Sword Art Online

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Highbrow anime series has dark themes, many deaths.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 36 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 189 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 16+

Mature content for young teens

PLEASE update your ratings! My 12 y.o. daughter started watching this some time ago, and I frequently overheard questionable dialogue or saw scenes including objectification of women, so I checked CSM for a rating to gauge appropriateness. Based on the ratings, I decided to let her watch. While she was still younger than the recommended age, I trust her judgement to come to me if the content becomes too mature. Last night, she started watching Season 3 and was horrified at some grisly, bloody scenes ("SO much blood, mom!") and described the scene others have also mentioned where two young girls are tied up and are victims of sexual assault, including attempted rape. My daughter was traumatized and I spent the night comforting her. She was all the more upset because this had been one of her favorite shows. I'm disappointed that CSM underplayed the mature content of this series. I'll do more due diligence from now on.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
5 people found this helpful.
age 12+

1st season for 12 year olds but 2nd season you should be like 16.

Listen, the 1st season was great with very good and original story-line and very easy to tell apart from other anime and no sexual scenes are in the 1st season. But 2nd season... not so much. The 2nd season started to branch off into softcore porn and hentai so very uncomfortable and a shitty season in general. There is a attempted Rape scene and a sexual assault scene. All and all. You should let your child watch the 1st season but the 2nd is mainly for adults and you would most likely feel uncomfortable letting your children watch it.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
3 people found this helpful.

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