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Sword Art Online was originally a web novel series that was self-published online, starting in 2002, by Reki Kawahara, who published them using his pseudonym, Fumio Kunori. In April 2009, after winning a writing competition for Accel World, Reki worked with Dengeki Bunko to publish the first Sword Art Online light novels.

Premise

Sword Art Online follows the journey of Kazuto Kirigaya (known in-game as Kirito), through various games, beginning with his fight for survival within Sword Art Online, a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) that traps users within the game, and kills them in real life if they die within the game. After beating the game, thus freeing all if its users, Kazuto discovers that his in-game love interest, Asuna Yuuki, did not awake upon the completion of Sword Art Online. Determined to wake Asuna from her coma, he begins searching for clues within ALfheim Online, a new VRMMORPG that was created using the servers and data from Sword Art Online.

Reception

Sword Art Online has seen massive success, charting as one of the highest selling light novels of all time with over 22 million volumes sold globally. The series has received praise for various aspects, such as its portrayal of the psychological effects of virtual reality. The anime series was just as popular, seeing constant success since its beginning in 2012.

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Sword Art Online was originally a web novel series that was self-published online, starting in 2002, by Reki Kawahara, who published them using his pseudonym, Fumio Kunori. In April 2009, after winning a writing competition for Accel World, Reki worked with Dengeki Bunko to publish the first Sword Art Online light novels. These novels include illustrations by abec. The light novel begun what is believed to be its final arc, Unital Ring, in December 2018.

Reki Kawahara has also released a separate series of light novels in the Sword Art Online world titled Sword Art Online: Progressive. These stories cover the Aincrad arc with greater detail compared to the original light novel. Both the Sword Art Online and Sword Art Online: Progressive light novels have been licensed for publication outside of Japan by Yen Press.

Apart from the main series, there are also spin-off series set in the world of Sword Art Online that are written by other authors, such as Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, which is written by Keiichi Sigawa and illustrated by Kouhaku Kuroboshi. This spin-off series recieved an anime adaptation in April 2018.

Manga

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The Sword Art Online series has been adapted into manga format and has been serialised in various manga magazines published by ASCII Media Works. All volumes of the manga are written by Reki Kawahara, but the illustrators vary. Multiple Spin-off manga have been released, such as Sword Art Online: Girls Ops, which features Lisbeth, Silica and Leafa, rather than the usual Kirito and Asuna.

Title Illustrator Magazine
Sword Art Online: Aincrad Tamako Nakamura Dengeki Bunko Magazine
Sword Art Online 4-koma Jūsei Minami Dengeki Bunko Magazine
Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance Hazuki Tsubasa Dengeki Bunko Magazine
Sword Art Online: Girls Ops Neko Nekobyō Dengeki Bunko Magazine
Sword Art Online: Progressive Kiseki Himura Dengeki G’s Magazine/Dengeki G’s Comic
Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet Kōtarō Yamada Dengeki Bunko Magazine
Sword Art Online: Calibur Shii Kiya Dengeki G’s Comic
Sword Art Online: Mother’s Rosario Hazuki Tsubasa Dengeki Bunko Magazine
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Tadadi Tamori Dengeki Maoh
Sword Art Online: Alicization Kōtarō Yamada Dengeki Bunko Magazine

Anime

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The Sword Art Online animated series is animated by A-1 Pictures, produced by Aniplex and Genco, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito. The first season aired in Japan in 2012, running from July 7 through to December 22. Season one aired in English starting in July 2013. The series is currently in its third season, with the final episodes of the season being slated to air in the 2020 Spring anime season.

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Kayaba Akihiko (茅場晶彦) is the development director and Game Master (GM) of the VRMMORPG Sword Art Online. The designer of the NerveGear, the Cardinal System, and the World Seed.

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Given Name: Alice Family Name: Zuberg Gender: Female Birthday: 9/4/361 HEC Voice Actors: Matsuoka Yoshitsugu [松岡 禎丞] (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English)

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Given Name: Asuna [明日奈] Family Name: Yuuki [結城] Alias: Asuna [アスナ] Gender: Female Height: 168cm Voice Actors: Tomatsu Haruka [戸松遥] (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (Engilsh)

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Given Name: Eugeo Gender: Male Birthday: 10/4/361 HEC Voice Actors: Shimazaki Nobunaga [島﨑 信長] (Japanese), Brandon Winckler (English)

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Gabriel Miller, known as Subtilizer in Gun Gale Online and Project Alicization 1/4(PA), and as an antagonist Vecta in PA for a time, is the chief tactical officer of Glowgen Defense Systems, and child of the company former president and founder. In GGO, he was the victor of the 1...

