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30 review for ソードアート・オンライン 3: フェアリィ・ダンス [Sōdo āto onrain 3: Fearyi Dansu]

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sushi (寿司)

    I am so in love with Sword Art Online that I can't wait to read the 4th book but before to reading it I have to read DRRR!! #2 and DanMachi #4. Absolutely 5✰ for SAO.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Matisse

    Internet, you told me the Fairy Dance arc (books 3 & 4) of SAO was terrible. I was clearly lied to. Kawahara wrote this volume after writing three books in his 'Accel World' series, which is the more grounded, human series. That growth has bled into SAO, and it's for the better. This was the best novel so far, for many reasons. The Aincrad novels (books 1 & 2) didn't develop Kirito as a protagonist, and while there were a few places where Kawahara stretches his author chops, he was mostl Internet, you told me the Fairy Dance arc (books 3 & 4) of SAO was terrible. I was clearly lied to. Kawahara wrote this volume after writing three books in his 'Accel World' series, which is the more grounded, human series. That growth has bled into SAO, and it's for the better. This was the best novel so far, for many reasons. The Aincrad novels (books 1 & 2) didn't develop Kirito as a protagonist, and while there were a few places where Kawahara stretches his author chops, he was mostly just writing straightforward story. Here, Kirito is given a real challenge that tests him outside of his comfort zone and forces him to grow, both in and out of the virtual reality. Kawahara spends most of the novel writing from Suguha/Leafa's perspective, and when he jams back to Kirito, it's in the first-person tense from the first novel. The result is a well-written universe as seen through Suguha's perspective, and an intimate first-person voice that is not split between characters. In the actual prose-side of things, the narrative is tighter than in the previous volumes. Fights are more kinetic, and there's less techno-babble for how the game engine works. We meet Suguha/Leafa before she meets Kirito, and so unlike with Asuna from book 1, we don't have to be caught up in any pre-existing romantic tension. The climax is weak, but unlike the Aincrad arc, this volume isn't the entire story. I reserve judgment for this segment of the SAO story for once I've finished the next volume. But for the moment, I am quite pleased with it. =)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    (view spoiler)[ I like the way Kirito plays the game even though he has more at stake, rescuing Asuna, then any other player in the game. He says at one point in the novel, that how a person acts in an MMO effects how that person acts IRL. I think the same can be said for the types of media we consume. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina "Look At My Books"

    Was ok although it dragged a lot. The Anime version was better in my opinion

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bluehbleh Blah

    I really enjoyed this sequel to the first sword art online. It expanded upon the romance that I enjoyed in the first volume and introduced more action and adventure in the universe I so enjoyed. The world is not as good as Aincrad in my opinion but still good all the same. I recommend this book to anyone who read the first sword art online and I know you will enjoy it. I feel the anime did not portray just how good this novel was so even if you are discouraged from the anime still watch it, it g I really enjoyed this sequel to the first sword art online. It expanded upon the romance that I enjoyed in the first volume and introduced more action and adventure in the universe I so enjoyed. The world is not as good as Aincrad in my opinion but still good all the same. I recommend this book to anyone who read the first sword art online and I know you will enjoy it. I feel the anime did not portray just how good this novel was so even if you are discouraged from the anime still watch it, it gets even better after this.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    I've watched the anime and I've found that the books are the essence that made the anime so fantastic. Sugu's struggle does turn me off a bit, but the rest of the story is amazing. What happens to Mr. jerkface makes me happy. And since the anime was soooo vivid, it was even better I my head. It couldn't have happened to a nicer a-hole.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie M. Allen

    Loved this installment as well! Kawahara's writing saw a definite improvement here. Of course, I already knew what was going to happen thanks to the show, but I loved diving deeper into the characters here.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Kasyfil

