English Title: Sword Art Online: Progressive
Japanese Title: ソードアート・オンライン プログレッシブ — “Sword Art Online: Progressive”
Author: Reki Kawahara
Translator: Stephen Paul
Genre: Adventure, Sci-fi, Romance
Original Run: 2012 – ongoing
English Run: 2015 – ongoing
Japanese Publisher: Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
English Publisher: Yen Press
Volumes in Japanese: 4 (In Progress)
Volumes in English: 4 (In Progress)
Average Price Per Volume: Paperback – $12
Synopsis: One month after Akihiko Kayaba’s game of death began, the death toll continues to rise, two thousand players having already lost their lives to the ultra-difficult VRMMO world of Sword Art Online. On the day of the strategy meeting to plan out the first-floor boss battle, Kirito, a solo player who vows to fight alone to get stronger, runs into a rare, high-level female player. She gracefully dispatches powerful monsters with a single rapier that flashes like a shooting star in the night…This volume contains three stories, including “Aria of a Starless Night,” which details how Kirito came to be called the Black Swordsman, and “Rondo of a Fragile Blade,” the tragic tale of a young blacksmith that takes place before the second-floor boss fight.
Suggestions for Further Reading
Same Author (Reki Kawahara): Accel World, Sword Art Online, The Isolator
Same Illustrator (Abec): Sword Art Online
Similar Setting (digital world): Accel World, .hack//Another Birth, .hack//AI Buster, .hack//Cell, .hack//G.U., Sword Art Online
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