Sword Art Online: Aincrad
What would you like to edit?

Sword Art Online: Aincrad

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ソードアート・オンライン アインクラッド
English: Sword Art Online: Aincrad
More titles


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 12
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 10, 2010 to Apr 10, 2012
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Fantasy Fantasy, Romance Romance
Theme: Video Game Video Game
Serialization: Dengeki Bunko Magazine
Authors: Kawahara, Reki (Story), Nakamura, Tamako (Art)


Score: 6.821 (scored by 87938,793 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #114772
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1050
Members: 17,701
Favorites: 261


Ranked #11477Popularity #1050Members 17,701
Add to My List
Volumes: /2
Chapters: /12


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)


Sword Art Online: Aincrad was published in English by Yen Press in a 2-in-1 omnibus on March 25, 2014.

Related Manga


Mills, Andrew Gilbert
The Gleam Eyes


Oct 23, 2012

Sword Art Online is a great Light Novel and the anime is also a great watch too. There is also the manga of Sword Art Online: Aincrad, which on the other hand is not too great. I'll tell you exactly why.
This manga would deserve a 7 compared to the Light Novel or anime. Many people take a 7 as a relatively low score, but it indeed is pretty high. I've read parts of the LN and I'm watching the anime. I will review ...
Feb 10, 2023
I've heard a lot of people say to ignore the manga and just read the light novels, Sword Art Online, Vol. 01: Aincrad but the thing is not everyone wants to read a light novel, we're manga readers because of the media and yes sometimes there is a crossover but more often than not we only consume manga.

For what this is, it's actually compiled quite well not everything is as fleshed out as it is in the anime, like Kirito's reason for being a solo player and the tension he has with the guilds, Instead this choose to solely focus on Kirito's and Asuna's story ...
Oct 10, 2012
Sword Art Online is a great series of light novels, but this manga adaptation is incredibly lacklustre. The main sticking part is the lack of quality in the art (I'm not expecting the same quality as abec's art in the LNs, but at least average manga quality), but there are issues with how the story has been distilled for the manga. Some moments are left without context, which would be confusing for someone who hasn't read the first two volumes of the LN series or watched the Aincrad arc of the anime.

As someone who has enjoyed the light novels and anime thus far, I can't ...

Interest Stacks

48 Entries · 5 Restacks
45 Entries · 23 Restacks
by benisgu
50 Entries · 18 Restacks


Recent News

NY Times Manga Best Seller List for Jan 18 - 24

NY Times Manga Best Seller List for Jan 18 - 24

Graphic books best seller list (Manga & OEL) for January 18th - 24th *1. Akame ga Kill! Vol.1 *2. Black Butler Vol.19 *3. Attack on Titan Vol.1 *4. Attack on Tit...read more

NY Times Manga Best Seller List for Nov 23 - 29

NY Times Manga Best Seller List for Nov 23 - 29

Graphic books best seller list (Manga & OEL) for November 23rd - 29th *1. Monster Musume Vol.5 *2. Fairy Tail Vol.44 *3. Attack on Titan Vol.14 *4. xxxHOLiC: Rei...read more

Recent Forum Discussion

Chapter 12 yet released?
qEagleStrikerp - Jun 27, 2014
0 repliesby qEagleStrikerp »»
Jun 27, 2014 2:41 PM
SAO Deserved Hatedom or Overpopularity?
removed-user - Oct 8, 2013
1 repliesby HalfMetalPriest »»
Oct 8, 2013 2:38 AM
Poll: Sword Art Online: Aincrad Chapter 11 Discussion
Zhou - Nov 2, 2012
6 repliesby Zarnaav »»
Sep 12, 2013 9:49 AM
Poll: Sword Art Online Chapter 1 Discussion
TrueUchiha - Dec 26, 2010
10 repliesby Casura »»
Jul 29, 2013 2:20 PM
Will SAO get an english manga released?
kurokoao - Apr 1, 2013
3 repliesby Luna »»
Apr 1, 2013 10:07 AM

Recent Featured Articles

Sword Art Online (SAO): A Guide for Beginners

Sword Art Online (SAO): A Guide for Beginners

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale is just the latest entry in a long string of successes for this franchise, and now there's the chance to win an autograph by the author Reki Kawahara!

by MAL_editing_team