    For a light novel, it was amazing! I could imagine the battle between Kirito and Captain Eugeune. The battle was more amazing than Heatcliff's in the first book. And the story is not too simple so the writer couldn't finished it just in one volume. It was different with the first and second book when the the first book told us the main event of the store while the second book just told us the side event. The writer used three perspective in this book. Firs, we read at Lyfa's (which is also Suugu) For a light novel, it was amazing! I could imagine the battle between Kirito and Captain Eugeune. The battle was more amazing than Heatcliff's in the first book. And the story is not too simple so the writer couldn't finished it just in one volume. It was different with the first and second book when the the first book told us the main event of the store while the second book just told us the side event. The writer used three perspective in this book. Firs, we read at Lyfa's (which is also Suugu). Second, we read at Kirito's (Kazuto). Least and the last, the writer used third person's perspective while he write "he" and "her" instead of Kirito and Lyfa. writer's writing style made this book more interisting and more worthed to read than the second book, and for me, it was better than the first book. Even though I have watched the anime version of this book, I still found this book interesting to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Derrick Hardin

    This book wasn't as good as the first, but better than the second, so I gave it four stars. Considering there are only three chapters, it was hard to find a decent stopping place. Also, each of the three chapters were broken up into "micro chapters" that switched the two sides of the story, Kirito and Leafa's side and then Asuna and Oberon's. It was somewhat confusing at times. It was a pretty good book, but the anime was a little better. Just saying, I liked this part of the anime, unlike every This book wasn't as good as the first, but better than the second, so I gave it four stars. Considering there are only three chapters, it was hard to find a decent stopping place. Also, each of the three chapters were broken up into "micro chapters" that switched the two sides of the story, Kirito and Leafa's side and then Asuna and Oberon's. It was somewhat confusing at times. It was a pretty good book, but the anime was a little better. Just saying, I liked this part of the anime, unlike everyone else.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I keep liking these books so much. Although, this kinda looks like SAO, I still liked the story, I like crazy people and both Suguha and Sugou have serious issues. XD Kirito is still the hero, and of course the best of everything, but I did expect that. And the evil plot Sugou has in mind... oh dear, that's really evil. I want more!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Very good! I get a bit annoyed with how every girl falls for Kirito, but other than that I really like it. I love the concept, which you don't see too often.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    And the plot thickens... Why does Kirito attract so many girls... including me?

  13. 5 out of 5

    emily_oriley

    Okay, so, I'm aware this is not everyone's favorite SAO arc; mostly for two reasons: Suguha's love for Kirito and making Asuna the damsel in distress. The second makes sense when you really analyze the situation Asuna has found herself in—she quite literally is unable to fight back—so there should be a little forgiveness there. As for the first... well, condoning nothing, but there are cultural differences here that should be taken into account. In Japan, though not as common as before, cousins Okay, so, I'm aware this is not everyone's favorite SAO arc; mostly for two reasons: Suguha's love for Kirito and making Asuna the damsel in distress. The second makes sense when you really analyze the situation Asuna has found herself in—she quite literally is unable to fight back—so there should be a little forgiveness there. As for the first... well, condoning nothing, but there are cultural differences here that should be taken into account. In Japan, though not as common as before, cousins are free to marry. So you really can't condemn something because it's not a part of your personal culture. Make sense? Now let's get to why I don't like this arc. I am a huge Kirito fan and for the Aincrad books, I liked following his perspective and forgave the few short stories told from the other character's POV. This book is only about 20% from Kirito's POV—the other 80% is told through Suguha and Lyfa's perspective. Which I very much did not enjoy. I do understand the reasoning behind it—Kirito does not know ALO so in order to get some world building/background established, it makes sense to use a character familiar with it. Doesn't mean I have to like it. Anyway, it's a short read and it's a two-parter so don't pick this up unless you're planning on reading both because there is no resolution at all. I'll go more into depth on my review after reading the next volume since, again, this is an incomplete story. Hopefully the narrative will be more balanced.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alan Stebbens

