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Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel series, first written as a web novel series, by Kawahara Reki and illustrated by abec. The light novels began publication on ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko imprint from April 10, 2009. The series has also spawned several light novel spin-offs, multiple manga adaptations, an anime adaptation and multiple game adaptations.

A spin-off series, titled Sword Art Online: Progressive, was launched in October 2012. The series expands the story of the Aincrad Arc by focusing on the adventures of Kirito and Asuna throughout each floor of Aincrad.

Another spin-off series, titled Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, written by Sigsawa Keiichi, illustrated by Kuroboshi Kouhaku and supervised by Kawahara Reki began publication in December 2014. The series focuses on an original cast of characters and their adventures in Gun Gale Online.

The original novel series and the Progressive series have been licensed for an English release by Yen Press in North America and Eastern Asian languages release by numerous local publishers. The original novel series was also licensed in France by Ofelbe Éditions, in Germany by Tokyopop, in Poland by Kotori and in Italy by J-Pop.

History

The first volume of the series was first written in 2002 as a competition entry for ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Game Novel Prize (now Dengeki Novel Prize), but the author refrained from submitting it as he had exceeded the page limit and did not want to shrink the size of the story. The unsubmitted work was instead published as a web novel under the author’s pseudonym, Kunori Fumio. The author continued writing new arcs and stories for his series until he finished writing the 4th main arc, Alicization in 2008. After Kawahara Reki’s second series, Accel World, was successfully entered in another Dengeki competition and won the grand prize, Kawahara Reki was requested to get his previous series, Sword Art Online, published by ASCII Media Works as well.

Light Novel Publications

Cover Japanese Title Japanese Release
English Title English Release
Sword Art Online Volume 01 ソードアート・オンライン001
アインクラッド
ISBN 978-4-04-867760-8
2009-4-10
Sword Art Online Volume 1 - Aincrad ISBN 978-0-316-37124-7
2014-4-22
Sword Art Online Volume 02 ソードアート・オンライン002
アインクラッド
ISBN 978-4-04-867935-0
2009-8-10
Sword Art Online Volume 2 - Aincrad ISBN 978-0-316-37681-5
2014-8-26
Sword Art Online Volume 03 ソードアート・オンライン003
フェアリィ・ダンス
ISBN 978-4-04-868193-3
2009-12-10
Sword Art Online Volume 3 - Fairy Dance ISBN 978-0-316-29642-7
2014-12-16
Sword Art Online Volume 04 ソードアート・オンライン004
フェアリィ・ダンス
ISBN 978-4-04-868452-1
2010-4-10
Sword Art Online Volume 4 - Fairy Dance ISBN 978-0-316-29643-4
2015-4-21
