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The virtual world of ALfheim Online might not be literally deadly, but there's still plenty of tough adventuring to be had. The trio of Liz, Silica, and Leafa set out on a quest for a magical ring but immediately run into monsters tougher than they expected. A certain black-clothed swordsman comes to their rescue—but it's not Kirito?! It seems the "game of death" has had l The virtual world of ALfheim Online might not be literally deadly, but there's still plenty of tough adventuring to be had. The trio of Liz, Silica, and Leafa set out on a quest for a magical ring but immediately run into monsters tougher than they expected. A certain black-clothed swordsman comes to their rescue—but it's not Kirito?! It seems the "game of death" has had lingering emotional effects on everyone, and even the survivors bear scars. But the trio have gotten through tough times before, and they're not gonna let a buffed boss stand between them and their goal! Even if they succeed in finishing the quest, though, will they be able to heal the mysterious sword-wielder's broken heart...? Join Liz, Silica, and Leafa on a new adventure that's all their own!


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The virtual world of ALfheim Online might not be literally deadly, but there's still plenty of tough adventuring to be had. The trio of Liz, Silica, and Leafa set out on a quest for a magical ring but immediately run into monsters tougher than they expected. A certain black-clothed swordsman comes to their rescue—but it's not Kirito?! It seems the "game of death" has had l The virtual world of ALfheim Online might not be literally deadly, but there's still plenty of tough adventuring to be had. The trio of Liz, Silica, and Leafa set out on a quest for a magical ring but immediately run into monsters tougher than they expected. A certain black-clothed swordsman comes to their rescue—but it's not Kirito?! It seems the "game of death" has had lingering emotional effects on everyone, and even the survivors bear scars. But the trio have gotten through tough times before, and they're not gonna let a buffed boss stand between them and their goal! Even if they succeed in finishing the quest, though, will they be able to heal the mysterious sword-wielder's broken heart...? Join Liz, Silica, and Leafa on a new adventure that's all their own!

30 review for Sword Art Online: Girls' Ops, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sushi (寿司)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this. So different from SAO we know. Some parts are also funny as when they discover Kuro is a girl and they are shocked. I loved also the part of slimes who spat acid on their clothes. Probably boys will love also more that part since slimes melt their clothes. I can't wait to read the number two. 💕 I loved this. So different from SAO we know. Some parts are also funny as when they discover Kuro is a girl and they are shocked. I loved also the part of slimes who spat acid on their clothes. Probably boys will love also more that part since slimes melt their clothes. I can't wait to read the number two. 💕

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    So I'll admit I watched the SOA anime of Aincrad then read the Fairy Dance mangas just so I could read this (because the girls look so adorable and I wasn't gonna let that slip from my grasp), and I am so glad I did! Putting aside the fact that this weird goal made me watch an anime I ended up loving, this manga is 100% worth it! I'm so glad these characters get their own time in the spotlight because they were my favourite parts of their respective parts of SAO. I would not have enjoyed this ne So I'll admit I watched the SOA anime of Aincrad then read the Fairy Dance mangas just so I could read this (because the girls look so adorable and I wasn't gonna let that slip from my grasp), and I am so glad I did! Putting aside the fact that this weird goal made me watch an anime I ended up loving, this manga is 100% worth it! I'm so glad these characters get their own time in the spotlight because they were my favourite parts of their respective parts of SAO. I would not have enjoyed this nearly as much if I hadn't met these characters in my strangely fixated revision(?) into the series I wouldn't have enjoyed this spin-off as much. 100% recommend but also recommend reading/watching all of Aincrad and Fairy Dance first. Hope Alicia Rue will make an appearance at some stage (gotta love a cat girl)!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nyssa

    Maybe it was a "You have to read the main series first" thing, or a "You have to have at least watch the anime" thing, but this felt a bit hollow to me. It's evident that I've missed a lot of important backstories, especially since I went in knowing nothing about the series other than my daughter likes the anime version. That being said, my daughter felt these books would be great "mental breaks" between all of my academic reading, and I think she's right. The story is interesting, and I am looki Maybe it was a "You have to read the main series first" thing, or a "You have to have at least watch the anime" thing, but this felt a bit hollow to me. It's evident that I've missed a lot of important backstories, especially since I went in knowing nothing about the series other than my daughter likes the anime version. That being said, my daughter felt these books would be great "mental breaks" between all of my academic reading, and I think she's right. The story is interesting, and I am looking forward to following the girls on their adventures. Thankfully, my library had all four of the books (I don't think book 5 is out yet, at least not in English), and I was able to borrow the whole set at one time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brandy Wilkes

