
Abby on December 05, 2019:
ummm... excuse me? "naruto?" fruits basket?!!!!!!
chris on October 30, 2019:
i love the anime that time i get reincarnated as a smile....
chist on October 30, 2019:
i found ownly one anime but it good i think but keep the work up for people like me k more romance and action anime would be
good your follower up like seven(7)smilely face
Ducon on October 20, 2019:
Grimgar of fantasy and ash
sao super fan #loves kirito/kasuto on May 29, 2019:
ggo should be included in the list even though it is basically the same show as sao but without sword skills and guns instead of swords and without guilds.
Netson K. M on May 12, 2019:
I like hxh because is so cool and good
Olympion on April 18, 2019:
I can name 3 new ones that are awesome:
1: Rising of the shield hero - Opens a book teleports to a fantasy land as the Shield Hero.
2: That time I got reincarnated as a slime - Has that game like feel.
3: Goblin Slayer - Very good Feels, epic battles death of comrades, A lot of elements form soa in this one.
CrowdCreate on March 20, 2019:
What about Quan Zhi Gao Shou?
gun on March 18, 2019:
accel world takes place in the same universe as SAO, just 20 years later if i remember cirrectly
Kensu kirito on March 14, 2019:
well アレックス the half of the season sao was where the romance started and that made it even batter so you do not no what you are talking about
GalatiosY from Darkville on November 09, 2018:
YanKun on October 15, 2018:
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is also like SAO [more than HxH]
Hope on October 10, 2018:
I have to say , i love Hunter X Hunter but Overlord has more MMORPG stuff than HxH.
ShortamazonELK on September 25, 2018:
‘In Another World With My Smartphone’ I think it has the same feel to it as SAO. It isn’t an online drama but the kid goes to another world and gets insane powers. I like it because it is lighthearted and fun.
I’ve tried some of the others on this list and it seemed to me that all the episodes started feeling the same. The one anime I did get all the way through on this list was Kaze no Stigma. I love that one! I also binge watched Log Horizon season 1, I kinda burnt myself out on finishing the series, but one day I will.
specgen on September 23, 2018:
This is awesome too if don't mind webtoons https://read.iamthefinalboss.com
shubham on September 21, 2018:
recommendations is useful but i have already watch many of this .but it was really helpful
poeterpan on August 20, 2018:
GATE is nice too!
Bob on August 16, 2018:
Overlord should be in the list
ShiroKuro on July 20, 2018:
I already watch them all so somebody pls tell me your recommend anime!!
kookie on July 17, 2018:
the only anime on this list I haven't seen yet is number 7 they're all pretty good in my opinion...
nick on July 15, 2018:
IMO overlord should have been in this list
that been said S.A.O is still a good one to watch but hunter x hunter is good too ive seen all of these on this list but im looking for more does anyone have any opinions
CorrectionalNazi on July 13, 2018:
I don't understand how some of these are similar a few yea but very questionable list i would say..
Player 2 on June 09, 2018:
Kaze no Stigma BEEEEEEEEEEST anime in the list boys..
lleva on May 29, 2018:
Kaze no stigma
No game no life
Ku on May 28, 2018:
Guilty crown is the best anime in this list , I think .
ZeroGeass on April 29, 2018:
Gotta say, Kaze no Stigma (Stigma of the Wind) is not anywhere near to the same Genre as SAO.
That having been said, it's still a really good series that I own and have watched multiple times.
アレックス on April 01, 2018:
Personally I think sao started as a good anime but started to suck at around half of the first season and then started get worst and worst. Im not saying its crap but I think there are way better ''person in an other world'' anime.
Anon on March 31, 2018:
Seriously, i'm surprised they didn't add Overlord to this. IMO a seriously good anime (as well as the 2nd Season)
XxLizzieChearaXx on March 27, 2018:
tsk..i can't find any anime better than sword art online..
Asheblade on March 26, 2018:
I need someone to make a list of ones that aren't super main stream so I can actually find something new please.
Haut_AF on March 19, 2018:
Everything gets compared to SAO.
