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黒の剣士、キリトが体験した様々なエピソードを収録! 今までの物語を補完する短編集が登場! 『圏内事件』 ──《SAO》中階層で、一人のプレイヤーが殺された。その殺害現場はHPが減るはずのない《安全圏内》だった。これはプレイヤー・キルだと仮定するも、その殺害方法に全く見当がつかず……。奇怪な事件を、キリトとアスナが追う。 『キャリバー』 ──《ALO》伝説の聖剣《エクスキャリバー》。その獲得クエストがついに始まった。守護するモンスターたちの強さから一度は獲得を諦めていたキリトだったが、これを機に再び争奪戦に本格参戦する。しかし、このクエストには壮大な裏イベントがあり……。 『はじまりの日』 ──《SAO》正式稼働初日。茅場晶彦によるデスゲーム開始の声明を受けた直後。キリトが決断した、このゲームを生き抜くための最初の一手。それは、ベータテスト時に攻略 黒の剣士、キリトが体験した様々なエピソードを収録! 今までの物語を補完する短編集が登場! 『圏内事件』 ──《SAO》中階層で、一人のプレイヤーが殺された。その殺害現場はHPが減るはずのない《安全圏内》だった。これはプレイヤー・キルだと仮定するも、その殺害方法に全く見当がつかず……。奇怪な事件を、キリトとアスナが追う。 『キャリバー』 ──《ALO》伝説の聖剣《エクスキャリバー》。その獲得クエストがついに始まった。守護するモンスターたちの強さから一度は獲得を諦めていたキリトだったが、これを機に再び争奪戦に本格参戦する。しかし、このクエストには壮大な裏イベントがあり……。 『はじまりの日』 ──《SAO》正式稼働初日。茅場晶彦によるデスゲーム開始の声明を受けた直後。キリトが決断した、このゲームを生き抜くための最初の一手。それは、ベータテスト時に攻略経験があるクエストを真っ先にクリアし、初期装備よりも強力な剣を獲得することだった──。


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黒の剣士、キリトが体験した様々なエピソードを収録! 今までの物語を補完する短編集が登場! 『圏内事件』 ──《SAO》中階層で、一人のプレイヤーが殺された。その殺害現場はHPが減るはずのない《安全圏内》だった。これはプレイヤー・キルだと仮定するも、その殺害方法に全く見当がつかず……。奇怪な事件を、キリトとアスナが追う。 『キャリバー』 ──《ALO》伝説の聖剣《エクスキャリバー》。その獲得クエストがついに始まった。守護するモンスターたちの強さから一度は獲得を諦めていたキリトだったが、これを機に再び争奪戦に本格参戦する。しかし、このクエストには壮大な裏イベントがあり……。 『はじまりの日』 ──《SAO》正式稼働初日。茅場晶彦によるデスゲーム開始の声明を受けた直後。キリトが決断した、このゲームを生き抜くための最初の一手。それは、ベータテスト時に攻略 黒の剣士、キリトが体験した様々なエピソードを収録! 今までの物語を補完する短編集が登場! 『圏内事件』 ──《SAO》中階層で、一人のプレイヤーが殺された。その殺害現場はHPが減るはずのない《安全圏内》だった。これはプレイヤー・キルだと仮定するも、その殺害方法に全く見当がつかず……。奇怪な事件を、キリトとアスナが追う。 『キャリバー』 ──《ALO》伝説の聖剣《エクスキャリバー》。その獲得クエストがついに始まった。守護するモンスターたちの強さから一度は獲得を諦めていたキリトだったが、これを機に再び争奪戦に本格参戦する。しかし、このクエストには壮大な裏イベントがあり……。 『はじまりの日』 ──《SAO》正式稼働初日。茅場晶彦によるデスゲーム開始の声明を受けた直後。キリトが決断した、このゲームを生き抜くための最初の一手。それは、ベータテスト時に攻略経験があるクエストを真っ先にクリアし、初期装備よりも強力な剣を獲得することだった──。

