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Sword Art Online - Aincrad  
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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
Sword Art Online
ソードアート・オンライン アインクラッド

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Latest Release(s)
c.11 (end) by Riceballicious over 6 years ago
c.8-10 + Extra by Riceballicious over 6 years ago
c.7 by Riceballicious over 6 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 2 Chap 11 (end) as of Episode 14

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 7 / 10.0 (219 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.95 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 28th 2018, 6:05pm PST



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Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Gempakstarz (2 Volumes - Complete)
Yen Press (1 Volume - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #529 increased(+127)
Monthly Pos #1133 increased(+368)
3 Month Pos #2189 increased(+399)
6 Month Pos #2552 increased(+1136)
Year Pos #4454 increased(+125)

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On 967 reading lists
On 376 wish lists
On 533 completed lists
On 40 unfinished lists
On 189 custom lists

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Sword Art Online Gets Anime over 6 years ago

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sword crappy art online!   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by shmigelpuf
December 26th, 2010, 10:17am
No!!!! What have they done! sao's art is so different from this meh! the girl doesnt even look like asuna. . kirito looks like a rip off character from some cheap shoujo manga! and the 1st chapter is so epic fail! there's no impact at all unlike in the novel. if i were you just read the novel and let your imagination drive for you. .
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Rating: 6.4 / 10.0
by Serkai
December 25th, 2010, 5:24am
Not all mangas are horrible just because they've been adapted from a novel, i've read several; yes, there have been bad ones, but theat doesnt make them neccessariy bad. With a novel, you have a lot more room to play with.
Yes, if you were to compare them, you'll probably have an opinion of one being better, but face it, they're not the same. If they were, why read it?

And back to the actual review part (eventually) its worth a read, although the art style might make you cringe a bit.
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by o0James0o
December 24th, 2010, 9:58pm
Review based on first chapter:

As a fan of SAO novel, I am rather very disappointed with the first chapter.
1.The art SUCKS! (as the translator Teaparty said:"its completely shojo now")
2.The mangaka decided to start right off the bat in the middle with Kirito and Asuna fighting the boss. It's fine, but when you compare that with where the writer of the novel starts off, it totally sucked.
3. The story lacked substance. Well, what can i expect from a manga based on a novel? Especially one like SAO.

What can I say beside the fact that you'd be better off reading the novel.

... Last updated on December 24th, 2010, 10:04pm
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