    The storyline was pretty thin, but it is the first manga I've ever read...are they all like this. It was cute though. I especially enjoyed the illustrations that were thrown in of the girls in each others costumes, that was pretty funny. Time to read volume 2... The storyline was pretty thin, but it is the first manga I've ever read...are they all like this. It was cute though. I especially enjoyed the illustrations that were thrown in of the girls in each others costumes, that was pretty funny. Time to read volume 2...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Doc

    This book is rated Teen for Violence, some mature themes related to the original SAO story, and a little bit of fanservice but nothing to graphic. If you want to be safe by all means flip through this book before allowing someone younger from reading it. :) I personally enjoyed this tale of friendship between Liz, Silicia, and Leafa as they quest for a magical ring and end up meeting someone that looks like Kirito on the quest who was also a survivor of the original Sword Art Online conflict. It This book is rated Teen for Violence, some mature themes related to the original SAO story, and a little bit of fanservice but nothing to graphic. If you want to be safe by all means flip through this book before allowing someone younger from reading it. :) I personally enjoyed this tale of friendship between Liz, Silicia, and Leafa as they quest for a magical ring and end up meeting someone that looks like Kirito on the quest who was also a survivor of the original Sword Art Online conflict. It was nice to see a tale where Kirito and Asuna are not involved and some of the other girls got a chance to have fun on their own as well as get to meet a new friend while they over come difficult challenges. Gonna avoid spoilers by avoiding any further mention of the quest or the new character so if you are curious then you will just have to read the book yourself. :) If I had to chose a favorite part of this book it would have to be when Silicia accidentally crashed int o the new player after losing her footing when the ground shakes. It's real cute and we find something out that is important about the new player. :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    It's fun to have a book without Kirito once in a while. The girls aren't much different from the way they are around him, but it's nice see how capable they are on their own. Looking forward to more adventures, especially with the new character that was introduced. It's fun to have a book without Kirito once in a while. The girls aren't much different from the way they are around him, but it's nice see how capable they are on their own. Looking forward to more adventures, especially with the new character that was introduced.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brian Wilkerson