30 review for ソードアート・オンライン8: アーリー・アンド・レイト

  1. 4 out of 5

    Omegavesko

    Volume 8, titled "Early and Late", is a collection of three short stories, similar to Volume 2. The individual stories are so different to each other that it's kind of hard to rate the volume as a whole. I've given it four stars because I wasn't a huge fan of Caliber - but that may be because I've already seen the essentially unchanged adaptation of it in the anime, while the other two stories were either not covered in the anime or significantly different enough that it didn't feel like I was re Volume 8, titled "Early and Late", is a collection of three short stories, similar to Volume 2. The individual stories are so different to each other that it's kind of hard to rate the volume as a whole. I've given it four stars because I wasn't a huge fan of Caliber - but that may be because I've already seen the essentially unchanged adaptation of it in the anime, while the other two stories were either not covered in the anime or significantly different enough that it didn't feel like I was reading the same story twice. "A murder case in the area" is covered in the anime, but there are a lot of scenes that are different or not present in the adaptation, so it was fun to read even though I already knew what the plot twist would be. There are also quite a few funny scenes involving Asuna and Kirito, and a couple of hilarious ones involving Heathcliff (which were clearly written with the assumption that the reader knows who Heathcliff actually is, which is why I assume they were left out in the anime). "First Day", despite being the shortest story in the volume, is probably the best one in it. I'm surprised it was skipped over in the anime unlike Volume 2 and a couple of other stories, because it shows an incredibly important part of Kirito's character development - the part where he becomes consciously aware of the fact that SAO is more of an alternate reality than a game, the part where he experiences what people are capable of doing to other players when death is on the line, and the part where he realizes what he truly left behind in the real world.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    There's three short stories set in different times through SAO. Two are in the anime, so if you've seen them, and you remember them, the book will be boring. However, if you have a bad memory like I do, this is actually enjoyable. The first story is a mystery, and it's very good once you have all the pieces of the puzzle. And one thing I discovered is that Kirito is a really bad detective. But the story of the players involved is one packed with suspense and intrigue, and emotions running wild. There's three short stories set in different times through SAO. Two are in the anime, so if you've seen them, and you remember them, the book will be boring. However, if you have a bad memory like I do, this is actually enjoyable. The first story is a mystery, and it's very good once you have all the pieces of the puzzle. And one thing I discovered is that Kirito is a really bad detective. But the story of the players involved is one packed with suspense and intrigue, and emotions running wild. It really gets to you. The second story takes place in Alfheim, and it's a quest to get the sword Excalibur. I personally didn't like the story much. I only saw displays of how Kirito is the number one player, with his amazing sword abilities that defeat the system, and how cool he is, and how great he is, and I only want to punch the guy in the face. Because only he could defeat the monster with his system impossible sword skills and I don't buy it. Other than that, the whole story with the frost Giants and Freya was rather fun. And the last story is just a very short recount of Kirito's first adventure alone after they've been trapped in the game. Nothing out of the ordinary, but we can clearly see that he was already 'an amazing swordsman' since then, which I also don't like. That guy is indestructible, and it annoys me to no end.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jorge Rosas

    To be honest the anime sort of spoiled the first story and most of the second one, with that in mind I couldn’t really appreciate the first one, the second one is also in the anime (second season) but it goes so fast there that I could read and appreciate this second one I loved the Norse Mythology there and for the third story we remember the True nature of SAO and the brutality of that reality.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aakash Yadav

