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"Here we go, Asuna! Hang on tight! Tilnel, launch!" Having said their good-byes to the mysterious elven knight Kizmel, Kirito and Asuna set their sights on the fourth floor of Aincrad. But once they open the door, they find the way forward blocked by a powerfully flowing river. The updated version of the fourth floor has been changed into a water world! When they finally ar "Here we go, Asuna! Hang on tight! Tilnel, launch!" Having said their good-byes to the mysterious elven knight Kizmel, Kirito and Asuna set their sights on the fourth floor of Aincrad. But once they open the door, they find the way forward blocked by a powerfully flowing river. The updated version of the fourth floor has been changed into a water world! When they finally arrive at the floor's town, they're greeted by chalk-white streets and countless gondolas of all sizes. To navigate this place, Kirito and Asuna will need their own gondola--but getting one will involve confronting an eight-meter-tall beast of flame: Magnaterium...And that's only the beginning of the difficulties the fourth floor of Aincrad has in store! Sword Art Online: Progressive, a new version of the Sword Art Online tale chronicling the entirety of Kirito and Asuna's epic adventure through Aincrad, continues!


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"Here we go, Asuna! Hang on tight! Tilnel, launch!" Having said their good-byes to the mysterious elven knight Kizmel, Kirito and Asuna set their sights on the fourth floor of Aincrad. But once they open the door, they find the way forward blocked by a powerfully flowing river. The updated version of the fourth floor has been changed into a water world! When they finally ar "Here we go, Asuna! Hang on tight! Tilnel, launch!" Having said their good-byes to the mysterious elven knight Kizmel, Kirito and Asuna set their sights on the fourth floor of Aincrad. But once they open the door, they find the way forward blocked by a powerfully flowing river. The updated version of the fourth floor has been changed into a water world! When they finally arrive at the floor's town, they're greeted by chalk-white streets and countless gondolas of all sizes. To navigate this place, Kirito and Asuna will need their own gondola--but getting one will involve confronting an eight-meter-tall beast of flame: Magnaterium...And that's only the beginning of the difficulties the fourth floor of Aincrad has in store! Sword Art Online: Progressive, a new version of the Sword Art Online tale chronicling the entirety of Kirito and Asuna's epic adventure through Aincrad, continues!

30 review for Sword Art Online: Progressive, Vol. 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    Demi Idle

    このストーリーは大好きなので、スピンオフを何巻もありがたく読む。MMORPGの雰囲気も、戦闘のシーンもよく描写されている。キャラのやり取りが面白くて楽しい。もう一層の話を書いてくださいね。 This is the third installment of the "Sword Art Online" spin-off. It is best read in order, after the original Aironclad arc of SAO. I enjoyed reading it, and I must confess I am addicted to the series. I simply love the original story, so sue me. このストーリーは大好きなので、スピンオフを何巻もありがたく読む。MMORPGの雰囲気も、戦闘のシーンもよく描写されている。キャラのやり取りが面白くて楽しい。もう一層の話を書いてくださいね。 This is the third installment of the "Sword Art Online" spin-off. It is best read in order, after the original Aironclad arc of SAO. I enjoyed reading it, and I must confess I am addicted to the series. I simply love the original story, so sue me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Al

    Once again I loved this book. It was a more silly story and I wish the anime had more stories like this one. I also wish Reki would write more of these stories, one a year is not enough. I can't get enough Sword Art Online. Once again I loved this book. It was a more silly story and I wish the anime had more stories like this one. I also wish Reki would write more of these stories, one a year is not enough. I can't get enough Sword Art Online.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    Fast-paced and fun, it was a delight to go on another adventure in Aincrad with Asuna and Kirito. I didn't think it was possible, but these novellas are getting even better with each new volume. ✨ Fast-paced and fun, it was a delight to go on another adventure in Aincrad with Asuna and Kirito. I didn't think it was possible, but these novellas are getting even better with each new volume. ✨