    Characters You Care About A wonderful story continues, with characters that you care about: they’re like family (“Ohana”, as the Hawaiians say), and you want to know that not only are they going to be okay, but that they’ll achieve their goals and become happy. So, you keep reading. Along the way, you learn what it’s like to become involved with a virtual person, to care about him or her, even though you may not have actually met them IRL (In Real Life). Learning that, you also learn that it’s you Characters You Care About A wonderful story continues, with characters that you care about: they’re like family (“Ohana”, as the Hawaiians say), and you want to know that not only are they going to be okay, but that they’ll achieve their goals and become happy. So, you keep reading. Along the way, you learn what it’s like to become involved with a virtual person, to care about him or her, even though you may not have actually met them IRL (In Real Life). Learning that, you also learn that it’s your feelings acquired from shared experiences that bind people together. Whether those experiences are in the real world or they occurred in a virtual world, shared experiences can be the foundation of a lifelong relationship. You should start reading the series, if you haven’t. I’m off to the next book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    2.5 I have learned as I keep reading these books, that for once I actually like the show more. Reki Kawahara has a pacing issue through all of his books. Either they are too slow (like this one) or they are far too fast. I hope this improves as I read one, but I have read and watched other reviews that say otherwise. I will say I actually think the actual game of Alfhime is a really cool concept. Though I am not a fan of this particular arc. I don't like what they do to Ausuna's character in t 2.5 I have learned as I keep reading these books, that for once I actually like the show more. Reki Kawahara has a pacing issue through all of his books. Either they are too slow (like this one) or they are far too fast. I hope this improves as I read one, but I have read and watched other reviews that say otherwise. I will say I actually think the actual game of Alfhime is a really cool concept. Though I am not a fan of this particular arc. I don't like what they do to Ausuna's character in this story. I am just trying through this arc to get to Phantom Bullets.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)

