Sword Art Online anime franchise includes movies and/or specials, like:

  • Sword Art Online II
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization
  • Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online
  • Accel World, etc.

I like to watch things in chronological order whenever I can help it.

What is the chronological order for the whole franchise?


In Accel World S1E22 ~17:00, the main character is doing some research which references the NerveGear.

(English Dub)

NerveGear : The first VR Machine of the 2020's

Therefore, the story timeline place Accel World after SAO.

Combined with various Wikipedia articles, chronological order of the Anime is:

  1. Sword Art Online
  2. Sword Art Online Extra Edition (movie)
  3. Sword Art Online 2
  4. Sword Art Online : Ordinal Scale (movie)
  5. Alternative Gun Gale Online (side story series)
  6. Accel World
  7. Sword Art Online : Alicization
  8. Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld
  9. Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld Part 2

A source of info is on Fandom.

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    I should add that the timeline link posted only mentions Accel World Volume 10 - "Versus" which is a crossover between SAO and Accel World. i assume this is what you mean for point 6 as i can't find anything else relating to Accel World (infact it takes place before Ordinal Scale according to the wiki). otherwise if you're suggesting Accel World started and took place before Alicization can you cite the evidence for this (site or mentions in the series)
    – Memor-X
    May 15 '20 at 0:42

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