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Kashiwazaka Hiyori, known as Lux in Sword Art Online and ALfheim Online, as well as Kuro in ALO for a time, is a main character in the Girls Ops spin-off. She was a SAO survivor, and her best friend, Rossa, had died there.

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Given Name: Karen [香蓮] Family Name: Kohiruimaki [小比類巻] Alias: LLENN [レン] Gender: Female Birthday: 20th April, 2006 Height: 183cm Voice Actors: Tomori Kusunoki [楠木 ともり] (Japanese), Reba Buhr (English)

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Given Name: Kazuto [和人] Family Name: Kirigaya [桐ヶ谷] Alias: Kirito [キリト] Gender: Male Birthday: October 7th, 2008 Height: 172cm Voice Actors: Matsuoka Yoshitsugu [松岡 禎丞] (Japanese), Bryce Papenbrook (English)

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Given Name: Keiko [珪子] Family Name: Ayano [綾野] Alias: Silica [シリカ] Gender: Female Birthday: October 4th, 2010 Height: <<Unknown>> Voice Actors: Rina Hidaka [日高 里菜] (Japanese), Christine Marie Cabanos (English)

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Konno Yuki, registered as Yuuki in Serene Garden, Asuka Empire, Insect Site, and ALfheim Online, was a main character in the Mother's Rosario side story, and the main character of the Sisters' Prayer side story in Sword Art Online series.

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Sugou Nobuyuki, also known in ALfheim Online as Oberon is the main antagonist of the Fairy Dance Arc 1/2. In addition to being Asuna's ex-fiance, he was also the chief of the research institute of RCT Inc., RCT Progress.

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Quinella, also known as Administrator, was the Axiom Church head, the tyrant of the Human Empire in Underworld, and the main antagonist of the first half of Alicization Arc 1/2.

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Quinella, also known as Administrator, was the Axiom Church head, the tyrant of the Human Empire in Underworld, and the main antagonist of the first half of Alicization Arc 1/2.

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Tsuboi Ryoutarou, known as Klein in Sword Art Online, ALfheim Online, and Project Alicization 1/4, is a supporting character in the Aincrad Arc who later appears through the SAO series. One of the SAO Survivors, and the Fūrinkazan (WWFM) clearing guild leader.

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Nagata Shin'ichi, known as Recon in ALfheim Online, is a Sylph player, Kirigaya Suguha's classmate and friend who has introduced her to the game.

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Given Name: Shino [朝田] Family Name: Asada [詩乃] Alias: Sinon [シノン] Gender: Female Birthday: August 21st, 2009 Height: 161cm Voice Actors: Sawashiro Miyuki [沢城みゆき] (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English)

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Shinozaki Rika, known as Lisbeth in Sword Art Online, ALfheim Online, and Project Alicization, is a main character in the Girls Ops spin-off and a reoccurring character in the entire series. A blacksmith in SAO and ALO.

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Kirigaya Suguha, known as Leafa in ALfheim Online and Project Alicization, as well as, temporarily Terraria (テラリア) in PA, is Kirigaya Kazuto's cousin and adoptive sister who lives together with him. She appears throughout the canon Sword Art Online series, is a main character...

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Yui (ユイ) is a Mental Health Counceling Program AI (handle "Yui-MHCP001") generated by the Cardinal System of the VRMMORPG Sword Art Online to monitor and assist with the players' emotional state as they play. Encountered by Kirito and Asuna on the Floor 22 of Aincra...

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The Aincrad Arc is the first story arc of the Sword Art Online series. It covers the journey of Kirito within the VRMMOPRG Sword Art Online. In terms of the Sword Art Online timeline, the events of the Aincrad Arc take place between November 6, 2022, and November 7, 2024. The eve...

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The Aincrad Arc is the first story arc of the Sword Art Online series. It covers the journey of Kirito within the VRMMOPRG Sword Art Online. In terms of the Sword Art Online timeline, the events of the Aincrad Arc take place between November 6, 2022, and November 7, 2024. The eve...

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Alicization is the 4th main Arc in the Sword Art Online series, spanning from June 26, 2026 and up to August so far, which corresponds to the light novel Volumes 009 to 018. It describes events related to Project Alicization 1/4, the Soul Translator (STL) gear, the simulated quan...

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Calibur is a side story in the Sword Art Online series, set between the events of Phantom Bullet and Alicization arcs. All based within December 28th 2025, the story is one of several stories published within Volume 08 of the Light Novel series, as well as an addititional Light N...

