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 《SAO》 事件から一年が経った。  ある日。キリトは、総務省 《仮想課》 の菊岡誠二郎から奇妙な依頼を受ける。  銃と鋼鉄のVRMMO 《ガンゲイル・オンライン》 で突如発生した怪現象 《死銃》 事件。漆黒の銃を持つ謎のアバターに撃たれたプレイヤーは、実際に現実世界でも 《死》 に至る……。  その不気味な事件の捜査を断り切れなかったキリトは、《仮想世界》 が 《現実世界》 へ物理的に影響を及ぼすことに疑いを抱きつつも、《GGO》 へとログインする。  《死銃》 の手懸かりを掴むべく、不慣れなゲーム内を彷徨うキリト。そんな彼に救いの手をさしのべたのは、長大なライフル 《へカートII》 を愛用するスナイパーの少女・シノンだった。  彼女の力を借りたキリトは、自らが 《死銃》 のターゲットとなるべく、全ガンナーの頂点たる対人トーナメント 《バレットオ  《SAO》 事件から一年が経った。  ある日。キリトは、総務省 《仮想課》 の菊岡誠二郎から奇妙な依頼を受ける。  銃と鋼鉄のVRMMO 《ガンゲイル・オンライン》 で突如発生した怪現象 《死銃》 事件。漆黒の銃を持つ謎のアバターに撃たれたプレイヤーは、実際に現実世界でも 《死》 に至る……。  その不気味な事件の捜査を断り切れなかったキリトは、《仮想世界》 が 《現実世界》 へ物理的に影響を及ぼすことに疑いを抱きつつも、《GGO》 へとログインする。  《死銃》 の手懸かりを掴むべく、不慣れなゲーム内を彷徨うキリト。そんな彼に救いの手をさしのべたのは、長大なライフル 《へカートII》 を愛用するスナイパーの少女・シノンだった。  彼女の力を借りたキリトは、自らが 《死銃》 のターゲットとなるべく、全ガンナーの頂点たる対人トーナメント 《バレットオブバレッツ》 に挑む……!!  新エピソード突入!


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 《SAO》 事件から一年が経った。  ある日。キリトは、総務省 《仮想課》 の菊岡誠二郎から奇妙な依頼を受ける。  銃と鋼鉄のVRMMO 《ガンゲイル・オンライン》 で突如発生した怪現象 《死銃》 事件。漆黒の銃を持つ謎のアバターに撃たれたプレイヤーは、実際に現実世界でも 《死》 に至る……。  その不気味な事件の捜査を断り切れなかったキリトは、《仮想世界》 が 《現実世界》 へ物理的に影響を及ぼすことに疑いを抱きつつも、《GGO》 へとログインする。  《死銃》 の手懸かりを掴むべく、不慣れなゲーム内を彷徨うキリト。そんな彼に救いの手をさしのべたのは、長大なライフル 《へカートII》 を愛用するスナイパーの少女・シノンだった。  彼女の力を借りたキリトは、自らが 《死銃》 のターゲットとなるべく、全ガンナーの頂点たる対人トーナメント 《バレットオ  《SAO》 事件から一年が経った。  ある日。キリトは、総務省 《仮想課》 の菊岡誠二郎から奇妙な依頼を受ける。  銃と鋼鉄のVRMMO 《ガンゲイル・オンライン》 で突如発生した怪現象 《死銃》 事件。漆黒の銃を持つ謎のアバターに撃たれたプレイヤーは、実際に現実世界でも 《死》 に至る……。  その不気味な事件の捜査を断り切れなかったキリトは、《仮想世界》 が 《現実世界》 へ物理的に影響を及ぼすことに疑いを抱きつつも、《GGO》 へとログインする。  《死銃》 の手懸かりを掴むべく、不慣れなゲーム内を彷徨うキリト。そんな彼に救いの手をさしのべたのは、長大なライフル 《へカートII》 を愛用するスナイパーの少女・シノンだった。  彼女の力を借りたキリトは、自らが 《死銃》 のターゲットとなるべく、全ガンナーの頂点たる対人トーナメント 《バレットオブバレッツ》 に挑む……!!  新エピソード突入!

30 review for ソードアート・オンライン 5: ファントム・バレット [Sōdo āto onrain 5: Fantomu Baretto]

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    3 1/2 stars, just too much technical gun information for my taste. I much prefer the Aincrad or ALF setting, hope book 7 gets us back there.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hud-c

