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In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online - a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other - debuts, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a system that allows users to completely immerse themselves in a wholly realistic gaming experience. But when the game goes live, t In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online - a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other - debuts, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a system that allows users to completely immerse themselves in 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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In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online - a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other - debuts, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a system that allows users to completely immerse themselves in a wholly realistic gaming experience. But when the game goes live, t In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online - a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other - debuts, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a system that allows users to completely immerse themselves in 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...

30 review for Sword Art Online: Aincrad Omnibus

  1. 5 out of 5

    River

    Best ANIME EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best ANIME EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    As a longtime lover of both action/adventure stories and virtual worlds, this seemed right up my alley...and it was! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

  3. 4 out of 5

    I'Mdoggo

    Amazing!.... since begin i love it...!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Hi. I love you. Thanks for being awesome.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    WARNING! WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! WARNING! WARNING! TAKE CAUTION! Sword Art Online, unlike many Mangas, uses what all us otaku's love... Video Games. It is able to create a realistic atmosphere and friendly warmth to it that just sets it over the top. I'm not saying any manga without Video Games sucks, clearly not, but Sword Art Online is unique in it's own way, just like how Aot is in it's own fashion. SAO starts out like todays world, us nerds on our computers with our fun WARNING! WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! WARNING! WARNING! TAKE CAUTION! Sword Art Online, unlike many Mangas, uses what all us otaku's love... Video Games. It is able to create a realistic atmosphere and friendly warmth to it that just sets it over the top. I'm not saying any manga without Video Games sucks, clearly not, but Sword Art Online is unique in it's own way, just like how Aot is in it's own fashion. SAO starts out like todays world, us nerds on our computers with our fun MMORPGs, but then it dives deeper into... tada! VRMMORPGs! (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game [quite the mouthful for a NON-Otaku huh?]) It seems that we have become so advanced that we can now just put on a helmet and dive into an amazing world full of fun, fighting monsters, and a player driven economy... and some crafting and PvP if you love that stuff -points to self-. It's beautiful!... until things go completely wrong... BOOM! Now you can't leave and you must complete the game... oh yeah and if your health hits zero you're out. Have fun now kids! This was interesting to see, but I feel some players reacted a little unrealistically. I saw Kirito and Klein only slightly worried (meanwhile I'm sure we all would be tucked inside balls) and then we have players who just remain a strait face. Why are you not panicking!?!?!?!?! I guess Kirito didn't need a realistic personality considering how much he plays Video Games, he could probably storm through the first 20 floors solo. #Beater. Another thing that annoyed me was the prejudice against Beta Testers. The incredibly STUPID players begin to blame the Beta Testers for all the losses and deaths... wait a second... didn't Hitler do that to the Jews? I guess it just shows how much humans suck. So anyway, it gets so bad to the point that if you were a Beta Tester than you are automatically evil and should burn in the flames of Heck... wow. The Moonlit Black Cats was incredibly heart warming... until their leader jumps off a cliff screaming at Kirito: "YOU HAD NO RIGHT TO BE WITH US!!! YOU BEATER!!! YOU SHOULD'T HAVE BEEN WITH US!!!" I had many problems with that (which you can read below) A) You say he had no right to be with you, meanwhile he LITERALLY saved your lives, and you invited him to join your freaking guild in the first place. B) I love how you have a prejudice against the "Beaters" saying they only cheat and they are "evil" C) You are freaking over reacting! Your friends have died and all you can do is scream at someone who TRIED TO SAVE THEM!!! For goodness sake. Anyway, moving on! Asuna's body guard man... -shivers-... I wish I could suppress the memory. He was sort of that greasy, weird dude you'd expect to see on Criminal Minds. Yikes. I also had a few problems with his character, not so major that I'd lower the star count for 4 to 3. He was really disgusting to me, and when he said "I've been dreaming about this moment..." it gave me the chills. He literally wants to kill a CHILD, though that could have just been his murderous personality gained from the Laughing Coffin. Or he's mentally insane. Heh... ever page of him was another week of therapy, not just for me -insert punch line drum sound- And next we have... -sigh- Healthcliff and Kirito's duel... NO MORE MURDEROUS OLD MEN! Which I guess brings us to... Asuna and Kirito #Adorable. Kirito and Asuna started as friends and grew into LOVERS!!! YAY!!! Each one seemed to carry a passion for the other, like they couldn't live without the other. #TRUELOVE. Asuna and Kirito could have just been one of those cute couples that didn't really mean anything, but instead was a great romance that showed what true love is. Then we have YUI! #Adorable... wait I already used that one. I don't really have to say much about this other than, why did you take in a random child you found in the woods? Don't you know that child could be psycho? At least that wasn't the case this time. You got lucky... Now we have the final battle Kirito vs Heathcliff... Part II: Kirito was so close to winning! I mean it would have been nice if he had got him on his first show or without dying, but I found it amazing that Kirito can overcome the technology of SAO! Or however he did that... at least Asuna came back from the dead. This was a shining light, this was sort of a way to keep me from bursting in to tears when the book ended. So those are my thoughts on the Aincrad Arc of SAO! Hashtag count: 5 Rating: 4.2 Summed up in one word: #OTAKU!!! Final Words: Definitely want to continue the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Nervegear is a company that has developed an all-inclusive gaming experience, the gear tapping straight in to the individuals brain waves so that they can see, feel, taste, smell, and hear everything in game while their bodies are absolutely still in the real world. Until recently, the only things it had been used for were academic. But with the release of Sword Art Online, the first Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) to be released on the gear, players can i Nervegear is a company that has developed an all-inclusive gaming experience, the gear tapping straight in to the individuals brain waves so that they can see, feel, taste, smell, and hear everything in game while their bodies are absolutely still in the real world. Until recently, the only things it had been used for were academic. But with the release of Sword Art Online, the first Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) to be released on the gear, players can interact in the realm of Aincrad. Kirito, was one of the lucky individuals selected as a Beta tester and was hooked months ago during the trial period, naturally, he’s got the game for launch day. Ten thousand players log-in for launch day, creating their avatars and exploring “the Beginning”, or the spawn point where everyone begins. But at dusk when the try to logout for dinner, none of the players have a logout button. There are no other ways to logout, no walkarounds, no backdoors. The players are trapped in the game. The creator, Akihiko Kayaba, confirms this, teleporting them all back to the spawn point and making an announcement that this is a game you don’t just play. They’re lives and irrevocably tied to the game now. If you die in the game, you die in the real world. If anyone attempts to remove your Nervegear while you are in-game, you’re dead too. All local authorities, hospitals, and news outlets have been informed of these new parameters. Unfortunately, some families chose not to listen, and several individuals will never return to the world (in Aincrad or the real world). The only way any of them will rejoin the real world is when someone makes it to Level 100 and defeats the final boss. Kirito has an advantage; having been a Beta tester he realizes the urgency in getting to the next town to mine XP and gold before it’s overrun. In MMORPG’s there is only a set amount of XP and gold and loot items attainable. Timing is important, insider knowledge is important, moving quickly ahead of other is also very important. And so, Kirito leaves the friend he just made, Klein, that day to head to the next town and start leveling his skills and his avatar