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From the moment its anime first appeared in the West, Sword Art Online became a must-have for some people. Originally from a light novel written by Reki Kawahara and published since April 2009 in Japan, Sword Art Online is divided into several arcs. Each arc transposes Kirito, its hero, into a new virtual reality game, where questions of life and death are addressed, based on the abuses of technology and the dangers posed by technology, once pushed to its limits. A new bow starts on June 15th at Ototo Editions: Alicization.

A new bow awaited by the fans

After exploring the worlds of Aincrad, ALfheim and Gun Gale Online, Kirito will now head to the Underworld, a virtual world he accesses through the Soul Translator. The result of a new generation, this machine has the ability to implant information directly into the soul of its user. Once in the Underworld, Kirito will be trapped there. A feeling he knows well since his adventures in virtual worlds have often ended in drama.

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© REKI KAWAHARA / KOUTAROU YAMADA KADOKAWA CORPORATION ASCII MEDIA WORKS

Left to his own devices, he will meet a young inhabitant of the village of Rulid, with whom he will live one hell of an epic journey. In this medieval world, nothing betrays the presence of dragons. And yet these winged giants are on board. This world is also illuminated by a hierarchy of knights, the most skillful of whom seem to be blessed by the Gods. Equipped with an unparalleled dexterity, the black swordsman will certainly make his way there, to unravel the mysteries of this unknown world.

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© REKI KAWAHARA / KOUTAROU YAMADA KADOKAWA CORPORATION ASCII MEDIA WORKS

An adventure that surpasses him and yet will grow him. A perilous quest with huge stakes, whose scenario is signed, unsurprisingly, Reki Kawahara, the chara design by abec and Koutarou Yamada to the drawings. Alicization, whose events take place just after those of the movieSword Art Online: Ordinal Scale is the direct continuation of the anime. The first volume of Sword Art Online Alicization is released on June 15th in bookstores and on Amazon, right here.

If you wish to discover an extract of it, it’s this way.

A new work by the creator of SAO

Reki Kawahara is not exclusive to Sword Art Online and is even working on a new light novel : The Isolator. No video games or virtual reality, but an SF universe in which strange artifacts from space have endowed strangers with incredible powers. Minoru is a young boy with a solitary desire: to be completely isolated from others. This deep desire will become reality when one of these mysterious artifacts touches him. However, these artefacts, which give life to the deepest desire of the person, have no right to look at this same desire.

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The Isolator © REKI KAWAHARA/NAOKI KOSHIMIZU 2016 / ASCII MEDIA WORKS

Some are not as harmless as Minoru and will therefore be endowed with extraordinary powers, endangering, at the same time, those who have not had the chance to see their wish fulfilled.The Isolator is written by Reki Kawahara and the drawings are by Naoki Koshimiz’s hand. The first volume of this new work is also coming out on June 15 in bookshops and on Amazon, right here.

If you want to get an idea, an excerpt is available right here.

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