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Reki Kawahara is an award winning author best known for his light novel series, Sword Art Online and Accel World.
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  • Series: Sword Art Online Manga (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316371238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316371230
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I got this in the mail today, and read it all during school today. There's a couple differences to the light novels and the anime. One major one is obviously the character designs. I don't know what "abec" was thinking, but I wasn't a fan at all. Characters like Klein, Agil, and Sachi look scary different. But there was some positives! Asuna got a lot more adorable, and I only liked Heathcliff's design because it wasn't that much different from the original. Now for the story. Yen Press threw the 2 volumes released into a big volume for the English release, and the price tells you that basically. This manga covers the first arc, Aincrad, or volumes 1 and 2 of the light novel series. 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!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By V. Sibayan on March 29, 2014
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I got this because I was a fan of the anime. Although I didn't love everything in the anime in terms of story and character development. But the book does a better job in all that stuff. The story was more in depth, and the characters seemed more developed even in the scenes that were also in the show. All I didn't like was (coming from someone who watched the anime first) that some of the character's in the book looked different from the show(Some of them I liked more though) and despite the amazing artwork in this book, I had to squint and turn the book over for some of the pictures in the fight scenes. But over all, about 80%of all the differences between the show and the manga I liked more in the book. We went more in depth with the Aincrad world, Amazing visuals that make me want to stare at the page and work harder at my own drawings, and even knowing what's about to happen I still managed to laugh and cry when we were supposed to.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Agee on July 15, 2014
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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!
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By NancyTitus Sperduti on December 18, 2014
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as previously stated, this is an incredible series, I highly recommend it to everyone
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By Felicia Talamantes on April 6, 2015
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is this the first aincrad season ( whole season for the anime) ?
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