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Sword Art Online (Novel)  
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From Yen Press:

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...


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Сворд арт онлайн
刀剑神域 (小说)

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.8 + Author's Notes by Baka-Tsuki (1115d ago)
v.12 c.7 by Baka-Tsuki (1176d ago)
v.11 c.Author's Notes by Baka-Tsuki (1292d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
18 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 2
Ends at Vol 4, Chap 9

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (524 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.39 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 18th 2016, 4:24am PST



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Original Publisher
ASCII Media Works (Dengeki Bunko)

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Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Yen Press (8 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #817 decreased(-7)
Monthly Pos #1049 increased(+27)
3 Month Pos #1142 increased(+31)
6 Month Pos #1170 decreased(-65)

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On 1793 reading lists
On 849 wish lists
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I picked it up since it's so popular   
Rating: N/A
by jeffreymgibson
June 1st, 2016, 3:11am
I picked this up mainly because it's so popular. I read a couple of Japanese Anime and Manga magazines that I get in the mail each month and they devote quite a few pages to SAO each month, so I figured it must be good.

It starts out pretty good. I do like stories where the characters are trapped in a virtual game world, but after a couple of volumes it gets boring. It seems like nothing really happens to much in the story. It's almost like slice of life in a virtual world. I don't think I have it in me to read this all the way to volume 17. But since this title is a cash cow, it will probably go on for a long time. I dropped it, but if it ever ends, I will read the last volume.
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Cash cow.   
Rating: N/A
by ZombieObed
April 20th, 2015, 12:01pm
Should have just ended with the defeat of Kayaba Akihiko. I think what particularly bugged me was the forced harem, even after it was obvious that Asuna had already won.

If this were a real drama where they break up, and each move on, it would be understandable, yet, the author and all the readers know damn well that that wasn't going to happen.
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it had potentional but it turned out to be awful   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by ramnor
April 17th, 2015, 6:00pm
Its a highly overrated piece of crap
I was rly disappointed after the first volume
Like rly u wake up from such a shocking a visibly scaring for u experiance and next month u will gladly jump back in a game
Not too realistic
The characters r stupidly useless and the mc is portraied as a god while the rest of the chars r there to be there acting as placeholders
The romance is terrible the action other than the first volume by no mean exciting and even the author is so hanged up on the main that he doesnt care about anything
His dual wealding is said to be one of the 10 unique skills in the game other than that the rest of the skills r just glossed over
It doesnt deserve ur time
Also to the guy that says w8 till the Alice project
No just no i read that far and its still boring stupid and only focuses on the mc to keep u in
All the settings r boringly and hastily developted which they had potentional the rest of the cast becomes blank without the mc
And the main prick is always the best always chicks suddenly fall for him and always wins
And sure im happy for him but it got too damn boring for me
2.0 cause is the lowest and 1 more out of respect for the 1rst volume
Dont wast ur time with this shit
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Highly Overrated   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Sizaki
November 3rd, 2014, 7:53am
My brother forced me into this and he made it sound REALLY interesting.
But I was extremely disappointed with everything.

This novel is made for kids, because it's so badly scripted and forced plots everywhere and the mc just completely ignores the main heroine and just plays around with his forced harem. And it's over dramatic, and so slow paced in many occasions. In other words, extremely overrated.

I may have enjoyed it if I was like 12, but as it turns out, I'm 18 and this isn't for me.
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Sukets
October 14th, 2013, 9:58pm
This has as much Deus ex machina as you could possibly put on a plot. He goes as far as to put DeM even in action scenes, making the reader feel like a absolute retard while reading it.
For me, this novel goes as far as Twilight in terms of narrative and plot, with Kirito saving girls, like princesses on top of a tower (volume 3/4 anyone?).
People often told me to treat every adventure as a multiverse, but the author simply don't give any room for it, with constant pace breakers with other people in other games. This may work as a web novel, where you read it 1 chapter/month; but doesn't as volume novel, where you go through a volume in a couple of days, the story has just too much inconsistence...
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very very good story   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by B3rKuT
April 26th, 2013, 2:55pm
SAO 7 (Mother's rosario) novell touched me in a really powerful way. I read really many book in my life, but for first time I've been crying. People who rated those novells low , please try to read little firther then prologue...
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Slaanesh14509
February 4th, 2013, 9:03am
So, I've read all of SAO up until and including Mother's rosario. I agree with many that volume one (with it's side stories) made up most of the initial appeal. Personally I liked the side stories, just because it showed some more sides to the world. While many dislike the ALO arc, it still makes for a good story, like the adaptation back into reality. I admit that it pales in comparison to the Aincrad or GGO arc, but it's still good. Now GGO turned the whole story into a deathgame again, maybe not as severe, but that is what made up most of the appeal of the first arc. In my opinion (which is biased since I'm a med student) the mothers rosario arc is the best. First of all there is finally some character development (and background info) on Asuna, which until then was plain (not that I dislike plain characters). Out of personal experience girls with such a background have a high probability of turning out plain in RL too. The thing that annoys me most is the degeneration of the relationship. If the neuro linker works the way I think it works, then essentially everything that happened was real. I really dislike the harem tendencies. For me the series is one of the best out there, even with it's drawbacks.

Anyway, I gotta go figure out where my medical physics prof went and pester about theoretical possibilities. With that I have a good subject for obtaing my mD-deg xD

For all the Aincrad fanatics: I think Kawahara thinks like you guys and because of that rebooted the aincrad series with SAO progressive
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Just Amazing...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by PinkShippuden
December 23rd, 2012, 7:41am
In my opinion it is great~~~! I've already seen the anime and i have read up to Volume 10, and i dont find it boring in the least bit!
I'm absolutely hoping that the anime gets a second season but until then i shall keep reading the novel. ^.^
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Worth it   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by liltripp2hustla
December 12th, 2012, 6:49pm
I watched the anime (the first arc up until the episode he solo's the boss on whatever floor) but after that I read the novel from the beginning and I have to say they did a good job on keeping most of the novel in the anime unlike manga's and even integrated volume 2 in between.

Even though I skipped volume 2 since it was the side stories I already saw in the anime I skipped it but I do have to say "Sword Art Online" should have ended with the First (maybe the second in other peoples opinion) volume and been renamed something else at the start of the 3rd volume.

It just showed me he didn't plan it that far ahead thinking the popularity would go so far, or he would have named the novel something instead. I have to say the First volume was amazing imo, but the 3rd was unbelievably boring and I dropped it at the 4th volume. But I recently picked it back up again because I kept hearing that the 5-6th volume are worth the hanging in there through the ALO arc.
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Really absorbing... until...   
Rating: N/A
by sandyatthebeach1
December 10th, 2012, 4:48am
The first arc ended. Well, not precisely- the second arc and on we're still enjoyable and fun the read, but they weren't anything spectacular, whereas the first arc was addicting and generally awesome. The first arc in Aincrad is basically standalone, so of you wanted to just read that, I would recommend it- the story is amazing and exciting; Kirito is amazing and brave, but torn, and the whole premise of being trapped in virtual reality is just cool- I've seen it done, but it rarely disappoints. But after the first arc... It becomes a harem, and Kirito is still awesome, but in a more typical way... And the character development, instead of being good, tends to go in the reverse, haha. Still, it's a fun, exciting read, and I really liked it- just a little disappointed in the following arcs.
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