Unital Ring I (ユナイタル・リングＩ, Yunaitaru Ringu I?) is the 21st book in the Sword Art Online light novel series, published on December 7, It is the first volume in the Unital Ring Arc. See more The Sword Art Online Timeline lists the known time and date of all the events that have occurred in the Sword Art Online series in chronological order. 10 years need to be added to the · It’s looking that the Sword Art Online Unital Ring release date will be /, unfortunately. There are a couple of reasons for this, before you write to your local politician to · The Japanese Twitter account for the SAO anime series announced on June 15, , that Sword Art Online Progressive Scherzo of Deep Night will release on September Unital Ring IV (ユナイタル・リングIV, Yunaitaru Ringu IV?) is the 25th book in the Sword Art Online light novel series, published on December 10, Release Date. December 10, ... read more
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Sword Art Online Japanese : ソードアート・オンライン , Hepburn : Sōdo Āto Onrain is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec.
The series takes place in the near future and focuses on protagonists Kazuto "Kirito" Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki as they play through various virtual reality MMORPG worlds. Kawahara originally wrote the series as a web novel on his website from to The light novels began publication on ASCII Media Works ' Dengeki Bunko imprint from April 10, , with a spin-off series launching in October The series has spawned twelve manga adaptations published by ASCII Media Works and Kadokawa.
The novels and the manga adaptations have been licensed for release in North America by Yen Press. An anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures , known simply as Sword Art Online , aired in Japan between July and December , with a television film Sword Art Online: Extra Edition airing on December 31, , and a second season, titled Sword Art Online II , airing between July and December An animated film titled Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale , featuring an original story by Kawahara, premiered in Japan and Southeast Asia on February 18, , and was released in the United States on March 9, A spin-off anime series titled Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online premiered in April , while a third season titled Sword Art Online: Alicization aired from October to September An anime film adaptation of Sword Art Online: Progressive titled Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night premiered on October 30, A second film titled Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of a Dark Dusk is set to premiere on October 22, A live-action series will be produced by Netflix.
Six video games based on the series have been released for multiple consoles. Sword Art Online has received widespread commercial success, with the light novels having over 30 million copies sold worldwide.
The light novel series had good reviews, mainly on later arcs, while other series like Progressive were praised since the beginning. The anime series has received mixed to positive reviews, with praise for its animation, musical score and exploration of the psychological aspects of virtual reality, but criticisms for its pacing and writing.
The light novel series spans several virtual reality worlds, beginning with the game, Sword Art Online SAO , which is set in a world known as Aincrad. Each world is built on a game engine called the World Seed, which was initially developed specifically for SAO by Akihiko Kayaba , but was later duplicated for Alfheim Online ALO , and later willed to Kirito, who had it leaked online with the successful intention of reviving the virtual reality industry.
A third world known as Gun Gale Online GGO appears in the third arc and is stylized as a FPS game instead of an RPG, and is the main setting of Alternative Gun Gale Online. It was created using the World Seed by an American company. A fourth world appears in the fourth arc known as the Underworld UW. The world itself was created using the World Seed as a base, but it is as realistic as the real world due to using many powerful government resources to keep it running. In , a virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game VRMMORPG called Sword Art Online SAO will be 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, 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 floors of Aincrad, a steel castle which is the setting of SAO if they wish to be free.
He also states that 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, 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 "Heathcliff", 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 SAO players, including Asuna, remain trapped in their NerveGear. As he goes to the hospital to see Asuna, he meets Asuna's father Shouzou Yuuki 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 SAO survivor, 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 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 after thwarting an attack from Sugou and The Seed is released onto the Internet, reviving Aincrad as other VRMMORPGs begin to thrive.
One year after the events of SAO, 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.
Kazuto is later recruited to test an experimental FullDive machine, Soul Translator STL , which has an interface far more realistic and complex than the previous machine he had played, to help develop artificial intelligence for RATH, research, and development organization under the Ministry of Defense MOD , named A.
