|Born||August 17, 1974|
Gunma Prefecture, Japan
|Other names||Fumio Kunori (九里 史生)|
|Known for||Sword Art Online, Accel World|
Reki Kawahara (川原 礫 Kawahara Reki, born August 17, 1974) is the Japanese author of the light novel and manga series Sword Art Online and Accel World. Both have been adapted into anime. He has also written The Isolator and the spinoff series Sword Art Online: Progressive.
The Sword Art Online series was first published online in 2002, under the pen name Fumio Kunori (九里史生 Kunori Fumio). Kawahara entered the first Accel World novel into ASCII Media Works' 15th Dengeki Novel Prize in 2008 and the novel won the Grand Prize. The first novel was published by ASCII Media Works on February 10, 2009 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint. As of September 8, 2017, 20 volumes have been published. An anime series debuted in April 2012. After gaining fame from the Dengeki award, Kawahara republished Sword Art Online in print. 19 volumes have been published as of February 2017, as well as four volumes of Sword Art Online: Progressive. An anime series premiered in July 2012, and was followed by a for-TV movie Sword Art Online Extra Edition on December 31, 2013 as well as a second anime series, Sword Art Online II, in July 2014, and a film adaptation, Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale.
The Isolator (絶対ナル孤独者≪アイソレータ≫ Zettai Naru Kodokusha ≪Aisorēta≫) was serialised online starting in 2004, and began publishing in print in June 2014. Three light novels and one manga have been written. Sword Art Online is a virtual world in which it is impossible to log out before having defeated the Floor Boss of all 100 floors of the Aincrad Tower.
In 2012, Kawahara made voice cameos in several episodes of the Accel World anime series as Tin Writer.
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- 第15回 電撃大賞 入賞作品 [15th Dengeki Bunko Prize Winning Works] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Archived from the original on October 5, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
- アクセル・ワールド1 [Accel World 1] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
- アクセル・ワールド19 (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
- "Accel World, Natsuiro Kiseki, Zetman, Dusk maiden of Amnesia Premieres Listed". Anime News Network. February 29, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
- ソードアート・オンライン19 ムーン・クレイドル (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-05-31.
- ソードアート・オンライン プログレッシブ (4) (電撃文庫) (in Japanese). ISBN 9784048655668.
- "Sword Art Online Light Novels About Virtual MMO Get Anime". Anime News Network. 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
- "Sword Art Online Extra Edition to Air With New Footage". Anime News Network. 2013-08-12. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
- "Anime Expo to Host Sword Art Online II Premiere Event with Reki Kawahara, abec". Anime News Network. May 17, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
- "Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale Film to Open in 2017 (Updated)". Anime News Network. March 13, 2016. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
- "絶対ナル孤独 連載ページ". Wordgear.x0.com. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
- "New License Announcements". Yen Press. June 13, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
- "絶対ナル孤独者《アイソレータ》3 ―凝結者 The Trancer―". Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
- Reki Kawahara on Twitter (in Japanese)
- "Word Gear", his (Old) official website (in Japanese)
- "Word Gear", his official blog (in Japanese)
- Reki Kawahara at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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