It isn't unusual for creators to retroactively change how certain events played out or add details to explain how some aspects of their universe work. The famous Sword Art Online franchise is no different, with creator Reki Kawahara helping out with the anime adaptation to fill in some of the gaps. Kawahara decided to go back and write a new take on the story's original "Aincrad" arc in the form of Sword Art Online: Progressive. After being asked to write a short story for director Tomohiko Ito to fill in some of the time gaps for Episode 2, Kawahara found that he liked being able to retroactively explain things. Here are a few of the biggest differences between the original Sword Art Online and its Progressive counterpart. While both the original novels and the spin-off series focus on Kirito and Asuna trying to fight their way out of the deadly VR game they're trapped in, it isn't necessary to read Progressive to understand what's going on.
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It's more along the lines of supplemental material that looks to explain what the characters were doing during a two-year gap that was left out of the original novel, which only covered floors 1, 74 and 75 of the game's massive world. The reason for the original Sword Art Online light novels not covering more was because it was being written for a contest and Kawahara needed to cut it down for length's sake. This led to certain events being glossed over and Asuna and Kirito's relationship not really being explored in depth. Some events that occurred on the other floors were told in smaller side-stories, but not all of the floors and their adventures were explained. The Sword Art Online: Progressive novels seek to rectify this by exploring what happened on the other floors and how Kirito and Asuna's relationship developed. Each volume details what life is like on the different floors and within the game itself. Changes have been made along the way, one being the timeframe in which Asuna and Kirito begin to grow close. In the original series, they only came together a few months before escaping the game, but this is retconned to them bonding within a few months of knowing each other instead. Another change is that SAO was told mostly from Kirito's perspective, while Progressive is told through both his and Asuna's first-person views. Through Asuna's eyes, readers are able to see the flaws in Kirito that were only vaguely described before. RELATED: Is Sword Art Online Really an Isekai Anime? They meet on the first floor of Aincrad after Kirito saves Asuna from a horde of monsters she was underprepared for.
After this, they partner up for the next boss raid because they don't know anyone else. Meanwhile, someone keeps trying to buy Kirito's weapon, to which he refuses each increased offer. During the raid, Kirito learns who was trying to buy his weapon and why, which prompts him to reveal himself as a beta tester and take on the hate everyone feels toward them. After entering the second floor, he and Asuna reconnect and expose a blacksmith scamming players out of their weapons. Asuna and Kirito's story is told through alternating POVs while their in-game abilities and mods are also explained in more depth. They're able to use Kirito's knowledge from beta testing to complete quests that will help them reach the higher floors. The game's world and how it works is also explained in further detail, going into how concepts like "instances" work and why magic was cut out. Kawahara has released eight volumes of Progressive so far, with seven translated into English. There has also been a manga adaptation that has Asuna take on the role of protagonist. An anime film adaptation was released in 2021 under the title of Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night with a second, Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night, coming out later in 2022 that will cover the events of Aincrad's fifth floor.
The series is published in English by Kodansha USA under the Kodansha Comics imprint.
The Quintessential Quintuplets (Japanese:, Hepburn: Go-Tōbun no Hanayome, lit. Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. It was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from August 2017 to February 2020, with its chapters collected into fourteen tankōbon volumes. The series follows the daily life of a high school student Futaro Uesugi, who is hired as a private tutor for a group of identical quintuplets: Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, and Itsuki Nakano. At the very beginning of the story, it is shown that the events are being told in a flashback, while an adult Futaro prepares to marry one of the Nakano Quintuplets whose identity is only revealed near the end of the series. The series is published in English by Kodansha USA under the Kodansha Comics imprint. The anime series is licensed in North America under a Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership. An anime television series adaptation produced by Tezuka Productions aired from January to March 2019 on TBS and other channels. The series is a commercial success, being the 5th best-selling manga in 2019, and the 3rd best-selling manga in the first half of 2020 in Japan. In 2019, the manga won the award for the shnen category at the 43rd annual Kodansha Manga Awards. High school student Futaro Uesugi is an academically gifted student that leads a difficult life-his mother has died, he has no friends, and on top of all that, his father has incurred a large amount of debt. An opportunity presents itself when the rich Nakano family transfers to his school.
