Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

English Title: Sword Art Online
Japanese Title: ソードアート・オンライン — “Sword Art Online”
Author: Reki Kawahara — 川原 礫
Illustrator: abec
Translator: Stephen Paul
Genre: Adventure, Sci-fi, VRMMO, Romance
Original Run: April 2009 – ongoing
English Run: April 2014 – ongoing
Japanese Publisher: Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
English Publisher: Yen On (Yen Press)
Volumes in Japanese: 23 (In Progress)
Volumes in English: 20 (In Progress)
Average Price Per VolumePaperback $10 — Kindle $8 — Nook $8

Synopsis: 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…

Volume 1 – Aincrad (v1)
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Released April 22, 2014 — ISBN-13: 978-0316371247

Volume 2 – Aincrad (v2)
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Released August 26, 2014 — ISBN-13: 978-0316376815

Volume 3 – Fairy Dance (v1)
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Released December 16, 2014 — ISBN-13: 978-0316296427

Volume 4 – Fairy Dance (v2)
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Released April 21, 2015 — ISBN-13: 978-0316296434

Volume 5 – Phantom Bullet (v1)
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Released August 18, 2015 — ISBN-13: 978-0316296441

Volume 6 – Phantom Bullet (v2)
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Released December 15, 2015 — ISBN-13: 978-0316296458

Volume 7 – Mother’s Rosary
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Released April 19, 2016 — ISBN-13: 978-0316390408

Volume 8 — Early and Late
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Released August 30, 2016 — ISBN-13: 978-0316390415

Volume 9 — Alicization Beginning
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Released December 20, 2016 — ISBN-13: 978-0316390422

Volume 10 — Alicization Running
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Released April 18, 2017 — ISBN-13: 978-0316390439

Volume 11 — Alicization Turning
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Released April 18, 2017 — ISBN-13: 978-0316390446

Volume 12 — Alicization Rising
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Released December 19, 2017 — ISBN-13: 978-0316390453

Volume 13 — Alicization Dividing
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Released April 24, 2018 — ISBN-13: 978-0316390460

Volume 14 — Alicization Dividing
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Released August 21, 2018 — ISBN-13: 978-0316390484

Volume 15 — Alicization Invading
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Released December 18, 2018 — ISBN-13: 978-0316390491

Volume 16 — Alicization Exploding
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Released May 21, 2019 — ISBN-13: 978-1975304188

Volume 17 — Alicization Awakening
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Released October 29, 2019 — ISBN-13: 978-1975356972

Volume 18 — Alicization Lasting
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Released January 07, 2020 — ISBN-13: 978-1975356996

Volume 19 — Moon Cradle
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Releasing April 21, 2020 — ISBN-13: 978-1975357016

Volume 20 — Moon Cradle Part 2
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Releasing August 18, 2020 — ISBN-13: 978-1975357030

Reviews of Sword Art Online

Illustrations Sampler

Anime Adaptation

Season 1 — MAL Entry — 24 episodes — Aired July 2012 – December 2012
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Note: Adapted volumes 1 to 4 of the light novel series

Season 2 — MAL Entry — 24 episodes — Aired July 2014 – December 2014
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Note: Adapted volumes 2 to 8 of the light novel series

Film: Ordinal Scale — MAL Entry — Premiered February 2017
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Note: An original story not from the light novels

Season 3 (Alicization) — MAL Entry — 24 episodes — Aired October 2018 – March 2019
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Note: Adapted volumes 9 to 14 of the light novel series

Season 4 (Alicization – War of Underworld) — MAL Entry — 12 episodes — Aired October 2019 – December 2019
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Note: Adapted volumes 15 to 16 of the light novel series

Season 4 (Alicization – War of Underworld II) — MAL Entry — 11 episodes — Aired April 2020 – TBD
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Note: Adapted volumes 17 to 18 of the light novel series

Manga Adaptation

MAL Entry — Published August 2010 – ongoing (English releases by Yen Press)
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Video Games

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment
Sword Art Online: Lost SongAmazon
Sword Art Online: Hollow RealizationAmazon
Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Amazon
Sword Art Online: Alicization LycorisAmazon

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