  4. 4 out of 5

    Khari

    Yay! Another excellent book by Reki Kawahara! I can't wait until I read these books in Japanese. I have a feeling they will be even better. If the translated manga is better in the original I can't see why a novel wouldn't be. I like how the story is evolving as well. All of the characters are growing, but the story is actually getting to the point where Aincrad is not just the backdrop or the scenery but is also changing to adapt to the characters and give them a bit more than just a death trap Yay! Another excellent book by Reki Kawahara! I can't wait until I read these books in Japanese. I have a feeling they will be even better. If the translated manga is better in the original I can't see why a novel wouldn't be. I like how the story is evolving as well. All of the characters are growing, but the story is actually getting to the point where Aincrad is not just the backdrop or the scenery but is also changing to adapt to the characters and give them a bit more than just a death trap to escape from. It's helping to explain some of the things in the anime too, probably because it's explaining in a more natural and fullsome way. That is what you would expect after all. What am I at, 700+ extra pages to the original plot? One would hope that it would add a lot of character development and fill out the plot more. I really like Kirito. He was my favorite character in the anime too, but I like him even more now. He's so sweet. :D Not quite sure of himself, and never really knows what to say or do in each situation, but willing to step up to the plate and take on extra burdens. It's funny. He's not really all that confident, and he keeps telling himself that he abandoned everyone for his own survival. But someone who did that wouldn't sacrifice so much all the time for everyone else. So yeah. I like him. He's growing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    I wish these came out sooner!! I love reading about each floor and I feel like I'm getting a more in depth idea of what Kirito and Asuna had to go through during the game I wish these came out sooner!! I love reading about each floor and I feel like I'm getting a more in depth idea of what Kirito and Asuna had to go through during the game

  6. 4 out of 5

    kp

    i'm blazing through this series like it's nobody's business. it's so good. i'm blazing through this series like it's nobody's business. it's so good.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    I dig SAO. I have been enjoying Progressive a lot even though it obviously diverges from the original. In some ways I prefer it because we get to see a LOT more of who, what, where, when and why. We see Floor 4 this volume which is dramatically changed from the beta. I suppose that is one thing about being a "Beater" that doesn't quite make sense -- while a fair bit of the knowledge accumulated from the beta is still good, there are a TON of changes (like floor 4) that make it somewhat pointless I dig SAO. I have been enjoying Progressive a lot even though it obviously diverges from the original. In some ways I prefer it because we get to see a LOT more of who, what, where, when and why. We see Floor 4 this volume which is dramatically changed from the beta. I suppose that is one thing about being a "Beater" that doesn't quite make sense -- while a fair bit of the knowledge accumulated from the beta is still good, there are a TON of changes (like floor 4) that make it somewhat pointless to hate Beta Testers... and after say floor 10 everything is new to everyone so what's the point? But I digress.... Kirito and Asuna still have the Dark Elf questline that the others have let slide for now so as to keep what little harmony they can between DKB and ALS guilds... not that it is working well. But because of it we get to see more of Kizmel and learn more about the Dark Elves a bit. On the whole another good volume for Progressive. Kawahara may need to step up the pace a bit though... at 100 floors I'll be dead before he reaches Floor 50 at this rate. Verdict -- if you're an SAO fan, this is a good way to revisit Aincrad. If you're looking to start SAO, don't do it here. Better to start with the original.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Russell Gray

    Another great entry in a fantastic series. Even though I enjoyed the SAO anime, the Aincrad arc more so than the rest to be sure, I feel like this is the story the way it was meant to be told. I am a little sad to know that the Black Cats episode likely won't happen in the story since things are being retconned in a way that make it unlikely, but I think at the end of the day this is the story of Kirito and Asuna. I think there are lots of interesting things coming. From the anime, I remember the Another great entry in a fantastic series. Even though I enjoyed the SAO anime, the Aincrad arc more so than the rest to be sure, I feel like this is the story the way it was meant to be told. I am a little sad to know that the Black Cats episode likely won't happen in the story since things are being retconned in a way that make it unlikely, but I think at the end of the day this is the story of Kirito and Asuna. I think there are lots of interesting things coming. From the anime, I remember them saying that the Aincrad Liberation Army lost a huge number of their members against the 25th floor boss, so I wonder if that will play out in this story. Otherwise, I am really enjoying the depth of the gameworld and the attention to how things work that are quite lacking in your average litrpg. Authors new to the genre would do well to pay attention to what SAO has done well because to me it still seems to be fairly unique in a lot of ways when it comes to mechanics. I can't wait to read the next book and can only hope the 5th one is released soon in English.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Edward Joseph

    After a bugging 3rd floor experience comes the unexpected. We see a dumbfounded Kirito on the 4th floor of Aincrad completely different from the beta version. On their first Aincrad Chrismas serving as a break, Kirito and Asuna are reunited with the high-level NPC Kizmel and again chose the path of the elven campaign. Back in Volume 1 was Kirito's first-hand experience of an updated element in the game, which cost the life of one member of the raid group. Now it's an entire floor the for the duo t After a bugging 3rd floor experience comes the unexpected. We see a dumbfounded Kirito on the 4th floor of Aincrad completely different from the beta version. On their first Aincrad Chrismas serving as a break, Kirito and Asuna are reunited with the high-level NPC Kizmel and again chose the path of the elven campaign. Back in Volume 1 was Kirito's first-hand experience of an updated element in the game, which cost the life of one member of the raid group. Now it's an entire floor the for the duo to learn, from a dry and gloomy terrain filled with canyons and dust to Aincrad's own version of Venice. Their decision to continue the Kizmel's campaign was a decision done back at the previous floor. To which, made it worth their while as the odds were among them at the floor boss battle. By now the KiriSuna ship is undeniably growing, unlike its original canon. Not complaining but rather curious on how the latter floors are dealt, if they're to be written.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ayden Lim

