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Sword Art Online (Novel)

Sword Art Online

Alternative Titles

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

Information

Type: Novel
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Apr 10, 2009 to ?
Authors: Kawahara, Reki (Story), abec (Art)
Serialization: None

Statistics

Score: 8.511 (scored by 8273 users)
Ranked: #1392
Popularity: #125
Members: 19,967
Favorites: 1,665
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.

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Synopsis

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)

Related Manga

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
Spin-off: Sword Art☆Online., Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
Adaptation: Sword Art Online II, Sword Art Online


Characters

 Eugeo
Eugeo
Main
 Shino
Asada, Shino
Main
 Suguha
Kirigaya, Suguha
Main
 Kazuto
Kirigaya, Kazuto
Main
 Alice
Schuberg, Alice
Main
 Asuna
Yuuki, Asuna
Main
 Alicia Rue
Alicia Rue
Supporting


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Apr 25, 2012
Complexity
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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Aug 14, 2013
arseface
I've read the baka-tsuki version of every main story up to Alicization, which I won't start until the translation is finished. This review is for every non-side up till then, not just the first volume.

The series is very good. Poorly written, but very enjoyable. You can tell the author was younger when he wrote it and each arc is vastly different from the others as he progresses as an author.

Story 7/10
Every arc is different here. Vastly.

First arc Sword Art Online
the story basically serves as a medium with which to explain the world to you. The romance factors are a bit exaggerated since the read more
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Oct 7, 2014
xNihalx
-This is a SpoilerFree review-

First of all I want to tell you that I'm not an english native so sorry for my poor english and for the eventual errors.

Sword Art Online, the novel behind one of the most discussed anime ever. Someone says "it's the best, omg nothing can be compared to that", someone else says "it's just the worst story ever with the worst character ever".
So that point of view gave me a lot of curiosity, I just wanted to start reading the novels, and after reading all the 14 that are out up until now I feel ready to explain my vision over read more
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Mar 29, 2014
traps
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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User Recommendations

similarities
-they have the same author
-both have virtual reality games
-both have a system where they can dive into the online network

differences
-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
If you die in the game you die in real life as well. Virtual Reality MMORPG (VRMMORPG), sword fight scenes, levelling system, battle monsters to earn exp. Both the MC has to experience the pain of losing someone they just met for awhile. The MC in both series tired to protect some girl but failed and get her killed. Continued living in the game while having to endure the pain and live on. Zero no Shiniki is considerably more gruesome than SAO. Both have similar names, Zero no Shiniki is called 零の神域 while Sword Art Online is called 刀剑神域
Both MC were trapped in a VRMMORPG World (In Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari case its similar) where they have to fight to survive/protect something. Both MC is trying to find a way to escape from the world In the case of SAO Kiritoh start off being OP early while the MC in Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari get stronger bit by bit. There will be sword fight scenes within both series, medieval-ish setting. However SAO does not have any magic settings in it.
Both MC were trapped in a VRMMORPG World (In Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari case its similar) where they have to fight to survive/protect something. Both MC is trying to find a way to escape from the world. In the case of SAO Kirito start off being OP early while the MC in Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari get stronger bit by bit. There will be sword fight scenes within both series, medieval-ish setting. However SAO does not have any magic settings in it.
Similar title. Art style is somewhat similar too. There is also the presence of 'games' and such.
Reading Online:The Comic reminds me of Sword Art Online alot.

- Leveling system
- Variety of classes but Online: The comic has hundred of jobs to choose from
- killing monsters/ grinding for exp
- if you die in the game you will end up dead in the real world
- goal is to find out who created this mess / meet the creator
- bosses/ HP system
- both are online games

difference

sword art online uses a head device to get into the game, where Online: The Comic uses a PSP-like device to start the game. and can play the game like on psp/ in real life as well.

online the comic has blood in it while sword art online do not

losing in certain battles may results in loss of functional bodyparts in real life where as sword art online do not.



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