    3.75⭐ ‘It wasn't about dying or living. There was no way for me to "earn" a real understanding of death here to begin with. Because in the real world, a place where death was just as permanent as here, I'd never been close enough to death to know. No, it was the fact that this was an alternate world. That I couldn't see the people I wanted to see. That was the one truth. The reality of this world. I buried my face in the sheets, gritted my teeth, and trembled violently. There were no tears. Perhaps 3.75⭐ ‘It wasn't about dying or living. There was no way for me to "earn" a real understanding of death here to begin with. Because in the real world, a place where death was just as permanent as here, I'd never been close enough to death to know. No, it was the fact that this was an alternate world. That I couldn't see the people I wanted to see. That was the one truth. The reality of this world. I buried my face in the sheets, gritted my teeth, and trembled violently. There were no tears. Perhaps there were tears falling on my real cheeks, as I lay on my bed back home in the real world. Perhaps they were in view of Suguha, watching over me in person. "Wut's wong. Big Bwudda?” A soft hand caressed my head.’ That did make my eyes prick. Kirito finally understands what it actually meant to be imprisoned in a virtual world. This is from the third short story ‘The Days of Beginning’ which starts instantly after Kirito left Klein on the first floor to become a solo player. This book contains three short stories: -The Safe Haven Incident. -Calibur -The days of Beginning. ‘The Safe Haven Incident’ is the story in which a player is killed in the safe zone which is considered impossible as no one can be hurt while they are in safe zones. Asuna and Kirito, who watched the incident, take upon themselves to solve the case. This story delves into the mystery genre and did a competent job at it. ‘Calibur’ is your regular quest type story in which Kirito and the gang(Asuna, Silica, Liz, Klein, Sinon, Leafa) decide to take the legendary sword Excalibur for themselves. This simple quest then turns into a huge quest to save Alfheim. If they fail then all the Alfheim will be invaded by the Frost giants. It is based upon the myth of Thor disguising himself to reclaim his stolen hammer. It was a fun little story with Kirito again showing a new and powerful skill. ‘The days of Beginning’ was my favourite story in this book. Maybe because it wasn't adapted into the anime and was totally new for me. I already knew the story of the first two short stories as I have watched the anime so it was basically a re-watch/re-read. ‘The days of beginning’ start when Kirito being selfish(which isn't really a bad thing) leaves Klein reluctantly to go to the next village so he can have all the goodies for him and level up faster than the others by killing the weak monsters. It is the story of how he got his sword and understood what it meant to be a solo player. Overall it was an enjoyable read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    v.8 of the Sword Art Online light novel series is a collection of three stories—two lengthier shorts (which will be recognizable for readers who've already seen the anime) and one short (which is new). All three are "flashback" stories, so it may take some reorientation to come to terms with the lack of timeline continuity, which threw me for a loop initially but, ultimately, works out fine. The first story features a murder in a safe area, investigated by Kirito and Asuna. While it appeared in t v.8 of the Sword Art Online light novel series is a collection of three stories—two lengthier shorts (which will be recognizable for readers who've already seen the anime) and one short (which is new). All three are "flashback" stories, so it may take some reorientation to come to terms with the lack of timeline continuity, which threw me for a loop initially but, ultimately, works out fine. The first story features a murder in a safe area, investigated by Kirito and Asuna. While it appeared in the anime, it was in a much more truncated form there. I enjoyed the differing details and how Kawahara twists the story. The second story is how Kirito and crew quest for the Excalibur sword. Like with the first story, the light novel version is much more indepth and detailed than its rendition in the anime series. Where it's appearance in the anime felt kind of tedious and like a boring side quest (which, technically, it is, lol), there's a much larger scope in the light novel version. There's actually some pretty big stakes at play. I doubt if this will ever be a favorite SAO story, but at least here the impact is stronger and the journey more interesting. The final story takes us all the way back to the beginning, right after the announcement that the only way to escape the game is to beat the game. This is about what Kirito does right after he leaves—the mad-dash to level up that would later turn "beaters" and "solo players" into slurs by the larger player base. It's short, but actually delivers some decent emotion and shows Kirito's early stages in a way the anime doesn't. While nothing will beat the core SAO story, it's hard to be a fan of the series and not enjoy the three stories author Reki Kawahara gives us here.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alyse

