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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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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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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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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 does Kirito have access to Sachi's inventory?

Players that would like to, can setup a shared inventory, separate from a guild storage and different than marriage. In marriage, your inventories become one, they can see all your stats and inventory ...
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Where is Yui stored in SAO II?

According to a Q&A session1 (EX00~Face to Face~) in the third popularity contest held by Kawahara Reki, as Kunori Fumio (his webnovel penname), in 2005: Her core program routine runs and is ...
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Why was the world of SAO not dominated by good real-life fencers?

First and foremost, the amount of people actively playing the game was really low. From 10000 people at the start, 2000 died in first month and 3000-5000 stayed in starting city from fear of being ...
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In Sword Art Online, is Kazuto (Kirito) Suguha's cousin, or is he adopted from unrelated parents?

According to the light novels they are cousins. Kirigaya Minetaka and Midori, husband and wife’s own child was Suguha, while Kazuto was Midori’s sister’s, this meant that he was the child of ...
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How to summarize the whole SAO, Sword Art Online, franchise?

It's difficult to summarize the entire franchise (through season 2) in a single sentence, so I'll split it up by arcs, ignoring the small arcs. These may have slight spoilers, but I try to keep it ...
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SAO Kirito immortal in episodes 6 and 8?

You're likely thinking of the Immortal Objects which Kirito (and other characters) have been known to strike at. In Sword Art Online, physical surroundings such as walls, buildings, monuments, and ...
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Is there a specific arc for Sinon in the anime?

The whole Phantom Bullet arc is Sinon's arc, in the same way the Fairy Dance is mostly Leafa's arc, for the most part. Neither character has another side-story outside of these arcs, seeing as most of ...
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Who woke up Kirito in episode 9?

The face and the hair colour of the girl trying to wake him up looks similar to Sachi, the girl from the guild of which Kirito was the member long time before this scene. I'm pretty sure this is ...
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After what episode was each Sword Art Offline episode expected to be viewed?

In Japan, there were 9 BDs released for season 1, each of which had one episode of Sword Art Offline on it. Likewise, there were 9 BDs for season 2, and one episode of "Offline" on each. (Obviously, ...
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What is the meaning of Rosario and why did Yuuki name that skill "Mother's Rosario"?

Yuuki's mother turned to Catholicism after learning about her and her family's affliction. This much I'm pretty sure was mentioned in the anime, and it left a strong impression on Yuuki herself. The ...
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What SAO spin-off had a female character that resembled Kirito?

The spin-off you're looking for appears to be Sword Art Online: Girls Ops This manga follows Leafa, Silica, and Lisbeth through a story that takes place both in the real world and in the new ALO1. ...
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Why was Excalibur not used near the end of season 2?

In SAO Wikia about Excalibur, there is some trivia mentioned, among which: Kazuto resolved to never use Excalibur for personal gain as he believed that the sword contained the «caliber» of himself ...
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Why was Excalibur not used near the end of season 2?

According to Mansuro's answer, it does make sense why he doesn't use it that often during battles. However, it is not true that he doesn't use it at all. He did use it in the Mother's Rosario arc. He ...
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In Sword Art Online, why does Suguha practice only one Kendo move?

I assume you are referring to this move: Sword Art Online - Episode 15 While I'm not an expert in kendo, the way kendo is usually depicted makes me think that that specific move is one of the basic ...
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Is Kayaba Akihiko the boss of the 100th floor of New Aincrad?

To my understanding New Aincrad's Floor 100 has to to be revealed however the likelihood that it's Akihiko Kayaba is low. After Sword Art Online was cleared Kayaba did a full dive and it was reported ...
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Where is Yui stored in SAO II?

Ok here's the real answer taken straight from the 5th light novel: When Aincrad was on the verge of collapsing, her core program was saved to Kazuto’s Nerve Gear and was spared from being deleted....
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What was Kirito's actual family name?

Per the fan wiki, his surname was Narusaka (鳴坂) prior to his adoption. Born on October 7, 2008, Narusaka Kazuto was adopted by his aunt and uncle a year after his birth, when his biological parents ...
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How did Heathcliff manipulate Kirito and Asuna back to the battlefield?

Yui only appeared during a sidestory in the second light novel so we can say that she didn't play a role in their decision. Basically Heathcliff knew that Kirito and Asuna felt a responsibility for ...
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In Sword Art Online, why does Suguha practice only one Kendo move?

As someone who has practiced Kendo for 16 years, hopefully I can give some insight. The technique that they are all practicing is called "men (mask)", which is the strike to the head. This is the ...
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Whose hands were shown in Sword Art Online opening 1?

I believe it's Kirito, Asuna and again Kirito Sword Art Online OP 1 Starting with the 3rd hand this looks to be Kirito's arm from the first episode. it would make sense as the next few frames show ...
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Sword Art Online - Is it still SAO?

The game ALfheim Online (ALO), which was the focus of the second half of S1, was developed based on the server and code from Sword Art Online (SAO). After Argus went bankrupt due to the Sword Art ...
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How did Kirito find out Zekken's secret?

In episode 19, Asuna reports that Leafa thought that Kirito had had an exchange with Zekken during their fight. Kirito then tells Asuna about what happened: Kirito: Um, something was bothering me. ...
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How much of the light novels does the anime Sword Art Online covers (so far)?

The two seasons cover pretty much the whole story of the first eight light novels. Only exception is "The First Day" chapter of the eighth novel. However as Euphoric wrote the anime does not contain ...
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