up. As time went on, he would remember this as the first big mistake in his game life. Two years later, Kirito and everyone else is still locked in-game, or everyone else who has survived. Agil is Kirito’s tradesman, someone that he goes to often to trade gear and dropped objects for gold, to re-weapon, and resupply. Other than large-party raids on bass-levels, Kirito keeps to himself, choosing to be a solo player and trying to hide the fact that he is one of the Beaters (combination of the words “beta-testers” and “cheaters”) Asuna, a game-known character and vice-president of the Knights of the Blood Oath guild, has met Kirito on a number of raids when he has joined others. She respects him as a fighter as he respects her, not only for her fighting but because she cares about others, checks on him, and has mastered her cooking skills as well. It’s because of this mastered cooking skill that Kirito seeks her out, asking her if they could split the S-class cooking ingredient he scored if she will prepare the meal. This sparks them spending more time together, getting to know each other, fight together, and laugh together. Asuna‘s care for other leads her to follow a doomed troop marching into a monster spawn—which, in turn, leads Kirito to follow her, as he has grown to respect and care for her. It becomes apparent that the group is doomed against the boss and more lives are about to be lost, when Kirito asks Asuna and his friend Klein to keep the Boss busy for a couple of seconds. In a moment where a lot of lives were on the line, Kirito reveals his greatest secret, his power to dual wield blades. He is able to defeat the Boss with his unique ability, but his secret is out and now the whole game-world knows. He is tricked into joining Asuna‘s guild by the president, Heathcliff, when he losses in a duel against him. Shortly after his joining and a sabotage is attempted, Kirito and Asuna take several weeks off of guild duty and buy a house in the countryside, get married, and try to enjoy some of the more beautiful details of the game world, instead of the death, monsters, and violence. During their vacation they come across a strange, lost little girl who doesn’t remember or know who her parents are or where she is from. Her name is Yui and she calls Kirito and Asuna Papa and Mama, respectively. While trying to find out more information about Yui, the couple accidentally stumbles on a GM port, or a log-in port, that has been hidden and guarded by a ridiculously high-powered boss that shouldn’t be in the first level location. At the edge of defeat, Yui steps forward, killing the boss with a widely oversized scythe and revealing that she is an “Immortal Object”. After defeating the boss, Yui tells her Papa and Mama that she accessed the port and regained her memories, she isn’t a player, she is the game’s psychological programming part that was suspended when the game went live so that players had the power to do the things she was initially there to stop and help them with—emotional burdens, thoughts of self-harm, suicide. Now that she’s activated herself in a visible form and accessed a port, the system will find her and delete the system files that she is comprised of. Before the system permanently deletes Yui’s files, Kirito is able to save her files, converting her into an in-game object, a jewel and a file saved to his Nervegear. An object that Asuna wears as a necklace the rest of the game, the couple vowing to beat the game and see Yui, their first child, once more. Soon after, they receive a message from the guild president Heathcliff calling them back for a large boss raid on the front lines (what they call the highest level yet attained). Will Kirito and Asuna make it through the game? Will they ever see Yui again? Will their relationship last outside of the game if they ever get freed? SAO is one well illustrated, well thought-out story. In the American paperback version published in the US by Yen Press is black and white, though the cover is in color as well as one or two pages. The paper itself is rather thin and feels like it would be really easy to tear, but the images make up for the paper quality. The characters themselves are developed, explored, and the reader is able to see that there is always more than one skill, or one side, to every character. Not only are relationship and romantic interests developed, betrayals, puzzles, and skill leveling in the story, but there is also topics addressed that are deeper in technological ideas. What is real? What is the perception of reality? Are we what we create our characters to be or do the characters and avatars we create in-game start defining our lives and personality outside of games? Kawahara does an excellent job in bringing his imagined online world to life.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Smith

