Kirito and Asuna enjoy a meal. Photo credit: A-1 Photos

Sword Art Online is back with Sword Art Online Re: Aincrad, a retelling of the Aincrad arc from SAO Season 1 in a new omnibus manga addition.

SAO will forever be one of the anime that people will either hate or love, and the various manga adaptations have fared no better. Does this mean we should ignore this new offer? New.

The Aincrad Arch was the main event and is still referenced in multiple seasons. And like many fans, I thought Aincard was season 1.

But I was wrong, and I’m okay with the Fairy Dance arc. It’s not my favorite, but it won’t appear in the Re:Aincrad books. And despite the flaws in the anime, we can all find something to love in the Aincrad arc.

Cover of Sword Art Online Re: Aincrad. Photo credit: Kadokawa

What is Sword Art Online Re:Aincrad?

Re: Aincrad is a retelling of the Aincrad arc, but it has both Aincrad volumes and a new side story that never made it into the anime Hajiri no Hi. The SAO Re:Aincard manga tells the events in chronological order, including the timeslips.

Kou Kawahara and Mito Sato bring this version to life, and it looks like it will be an enjoyable read. Sword Art Online Re: Aincrad is currently only available in Japan.

If you’re like me and can’t wait to dive in, check out the other 11 manga adaptations or try some of the light novels and novels. there is enough SAO content to choose from!

The future of Sword Art Online is bright.

Are you one of those fans who would rather play a game than read/watch one? No problem, because SAO has 15 games available and a 16th is on the way.

Do you love live-action adaptations? Netflix bought the rights to produce a live-action series in February 2018. I don’t normally like live-action adaptations, but this one interests me.

If this is your first time hearing about Sword Art Online, here’s the plot of the Aincrad arc. In 2022, 10,000 players logged into Aincrad, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game.

Using a device called NerveGear, players wore a headset and lay down to play. But several hours later, the players realized they couldn’t log out, and then they were transported to The Town of Beginnings and encountered a cloaked figure.

The person claimed to be the creator of the game, and they’re all stuck in it. If they want to exit the game, someone has to beat all 100 floors of Aincrad Castle.

Each floor contains a boss fight and various events, but if they die in the game, someone will remove their helmet or the game’s servers will be disconnected. They die.

But all is not lost, because of the 10,000; there are 1,000 beta testers with deep knowledge of the game. And our main character Kirito is one of them.


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