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Sword Art Online (Novel)

Sword Art Online

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English: Sword Art Online
Synonyms: S.A.O, SAO
Japanese: ソードアート・オンライン


Type: Novel
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Apr 10, 2009 to ?
Authors: Kawahara, Reki (Story), abec (Art)
Serialization: Dengeki Bunko Magazine


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In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online-a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other-opens its virtual doors, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a system that allows users to completely immerse themselves in the game world by manipulating their brain waves to create a wholly realistic gaming experience. But when the game goes live, the elation of the players quickly turns to horror as they discover that, for all its amazing features, SAO is missing one of the most basic functions of any MMORPG-a log-out button. Now trapped in the virtual world of Aincrad, their bodies held captive by NerveGear in the real world, users are issued a chilling ultimatum: conquer all one hundred floors of Aincrad to regain your freedom. But in the warped world of SAO, "game over" means certain death-both virtual and real...

(Source: Yen Press)

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Alternative version: Sword Art Online: Aincrad, Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance, Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet, Sword Art Online: Mother's Rosario, Sword Art Online: Calibur
Side story: Sword Art Online - Side Stories, Sword Art Online: Progressive, Sword Art Online: Girls Ops, Sword Art Online: Celeste no Yousei, Sword Art Online SS: Caliber SS (Failure Side), Sword Art Online dj - Material Edition, Sword Art Online dj - Lisbeth Edition, Sword Art Online dj - Silica Edition, Sword Art Online dj - Pina Edition, Sword Art Online: Hoshinaki Yoru no Aria
Spin-off: Sword Art☆Online.
Adaptation: Sword Art Online II, Sword Art Online


Kirigaya, Kazuto
Yuuki, Asuna

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Apr 25, 2012
Note: The hate towards the anime adaptation has begun converting directly to the novel. However, the general consensus is that the novel is superior to the anime, and I would like to just say that the novel isn't necessarily going to be as 'bad' as the anime. I won't tell you to give the novel a go if you hated the anime however, as it is likely that you will start reading the novel with a biased and negative opinion, which never ends well. Or this could just not be for you. Either way, onto the review:

Sword Art Online. Also known as SAO, this series read more
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Mar 29, 2014
A major function built into each fantasy story is an outcome that fulfills a dualistic and conventional promise. Thus, the meek did in fact inherit the earth, good did triumph over evil, early birds caught worms, what went around in fact came around, and they, whoever they were, all lived happily ever after.

This is in a broader sense, a good summary of the light novel known as Sword Art Online.

Before I start, let me point out that no literature is ever free of criticism. Modern classics such as Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird have been reread, reanalysed and criticised by read more
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'Perfect' looking MC
Fantasy setting
-they have the same author
-both have virtual reality games
-both have a system where they can dive into the online network

-they have different kinds of characters, kirito and haruyuki are two sides of the same coin, complete opposites but have similar roles, kirito is the cool black hero, while haruyuki is the shining silver knight but the one thing they have in common is that they both of them are good with VR games and are both are the ones who save the day

-SAO is more of fighting to stay alive and for freedom while accel world is more of fighting to keep on fighting, to become the strongest

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