Anime Underground 11 Best Anime Like Sword Art Online  

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With the massive popularity of Sword Art Online in 2012, people are always asking about similar shows they can watch. Here are 11 shows like Sword Art Online, along with explanations of why they are similar. People cite shows like Log Horizon and .hack//Sign as the best shows that are like SOA, but those certainly aren't the only ones. If you've seen any of these and would recommend them to other SOA fans, please give the shows upvotes to show that they deserve to be at the top of the list.

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No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 11 Best Anime Like Sword Art Online
No Game No Life Why it is similar:  - Theme revolves on games  - Players are sucked into another world

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Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 11 Best Anime Like Sword Art Online
Log Horizon Why it is similar:   - Set in a massively multiplayer role-playing game  - Players are sucked into game as if it were the real world  - Virtual reality element  - Fantasy elements  

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Accel World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 11 Best Anime Like Sword Art Online
Accel World Why it is similar:   -  Set in a massive multiplayer role-playing game - Results in game affect real world

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Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 11 Best Anime Like Sword Art Online
Future Diary Why it is siimilar  - Game wherein the players' lives are at stake  - Results of game affect real world

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Btooom! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 11 Best Anime Like Sword Art Online
Btooom! Why it is similar:  - Based on a game  - Results of game affect real world

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 11 Best Anime Like Sword Art Online

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.hack//Sign is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 11 Best Anime Like Sword Art Online
.hack//Sign Why it is similar:  - Set in a massive multiplayer role-playing game  - Fantasy elements

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Tower of Druaga is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 11 Best Anime Like Sword Art Online
Tower of Druaga Why it is similar:  - Based on a video game  - Fantasy elements

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Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 11 Best Anime Like Sword Art Online
Steins;Gate Why it is similar:  - Based on a game franchise  - Story has virtual reality feel

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Ixion Saga is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 11 Best Anime Like Sword Art Online
Ixion Saga Why it is similar:  - Player is sucked into the game  - Male protagonist deals with women

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Problem Children Are Coming fr... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 11 Best Anime Like Sword Art Online

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Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 11 Best Anime Like Sword Art Online
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Digimon Adventure is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 11 Best Anime Like Sword Art Online
Digimon Adventure Why it is similar:  - Involvement in a virtual reality world

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Earth Maiden Arjuna is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 11 Best Anime Like Sword Art Online
Earth Maiden Arjuna Why it is similar:  - "Nature" world has virtual reality feel