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Sword Art Online (Novel)  
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Description
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...

Type
Novel

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Associated Names
Искусство меча онлайн (ранобэ)
ソードアート・オンライン
刀剑神域 (小说)
S.A.O.

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.8 + Author's Notes by Baka-Tsuki (623d ago)
v.12 c.7 by Baka-Tsuki (684d ago)
v.11 c.Author's Notes by Baka-Tsuki (800d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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

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N/A

Forum
8 topics, 48 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (496 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.48 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 23rd 2015, 11:25pm PST


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Year
2009

Original Publisher
ASCII Media Works (Dengeki Bunko)

Serialized In (magazine)
Dengeki Bunko Magazine (ASCII Media Works)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Yen Press (4 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #542 decreased(-22)
Monthly Pos #513 decreased(-24)
3 Month Pos #503 increased(+64)
6 Month Pos #525 decreased(-96)

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On 1766 reading lists
On 834 wish lists
On 58 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
Where to read Sword Art Online (Light novel)? 242 days, 14 hours, 26 minutes ago
Sword Art Online and Accel World 432 days, 11 hours, 16 minutes ago
Swordt Art Online dropped 532 days, 5 hours, 16 minutes ago
does it get better? 684 days, 2 hours, 15 minutes ago
want to start the novel, need answers to a few questions 811 days, 6 hours, 8 minutes ago

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Addicting   
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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The Unique ONE   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by josejdj
July 11th, 2012, 6:15am
is a history where you actually feel like if you were feeling the same as the characters and (this is only mi gues but..) Akihiko Kayaba's Dream may be the final stage to the author if you think about it the climax of all this event´s only could be a maximun battle in other dimension or New World, and in the other subject well... the Romantic subplot if you read the side history "There is but one ultimate way" you already gasp the idea so is no use to say any spoiler, but what is going to happen whit YUI in the end i belive that is too soon to say someting.

PD: nice one baka-tsuki, just after a couple of days they already have the vol.10 and I hope that they translate it, the faster the better

... Last updated on July 12th, 2012, 7:24pm
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well written   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sagatanasu
May 17th, 2012, 7:27am
The major strengths of this story are in how well the writing is done, along with the ability to create an interesting world. The characters are typical, but well written. I love this story: it's one of the few that can make me come back, over and over again.
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While people may hate, may love   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by dim1
April 24th, 2012, 9:35pm
While many people have stated they love this series me being one of them, the people who hate or dislike they also have a point. Me I have reread the series into its grave and then some. I don't know what about this series appeals to me, cause when I analyze it it doesn't add up. I mean the character development is mid-range, the setting is minorly overused, with some uniqueness, and the plot is very good, yet that doesn't justify my fanaticism, if you look at it in summation it is average series. This series has the unusual quality like Harry Potter, that you will love it even if you don't understand why.
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Read Volume 1 - Loved It   
Rating: N/A
by Freecss
March 18th, 2011, 10:37pm
It started out real well. Protagonist is like your typical MMO grind player. Socially inept/withdrawn. Great Main Character in my book. He's neither weak or a loser. He's independent initially and able to stand by himself but later will soon have someone to depend on.

Plot was great IMO. Everything blended real well. Volume one tells the beginning and end of the whole story but the later volume will delve into Kirito and Asuna's life as well as every character they encountered in game in more detail(I've only read v01 don't quote me on this). His journey within the 2 years before the current floor 74. Where Volume had a time-skip.


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Gah! I need to know Asuna and Kazuto's relationship after clearing the game!
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Don't listen to any heated comment (no matter if it's for praise or hate)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by orario
March 7th, 2015, 5:56am
Fan boys and haters are both too biased... It is a good novel and it's worth reading.
If you love adventure, fantasy and action this won't disappoint you.

There are some flaws and there also are strong points. There's nothing perfect in this world.
The point is that it's not perfect but it's not garbage either.

Still, I'll tell you one thing: BE PATIENT ENOUGH TO GET TO THE ALICIZATION ARC.
Do that and your life will be complete afterwards.
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And yeah, I rated it this high just because of the Alicization Arc


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Btw, the latest release section is not accurate, I have already found the 14th volume in PDF format more than 3 months ago

... Last updated on March 7th, 2015, 5:59am
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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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Not bad but...   
Rating: N/A
by harrysoung
May 20th, 2012, 11:48am
Okay, a lot of people here are saying that Volume 1 was one of, if not THE, best volume in the entire series. A damn good pilot volume, kudos to the author. But I read SAO from volumes 1 ~ 3, and I believe that the story deteriorated from volume 2. Volume 2 was a medley of side stories that occur between time frames from volume 1, but they did not appeal to me because they did nothing to progress the story. Simply put, VOLUME 2 WAS BORING.

Then here comes Volume 3. The good news? The story progresses into a rescue mission, and Kirito has found new resolve to go back to the gaming world hell to entertain us readers. The bad news? You have to read volume 2 to understand the subtleties of volume 3. It's basically saying "Don't skip this one just because its a side story volume. It has its uses later on." Which is not necessarily a bad thing, but in my opinion it was just BORING.

Volume 1 was certainly not a bad volume, but I don't think it deserves the hype that it gets.

May change my opinion later on.
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GODLIKE !   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by iamin7ove
May 5th, 2010, 2:12pm
9.9/10 (read below)

Since others have already said i wanted to say i will only say on little thing
Had the waking-up scene been Asuna's then its 10/10 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

... Last updated on May 5th, 2010, 2:14pm
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