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How does Kirito come back to life when he's fighting Heathcliff?

Logically, there is a delay in between the death flag being detected and the NerveGear frying the brain, which is explain by how a Revival Item (Divine Stone of Returning Soul) can be used within 10 ...
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Why did Kirito toss the sword away in episode 17 of the second season?

It's because the sword was overburdening Kirito and since he can't put it into his inventory, he had to make a choice of either letting it go so he can make the jump onto Tonkii or going down with it: ...
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What is Kirito's relationship with the girls of SAO?

In light novel Volume 5 and Volume 6 - Phantom Bullet, it is confirmed that Kirito is going out with Asuna. From Volume 5 - Chapter 1, when Kirito went to meet Kikuoka from the Ministry of Internal ...
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Is there any proof that players really die in real life after dying in SAO?

tl;dr: Players did indeed die from having their brains fried. Otherwise, it would be odd for Kirito to never be told and to make statements suggesting that he doesn't know. A general meta-observation ...
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Why did Sinon act strangely when Kirito grabbed her tail?

The following is quoted from Sword Art Online Book 8: Early and Late, page 221 The triangular ears and tail unique to the Cait Sith race were of course organs human don’t have, however, they ...
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How is it that people in ALO didn't recognize Kirito?

ALO players From Volume 3, Chapter 1, during the scene where Kirito first logged in into ALO: Next I chose the nickname for my character. I didn't put much thought into it, but entered the name «...
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How do online Nerve Gear games handle player authentication?

Your question can pretty much be answered by watching episode 1 of Sword Art Online. The Nerve Gear uses a username and password identification system as shown at 01:37 of episode 1. But as you ...
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In SAO 2 did Asuna break up with Kirito?

There is no reason to think so. When Kirito introduced Shino to Asuna and Liz at the Dicey Cafe, the three of them were preparing to bring Shino back to her hometown, where she encountered the gunman ...
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How does Yuuki talk like a boy?

In Japanese, there are multiple words for "I", the most common being watashi, atashi, boku, and ore (I'll transliterate to romaji thoughout). Most of these pronouns are definitively gendered, and it ...
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Why was Yui's Heart the only SAO item to work in Alfheim Online?

I'm going to answer this from a programmer's perspective. When writing a video game, everything is built in layers, starting with simple IO (mouse, keyboard, sound, video), then a physics engine is ...
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What other Beaters were there in Sword Art Online?

It would depend on your definition of "Beater." While they are not specifically referred to as "beaters," their actions and hidden ulterior motives would likely label them as such. If you define it ...
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Where in the timeline of SAO did the battle vs. Laughing Coffin occur?

According to the Sword Art Online Wiki, the battle (called the "Crusade") happened in August of 2024: The Crusade By August 2024, they had already killed hundreds of players, thus they were ...
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What are the Norse Mythology References in Alfheim Online?

The references are as follow. I'll divide it into its categories. Also note that I'd refer to SAO as ALO here since the story takes place in Alfheim Online and not Sword Art Online's Aincrad. Worlds ...
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Why didn't they take Asuna's NerveGear off?

The problem was that they didn't know what was wrong with Asuna at first and certainly didn't know that she was on ALO, if they did then they probably would have found about Sugou's experiments. even ...
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Do you have to say anything to activate a NerveGear?

To use the NerveGear, the player wears the game console over the head. Then it is recommended for the player to find a comfortable position to station the body, commonly a bed. Afterwards, the game ...
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What happened to the Resurrection Item?

This item was not mentioned after it's introduction. During that introduction Klein was given it with the instruction to use it on the next teammate who dies in front of him. During the final battle ...
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How/When did Liz learn about Kirito's Duel Wield?

In the novel, after Lisbeth made the sword (and before Asuna barged in), she did ask him what he needed it for: "Speaking of which— In the beginning, you did say, a sword equal to this one, didn't ...
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Who are these characters in episode 25 of Sword Art Online?

From the left to the right (not including Silica, Asuna, and Lisbeth): Yolko (Ep. 5) Sasha (Ep. 11), the one with the glasses Yulier (Ep. 12)
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Where can I legally download SAO light novel in English?

A quick google search shows that Barnes and Noble and Amazon have the paperback novels for sale: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sword-art-online-1-reki-kawahara/1116946707 http://www.amazon.com/...
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Was there truly no magic in Sword Art Online?

In SAO, there are no magical spells that players can cast. However, according to the light novel, SAO does have some magical items and aspects. Some of these items include gems which players could use ...
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Did Kirito lie about being the *best* beta tester?

You can think that's a lie, but not totally. I made it higher than anyone else during the beta test. The reason I knew the bosses skills is because I fought monsters with katana skills on floors ...
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What would happen if the NerveGear was yanked from someone's head?

I can think of two reasons: Plot. They wouldn't want to risk someone's life for an experiment with EMP, who knows what kinds of backups does the NerveGear has, and EMP can be guarded against. As ...
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Kirito's "light-saber" versus bullets

Lordmau5's theory is quite interesting, but it doesn't quite match the visual appearance of the sword as described in the light novel. I stared at it for a while, and found that the sword itself ...
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Who woke up Kirito in episode 9?

That would be Sachi. She's umm.. you know. big spoiler. As you can see from this screen shot, her hair is blue.
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Death in SAO before Kayaba announcement

So, I read the beginning of the novel, and like Ayase Eri said, Kayaba is fair so he hadn't killed the players before doing an announcement. This is written on page 71 : The first person to get ...
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Why was Yui's Heart the only SAO item to work in Alfheim Online?

The ALO system categorized her ("MHCP001" in the menu) as a Navigation Pixie, a pseudo-character program for user support, which is similar to her function in SAO, as a "Mental Health - Counseling ...
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Where can I read Sword Art Online (Novel)?

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Sword_Art_Online_light_novels for the list of translated chapters/volumes and their ISBNs which you can use to find the stores which have them on: http://www....
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How did Kirito's Illusion actually kill?

Rather than an illusion magic, it seems what Kirito used is a transformation magic instead. The following is based from the 3rd novel. "Well, I somehow remember the battle earlier. I used the ...
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Is Kayaba's Admin Account a part of The Seed Nexus?

No, it won't. The reason Kayaba's admin account works in ALO is that ALO uses the database of SAO. ALO is actually SAO with improvements here and there, changing the textures, adding flight system, ...
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How does Nerve Gear work?

In SAO, you have all five senses with you and also when you use the nerve gear, you close your eyes so how is it possible for the nerve gear to do all this? It connects to your brain, transmitting ...
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