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Sword Art Online is an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Tomohiko Ito. The series is based on the light novels of the same name written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by Abec. The first season of the anime ended on December 22, 2012 with a total of twenty-five episodes.

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The story takes place in the year 2022, when a virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing video game called Sword Art Online has just been released. There, players can control their avatars just as they would with their real bodies through the NerveGear, a virtual reality helmet capable of stimulating their five senses through their brains. However, players realize that they cannot exit the video game; Shortly after, the creator of SAO, Akihiko Kayaba, appears and informs them that if they die in the virtual world they will also die in the real world, as well as revealing that in order to exit the game they must first overcome the game's one hundred floors.

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