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From the corresponding scene in the light novel (volume 4, chapter 9; p. 308): キリトは透き【すき】通った視線で一瞬【いっしゅん】アインクラッドを見つめ、しばしうつむいた。その唇【くちびる】が動き、かすかな声で誰かの名前を呼んだようだったが、聞き取れなかった。 Translated, With his penetrating gaze, Kirito glanced at Aincrad for a moment, and then cast his eyes downward. His lips moved. It seemed as though he had said somebody's name in a ...


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From Sword Art Online Volume 3 - Fairy Dance, Chapter 2 (emphasis mine): "[...]. Yggdrasil...she seems to be there. That place, you know it?" "Ah, this I know. Eh, eh, it's generally to the northeast, but quite a ways from here. If I were to convert it into real distance, it would be about fifty kilometers away." "Wow, that really is a ...


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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 seconds of a player's death. However, as for how Kirito, whose HP was 0 but was still able to affect Heathcliff, was explained by Kayaba Akihiko when he ...


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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: From the (previously translated) light novel (Sword Art Online Volume 8, Early and Late, Caliber, page 308): At that point, I noticed one terrible fact. ...


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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 Affairs' Virtual Division for a talk regarding victims of Death Gun in GGO (emphasis mine): “...Well, at least I’m together with my girlfriend.” “I see, ...


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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 Firstly, I should note that it would be very odd story-telling if we (and Kirito) were deceived about players having their brains fried and never were told ...


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Warning, there are spoilers in this answer if you haven't watched SAO completely yet. For the SAO arc, outside of towns, you're constantly "flagged" for PvP. From the beginnings, when you're getting explained how the players are divided: Inside the city, or the places mostly referred to as «Safe Areas», there was protection implemented by the system and ...


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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 could sense the feeling using an unknown mechanism. Being grabbed hard by a player who wasn’t aware of the fact would cause a «super weird feeling»—— Silica’s ...


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From the end of the ALO arc in the novel, where Kirito thinks about his school and the policy to avoid using in-game names: In this special «school», the students were players who had been in middle or high school before the SAO incident. Those orange players with a serious history of murder were undergoing more than one year of counseling that included ...


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His main inspirations would be Ultima Online Ragnarok Online Reki Kawahara was in the Manga Studies Club. He drew manga and illustrations during his time there. Kawahara would often head to the arcade with his fellow members to play fighting games . He also started playing online games in 1998, starting with Ultima Online. Kawahara also played Ragnarok ...


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If you read the light novel, after the battle teleported them to another place just to have a talk with them: I firmly closed my eyes and allowed my tears to flow before asking: "...What about those who died? Both of us are already dead, yet we continue to exist here. Doesn't that mean you can return the other four thousand dead to the original world ...


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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 mentioned, this does not occur in Alfheim Online. This is where we can consider the Nerve Gear to be the authentication factor, being a device that stores the save ...


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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 she shot and killed as a young child, so that she could accept the consequences of her actions and overcome her guilt of having killed a man. One typically ...


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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 would be quite the social faux pas to use an improperly gendered pronoun. This video does an excellent job explaining the subject. From S02E19 Zekken Yuuki: ...


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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 integrated, and then base game mechanics added. Finally, the game itself is written on top of all this software. All of Kirito's items would be part of the ...


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The author, Kawahara Reki, didn't clearly say whether they are in the same timeline or not. During the Sakuracon Festival Interviews, he answered like this: When you were creating the Alicization arc in Sword Art Online, was the technology used in the Alicization arc carried over as a foundation to Accel World? It is true that the technology used in ...


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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 as Beta players who take advantage of their inside knowledge from the closed beta for their own benefit, then there are at least two. Diavel, attempted to ...


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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 now the number one threat against the Clearers. The Clearers tried to negotiate with them via messengers, but the guild killed every one that they sent. After ...


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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 «Kirito». This name was a shortened form of my real name, Kirigaya Kazuto, and there weren't many who knew that. Those who understood included only the ...


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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 you. That white one certainly is a good sword, but I don't think there's much difference with that monster dropped one. Why would you need two swords resembling ...


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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 he has every motivation and opportunity to use it as the wife of the man who gave it to him has died right in front of him! He does not use it here. It is ...


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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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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/Sword-Art-Online-1-Aincrad/dp/0316371246 These are obviously not downloads, but you can request nook or wait for kindle versions to be released, which would be ...


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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 Alfheim (Norse: Álfheimr) means the land of fairies. This is the world where the players live. Funnily, the races that live in this land are not from Norse ...


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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 when Yui confirmed she could detect "mommy" up in the tree there was little time before Asuna's and Sugou's wedding. so at that stage Kirito's proof was a ...


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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 will load upon utterance of the initiation words, "Link Start". (Emphasis mine) Source.


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As you say yourself: Was this an error, in that the message was supposed to refer to this boss removing his own immortality? If not, what exactly did this message signify? While googling, I came across some posts on a forum which seems to say that it is a wrongly translated message and that it should say something like: "immortality status changed". I'm ...


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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 to instantly teleport, heal or recover from poison. There is also the Divine Stone of Returning Soul that revives a fallen player. This text and the following ...


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They are in the same universe. Sword Art Online's Nerve Gear was elaborated in Accel World as a precursor to the implants seen in Accel World. Anything further than that is likely speculation, until either light novel reveals more details.


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During the two years, players teamed up to clear the floors. However Kirito decided to solo the game (heavily influenced by Sachi's death ep. 3). This made contact between other players uncommon. Even though Kirito was a solo player, he participated in Boss Battles. Before the boss battles he talked with other players for strategy. Asuna being one of ...


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