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仮想世界で撃たれた人間が、現実でも死に至る……謎のアバター《死銃》の正体とは? FB(ファントム・バレット)編完結!  銃と鋼鉄のVRMMO《ガンゲイル・オンライン》で発生した《死銃(デス・ガン)》事件を調査するため、《GGO》へとログインしたキリト。  一見超美少女キャラと見間違えるアバターにコンバートされるトラブルに遭った彼だったが、スナイパーの少女・シノンのナビゲートにより、全ガンナーの頂点たる対人トーナメント《BoB(バレットオブバレッツ)》に無事参戦を果たす。  キリトは、銃が支配するこのゲームで唯一《光剣》を駆使、《BoB》を勝ち進む。その奇抜な戦闘スタイルが話題となり、徐々にゲーム内での知名度は上がっていった。  そして《BoB》決勝。数多の強敵がひしめく《多人数バトルロイヤル》の中、ついに《死銃》が姿を現す。果たして《死銃》とは何者 仮想世界で撃たれた人間が、現実でも死に至る……謎のアバター《死銃》の正体とは? FB(ファントム・バレット)編完結!  銃と鋼鉄のVRMMO《ガンゲイル・オンライン》で発生した《死銃(デス・ガン)》事件を調査するため、《GGO》へとログインしたキリト。  一見超美少女キャラと見間違えるアバターにコンバートされるトラブルに遭った彼だったが、スナイパーの少女・シノンのナビゲートにより、全ガンナーの頂点たる対人トーナメント《BoB(バレットオブバレッツ)》に無事参戦を果たす。  キリトは、銃が支配するこのゲームで唯一《光剣》を駆使、《BoB》を勝ち進む。その奇抜な戦闘スタイルが話題となり、徐々にゲーム内での知名度は上がっていった。  そして《BoB》決勝。数多の強敵がひしめく《多人数バトルロイヤル》の中、ついに《死銃》が姿を現す。果たして《死銃》とは何者なのか。本当に《仮想世界》から《現実世界》へ影響を及ぼすことができるのか。キリトは単身、《死銃》へと挑む!!  『ファントム・バレット』 編、完結!!


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仮想世界で撃たれた人間が、現実でも死に至る……謎のアバター《死銃》の正体とは? FB(ファントム・バレット)編完結!  銃と鋼鉄のVRMMO《ガンゲイル・オンライン》で発生した《死銃(デス・ガン)》事件を調査するため、《GGO》へとログインしたキリト。  一見超美少女キャラと見間違えるアバターにコンバートされるトラブルに遭った彼だったが、スナイパーの少女・シノンのナビゲートにより、全ガンナーの頂点たる対人トーナメント《BoB(バレットオブバレッツ)》に無事参戦を果たす。  キリトは、銃が支配するこのゲームで唯一《光剣》を駆使、《BoB》を勝ち進む。その奇抜な戦闘スタイルが話題となり、徐々にゲーム内での知名度は上がっていった。  そして《BoB》決勝。数多の強敵がひしめく《多人数バトルロイヤル》の中、ついに《死銃》が姿を現す。果たして《死銃》とは何者 仮想世界で撃たれた人間が、現実でも死に至る……謎のアバター《死銃》の正体とは? FB(ファントム・バレット)編完結!  銃と鋼鉄のVRMMO《ガンゲイル・オンライン》で発生した《死銃(デス・ガン)》事件を調査するため、《GGO》へとログインしたキリト。  一見超美少女キャラと見間違えるアバターにコンバートされるトラブルに遭った彼だったが、スナイパーの少女・シノンのナビゲートにより、全ガンナーの頂点たる対人トーナメント《BoB(バレットオブバレッツ)》に無事参戦を果たす。  キリトは、銃が支配するこのゲームで唯一《光剣》を駆使、《BoB》を勝ち進む。その奇抜な戦闘スタイルが話題となり、徐々にゲーム内での知名度は上がっていった。  そして《BoB》決勝。数多の強敵がひしめく《多人数バトルロイヤル》の中、ついに《死銃》が姿を現す。果たして《死銃》とは何者なのか。本当に《仮想世界》から《現実世界》へ影響を及ぼすことができるのか。キリトは単身、《死銃》へと挑む!!  『ファントム・バレット』 編、完結!!