    This is the first volume of the Sword Art Online spinoff manga, Girls' Ops. It focuses on a trio of main cast members from Sword Art Online, Silicia, Lisbeth and Leafa, and one new character, Lux (real name Hiyori). This is the volume that introduces Lux. I enjoyed reading it but it has its share of flaws. To go into more detail... The story is framed by the release of a new quest in Alfheim online, Angel Rings. It is one that was present in Aincrad, and the new admins tweaked it to make it wor This is the first volume of the Sword Art Online spinoff manga, Girls' Ops. It focuses on a trio of main cast members from Sword Art Online, Silicia, Lisbeth and Leafa, and one new character, Lux (real name Hiyori). This is the volume that introduces Lux. I enjoyed reading it but it has its share of flaws. To go into more detail... The story is framed by the release of a new quest in Alfheim online, Angel Rings. It is one that was present in Aincrad, and the new admins tweaked it to make it work in the world of the fairies. Lisbeth and Silicia invite Leafa to join them, and while on this quest they meet a dual-wielding sword-user wearing a black cloak. They assume it is Kirito, but it is actually "Kuro", an avatar created by Hiyori. This is one of the reasons that I find the first volume to be lackluster. Creating a copy of Kirito to anchor the plot feels like a narrative crutch. It is as though Reki Kawahara created a new (supporting) protagonist by flipping his main-story protagonist's gender and then justified it with a hero-worshipper angle. Silicia even convinces Lisbeth and Leafa to assist "Kuro" by suggesting they would be abandoning "a Kirito" if they didn't. However, it is more complicated than that. Hiyori has good reason to be emulating Kirito. This informs her decisions in this volume, gives weight to the plot, and it is funny to see her fangirl over simply meeting Kirito's sister. However, emulating Kirito obscures her actual personality and uniqueness. One does not see the real Hiyori until she appears before her new friends as "Lux", which was her SAO avatar. The glimpse is in this volume was enough to pique my interest in seeing more of her, now that she was no longer role-playing The Black Swordsman. Indeed, the reader does not see an unobstructed view of Lux until volume 3. Trust me, it is worth the wait! Anyway, about the other aspects of this volume. There are three or so stages of this quest for the Angel Rings. Each scene has a narrative purpose, and so the story has a nice structure and progression leading up to its climax. That was fun to read. Another plus for this volume is the running gag about the Tsundere Angel. This is the name given to the NPC who is the quest giver for the Angel Rings quest. She is an angel who acts like a "tsundere", grumpy and rude at the start of the quest but becoming more affectionate and/or flustered to the player(s) at the end. The means of triggering the "dere" side of this Tsundere Angel is a fun little sideplot. The battle with the boss at the end of the quest was a little difficult to follow. The art style didn't convey action as well as I would have liked. Perhaps that was the fault of the boss itself; he's huge, and the players are human-size. The scale might might have been the problem. Otherwise it was a fun and meaningful battle. The emotional content of this tough fight makes the fire-forged-friendship at the end feel more earned. Three of the four of them are SAO survivors, after all, so they know what it is like to depend on party members when fighting monsters. The art is good. It shows the cuteness of the main cast, but also the immensity and threat of the boss and the subordinate monsters. The panel showing what happened to the Tsundere Angel's rose pavilion is a stark image that shouts, "something bad has happened". Trickster Eric Novels gives Sword Art Online Girls' Ops volume one a B+

  8. 5 out of 5

    Filia Martin

    I was super excited for this, as Lisbeth if my favorite character in all of SAO (Sinon is my second, and she's not here.. I guess her getting no 'screen time' after episode 18 of season 2 doesn't count, and her barely appearing for 6 episodes before that doesn't, either), and this promises to show a lot of Lisbeth, Silica, and Leafa. This volume, while a lot of fun, and not poorly written, mostly focuses on the girls talking only about Kirito (like he's all they know), or trying to get a girl wh I was super excited for this, as Lisbeth if my favorite character in all of SAO (Sinon is my second, and she's not here.. I guess her getting no 'screen time' after episode 18 of season 2 doesn't count, and her barely appearing for 6 episodes before that doesn't, either), and this promises to show a lot of Lisbeth, Silica, and Leafa. This volume, while a lot of fun, and not poorly written, mostly focuses on the girls talking only about Kirito (like he's all they know), or trying to get a girl whose avatar looks like Kirito to join their party. There's nothing new to be learned about them, and honestly, other than Silica, none of them get to shine. Most of the character development involves Kuro, aka the new girl. Which is ok, but for a series that is supposed to focus on Leafa, Silica, and Lisbeth, this is disappointing. On the plus side, Silica does do something other than look 'cute', and complain about Kirito looking up her skirt. I did like that Silica finally isn't useless here, so that is a plus. Like I said, this isn't bad. It is a fun read, with Ok art. And it's a new story, not a retelling of existing material, which is a plus. The next volume looks disappointing, though, so I don't look forward to it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    I really enjoy the fact that Leafa, Silica and Liz get their own storyline. Meeting and questing with their new friend Lux. I will say if you aren't already familiar with SAO and the characters this is not really a good place to start because the series does expect you to know who they are and their background. But knowing all that, it was a fun entry. It is light and fast, but that doesn't detract from the fact that the girls are doing their own thing. I really enjoy the fact that Leafa, Silica and Liz get their own storyline. Meeting and questing with their new friend Lux. I will say if you aren't already familiar with SAO and the characters this is not really a good place to start because the series does expect you to know who they are and their background. But knowing all that, it was a fun entry. It is light and fast, but that doesn't detract from the fact that the girls are doing their own thing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yuiko

    I liked it can't wait for the next one I liked it can't wait for the next one

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ella

    Not bad.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David Doel

    This may be the dullest manga I've ever read. The art is poor as well. This may be the dullest manga I've ever read. The art is poor as well.