    Sword Art Online - Phantom Bullet (Volume 5) has the same setting as the last four volumes - that is the virtual world. Compare to the previous volumes, SAO Vol 5 seems more darker. The story starts with the mysterious death of a player - who dies in the real world after being disconnected in the VMMORPG - Gun Gale Online or GGO for short. A mysterious player of GGO proclaimed that he has the power to kill people in the game and directly in the real world. SAO Vol 5 has a nice plot. As I said it Sword Art Online - Phantom Bullet (Volume 5) has the same setting as the last four volumes - that is the virtual world. Compare to the previous volumes, SAO Vol 5 seems more darker. The story starts with the mysterious death of a player - who dies in the real world after being disconnected in the VMMORPG - Gun Gale Online or GGO for short. A mysterious player of GGO proclaimed that he has the power to kill people in the game and directly in the real world. SAO Vol 5 has a nice plot. As I said it differs a lot to the other previous volumes; it emits this inexplicable allure - a thrilling death mystery and the quest to solve that mystery. Other than that, the newly introduced heroine - Sinon (GGO)/ Asada Shino (real world) has a queer personality. Compare to Asuna and Suguha, Shino's character/personality is more dynamic (not in a cheerful defining way) but there's a kind of attractive pull I've always experience with characters that are strange, gloomy or broken within; and Sinon exudes such imagery. Moreover, the chemistry she built with Kirito is riveting. (No romance in here). Two people who have a troubled past and trying to cope with their present dilemma and own pain, I have such weakness for that kind of element used in a story. Besides those praises, what I found out as a defect in the plot is that the shrouded mystery wasn't really pursue in a grander feat. Kawahara-san could have exploited that angle more - well, if that's the case, then more deaths would occur, yet he chose to focus on Sinon and Kirito's predicament. That's only my opinion. It could have been better that way, which actually IMHO again, that could turn out like a Deathnote kind of story. Finally, Asuna isn't here. What's wrong with the world of SAO? Despite everything, the plot + character + flow of story (those action scenes) this equals to a 3.75 star.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jo Carter

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a very short novel, compared to the rest. It spans a long meeting, a date with Asuna, a few snatches of Shino IRL and then the first rounds of BoB. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the gun scenes. I already knew I'd love Shino's storyline from the anime, but I was pleasantly surprised with the gunning. What I didn't like: How little we get to see Asuna. I'm hoping by the size of the next book we get to see more of her. I understand Kirito's reasons for not wanting her in the game, b This was a very short novel, compared to the rest. It spans a long meeting, a date with Asuna, a few snatches of Shino IRL and then the first rounds of BoB. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the gun scenes. I already knew I'd love Shino's storyline from the anime, but I was pleasantly surprised with the gunning. What I didn't like: How little we get to see Asuna. I'm hoping by the size of the next book we get to see more of her. I understand Kirito's reasons for not wanting her in the game, but I still missed her. It was nice to see a scene between them at the beginning of the novel to remind readers of their relationship, and I guess due to the time span of the novel there wasn't anywhere else she could slot in. The story is definitely "to be continued..." in Phantom Bullet 006. What I liked: Sinon doesn't go bananas for Kirito. I really liked that she was super open to helping Kirito because she thought he was a girl. It wasn't because she was in love with him like Leafa or Lizbeth. In a series where there are a million female characters introduced to one male, it was amazing to have Sinon thrown into the mix. She already has a boyfriend lined up for when she gets over her personal issues, and it's not Kirito. Kirito as usual gets into her personal space, but that's just his personality, and it was great to see a girl not respond to it with romance. Shino's backstory. I LOVED it. It's super unique and pulls on my heartstrings. Overall: I don't have much else to say. This book felt super short and not much happened overall (especially when you think about Aincrad 001 and how much that spanned). It was an enjoyable read. Nothing particularly wow about it, but I wasn't bored at all. I'm quite looking forward to the next installment - and of course hoping to see more of Asuna! :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Danyka

    Loved the manga, and it's anime. I actually read the manga, and watched it's anime. Both are awesome. Loved the manga, and it's anime. I actually read the manga, and watched it's anime. Both are awesome.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Khari

    I liked this one probably the most so far. Kirito is turning into a little snot and it's great. I like his jokes and his humor. Probably only because I am not the butt of them. This isn't really a novel though, it's more like the introductory chapter of the next big story arc. It was interesting to hear more about Shion. The anime didn't express her thoughts so it was good to see the details in her. I think maybe that was one of the reasons that I likes this book so much. It's interesting to see th I liked this one probably the most so far. Kirito is turning into a little snot and it's great. I like his jokes and his humor. Probably only because I am not the butt of them. This isn't really a novel though, it's more like the introductory chapter of the next big story arc. It was interesting to hear more about Shion. The anime didn't express her thoughts so it was good to see the details in her. I think maybe that was one of the reasons that I likes this book so much. It's interesting to see the struggle for strength. I thought one of the most powerful moments was when she told some girls who were bullying her 'no'. It takes a lot of strength to do that. It's interesting to see into her mind. Even though she obviously has moral fortitude, she doesn't see it herself but is constantly searching for more. The other people around her look up to her and are impressed by her strength but she doesn't see that either. It reminds me of how blind we are to how other people see us.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Allen

