‘Sword Art Online’ is one of the most famous isekai genre anime. It is also a massively multiplayer online role-playing game genre anime. The MMORPG’s are quite popular these days and ‘Sword Art Online’ is one of the leading names in the genre. Till date, there have been three main seasons of the anime series and many other side stories and OVAs. For the purpose of this list, we are going to consider only the three main seasons. So, here’s the list of top ‘Sword Art Online’ episodes. Don’t forget to mention your favorite episode in the comments.
7. Season 1 Episode 14, The End of The World
The 14th episode of the first season, i.e. ‘The End of The World’, is by far one of the best episodes of the entire series. It is intense, visual, and emotionally appealing. In this episode, we finally see Kirito finding out who the main antagonist is and finally being able to clear the game. At the start, we see Kirito and other fighting The Skull Reaper. Heathcliff is the one to notice that the enemy’s health is reaching a critical point and asks everyone to attack. Finally, they are able to defeat the Skull Reaper. We learn from Kirito that 14 players have lost their lives during this raid. This makes everyone lose their confidence since 25 more levels are left. Kirito is suspicious of Heathcliff as he notices that the latter was not exhausted at all after the grueling fight. He remembers something from an earlier fight, then comes to a conclusion and attacks Heathcliff. But his attack was stopped by an immortal object.
Kirito’s attack manages to surprise everyone but not for long since Heathcliff’s status as an immortal object surprises them even more. He then reveals that Heathcliff’s true identity is Kabaya Akihiko. Heathcliff admits this and asks how Kirito was able to decipher it and then Kirito tells him about the duel they had had in which Heathcliff had exceeded the limits that were imposed by the system. Kabaya then tells everyone that he actually wanted to be the final boss at level hundred. He thought that the betrayal will be a fitting end to the storyline and tells Kirito that he knew that he will be fighting him in the final level but he was impressed that Kirito had exceeded his expectations.
Later, Kabaya tells everyone that he will be meeting them at the final level but as a reward, he will allow Kirito a one on one battle with him upon winning which they will all be free. Though everyone dissuades him, Kirito accepts the proposition and takes on Kabaya. The latter turns out to be a formidable foe but as Kabaya is about to land the finishing blow, Asuna jumps in and takes the attack. Kirito then loses his composure and ends up paying with his life as Kabaya stabs him. But as his last remaining bit of life drains out of him, he uses Asuna’s Lambent Light to stab Heathcliff killing him. The game is cleared and the players are set free. As the world of Aincrad is getting destroyed, Kirito meets Asuna. They kiss and share their real names. Later, Asuna wakes up in a hospital bed and slowly moves out of the room calling out Asuna’s name.
6. Season 3 Episode 4, Departure