30 review for ソードアート・オンライン 6: ファントム・バレット [Sōdo āto onrain 6: Fantomu Baretto]

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meiki

    Gun Gale Online is probably the best arc so far in the series. I absolutely love this volume. The action-packed scenes and the heart-wrenching moments were so well-written that they kept me reading from the first page till the end of the book (and I have a test two days after too). Sinon was such a strong character and I love her! She was an extremely important character in this arc that Asuna hardly appeared in the two volumes of GGO. Supporting characters need more love, people!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Enjoyed this more then the last book, it was a fitting conclusion to the story arc and not so bogged down in technical details.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Khari

    It's been a while since I read the first five books of this series, so apparently the love has worn off a bit. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy this book. I did. I read all but the first chapter today. It was quite nice. I haven't been reading enough lately. My poor soul is starved for the written word, so I did enjoy just curling up with several cups of tea and reading the whole book in one sitting. But no, I was not as enthralled with this one as with the prior ones. I had one big problem w It's been a while since I read the first five books of this series, so apparently the love has worn off a bit. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy this book. I did. I read all but the first chapter today. It was quite nice. I haven't been reading enough lately. My poor soul is starved for the written word, so I did enjoy just curling up with several cups of tea and reading the whole book in one sitting. But no, I was not as enthralled with this one as with the prior ones. I had one big problem with it...Asuna and Kirito have Yui, who was a literal part of the programming of Aincrad. Couldn't Kirito have just gone to Yui and asked her to list the names of the people who were in the laughing coffin guild? For that matter, as soon as he figured out that Death Gun was a former laughing coffin member, wouldn't the smart thing been to have gathered together everyone from SAO and brainstormed together to figure out who he was? That would have been a far smarter and less risky way of handling the situation, and would have had the added benefit of possibly being faster than trying to resolve everything alone as is Kirito's penchant. On the other hand, I quite enjoyed the ethical dilemma inherent to this particular story. Perhaps it is my American side coming out, but I simply cannot imagine anyone calling an 11 year old girl who kills an armed robber a murderer. Especially not one that has already killed someone. That's solidly self-defense to my pragmatic mind. I can see an 11 year old girl accusing herself of that, though, and I thought the anxiety and stress that the author portrayed in Shino's character was quite well done. I couldn't have imagined such anxiety provoked by the mere thought of a gun before I read this book, but the human mind is capable of doing really strange things to itself and I was persuaded that such a thing could happen. What I thought was the best part of this book was the last page where Kirito quoted the nurse and said that a person has the right to consider the lives of the people they save and not just the lives of those they have killed. I thought that was an excellent piece of advice, and one that should be given to those who serve in our police departments and our armed forces. Listening to the recriminations that Kirito and Shino piled on themselves reminded me of the feelings of anguish that poured out of the pages of American Sniper and from the podcast 'This is War'. This book kind of fell flat because although the author is quite imaginative, sometimes the imagination of someone who has grown up in a peaceful environment just cannot attain the same level of impact as someone who has actually carried the guilt of taking dozens of lives. Kawahara didn't capture the feelings of guilt, recrimination and despair completely, but he did catch a reflection of them, and I thought his way of handling it was a legitimate way of dealing with those feelings. Someone who takes the life of someone who is evil has not necessarily done something 'good', they have still killed someone, they have still stained their soul with something indelibly evil...but, they have the right to consider all the lives that they have saved, and I don't think that anyone that has not been in that situation themselves necessarily has the right to judge them for that decision.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Colby

    Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet part 2 takes place right where volume five of the series left off. Volume six serves to conclude the events involving Death Gun and the Bullet of Bullets Tournament that occurred in the previous volume. The three noteworthy characters, meaning the ones who's lives are mostly observed within the novel, are Sinon, Kirito, and "Death Gun." Kawahara Reki, in his ending remarks after the conclusion of the novel, states that this volume is the longest of all previous i Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet part 2 takes place right where volume five of the series left off. Volume six serves to conclude the events involving Death Gun and the Bullet of Bullets Tournament that occurred in the previous volume. The three noteworthy characters, meaning the ones who's lives are mostly observed within the novel, are Sinon, Kirito, and "Death Gun." Kawahara Reki, in his ending remarks after the conclusion of the novel, states that this volume is the longest of all previous installments in the series. As one reads through the series, they will immediately notice the reason as to why the length exceeds that of the other novels; so many events that the reader already knows are retold. It seems as though the bulk of some chapters is all useless summary. The reader will naturally read volume five before six; therefore I believe that the amount of background given in this "part two" becomes overwhelming. What didn't work for me also was the lack of variety in the description of an individual's countenance. This book really shines in it's action scenes due to it's clever, exciting, and vivid descriptions; however, all of that seems to be lost when it comes to normal dialogue between characters. It is obvious where most of the authors attention lies when reading descriptions, and it seems as though the only way Kawahara Reki can describe a facial expression is by them "giving a wry smile." It felt a tad bit silly as I read through certain passages where characters would give each other "wry smiles" one after the other repeatedly. However, as I mentioned earlier, the focus on all of the action is well worth it. This is important to note due to the fact that a decent amount of the later chapters are pure action and conflict between hero and enemy. Another thing I enjoyed was the connections back to the event that started it all, "The Sword Art Online Incident." Amongst all of the repetitiveness within dialogue, I believe these certain connections were genius in the overall structure of the series. It really helps to convey the overarching lesson of the series that ones own actions will ultimately effect their character and their future, regardless of the world where these choices are made. The philosophical and emotional aspects of volume six shine as well as the book's predecessor. Between volumes five and six, I believe that the two strongly succeed within the same departments, but, unfortunately, share similar failures. Overall, Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet Part 2 is a very nice addition to the series and concludes the Gun Gale Online arc in a satisfying way. Although this volume had it's flaws, it is still as enjoyable as the books that came before it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kaeri

    I loved, loved, loved this volume of the Sword Art Online series! I love Gun Gale Online's concept! The world-building was very good, and the character developments and fight scenes were amazing. I might sound over ecstatic but I really enjoyed Volumes 5 and 6. I love guns and I love shooting guns in real life so maybe that's why I liked SAO#5 and #6 so much. The storytelling was very fluid and I loved Sinon's character. Her point of view was really fresh, she's very likable and her "Sinon" in-ga I loved, loved, loved this volume of the Sword Art Online series! I love Gun Gale Online's concept! The world-building was very good, and the character developments and fight scenes were amazing. I might sound over ecstatic but I really enjoyed Volumes 5 and 6. I love guns and I love shooting guns in real life so maybe that's why I liked SAO#5 and #6 so much. The storytelling was very fluid and I loved Sinon's character. Her point of view was really fresh, she's very likable and her "Sinon" in-game character was really badass. The fight scenes were very different than SAO's and ALO's because they used guns and machines in GGO, but I thought this gave the SAO virtual world a new and more realistic look. The only thing I didn't like was probably how I was able to predict who "Death Gun" was. There weren't much clues or hints at all, but maybe it's because I've read too many fiction books that I that deducing the possible twists and turns of a novel came easy to me, so when the big reveal came out, I was like... "I knew it was him all along." That aside, It was nice to see the effects of The Seed, on how it connected all the virtual reality games... the smooth merging of Aincrad and ALfheim was nice, especially seeing those characters that we loved from the different games of the SAO series come together. It was also nice to see them in real life and how they were adapting after the SAO incident, and how they all formed real-life friendships. Good light novel! :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Miquel

    As in books #3 and #4, books #5 and #6 are the same story divided into 2 books. Surprisingly, I enjoyed this (double)book as much as the first one! I had mixed feelings with books #2, #3 and #4 so I had my doubts with the next ones. The story is full of action, with great doses of mystery, good use of returning things from the first SAO game and an outstanding new protagonist... Also the game idea it's really appealing, somewhat like a mix between "Counter Strike" and classic MMO games, also int As in books #3 and #4, books #5 and #6 are the same story divided into 2 books. Surprisingly, I enjoyed this (double)book as much as the first one! I had mixed feelings with books #2, #3 and #4 so I had my doubts with the next ones. The story is full of action, with great doses of mystery, good use of returning things from the first SAO game and an outstanding new protagonist... Also the game idea it's really appealing, somewhat like a mix between "Counter Strike" and classic MMO games, also interesting the "convert game money to real money" concept. And tournaments, everybody love tournaments xD About Sinon, I think it's the best thing in the book: a girl with strong traumas struggling with them by herself as a sniper in this new virtual world. Very well described inner thoughts, and I enjoyed her action scenes as well (maybe because in shooter games I'm more akin to the snipers as well :P ). Also, first new girl protagonist that doesen't develop romantic feelings towards Kirito!(way to go Kawahara-san!)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja

    This was the longest so far in the Sword Art Online light novels, but I think I read it the fastest. This book wraps up the Gun Gale Online story arc with the Bullet of Bullets and the mystery of Death Gun. GGO is the reward for making it through the Fairy Dance arc. It's absolutely filled with action and it was almost impossible to put down. This was the longest so far in the Sword Art Online light novels, but I think I read it the fastest. This book wraps up the Gun Gale Online story arc with the Bullet of Bullets and the mystery of Death Gun. GGO is the reward for making it through the Fairy Dance arc. It's absolutely filled with action and it was almost impossible to put down.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jorge Rosas

    The action, the suspense, the police novel inside the plot, the conflicts and traumatic experienced of the characters, the horror and the wonderful sci-fi environment, and more made it such a better book than the last one. It's a shame that it took like 5 years to be translated! "... You have the right to think about those you saved " The action, the suspense, the police novel inside the plot, the conflicts and traumatic experienced of the characters, the horror and the wonderful sci-fi environment, and more made it such a better book than the last one. It's a shame that it took like 5 years to be translated! "... You have the right to think about those you saved "

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tuna

    Thus far, this is the best conclusion to an SAO arc thus far. The emotions driving each and every character were believable and tugged the heart. The climax and resolution was sensible and real. And the epilogue itself was compelling and encouraging. Encouraging, in my opinion, is probably the word that not only perfectly describes this volume, but also the arc. I think it is easily why this is the best conclusion and best arc. I found myself really feeling the characters as it felt like I was th Thus far, this is the best conclusion to an SAO arc thus far. The emotions driving each and every character were believable and tugged the heart. The climax and resolution was sensible and real. And the epilogue itself was compelling and encouraging. Encouraging, in my opinion, is probably the word that not only perfectly describes this volume, but also the arc. I think it is easily why this is the best conclusion and best arc. I found myself really feeling the characters as it felt like I was there with them wanting to seal myself off from the world as it was out to get me reminding me of the fears I was running from while also feeling like I wanted to be encouraged like the characters encouraged themselves and each other as they found the strength within themselves to tackled their fears, and their selves, and to make it through. Watching them make it through when all else was against them was great. This time, I don’t have much to ding the volume for. While Shinkawa (kyouji) does have some questionable antics, it is perfectly explained by the as usual, great expectations heaped upon him by his family and the bullying he faced in school. Sad that someone so cute and so wanting to just be liked and succeed could have another side to him, but this is what happens when you can’t enjoy a childhood due to people who want to take advantage of you. Also, once again, Kirito is just plain more interesting when he is with characters that will actually you know jab him and tease him vs just submit to him like Asuna does. Sinon and Lisbest easily are the most interesting characters to ship with him thus far, hm, Leafa as well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jewels

    4/5 stars are in order. Geez, this took me longer than necessary. I don't know why I wanted to take it slow with this one when there was a lot of action in it. I jumped back into this series after years of being away from my physical copy of the book (which only has 294 pgs, and not 304). I want to say that I didn't notice any OOC moments with Kirito or anyone, but man, for some reason, Kirito seems cockier than I remember. At the same time, we went on a journey with Shino/Sinon. She really did gr 4/5 stars are in order. Geez, this took me longer than necessary. I don't know why I wanted to take it slow with this one when there was a lot of action in it. I jumped back into this series after years of being away from my physical copy of the book (which only has 294 pgs, and not 304). I want to say that I didn't notice any OOC moments with Kirito or anyone, but man, for some reason, Kirito seems cockier than I remember. At the same time, we went on a journey with Shino/Sinon. She really did grow a lot in one book alone. And I feel I grew with her, and closer to her most of all in this one book alone. There were times when I felt that the writing was going smoothly, especially toward the beginning, but toward the last chapters there were some details that should've been crunched down for pacing. And I did appreciate the quick summary in the first chapter or two for a reader like me who had been away from the story, but of course it did bog down on me as it seemed each chapter liked to sum things up from its predecessor. Otherwise, this was a great sequel to the SAO series, and I'm looking forward to the next one already on its way to my door! I'd definitely recommend for sci-fi fans, light novel readers, or someone looking to jump into the light novel/anime world with a great series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    emily_oriley