    I really wish more people would read the light novels. In this volume it's a collection of short stories, featuring the incident from Kirito and Asuna's time in the game of death; SAO and the Excalibur episodes after Kirito saves Asuna in Alfhiem Online. The final story features a story taken back to when Kirito left Klein back at the Town of Beginnings, this story is by far the most interesting if the two and this makes me again wish that more people who watched the series and liked the series I really wish more people would read the light novels. In this volume it's a collection of short stories, featuring the incident from Kirito and Asuna's time in the game of death; SAO and the Excalibur episodes after Kirito saves Asuna in Alfhiem Online. The final story features a story taken back to when Kirito left Klein back at the Town of Beginnings, this story is by far the most interesting if the two and this makes me again wish that more people who watched the series and liked the series would read the light novel series. **Maybe not the Progressive series, as it's being published after the SAO series but gives insight to what trials Kirito and Asuna faced before being estranged friends, to lovers.** Volume 8 is essentially a recap of sorts, it introduces the Laughing Coffin guild, which if readers read the GGO part and where Kirito almost dies by the hand of deranged KoB member they'll be introduced to the evil PK guild. (Also if reading the Progressive novels, volume 4) The last story, Kirito has a near death experience, more so than being in a game that will kill you in different ways. You get to understand the weight that Kirito is shouldering throughout the game and maybe feel relieved once he meets Asuna and begins his life with her. (eventually of course...) Please read the light novels! You won't regret it!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jo Carter

    Unfortunately this volume didn't gel with me how I wanted it to. I was really excited to read the first short story, but I couldn't connect with it. I kept thinking I needed to sit down and commit to at least an hour of reading, but I could never push past 15 minutes of reading. I was bored. I think the first story would be interesting, had I not watched the anime. The second was also boring, I skipped most if it, but it had no immediacy or stakes. They were playing in a regular MMORPG, not the Unfortunately this volume didn't gel with me how I wanted it to. I was really excited to read the first short story, but I couldn't connect with it. I kept thinking I needed to sit down and commit to at least an hour of reading, but I could never push past 15 minutes of reading. I was bored. I think the first story would be interesting, had I not watched the anime. The second was also boring, I skipped most if it, but it had no immediacy or stakes. They were playing in a regular MMORPG, not the kind you can die, so I didn't give a hoot if their quest succeeded or not. However, I did enjoy the last, smallest story. It waSn't in the anime and brought me back to the death threat of the entire series. I hope the next volume is better.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

    I'll start off by saying that I'm a big fan of the sword Art books and Anime. Despite some of the inconsistencies in the books, the overall story is very enjoyable. As for this book, I enjoyed it. It contains three stories which take place at different periods in the overall story. The first and longest is a mystery story, and while a little dragged out, is still a fun read. The second, an action story with Norse mythology littered throughout. The third and my favorite one, expands on the main ch I'll start off by saying that I'm a big fan of the sword Art books and Anime. Despite some of the inconsistencies in the books, the overall story is very enjoyable. As for this book, I enjoyed it. It contains three stories which take place at different periods in the overall story. The first and longest is a mystery story, and while a little dragged out, is still a fun read. The second, an action story with Norse mythology littered throughout. The third and my favorite one, expands on the main character and the world he occupies. Overall another great set of stories from this author.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    Once again a collection of a few stories from the Game of Death and Alfheim. If you know the anime you'll recognize the murder mystery and acquiring Excalibur. But here we also get to see Kirito's beginning after leaving Klein behind and just where he headed and what he did. All in all, a fun collection. If you're an SAO fan you probably don't want to miss it. If you've read the first 7 volumes, why stop? In essence a solid entry into the legacy of SAO. Once again a collection of a few stories from the Game of Death and Alfheim. If you know the anime you'll recognize the murder mystery and acquiring Excalibur. But here we also get to see Kirito's beginning after leaving Klein behind and just where he headed and what he did. All in all, a fun collection. If you're an SAO fan you probably don't want to miss it. If you've read the first 7 volumes, why stop? In essence a solid entry into the legacy of SAO.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo Matos