    The anime based on this series has come to be highly regarded within a very short time (it has just begun to cover the present Alfheim arc), and having watched it and gotten up to date, I gave in to temptation and decided to give the light novels a go. They have not disappointed. BeginnerXP's PDF files (among others) of the Baka-Tsuki community translation are at http://www.baka-tsuki.org/forums/view... (where other file formats are also available) and come pleasingly formatted. The Baka-Tsuki pro The anime based on this series has come to be highly regarded within a very short time (it has just begun to cover the present Alfheim arc), and having watched it and gotten up to date, I gave in to temptation and decided to give the light novels a go. They have not disappointed. BeginnerXP's PDF files (among others) of the Baka-Tsuki community translation are at http://www.baka-tsuki.org/forums/view... (where other file formats are also available) and come pleasingly formatted. The Baka-Tsuki project page where you can read the novels online (by chapter if this is preferred) is http://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/ind... Of the series itself, I was already sold on the premise by the anime (the Aincrad arc, covered in the previous two volumes of the light novel) which is a pleasant departure from the .hack// mould. Sword Art Online takes itself less seriously and presents a more approachable face to the viewer, and the vaguely harem-like elements faintly recall the manga series The World God Only Knows. This is not to say however that the series fails to deliver drama-wise. In the Aincrad arc the sense of wonder at being engulfed in a fantasy world and the tentative and beguiling interactions between game personas soon collapses due to the desperate reality the players are thrust into (incidentally with a seeming nod to Berserk, which might have instantly won it my favour), making the setting almost incidental. In the present Fairy Dance arc set in a new game, Alfheim Online, the original gameplay elements (as opposed to the all-encompassing struggle for survival element) return to the fore with the lowered stakes and more traditional game-like standards like magic (absent from Sword Art Online) and flight. Through the new characters (particularly Lyfa) we see questions raised of identity and the prevalence of 'cushioned malice' (in that killings and betrayals haven't the same impact as in SAO, or indeed real life) as players pursue varied individual goals, while Yui, whose origins are now known, now grows to have personality apart from being a mystery or indeed just a steadfast supporter of her Papa (i.e- Kirito). All this serves to make the protagonist Kirito, who still plays for high stakes just as before for Asuna's sake, all the more strange and enigmatic in the eyes of others (besides his SAO-endowed advantages). However, he no longer faces the same alienation as in the early days of the Aincrad arc and a more cheerful side of his personality shows through. While I've appreciated Kirito being different from the usual oblivious protagonist in that he possesses skills which he has knowingly honed from the start, the series doesn't have quite the same range of characters as a light novel series like To Aru Majutsu no Index (reviewed here and also available on Baka-Tsuki) despite being rather better written on the whole, which makes these new demarcations through different values and allegiances all the more advantageous to it. Suguha's viewpoints are another highlight, especially considering her feelings towards her (adopted) brother and the happy coincidence (or not- since Yui's explanation in this volume as to where Kirito ended up doesn't appeal to the manner in which his former stats were restored, instead mentioning inference due in some way to another player) that brought them together in the game. The author's portrait of her is compelling and at odds with the impression had in the earlier arc from Kirito talking about her (if anything, this tells us more about Kirito's propensity towards guilt as with Klein). The thought of Asuna as a damsel in distress was at first grating, but she soon devises a scheme to leave her cage and in the doing shows herself as resourceful as ever (romance and melodrama can sometimes actually help a story if it doesn't detract from its other strengths- Sword Art Online is an excellent example of this). From her father's seeming apathy in the real world, allowing Sugou to do as he has done to his own daughter and others right under his nose, we also get a glimpse into Asuna's family background and social station, recalling her early thoughts about these games in the Aincrad arc. Sugou, or King Oberon as he appears in the game, is as different a villain from Kayaba Akihiko/Heathcliff as can be hoped for, and the character is able to genuinely sicken and inspire loathing in the reader (as opposed to Kayaba Akihiko's restrained and almost ideological evil). Aside from his detestable behaviour, his ambition and base cunning betray a small mind and foolish vanity at times and it will be interesting to see how Kirito and company save the situation in the next volume. In all, this is an excellent entry in the series which expands the scope of it using the newly crafted world of Alfheim Online while at the same time defining what to expect in future beyond new settings. It's an engaging read with interesting new characters and fresh takes on familiar ones augmenting the superb pace (even for a light novel) and action-driven plot, and comes highly recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This was almost better than the anime, just because it went into more detail. By more detail I mean, it gives a deeper look into the characters and their minds.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Very amazing, just like the Anime! :) I like that it is 1st person in Kirito's POV and 3rd for everyone else.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    It feels good to be back. The last SAO book I read about two and a half years ago, so there is of course a bit of weird nostalgia going on in this review. Although this volume was a good one, I have to deduct one star from my rating, because it felt really short, not page-wise, but it felt like nothing realy happened. Granted, this is the first half of the overaching ALO-story, but even the volume-intern strory line about Leafa's party could have been handled a bit better. I liked the first half It feels good to be back. The last SAO book I read about two and a half years ago, so there is of course a bit of weird nostalgia going on in this review. Although this volume was a good one, I have to deduct one star from my rating, because it felt really short, not page-wise, but it felt like nothing realy happened. Granted, this is the first half of the overaching ALO-story, but even the volume-intern strory line about Leafa's party could have been handled a bit better. I liked the first half of this volume more than the second, because this was more a depiction of the real world in a post-SAO status, where things have to be settled and you need to re-adapt to real life. This part was handled rather good, but felt a bit impactles to me. Baybe that is because "the SAO-incident is not finished yet", to give you some teasing foreshadowing, so maybe I`ll have to wait for the next volume to see things getting wrapped up.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    I loved it so much! In a way it is almost better than watching the anime because I could hear what the characters were thinking, I could feel what they felt, and there were such vivid details and descriptions that made up for images. The anime is still amazing though, and having watched it before hand, it was easier to imagine what was happening.

