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Sword Art Online (Novel)

Sword Art Online

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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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Escape was impossible until it was cleared; a game over would mean an actual "death"―. Without knowing the "truth" of the mysterious next generation MMO, 'Sword Art Online(SAO)', approximately ten thousand users logged in together, opening the curtains to this cruel death battle. Participating alone in SAO, protagonist Kirito had promptly accepted the "truth" of this MMO. And in the game world, a gigantic floating castle named 'Aincrad', he distinguished himself as a solo player. Aiming to clear the game by reaching the highest floor, Kirito riskily continued alone. Because of a pushy invitation from a female warrior and rapier expert, Asuna, he teamed up with her. That encounter brought about an opportunity to call out to the fated Kirito―

(Source: Baka-Tsuki)

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Alternative version: Sword Art Online: Aincrad, Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance
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
Adaptation: Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online II
Spin-off: Sword Art☆Online.


Kirigaya, Kazuto
Yuuki, Asuna

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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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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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-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
'Perfect' looking MC
Fantasy setting

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