Sword Art Online

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
Illustrator: Abec
Translator: Stephen Paul
Genre: Adventure, Sci-fi, 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: 19 (In Progress)
Volumes in English: 10 (In Progress)
Average Price Per VolumePaperback – $10

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

Upcoming Releases

Reviews of Sword Art Online
Anime News Network: Vol 1Vol 3Vol 5Vol 7
Case Suitable for Treatment: Vol 1Vol 2Vol 3Vol 4Vol 5Vol 6Vol 7Vol 8
Justus R. Stone: Vol 1Vol 3Vol 4Vol 5Vol 6Vol 7
The August Hail: Vol 1Vol 2Vol 3Vol 4

Illustrations Sampler

Anime Adaptation
MAL Entry — 24 episodes — Aired July 2012 – December 2012, July 2014 – December 2014
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Note: Adapted volumes 1 to 8 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 FragmentPSN store (PS Vita) — PSN store (PS4)
Sword Art Online: Lost SongPSN store (PS Vita) — PSN store (PS4) — Amazon
Sword Art Online: Hollow RealizationPSN store (PS Vita) — PSN store (PS4) — Amazon

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