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. Sword Art Online : Alicization
  7. Accel World
  • Please include relevant sources/references. – W. Are Sep 8 '19 at 14:01
  • I remember hearing about some sort of SAO/Accel World crossover special (and that there are 2 versions of it: one that tells the SAO side of it, and the other that tells the Accel World side of it). Could you please include where it fits into the timeline? Once you do I will consider my question answered. I'll provide the link to where I read about it for reference here: anime.stackexchange.com/questions/28993/… – Triple S Sep 9 '19 at 2:23
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    Please hold off marking my answer as correct until I get more references added. I dont have sufficient proof between Alicization and Accel World. – Michael Kutz Sep 9 '19 at 10:21

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