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  • Sword Art Online Aincrad (Light Novel) Review

    Sword Art Online Aincrad Review

    Volume One

    When I picked up the first light novel of Sword Art Online, I expected it to be a little more in depth than the anime. To my surprise, the anime followed it very closely except for one part (Chapter 16.5). I really just want a more in depth account of their time in SAO. I think it would be really cool to hear about what happened in there and how people adapted to the situation. I guess I will have to wait to read it later on in the Progressive novels.



    The plot of SAO

    Sword Art Online Aincrad Volume One is about the death game called Sword Art Online. Kayaba Akihiko has created the first VRMMORPG and only 10,000 players are able to play the game during the launch. When all players are logged on he announces that they can not get out without beating the game. If you die in the game you also die in reality as well. Thus the players are reluctant and slowly start to beat the game.

    The story follows one main character, Kirito. He is fourteen when he first logs onto Sword Art Online. The story follows his accounts throughout SAO and his transformation into an adult. He mostly works alone until a Knights of Blood Guild member becomes his ally. Her name is Asuna and she is second in command of the KoB. The two fall in love and eventually get married in the game. When it is time to fight the boss on the 74th floor, the two go back to the front lines to fight. Here a secret of the KoB guild leader, Heathcliff, is let out. The game changes and Kirito has a chance to beat the game, but may risk death.



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    Kirito and Cline

    Kirito is the main character of Sword Art Online. He basically stays to himself through out the game. He prefers to fight on the front lines by himself until a boss battle and will usually help out the Knights of Blood Guild. He is known as the black swordsman and it is later revealed that he has a special skill called Duel Blades. Other than Heathcliff, Kirito is the only other known player with a special skill. He eventually partners up with Asuna. She is the most beautiful female player of SAO and the other main character of the book. She is a the second in command of the Knights of Blood and is a very fast swordsman. She is known as The Flash to most SAO players. The two kids fall in love and get married as well.

    Egil is the owner of a shop. He is an axe wielder and sells at low prices to help out other SAO front line players. He rarely ever participates in fights, but his strength is really good. Cline is another SAO character that shows up a lot. He is the guild leader of the Fuurinkazan. He is a friend of Kirito’s and helps him out at times through out the game.

    Heathcliff is the leader of the Knights of Blood Guild. He has a special skill called Holy Sword. He beats Kirito once to make him join the KoB guild. Kirito finds his fighting style a bit unusual and has a revelation of him towards the end of the book.



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    Heathcliff vs Kirito

    There are honestly not many differences between the anime and the light novel of Sword Art Online. I think the one difference that was not in the anime that I noticed was when Kirito, Godfrey, and Kuradeel go to train for the KoB test. Another memeber actually goes with them in the light novel. Kirito and the others never mention his name though. Of course there was also the chapter 16.5 that was not in the anime. It is hinted though that Kirito and Asuna have intercourse in the anime on their honeymoon.


    Chapter 16.5

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    Chapter 16.5

    Chapter 16.5 is only int eh unrated version of the books. I highly doubt they will include this section in all USA releases. This is the chapter where Asuna explains to Kirito that there is the ability to have sex and the two do it. The chapter is very detailed. A little hard to get through at first but I pushed through it, feeling it was crucial to the story of SAO. It is crucial in way. It allows the reader to know how detailed the game actually is and how real in can feel to the characters. Be warned if you choose to read this section.


    Overall the book was a great read. I really liked reading the book and getting a different emotion for the characters. Not a lot is different from the anime though. I wish that it had been a little more detailed but I guess that is why they call it a light novel.

    Sword Art Online Aincrad Volume One Grade: 8 out of 10

  • Sword Art Online: Aincrad (Manga) Review

    Aincrad Manga Review

    Sword Art Online: Aincrad Cover


    Sword Art Online: Aincrad is only a short version of the anime, which happens to be a short version of the light novel. So a lot is left out of the manga making it only two volumes long. A bit of a disappointment to some fans, but still a good read. What it lacks in length it also lacks in character development, so please watch the anime and do not judge int by the manga.


    Sword Art Online: Aincrad Plot

    Klein and Kirito


    Sword Art Online: Aincrad is based after the Aincrad arc of the light novel series. The year is 2022 a man named Kayaba Akihiko traps people in a virtual reality video game. If you die in the game , you die in real life. The main character Kirito is attempting to beat the game for himself and the other players. He must reach the top of the Aincrad castle on the 100th floor.

    Unlike the anime, the manga stays on track on the main story. You never meet certain side characters due to the fact that they are not vital to the plot line. It gets to the end really quickly with two years passing by in the game. Many people have lost their lives trying to beat the game or attempting to escape only to die on the other side.


    Sword Art Online: Aincrad Characters

    Kirito and Asuna


    Kirito is the main male protagonist of Sword Art Online: Aincrad. He is a quiet fifteen year old boy only to become the eventual hero of the game. He is extremely skilled and mostly works solo through out the game. He mostly does this to not be responsible for anyone’s life.

    Asuna starts out as a weaker character only to be the brave one on the front lines. Her desire to return to the real world gets her through the game, that and Kirito. She falls in love with him and becomes his wife in the game.

    Other characters show up in the manga, but only a few are mentionable. Klein and Agil are friends of Kirito and appear throughout the manga in certain situations. Klein is a rough looking man that fights on the front lines while Agil is a merchant only fighting in big battles. Yui’s character makes a short appearance, but only to set up her story in Fairy Dance.Heathcliff is another manga character that has a few twists. He is the guild leader of the Knights of Blood.


    Sword Art Online: Aincrad The Manga

    Kirito Battle Scene


    The manga was quite short and disappointing. I only read it to see if it was more in depth than the anime, but was sad to find out that it was only two volumes long.The artwork, however, was worth the read to me. It was really beautiful and reminded me of older manga’s for some reason. The fight scenes were laid out very well as well. They were really detailed. I recommend this to those that want to brush up on the story or just do not have time to watch the anime or read the light novels.


    Sword Art Online: Aincrad Grade: 5 out of 10