    It took me minute to get into this installment. GGO is not my favorite part of SAO. But it was really nice to have more perspective from the characters as compared to the show.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Edwin

    this light novel has a lot of action. Gun Gale Online (GGO) revolves around Kirito and a new character named Shino. Unlike in Sword Art Online (SAO) and ALFehiem Online, GGO uses guns instead of swords. It all starts one day in the virtual world when one player who calls himself DeathGun, points at a tv and shoots the person in broadcasting, and the person gets disconnected. Later the come to find the player in the real world dead. Since Kirito has played SAO, also know as the deadly game, the this light novel has a lot of action. Gun Gale Online (GGO) revolves around Kirito and a new character named Shino. Unlike in Sword Art Online (SAO) and ALFehiem Online, GGO uses guns instead of swords. It all starts one day in the virtual world when one player who calls himself DeathGun, points at a tv and shoots the person in broadcasting, and the person gets disconnected. Later the come to find the player in the real world dead. Since Kirito has played SAO, also know as the deadly game, the people are investigating this case ask for his help. He decides to help out and goes into GGO. when he enters the game, he notices that his character looked feminine, and tricked the people around him by his looks. thats when he meets Shino, who offers help since she know he was lost. of course she didn't know Kirito was a guy, and thats how the two meet. later the enter a competition that gives you real life money to the winner, but kkirito entered to find the one who has been killing people threw the game. personally i enjoed this novel. even tho it is a bit slow in the begining , it gets really interesting in the middle. iIts dull in the begining becausse its trying to explain the new characters backkstory, but when thats done BAMM it gets good.i was only planninng to read a chapter a day but i ended up staying up reading... i regret nothing. its also awsome that the author was still aable to put the characters from the other novels innto this one, Asuna was one of them that i didnt expect to come out. i recommend this book ONLY if you have read or watched the first 4. its is important to understand this especially the first two because it has to do with a dark guild named "the laughing coffin". also there is a part two to GGO so get ready to read. this book shows how a person you just met can change your life and also that even if you tried forgetting the past, it will always find its way back to you.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Another novel (part 1 of 2), another VR-MMO game, another death-threat crossing over into reality! Phantom Bullet brings back what made Aincrad so damn good - IRL threat to players, female lead who's too busy to get boxed into damsel or 'love interest'/crush category. (The illustrations were just 'meh'. The cute~moe style doesn't quite work for the setting) This time the game at the center of the plot is Gun Gale Online - a sorta post-apocalypse FPS PvP ...thing [insert your own Halo/CoD/Borderla Another novel (part 1 of 2), another VR-MMO game, another death-threat crossing over into reality! Phantom Bullet brings back what made Aincrad so damn good - IRL threat to players, female lead who's too busy to get boxed into damsel or 'love interest'/crush category. (The illustrations were just 'meh'. The cute~moe style doesn't quite work for the setting) This time the game at the center of the plot is Gun Gale Online - a sorta post-apocalypse FPS PvP ...thing [insert your own Halo/CoD/Borderlands joke here] Can we take a moment to appreciate the hilariously bad irony of GGO being a PvP gun-nuts American game where the more cold-blooded the player (AmuSphere's vitals feedback) the better their aim/accuracy? Kirito is back to play this new game (transferring over his ALO rebooted stats, and bringing a freaking sword LIGHTSABER to a gun fight), crazy things happen and we get a new girl chara. Who comes from the school of "lets self-medicate my horrible trauma from the past by playing a game FULL OF MY TRIGGERS" (sorry, bad pun is bad)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel Martinez Zaldivar

    Sword Art Online phantom bullet is a light novel by Reki Kawahara. This book talk about the virtual game Gun Galaxy Online ( GGO) where happened a crime. Death Gun, a stranger player, who killed a player into de game and this player died in the real world. Now Kirito a survivor of the bloody virtual game Sword Art Online is responsible to investigate this case, but it came into trouble when log in into the game because his avatar look feminine. He knew Sinon the sniper who helps him. He enters B Sword Art Online phantom bullet is a light novel by Reki Kawahara. This book talk about the virtual game Gun Galaxy Online ( GGO) where happened a crime. Death Gun, a stranger player, who killed a player into de game and this player died in the real world. Now Kirito a survivor of the bloody virtual game Sword Art Online is responsible to investigate this case, but it came into trouble when log in into the game because his avatar look feminine. He knew Sinon the sniper who helps him. He enters Bullet of Bullets tournament where saw to Death Gun and remembered that he was in Sword Art Online too like him. I think that this book is interesting for all those people who love fiction stories and Manga. Also could be a futuristic vision of the world in some years, showing how the technology develop with the years.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja

    If you survived Fairy Dance then Gun Gale is your reward. First of all, there's actually something at stake again. It's not an all around death game like Sword Art Online, but it's not like Fairy Dance with no risk either. There is one single player who has the ability to kill people and it's Kirito's job to find this person. Then, thankfully, there are interesting characters again. Sinon has an interesting history and maybe (hopefully) won't be joining Kirito's harem of girls who have a crush o If you survived Fairy Dance then Gun Gale is your reward. First of all, there's actually something at stake again. It's not an all around death game like Sword Art Online, but it's not like Fairy Dance with no risk either. There is one single player who has the ability to kill people and it's Kirito's job to find this person. Then, thankfully, there are interesting characters again. Sinon has an interesting history and maybe (hopefully) won't be joining Kirito's harem of girls who have a crush on him. She's a good female protagonist and I'm enjoying reading about her whereas chapters about Suguha in the last two books were a serious grind to get through.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Kasyfil

    it was more 'gaming' than the previous fourth. It was also logical, except for the reason of the could killed the players in real world when killed them in virtual world. of course the explanation was untold yet. however, the storyline was slow, so I got bored in the beginning of the story, I mean about 100 pages without "real battle" is too boring for me. Nevertheless. the battle between kirito and sinon was exciting though sinon's.reason for fighting kirito was too exaggerate. I love this nove it was more 'gaming' than the previous fourth. It was also logical, except for the reason of the could killed the players in real world when killed them in virtual world. of course the explanation was untold yet. however, the storyline was slow, so I got bored in the beginning of the story, I mean about 100 pages without "real battle" is too boring for me. Nevertheless. the battle between kirito and sinon was exciting though sinon's.reason for fighting kirito was too exaggerate. I love this novel's series, but I think ALO is much better than GGO

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stas

    2014/03/16 Now I've read up to volume 6. I think the story feels weaker then the first 4 volumes. A little strained? It's still interesting. But so far I would honestly recommend to stop at volume 4. (probably) That said, I think I'm too far gone to stop reading until the series comes to an end. (Addiction Factor = 200%) 2014/03/16 Now I've read up to volume 6. I think the story feels weaker then the first 4 volumes. A little strained? It's still interesting. But so far I would honestly recommend to stop at volume 4. (probably) That said, I think I'm too far gone to stop reading until the series comes to an end. (Addiction Factor = 200%)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Magus Tor

    Read the translated version. Was very good, Kirito facing his past, with Shinon learning to cope with her own demon by seeking strength to overcome it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    kerrycat

    and with non-specific unnamed references to both Pokemon and Star Wars, along with super romantic Kirito/Asuna moments at the beginning - what's not to love? and with non-specific unnamed references to both Pokemon and Star Wars, along with super romantic Kirito/Asuna moments at the beginning - what's not to love?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Callum Forsyth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While it deviates slightly from the well-established messy mould that is Sword Art Online, Kawahara makes little effort to correct the complications that have plagued the previous volumes, and has only reinforced the sexist undertones of his work whilst adding manipulation to his repertoire. My last review of a Sword Art Online volume was rather flippant, and for good reason in my opinion. Fairy Dance is plagued by blatant sexism, poor characterisation and a lack of true meaningful direction in i While it deviates slightly from the well-established messy mould that is Sword Art Online, Kawahara makes little effort to correct the complications that have plagued the previous volumes, and has only reinforced the sexist undertones of his work whilst adding manipulation to his repertoire. My last review of a Sword Art Online volume was rather flippant, and for good reason in my opinion. Fairy Dance is plagued by blatant sexism, poor characterisation and a lack of true meaningful direction in its narrative. So how does the Phantom Bullet arc, or at least the first part of it, compare to the steaming dumpster fire that was the previous arc? Simply put: it's better, but not by much. It's a slight twist off of the beaten track for Phantom Bullet which focuses on a murder-mystery of sorts set in a new VRMMORPG: Gun Gale Online. Think Call of Duty meets a World of Warcraft/Warframe hybrid and you've got it. Kirito is tasked by a government agent (of course he is...) to discover the truth behind a string of murders related to the game allegedly committed by a player who goes by the name 'Death Gun'. I'm going to highlight what I think was the shining point of this book, and the reason why I gave it two stars, first: the character of Shino Asada, who goes by the gaming handle Sinon in GGO (Gun Gale Online.) Shino delivers to the story what actually feels like a meaningful subplot. Shino’s trauma in regards to the childhood shooting has a profound impact on her reasoning behind wanting to be the best player in GGO, which actually makes Kirito's reasoning behind wanting to be the best player look weak by comparison. The trouble, and perhaps the inherent problem with this novel (or series, take your pick) is that any female character, Shino Asada in particular, is undermined at any given point. Whether it's a nurse character introduced in a scene purely to make a reference to raunch culture or the constant reference to femininity in a character, females in the SAO universe are clearly meant to be purely objects of the male gaze. Shino makes very clear (to the reader) that she dislikes her in-game avatar and the attention it draws from male players, but this is completely offset by how much Kawahara focuses on her physical appeal. There's even an illustration later in the novel of Sinon in her underwear. This, of course, ties quite nicely into why I have discovered new depths to the hatred I harbour for the character of Kirito (Kirigaya Kazuto.) To say that Kirito has a god complex is putting things mildly ("As Kirito, the man who prematurely ended the Aincrad time line and unleashed The Seed upon the world, I didn't have any other choice in the matter.") but this novel explores a darker, more predatory nature to Kirito, which ironically synchronises with the predatory nature of Death Gun. As Kirito converts his character data over to GGO, he is given a feminine-looking avatar. This is immediately focused upon in a brief exchange with a male player who mistakes him for a woman. When Kirito happens upon Sinon, she too mistakes him for a female player. What clearly sets these two exchanges apart is how Kirito reveals to the male player that he is a male, but refrains from giving this information to Sinon, who then opts to help him get some equipment and get started in GGO. It isn't until after Sinon has helped him get equipment and enter the tournament, and stripped down in front of him in a Kawahara-obligatory female character diminishing scene, that Kirito reveals the truth of his sex, which prompts an understandably furious reaction from Sinon. As if this were bad enough, Kirito then tries to reason (to the reader) that he was in the right, claiming that he "hadn't identified himself as a woman, nor had [I] used any specifically female speech." Kawahara then has the audacity to have Sinon come to a belief (again, to the reader) that she was partially to blame. Kirito intentionally used Sinon's misunderstanding about his sex to his advantage and didn't reveal the truth until they were in a particularly compromising situation; he manipulated her, and is entirely to blame for his actions. I've refrained from touching upon the Mary Sue nature of Kirito that continues to expand in this novel because, in comparison to the heavy sexist nature of the story, it really takes second place to the problems plaguing the novel. Kawahara once again demonstrates inability: this time to ensure a well-crafted character remains compelling. His predatory, sexist nature is the blood to the beating heart of both Kirito and Sword Art Online, and it is but one of the many problems that prevents the SAO series from gaining any true credence as a compelling story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Noel Thingvall