He tests the STL by entering virtual reality cyberspace created with The Seed package, named Underworld UW. In the UW, the flow of time proceeds a thousand times faster than in the real world, and Kirito's memories of what happens inside are restricted. However, when Johnny Black ambushes and injures Kazuto with suxamethonium chloride , RATH recovers Kazuto and places him back into the STL to preserve his mind while attempts are made to save him.
During his time in Underworld, Kirito befriends Eugeo, a carver in a small village of Rulid, and helps him on a journey to save Alice Zuberg, his friend who was taken by a group of highly skilled warriors known as the Integrity Knights for accidentally breaking a rule of the Axiom Church, the leaders of the Human Empire.
He and Eugeo soon find themselves uncovering the secrets of the Axiom Church, led by a woman only known as "The Administrator", and the true purpose of Underworld itself, while unbeknownst to them, a war against the opposing Dark Territory brewing on the horizon. They meet Alice, now an Integrity Knight, and though she does not remember them, Kirito helps her remember her true identity: a form of true artificial intelligence known as A. In the battle against the Administrator, Kirito manages to slay her, though Eugeo dies in the process, to Kirito's dismay.
Meanwhile, in the real world, conflict escalates as American forces raid RATH's facility in the Ocean Turtle in an effort to take A. for purposes unknown. Two of the attackers - Gabriel Miller and Vassago Cassals - take control of two Dark Territory characters as they unite the Dark Territory's giants, goblins, ogres, orcs, dark knights, dark mages, and pugilists to aid them. With help from all his friends, Kirito manages to stop the attackers as well as foreign players lured by Vassago, and safely extract A.
from UW, who gains a physical body - with Gabriel and Vassago being killed both virtually and physically in the process. However, Kirito does not log out in time before the flow of time is restored and spends years in UW about 2 weeks in real world with Asuna who stayed behind for Kirito. One month later, Kirito and the others have their accounts forcibly migrated to Unital Ring , a new VRMMORPG which incorporates locations from all the other environments they previously visited, and investigate the cause while meeting some familiar faces.
Reki Kawahara wrote the first volume in as a competition entry for the ASCII Media Works Dengeki Game Novel Prize 電撃ゲーム小説大賞 , Dengeki Game Shōsetsu Taishō , now Dengeki Novel Prize , but refrained from submitting it as he had exceeded the page limit; he instead published it as a web novel under the pseudonym Fumio Kunori.
Aside from Accel World , he was requested to get his earlier work, Sword Art Online , published by ASCII Media Works. For the protagonist Kirito, Kawahara was asked if Kirito's personality and character were based on his own; he answered that he usually does not put aspects of himself into his characters, and jokingly remarked: "but if I had to say there was a point of similarity between Kirito and myself, it is the fact that neither of us are good at forming parties.
We [both] tend to play solo in these games a lot. As I write the story, the girls become what they are now. So, somehow, I don't know exactly, but somehow, my subliminal idea or some hidden emotion creates the characters to be strong and capable. Kawahara also noted that the character of Asuna might have been created a little too perfectly. After Kawahara's request for Sword Art Online to be published was approved,  he started working with illustrator abec on the light novel series.
The first volume was published in print on April 10, ,  and 26 volumes have been published as of October 8, The Alicization story arc was covered by volumes 9 through 18, while volumes 19 and 20 told a side story called Moon Cradle. Kawahara plans on writing "one more big arc" called Sword Art Online: Unital Ring that will go back to the real world, and it is the first arc not based on the original web novel. The Unital Ring story arc began in volume 21, which was released in Japan on December 7, Kawahara also writes the Sword Art Online: Progressive series, which covers Kirito's adventures on the first few floors of Aincrad.
The first volume of Progressive was released on October 10, ,  and eight volumes have been released as of June 10, At their Japan Expo USA panel, Yen Press announced the rights to publish the light novels; the first volume was released on April 22, There are a number of dōjinshi fan works written by Kawahara under the pseudonym Fumio Kunori, titled Sword Art Online Material Edition ソードアート・オンライン・マテリアル・エディション.
