Accel World: Kuroyukihime’s Return

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Haruyuki is not having a good life. Short, over-weight and bullied at school he seeks solace in unpopular games in the increasingly networked world. All that changes when an older girl; the never named but always referred to as Kuroyukihime takes an interest in him. Utilizing a mysterious program called Brain Burst allowing for a heightened and accelerated mental state, Kuroyukihime is able to frame Haru’s bullies and introduce him to a close-knit underground fighting game. A game only accessible to the young, created by persons unknown. Each fight deducts and awards points. Lose all your points and Brain Burst uninstalls and can never be regained. There are ranks and factions and the ultimate prize; level 10 – where a singular victor might find the creator and learn the program’s purpose. The only snag is it requires defeating the other rank nine players cutting them off from the program.

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Sword Art Online: Aincrad

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Kirito is a loner gamer and former beta-tester on newly released MMO Sword Art Online. It’s the first of a new type of MMO one that requires use of a device called the NerveGear. This then allows a fully immersive experience of the RPG world; sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing. On the launch day Kirito logs in and soon finds neither he nor any of the other users is able to log out. Far from being a design flaw, it transpires this was the very point of the game. The Architect of Sword Art Online has trapped the players inside his virtual world to force them to complete the hundred levels that make up the fictional world of Aincrad and get to the top of the computer generated castle. If they die in the game, the NerveGear will fry their brains. If someone external forcibly tries to remove it or disassemble it; same thing. There’s a grace period for power-cuts and network disconnects, but otherwise the only way out is to get to the very top level of the world and defeat the final boss. Suddenly Sword Art Online‘s fantasy world is truly dangerous.

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