    Been a few years since I read the last arc, but had no problem settling back in. Gun Gale Online is an interesting new setting, and I like the biting world-building of an American game all about gun culture and machismo, that's unwelcoming to female players, and is built on pure capitalism and gambling. It's such a rich concept that I hope we get to explore it deeper. I also like the character of Sinon, and the exploration that while violent games can be an outlet for the nastier tendencies of s Been a few years since I read the last arc, but had no problem settling back in. Gun Gale Online is an interesting new setting, and I like the biting world-building of an American game all about gun culture and machismo, that's unwelcoming to female players, and is built on pure capitalism and gambling. It's such a rich concept that I hope we get to explore it deeper. I also like the character of Sinon, and the exploration that while violent games can be an outlet for the nastier tendencies of some, they can also be a way for others to explore and confront their past psychological trauma in a way to hopefully move past it. Her backstory wasn't what I expected, and was very compelling when it was revealed. The battle sequences are well staged, and it does a great job of getting into the mechanics of both the world and the mystery. That said, you could cut Kirito out of this and I think it would be a much stronger story. His technique continues to be magically convenient in how easily he overcomes anything he faces, while also stumbling into characters and clues to his mysteries by pure luck. The whole Death Gun setup just isn't that compelling, and I wish the mystery built more on the capitalism aspect of the game and how it's an unending funnel of player funds. The cut off for the next volume is also abrupt and leaves this book completely lacking in any form of a singular arc, and Kawahara still falls into lolicon and moe fanservice tropes that feel more shoehorned in for sales than natural parts of the characters or story. There's even some pretty gross absolutes about gender that come up in the gaming politics of his world, which feel very narrow and dismissive when this collection of virtual societies is such a rich setting in which that could be explored. He even has odd gender play and jokes made at the expense of Kirito's new avatar which don't even make any sense aside from playing out more misgendering tropes.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    V.5 of Sword Art Online's light novel series covers the first half of the Phantom Bullet arc. Set in a grim, gun-based shooter MMO, the tone is quite different from the prior SAO stories. Kirito, feeling he owes a certain debt to the man who coordinated his post SAO recovery (and helped him find Asuna's IRL location), agrees to help him investigate a new problem: A Gun Gale Online player who appears to be able to kill people by shooting them in-game. Neither Kirito nor his "boss" can conceive of V.5 of Sword Art Online's light novel series covers the first half of the Phantom Bullet arc. Set in a grim, gun-based shooter MMO, the tone is quite different from the prior SAO stories. Kirito, feeling he owes a certain debt to the man who coordinated his post SAO recovery (and helped him find Asuna's IRL location), agrees to help him investigate a new problem: A Gun Gale Online player who appears to be able to kill people by shooting them in-game. Neither Kirito nor his "boss" can conceive of how such an awful thing could be pulled off, but Kirito agrees to touch base with the character and see what he can figure out. This leads him into a game unlike anything he's played before, where his path to this player leads through a major Battle Royale tournament. Can Kirito's gaming skills translate to the world of guns? Can he survive long enough to procure the information needed to see if these real life deaths have an in-game cause? Author Reki Kawahara is really clever here, able to translate the core ideas of Sword Art Online into a new context without feeling like a retread. I'm not sure how many scenarios she can construct around dying in-game before they start to feel stale, but at least this arc holds up very well. The half of the arc covered by v.5 is my favorite part of the Gun Gale Online saga: Kirito's introduction to the game, his meeting of Shino and how she gives him a crash course to the game, his first encounter with the so-called Death Gun, and the preliminary stages of the tournament. It's very good, and while the near absence of already established characters (Asuna, of course, as well as his sister) is a drag, the context for their absence makes sense.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Daulat Rachmanto