The latest release is Material Edition volume 29 on May 12, The author has also created some other dōjinshi including Lisbeth Edition , Silica Edition and Pina Edition under cooperation with Kurusu Tatsuya from ponz. There are ten manga adaptations of the series, all written by Reki Kawahara and published by ASCII Media Works. Sword Art Online: Aincrad ソードアート・オンライン アインクラッド , illustrated by Tamako Nakamura, was serialized in Dengeki Bunko Magazine between the September and May issues.
Two tankōbon volumes of Aincrad were released on September 27, The first volume of Sword Art Online. was released on September 27, The first volume of Fairy Dance was released on October 27, ;  the third volume was released on June 27, A spin-off manga starring Lisbeth, Silica, and Leafa, titled Sword Art Online: Girls Ops ソードアート・オンライン ガールズ・オプス and illustrated by Neko Nekobyō, began serialization in the July issue of Dengeki Bunko Magazine.
The manga ended serialization in the magazine's May issue and was transferred to Dengeki G's Comic starting with the June issue. A sixth manga, titled Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet and illustrated by Kōtarō Yamada, had its first chapter serialized in the May issue of Dengeki Bunko Magazine , with following chapters being digitally serialized on Kadokawa's Comic Walker website.
A seventh manga, titled Sword Art Online: Calibur and illustrated by Shii Kiya, was serialized in Dengeki G's Comic between the September and July issues. A tenth manga, titled Sword Art Online: Project Alicization and illustrated by Kōtarō Yamada, based on the Alicization arc of the light novel series, began serialization in the September issue of Dengeki Bunko Magazine.
An anime adaptation of Sword Art Online was announced at Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival , along with Reki Kawahara's other light novel series, Accel World. The anime has been licensed in North America by Aniplex of America  and an English-language dub premiered on Adult Swim 's Toonami from July 27,  to February 15, The series was released by Aniplex of America in four DVD and Blu-ray sets, with special extras on the BD sets, between August 13 and November 19, A year-end special, titled Sword Art Online Extra Edition , aired on December 31, The special recapped the previously aired anime series and included some new footage.
At the end of the special, the anime television series was confirmed for a second season, titled Sword Art Online II , which premiered on July 5, Premiere screening events of the second season were held in the United States, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan before the television premiere between June 29 and July 4, The third season of Sword Art Online , titled Sword Art Online: Alicization , and a spin-off anime, titled Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online , were announced in Yuki Kajiura composed the soundtrack for the Sword Art Online anime, which was later released in the limited edition of the anime's fourth and seventh Blu-ray and DVD volumes.
For the first 14 episodes of season one, the opening theme song is "Crossing Field" by LiSA ,  and the ending theme song is "Yume Sekai" ユメセカイ , lit. For the second season, the first opening theme is " Ignite " by Aoi, and the first ending theme is "Startear" by Haruna. For the third season, the first opening theme is "Adamas" by LiSA, and the first ending theme is "Iris" アイリス by Aoi.
· It’s looking that the Sword Art Online Unital Ring release date will be /, unfortunately. There are a couple of reasons for this, before you write to your local politician to Unital Ring IV (ユナイタル・リングIV, Yunaitaru Ringu IV?) is the 25th book in the Sword Art Online light novel series, published on December 10, Release Date. December 10, · The Japanese Twitter account for the SAO anime series announced on June 15, , that Sword Art Online Progressive Scherzo of Deep Night will release on September The Sword Art Online Timeline lists the known time and date of all the events that have occurred in the Sword Art Online series in chronological order. 10 years need to be added to the Unital Ring I (ユナイタル・リングＩ, Yunaitaru Ringu I?) is the 21st book in the Sword Art Online light novel series, published on December 7, It is the first volume in the Unital Ring Arc. See more ... read more
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