    Okay, as before with all my other reviews, I love reading through Kirito's POV and since this is really Sinon's story, it was about 70/30 so that was disappointing to me personally. However, leaving that aside, this story was a really good one. I really liked the more serious turn it took regarding trauma and PTSD and the psychological toll it can take. It also added real stakes to the "game" which was sorely lacking in Fairy Dance. You actually felt a real sense of danger during the climatic sc Okay, as before with all my other reviews, I love reading through Kirito's POV and since this is really Sinon's story, it was about 70/30 so that was disappointing to me personally. However, leaving that aside, this story was a really good one. I really liked the more serious turn it took regarding trauma and PTSD and the psychological toll it can take. It also added real stakes to the "game" which was sorely lacking in Fairy Dance. You actually felt a real sense of danger during the climatic scenes. And knowing what I already know regarding the rest of the series (since having finished watching season three of SAO), it does hint at future events which tells me the author had a fairly good idea of where he was going with this series. I do love me some continuity. This is also (so far, anyway) the longest book in the series at a whopping 400 pages which is about double what traditional light novels are so be prepared for that. However, it honestly didn't feel like too much. Sure they stretched a few scenes a little too long in order to convey the emotional state of the character (mostly Sinon), but it was also within the realm of how that character would be, so it's forgivable. I hope that made sense. Anyway, really wonderful ending, too.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    The conclusion of the Gun Gale Online arc. Taking place almost entirely within a big Battle Royale tournament, v.6 follows Kirito as he tries to figure out which player in the competition is Death Gun. Helping him—somewhat spicily—is Shino, who, after hearing the possibility of in-game murder, can't just go back to playing the tournament to win. As they struggle to survive and minimize the casualties, Kirito has to figure out how the heck Death Gun is achieving his goals. V.6 is mostly satisfying, The conclusion of the Gun Gale Online arc. Taking place almost entirely within a big Battle Royale tournament, v.6 follows Kirito as he tries to figure out which player in the competition is Death Gun. Helping him—somewhat spicily—is Shino, who, after hearing the possibility of in-game murder, can't just go back to playing the tournament to win. As they struggle to survive and minimize the casualties, Kirito has to figure out how the heck Death Gun is achieving his goals. V.6 is mostly satisfying, although certain stretches of the actual tournament feel a bit laborious in their descriptions. Author Reki Kawahara doubtlessly has experience with shooters, so there is familiarity in her descriptions, but it's not quite as deep as her knowledge of the sort of fantasy based games she's riffed in previously. That difference is starkest in being able to describe key action scenes in the sorts of detail necessary for the reader to effortlessly follow. It's a minor bump in the road—the outcomes are clear enough, after all—but the prose does fail to immerse the reader in those portions of the novel. Also, LOL at a couple of specific scenes that recall The Hunger Games in a fairly specific manner.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Noel Thingvall

    What issues I had with the clumsy setup of the prior volume were more than made up for with this payoff of the Gun Gale Online story arc. Amidst the tournament action, the platonic bond forged between Kirito and Sinon remains a highlight of the series, as both learn to face the past traumas of choices they were forced to make and deaths they've caused, mirrored by villains who had a chance to leave death behind but carried on in a self-mythologizing spree. The way the murder mystery unfolds is r What issues I had with the clumsy setup of the prior volume were more than made up for with this payoff of the Gun Gale Online story arc. Amidst the tournament action, the platonic bond forged between Kirito and Sinon remains a highlight of the series, as both learn to face the past traumas of choices they were forced to make and deaths they've caused, mirrored by villains who had a chance to leave death behind but carried on in a self-mythologizing spree. The way the murder mystery unfolds is really clever, and reminds me of how Asimov built his scifi mysteries; setting up a world built around specific rules, confront it with a situation that seems contradictory to those rules, then find all the little loopholes that allowed it to play out. It's clever, thrilling, there's great character work. Most importantly, with Sinon, Kawahara challenges himself to let other characters guide the story without it just being about Kirito. Yes, he's there, but he doesn't overshine the arc he's playing parallel to, and by allowing other characters the room to breathe, it expands the world and the broader implications and exploration of the setting.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Daulat Rachmanto