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The second arc in the canon Sword Art Online series that covers the events during Kirito's adventures in ALfheim Online, spanning between January 19 and May 17, 2025, which corresponds to the novel volumes 3 and 4, or the latter half of the anime's first season.

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Mother's Rosario is a side story of Asuna and Konno Yuuki set in the new ALfheim Online hosted by Ymir. It covers January 6 to April 4, 2026, corresponding to the Sword Art Online novel Volume 7, manga Mother's Rosario, and Season 2 Episodes 18 to 24 of the anime.

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Phantom Bullet is the 3rd Arc in the Sword Art Online series. It covers the Gun Gale Online-related events occurring between November 9 and December 6, 2025, which corresponds to the SAO novel's Volumes 5 and 6, the Phantom Bullet manga, and episodes 1 to 14.5 of the anime...

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Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is a third-person action game based on the Sword Art Online light novel series for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC. It was released initially on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC on February 23, 2018. The Nintend...

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Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is the second role-playing game adaptation of SAO series released by Namco Bandai Games (Re: HF).

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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization is a role-playing game based on the [Sword Art Online light novel series] for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC. It was released for Playsation 4 and the PS Vita on October 27, 2016 in Japan and on November 8,...

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Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment is a role-playing game for the PlayStation Portable, and is based on the Sword Art Online light novel series. It was released in Japan on March 14, 2013, and recieved a North American release bundled with its sequel Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragm...

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Sword Art Online: Lost Song is an action role-playing game that is based on the Sword Art Online light novel series. It was released for the PlayStation 3, Playstation Vita, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows platforms. In Japan, it was released on March 26, 2015. It launched ac...

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Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag is a free-to-play side-scrolling RPG with a character collection element, often referred to as Gacha games. It was released on August 28, 2016 for Apple iOS and Android devices by Bandai Namco Entertainment.

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Accel World vs. Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight is an action role-playing game based on the Accel World and [Sword Art Onlkone light novel] series. It was released for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on March 16, 2017 for Japan, and July 7, 2017 for other territories...

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Members: Shinkawa Shouichi [新川 昌一]/ Sterben [ステルベン] Shinkawa Kyouji [新川 恭二] / Spiegel [シュピーゲル] * Kanamoto Atsuishi [金本 敦] / Johnny Black [ジョニーブラック]

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Integrity Knights (整合騎士 seigō kishi), designated on the system level as Integrator (インテグレータ integurēta), are dragon knights, the commanding generals of the Axiom Church and the personal guard of its pontifex Quinella. They are former dissidents, rogues, and the crema-de-la-crema ...

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A Guild is a game engine-managed group of players in MMO games with a structure, a leader, and usually clearly set goals. Known Sword Art Online series worlds that have guilds are SAO, ALfheim Online, and Gun Gale Online (these are called Squadrons). There can be any number of gu...

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Aincrad, and New Aincrad, is the setting of the VRMMORPGs Sword Art Online (SAO) and ALfheim Online (ALO). It gets it's name from a concept called *An Incarnating Radius* and is an abbreviation of that concept.

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ALfheim is the name given to the original continent in the VRMMORPG ALfheim Online (ALO). It's name and origin can be traced from Norse mythology, where it is known as "Land of the Elves."

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The Central Cathedral, officially known as Axiom Church Central Cathedral (公理教会セントラル・カセドラル kōrikyōkai sentoraru kasedoraru) is the ancient and enormous tower of white marble exactly in the center of Centoria and the Human Empire of Underworld. Home to Administrator and her cohort...

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The North Centoria Imperial Sword Mastery Academy (修剣学院 shūken gakuin) in Underworld is the most renowned fighting academy of Norlangarth Empire, and it is assumed the other three empires have their own in the other sides of Centoria. Only a fifth of its students are common peopl...

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This article details the particularities of Underworld. For the background and behind-the-scenes details, please refer to Project Alicization 1/4.

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This article details the particularities of Underworld. For the background and behind-the-scenes details, please refer to Project Alicization 1/4.

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This article details the particularities of Underworld. For the background and behind-the-scenes details, please refer to Project Alicization 1/4.

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This article details the particularities of Underworld. For the background and behind-the-scenes details, please refer to Project Alicization 1/4.

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This article details the particularities of Underworld. For the background and behind-the-scenes details, please refer to Project Alicization 1/4.

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The Sword Art Online animated series is animated by A-1 Pictures, produced by Aniplex and Genco, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito. The first season aired in Japan in 2012, running from July 7 through to December 22. Season one aired in English starting in July 2013. The series is ...

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The Sword Art Online series has been adapted into manga format and has been serialised in various manga magazines published by ASCII Media Works. All volumes of the manga are written by Reki Kawahara, but the illustrators vary.

