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SWORD ART ONLINE (MANGA) story by Reki Kawahara, art by Tamako Nakamura, Tsubasa Haduki

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…
SWORD ART ONLINE: Aincrad
© Reki Kawahara / Tamako Nakamura / KADOKAWA CORPORATION
SWORD ART ONLINE: Fairy Dance
© Reki Kawahara / Tsubasa Haduki / KADOKAWA CORPORATION
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SWORD ART ONLINE: AINCRAD
story by Reki Kawahara, art by Tamako Nakamura

March 2014 | ISBN: 978-0-316-37123-0 | $20.00 ($22.00) | 384 pages | 5″ x 7-1/2″ | Teen

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…

SWORD ART ONLINE: FAIRY DANCE Volume 1
story by Reki Kawahara, art by Tsubasa Haduki

Coming June 2014 | ISBN: 978-0-316-40738-0 | $13.00 ($14.00) | 224 pages | 5″ x 7-1/2″ | Teen

Kazuto Kirigaya (aka Kirito) has survived the death game of Aincrad masterminded by Akihiko Kayaba, programmer of Sword Art Online, and made it back to the real world. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Asuna Yuuki (aka Asuna the Flash), the girl Kirito fell in love with in the game world and who has yet to awaken from her seemingly endless slumber. As his sister, Suguha, sadly looks on, Kazuto continues to visit Asuna in the hospital in the hope of finding answers… But one day, the answers suddenly find him in the form of a man who claims to be Asuna’s fiancé?! With him, the man brings an in-game screenshot of someone who looks a lot like Asuna being held captive! Now Kirito must dive into an all-new VRMMORPG, ALfheim Online, to bring Asuna home!!

SWORD ART ONLINE: FAIRY DANCE Volume 2
story by Reki Kawahara, art by Tsubasa Haduki

November 2014 | ISBN: 978-0-316-33655-0 | $13.00 ($14.00) | 224 pages | 5″ x 7-1/2″ | Teen

Kirito jumps into a new VRMMORPG called ALfheim Online (ALO) in search of Asuna, who still hasn’t regained consciousness. On his quest to find the World Tree and reach Asuna, he meets a sylph girl named Leafa. A veteran player experienced with the sword, Leafa recognizes that Kirito is motivated by serious circumstances and decides to help him. But…Leafa’s identity in the real world is Suguha Kirigaya–Kirito’s sister. And it’s the glimmer of her beloved brother she sees in Kirito that prompts her to lend him a hand. Now, despite the conflicting interests guiding them on, the pair set off on a journey to the World Tree!!

SWORD ART ONLINE: Fairy Dance Volume 3
story by Reki Kawahara, art by Tsubasa Haduki

Coming March 2015 | ISBN: 978-0-316-38373-8 | $13.00 ($14.00) | 336 pages | 5″ x 7-1/2″ | Teen

Having defeated General Eugene of the Salamanders and having aided the alliance between Sylphs and Cait Siths by protecting their leaders, Kirito and Leafa reach Alne, the town at the foot of the World Tree, at long last. But before they can tackle the tree–and their main objective–server maintenance begins, and they are forced to log out. Back in the real world, Kazuto and Suguha Kirigaya, each unaware of the other’s in-game identity, pay a visit to Asuna Yuuki, who still lies asleep in her hospital room. While there, Suguha suffers a terrible shock when she realizes just how strongly her beloved brother cares for Asuna. Meanwhile, Asuna, still imprisoned atop the World Tree within the game world of ALfheim Online, makes a fateful and desperate decision to escape…

Sword Art Online: Progressive (manga)
SWORD ART ONLINE: PROGRESSIVE Volume 1
story by Reki Kawahara, art by Tsubasa Haduki

Coming January 2015 | ISBN: 978-0-316-25937-8 | $13.00 ($14.00) | 192 pages | 5″ x 7-1/2″ | Teen

Yuuki Asuna was a top student who spent her days at cram school and preparing for her high school entrance exams–but that was before she borrowed her brother’s virtual reality game system and wound up trapped in Sword Art Online with ten thousand other frightened players. As time passes, Asuna fears what will become of her life outside the fantasy realm–the failure she might seem in the eyes of her peers and parents. Unwilling to wait on the sidelines for more experienced gamers to beat the game, Asuna employs her study habits to learn the mechanics of game–and swordplay. Her swiftness impresses Kirito, a pro gamer who invites Asuna to join the best players on the front lines. Is Asuna ready to swap class rankings for player rankings and join Kirito?

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