Futaro is promptly hired as a highly paid tutor. However, much to Futaro's dismay, he discovers that his five charges-identical quintuplet sisters of varied personalities-have no interest in studying at all and have abysmal grades. Some of the quintuplets are against having Futaro, whom they view as a stranger, in their apartment, but Futaro's diligent tenacity gradually convinces those girls to accept him and to improve their grades. Throughout the series, Futaro develops special relationships with each of the quintuplets. Through a flashforward, it is revealed that he eventually marries one of them, but her true identity is only revealed near the end of the series. The idea of "a group of quintuplets falling in love with the same person" existed even before the serialization of Haruba's previous work, Karma of Purgatory (2014-2015), but was very simple at that time. The idea was denied by his editor-in-charge. A year after, after the end of Karma of Purgatory, he discussed with his editor-in-charge what to serialize next.
The one-shot received positive reviews and therefore went on to serialization.
Among the few ideas being come up with, the "quintuplets" idea was included again, which was accepted by the editor this time. After failures in two to three serialization committees, finally, it was decided to have a one-shot manga published first. The one-shot received positive reviews and therefore went on to serialization. It was decided the protagonist should be quintuplets at the very beginning. When later the idea of quadruplets and sextuplets was raised, it was rejected very quickly, around 30 seconds. Haruba said it might be a reference to Super Sentai when he came up with this idea. Similar to Super Sentai, Ichika (yellow), Nino (black), Miku (blue), Yotsuba (green), and Itsuki (red) are all represented by a color. The design of the quintuplets started from his favorite existing female characters from "some slice-of-life works only with girls", around 15 to 20 of them. The idea of adding numbers in their names was after the design was almost confirmed.
The hair color of the Nakano quintuplets is different when being colored, which was suggested by Haruba himself, such that they are more distinguishable from each other. The hair color of the bride in the flashforward is, therefore, a colour-in-between. The flashforward showing that Futaro will eventually marry only one of the Nakano quintuplets was added in order to eliminate the possibility of Futaro marrying all five of them. It was also decided that all quintuplets would have negative feelings towards Futaro from the beginning, because Haruba wanted to write how their relationships improved from hate to love in the story, except Yotsuba, who acts as Futaro's guide for the development of the story. While it is often the norm for harem romantic comedy manga to have sexualized depictions of characters, Haruba has said that he tried to avoid this to some extent after Vol. In his opinion, showing panties which are being worn, ie To keep the characters interesting, the sexy scenes were intended by him to be ambiguous but not straightforward, leading to readers' imagination. The swimsuit appearance of the Nakanos was finally revealed in Ep.
92 as Haruba thought an episode of swimsuits should exist before finishing the story. The Quintessential Quintuplets is written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. Before the serialization, a one-shot manga of the same name had been published in 2017 issue 8 of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine on August 9, 2017, and received positive comments. On December 4, 2019, Haruba announced that the series would end on its 14th tankōbon volume. The series finished on February 19, 2020, with a total of 122 chapters. The series has been published in English by Kodansha USA under their Kodansha Comics imprint digitally since June 28, 2018, with a line of physical releases beginning publication on January 1, 2019. By August 2020 and July 2021 respectively, all fourteen volumes have been published digitally and physically. In October 2017, a television commercial for the manga was released where Ayane Sakura voiced all five girls. The series is directed by Satoshi Kuwabara and written by Keiichirō chi, featuring animation by Tezuka Productions, character designs by Michinosuke Nakamura and Gagakuga, and music by Natsumi Tabuchi, Hanae Nakamura, and Miki Sakurai. The series aired from January 10 to March 28, 2019 on the TBS, SUN, and BS-TBS channels. The series ran for 12 episodes. Crunchyroll streamed the series with Funimation providing the English dub as it airs. Although Tezuka Productions was the main animation studio behind the series, TBS producer Junichirou Tanaka stated that he asked for help from Shaft president Mitsutoshi Kubota for assistance in producing the series' 11th episode. It was ultimately decided that the studio would be outsourced to for the entire episode save for the episode's storyboards, which were drawn by series director Satoshi Kuwabara; however, all other animation, coloring, and compositing aspects of the episode were produced entirely at Shaft.