    i like the book beginning and the middle haven't got to the end but it is a very good book because the characters in the story has a game system.And they plug it up to an computer and put the game control on there head ( it's a game helmet ) and they say link start and they go into another world with action and adventure. and they look different sound different and have different names.its a pretty good book but i like the shows better because i can see what they are doing and how they do it.the i like the book beginning and the middle haven't got to the end but it is a very good book because the characters in the story has a game system.And they plug it up to an computer and put the game control on there head ( it's a game helmet ) and they say link start and they go into another world with action and adventure. and they look different sound different and have different names.its a pretty good book but i like the shows better because i can see what they are doing and how they do it.then the game master comes and tells all the characters that the only way to exit out the game is unless you beat the game.and every on got scared and started freaking out.and he said "if you die you'll die in real life" and they started to freak out even more. im going to stop because i don't want to spoil every thing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Devin (Mostly Manga)

    I like Sword Art Online but I found this to be a pretty meh adaptation. The pacing was a bit rushed. Kirito's fight with Gleam Eyes was short-lived and you couldn't even tell Kirito was getting his ass kicked. The art was another issue I had with it. I didn't really care for how the characters looked at first, but I got used to it. The real problem was that I couldn't figure out what the fiery heck was going on in the fights. It completely left out all of the other girls that swooned over Kirito I like Sword Art Online but I found this to be a pretty meh adaptation. The pacing was a bit rushed. Kirito's fight with Gleam Eyes was short-lived and you couldn't even tell Kirito was getting his ass kicked. The art was another issue I had with it. I didn't really care for how the characters looked at first, but I got used to it. The real problem was that I couldn't figure out what the fiery heck was going on in the fights. It completely left out all of the other girls that swooned over Kirito, so I give it props for that. Well, all but Sachi. She was actually important in the story. Overall it was okay. Giving it three stars since Goodread's standards of "it was okay" are rather low. I'm aware that the manga series gets a new (and better) artist after this, but I'm going to stick with the novels.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Fox

    4.5. i love swort art online so fucking much

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristian Dobson

    Even though the storyline is super generic, it’s a fairly decent manga. The first volume (there’s two in this omnibus) is really good. Like I said, the story is generic, but I enjoyed the world and the characters, and I just had a fun time going along with it all. For the first volume alone I’d rate it 4.5. The second volume is where the problems begin. First is the romance between the two leads. It’s so forced and melodramatic it’s hard to read without cringing. All this ‘lets get married’, the Even though the storyline is super generic, it’s a fairly decent manga. The first volume (there’s two in this omnibus) is really good. Like I said, the story is generic, but I enjoyed the world and the characters, and I just had a fun time going along with it all. For the first volume alone I’d rate it 4.5. The second volume is where the problems begin. First is the romance between the two leads. It’s so forced and melodramatic it’s hard to read without cringing. All this ‘lets get married’, then getting married, and almost adopting a fucking random child they saved was just embarrassing to read. Bare in mine the leads are 16 and 17 too which makes it even dumber. Nobody plays the voice of reason when they find out either so you can’t argue it’s meant to show naivety, etc. The author obviously thinks this is what kids get up to in their spare time. Next, is the ending. It’s the whole hero rises up to beat a guy he couldn’t beat before by literally breaking the rules that have been etched into the world from the beginning. Apparently ‘love’ can make you chose to ignore dying because the power of boners. But they get a happy ending so that should make me happy too, right? Wrong. It’s dumb, and goes against everything you’ve read. Despite those two (major flaws), everything else around it is good. It is a fun story and there’s a lot of potential. The other mangas might be better too which makes me curious to check them out. Like I said, I enjoyed the world. Maybe the anime makes things less lame too?? So yeah, not sure why this is hyped exactly, but it is entertaining, if you ignore the cheese and lame ending. Oh, and last thing. The artwork is atrociously bad. Its a good thing the story was decent enough for me to get passed it because it’s 1 star level shit. Who’ve thought it was acceptable needs to be shot. It’s another reason why I want to watch the anime. 3/5

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matt S.

    The story Sword Art Online, by Tamako Nakamura, always seems to keep me intrigued. In the year 2022, a VRMMORPG video game came out that changed the world of videogames. It has a full dive feature, that fully envelops your body into the game. It was called Sword Art Online. When the game went live, players were surprised to see that when they tried to logout, there was no log out button. Unable to leave the game, the players are soon told that the only way the can leave the game is if they beat The story Sword Art Online, by Tamako Nakamura, always seems to keep me intrigued. In the year 2022, a VRMMORPG video game came out that changed the world of videogames. It has a full dive feature, that fully envelops your body into the game. It was called Sword Art Online. When the game went live, players were surprised to see that when they tried to logout, there was no log out button. Unable to leave the game, the players are soon told that the only way the can leave the game is if they beat the game. This is easier said than done. The story follows Kirito, a player who beta tested the game, and is instantly labeled as a cheater, because he beta-tested and knows the game. He quickly becomes one of the most powerful players. I really enjoyed reading this. It was interesting how the players reacted when thrown into this virtual world, and it kept my attention. Not only did it involve intense scenes, it had romance and other factors put into it, which made the story that much more compelling. The writer did a very good job of attaching you to the characters. It made me think that i knew the characters first hand. The book made me both happy and sad, with scenes like kirito almost losing his last bit of HP and disappearing into the world of Sword Art Online, or when Kirito and Asuna had their first kiss. I really liked this graphic novel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    CooperS