    If you are gamer, especially FPS game, this volume maybe really good for you. Cuz in this volume, the story is getting intense. And what i like about this volume is, "the strategies" is better from the previous 5 volumes. Moreover, Kirito is using lightsaber, when the other players using gun :"D And if you haven't watch the 2nd season of the Anime yet, the story is sooo better in the Novel cuz it's more detail and well, you can imagine about what you read with your best imagination :D The more int If you are gamer, especially FPS game, this volume maybe really good for you. Cuz in this volume, the story is getting intense. And what i like about this volume is, "the strategies" is better from the previous 5 volumes. Moreover, Kirito is using lightsaber, when the other players using gun :"D And if you haven't watch the 2nd season of the Anime yet, the story is sooo better in the Novel cuz it's more detail and well, you can imagine about what you read with your best imagination :D The more interesting is.... there is also plot twist in this volume, and for me, it's better than the plot twist in the 1st volume (hopefully this is not a spoiler)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Thành Tuấn

    I watched the anime last year and loved it so much. But i couldn't understand why Sinon try to beat any strong enemies in GGO , a VRMMO game. But at that time , i didnt care. but after read this volume and volume 005, i understood. Kirito taught me to face fearful , not hide it. I could know Sinon and Kirito's thinking through words , it's interesting. I was empathetic with Sinon's suffer until i read this volume, not through anime I watched the anime last year and loved it so much. But i couldn't understand why Sinon try to beat any strong enemies in GGO , a VRMMO game. But at that time , i didnt care. but after read this volume and volume 005, i understood. Kirito taught me to face fearful , not hide it. I could know Sinon and Kirito's thinking through words , it's interesting. I was empathetic with Sinon's suffer until i read this volume, not through anime

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heather Wright

    If you've enjoyed the series so far, I think you'll enjoy this book too. I know I did. This is a very exciting conclusion to the arch that began in volume 5 and it comes to an amazing conclusion that I was literally jumping up and down about even though I watched the anime first and thus knew what was coming. This volume does some amazing development of Kirito and Sinon both and carries a lot of emotional punch to it. If you've enjoyed the series so far, I think you'll enjoy this book too. I know I did. This is a very exciting conclusion to the arch that began in volume 5 and it comes to an amazing conclusion that I was literally jumping up and down about even though I watched the anime first and thus knew what was coming. This volume does some amazing development of Kirito and Sinon both and carries a lot of emotional punch to it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rick Castle

    Sword Art Online volume 6 is the second and final novel in the Phantom Bullet arc. Volume 6 covers the entire Bullet of Bullets and its aftermath. Volume 6 is a great conclusion to the story so far, while also setting up some plot points to be concluded later in the series. A gread read for every SAO fan.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mad Katter

    I had watched this arc before I began reading it. I have to say that the light novel is 1000% better! I did get a little jealous for Asuna, but I really do like how this story was written. It was nice to get a shooter game in the SAO world.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jo Carter

    What an energetic and action packed next volume! Sadly there wasn't much of Asuna again until the very end, but that's what the next volume is about :) I loved the rest of the Sinon arch, and I think Kawahara is a talented writer. The mystery of Death Gun was solved in a satisfying way. It made sense how things worked and left a hint of trouble yet to brew. What an energetic and action packed next volume! Sadly there wasn't much of Asuna again until the very end, but that's what the next volume is about :) I loved the rest of the Sinon arch, and I think Kawahara is a talented writer. The mystery of Death Gun was solved in a satisfying way. It made sense how things worked and left a hint of trouble yet to brew.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    SO good I finished reading it in one day, and it is the biggest yet! Really love this series and the Anime! I can't wait to read the next one! Just a matter of getting my hands on it though. SO good I finished reading it in one day, and it is the biggest yet! Really love this series and the Anime! I can't wait to read the next one! Just a matter of getting my hands on it though.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aakash

    I loved the ending. Shino/Sinon had finally started healing herself. The last moments of the books were endearing. Looking forward to see Shino interact with the other main characters.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    It's not a great sign when you have to get to the fifth or sixth book in a series to start enjoying it, but this one wasn't too bad. It's not a great sign when you have to get to the fifth or sixth book in a series to start enjoying it, but this one wasn't too bad.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lucien Welsh

