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15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online 

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Updated April 22, 2019 12k votes 3.2k voters 90.2k views 20 items

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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Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
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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Is It Wrong to Try to Pi... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, also known as DanMachi for short, and with English subtitle Familia Myth, is a Japanese light novel series written by Fujino Ōmori and ...more

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No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
Why it is similar:
 - Theme revolves on games
 - Players are sucked into another world No Game No Life is a light novel series by Yū Kamiya. Sora and Shiro are two hikikomori step-siblings who are known in the online gaming world as Blank, an undefeated group of gamers. One day, ...more

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OVER LORD is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
Tod Krieg added OVER LORD
On Tokyo Jupiter, a 17yr old boy, name Ayato, is living a normal life until, Tokyo Jupiter is attacked. When Ayato is saved by Haruka, Ayato cracks an egg which released a structure, known as ...more
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Death march kara hajimar... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
Yaqub Chowdhury added Death march kara hajimaru isekai kyousoukyoku
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Grimgar of Fantasy and A... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
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Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (Hai to Gensō no Gurimugaru) is a Japanese light novel series written by Ao Jūmonji and illustrated by Eiri Shirai and a 2016 anime series. The story follows a group ...more

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Accel World is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
Why it is similar: 
 - Set in a massive multiplayer role-playing game
 - Results in game affect real world
Haruyuki is an overweight kid and at the bottom of the food chain at his middle school. Within the sci-fi setting of the real world he often seeks refuge in a virtual one. One day however his ...more

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Isekai Maou to Shoukan S... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
Richard Coronado added Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu
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Problem Children Are Com... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
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The story follows Sakamaki Izayoi, a boy bored with the entire world. One day, an envelope arrives for him. The moment Izayoi opens the envelope, he is transported to an alternate world. There, ...more

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.hack//Sign is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
.hack//Sign
Why it is similar:
 - Set in a massive multiplayer role-playing game
 - Fantasy elements
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Btooom! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
Why it is similar:
 - Based on a game
 - Results of game affect real world Btooom! is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Junya Inoue. An anime adaptation covering the first 50 chapters of the manga was produced by Madhouse. Ryōta Sakamoto is an ...more

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The Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
Why it is siimilar
 - Game wherein the players' lives are at stake
 - Results of game affect real world Future Diary is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Sakae Esuno. It depicts a battle royale in which each combatant has a diary with entries from the future. The manga was ...more

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Tower of Druaga is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To 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) 14 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
Why it is similar:
 - Based on a game franchise
 - Story has virtual reality feel Steins;Gate is a 2011 anime series created by the animation studio White Fox, based on 5pb. and Nitroplus's video game of the same name. It is set in 2010, and follows Rintaro Okabe, who ...more

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Ixion Saga is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
Ixion Saga
Why it is similar:
 - Player is sucked into the game
 - Male protagonist deals with women
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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
Momar Arsal Abubakar added
Bleach is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the adventures of the hotheaded teenager Ichigo Kurosaki after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper from ...more

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Digimon Adventure is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
Digimon Adventure
Why it is similar:
 - Involvement in a virtual reality world
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Wise man's Grandchild is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
Toyin Fayomi added Wise man's Grandchild
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Earth Maiden Arjuna is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
Earth Maiden Arjuna
Why it is similar:
 - "Nature" world has virtual reality feel
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Den-noh Coil (Dennō Coil... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 15+ Anime Similar To Sword Art Online
animen3rd added Den-noh Coil (Dennō Coil)

Why it is similar

- Deals with obsession of new technology - Augmented Reality has taken over society.

- Children treat the real world like a game through their special glasses.

A team of school children investigate the mystery behind new augmented-reality technology.