Who Owns Sword Art Online?

A look at the question of who owns Sword Art Online, with a focus on the light novel and anime adaptations.

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The highly popular Sword Art Online anime has created a large and passionate fan base all over the world. The franchise includes multiple anime seasons, video games, light novels, and even a movie. With such a wide range of products, it can be confusing to keep track of who owns Sword Art Online. In this article, we will clear up any confusion and detail who owns the Sword Art Online franchise.

The Sword Art Online anime is produced by Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Japan. The anime is based on the light novel series of the same name, which is written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. The light novel series is published in Japan by ASCII Media Works, a division of Kadokawa Corporation. The anime series is licensed for streaming and home video release in North America by Aniplex of America.

The Sword Art Online video games are developed by Bandai Namco Games. The first game in the series,Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, was released exclusively in Japan for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in 2013. The following year, Bandai Namco released two more PSP games, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragmentand Sword Art Online: Re: Hollow Fragment, which were also released exclusively in Japan. In 2015, the PlayStation 4 (PS4) game Sword Art Online: Lost Song was released worldwide; this was followed by the PS Vita gameSword Art Online: Hollow Realization in 2016 and the PC gameSword Art Online: Fatal Bullet in 2018. All three of these games were also released for Xbox One, with Lost Song and Fatal Bullet receiving simultaneous worldwide releases, andHollow Realization releasing first in Japan followed by a worldwide release several months later.

The Sword Art Online movie, titled Ordinal Scale, was released in Japan in early 2017 and received a limited theatrical release in North America later that year courtesy of Aniplex of America.

As you can see, there are many different companies involved with the production and distribution of Sword Art Online products. However, all these companies ultimately fall under two umbrella companies: Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and Kadokawa Corporation. Therefore, we can say that SME and Kadokawa Corporation are the current owners of Sword Art Online.

The Characters

The Characters
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 main protagonist of the series is Kirito, also known as the Black Swordsman, who is a skilled player who was one of the 1,000 beta testers for the game. He meets and falls in love with Asuna, one of the rarest Sword Art Online characters. Asuna is The Flash, able to move incredibly fast in-game due to her high stats. She’s also quite skilled with a sword.

Other characters include Klein, who is one of Kirito’s earliest in-game friends; Silica, a cute young girl who befriends Kirito and Asuna; Agil, an older player who owns a shop in-game; Lisbeth, a blacksmith who helps upgrade Kirito’s sword; Sinon, a sniper who helps Kirito in Guns Gale Online; and Leafa (real name Suguha), Kirito’s cousin in real life who plays ALfheim Online with him.

There are many other characters in the Sword Art Online universe, but these are some of the most important ones.

The Story

SAO is set in the near future and focuses on VRMMORPGs, or virtual reality massive multiplayer online role-playing games. The story begins in the year 2022, when the first ever VRMMORPG, Sword Art Online, is released. However, what was meant to be a game soon turns into a nightmare for the players, as they find themselves unable to log out. Trapped in the game, they must fight to survive against both the monster bosses and other players. The story follows Kazuto Kirigaya, aka Kirito, as he tries to find a way out of the game and save everyone trapped inside.

The World

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 worlds. It has been adapted into two anime television series produced by Aniplex and Genco, respectively. The first season aired in Japan between July and September 2012, while the second season aired between October and December 2014. A spin-off anime series titled Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online premiered in April 2018.

The Game

The game Sword Art Online was created by the company ‘Reki Kawahara’. The game is a virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game (VRMMORPG), in which players control their characters in a virtual world using a piece of equipment called: the nerve gear.

The game takes place in the year 2022, and the first version of the game is set in a medieval Japan-themed world called Aincrad. In the game, players take on the role of sword warriors who are trying to escape from Aincrad by clearing all 100 floors of the game. The game is unique in that if a player dies in-game, they die in real life as well.

The anime series ‘Sword Art Online’ is based on this video game. The story follows Kazuto Kirigaya (Kirito) who is one of the 1000 beta testers for Sword Art Online. When the game launches, Kirito and all of the other players are unable to log out and are trapped in Aincrad. Kirito then teams up with Asuna Yuuki (Asuna) to try and clear all 100 floors and escape from Sword Art Online.

The Music

The music of Sword Art Online is composed by Kajiura Yuki. The first opening song, “Crossing Field”, is sung by Mizuta Yoshitsugu. The first ending song, “Yume Sekai”, is sung by Haruna Luna. The second opening song, “Innocence”, is sung by Aoi Eir. The second ending song, “Overfly”, is sung by Lisbeth and Klein.

The Anime

The anime series Sword Art Online is based on the light novel series of the same name, written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. The anime is produced by Aniplex and Genco, with animation provided by A-1 Pictures. The anime has been licensed for streaming by Crunchyroll in North America and other regions.

The Movies

The first Sword Art Online movie, Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, was released in Japan on February 18, 2017. The movie was directed by Tomohiko Ito and written by Reki Kawahara, the author of the original light novel series.

The movie is set in an augmented reality world called “Ordinal Scale”, which uses a new piece of technology that allows players to fight powerful monsters using their own physical strength. The main characters are drawn into a dangerous game where they must battle against these monsters in order to survive.

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale was a box office success, grossing over $4 million dollars in Japan. It was later released worldwide on Blu-ray and DVD.

The second movie, Sword Art Online The Movie: Progressive, is currently in production and is scheduled for release in 2021.

The Light Novels

The Light Novels 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 first volume of Sword Art Online was published in Japan on April 10, 2009, and the nineteenth volume was released on December 7, 2016. As of November 2019, twenty-six volumes have been published by Dengeki Bunko.

The series has been licensed for English release by Yen Press, with the first volume released on March 19, 2014. As of November 2019, twenty volumes have been released.

The novels have spawned several manga adaptations. The first adaptation, titled Sword Art Online and illustrated by Neko Nekobyou, began serialization in the May 2012 issue of Dengeki Bunko Magazine. A second manga adaptation titled Sword Art Online: Progressive illustrated by Isuka Hisago began serialization in the September 2012 issue of Dengeki Bunko Magazine.

The Manga

The original Sword Art Online manga is written by Reki Kawahara with illustrations by abec. It began serialization in ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Daioh magazine on April 27, 2012. The first tankōbon volume was published on September 27, 2012; fifteen volumes have been released as of September 2017. In North America, Yen Press has licensed the series for English publication and released the first volume on December 10, 2013.

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