2. This is actually similar to SAO,
3. Here's another one similar to SAO.
4. Oh this one gets compared to SAO.
5. Not similiar to SAO, but oh well, it gets compared with SAO.
What an awful list. on February 19, 2018:
Only 1 or 2 of these are even actually like SAO...... You didnt even add Overlord which is actually the closest to SAO...
10TopLastStand5vs510thPlace on February 04, 2018:
this post dont related to the title boo! similar is about in game life not superpower or paranormal real world boo!!! Its about MMORPG!!!
Coffee on January 30, 2018:
You guys should watch "Hunter x Hunter" I watch it like 3 times in a year! I also recommend "Knights & Magic" There feel very similar in away.
DaRkGuiLD on January 28, 2018:
nerdsweeper go create your own anime that is perfect that has no flaws at all.. if you can't even create then STFU.
Jayyydaw on January 22, 2018:
Sureeee, let's listen to NerdSweeper, the one who thinks "animes" is a word.
Marwan Amrhar on January 17, 2018:
Guilty Crown = best anime ever
UpperHooper on January 13, 2018:
Add Death March as well!!
saoisgud on January 12, 2018:
Nerdsweeper is wrong.
Flamehair on January 04, 2018:
Sao4lyfe on December 24, 2017:
NerdSweeper you should keep
opinions to yourself and only to yourself because other people on this site might not agree with you *like me T_T* and it will cause problems so if you could please stop and not post anything else like that.
(So we are all happy)
Besides if you we're starving and you were handed food but it wasn't a lot would you take it or be stubborn and just complain about it?
Exactly my point its like anime if you watch an anime but don't like it or something about it don't complain about it just take it like a man/woman and deal with don't go crying to others because it wasn't what you wanted lots of people like an anime that someone else may
jeff on December 18, 2017:
What about Hai to Gensou no Grimgar?
Label Less on December 13, 2017:
Right on Zeron87, we welcome opinions here, But not projections of insecurity
Zeron87 on December 03, 2017:
NerdSweeper: It's your opinion that these anime are bad. What appeals to one person's taste might not appeal to yours. I'll admit SAO was kind of a letdown and The Future Diary had the ingredients of a brainy show yet sadly wasn't, but I enjoyed both anime. They had their flaws, but it didn't stop me from enjoying what they did bring to the table. Not every anime can be a Nichijou, Fullmetal Alchemist, or a Nana.
Zeron87 on November 26, 2017:
Very solid list, man! Another addition to this list, and one of my personal favorites: Overlord, about a guy stuck in an RPG while he leads a guild of monsters. Can't wait for season 2 ^_^!
ANBU on November 22, 2017:
OVERLORD is much similar to sword art online
NerdSweeper on November 11, 2017:
Sword Art Online sucks ass, the characters are dull, Kirito is just a Gary Stu "character" who happens to be god, gets to fuck all the girls, and is incredibly stupid. The fact that many of you call this a well-written plot anime is the sole reason why we don't have good animes these days.
Also, Mirai Nikki sucks ass too. No amount of edgy fangirls will prove me wrong because both of these animes are bad.
Erza Scarlet on November 02, 2017:
Where is pokemon? XD jkjk
Gray fullbuster on October 15, 2017:
That natsu dragneel person is correct fairy tail is a very good anime it is a must see for anime fans
Qt on July 26, 2017:
You should've included Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle
An otaku on June 10, 2017:
Natsu Dragneel on June 06, 2017:
"Fairy Tail" is really good too, you're probably thinking its a boring anime because of the title but you're wrong, 100% wrong! Fairy Tail has a lot of episode but believe me, when you're done with all the episode you'll wish there are more! The first few episodes might be boring but when you get on it will get more and more amazing. I really, really, really recommend this anime and it's not just me, a lot of people love this, FYI. Plus, Fairy Tail will teach you something you might have been lacking...As you can see, my name I put up is Natsu Dragneel. Natsu Dragneel is the main character in the anime and he is AWESOME!!! Natsu is a rowdy and tough teenage boy that likes to fight but he has a very kind heart. He went on adventures with his friends. Ok! I'm not talking anymore, I don't want to spoil it for you.
Cyote on March 08, 2017:
Btoooom has a terrible ending. No need to watch it.
JrTheKing on March 02, 2017:
JrTheKing on March 02, 2017:
You forgot overlord.
