This cult anime that popularized a genre will leave Netflix, subscribers manga fans will be angry

news culture This cult anime that popularized a genre will leave Netflix, subscribers manga fans will be angry

If it gave way to Demon Slayer, Attack on Titan or My Hero Academia, the television adaptation of Sword Art Online marked its time and a generation of spectators to such an extent that it popularized a genre. Currently available on Netflix, it will soon leave the catalog.


  • Light-novel, a format also suitable for animated adaptations
  • A pioneer of the genre

Light-novel, a format also suitable for animated adaptations

If manga is one of the main materials used for animethis is also the case for light novel : illustrated novels, a kind of compromise between the manga and the novel. Among the popular light novels, there have recently been Solo Leveling (which will benefit from an animated adaptation in 2023) but it is also the work Sword Art Online published in 2009 which borrows this format. Here is its synopsis:

In the near future, a virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released. Players control their avatars with their bodies through a technology called Nerve Gear. One day, players discover that they cannot log out, as the game’s creator is holding them prisoner unless they reach the 100th floor of the game’s tower and defeat the final boss. However, if they die in game, they die in real life. Their fight for survival begins now…

A plot that is a hit and which sees its television adaptation being broadcast in 2012. Then follows many seasons, spin-off series and films that are produced.

A pioneer of the genre

A pioneering success since Sword Art Online is going to be at the origin of a wave of animes and mangas of the type isekai : a term used to define works where the protagonist is stuck in a world different from his own (often contemporary) and which defines a subgenre of the fantasy. In 2014, for example No Game No Life which is becoming popular. He is followed by Re:Zeroa little more focused dark fantasypublished in 2016 but it is from 2018 that the genre explodes since it is often combined with reincarnation: Me when I reincarnated as a slime or The Raising of the Shield Hero are broadcast from 2018. More recently, it is Bofuri: I didn’t come here to suffer so I put everything in defense which is broadcast (2020) and whose first volume was released recently in France and it is In the Land of Leadale which was adapted in 2022.

To prepare for the release of the adaptation of Shangri La Frontieranother isekai full of video game references, so it is advisable to watch Sword Art Online : the anime is available on Netflix, but not for very long. Indeed, it will be removed from the catalog on January 31st.