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Old 2014-09-30, 10:26   Link #1
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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online -Squad Jam- [LN]

Welcome to the Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online -Squad Jam- light novel discussion thread.

A Sword Art Online spin-off novel by author Keiichi Sigsawa and illustrator Kouhaku Kuroboshi is planned for a December 2014 debut. The spin-off project will be supervised SAO's original author, Reki Kawahara.


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Kohiruimaki Karen is a college student with a height of 183cm.
Always suffering from a complex because of her height since puberty, she could never socialize in the real world. What changed her life was the VRMMO Gun Gale Online, a game that gained popularity after the "SAO Incident".
With her ideal virtual chibi avatar, that doesn't even have a height of 150cm, Karen wears a pink combat armor and runs around the world of Gun Gale Online as the player "Ren".
In front of Ren suddenly appears a beautiful female player with dark skin called "Pitohui" - but when she thinks she has found a friend in GGO, where female players are extremely rare...

One day, the Squad Jam, a battle royal tournament based on BoB, catches Pitohui's attention...
[Source: Crunchyroll news]

Fan Translation link: Dreadful Decoding: Gun Gale Online
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Old 2014-10-01, 11:30   Link #2
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To be honest, I am more excited for this than anything by the original author Reki for SAO.
Not even just hating on Reki since I am a huge Kino's journey fan that Keiichi wrote.
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Old 2014-10-01, 11:36   Link #3
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I think they expanding a little too much.

As in no Kirito, no care!
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Old 2014-10-01, 17:28   Link #4
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At least I won't have to see more Asuna lovey dovey wife wife Kirito-kun Mama and Papa crap in this...
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Old 2014-10-04, 11:18   Link #5
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At least I won't have to see more Asuna lovey dovey wife wife Kirito-kun Mama and Papa crap in this...
Don't hold your breath, expect Sinon cameos at least or even Kiriko.
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Old 2014-10-04, 12:51   Link #6
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Sinon maybe. Kirito really not too sure. Depends on which time period this novel is set on.
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Old 2014-10-04, 13:10   Link #7
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Given that it's the author of Kino's Journey, I'm rather looking forward to this one.
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Old 2014-10-04, 14:53   Link #8
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Kino no tabi's author hasn't written a good story ever since kino no tabi. I'm expecting this to be even worse than SAO because Reki actually improved(dat alicization).
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Old 2014-10-08, 07:46   Link #9
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Old 2014-10-08, 14:51   Link #10
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Kino no tabi's author hasn't written a good story ever since kino no tabi. I'm expecting this to be even worse than SAO because Reki actually improved(dat alicization).
I don't think so. Characterization-wise, there's no much improvement even in Alicization.

Anyway. GGO is somewhat interesting a setting; the problem with SAO has always been the characters: lack of development, lack of agency, that sort of thing. Take Kirito out of the picture and this might have a chance. After all, it's because Kirito sucks everyone's agency that the characters usually remain so dull and underdeveloped.
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Old 2014-10-09, 00:21   Link #11
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Okay, who here would be really, really pissed off if they got fragged by that avatar?

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Kino no tabi's author hasn't written a good story ever since kino no tabi.
Does that include Allison? I know the Allison & Lillia anime had its issues but I liked what little of the Allison manga I was able to find in English. (I haven't found a translation of the original novels.)
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Old 2014-10-25, 10:25   Link #12
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2 pages preview to the novel can be found on this magazine: http://hobby.dengeki.com/news/37740/
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Old 2014-11-09, 21:13   Link #13
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just who is this "Pitohui" person? lol who knows, could be a trap like kiritrap
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Old 2014-11-09, 22:50   Link #14
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just who is this "Pitohui" person? lol who knows, could be a trap like kiritrap
well, at least her character design doesn't look like M9000: http://www.veooz.com/photos/aHYs93k.html
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Old 2014-11-09, 23:55   Link #15
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well, at least her character design doesn't look like M9000: http://www.veooz.com/photos/aHYs93k.html
Hmm looks like it.. But I can't shake of the feeling that he's a guy in real life....wait is gender bending actually allowed in ggo?
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Old 2014-11-10, 03:33   Link #16
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No, it's not allowed. Thats why Kiri-chan reaction to his avatar was so funny in GGO arc.
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Old 2014-12-27, 06:18   Link #18
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Okay, who here would be really, really pissed off if they got fragged by that avatar?
- ...you guys are making me want to join ARMA and mod the character skins to look like that character now (only because I don't know anyone who's done it for CoD or BF4)...

NOT that I'm good at FPS (I'm low to middle-of-ground in rankings and suck at sniping), but...just to make everyone in-game go WTF WHO THE HELL WAS THAT LITTLE PINK SPORE THAT KILLED ME?!?
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Old 2015-06-04, 09:01   Link #19
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I added a link in the opening post to the fan translation. If this novel is licensed, the link will be removed. If someone asks for a link to the fan translation, do not reply with the link. Instead reply with "see the opening post."
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Old 2015-06-05, 12:28   Link #20
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"-Squad Jam-" should be removed from the thread title. While the series so far is about the Squad Jam tournament, both the second and third book changed that part to "2nd Squad Jam",

The namnig scheme is roman numerals after "Gun Gale Online" (I, II, III, IV), followed by a subtitle ("Squad Jam", or "2nd Squad Jam" in this case)

See the english titles on the covers:

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