    As all books of sidestories I've read, didn't feel particularly engaged. As with book 2, the best story imho is the shortest and last (about Kirito's first hours after being forced into the game of death). The mistery novel is ok, the Excalibur story is not that interesting (although Kirito does show off a new way to exploit the system that only he can do :) ) So not bad, but not great. As all books of sidestories I've read, didn't feel particularly engaged. As with book 2, the best story imho is the shortest and last (about Kirito's first hours after being forced into the game of death). The mistery novel is ok, the Excalibur story is not that interesting (although Kirito does show off a new way to exploit the system that only he can do :) ) So not bad, but not great.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    It was 3 short stories from the first s d second arcs of the series. I wasn't too interested in these, but they were alright. I mostly read it in case there was something mentioned in Vol 9 that was mentioned in an earlier story. I did like the one about what happened to Kirito after the end of the first episode of the anime. That hit me in the feels. Anyway, onward to Vol 9 and the new arc. It was 3 short stories from the first s d second arcs of the series. I wasn't too interested in these, but they were alright. I mostly read it in case there was something mentioned in Vol 9 that was mentioned in an earlier story. I did like the one about what happened to Kirito after the end of the first episode of the anime. That hit me in the feels. Anyway, onward to Vol 9 and the new arc.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather Wright

    Another book that lived up to all of my expectations based on my love of the anime. This jumps around in time across three short stories so be prepared for three very different portrayals of Kirito. If you’ve enjoyed the series so far I would recommend continuing with this volume.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Liked the revisit with Sinon and the background of Kirito's first hour after the horrible realization about SAO Liked the revisit with Sinon and the background of Kirito's first hour after the horrible realization about SAO

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Hozak

    I saw the anime series first, so this was a fun look into what Kirito was thinking during those adventures.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hammu

    neither good nor bad, but make me uninterested in the stories

  16. 5 out of 5

    Echo Wong

    3.5 Kirito-kun really is a terrible detective!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne Nelson

    A good entry to complete some story points here and there.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alessia Fabiani

    Good

  19. 5 out of 5

    Martina

    The Safe Haven Incident: 5 ⭐️ Calibur: 3 ⭐️ The Town Of Beginnings: 4 ⭐️

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shayan Kh

    2.8 stars Not that it was bad or anything, but the 2 previous books of this series set a high benchmark. This one was a set of 3 short stories, 2 of which happened before getting out of Aincrad and one of them after the Phantom Bullet incident. I really liked the 2 that happened in Aincrad. The first one is actually about the first time Asuna notices that Kirito is living in Aincrad and not just surviving. As it was explained in previous books, it was this incident that lead to Asuna's feeli 2.8 stars Not that it was bad or anything, but the 2 previous books of this series set a high benchmark. This one was a set of 3 short stories, 2 of which happened before getting out of Aincrad and one of them after the Phantom Bullet incident. I really liked the 2 that happened in Aincrad. The first one is actually about the first time Asuna notices that Kirito is living in Aincrad and not just surviving. As it was explained in previous books, it was this incident that lead to Asuna's feelings for Kirito. And that is the problem, it was late. This story should have been in the first book. That way, the Asuna and Kirito romance wouldn't have seemed so forced. The second story is just a fun getting together part of the book. Nothing special. The last story was the best one among these 3 in my opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    More side-stories! With the illustrations still a bit on the moe-side, but getting more polished The first is a flashback to 50~ish floor of Aincrad, with Kirito & Asuna attempting to solve a PK mystery. The anime had this episode happening chronologically in the series Second is a more current adventure in ALO. The usual crew (fresh from GGO Sinon included) do a "Holy Sword Excaliber" quest. Delightful bastardization of Norse mythology for NPCs and very energetic run overall The third and final st More side-stories! With the illustrations still a bit on the moe-side, but getting more polished The first is a flashback to 50~ish floor of Aincrad, with Kirito & Asuna attempting to solve a PK mystery. The anime had this episode happening chronologically in the series Second is a more current adventure in ALO. The usual crew (fresh from GGO Sinon included) do a "Holy Sword Excaliber" quest. Delightful bastardization of Norse mythology for NPCs and very energetic run overall The third and final story jumps back to Aincraid day 1 and Kirito's "first adventure" so to speak after the deathgame officially starts.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Luchies