    After watching the a couple seasons of the SAO series, I felt a little drawn to see what the novels and mangas were like, sparking the series originally. Having already completed reading the manga prior to reading the novels, I had an idea of how the plot went. Regardless, I wanted to see how much of a difference there was between the two. Rather than having visuals representing the many different settings in the manga, you have it described through the view of our protagonist, Kirito. Thoughts, After watching the a couple seasons of the SAO series, I felt a little drawn to see what the novels and mangas were like, sparking the series originally. Having already completed reading the manga prior to reading the novels, I had an idea of how the plot went. Regardless, I wanted to see how much of a difference there was between the two. Rather than having visuals representing the many different settings in the manga, you have it described through the view of our protagonist, Kirito. Thoughts, connections, everything was nicely displayed. Which had been consistent throughout the novel. With never a dull setting description, always keeping the reader engaged through imagination. This was the more enjoyable part of the novel that kept me reading happily. With the announcement of the Progressive series finally getting a film, it's exciting to see it all in motion. Can't wait for it to air! Overall great read, definitely recommend if your into the SAO series, but make sure you pick up Vol. 1-2 before you make it here just yet.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I like the artwork, story is not to bad as well. I like the new characters, boss fights, quests and floor outline. It's the constant man-bashing Kirito and making Asuna a mary sue I cant stand. Kirito is treated like her servant or her lesser and for no reason at all Kirito worships the ground that Asuna walks on. Asuna Constanly belittles, threats and attacks Kirito through out this novel. They have change the dynamics of the two main character way to much. Makes reading this series not so enjo I like the artwork, story is not to bad as well. I like the new characters, boss fights, quests and floor outline. It's the constant man-bashing Kirito and making Asuna a mary sue I cant stand. Kirito is treated like her servant or her lesser and for no reason at all Kirito worships the ground that Asuna walks on. Asuna Constanly belittles, threats and attacks Kirito through out this novel. They have change the dynamics of the two main character way to much. Makes reading this series not so enjoyable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian H

    Another solid, light-hearted entry into the ongoing adventures of KiriSuna at Aincrad. Naval battles, more rpg mechanics, additional tender moments between our two chars, and another floor beaten without much trouble. Only thing it's sorely lacking is some more Asuna PoV chapters, as seen in previous entries. Enjoyable as a rainy day spent grinding your favorite rpg back when you were a teenager without a care in the world. Another solid, light-hearted entry into the ongoing adventures of KiriSuna at Aincrad. Naval battles, more rpg mechanics, additional tender moments between our two chars, and another floor beaten without much trouble. Only thing it's sorely lacking is some more Asuna PoV chapters, as seen in previous entries. Enjoyable as a rainy day spent grinding your favorite rpg back when you were a teenager without a care in the world.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo Matos

    Took me a while to get into the mood of this book. The 3/5 of it are ok or poor, the last 2/5 are great SAO stuff. All in all a decent entry for SAO Progressive, but definitely inferiour to the previous 2 books.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Hozak

    Good quest story This was a good quest story. Not quite as special as the previous book, but enjoyable. I like reading about the quests in SAO. Gives more life to Kirito's adventures. Good quest story This was a good quest story. Not quite as special as the previous book, but enjoyable. I like reading about the quests in SAO. Gives more life to Kirito's adventures.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin Fitzgerald

    4.5 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Cavallaro

    The ending was a little boring

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gillian

    I love Asuna and Kirito 🥹💕 So glad to have this series where we get to spend more time with them in Aincrad, and get to learn about how their relationship grew 💕