  13. 5 out of 5

    André

    I liked the plot, but this arc is too ecchi to me... Unnecessary!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Fluff spin-off from SAO series (post ALO dramaz too), the girls head out for side-quest for some special item Even tho Kirito isn't even IN this one, he still somehow ends up being the central focus (as a sorry excuse to replace their motivation for doin anything. Yes let's all be strong... oh but not because we have any chara development or agency, nope! Let's do it because someone else) The art is pleasant enuff, but for a story in such an epic MMO-RPG, you'd think someone would have penciled in Fluff spin-off from SAO series (post ALO dramaz too), the girls head out for side-quest for some special item Even tho Kirito isn't even IN this one, he still somehow ends up being the central focus (as a sorry excuse to replace their motivation for doin anything. Yes let's all be strong... oh but not because we have any chara development or agency, nope! Let's do it because someone else) The art is pleasant enuff, but for a story in such an epic MMO-RPG, you'd think someone would have penciled in more backgrounds to give the world more depth

  15. 4 out of 5

    Galion Public Library Teens

    Review by D.B. : "[I liked] how it follows Liz, silica, Leafa. Everyone [would like]." (2015, 5 stars). Review by T.C. : "[I liked] plot & character. Everyone would like." (2015, 5 stars) Review by D.B. : "[I liked] how it follows Liz, silica, Leafa. Everyone [would like]." (2015, 5 stars). Review by T.C. : "[I liked] plot & character. Everyone would like." (2015, 5 stars)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Butler

    I have so far loved what I have seen and read of the previous Sword Art Online installments, and this was no exception. I absolutely love that the secondary characters of the aforementioned installments had their time in the spotlight as primary characters! Silica, Liz, and Leafa as characters were fleshed out, finally having their change as protagonists. For readers not familiar with the Sword Art Online saga, the story begins when characters become trapped in a video game, instantly being immer I have so far loved what I have seen and read of the previous Sword Art Online installments, and this was no exception. I absolutely love that the secondary characters of the aforementioned installments had their time in the spotlight as primary characters! Silica, Liz, and Leafa as characters were fleshed out, finally having their change as protagonists. For readers not familiar with the Sword Art Online saga, the story begins when characters become trapped in a video game, instantly being immersed in a world of literal life-and-death. Those who perish in the game die in the real world, and those who survived the original world live a life haunted by the memories. This particular manga installment takes place after the initial events, in a much safer game known as Alfheim Online, a world of fairies, cats, and angels. Sword Art Online: Girls’ Ops is the first in its series: a spin-off that focuses on its female secondary characters. Silica was one of my favorite side characters in the show, so it was lovely seeing this little chibi shine in a leading role. She is concerned for a newcomer, Kuro, and feels the need to protect her in this harmless world. Turns out, it is not the world that is harmful, but the memories that the SAO survivors carry with them. As it turns out, the power of friendship saves the day! I docked a star from a five-star rating because of fan-service and Kirito name dropping. The fan-service appeared during one of the many fights in which the opponent (slime monsters) shoot acidic poison at the characters, making their clothes disintegrate in convenient places. There is also another scene, when the characters are in the real world, in which they are undressing while getting ready for a PE class. The name dropping of Kirito (the main character in the SAO saga) was overdone, as the multiple references of him sounded as if he should have made an appearance. Some scenes did not pass the Bechdel test in this regard, as he was brought up often in a book that was supposed to feature the perspective of the girls. Though I understand why he was brought up, as it fit the plot. Overall, I loved this book. I would recommend it to those who are already familiar with the previous events in the Sword Art Online storyline and those who like manga and don’t mind the right-to-left reading format.