    Two novellas and a short story, in a odd order. 'Safe Haven Incident' in original SAO, 'Calibur' in Alfheim Online, then 'The Day of Beginnings' a flashback to the first day in SAO. I liked all three, mostly, tho two of them have some flaws. 'Safe Haven Incident' ties in to the two Phantom Bullet novels, and features the villain from those books. It's MEANT to be a sort of cool callback, I suppose, but it makes Kirito look REALLY dumb for not recognizing him in the earlier book. 'Day of Beginning Two novellas and a short story, in a odd order. 'Safe Haven Incident' in original SAO, 'Calibur' in Alfheim Online, then 'The Day of Beginnings' a flashback to the first day in SAO. I liked all three, mostly, tho two of them have some flaws. 'Safe Haven Incident' ties in to the two Phantom Bullet novels, and features the villain from those books. It's MEANT to be a sort of cool callback, I suppose, but it makes Kirito look REALLY dumb for not recognizing him in the earlier book. 'Day of Beginnings' is pretty good, but we never really get a sense for the adversary's motivations in the story. Which is a personal gripe, I admit, but it bugs me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    As always, entertaining. This one is composed of three side stories: The first one happened in Aincrad and is shown in the anime. It's about a little mistery of a PK in a safe area. Remeber the "Holy Sword Excaliber" from the begining of ALO? The second story is the quest to recover it. This one has very interesting concepts. Finally, the last story takes place in the very firs day of SAO, and show as a little about kirito's evolution. As always, entertaining. This one is composed of three side stories: The first one happened in Aincrad and is shown in the anime. It's about a little mistery of a PK in a safe area. Remeber the "Holy Sword Excaliber" from the begining of ALO? The second story is the quest to recover it. This one has very interesting concepts. Finally, the last story takes place in the very firs day of SAO, and show as a little about kirito's evolution.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erickson

    Good side story portion, filling up the missing pieces of Aincrad arc. Rather detailed in terms of thought processes too. The most enjoyable part was the Caliber portion - the one depicting the quest of finding 'Holy Sword Excaliber'. Very clearly limned and expressed, and a more lively event as compared to many of their adventures so far. Good side story portion, filling up the missing pieces of Aincrad arc. Rather detailed in terms of thought processes too. The most enjoyable part was the Caliber portion - the one depicting the quest of finding 'Holy Sword Excaliber'. Very clearly limned and expressed, and a more lively event as compared to many of their adventures so far.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paul Adrian

    These side stories are legendary. Will give you an idea what really happened before the cataclysmic event. Hope there are more actions. Of course that's just my humble opinion. In a gist, it is as I said earlier, legendary! These side stories are legendary. Will give you an idea what really happened before the cataclysmic event. Hope there are more actions. Of course that's just my humble opinion. In a gist, it is as I said earlier, legendary!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alifa

    1st story: already watched the anime version, so i mostly just scanned the pages. 2nd story: really enjoyed this one, a fresh adventure with previous characters from SAO, ALO and GGO. 3rd story: quite interesting, this part told us about Kirito's first day in SAO 1st story: already watched the anime version, so i mostly just scanned the pages. 2nd story: really enjoyed this one, a fresh adventure with previous characters from SAO, ALO and GGO. 3rd story: quite interesting, this part told us about Kirito's first day in SAO

  27. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Sword Art Online #8 (available in English through Baka Tsuki) Sword Art Online #8 (available in English through Baka Tsuki)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    This is an alternate ending to the Excalibur short story, it's a "what if" at a crucial point in the dungeon. Interesting results and the ramifications of the decision would make a great full novel. This is an alternate ending to the Excalibur short story, it's a "what if" at a crucial point in the dungeon. Interesting results and the ramifications of the decision would make a great full novel.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This was my least favorite side-story in the anime and it's no different in the light novel format. I quickly skipped through it. I did, however, thoroughly enjoy the Alfheim Online side-story. This was my least favorite side-story in the anime and it's no different in the light novel format. I quickly skipped through it. I did, however, thoroughly enjoy the Alfheim Online side-story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ling

    First par was boring, second part wasn't too spectacular but the third part made me really like it :) I wished the author wrote more like that First par was boring, second part wasn't too spectacular but the third part made me really like it :) I wished the author wrote more like that

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