  21. 4 out of 5

    LJF

    KAZUTO KIRIGAYA (aka "Kirito") has finally woken from the death game SAO. He's gone home, and started to get used to his old life. But one cloud of darkness blots what should make him happy- his beloved (as well as 300 other gamers around the country,) has not yet woken up. When he hears a rumor that she was spotted in ALfeim Online, one of the most popular VRMMOs around, Kirito must once again dive into the virtual world. But he isn't alone- it will take a full cast of chatacters to see this st KAZUTO KIRIGAYA (aka "Kirito") has finally woken from the death game SAO. He's gone home, and started to get used to his old life. But one cloud of darkness blots what should make him happy- his beloved (as well as 300 other gamers around the country,) has not yet woken up. When he hears a rumor that she was spotted in ALfeim Online, one of the most popular VRMMOs around, Kirito must once again dive into the virtual world. But he isn't alone- it will take a full cast of chatacters to see this story to its end. SUGUHA KIRIGAYA is Kazuto's beloved younger sister- sort of. Smart, good at kendo and extremely kindhearted, she would do anything to help him- but, at the same time, she's keeping a secret (or two) from him. AGIL (real name Andrew Gilbert Mills) is the merchant from Aincrad, but in the real world, he runs a small cafe and bar. He's the one who tells Kazuto about the ALO sighting- after all, Agil, another SAO survivor, also worries about the fate of those who didn't wake up. ASUNA YUUKI sits in a cage. All day, every day. Sh stares at the bars, because it's better than the other option- staring at "Oberon" the one who trapped her in this cage. She longs to be saved, but maybe, just maybe, she can figure out how to save herself. SOGOU is a pleasant young man who works for Asuna's father- yeah right. Actually, Sugou is a bratty, selfish jerk- and Kazuto can't stand him. Sugou has a plan, and Kazuto must find a way to stop it. YUI is Kirito's "daughter", the sweet and kindhearted AI he rescued in Aincrad. In ALO, she has a slightl different form, but she's more or less the same- and just as eager as Kirito to rescue her "mama". LEAFA plays as a sylph-type fairy in the world of ALO. When a spriggan-type player named "Kirito" crashes into her- and then saves her, she decides to help him with his quest- no matter how ridiculous-sounding that quest seems. But who is the real "Leafa"? RECON is another sylph, and Leafa's IRL classmate. He's kind of worried when Leafa goes off on her own with this "Kirito" guy, but he has bigger problems- someone is planning on betraying the sylphs. The question is, how- and why? Secrets, mystery and rumor abound in this next chapter of Sword Art Online- will Kazuto be able to unravel them?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Filia Martin

    Quick review, because I need to go to sleep. This book is making me realize how BS Kirito is. Everything he does is amazing. Everyone who meets him thinks so. The best parts were when Suguha/Leafa was without Kirito. And even with Asuna. And the book could have easily been 3 and 4 in one (it's only 200 pages.. like a Baby Sitters Club book. WTF.) but the author decided he wanted to get more money by making it a two parter. D:. Also, we did NOT need the fanservice pictures. I'm not interested in tha Quick review, because I need to go to sleep. This book is making me realize how BS Kirito is. Everything he does is amazing. Everyone who meets him thinks so. The best parts were when Suguha/Leafa was without Kirito. And even with Asuna. And the book could have easily been 3 and 4 in one (it's only 200 pages.. like a Baby Sitters Club book. WTF.) but the author decided he wanted to get more money by making it a two parter. D:. Also, we did NOT need the fanservice pictures. I'm not interested in that kind of thing. Plus, it's two separate drawings that's space could have been taken up by better scenes. These aren't even crucial scenes, which illustrations in light novels are supposed to represent. I'm really starting to get agitated with Kirito. He's even more perfect in the books than in the anime. Hopefully, later books fix this.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Isabella Victoria

