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Sword Art Online
Actor Allusion: Bryce Papenbrook was once a virtual reality gamer named Shugo Kunisaki of .hack//Legend of the Twilight who happens to have the same problem with the video game system as Kirito. And Kirito's Spriggan avatar looks like Rin Okumura of Blue Exorcist.
Dead Star Walking: Nobuyuki Hiyama voices Diabel, a charismatic man who was able to gather a large group of people to hunt down the boss of the first floor. He dies in the same episode.
Fan Nickname: ...or rather detractor nicknames:
"Waifu Art Online", specially the Aincrad arc (curiously, this is the only nickname that is not necessarily derogatory).
"Imoto Art Online" for the Fairy Dance arc. Also in the mix are "Harem Art Online", and "Incest Art Online".
Flip Flop of God: There is a little bit of this regarding whether Kirito and Sachi had romantic feelings for each other or not.
Hey, It's That Voice!:
The original Japanese version:
The English dub:
Name's the Same: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka has voiced another character named Kirito before.
Older Than They Think: Most people starting Sword Art Online will think the series was inspired by the .hack series when in reality both series started around the same time in 2002. Sword Art Online was originally meant as an entry for the Dengeki Novel Prize contest but Reki Kawahara didn't submit it because it exceeded the page limit so he published it as a webnovel under the pseudonym Fumio Kunori. It was only after the popularity of his second novel series that his publishers convinced him to release Accel World Sword Art Online as an light novel in 2009.
Playing Against Type: Oh hey, it's Todd Haberkorn! Is he voicing The Hero? ...No. Well, maybe he's voicing the comic relief? ...No, that'd be wrong too. Wait, you mean he's voicing the Bastard Boyfriend of Asuna?
Relationship Voice Actor: Keita, Sachi and Ducker are young Flit Asuno, Yurin, and Asemu.
Sasamaru and Tetsuo are Aichi Sendou and Kenji Mitsusada
Kirito and Asuna are Sandaime and Gruier Serenity.
The English Dub has a lot of this:
Leafa, Silica, Kains and Godfrey, Lisbeth, Alicia, Sakuya, and Recon as Kyubey, Madoka, Tomohisa, Sayaka, Homura, Kyoko, and Kyousuke, respectively.
Leafa, Silica, Yui, Sachi, and Yulier were Ritsu Tainaka, Azusa "Azunyan" Nakano, Yui Hirasawa, Ui Hirasawa, and Satoshi Tainaka and Megumi Sokabe, respectively. Sigurd, Sasha, and Ducker also had a few bit parts here and there.
Kirito, Klein, Silica, Kains, Agil, Yui, Leafa, Yulier, Kibaou, and Asuna are also Rin Okumura, Shiro Fujimoto, Shiemi Moriyama, Ryuuji "Bon" Suguro, Igor Neuhaus, Kuro, Noriko Paku, Yoshikuni, Reiji Shiratori, and Yuri Frederick Egin, respectively.
Kirito, Agil, Leafa, Godfrey and Yui are Masaomi Kida, Simon Brezhnev, Saki Mikajima, Horada and Miria Harvent respectively.
Leafa, Kains, Kirito, Ducker, Lizbeth, Schmidt and Sasha are Yuki-Onna, Aotabo, Kappa, Inugami, Sannokuchi, Akifusa Kekain and Wakana Nura respectively.
Ducker, Yui, Keita, Lisbeth, and Yulier are Haruyuki, Chiyuri, Takumu, Yuniko, and Megumi. If you listen carefully, you can catch Kains and Godfrey, Schmidt, Yolko (Natalie Hoover), Diabel (Sean Chiplock) and Sasha providing additional voices as well. Bonus points for being based on another Reki Kawahara work, too.
Asuna, Silica, Yui, Lisbeth, Leafa, Sachi, Kains and Godfrey, Agil and Rosalia were once Plutia/ Iris Heart, Nepgear, Abnes, Uni, Gust, Falcom, CFW Judge The Hard, Copypaste and Arfoire.
Asuna and Agil were once Liechtenstein and Germany.
Terrifyingly enough, Sugou and Asuna are also Natsu and Lucy, Keroro and Natsumi, and Kid and Patty.
Silica, Alicia, Lisbeth, Rosalia, Sakuya, and Schmidt are Filia, Cerebella, Peacock, Valentine, Squigly, and Republican Double, respectively. In addition, Schmidt, Sasamaru (Bobby Thong), and Ducker also spend time moonlighting as members of the Black Egrets.
Kirito, Sasha, Leafa, Yulier, Diabel (Sean Chiplock), Keita, and Schmidt are also Makoto Naegi, Kyoko Kirigiri, Aoi Asahina, Toko Fukawa and Junko Enoshima, Kiyotaka Ishimaru, Hifumi Yamada, and Yasuhiro Hagakure, respectively.
Kirito, Silica, Kains and Godfrey, Kibaou, and Yolko (Natalie Hoover) are also Nagito Komaeda, Chiaki Nanami, Kazuichi Souda, Fuyuhiko Kuzuryuu, and Sonia Nevermind, respectively.
Kirito, Leafa, Sakuya, and Schmidt are also Asbel Lhant, Sophie, Little Queen, and Raymond Oswell, respectively.
Uncancelled: The were some concerns that the anime wouldn't be continued due to its declining popularity as the show went on. In the end, it's getting a sequel in 2014.
What Could Have Been: According to Danielle McRae, she originally was going to voice Yulier, but that role was given to Amanda C. Miller instead.