News Sword Art Online Progressive Novel Gets Manga in June
posted on 2013-05-04 14:00 EDT
Artist Kiseki Himura announced last week that he will launch the manga adaptation of the Sword Art Online: Progressive light novel in the August issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine on June 29. The manga adapts Reki Kawahara and abec's revised retelling of Kirito's journey through the floating Aincrad castle from the beginning, floor-by-floor.
Another ASCII Media Works magazine, Dengeki Bunko Magazine, will also launch a Sword Art Online spinoff manga on June 10. Artist Neko Nekobyō (Night Wizard Variable Witch, Mahō Zakkaten Vi Via) will draw the Sword Art Online: Girls Ops manga following characters Lisbeth, Silica, and Leafa.
The original Sword Art Online light novel series by Kawahara (Accel World) already inspired a television anime series that premiered last year. The story revolves around a boy named Kazuto "Kirito" Kirigaya who enters a virtual-reality, massively multi-player online (MMO) world called "Sword Art Online." There is no escape from this world unless the player clears the game, but "game over" means the death of the player. Crunchyroll streamed the 25-episode series outside of Japan as it aired. Aniplex of America will release the series on home video with an English dub.