Sao4Eva on March 01, 2017:
Sao is the best dude i love it so please Reki Kawahara hury for season 3 i need it in meh life. I LOVE SAO
PLEz Reki Kawahara HURY
Sao4Eva on March 01, 2017:
Honestly I suggest Log Horizon but I do love Sao way more. Season 3 pleZ
PLEZZZ PLEZ Reki Kawahara PLES HURY PLEZZZ
wdqere on March 01, 2017:
:/ i really want season 3 of sao to come, I NEED UNDERWORLD
Unicorn_Kitty on February 10, 2017:
I have watched almost all those or at least tried them and I find I like the more mundane adventure anime. Thats why although Hunter x hunter is highly recommended by most, its plot can get complicated.
Anonymous on January 30, 2017:
SAO is the greatest anime ever
Rakgorn on January 13, 2017:
Dont skip Overlord. It is just 13 episodes for now, but very enjoyable.
Lili_otaku on January 07, 2017:
You should watch Log Horizon and tower of Druaga:The Aegis of Uruk!!!!But I prefer SAO so...
rudyf on December 12, 2016:
litin on December 02, 2016:
Log Horizon is a must watch if you like SAO!!
Spartan on November 27, 2016:
Overlord is missing?
Adnane. on November 20, 2016:
Where is (OVERLORD).
Asuna is the bae on November 18, 2016:
Sao gave me chills
GAMERZ on October 05, 2016:
PLEASE INCLUDE ALL OF THIS
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
Brother0dd on October 02, 2016:
You forgot Overlord
Aidan on September 25, 2016:
I'm 14 and I have a lot in common with kirito so I find both season 1 and 2 amazing
99Problems on September 05, 2016:
half the list aint nothing like SAO but there no despute that they are all great anime...........
Rin on September 01, 2016:
Where is Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
David White on August 20, 2016:
I'm sorry. Nobody can beat Yuki Kajiura! Her work on .hack// is enough to keep me poised. It was the archetype for what SAO was. First half of the first season on a very personal scale with one person trapped in The World. It was boring for a lot of my friends who couldn't keep up with the actual episodic story when it was originally airing on CN. I'm bias because the block this aired included my now favorite animes of all time. Sign, Kenshin and Bebop. Trigun aired in that block as well.
:( on July 02, 2016:
Where is Overlord
Timber on June 26, 2016:
I love sao and future diary/mirai nikki
Aww hell naw on June 15, 2016:
Where is OVERLORD
one of the best anime out there and the main character is also stuck in the game
_____ on May 16, 2016:
"sighs" I've seen all the anime listed and even the ones in this comment section
Emotionless on May 14, 2016:
Accel worlds ending was a let down and future diary
Mario Castellanos on May 13, 2016:
You guys should try the new anime, And you thought there is never a girl online?
It's really reminds me of Sao. It's nothing like Kirito and Asuna but it's still airing. Maybe it'll get better ^.^
Glen Senecal on May 13, 2016:
The last three are nothing like SAO
Ella on May 05, 2016:
I came here looking for new animes to watch. I found 2. I'm going to cry one day when I have watched every single anime show.
Saika on March 21, 2016:
Durarara is a really GOOD anime! it has 4 seasons too! it's not everyday you come across a good anime with 4 seasons! the first one has 25 episodes too. the other ones have 12 or 11 episodes :)
McDonald Trump on March 09, 2016:
Another anime just like Sword Art Online name is Overlord
Dk on March 08, 2016:
Another game just like Sword Art Online name is Overlord
beslin on December 14, 2015:
Try accel world and log horion also no gmae no life ....awesome.. In accel world mid eps are some what down for me... So try it
beslin on December 14, 2015:
Try accel world and log horion also no gmae no life ....awesome.. In accel world mid eps are some what down for me... So try it
asuna sun on December 06, 2015:
Which one do you guys reccomond me watching??
edward_kiritosan on November 16, 2015:
does sword art online released it season 3?
MasterJ on October 06, 2015:
*looks at the list*
Ive already seen all these...
Ren on August 14, 2015:
Blue Exorcist For Life :3
I love asuna on July 11, 2015:
SAO for life only forever...nothing more.