Sword Art Online has managed to become one of the most popular anime of all time. There's something about the story of Kirito and all his friends trapped in a video game with only two methods of escape (death or reach the top of the dungeon) that is pretty captivating to most people. More than that, the series has become something of a gateway for potential viewers new to anime. This list is for those individuals, but not just them. This list exists for anyone who loves Sword ArtOnline for any reason. Whether it's the overpowered main character, the video game settings, or even the harem aspect. There's no judgment here, only solid recommendations of where to go next. Update August 11th, 2020 by Louis Kemner: Some anime fans are a bit burnt out on the isekai genre, which is growing fast. Others can't get enough of it, and they have likely already seen the famed Sword Art Online as a gateway series to the genre. But the adventures don't have to end at Aincrad. Fans of SAO can dig into other, equally exciting isekai series or swordfighting series to keep their appetite sated. This series may be a short one, but it packs plenty of action and dazzling visuals for any isekai lover. The two main characters are Sora and Shiro, hardcore gamer siblings who find themselves in a world where competitive games have replaced war. This new world is a paradise for Sora and Shiro, and they go about proving how they earned such a fearsome reputation in Earth's online games.
Here, the lead is Naofumi Iwatani, who can only use shields in combat.
SAO is about a new life in a video game, and No Game, No Life does much the same, except it trades swords for chess and the like. This series ranks up there with the likes of Naruto and One Piece, and SAO fans will find plenty to like about it. Most of the characters wield swords (known as zanpakuto), and some of these sword slingers are the stuff of legend. If that weren't enough to win over SAO fans, Bleachhas soft isekai themes, such as when the hero Ichigo takes a portal to the Japanese-inspired Soul Society (the afterlife), Later, he also journeys to Hueco Mundo, a supernatural desert of monsters. This is one of the grittier isekai series out there, setting it apart from the "OP main character goofing off in a fantasy world" series. Here, the lead is Naofumi Iwatani, who can only use shields in combat. So he's going to need a team to back him up.
There's stat-boosting, swords, monsters, and, of course, cool shields in this series. Naofumi is the new Kirito. If SAO fans want a creative, relaxing, and whimsical take on the swordfighting genre, then Samurai Champloo is just the ticket. This series features some well-animated and slick swordfighting scenes, but there's plenty of quirky, anachronistic humor along the way. The three main characters meander across early 20th century Japan, looking for Fuu's father. Along the way, they'll cross swords, play baseball, and hear a few hip-hop beats. It's not an adventure to miss. Like Bleach, Demon Slayer is all about swords and monsters. This series, set around the turn of the 20th century, depicts a Japan torn between its traditional past and the Western-style future, with demons lurking in the shadows all the while. Hero Tanjiro Kamado is on a quest to restore his demon sister's humanity, and he'll have to learn the way of the sword and take on the deadliest demons out there. He's a quick learner, and he soon forms a whole team of sword-slinging heroes. The King's Avatar is essentially Sword Art Online minus the whole protagonist stuck in an alternate world bit.
Instead, lead character Ye Xiu is a competitive eSports player for the mega-popular video game Glory. After tiring of the politics of the shady eSports world, Ye Xiu abandons that life and his old character and starts from scratch with a new profile during the grand opening of the game's tenth server. Like Sword Art Online, The King's Avatar is very much about life as an ace player in an MMO, but instead of being purely about survival, it's about how Ye Xiu spends all of his free time climbing back to the top of the game he left. In a world of magic, Miyuki Shiba is an heir to Clan Yotsuba, one of the major clans in charge of Japan's magicians. Her brother Tatsuya is assigned to be her bodyguard but seems to have no affinity for magic at all. Instead, he's incredibly capable at physical combat and designing magical technology, and is secretly a member of an elite magical fighting force. For every fan of Sword Art Online who loves how Kirito is able to keep his cool in any situation, and his ability to overcome every threat thrown at him usually with ease, The Irregular at Magic High School will make them feel like they haven't missed a step. 8 IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON? Probably the most frustrating aspect of Sword Art Online for first-time viewers is the shattered belief that Kirito would have to gradually climb his way up the tower.
Instead, the story skips over the majority of that work in favor of jumping to the top floors very early on. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Bell Cranel doesn't start out very strong, but gains a special ability early on which allows him to power-level. From there he starts working his way further and further down his world's dungeon, seeking treasure for his family. Machine Doll's lead character Raishin Akabane is a lot like Kirito-even-tempered, generally a likable fellow such that they have a harem following them around, and incredibly gifted which means most battles are a breeze for him. Raishin is a puppeteer, a kind of magician in this world that's able to give life to mechanical dolls called automatons. Raishin and his automaton Yaya seek access to the Royal Academy of Machinart's Evening Party, a place where puppeteers and automatons battle it out to decide who the best among them. Some people like the idea of being sent to a fantasy world, but aren't quite so sure about everything else in Sword Art Online. Maybe the harem element is a bit much, or perhaps the lead character is too overpowered. For those people, we have Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash. Rather than one lead character, there are six adventurers who found their way into a strange new world with no idea how they got there or even any memory of what home was like. Rather than a harem, there are just the awkward emotions surrounding early puberty.
