Sword Art Online: Progressive
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Sword Art Online: Progressive

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English: Sword Art Online: Progressive
Synonyms: SAO Progressive, Aria in the Starless Night, Hoshinaki Yoru no Aria
Japanese: ソードアート・オンライン プログレッシブ


Type: Novel
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Oct 10, 2012 to ?
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy, GameGame, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Authors: BUNBUN (Art), Kawahara, Reki (Story)
Serialization: Dengeki Bunko Magazine


Score: 8.331 (scored by 43804,380 users)
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Ranked: #2382
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #723
Members: 14,317
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"This game is impossible to clear. It's just a matter of when, where and how you die." Kayaba Akihiko's death game has been up for one month. This incredibly difficult VRMMO has already claimed 2000 victims. It's the day of the 1st floor boss strategy meeting. The solo player Kirito, who's decided to only strengthen himself, meets a rare female player on the current front lines, while heading to the meeting around noon. Fighting alone against the strong monsters, she was like a meteor cutting the night sky.

A compilation of Aria in the Starless Night, where Kirito becomes known as the Black Swordsman, the events concerning the 2nd floor boss clearing, and Rondo of the Transient Blade, the sad tale of a young male blacksmith.

(Source: Volume 1 description)


Sword Art Online: Progressive has been published in English by Yen Press under the Yen On imprint since March 24, 2015.

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Sep 13, 2015
metafalica (All reviews)
Sword Art Online: Progressive is an alternative version of the main SAO story. It attempts to cover all the events that happened in SAO in the order that it happened from the 1st floor all the way up to when they finally clear the game. Luckily, the book is also written in a way that allows you to jump in at any point.

The story in SAO: Progressive is exactly the same as the original. Kirito is one of 10,000 players trapped in a game called "Sword Art Online" and in order for the players to escape, they must go to the 100th floor and beat read more
Jul 17, 2012
whatevere5656 (All reviews)
Mode Note: This review was written for the first volume, Sword Art Online: Hoshinaki Yoru no Aria.

Quite surprising no one has reviewed this novel yet.
It's surprising because the story takes place one month after the SAO incident, tells you about the premature condition of the main characters in SAO.
Well, i have to say the story has a quite surprising turn, Kawahara Reki has a very brave decision to tell us the condition one month after the SAO incident.

The surprising part is, level 1 hasn't been cleared.

Those who have read the main story must receive a quite strong shock in their brain.
The story setting gave a read more
Mar 5, 2017
elrond99 (All reviews)
Sword Art Online gets a lot of hate these days. I enjoy the franchise despite its obvious flaws. I don't disagree with people who complain about those flaws, I just personally feel that the good outweighs the bad. That being said, Sword Art Online: Progressive is a different beast altogether. All of the flaws of the original story are tossed out the window in what is essentially a reboot - I think some people view this as a "filling in the blanks" approach to the original series, but there's enough retconning going on that I think you really have to view this is a blank read more
Jun 27, 2015
K1ngHoward (All reviews)
I was browsing along my local bookstore and was surprised to find this on the shelves. I wasn't expecting a new Sword Art Online book in a few months time and having the number "001" on the side seemed to be going against the numbering of the original novel series. You will be surprised as I was to find out that this is a reboot. Not just any reboot, but a reboot that is going to focus upon the game of "Sword Art Online" from floor one to seventy-five, going at a pace of two floors per novel. This is the novel series that many read more

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