    I have no words right now to express how much I loved this. RTC

  24. 5 out of 5

    Evan Freedman

    I really enjoyed this

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    While the GGO arc is my least favorite, this book is better than the last and is a good finale to the arc.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    Rating: 4/5 Sword Art Online's finish to a third arc (namely, GGO or Gun Gale Online or Phantom Bullet) was much better overall compared to the first two arcs (SAO and ALO). Although the first four books seemed to contain some psychology and tried to implement a sense of danger and suspense, I find that they were poorly executed compared to GGO. In fact, the entire second arc (or book 4 and 5) followed a plot that was mostly about the main character, Kirito, trying to get his beloved Asuna back. Rating: 4/5 Sword Art Online's finish to a third arc (namely, GGO or Gun Gale Online or Phantom Bullet) was much better overall compared to the first two arcs (SAO and ALO). Although the first four books seemed to contain some psychology and tried to implement a sense of danger and suspense, I find that they were poorly executed compared to GGO. In fact, the entire second arc (or book 4 and 5) followed a plot that was mostly about the main character, Kirito, trying to get his beloved Asuna back. While this is understandable, the plot went a bit downhill, even with the addition of an evil antagonist who wants to do horrible things to human minds. To begin with, SAO 5 introduced a new character who I personally really liked (and who maintains as the protagonist in this book). Everything she does is rational and believable, her personality is flawed, and the past that haunts her brings in a much more refreshing plot-line. She also doesn't directly add to Kirito's harem, which I was very relieved to read. Her name is Shino in real life and Sinon in GGO. As a sniper, she holds a rare weapon called a Hecate II. Thankfully, even with this super rare sniper rifle, she is not too OP (over-powered) and seems to actually be a very calculated and rational person. The plot itself is very interesting. A "Phantom Bullet" that can murder someone in the outside world? Awesome! The plot feeds off people's fear that the incident from SAO is occurring again, that people who die in the a space of virtual reality will die in real life. Investigating this case is, of course, Kirito. I'll be writing about him later. Now, the main plot also centers itself around the past that Shino is trying to overcome. In fact, since the main reason she was even playing GGO was because of her traumatic past added a deeper psychological and emotional build to the Phantom Bullet arc. I won't spoil anything here, but the plot turned out really well, except for the fact that Kirito had to be the one to figure it out in the end... Now, the way this arc was executed? Wonderfully. It still has its flaws such as Kirito's being too OP, Kirito figuring everything out, Kirito beating people with guns with a lightsaber (really author?), Kirito saving/beating Shino a few times, Kirito never once breaks down mentally, and etc. The good thing is that Kirito actually shows some of his weakness...except that it's all ruined when his strong will makes him OP in the realm of psychology and allows him to overcome it himself and also help Shino at the same time. Overall, SAO #5 and #6 were enjoyable reads. I'm looking forward SAO's 2nd season, but I really hope they don't foreshadow too much before the action. The best part of these books was the suspense and mystery. I also hope they keep everything less about romance and more about moving on from one's past and etc. I recommend this to all SAO lovers or people who were disappointed, slightly liked, or loved the first 4 books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Isaac

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My wish for more action was granted. This book tied together the Gun Gale Online story arc so nicely. And like I said before, with the book taking place in the events of the tournament, I got what I wanted. FAST GUN BLAZING ACTION! ...Well with Kirito at least. I apologize about my lack of detail in my previous review. I just assume it would be a spoiler, but now I can talk about Sinon and her story. This book is told in multiple perspectives, the main two being Kirito and Sinon. Sinon is a sniper My wish for more action was granted. This book tied together the Gun Gale Online story arc so nicely. And like I said before, with the book taking place in the events of the tournament, I got what I wanted. FAST GUN BLAZING ACTION! ...Well with Kirito at least. I apologize about my lack of detail in my previous review. I just assume it would be a spoiler, but now I can talk about Sinon and her story. This book is told in multiple perspectives, the main two being Kirito and Sinon. Sinon is a sniper in the game who was world famous for having possession of the rarest and most powerful sniper rifle of the game, the PGM Ultima Ratio Hecate II. This gives her the reputation as a very strong player in the game. However in the real world, she is named Asada Shino and has a deathly fear of guns. (I'm confused too) Asada had a pretty tough life. Her dad died in a car accident and was constantly bullied. Hell, She was in a terrible accident in which she killed a man with a gun. Feeling depressed, her friend Shinkawa Kyouji, introduced her to the game. And in that game, she tries to overcome her demons and become stronger. Now this book was great, BEYOND great even. The Death Gun concept was awesome and kept this story arc in balance with an actual scary conflict. Easily a 5 star book. One problem though. (spoilers ahead, read at your own risk) (view spoiler)[.You see, like I said before, I couldn't wait for this to turn into an anime. And that's just the problem, while I'm reading about the action, I would constantly think back about what could happen at the end of the book. While an anime would keep me from thinking this, while reading the book, I made the wrong mistake of thinking "Hey I haven't seen Shinkawa Kyouji in a while? What if he's Death Gun?" Little did I know that I was actually right about that, ruining the suspense and surprise. (in a sense I spoiled it for myself) I wish this book would give me the same feeling as Dangan Ronpa Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei (not the book, the anime. The manga shows how they died before collecting the clues. (hide spoiler)] I reccomend this book to the same people who would like the original. (Fair warning, the next two books are filler books. Skip to the beginning of the Alice saga

