Sword Art Online (ソードアート・オンライン Sōdo Āto Onrain?) is a Japanese light novel series written by Kawahara Reki and illustrated by abec. The series is published by ASCII Media Works under Dengeki Bunko. It was adapted into an anime series by A-1 Pictures and aired on July 2012. The series has also been adapted into a manga series, with illustrations by Nakamura Tamako. A game has been announced to be in the works.