    So, this is a new game called Gun Gale Online (GGO). If you have read the previous 4 volumes or you maybe have watched the 1st season of the Anime, and get used to 'sword story'. Well, you'll find something really new in this volume, cuz basically it's about Gun (just like the game name). The story is good, really good for me. But, if you have watched the 2nd season of the Anime (which is took the story of the 5th and 6th volume of the Novel), and you feel the Anime is good, or you feel the Anime So, this is a new game called Gun Gale Online (GGO). If you have read the previous 4 volumes or you maybe have watched the 1st season of the Anime, and get used to 'sword story'. Well, you'll find something really new in this volume, cuz basically it's about Gun (just like the game name). The story is good, really good for me. But, if you have watched the 2nd season of the Anime (which is took the story of the 5th and 6th volume of the Novel), and you feel the Anime is good, or you feel the Anime is (Of Course) not satisfying, you really need to read the Novel. Cuz i really enjoy this volume (and 6th volume too) but when i watched the Anime, well Tldr, it's not that good. So i really recommend you to read this volume cuz it's soo better than the Anime :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Colby

    "This might be a game, but it isn't meant to be played." -[Sword Art Online] Programmer: Kayaba Akihiko. The Sword Art Online series is a ten-volume collection written by Reki Kawahara with Phantom Bullet Part 1 being the fifth installment of the series. This volume was originally written in Japanese and later translated by Black Cats of the Full Moon.The story is set in in the year 2022 and onward as mankind has finally become advanced enough to create the first, full-dive, virtual reality gam "This might be a game, but it isn't meant to be played." -[Sword Art Online] Programmer: Kayaba Akihiko. The Sword Art Online series is a ten-volume collection written by Reki Kawahara with Phantom Bullet Part 1 being the fifth installment of the series. This volume was originally written in Japanese and later translated by Black Cats of the Full Moon.The story is set in in the year 2022 and onward as mankind has finally become advanced enough to create the first, full-dive, virtual reality game know as "Sword Art Online" (SAO). Upon entering the game, the 10,000 players notice the disappearance of the main menu's logout button and later discover that in order to leave the game, they must defeat the boss who awaits on the one-hundredth floor. The challenge however, is the fact that once one's character dies in the virtual world, so do they. The story of Phantom Bullet takes place three years after the "SAO incident" with the emergence of a new-virtual-reality-massive-multiplayer-online-role-playing-game (VRMMORPG) knows as "Gun Gale Online." This world features many real-world and fictionalized guns, as well as light saber type weapons, in which the players can select from; this, in contrast, to "the world of swords and magic" wherein the first four volumes take place. However, a rumor has gone around concerning the existence of a player known as "DeathGun" who possesses the ability to kill people in the real world from the virtual one. Therefore, the technological department of the government must call in a strong player to dive into the game and win the upcoming event known as "The Bullet of Bullets" in order attract DeathGun's attention and confirm this rumored ability. Who they call in is none other than our hero Kirito, who later teams up with this volume's main heroine Sinon in a pursuit to win The Bullet of Bullets competition. After thoroughly enjoying the previous stories of Sword Art Online and Alfheim Online (ALO), I had high expectations for this particular volume. As foreseen, it definitely did not disappoint. It was exceedingly entertaining while still providing much food-for-thought and many lessons to be learned. Comparatively, ALO did not do as well in this department for one important reason; the special ingredient found within the intense formula of SAO was, unfortunately, omitted. This aspect of the storyline was an overarching principle of death wherein the characters had to actually risk the one life they had in order to progress toward their goals. Reki Kawahara made a wise decision in bringing back this plot device as it made the character's feelings and desires feel more "real." Kirito must become strong enough within the game to attract DeathGun's attention, however he must also avoid becoming a prime target to this mystery killer or else it is "game over." This creates conflict within our hero's mind and he goes about completing his mission in more interesting ways. This significantly contrasts the charge in head first, take a bunch of hits, die, then respawn tactic as used in ALO. Making "Gun Gale Online" another "death game" really helped in conveying a lot of the protagonists personal philosophies and principles. Phantom Bullet explores issues such as the effect excessively immersing oneself within the virtual world has on the real-world person. Through the character of Kirito, the book then proceeds to offer a solution to the conflict individuals have of converging their virtual-world habits and judgments with their real-world actions. It was this aspect of the book that I particularly enjoyed. For this reason also I am compelled to say that Reki Kawahara really knew his audience when writing these books. Being an avid MMO gamer himself, it is said that the character of Kirito is created to represent the noble, number-one-player that all middle-classed gamers aspire to be. Whether you are a gamer yourself or not, the image of Kirito can surely be applied to any sort of competitive activity, overall, making this character a memorable and loved persona. However, this affection developed for characters is undesirably limited. With Sinon as the only other prominent character within this particular volume, the story really only provides two individuals to care about. Normally, this would not be an issue due to the fact that the story provided by this duo is enough to make up for a lack of a bigger cast. However, a problem arises where the reader cannot decipher who's perspective the story is being told from at a given time. Collectively, the story is comprised of four, first person perspectives; one, belonging to a character who is only present for a short time, and the other point of view belonging to DeathGun himself which serves to open the story. Upon looking back on Phantom Bullet it is fully apparent that the latter two perspectives mentioned are unnecessary. There also lies a few hic-ups within the translation of the story, however this is to be expected from any given, foreign book and it is, by no means, overwhelming or hindering to the presentation. Despite its flaws, Phantom Bullet is a fantastic read. It explores issues that are not as touched upon as they should be and caters to the audience it was intended for in an extraordinary way. The story will leave you with a great love for its characters and a desire for more. Sword Art Online, Volume 5: Phantom Bullet part 1 receives an overall recommendation from me and a personal guarantee of entertainment.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bill Blume