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Very bad day: lacking sleep, groggy and made very uncomfortable by the very beating rhythm of my heart, couldn't focus. Started the third season of the anime during the weekend, and actually watched quite several episodes since I kept want more development, then tempted by the escape it promised, downloaded the light novel today and picked up from where I left (so technically a bit of 5 too), and finished it without intending to. Yeah it was excellent escape, vivid characters and likeable person Very bad day: lacking sleep, groggy and made very uncomfortable by the very beating rhythm of my heart, couldn't focus. Started the third season of the anime during the weekend, and actually watched quite several episodes since I kept want more development, then tempted by the escape it promised, downloaded the light novel today and picked up from where I left (so technically a bit of 5 too), and finished it without intending to. Yeah it was excellent escape, vivid characters and likeable personalities, a bit ironic though since the moral is in fact one shouldn't escape imaginary world when things get tough.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Zarco

    What a great addition to the SAO series, I mean come on! Kirito gets to use a lightsaber in this one. How much cooler could it get? What I also love about these books is how we always have at least one strong female character, because, well, I guess it's me thinking about how sexism is still very present all around the world, but I can always count on Sauna, Lizbet or now it seems Sinon to represent girls and woman in a wonderful, sincere way. I loved this new addition to our group of friends by What a great addition to the SAO series, I mean come on! Kirito gets to use a lightsaber in this one. How much cooler could it get? What I also love about these books is how we always have at least one strong female character, because, well, I guess it's me thinking about how sexism is still very present all around the world, but I can always count on Sauna, Lizbet or now it seems Sinon to represent girls and woman in a wonderful, sincere way. I loved this new addition to our group of friends by the way, Sinon is a magnificent character and I could relate to her on her battles with not letting the past torture her anymore. And, to no one's surprise she has a crush on Kirito which - don't kill me for saying it - but I think I may ship it. I mean Asuna is great and all but I've always liked others more, like Lizbet. I love their relationship. Anyway, all in all it was a great book filled with the action I love, humor I adore and friendship I admire. These books are just so good, and I will continue reading them with an open heart.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    This is the continuation of Gun Gale Online and the Battle of Bullets. After Kirito passes the preliminary round with the best score, he moves on to the finals. There he fights with Sinon to stop a player to kill other players in the game and in the real world. This fight leads to memories of the infamous VRMMO, Sword Art Online. Kirito struggles to remember the player's name. I started this book because the ending of the preliminaries of the Battle of Bullets was very exciting and was a cliffhan This is the continuation of Gun Gale Online and the Battle of Bullets. After Kirito passes the preliminary round with the best score, he moves on to the finals. There he fights with Sinon to stop a player to kill other players in the game and in the real world. This fight leads to memories of the infamous VRMMO, Sword Art Online. Kirito struggles to remember the player's name. I started this book because the ending of the preliminaries of the Battle of Bullets was very exciting and was a cliffhanger. When there is a cliffhanger, you want to just read the next book right away. I finished this book because I wanted to know who Death Gun is. After knowing that he was a player of Sword Art Online and a player that liked to kill other players for fun, I wanted to know who he was even more. I would recommend this book to people who like light novels. This series is the best series of light novels that I ever read.

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