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andy Febrico Bintoro

    Climbing another floor in this volume. Well, this is the word Progressive means (or crawling 🤣)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    A really good book with a longer boss battle at the end than the 2. vol. which i appreciate and un top of that there even was an middle boss on the floor. The book takes you on a nice adventure like the 2 other books, so if you enjoyed them i can recommend the 3rd vol. to you.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Asuna and Kirito discover a scam run by a group of players that could cause other players to get killed. They need to handle it, but can they do so in a way that doesn’t make things worse while trying to help defeat the floor? Also, gondolas.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was another good installment of the progressive series. As the translated copies start to catch up with the original copies I'm getting spoiled with not having to wait a year in-between each new installment which I feel will be ending soon. So Mr. Kawahara actively tried to put more details into the scenery in this novel and it paid off for me. The other thing I liked about this book was the obvious foreshadowing for the split up of Kirito and Asuna. I don't know if it will happen this next This was another good installment of the progressive series. As the translated copies start to catch up with the original copies I'm getting spoiled with not having to wait a year in-between each new installment which I feel will be ending soon. So Mr. Kawahara actively tried to put more details into the scenery in this novel and it paid off for me. The other thing I liked about this book was the obvious foreshadowing for the split up of Kirito and Asuna. I don't know if it will happen this next novel, or in 4 novels from now, but I can just feel Kirito thinking he is hindering Asuna's progress and try to make a martyr of himself by arguing with her until she joins a guild. Conversations I liked was the one where Kirito cannot ensure Asuna's safety for the next Christmas especially this conversation: 'I’m sorry. I can’t say anything. I don’t have the strength to offer you any advise right now’-Kirito 'Then get stronger. Get strong. Until one day…you can tell me, and other frighten people like me, that it’ll be okay’-Asuna I think it's probably this conversations that inspires and influences Kirito's actions throughout the rest of the series. Things I enjoyed: the description of the floor, Kizmel and all things Kizmel, bull boxers, donut puns, and this conversation: Kizmel:so you are wearing you underwear...I mean, 'swemsoot' too, Kirito. Humankind certainly has some strange customs. Kirito:uh, I guess Kizmel:but I seem to remember that in the camp's bathing tent, you were- Kirito:gosh what a huge bath this is, though Things I didn't enjoy as much: Another rushed ending, the deus ex machina of Viscount Yofilis (although I know it's a video game staple), Kirito pulling asking the Viscount out of his ass, and call me a beater-hater, but I get annoyed with Kirito mentioning the beta test every page. I know it'll end in like 6 books, but it's just too plot lazy sometimes. Overall I read the book in like 4 hours, so obviously I loved it. Another good installment in this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    S.P.

    This one didn't rock my world as much as the last one in the series - it seemed to be a bit more pedestrian and less finessed, though maybe it was the fixation on boats, and the lack of development of characters other than Kirito and Asuna (who don't develop much either) had a bit to do with it too. In the afterword, Kawahara hints that future books may well encompass more than one floor! Which seems sensible as this book only covers floor 4. That said, it means these relatively short books won' This one didn't rock my world as much as the last one in the series - it seemed to be a bit more pedestrian and less finessed, though maybe it was the fixation on boats, and the lack of development of characters other than Kirito and Asuna (who don't develop much either) had a bit to do with it too. In the afterword, Kawahara hints that future books may well encompass more than one floor! Which seems sensible as this book only covers floor 4. That said, it means these relatively short books won't be able to spend much time on the floors themselves...Could Kawahara be getting bored with this idea already? In any case, the current Dark-elf arc is probably good for another couple of books at least. It was a relatively enjoyable morning read, but not one that is going to stick in my memory.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

    This book focused on the growing relationship between Asuna and Kirito. An enjoyable experience, but I am hoping to see more of the side characters (Agil for example) take a much larger role in the story. A lot of this story seems to revolve around the question of "How is SAO ran", as the world seems to be taking on a life of its own outside of the scripted conversations and events of a normal MMO. This book focused on the growing relationship between Asuna and Kirito. An enjoyable experience, but I am hoping to see more of the side characters (Agil for example) take a much larger role in the story. A lot of this story seems to revolve around the question of "How is SAO ran", as the world seems to be taking on a life of its own outside of the scripted conversations and events of a normal MMO.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emir Girgin

    4th floor of Aincrad. A venice like city. This story is more focused on the floor itself rather than mobs and I really liked that, it gives a different vibe. There were a few interesting figths of course, although the floor boss battle, as intriguing as it could have been, was once again skipped quickly.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eldon Siemens

    fully satisfying, but with the next one not even out in Japanese yet, not sure if I can wait another year

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I really wish Kawahara was capable of writing Asuna as a person rather than a collection of irritating tropes, but on the whole, SAO Progressive continues to be much more fun than the original.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Valentina

    I really like this re-imagined SAO saga. Can't wait for 4th installment. I really like this re-imagined SAO saga. Can't wait for 4th installment.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    AWESOME!!!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel Marshall Rebello

    BATALHA NAVAL!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Makayla

    What can I say, I like boats.

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