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Thank you to everyone for reading the sixteenth volume of Sword Art Online, [Alicization

Exploding], published a year after the previous one.

Ever since the battle in the Central Cathedral ended, the story has finally extended from

the Human Empire to the entire Underworld… I’m very sorry for making everyone wait for

so long. In this volume, Asuna finally descends into the battlefield, and seems like some

familiar characters are joining the battle as well, so from now on, I hope I can recover the

normal pace until the end of Alicization arc. After being constantly protected since the last

volume, Kirito-shi may make a big comeback in the next one. I just can’t help feeling so!

The subtitle of [Exploding] was added to reference the various explosions and bursts that

occurred in this volume. Although the names were kind of short at first, like [Beginning]

and [Turning], they’ve been getting longer and longer recently4, so I want to shorten the

next volume’s name a bit. Below, I’ll be discussing the plot of this volume for a bit. The first

half of this volume is titled [War of the Underworld], and it gives a taste of a war chronicle

since various characters are all fighting in a mess. Because of that, I’ve shifted the writing

style from a limited third-person perspective to the so-called “omniscient third-person

perspective”. Please forgive me if you were confused by the endlessly appearing

information that should remain unknown to that part’s central character!

Although I want to describe the author’s situation, life has been pretty normal like last

time, so there aren’t any topics worth mentioning… I haven’t been playing any MMORPG

games properly these few years. I’d love to start something new yet I haven’t done that

since long ago, so I at least tried a western open-world RPG on the PS4, and wow, that was

awesome. The map’s too big, there’s too much freedom, so after wandering around for a

while I forgot what would happen during the main quests. I’m pretty sure that if I used an

HMD5 and motion controllers to play this kind of game, I wouldn’t be able to return to the

real world! I’m always dreaming that one day SAO will become like this kind of game, but

when I pleaded to producer Futami over at Namco Bandai Entertainment, “Please turn the

entire Underworld into something that you can adventure around in!”, I only got a

stupefied smile in return.

Lastly, some routine words of thanks. To abec-san, who gave the Stacia version of heroine

Asuna-san the most beautiful and cutest design possible (Sheyta, Renri, and the Goblin

Tribal Chiefs are great, too!), and to Miki-san, who as chief editor proofreads for me deep

into the night, thank you very much! See you next volume, everyone!

A certain day in June 2015

Kawahara Reki

1. VRMMO game mentioned in Volume 7 Chapter 7.↩

2. Roppongi, a district of Tokyo, is famous for its active night club scene.↩

3. Here, Klein speaks in a much less formal, relaxed tone. It is difficult to replicate in English, but here is an attempt.↩

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