Jul. 07, 2012
Returning Series
30 min.
Tokyo MX TV Network

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Sword Art Online

(VRMMORPG) Sword Art Online is released in 2022. On November 6, 2022 when Akihiko Kayaba, the creator of SAO, prevents the players from logging out. Akihiko issues them a challenge; if they wish to be free and log out of the game, they must reach the 100th floor of the game's tower and defeat the final boss. However, if their avatars die in the game, so will their bodies in the real world.

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Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa (Heathcliff), Kōichi Yamadera (Kayaba) (Japanese), Kevin M. Connolly (Heathcliff), Marc Diraison (Kayaba) (English)

Akihiko Kayaba is the Director and creator of the Nerve Gear and Sword Art Online, as well as the main antagonist of the Sword Art Online arc. He traps all the players within Sword Art Online by using the Nerve Gear to cease sending signals to the users' body. Any in-game death or attempt at removal of the Nerve Gear would result in the real life death of the user. Later, it is discovered that he has been masquerading as Heathcliff, the leader of the Knights of the Blood Oath. Although he has the admin powers to make his avatar immortal, he is shown to be a powerful player even without his in-game immortality due to his intimate understanding of the SAO game mechanics which he himself had designed. He is defeated by Kirito at the end of Volume 1 and, at the end of Volume 4, leaves behind a program that grants Kirito the World Seed. His death was his own doing since he had also rigged his own Nerve Gear device to fry his brain when he was defeated and transferring his soul into a digital form.

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04x17 - Prince of Hell
Season 4, Episode 17
01x15 - Return
Season 1, Episode 15
02x05 - Gun and Sword
Season 2, Episode 05
04x15 - Instigation
Season 4, Episode 15
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