    Having already watched the anime of this story’s arc, the book doesn’t hold any surprises within the plot, but I enjoy the extra insight the book provides. I love how Reki Kawahara builds real life stakes into a virtual reality game. The original “Aincrad” arc did this better than any other I’ve seen. Can’t say I was crazy about “Fairy Dance,” which is why I’ve skipped those books. My only gripe here is that an inordinate amount of time is spent telling Sinon’s backstory. This got a tad “info-dump Having already watched the anime of this story’s arc, the book doesn’t hold any surprises within the plot, but I enjoy the extra insight the book provides. I love how Reki Kawahara builds real life stakes into a virtual reality game. The original “Aincrad” arc did this better than any other I’ve seen. Can’t say I was crazy about “Fairy Dance,” which is why I’ve skipped those books. My only gripe here is that an inordinate amount of time is spent telling Sinon’s backstory. This got a tad “info-dumpy.” Overall, this is a fun book, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    I really enjoyed this story, and In love this arc the most out of the whole series. I love the dark and gritty nature and atmosphere Reki Kawahara creates with GGO and Death Gun. The story went by at a reasonable pace for a change, and for once I actually liked most of the characters in this book. I am super excited to read who is truly responsible for Death Gun and who of the Laughing Coffin knows Kirito and why this person is killing the top players of GGO.

  22. 5 out of 5

    emily_oriley

    Saving most of the review for when I finish volume six but same issue I had with Fairyland: not enough Kirito POV. However, I didn’t hate hanging out with Sinon so it wasn’t as bad as before. Though it takes practically half the book before we get to the actual heart of the matter (ie Kirito in GGO). Other than that, it’s a good story so far.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather Wright

    As a fan of the anime I'm greatly enjoying experiencing the story all over again in a new format. I think this was a great addition to the series. I especially love the characterization of Sinon and the various (and varied) interactions between her and Kirito in this volume. Heading right into volume 7 to see the end of the arc playing out. As a fan of the anime I'm greatly enjoying experiencing the story all over again in a new format. I think this was a great addition to the series. I especially love the characterization of Sinon and the various (and varied) interactions between her and Kirito in this volume. Heading right into volume 7 to see the end of the arc playing out.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jesica

    Explains things I really enjoy the anime. Reading these books just made it even better because it explains what the anime doesn't show, what the character is thinking or feeling. Even provides a bit more backstory which is always welcome. I look forward to reading more. Explains things I really enjoy the anime. Reading these books just made it even better because it explains what the anime doesn't show, what the character is thinking or feeling. Even provides a bit more backstory which is always welcome. I look forward to reading more.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    Loved it! Kirito is so awesome and so is Sinon. I want to read the other books!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I love all the details in these light novels! I also love how Kirito's POV is in first person, but everyone else is in third. Love these books! I love all the details in these light novels! I also love how Kirito's POV is in first person, but everyone else is in third. Love these books!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lucien Welsh

    Gah! This was so exciting and so cute and so heartbreaking! Outside of the first book, I honestly think this is the best one in the series before Alicization starts. 頑張れ、キリトーくん!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha

    Watching Sinon struggle with guns in the anime is nothing compared to reading about her PTSD and flashbacks in the light novel. It's chilling to know what she had to experience as a child to save her mother and what it took away from her. I also appreciate the fact Sinon is so different than the other female characters in the series so far. Not to say the others aren't strong or confident, but Sinon carries a rough and defensive edge that makes her unique. She's tough as nails in GGO, trying to Watching Sinon struggle with guns in the anime is nothing compared to reading about her PTSD and flashbacks in the light novel. It's chilling to know what she had to experience as a child to save her mother and what it took away from her. I also appreciate the fact Sinon is so different than the other female characters in the series so far. Not to say the others aren't strong or confident, but Sinon carries a rough and defensive edge that makes her unique. She's tough as nails in GGO, trying to overcome the struggles she faces outside of the virtual world. While the GGO world itself doesn't impress me since I'm never one for gun games, Kawahara once again showcases his skill for bringing together characters from different worlds, both virtual and real, and developing relationships between them. The kinship Kirito and Sinon find from their haunted pasts shows through much better in the light novel. I can't wait to read the next.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Isaac

