Ep 1 – “The World of Swords” / “Ken no Sekai” (剣の世界) 

A virtual reality gaming system known as the “NerveGear” is finally released to the public alongside the world’s first virtual reality game called “Sword Art Online” (SAO). Kirito, one of the game’s beta-testers, logs-in to Aincrad, the world of SAO and quickly befriends novice player Klein, to whom he teaches the basics of the game. After a few hours, Kirito and Klein discover that they cannot log-out. Akihiko Kayaba, the game’s creator and employee of the computer corporation Argus, announces to the players that he intentionally removed the log-out option and that players will die if their NerveGear is forcefully removed or their in-game health bar is depleted to zero. He informs them that he created this game as a way to become God over his own dominion. The only way to escape is to clear all 100 floors of Aincrad, the setting of the game.