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

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Latest Release(s)
c.11 (end) by Riceballicious over 5 years ago
c.8-10 + Extra by Riceballicious over 5 years ago
c.7 by Riceballicious over 5 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

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User Rating
Average: 7 / 10.0 (216 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.96 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 24th 2016, 8:51am PST



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Original Publisher

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

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Yen Press (1 Volume - Complete)

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Weekly Pos #644 increased(+146)
Monthly Pos #1389 increased(+327)
3 Month Pos #2422 increased(+534)
6 Month Pos #3311 increased(+981)

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On 962 reading lists
On 377 wish lists
On 518 completed lists
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Sword Art Online Gets Anime over 5 years ago

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Fine until the issues in the last chapter   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by maine12329
November 7th, 2012, 3:23am
I was quite content with this manga adaption of SAO at first. While the art is not exactly up to par, the character expressions are still decent and the portrayal of the story is fine(I read the manga before any other stuff from the SAO series). However, I'm thoroughly disappointed in the misleading final chapter/ending. Their conversation with Kayaba Akihiko was supposed to be more hostile and remorseful over those who had died, but it just looked happy-peppy here. Kayaba was also supposed to have looked completely different from his in-game character otherwise he would have been recognised a long time ago

In short, if you prefer manga like me, picking it up for a first read is fine. But please watch the anime or read the light novel at least after that.
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Poor, very poor artwork...   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by monkry
May 27th, 2012, 6:53am
Yeah, after took a look, once again, yeah, it's not that bad. If it's for something like oneshot which was the mangaka's debut work. But it's not. For something as huge as SAO, it's THAT bad... The face is weird, and weirder when it's close up.

But there are female mangaka that has good artwork for shounen though.
Such as Mizuki Kawashita or Erementar Gerad's mangaka.

... Last updated on May 27th, 2012, 6:53am
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Rating: N/A
by -tachibana-
December 30th, 2011, 6:54pm
although it sounds sexist, this is the kind of art id expect from a female author, it reeks of shojo

and @neetfreek, the author is a girl, unless you know a ton of guys named tamako
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