Sword Art Online Volume 05 ソードアート・オンライン005
ファントム・バレット
ISBN 978-4-04-868763-8
2010-8-10
Sword Art Online Volume 5 - Phantom Bullet ISBN 978-0-31-629644-1
2015-8-18
Sword Art Online Volume 06 ソードアート・オンライン006
ファントム・バレット
ISBN 978-4-04-870132-7
2010-12-10
Sword Art Online Volume 6 - Phantom Bullet ISBN 978-03-1629645-8
2015-12-15
Sword Art Online Volume 07 ソードアート・オンライン007
マザーズ・ロザリオ
ISBN 978-4-04-870431-1
2011-4-10
Sword Art Online Volume 7 - Mother's Rosario
Sword Art Online Volume 08 ソードアート・オンライン008
アーリー・アンド・レイト
ISBN 978-4-04-870733-6
2011-8-10
Sword Art Online Volume 8 - Early And Late
Sword Art Online Volume 09 ソードアート・オンライン009
アリシゼーション・ビギニング
ISBN 978-4-04-886271-4
2012-2-10
Sword Art Online Volume 9 - Alicization Beginning
Sword Art Online Volume 10 ソードアート・オンライン010
アリシゼーション・ランニング
ISBN 978-4-04-886697-2
2012-7-10
Sword Art Online Volume 10 - Alicization Running
Sword Art Online Volume 11 ソードアート・オンライン011
アリシゼーション・ターニング
ISBN 978-4-04-891157-3
2012-12-10
Sword Art Online Volume 11 - Alicization Turning
Sword Art Online Volume 12 ソードアート・オンライン012
アリシゼーション・ライジング
ISBN 978-4-04-891529-8
2013-4-10
Sword Art Online Volume 12 - Alicization Rising
Sword Art Online Volume 13 ソードアート・オンライン013
アリシゼーション・ディバイディング
ISBN 978-4-04-891757-5
2013-8-10
Sword Art Online Volume 13 - Alicization Dividing
Sword Art Online Volume 14 ソードアート・オンライン014
アリシゼーション・ユナイティング
ISBN 978-4-04-866505-6
2014-4-10
Sword Art Online Volume 14 - Alicization Uniting
Sword Art Online Volume 15 ソードアート・オンライン015
アリシゼーション・インベーディング
ISBN 978-4-04-866775-3
2014-8-09
Sword Art Online Volume 15 - Alicization Invading
Progressive series
Sword Art Online Progressive Volume 01 ソードアート・オンライン プログレッシブ1 ISBN 978-4-04-886977-5
2012-10-10
Sword Art Online Progressive Volume 01 ISBN 978-0-316-25936-1
2015-3-24
Sword Art Online Progressive Volume 02 ソードアート・オンライン プログレッシブ2 ISBN 978-4-04-866163-8
2013-12-10
Sword Art Online Progressive Volume 02 ISBN 978-0-316-34217-9
2015-6-23
Sword Art Online Progressive Volume 03 ソードアート・オンライン プログレッシブ3 ISBN 978-4-04-869096-6
2014-12-10
Sword Art Online Progressive Volume 03 ISBN 978-0-31-634883-6
2015-10-27
Gun Gale Online series
Sword Art Online Alternative - Gun Gale Online 1 - Squad Jam cover ソードアート・オンライン オルタナティブ
ガンゲイル・オンラインI
―スクワッド・ジャム―
ISBN 978-4-04-869094-2
2014-12-10
Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online I - Squad Jam
Sword Art Online Alternative - Gun Gale Online 2 - 2nd Squad Jam cover ソードアート・オンライン オルタナティブ
ガンゲイル・オンラインII
―セカンド・スクワッド・ジャム〈上〉―
ISBN 978-4-04-869095-9
2015-3-10
Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online II - 2nd Squad Jam (I)
Sword Art Online Alternative - Gun Gale Online 3 - 2nd Squad Jam cover ソードアート・オンライン オルタナティブ
ガンゲイル・オンラインIII
―セカンド・スクワッド・ジャム〈下〉―
ISBN 978-4-04-865190-5
2015-6-10
Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online III - 2nd Squad Jam (II)