  17. 4 out of 5

    MC

    The best thing about this manga was that it didn't focus on Kirito and Asuna. Don't get me wrong. I like the two of them to an extent, but sometimes it's awesome to see the other characters who are not VR Superman and Supergirl be the main character. That's what we have here in this manga. The story begins when Liz and Silica meet up with Leafa to go on a quest to in the VRMMO AlfHeim Online. Once there, they meet a girl who has made herself look just as Kirito, whom she idolizes for saving every The best thing about this manga was that it didn't focus on Kirito and Asuna. Don't get me wrong. I like the two of them to an extent, but sometimes it's awesome to see the other characters who are not VR Superman and Supergirl be the main character. That's what we have here in this manga. The story begins when Liz and Silica meet up with Leafa to go on a quest to in the VRMMO AlfHeim Online. Once there, they meet a girl who has made herself look just as Kirito, whom she idolizes for saving everyone from the death trap that was Sword Art Online. At first the girl is standoffish, but realizing how much she is hurting, the girls forge a friendship with her. Thus begins what is a more than one volume story where the other girls are front and center. What I liked about this was how we saw the girls from the stories in a way that developed them and their characters more so than before. While they still think more of Kirito than I would like, the kids take their own paths and Kirito is not the dominant force in the story by any stretch of the imagination. I loved the art here. It showed the comedic moments wonderfully, and the characters are beautifully drawn. I also love the bit part of the NPC "tsundere angel". So funny. Great stuff. Also, there is a sort of cliff-hanger suggesting more is to be revealed in the next volume about our new friend Kuro/Lux. Can't wait to read more in the second volume.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Liz H {Redd's Reads}

    I'm really enjoying that SAO is taking advantage of their bevy of wonderful characters. This story focuses on three of the recurring female characters (Liz, Silica, and Leafa) after the events of season 1. Except for a touch of fanservice, this was a wonderfully empowering tale about the bonds of friendship in the face of adversity. I look forward to more volumes in the future! I'm really enjoying that SAO is taking advantage of their bevy of wonderful characters. This story focuses on three of the recurring female characters (Liz, Silica, and Leafa) after the events of season 1. Except for a touch of fanservice, this was a wonderfully empowering tale about the bonds of friendship in the face of adversity. I look forward to more volumes in the future!

  19. 4 out of 5

    S

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What would happen if Kirito and Asuna were not the main characters? It actually were quite well. The story is stand alone, despite having 3 more volumes. The story revolves around a quest to get a certain item, which may sound boring but is done well. There is one `newish` character that adds to the story. What would happen if Kirito and Asuna were not the main characters? It actually were quite well. The story is stand alone, despite having 3 more volumes. The story revolves around a quest to get a certain item, which may sound boring but is done well. There is one `newish` character that adds to the story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bentgaidin

    This was a fun adventure; I enjoyed it more than the mainline SAO manga, I think because it wasn't quite so serious -- people having fun together in a virtual world is more what I'm looking for, right now. This was a fun adventure; I enjoyed it more than the mainline SAO manga, I think because it wasn't quite so serious -- people having fun together in a virtual world is more what I'm looking for, right now.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pato Myers

    I was happy to see a character mention that it's weird for the survivors of sao still play video games that are so similar to sao because it bothered me that it wasn't addressed in the other material after sao. I was happy to see a character mention that it's weird for the survivors of sao still play video games that are so similar to sao because it bothered me that it wasn't addressed in the other material after sao.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nic

    Fun book! Makes me want to read the earlier installments of the Sword Art Online series. My full review is up on No Flying No Tights. Fun book! Makes me want to read the earlier installments of the Sword Art Online series. My full review is up on No Flying No Tights.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eldon Siemens

    love a new story with several characters that can be further expanded on, and ended with an intriguing twist

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Luchies

    Fun book focusing on the side girls of SAO. Recommended.

  25. 4 out of 5

    kerrycat

    ohhhh the cuteness! Looking forward to the next volume.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andres Halden

    This is the best piece of this franchise I've read. I would absolutely watch a full season show of these women having fun and gaming it up. This is the best piece of this franchise I've read. I would absolutely watch a full season show of these women having fun and gaming it up.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    I LOVE YOU KURO!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    It is so, so fun to be back among characters that I actually know from the anime! I like that they're friends, and I love that they do a quest together. Very fun, and really cute too! It is so, so fun to be back among characters that I actually know from the anime! I like that they're friends, and I love that they do a quest together. Very fun, and really cute too!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Valentina

    I loved this spin-off manga. Can't wait to read more and the drawings are gorgeous. I loved this spin-off manga. Can't wait to read more and the drawings are gorgeous.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Liz Licata

    pretty art, very stupid dialogue

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