Sword Art Online: Aincrad
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Sword Art Online: Aincrad

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Japanese: ソードアート・オンライン アインクラッド
English: Sword Art Online: Aincrad
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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 88398,839 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #114712
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1066
Members: 17,796
Favorites: 262


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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.


Mills, Andrew Gilbert
The Gleam Eyes


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 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 ...
May 20, 2019
I decided to give the Aincard manga a read after finishing the two light novel volumes that made up this arc. While for the light novels I'd give this arc a 6/10 (Have yet to read Progressive), the manga adaptation on the other hand is brought down by the horrendous art.

The story itself there's not much for me to say, it's an adaptation of Vol. 1 of the light novels with a side story from Vol. 2 (Yui's chapter) as well. This is why characters like Lisbeth and Silca don't appear, Sachi's backstory isn't expanded upon, nor do we see any of the other floors ...

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