Reki Kawahara

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Reki Kawahara
川原 礫
Born (1974-08-17) August 17, 1974 (age 46)[1][2]
Gunma Prefecture
Other namesFumio Kunori (九里 史生)
Known forSword Art Online
Accel World
The Isolator
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Reki Kawahara (川原 礫, Kawahara Reki, born August 17, 1974) is a Japanese light novel author. He is best known as the creator of Sword Art Online and Accel World, both of which have been adapted into anime. He has also written The Isolator.


Kawahara wrote the first volume of Sword Art Online in 2001 as a competition entry for the 2002 ASCII Media Works Dengeki Game Novel Prize (電撃ゲーム小説大賞, Dengeki Game Shōsetsu Taishō, now Dengeki Novel Prize), but refrained from submitting it as he had exceeded the page limit; he instead published it as a web novel under the pen name Fumio Kunori (九里史生, Kunori Fumio).[3] Over time, he added three further main arcs and several short stories, which like the first arc Aincrad, were later adapted into the light novels.[4][5][6]

Kawahara entered the first Accel World novel into ASCII Media Works' 15th Dengeki Novel Prize in 2008 and the novel won the Grand Prize.[7] The first novel was published by ASCII Media Works on February 10, 2009 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint.[8] As of September 7, 2018, 23 volumes have been published.[9] An anime series debuted in April 2012.[10] After gaining fame from the Dengeki award, Kawahara republished Sword Art Online in print. 21 volumes have been published as of December 2018,[11] as well as six volumes of Sword Art Online: Progressive.[12] An anime series premiered in July 2012,[13] and was followed by a for-TV movie Sword Art Online Extra Edition on December 31, 2013[14] a second anime series, Sword Art Online II, in July 2014,[15] a theatrical film adaptation, Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, in February 2017,[16] and the first of two seasons for the third anime series, Sword Art Online: Alicization, in October 2018.[17]

The Isolator was serialized online starting in 2004,[18] and began publishing in print in June 2014.[19] Five light novels and four manga have been written.[20]


Reki Kawahara has many inspirations growing up, from reading manga to online games. Reki Kawahara also stated in a Q&A session[21] between the author Reki Kawahara and Heathcliff (Kayaba Akihiko) in 2005. "If I were to ask for you to mention one of the games you like best, which would it be?", Reki Kawahara stated the following "If you mean aside from SAO, it would be Wizardry, a game from long ago. I acquired a lot of inspiration from it". Rank Anime[22] also wrote a story on what inspired him to write Sword Art Online.


Light novels[edit]



  1. ^ "Reki Kawahara (川原 礫) Brief Biography". Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Personal Twitter". August 20, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  3. ^ Afterword of the first light novel volume
  4. ^ "Understanding Sword Art Online". Anime News Network. March 1, 2017. Archived from the original on January 24, 2019. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Afterword of the sixth light novel volume
  6. ^ Fumio Kunori (Reki Kawahara). "web novel". WordGear (in Japanese). Archived from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ アクセル・ワールド1 [Accel World 1] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  9. ^ アクセル・ワールド23 -黒雪姫の告白- (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  10. ^ "Accel World, Natsuiro Kiseki, Zetman, Dusk maiden of Amnesia Premieres Listed". Anime News Network. February 29, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  11. ^ ソードアート・オンライン21 ユナイタル・リングI (in Japanese). Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  12. ^ ソードアート・オンライン プログレッシブ6 (in Japanese). ISBN 9784048937979.
  13. ^ "Sword Art Online Light Novels About Virtual MMO Get Anime". Anime News Network. October 1, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  14. ^ "Sword Art Online Extra Edition to Air With New Footage". Anime News Network. August 12, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  15. ^ "Anime Expo to Host Sword Art Online II Premiere Event with Reki Kawahara, abec". Anime News Network. May 17, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
  16. ^ "Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale Film to Open in 2017 (Updated)". Anime News Network. March 13, 2016. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  17. ^ "『ソードアート・オンライン アリシゼーション』『ソードアート・オンライン オルタナティブ ガンゲイル・オンライン』がTVアニメ化決定". Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  18. ^ "絶対ナル孤独 連載ページ". Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  19. ^ "New License Announcements". Yen Press. June 13, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  20. ^ "絶対ナル孤独者5 ―液化者 The Liquidizer―". Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  21. ^ "Reki Kawahara Q&A Session 2005". 2005.
  22. ^ "The Inspiration Behind Sword Art Online". Rank Anime. 2020.

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