Trivia

  • Numerous changes occurred when the original web novel was adapted into paperback format. The changes can be read from Adaption Note section in articles for every novel volume and side story.

Navigation

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Aincrad Arc Fairy Dance Arc Extra Edition Phantom Bullet Arc Calibur Mother's Rosario Ordinal Scale Alicization Arc Unital Ring Arc
Progressive Arc
Light Novels Main Series Volume 01 - Volume 02 - Volume 03 - Volume 04 - Volume 05 - Volume 06 - Volume 07 - Volume 08 - Volume 09 - Volume 10 - Volume 11 - Volume 12 - Volume 13 - Volume 14 - Volume 15 - Volume 16 - Volume 17 - Volume 18 - Volume 19 - Volume 20 - Volume 21 - Volume 22 - Volume 23
Progressive Series Progressive 01 - Progressive 02 - Progressive 03 - Progressive 04 - Progressive 05 - Progressive 06
Alternative Series GGO 01 - GGO 02 - GGO 03 - GGO 04 - GGO 05 - GGO 06 - GGO 07 - GGO 08 - GGO 09
Clover's Regret Volume 1 - Clover's Regret Volume 2 - Clover's Regret Volume 3
Material Edition Volume 01 - Volume 02 - Volume 03 - Volume 04 - Volume 05 - Volume 06 - Volume 07 - Volume 08 - Volume 09 - Volume 10 - Volume 11 - Volume 12 - Volume 13 - Volume 14 - Volume 15 - Volume 16 - Volume 17 - Volume 18 - Volume 19 - Volume 20 - Volume 21 - Volume 22 - Volume 23 - Volume 24 - Volume 25 - Volume 26 - Volume 27 - Volume 28 - Volume 29
Character Edition Lisbeth Edition - Silica Edition - Pina Edition
BD/DVD Specials Cordial Chords - Distant Journey - Rainbow Bridge - Sugary Days - Sisters' Prayer - The Day After - The Day Before
Magazine Publications Calibur SS - The Celeste Fairy - VRMMO Development Tragedy - Story Pencil Board
Crossover Dream Game -Crossover- - Versus - Versus II
Dengeki Fair Breaking the Damage Limit - 16.8.5 - Agil and Klein’s Exciting Meal - Defensive Power - SAOP 4.1
Other Specials chromatic colors - Hopeful Chant
Web Stories There is But One Ultimate Way
Manga Aincrad Volume 01 - Volume 02
Fairy Dance Volume 01 - Volume 02 - Volume 03
Phantom Bullet Volume 01 - Volume 02 - Volume 03
Mother's Rosario Volume 01 - Volume 02 - Volume 03
Calibur Tankoubon
Alicization Volume 01 - Volume 02 - Volume 03
Progressive Volume 01 - Volume 02 - Volume 03 - Volume 04 - Volume 05 - Volume 06 - Volume 07
Girls Ops Volume 01 - Volume 02 - Volume 03 - Volume 04 - Volume 05 - Volume 06
Ordinal Scale Volume 01 - Volume 02 - Volume 03 - Volume 04
4koma Manga Volume 01 - Volume 02 - Volume 03
SAOAGGO Manga Volume 01 - Volume 02 - Volume 03
Comic Anthology Volume 01 - Volume 02
4koma Anthology Volume 01 - Volume 02 - Volume 03
Hollow Realization Volume 01 - Volume 02 - Volume 03 - Volume 04 - Volume 05
Aincrad Night of Kirito Tankoubon
Kirito's Gun Gale Wars Tankoubon
Anime Season I - Aincrad Arc Episode 01 - Episode 02 - Episode 03 - Episode 04 - Episode 05 - Episode 06 - Episode 07 - Episode 08 - Episode 09 - Episode 10 - Episode 11 - Episode 12 - Episode 13 - Episode 14
Season I - Fairy Dance Arc Episode 15 - Episode 16 - Episode 17 - Episode 18 - Episode 19 - Episode 20 - Episode 21 - Episode 22 - Episode 23 - Episode 24 - Episode 25
Season I - Special Episodes Sword Art Online Extra Edition
Season II - Phantom Bullet Arc Episode 01 - Episode 02 - Episode 03 - Episode 04 - Episode 05 - Episode 06 - Episode 07 - Episode 08 - Episode 09 - Episode 10 - Episode 11 - Episode 12 - Episode 13 - Episode 14 - Episode 14.5
Season II - Calibur Arc Episode 15 - Episode 16 - Episode 17
Season II - Mother's Rosario Arc Episode 18 - Episode 19 - Episode 20 - Episode 21 - Episode 22 - Episode 23 - Episode 24
Movie Sword Art Online The Movie -Ordinal Scale-
AGGO Episode 01 - Episode 02 - Episode 03 - Episode 04 - Episode 05 - Episode 06 - Episode 07 - Episode 08 - Episode 09 - Episode 10 - Episode 11 - Episode 12
Season III - Alicization Arc Episode 01 - Episode 02 - Episode 03 - Episode 04 - Episode 05 - Episode 06 - Episode 07 - Episode 08 - Episode 09 - Episode 10 - Episode 11 - Episode 12 - Episode 13 - Episode 14 - Episode 15 - Episode 16 - Episode 17 - Episode 18 - Episode 18.5 - Episode 19 - Episode 20 - Episode 21 - Episode 22 - Episode 23 - Episode 24 - Episode 25 - Episode 26 - Episode 27 - Episode 28 - Episode 29 - Episode 30 - Episode 31 - Episode 32 - Episode 33 - Episode 34 - Episode 35 - Episode 36 - Episode 37 - Episode 38 - Episode 39 - Episode 40 - Episode 41 - Episode 42 - Episode 43 - Episode 44 - Episode 45 - Episode 46 - Episode 47
Sword Art Offline Episode 01 - Episode 02 - Episode 03 - Episode 04 - Episode 05 - Episode 06 - Episode 07 - Episode 08 - Episode 09 - Extra Edition
Two Episode 01 - Two Episode 02 - Two Episode 03 - Two Episode 04 - Two Episode 05 - Two Episode 06 - Two Episode 07 - Two Episode 08 - Two Episode 09
Ordinal Scale
Drama CD Accel World + Sword Art Online Drama CD Ordeals of Kirito
Sword Art Online Art Book and Guide Book Main Page

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  • When is OS?

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    • Ordinal Scale was a movie original story. It does, however, have a side story prequel and sequel.
    • Hopeful Chant and Cordial Chords are the only two LN stories written for Ordinal Scale.
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    • You want to continue from where the anime left off? Then you're looking for volume 9. And yes, it won't make sense at first, even if ...
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