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After being tortured with that other book, I was longing for some action in a book. Now normally I would read manga or a comic book to do so, but decided against doing so. I wanted to find a action book without pictures, but not one that was 1000 pages long cause I ain't got time fo dat. Anyways, Sword Art Online is a Light Novel series in japan. What's a light novel you ask? Well, imagine if the Percy Jackson series was a genre, and there you have a light novel. Basically fantasy novel targeted After being tortured with that other book, I was longing for some action in a book. Now normally I would read manga or a comic book to do so, but decided against doing so. I wanted to find a action book without pictures, but not one that was 1000 pages long cause I ain't got time fo dat. Anyways, Sword Art Online is a Light Novel series in japan. What's a light novel you ask? Well, imagine if the Percy Jackson series was a genre, and there you have a light novel. Basically fantasy novel targeted toward teenagers and kids. Due to that success, it was made into a successful anime that was eventually dubbed here in the west. In a nutshell, sword art online is about a massively multiplayer online game which trapped thousands of kids and adults in a death game. If you die in the game, you die in real life, and the only way to get out is to beat the boss on the 100th level. So picture Spy Kids 3, but awesome. Now I highly recommend watching the series or reading the books. 1 reason is because it's awesome and the next is because this book is the 5th one in the saga, so of course, spoilers will be present. You could find it on crunchyroll.com or hulu.com Don't say I didn't warn you. Spoiler Alert (view spoiler)[This book picks up after the second virtual game, Alfheim online, in which Kirito saves Asuna from Sugou Nobuyuki. After this, Kirito was requested by Kikuoka Seijirou, an agent for the department against internet crimes, to investigate a character named Death Gun. His crime was that whoever he shot in this new game, died in the real world shortly after. He sent Kirito to investigate the game, Gun Gale Online and become a target of death gun (hide spoiler)] This book was good, I'll give it that. The thing that isn't debatable was that it was WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY better than fairy dance. Spoiler time (view spoiler)[I had little to no reason to read fairy dance. I found myself doing so when I realized: But wait, there's more! The thing that made SAO attractable was the death game concept. But with Fairy Dance, It felt like I was reading a book about them living in a game with no danger. The worst my fears soon erupted: it's gonna be like spy kids 3. Even the whole Suguha plot was sorta lame in my opinion and kinda awkward. It wasn't until the whole "Save Asuna" plot started to thicken for me to continue on with the book. And I gotta say, it turned out well. Even a little dark with the whole torture scene with Sugou. After the ending with the world seed, I thought to myself, wow what a good ending. But once again: but wait, there's more! It was than I got my hands on Phantom Bullet which is far superior by introducing the death game plot (hide spoiler)] It was honest to me in saying that the action was minimal. Not nonexistent, but when I read a section about Sinon moving silently while sniping, I sorta drone out. However it did lay down the exposition needed to truly enjoy the next book. I look forward to reading the next one, and even more excited for it to be made into an anime.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Justin Lam

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a fantastic book about Kirito transfer in to a Sci-fi game called Gun Gale Online (GGO.) There he is looking for the killer that in GGO that is connect to the the real world (Basely this is saying that if you get kill by a certain person you also die in the real world.) Once he enter the game he befriends Sinon a girl in high school that fears weapons in the real world due to the robbery in the post office and that she took the gun and kill him. She is still haunted by that event. She th This is a fantastic book about Kirito transfer in to a Sci-fi game called Gun Gale Online (GGO.) There he is looking for the killer that in GGO that is connect to the the real world (Basely this is saying that if you get kill by a certain person you also die in the real world.) Once he enter the game he befriends Sinon a girl in high school that fears weapons in the real world due to the robbery in the post office and that she took the gun and kill him. She is still haunted by that event. She then taught him the area and the places in GGO. Once he got his weapon in the item shop he brought a light saber and enter the BOB (Battle of the Blood) with Sinon. He meet the killer and found out that he was also in the laughing coffin ( a guild in a life and death game called Sword Art Online or SAO that kills people in the real world.)He of course enter the BOB and found out that Sinon is his next target and he is protecting Sinon from him. During the BOB he found out that the killer was called Death Gun and the he is also a player in BOB. Kirito and Sinon with Death Gun was the last players and that he face him. In the end Sinon and Kirito won the BOB. After the BOB Sinon have to defeat herself against the killer's brother who want to kill Sinon too and carried a drug to stop the heart.. Kirito came in time to save her, but got struck instead and went into a coma. ~kero

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