    In 2022, a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online (SAO) is released. With the NerveGear, a helmet that stimulates the user's five senses via their brain, players can experience and control their in-game characters with their minds. Imagine, a whole new world inside of a video game that is so life like. Now imagine being stuck in that world and if you die in the game you die in real life and the only way out is to reach the 100th floor of In 2022, a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online (SAO) is released. With the NerveGear, a helmet that stimulates the user's five senses via their brain, players can experience and control their in-game characters with their minds. Imagine, a whole new world inside of a video game that is so life like. Now imagine being stuck in that world and if you die in the game you die in real life and the only way out is to reach the 100th floor of the world. Now that is a real shocker for Kirito! My favorite part was when Kirito fights the leader of the Knights of the Blood Oath; Heathcliff. I recommend this book to people who like manga, fantasy and dramatic books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ginny

    This book was really great, although it was pretty fast paced compared to other manga I've read. Overall, really great book, but it would've been fine without the cheesy romance between Asuna and Kirito.

  14. 5 out of 5

    CYNTHIA °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

    I don't get why this anime/manga is hated by so many people. It's one of my favorites!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hisham El-far

    I'm a big fan of the anime series and thought this manga was brilliant as well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    I LOVE SWORD ART ONLINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE SWORD ART ONLINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    J. Ross

    A Stunning Selection of Science Fiction ####[WARNING: I MIGHT HAVE SPOILED SOME PLOT INFORMATION IN THIS REVIEW AND I DON'T WANT ANY ANGRY PEOPLE COMING TO MY HOUSE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!]#### The first volume of Sword Art Online (SAO) is what I would describe as “a stunning selection of science fiction”. Not just its plotline, characters, and style of the book make it deserving of this attribute. Very few authors/directors have attempted to use the idea of virtual reality in their works. The fir A Stunning Selection of Science Fiction ####[WARNING: I MIGHT HAVE SPOILED SOME PLOT INFORMATION IN THIS REVIEW AND I DON'T WANT ANY ANGRY PEOPLE COMING TO MY HOUSE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!]#### The first volume of Sword Art Online (SAO) is what I would describe as “a stunning selection of science fiction”. Not just its plotline, characters, and style of the book make it deserving of this attribute. Very few authors/directors have attempted to use the idea of virtual reality in their works. The first line of the book is "A huge castle made of stone and steel floating in an endless sky. That was all this world was." This does not by any means explain the diversity and mystery of the world within the huge castle. Almost all of the novel is contained within a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). This game is called Sword Art Online (who would have guessed). One beta tester named Kirito is the main protagonist that the reader follows. After about two hours of the game’s official release, players begin to realize that they are unable to log out of SAO. Therefore, they cannot leave the game. Then, developer Kayaba Akhiko comes in and explains that if death occurs within the game, the nerve gear they are wearing will kill them in real life. Personally, I would suggest that readers attempt to predict what comes next. I guarantee that most people will not be correct in their guesses. Even if this review has not said enough great things about the novel, it is available for free online (as well as the video series that follows it). Overall, I highly suggest that people try this series, even if they don’t like science fiction of video games because it is well written, has an intriguing plotline, and well-developed characters.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    I fell in love with the anime adaptation of this manga (I believe it was originally a light novel), but unfortunately, I just didn't connect as much to the written/drawn version of it. The plot and progression of the story seemed all over the place and disjointed, which I suppose could have been intentional, but it caused me to not fully get absorbed by the story and characters, like I had while watching the anime. The character development and relationships seemed off too, and I didn't even enj I fell in love with the anime adaptation of this manga (I believe it was originally a light novel), but unfortunately, I just didn't connect as much to the written/drawn version of it. The plot and progression of the story seemed all over the place and disjointed, which I suppose could have been intentional, but it caused me to not fully get absorbed by the story and characters, like I had while watching the anime. The character development and relationships seemed off too, and I didn't even enjoy the artwork all that much. :/ (I found the action sequences particularly hard to follow, though that could just be me.) I suppose it's not really fair to compare the anime and manga, as they are completely different mediums and meant for different audiences, but it's hard to deny the fact that I liked the anime SO much more than this manga. I actually don't know if I would have even watched the anime if I'd read this manga adaptation first, and I generally really enjoy manga. This adaptation just wasn't enough for me. I feel that they should have added more to it. It feels too rushed and clumped together; too similar to the anime. All they really "added" was a few sentences here and there. Maybe they should have even made more than one volume. With all that being said, I am going to give this manga 3 stars. It's still a really good story and I do really care for the characters, but I wish they could have been given a little bit more depth and/or life. This manga just, sadly, fell flat for me, in comparison to the anime.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alivia

    WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS AND INFORMATION YOU DON'T AGREE WITH (KIRITO AND SINNON) SO FAR PURELY ABOUT THE ANIME NOT THE MANGA - IN THIS REVIEW I ALSO COMMENT ON HOW THE STORYLINECWENT DOWNHILL AND DRAGGED LIKE A HEAVY SACK OF FLOUR BEING CARRIED BY A YOUNG PEETA MELARK 3.5 STARS FOR THE FIRST SEASON I've seen the anime and thought it turned out decent and I love the main character, but it does have many flaws. I didn't find it sad at all, and didn't even tear up. Asuna and Kirito's relationsh WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS AND INFORMATION YOU DON'T AGREE WITH (KIRITO AND SINNON) SO FAR PURELY ABOUT THE ANIME NOT THE MANGA - IN THIS REVIEW I ALSO COMMENT ON HOW THE STORYLINECWENT DOWNHILL AND DRAGGED LIKE A HEAVY SACK OF FLOUR BEING CARRIED BY A YOUNG PEETA MELARK 3.5 STARS FOR THE FIRST SEASON I've seen the anime and thought it turned out decent and I love the main character, but it does have many flaws. I didn't find it sad at all, and didn't even tear up. Asuna and Kirito's relationship is extemely undeveloped and pointless, if I'm honest I prefer Kirito and Sinon as they suit each other and I understand Sinnon as a character. Couldn't believe they were finished with GGO so quickly, and Sinnon just became another side character towards the end of season 2. I don't hate Asuna, she is somewhat likeable but completely eye-rolling with no sense of reality. I get that she is the so-called best swordsman, but the relationship between Kirito and Asuna is weak. This is just my opinion and I apologize if you feel differently, as I am just dissing the animema little. Perhaps I am missing something, or is it the other way round? MANGA TO BE BOUGHT AND NEW REVIEW SOON

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah B

    This adaptation has almost everything the light novels have, but a lot of the side story stuff was cut. When Kirito first joins a guild (Sachi and all of those other unimportant people) that little bit is cut down A LOT, there is no Silica and Lisbeth, and the whole little thing with murder in the safe zone and whatnot isn't there either. And where Kirito first gets the title of "Beater", that part is, for some reason, skipped. There's probably a lot more missing, but anyone that has watched the This adaptation has almost everything the light novels have, but a lot of the side story stuff was cut. When Kirito first joins a guild (Sachi and all of those other unimportant people) that little bit is cut down A LOT, there is no Silica and Lisbeth, and the whole little thing with murder in the safe zone and whatnot isn't there either. And where Kirito first gets the title of "Beater", that part is, for some reason, skipped. There's probably a lot more missing, but anyone that has watched the anime or read the novels will know what is missing. Besides that, there is little tweaks in the main story but it's still the same tearful ending that I enjoy immensely. This manga was well worth the price just because the Aincrad arc was amazing and I love SAO in general. If you want the original light novel, April 22nd is when the 1st volume releases. Hope this helped!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eliran