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The anime score consists of over 50 soundtrack, remixes, and single releases starting 2012, and more coming as for February, 2020 as the anime sequels and games keep expanding the already-vast SAOverse. The discs are sold separately as well as bundled with the Blurays.

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Sword Art Online was originally a web novel series that was self-published online, starting in 2002, by Reki Kawahara, who published them using his pseudonym, Fumio Kunori. In April 2009, after winning a writing competition for Accel World, Reki worked with Dengeki Bunko to publi...

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| | || --- | --- || Director | Tomohiko Itō || Screenplay | Reki KawaharaTomohiko Itō || Music | Yuki Kajiura || Editor | Shigeru Nishiyama || Production | A-1 Pictures || Distributor | Aniplex |

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ALfheim Online (アルヴヘイム・オンライン aruvuheimu onrain) is a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game (VRMMORPG) in the Sword Art Online series released a year after SAO had been beaten. Compatible with all FullDive systems, and allowed transferring player character...

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Gun Gale Online (Japanese name, ガンゲイル・オンライン), is a VR MMORPG developed and operated by US developer, Zaskar. Emphasising gunplay for its combat system, it is known for the incredibly fierce Player vs. Player tournament, Bullet of Bullets (BoB).

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This is an article about the VRMMORPG by the same name as the entire series.

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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (松岡吉継) is a Japanese voice actor, known for his role as Kirito in the Sword Art Online anime and game series.

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Kawahara Reki (川原礫) (male), also known as Kunori Fumio (九里 史生), is a Japanese novelist who was born in August 17, 1974, and is the primary author and supervisor of the Sword Art Online franchise and more. His official website states: "WordGear: an experimental world generate...

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Haruka Tomatsu (戸松遥) is a Japanese voice actor, actress and singer, known for her role as Asuna Yuuki in the Sword Art Online anime.

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Kayano Ai (茅野 愛衣) (female, born in September 13, 1987, blood type O, 153 cm (5 ft) tall) is a Japanese voice actress born in Tokyo.

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Shimazaki Nobunaga is a Japanese voice actor born in Miyagi.

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The Anti-Criminal Code Effect Area (アンチクリミナルコード有効圏内 anchikuriminaru kōdo yūkō ken'nai) is any zone of player safety in the VRMMORPG Sword Art Online. Most of the settlements in SAO have this. More literally translated as "within the area of effect of the Anti-criminal Co...

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The Cardinal System (カーディナル・システム), or simply Cardinal is the game engine of nearly all VRMMORPG games in the Sword Art Online series. (A game engine manages all resources, processes, and events of the game, and can be simply defined as the works of a game's world.) Kayaba Aki...

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Divine Objects (ディヴァイン・オブジェクト divain obujekuto or 神器 jinki) are high-Priority items in Underworld that are usually made using a Sacred Arts ritual by converting any object with a large amount of resources (memories). The Divine-Object weapons of Priority-class are ranked higher t...

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Duels (デュエル dyueru) are a functionality that allows two players to check their damage dealing rate (DPS) or settle a heavy score, optionally disabling the safe area effect by mutual agreement when both players accept the prompt, at the same time not changing the player's stat...

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The Flight System is a new mechanic implemented for ALfheim Online since the game story is about the Celtic style elves, Seidhe, and allows the players to travel and fight while airborne. The system makes use of the colorful wings on every player's back that can appear or dis...

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A FullDive (フルダイブ, furudaibu) is the technology that immerses the player's senses into a virtual reality. It serves as the technological groundwork for most of the stories in the entire Sword Art Online series.

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Quests are the main type of events featured within many VR MMORPGs, including Sword Art Online 1/4 and ALfheim Online. Often these quests are given to the player by interacting with a bulletin board, or a Non Player Character (NPC).

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The relationship system is a functionality introduced in Sword Art Online and continued in ALfheim Online that implements the in-game mechanics to manage and complement the social contracts between players with extra interactions becoming possible.

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Sacred Arts (神聖術 shinsei jutsu) are System Commands in Project Alicization 1/4. The Underworld natives treat them as magic, and they are presented as magic rituals and linked to the specific states of mind of the practitioner. The success of a Sacred Arts technique depends on how...

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This article relates the original Sword Skills in Sword Art Online VRMMORPG, which were later carried forward and implemented in ALfheim Online and Underworld.

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The World Seed (世界の種子 sekai no shushi) is an in-game item with a distributive package called The Seed. It is a free beginner-friendly game engine and development kit with presets that allows easy creation of virtual reality worlds and management thereof as games, and supports the...

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