What Year Does Sword Art Online Take Place?

Welcome to my blog! Here, I’ll be discussing the popular anime/manga series Sword Art Online. In particular, I’ll be answering the question “What year does Sword Art Online take place?”

I’ll be talking about the series’ setting and how it compares to our world, as well as discussing the various theories out there about when the story takes place. I hope you enjoy, and please feel free to leave your own thoughts and theories in the comments!

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Introduction

Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. The series takes place in the near future and focuses on various virtual reality MMORPG worlds.

The story begins in the year 2022, when the first virtual reality MMORPG, Sword Art Online, is released. Players are able to control their avatars within the game using a headset and gloves that allow them to interact with the virtual world. However, what they do not know is that if they die in the game, they will also die in real life.

The story follows the main character, Kirito, as he tries to survive in Sword Art Online and find a way to escape the game. Along the way, he meets other players who help him on his journey.

The series has been adapted into an anime series, two manga series, an anime film, and a video game.

The year the anime is set in

The year that Sword Art Online is set in has never been officially confirmed, but there are some clues that we can use to make an educated guess. The first clue is that in episode 14 of the anime, Kirito says that he has been playing the game for two years. If we assume that the anime is set in the same year as it was aired (2012), then that would mean that the game started in 2010.

The second clue comes from the light novel (the source material for the anime). In volume 9, chapter 4, it is said that six years have passed since the beginning of the game. This would mean that the game started in 2006, which is also the year that the first beta test took place.

So, based on these two clues, it is safe to say that Sword Art Online takes place in 2006.

The year the manga is set in

The year the manga is set in is 2030 but the year the anime is set in is 2024. The anime begins in November and ends on December 24. The story of Sword Art Online has taken place over a total of four years, with most of the first year being skipped over.

The first volume of the Sword Art Online light novel was published on April 10, 2009, and as of March 2021, 23 volumes have been published. The first volume of the Sword Art Online manga was published on October 10, 2012, and as of December 2020, 13 volumes have been published. In total, there are nine arcs in Sword Art Online.

The year the light novels are set in

The year the light novels are set in is 2022. In the year 2022, a new virtual reality MMORPG called Sword Art Online is released. players can control their characters with their minds, using a device called the Nerve Gear. However, soon after the game’s release, it is revealed that the Nerve Gear can kill people if they die in the game. The only way to escape the game is to clear all one hundred floors of Aincrad, the floating castle that serves as the setting of Sword Art Online.

The year the video game is set in

The year the video game is set in is not mentioned in the anime, however there are events which give a clear timeline. It is known that the game was released in November of 2022, and closed beta testing started sometime in mid-2022. The events of Aincrad take place between November 6, 2022 and November 7, 2022. The events of Alfheim Online take place between April 14, 2023 and April 16, 2023. The events of Gun Gale Online take place between August 8, 2025 and August 13, 2025.

The year the movie is set in

The year the movie is set in is 2025.

The year the TV series is set in

The year the TV series is set in is not entirely clear, but it appears to be sometime in the mid-2060s. In episode 14 of the first season, we see a newscast from October 1, 2060, which means that the events of the series take place at least six years after that date. However, in episode 24, we see a calendar in Asuna’s room that is marked with 2064. This means that either the TV series is set in 2064, or the calendar was outdated.

The year the novel is set in

The year the novel is set in is 2022. The anime series begins in 2022, six months prior to the events of the Aincrad arc.

The year the stage play is set in

The stage play Sword Art Online -The False Songstress- is set in 2026, 8 years after the end of the original Sword Art Online anime.

The year the live action series is set in

The year the live action series is set in is 2026.

The year of the anime is not specified, but it can be assumed to take place in the near future based on the technological advances present in the show. This would place it somewhere around 2020-2030.

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