What does waifu mean? Waifu is a term for a fictional character, usually in anime or related media, that someone has great, and sometimes romantic, affection for. Where does waifu come from? Waifu originates as a Japanese borrowing and rendering of the English word wife. Waifu developed a more specialized meaning in English-speaking anime and manga culture, however, in the 2000s. In the 2002 anime Azumanga Daioh, some students find a photograph a teacher has dropped and ask who the woman in it is. The teacher replies "my wife" in English, which is often transcribed as mai waifu thanks to Japanese pronunciation and transliteration practices. Anime fans began using waifu to refer to a character they were particularly fond of, one they viewed as being special to them. The earliest Urban Dictionary entry for this use of the word dates from 2007, and there's evidence that the term dates back in its anime sense to at least 2006. It also spreads outside the anime fandom, so that characters from video games or even live-action television shows can also be called waifu. The male equivalent of waifu is husbando. However, this likely isn't taken from an actual Japanese loanword, as the Japanese borrowing of husband is hazu. In anime and related otaku culture, waifu can be used with varying levels of intensity and is subject to varying degrees of ridicule or criticism. Some fans might casually call their favorite female character in a game or anime their waifu. But others are more earnest about it, viewing their waifu as a part of their life. For these people, their feelings, even though they're well aware the character is fictional, are serious. Body pillows, resin figures, and other merchandise are popular with those who feel this way about their favorite character.
ASCII Media Works began publishing the novels on April 10, 2009 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint.
Sword Art Online is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara with accompanying illustrations drawn by abec. The series takes place in the near-future and focuses on various virtual reality MMORPG worlds. ASCII Media Works began publishing the novels on April 10, 2009 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint. Russia. With more than 16 million copies in print worldwide, there are future plans for publications in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Vietnam and others. Kawahara also began writing a parallel series of light novels titled Sword Art Online: Progressive, a spin-off that focuses on the clearing of Aincrad, unlike the Aincrad stories of the main series. As of June 10, 2021, eight volumes have been published as part of the Progressive series. In addition to the original storyline of Sword Art Online and Sword Art Online: Progressive, Kawahara has also written and published Sword Art Online side stories. Accel World, have been sold at Comitia, Dengeki Bunko's Fair and have come along with the limited edition Blu-Ray/DVD Sword Art Online compilation volumes.
Before Sword Art Online was published, Kawahara had posted Sword Art Online novels on his website and there are still a few side stories on Sword Art Online, although the original novels have been removed. In addition, Kawahara has published a side story of Sword Art Online in one of his other works, Accel World. In the tenth volume of Accel World, there is a chapter where it depicts a cross over between Sword Art Online and Accel World. Several of the side stories that he has released are in a collection called the Sword Art Online Material Edition, sold at the Comitia dōjinshi-selling event, which range from novels to manga. However, all of the art in the Material Editions is drawn by Kawahara himself. Aside from the light novels written by Kawahara, there are also two spin-offs written by other authors with supervision by him. The first one is Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online series written by Keiichi Sigsawa and illustrated by Kouhaku Kuroboshi, while the other is Sword Art Online Alternative: Clover's Regret, written by Watase Souichirou and illustrated by Ginta. While both of these series take place in the same world as the main series written by Kawahara, they each feature different characters as the focus compared to the main series.
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