    Fairy Dance Volume 2 was extremely interesting and caught my interest from the first page. It is the continuation of a sixteen year old boy Kazuto Kirigaya- also known as Kirito who survived living in a video game of death called Sword Art Online. However his lover Asuna Yuuki wasn't quite as lucky and is now trapped in another game along with many other players. This game is called Alfheim Online which mean The Lady of the Fairies. She is being held captive by a family friend called Sugou who w Fairy Dance Volume 2 was extremely interesting and caught my interest from the first page. It is the continuation of a sixteen year old boy Kazuto Kirigaya- also known as Kirito who survived living in a video game of death called Sword Art Online. However his lover Asuna Yuuki wasn't quite as lucky and is now trapped in another game along with many other players. This game is called Alfheim Online which mean The Lady of the Fairies. She is being held captive by a family friend called Sugou who wants to surpass God and starts manipulating the people's emotions and also has an obsession with Asuna. Once Kirito finds out what happened he rushes into the game and meets a girl called Leafa as well as reuniting with Yui a computer program with emotions who considers Kirito and Asuna her parents and they make their way to the world tree where Asuna is being held captive. I love how the author put so much detail in the book. I can picture everything even to the smallest details like when a character is first introduced it usually takes up a whole page just to describe them. The characters are very relatable and I can feel their emotions easily especially Asuna because we can both be very determined and doesn’t let things get her down easily. The plot is quite interesting and creative and it gets you hooked and makes you want to read more. Although I really like this book and the series so far, I feel like the first part of the series was better and had more of an interesting plot. Since they aren't trapped in Sword Art Online anymore I feel like it kinda took away the title’s meaning. I also didn't like how most of the story was in Leafa/Suguha point of view instead of Kazuto's because he is the main character and since I'm not a huge fan of her that was a bit of a let down. Despite those two things it's an extremely good book that I would recommend to anyone so I think it deserves four stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pranith Madishetti

    Sword Art Online Book 3 Fairy Dance Reki Kawahara This is the third book in the series. It continues where the 1st book left off. Kirito has escaped Aincrad and is living his life better. The only problem is that his girlfriend Asuna has not awoken from the Nerve Gear's virtual reality. Since, it has been 2 years since the Nerve gears initial release the next generation of virtual reality has been invented, it is called the Amusphere. The Amusphere is much safer than the Nerve Gear, so a person ca Sword Art Online Book 3 Fairy Dance Reki Kawahara This is the third book in the series. It continues where the 1st book left off. Kirito has escaped Aincrad and is living his life better. The only problem is that his girlfriend Asuna has not awoken from the Nerve Gear's virtual reality. Since, it has been 2 years since the Nerve gears initial release the next generation of virtual reality has been invented, it is called the Amusphere. The Amusphere is much safer than the Nerve Gear, so a person cannot die from it. Kirito is trying to find a way to wake up Asuna, he finds a clue from a old friend from the world of Aincrad, a picture of her was found in the video game Alfheim. Kirito goes to that world to find Asuna, he also meets his sister in the world, but he does not know that it his sister that has been traveling with him. He later find out though. How will Kirito in this new world survive and find his long, lost love? This arc called the Fairy Dance arc reveals more about all the characters story. This book is mostly centered around Kirito and his family. Personally, this arc is pretty interesting, like I said before it gives more information about the characters which is good. You get to learn more about them and how they were in real life. My favorite part was when Kirito used his illisions to scare off the group of Salamanders, when they were on there journey to the Yggdrasil which is in the center of the world. The artist who drew the picture did an amazing job illistrating the monster Kirito turned into to scare them off. In case you want to know he transformed into a fake minotaur giant. Overall, the book enjoyable. As for people I would recommend this to. It would be late middle schooler's and high schooler's. As the series progresses the vocabulary and dialogue get more difficult. As well as the issues and problems talked about.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hud-c

