Sword Art Online™
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Sword Art Online™


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What is Sword Art Online™

Sword Art Online™ is a popular web novel written by the author ShiroeMG, covering Video Games genres. It's viewed by 517.9K readers with an average rating of 4.57/5 and 13 reviews. The novel is being serialized to 43 chapters, new chapters will be published in Webnovel with all rights reserved.


In 2022, a virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game (VRMMORPG) calledSword 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. Both the game and the NerveGear were created by Akihiko Kayaba. On November 6, 10,000 players log into SAO's mainframe cyberspace for the first time, only to discover that they are unable to log out. Kayaba appears and tells the players that they must beat all 100 floors of Aincrad, a steel castle which is the setting of SAO, if they wish to be free. Those who suffer in-game deaths or forcibly remove the NerveGear out-of-game will suffer real-life deaths. One of the players, named Kazuto "Kirito" Kirigaya, is one of 1,000 testers in the game's previous closed beta. With the advantage of previous VR gaming experience and a drive to protect other beta testers from discrimination, he isolates himself from the greater groups and plays the game alone, bearing the mantle of "beater", a portmanteau of "beta tester" and "cheater". As the players progress through the game Kirito eventually befriends a young girl named Asuna Yuuki, forming a relationship with and later marrying her in-game. After the duo discover the identity of Kayaba's secret ID, who was playing as the leader of the guild Asuna joined in, they confront and destroy him, freeing themselves and the other players from the game. In the real world, Kazuto discovers that 300SAO players, including Asuna, remain trapped in their NerveGear. As he goes to the hospital to see Asuna, he meets Shouzou Yuuki, Asuna's father, who is asked by an associate of his, Nobuyuki Sugou, to make a decision, which Sugou later reveals to be his marriage with Asuna, angering Kazuto. Several months later, he is informed by Agil, another SAOsurvivor, that a figure similar to Asuna was spotted on "The World Tree" in another VRMMORPG cyberspace called Alfheim Online(ALO). Assisted in-game by his cousin Suguha "Leafa" Kirigaya and Yui, a navigation pixie (originally an AI from SAO), he quickly learns that the trapped players in ALO are part of a plan conceived by Sugou to perform illegal experiments on their minds. The goal is to create the perfect mind-control for financial gain and to subjugate Asuna, whom he intends to marry in the real world, to assume control of her family's corporation. Kirito eventually stops the experiment and rescues the remaining 300 SAO players, foiling Sugou's plans. Before leaving ALO to see Asuna, Kayaba, who has uploaded his mind to the Internet using an experimental and destructively high-power version of NerveGear at the cost of his life, entrusts Kirito with The Seed – a package program designed to create virtual worlds. Kazuto eventually reunites with Asuna in the real world and The Seed is released onto the Internet, reviving Aincrad as other VRMMORPGs begin to thrive. Soon after, at the prompting of a government official investigating strange occurrences in VR, Kazuto takes on a job to investigate a series of murders involving another VRMMORPG called Gun Gale Online (GGO), the AmuSphere (the successor of the NerveGear), and a player called Death Gun. Aided by a female player named Shino "Sinon" Asada, he participates in a gunfight tournament called the Bullet of Bullets (BoB) and discovers the truth behind the murders, which originated with a player who participated in a player-killing guild in SAO. Through his and Sinon's efforts, two suspects are captured, though the third suspect, Johnny Black, escapes. THIS NOVEL IS A FAN-FICTION WRITTEN BY REKI KAWAHARA. I DO NOT OWN THIS NOVEL AND ALL THE CREDIT GOES TO MR. REKI KAWAHARA...

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More please nyaa~ If not, can you send me the link to where you got this from nyaa~ Cause I'm writing a fan-fic and it would be very much helpful if you'd tell me nyaa~


SAO is one of my favourite anime series and it's light novel is the icing on the cake... It's fun, action and adventure. Aryan_N did a great job while posting this light novel's English translation... It's a top ranked anime series and I love the plot and characters that Reki Kawahara the writter of this light novel


It’s a very interesting,loveable it touches your heart. 10.


So... someone tell me if there is anything different from the original series or if it is written after the anime, with no changes or anything added to the stroy. It is probably a waste of time reading this.


Update the story please. This series is awesome although I have watched anime but I want to read this novel and this is not completed yet meanwhile anime is going to end this season please update it😭😭😭😭


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It has an amazing idea but the writing is kinda lacking something, and at the same time it has everything it needs ,but I feel like the execution is what is done wrong. Overall I recommend it its a good pass time.


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Wow. At least it was better than the manga (lol). And it was quite good actually, cuz when u compare some sh*tty work thats so lazy and updates in 1 year and the content is so f*ckin bad that u ask urself ‘is the authors head alright?’ This novel is so much better. I’m currently reading popular light novels cuz i never read light novels, i only read webnovels so i’m new to this and i’m also reading story’s such as ovelord and tensei ****ara slime datta ken, kumo desuka nani ka, death march, konosuba, re:monster, no game no life, tate no yuusha no nariagari, isekai wa smartphone to tomoni (yeah i only read the first fifty chapters and switch to the next one lol).


favorite anime ever sword art online is amazing🗡🗡🗡⚔⚔⚔🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🍙🍙🍙🍙🍙🍙🍙🍘🍘🍘🍘🍘🍘💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕‼‼‼‼‼‼‼‼ yay yay yay yay yay yay


This is great. Did well with the translation. This anime was great with it’s plots and action packed and so dips this. This is great with the extra dialogue of what Kirito thinks during his life in SAO.


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