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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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Associated Names
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 over 4 years ago
v.12 c.7 by Baka-Tsuki over 4 years ago
v.11 c.Author's Notes by Baka-Tsuki over 5 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
20 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: 8.4 / 10.0 (535 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.29 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 19th 2017, 5:13pm PST



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Original Publisher
ASCII Media Works (Dengeki Bunko)

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Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Yen Press (12 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #474 increased(+230)
Monthly Pos #1191 increased(+28)
3 Month Pos #1749 increased(+167)
6 Month Pos #1888 increased(+79)
Year Pos #2010 decreased(-265)

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On 1796 reading lists
On 851 wish lists
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Forum Posts
Do you think it's actually possible? over 2 years ago
Where to read Sword Art Online (Light novel)? over 3 years ago
Sword Art Online and Accel World over 4 years ago
Swordt Art Online dropped over 4 years ago
does it get better? over 4 years ago

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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Asuna-chan
December 2nd, 2012, 10:49pm
It's been a lone time since I've enjoyed a series like this. I love it so far, but I do fear for the romance side of it as I read more of the light novel, but the anime is doing good. Love the art work and the story line has holes, but they're liveable.
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good but characters are annoying..   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by AddicTed to ManGas
October 11th, 2012, 12:17am
I really love this kind of mangas, i mean stuck in games (i am a gamer xD)
everything is GOOD except for the characters...
Kirito: the typical male lead... His character has nothing really special and it seems that if he dies (which will never happen), i won't really mind :/ His relationship with Asuna is just stupid!
Asuna: even though many people like her, i still find her STUPID... she is soooooooooooo shallow and all happy-blushy! The annoying female character you find EVEYWHERE! She is said to be one the most beautiful characters in the manga, but seriously, i find background characters much more beautiful -.- And her relationship with Kirito is annoying..
No characer development!

also, the conversations between kirito and asuna seems fake and unbelievable!
it deserves less than 5/10!

EDIT: It took me a lot of effort to get past volume 1 --'' The art is not amazing to me and the characters became even dumber... I mean, they are still YOUNG LOVERS.. yet in the anime, they do..''Things'' which disgusts me a lot!
Kirito, the main character, became worse.. it's turning into a harem.. I don't really see what the girls find in him.. i'm a girl, and he's a complete turn off :/ he's not attractive, his looks is the same as all the typical shounen males..
AND Asuna.. The so-perfect girl... My my, i've never seen a girl so plain and shallow in my whole life.. Even those stupid shoujo whinny characters are better IMO.. At least the shoujo characters are THERE.. while Asuna seems invisible..

Idk why people like this bullshit --'' well no offense.. 1/10

... Last updated on December 16th, 2012, 9:39am
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Rating: N/A
by Grienson
August 31st, 2012, 6:25pm
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I came upon this novel by a chance and fell in love right away, the main reason being that I'm a gamer and have wished for virtual reality games for a long time. The romance aspect of a single pairing with no interference of a harem was also very attractive to me.

With that said, I read through the first 2 volumes at an astonishing rate and absolutely loved it. I like loner characters like Kirito and when he later finally got together with Asuna I was delighted, the getting together part was a bit hurried I think, but overall it was an awesome novel.

After reading the first two volumes I was curious what happened to Asuna so I continued reading. I was shocked by how much the main character changed from the first arc, it's obvious he would change after his experiences in SAO, but not this much - an introverted, gloomy loner became a cheerful and carefree playboy.
Another disappointment came with the introduction of a new heroine madly in love with Kirito and the first hint of a possibility of a harem, but because of the situation Asuna found herself in he didn't pay any attention to it so it was still ok.

With a lot of skepticism, hoping it would improve, I moved on to GGO arc. How great was my disappointment when I found out Kirito not only further developed his horrible character from ALO (with the hint of a brat and a crybaby) but also became a womanizer with a "soft spot for beauties" as the author himself describes. After finishing half of this arc I decided to stop reading this novel for good.

As a final verdict I have to say that this novel should have ended with the first arc and it would absolutely deserve a rating higher than 9/10, the way it is now however I'm so disappointed with it that I won't even rate it.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by caitnap
July 21st, 2012, 11:52pm
I am totally absorbed, I can re-read this book everyday and still enjoy it O.o
Guilty that I don't put this book down except doing daily need when I 1st started until i read all avaiable volumes.

It scored the highest rating I ever give, I never give 10 to anything, so 9.5 is the highest.
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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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Boring heroine but good story   
Rating: N/A
by Darknemo2000
June 1st, 2012, 10:08am
The worst thing in this story is its supposed main heroine Asuna who lacks personality and the supposed romance is shallow as hell. bUt other than the Asuna the story and other characters are good.

Recommended but be aware that you will need to suffer through one of the most shallow heroines lately. Luckily she rarely is around and when she is she lacks personality s much that you will barely notice her anyway.
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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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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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