    Finally the continuation of the story where SAO 1 left of. Kirigaya Kazuto find himself in the real world to his surprise. After defeating the final boss of Aincrad castle - (which is the Paladin Heathclif himself a.k.a. Kayaba Akihiko in disguise as well), the remaining players of Sword Art Online should have been freed from the death game. However, not all went to regain their consciousness, 300 players were still left in a coma state, sleeping with their NervGear. And among these people, Asun Finally the continuation of the story where SAO 1 left of. Kirigaya Kazuto find himself in the real world to his surprise. After defeating the final boss of Aincrad castle - (which is the Paladin Heathclif himself a.k.a. Kayaba Akihiko in disguise as well), the remaining players of Sword Art Online should have been freed from the death game. However, not all went to regain their consciousness, 300 players were still left in a coma state, sleeping with their NervGear. And among these people, Asuna is one of them. SAO Vol 3 - Fairy Dance briefly exploits the real world and the synthetic world. I'm referring to Kirito's mundane life. In here, his family was introduced. Speaking of that, another female char - TADAA! Suguha Krigaya is actually Kirito's younger sister whom he has a complicated relationship. In short, tthe plot follows their relationship between the two in both real and the virtual world. Likewise, volume 3 presented another virtual reality thru the new VRMMORPG - ALfheim Online or ALO for short. (So expect to have a outstanding description of THAT world) In ALO, Kirito must find the imprisoned Asuna, with the help of another gamer - the Sylph, Lyfa. On the characters, there a few new characters inserted but Kirito's personality is being built. I like Lyfa/Suguha and the circumstances Reki Kawahira employed to make this a little different than what SAO Vol 1 has. And the new game ALO is interesting, gamers used magic instead of just melee attacks and they have AERIAL BATTLE, too. That's something to look out for in the anime version. Overall, 3.75 stars. I'm giving that rating because I just wish the first arc which is AINCRAD should have 2 volumes allocated for it. Yes, this new arc is comprise in two Volumes - that is Volume 3 & 4.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Callum Forsyth

    The beginning of what I regard (so far) as the worst arc of the series, the first volume of Fairy Dance is exactly what one might expect of a sequel: unless it's Shrek 2 or Empire, it usually sucks. Kirito's grand adventure continues in the first volume of Fairy Dance. He's escaped SAO and awoken in a world he hasn't been part of for two years. He's plagued by the looming fate of his still-comatose virtual wife; essentially she's being married off to a creep who works for her father, who also jus The beginning of what I regard (so far) as the worst arc of the series, the first volume of Fairy Dance is exactly what one might expect of a sequel: unless it's Shrek 2 or Empire, it usually sucks. Kirito's grand adventure continues in the first volume of Fairy Dance. He's escaped SAO and awoken in a world he hasn't been part of for two years. He's plagued by the looming fate of his still-comatose virtual wife; essentially she's being married off to a creep who works for her father, who also just so happens to be running a division of virtual world gaming. He then discovers that someone who looks like his wife (Asuna) has been photographed in another VRMMORPG called Alfheim Online (you can probably see where this is going.) Quite frankly? I hate this arc. This is one of my most hated narrative arcs in anything I've ever read. I don't particularly know where to begin on what I hate the most. The prevalent raging thirst for this sixteen year old boy? Just how ridiculously overpowered and Mary Sue-esque he is? The incestuous love that his sister harbours for him? (For those of you who've read ahead, yes. I'm more than aware of the "plot twist".) You may be wondering why I rated this two stars instead of one. I rate it as such because the idea of a VR world is just so damn appealing. In an age where MMORPGs are all rather samey and there's a lack of real innovation across the board, the idea of a VRMMORPG is just plain delightful. I echo what I said in my review of the second volume of Aincrad: I love the idea of Sword Art Online, and I love what the story could be. In this book, however? I just hate what it is.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leonard Anthony