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Instead of overpowered characters, you get ones who have to work hard to beat up slimes and goblins. Ryouta Sakamoto is Japan's best player of Btooom! 't rely on swords or guns, but rather killing opponents by throwing bombs. One day, Ryouta wakes up on an island where the game's rules and weaponry have been created. Ryouta is asked to kill seven people before he will be allowed to escape the game. He tries ignoring their rules but doesn't know who he can or can't trust, and is eventually forced to play along. For people who love the original Sword Art Online's premise of battling in a life or death game, there's Btooom! Sword Art crossed with Battle Royale. Accel World and Sword Art Online are actually both by the same creator, Reki Kawahara. They are both centered around gamers spending way too much time in a virtual reality game, but the goal for the lead characters in Accel World is a bit different.
Log Horizon was one of the earliest "clone" series of SAO.
Haruyuki Arita and Kuroyukihime work together in the world of Brain Burst, an augmented reality fighting game to battle against the Six Kings of Pure Color, the strongest enemies in the game. By beating them, the two will be able to reach level 10, the highest level available, and be able to meet the creator of Brain Burst to discover why the game was created. This feels like a weird inclusion, but not enough people have checked out this Sword Art Online spin-off centered around the third game in the franchise, Gun Gale Online. The series is written by Keiichi Sigsawa, best known for his work on Kino's Journey. This series centers around a college-aged woman named Karen Kohiruimaki, who gets into Gun Gale Online because the avatar she gets is small and cute compared to her tall real-world self. Alternative is set in the same world as Sword Art Online and even references the latter's events throughout the series; however, it does its own thing, with plenty of cool, tense gunfights. Log Horizon was one of the earliest "clone" series of SAO. But there's one major difference between Log Horizon and SAO: Dying here means the player respawns. This fundamental change switches things from a tense battle against both enemies and other players to that of players trying to learn what it means to exist in the world. Slowly, those stuck in Elder Tale begin to build their own society. Reborn as Ernesti Echevalier, Kurata still has his love for giant robots and uses both his programming knowledge and his surprising aptitude for magic in this world to become a super inventor/pilot.
The series is published in English by Kodansha USA under the Kodansha Comics imprint.
The Quintessential Quintuplets (Japanese:, Hepburn: Go-Tōbun no Hanayome, lit. Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. It was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from August 2017 to February 2020, with its chapters collected into fourteen tankōbon volumes. The series follows the daily life of a high school student Futaro Uesugi, who is hired as a private tutor for a group of identical quintuplets: Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, and Itsuki Nakano. At the very beginning of the story, it is shown that the events are being told in a flashback, while an adult Futaro prepares to marry one of the Nakano Quintuplets whose identity is only revealed near the end of the series. The series is published in English by Kodansha USA under the Kodansha Comics imprint. The anime series is licensed in North America under a Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership. An anime television series adaptation produced by Tezuka Productions aired from January to March 2019 on TBS and other channels. The series is a commercial success, being the 5th best-selling manga in 2019, and the 3rd best-selling manga in the first half of 2020 in Japan. In 2019, the manga won the award for the shnen category at the 43rd annual Kodansha Manga Awards. High school student Futaro Uesugi is an academically gifted student that leads a difficult life-his mother has died, he has no friends, and on top of all that, his father has incurred a large amount of debt. An opportunity presents itself when the rich Nakano family transfers to his school.
Futaro is promptly hired as a highly paid tutor. However, much to Futaro's dismay, he discovers that his five charges-identical quintuplet sisters of varied personalities-have no interest in studying at all and have abysmal grades. Some of the quintuplets are against having Futaro, whom they view as a stranger, in their apartment, but Futaro's diligent tenacity gradually convinces those girls to accept him and to improve their grades. Throughout the series, Futaro develops special relationships with each of the quintuplets. Through a flashforward, it is revealed that he eventually marries one of them, but her true identity is only revealed near the end of the series. The idea of "a group of quintuplets falling in love with the same person" existed even before the serialization of Haruba's previous work, Karma of Purgatory (2014-2015), but was very simple at that time. The idea was denied by his editor-in-charge. A year after, after the end of Karma of Purgatory, he discussed with his editor-in-charge what to serialize next.
Among the few ideas being come up with, the "quintuplets" idea was included again, which was accepted by the editor this time. After failures in two to three serialization committees, finally, it was decided to have a one-shot manga published first. The one-shot received positive reviews and therefore went on to serialization. It was decided the protagonist should be quintuplets at the very beginning. When later the idea of quadruplets and sextuplets was raised, it was rejected very quickly, around 30 seconds. Haruba said it might be a reference to Super Sentai when he came up with this idea. Similar to Super Sentai, Ichika (yellow), Nino (black), Miku (blue), Yotsuba (green), and Itsuki (red) are all represented by a color. The design of the quintuplets started from his favorite existing female characters from "some slice-of-life works only with girls", around 15 to 20 of them. The idea of adding numbers in their names was after the design was almost confirmed.