    So months later I finally decided to see what the hype is about this series. I wouldn't say it's entirely BAD but I hardly see what everyone hypes so much about this series. It's so melodramatic and generic, I feel no attachment for any of the characters and they're mostly forgettable to be honest. It's fitting at the beginning of the story how the bandit-looking guy comments on Kirito's look, "you look so plain!" how fitting indeed! The whole "romance" between Asuna and Kirito hardly has enough So months later I finally decided to see what the hype is about this series. I wouldn't say it's entirely BAD but I hardly see what everyone hypes so much about this series. It's so melodramatic and generic, I feel no attachment for any of the characters and they're mostly forgettable to be honest. It's fitting at the beginning of the story how the bandit-looking guy comments on Kirito's look, "you look so plain!" how fitting indeed! The whole "romance" between Asuna and Kirito hardly has enough ground to form(what they just bump into eachother and suddenly they're a thing now?) And don't get my STARTED on Kirito's 'proposal'.... I had to put the book down cause I was laughing so hard at how cheesy it was(I questioned even finishing the book at that point but yet here I am now...) So yeah. Don't fall for the hype.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Molly Jeanne

    I literally just watched the first episode and is instantly hooked. I first read the manga which is what I finished about a couple hours ago. I actually found it out on an app called Wattpad. I was reading a Anime One Shot and one of the one shots was with Kirito. There was a picture linked up with it of Kirito. I texted my friend about it since we usually watch anime together for example fruits basket, soul eater, hetalia and Attack on Titan. She told me she tried it and it wasn't very interest I literally just watched the first episode and is instantly hooked. I first read the manga which is what I finished about a couple hours ago. I actually found it out on an app called Wattpad. I was reading a Anime One Shot and one of the one shots was with Kirito. There was a picture linked up with it of Kirito. I texted my friend about it since we usually watch anime together for example fruits basket, soul eater, hetalia and Attack on Titan. She told me she tried it and it wasn't very interesting. I just shrugged it off and planned on watching it but because I was in Florida I couldn't. Like I said earlier I got instantly hooked and love it, I know for sure I will watch the rest I'm just sad that my friend won't watch it with me but oh well!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joanna (joreadsalot)

    This manga and the anime are some of the most brilliant pieces of work I've seen in the genre in a long time. When anime really hit the main stream in the mid nineties and became this phenomenon, I had watched beautiful amines and manga change and redefine the artist and story telling world. I honestly didn't think it was possible to do it again. Now after watching this anime and reading the manga I'm truly touched and awe inspired once again. Read this manga and watch this anime and be moved do This manga and the anime are some of the most brilliant pieces of work I've seen in the genre in a long time. When anime really hit the main stream in the mid nineties and became this phenomenon, I had watched beautiful amines and manga change and redefine the artist and story telling world. I honestly didn't think it was possible to do it again. Now after watching this anime and reading the manga I'm truly touched and awe inspired once again. Read this manga and watch this anime and be moved do great depths that will leave you in pieces but hopeful. I hope that was as good of a review as I could give because in all honesty I wish I could express it better. Truly amazing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    James Jr.

    This was a fantastic manga! I have already watched the anime and am a huge fan, so I got the manga to see if it could live up to the experience of watching SAO. The characters are slightly more cartoon like than in the anime, and I found the artwork to be a little strange at times, for example on some pages where there is a lot going on, the character may only have one eye visible. This was strange, but didn't take away from the manga. The story is very close to the anime with only slight variat This was a fantastic manga! I have already watched the anime and am a huge fan, so I got the manga to see if it could live up to the experience of watching SAO. The characters are slightly more cartoon like than in the anime, and I found the artwork to be a little strange at times, for example on some pages where there is a lot going on, the character may only have one eye visible. This was strange, but didn't take away from the manga. The story is very close to the anime with only slight variations. I enjoyed it and can't wait to read the next!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    I was drawn in by the story/idea of this manga. Being stuck in a virtual rpg game the characters have to fight their way out of? Awesome! Original! But I could have really done without the cheesy teen romance between Kirito and Asuna.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Troy

    Its was amazing af

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kirito

    I love everything about the manga and I present things that does not appear in the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elias Alexander

    Some parts were really good and some parts were just weird. But still looking forward to continue the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erik Saenz

    Esta interesante la historia, pero siento que todo avanza muy rapido.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Darby

    Such a good anime and manga

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