    This is a great continuation to Sword Art Online, the killer VRMMO which was cleared in volume 1 by Kirito the Black Swordsman and Asuna the Flash. However, two months after the servers of SAO went down, Asuna still has not revived. Kirito wallows in despair until he is contacted by Egil, who showed him a screenshot of a girl uncannily resembling Asuna except her avatar looks like that of a winged fairy. Furthermore, Asuna-fairy is held in a cage hanging from the lower branches of the World Tree This is a great continuation to Sword Art Online, the killer VRMMO which was cleared in volume 1 by Kirito the Black Swordsman and Asuna the Flash. However, two months after the servers of SAO went down, Asuna still has not revived. Kirito wallows in despair until he is contacted by Egil, who showed him a screenshot of a girl uncannily resembling Asuna except her avatar looks like that of a winged fairy. Furthermore, Asuna-fairy is held in a cage hanging from the lower branches of the World Tree, the ultimate objective of the new Full-Dive VRMMO, ALfheim Online. So off Kirito went to create a character in this new world, where he meets Yui, his and Asuna's "offspring" from volume 2 and the Sylph swordswoman, Lyfa, who is much closer to Kirito in the real world than either of them realize. The first few chapters of this new volume almost felt like they dragged on a bit too much, but that's understandable as the author lays in the foundations--characters, settings, new rules, and all--of this new game called ALO. Soon, however, the pace quickens as Kirito logs into ALO and begins his journey towards the massive World Tree that dominates the center of the world. The books ends abruptly though, so make sure you have volume 4 ready to read as soon as you finish! A must-read for fans of SAO, fantasy and massively multiplayer online roleplaying games.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    After Kirito wakes up, he discovers that Asuna along with about 300 other people has not woken up yet. He finds information from a friend that Asuna is trapped in another game, Alfheim Online. Kirito now is going back to the world of NerveGear to save Asuna and bring her back to the real world. While Kirito is trying to save Asuna, she is held captive by a person that wants to take advantage of her condition and marry. This book goes between the struggle of Asuna's escape and Kirito's rescue. I p After Kirito wakes up, he discovers that Asuna along with about 300 other people has not woken up yet. He finds information from a friend that Asuna is trapped in another game, Alfheim Online. Kirito now is going back to the world of NerveGear to save Asuna and bring her back to the real world. While Kirito is trying to save Asuna, she is held captive by a person that wants to take advantage of her condition and marry. This book goes between the struggle of Asuna's escape and Kirito's rescue. I picked up this book because I read the first two books and Tim recommended it to me. I finished this book even though I knew what was going to happen in the book. I wanted to see how the author wrote the book. I also wanted to see if there were any differences in the anime and the novel. I would recommend this book to people who like romance, sci-fi and adventure all in one. I really like all those things and I really liked this book. After watching the anime and reading the novel, I like this series even more. I wonder what happens after this story arc.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Noel Thingvall

    It takes a little while for the story to get going, with a bit of meandering following the first book's cliffhanger and a few initial twists feeling very forced, but once we get into the new game, it picks up steam with rich world-building, some neat new characters, and all the crackling MMO action that makes this series great. The illustrations are also very nice, but did we need to have an underwear shot AND a nude shower shot of the female lead? Really? I've lost my taste for moe fanservice i It takes a little while for the story to get going, with a bit of meandering following the first book's cliffhanger and a few initial twists feeling very forced, but once we get into the new game, it picks up steam with rich world-building, some neat new characters, and all the crackling MMO action that makes this series great. The illustrations are also very nice, but did we need to have an underwear shot AND a nude shower shot of the female lead? Really? I've lost my taste for moe fanservice in manga and anime, and it's disappointing to see it creep into something that's great and doesn't need it. And this also includes the "sibling" romance that's become far too common in media from that country. That said, it's still a crackling good read and a solid addition to the series. The version I read was a fan translation, which had such sloppy and inconsistent grammar that I continue to hope the books will someday be officially licensed so I can re-read them with a professional and polished translation.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Justin Lam

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Fantastic book! This book is about how Kirito (Kirigaya Kazuto) starting to play a different fantasy game to save his love Asuna because he found out that instead of being send back to the real world after SAO (Sword Art Online) she was transfer to another game. Once putting the Nevergear back on he was sent to ALfheim a copy of SAO with other features. Their he befriend his Lfya and was on the way to the World tree to save Asuna. On the way he also befriend two clans and got to the world tree. Fantastic book! This book is about how Kirito (Kirigaya Kazuto) starting to play a different fantasy game to save his love Asuna because he found out that instead of being send back to the real world after SAO (Sword Art Online) she was transfer to another game. Once putting the Nevergear back on he was sent to ALfheim a copy of SAO with other features. Their he befriend his Lfya and was on the way to the World tree to save Asuna. On the way he also befriend two clans and got to the world tree. Once there he found out that Lfya was his cousin. Their he, her and the two clans head to the top of the tree. Kirito went ahead of the gang and got to Asuna in time. Their he face the creator of ALfheim and battle him. Once he beats him he won the battle he the gang and Asuna log out of the game. There in the real world he had to kill the creator as a act of self-defense and that is basely the main idea. ~kero

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