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Old 2012-10-08, 04:54   Link #521
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The SAO servers people were logged into were in the fifth sub-basement of Argus' corporate headquarters.
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Old 2012-10-08, 05:26   Link #522
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The SAO servers people were logged into were in the fifth sub-basement of Argus' corporate headquarters.
And where is Argus' corporate HQ located...anyway?
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Old 2012-10-08, 08:07   Link #523
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Somewhere in Japan.
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Old 2012-10-08, 08:59   Link #524
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Somewhere in Japan.
Not even a city...? (I wanted something a little bit more specific, honestly,)
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Old 2012-10-08, 09:14   Link #525
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It's never actually said.
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Old 2012-10-08, 09:46   Link #526
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@GenjiChan+Aphrah: Thanks for the answers, but I must say that the novel sounds as disappointing as the anime (considering the budget).

What sounds very strange (to me) is that they partially adapted only two volumes in 14 episodes. Is the writing style similar to Horizon novels? i.e. wasted in setting details irrelevant to the plot (whether main or side)?
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Old 2012-10-08, 10:04   Link #527
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@GenjiChan+Aphrah: Thanks for the answers, but I must say that the novel sounds as disappointing as the anime (considering the budget).

What sounds very strange (to me) is that they partially adapted only two volumes in 14 episodes. Is the writing style similar to Horizon novels? i.e. wasted in setting details irrelevant to the plot (whether main or side)?
The exact opposite -- according to my Kindle, the first two books are only two hundred pages each in English, compared to the giant bricks of the Horizon novels. Kawahara just squeezed a lot into that space.
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Old 2012-10-08, 10:43   Link #528
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His writing style is astonishingly dense, in terms of data delivered in a given set of words, especially for someone who started writing at 15.
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His writing style is astonishingly dense, in terms of data delivered in a given set of words, especially for someone who started writing at 15.
This. so much this. And as a weak example, compare it to over 90% of the writers in FF.net.

Anyway, any info about Kirito's house? Like... Kirito's room content?
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Old 2012-10-08, 11:01   Link #530
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Spoiler for Expansion of what was shown briefly in the first episode of the anime:
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Old 2012-10-08, 15:53   Link #531
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His writing style is astonishingly dense, in terms of data delivered in a given set of words,
Hmmm... interesting, I guess I'll check the novels after all, I haven't read anything "epic" since 12 kingdoms.

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especially for someone who started writing at 15.
Huh?! doesn't this happen about 6-7 years old... he doesn't have to use kanji anyway
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Old 2012-10-08, 16:02   Link #532
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Huh?! doesn't this happen about 6-7 years old... he doesn't have to use kanji anyway
Meaning that he presumably started writing these novels while he was in his teens, not that that's when he learned how to write...
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Spoiler for Not yet revealed in the anime:
Well technically it's already been shown in the Anime...

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It's already been revealed. Watch Episode 1 again.

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Okay, yes, it was shown, but I think that's a bit much information to expect anime viewers to figure out based on a few quick shots (otherwise, why ask the question?). Will correct the spoiler tag label, though.

(But to be clear: that label wasn't Gearhead's fault; I added it.)
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Old 2012-10-08, 16:37   Link #535
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Okay, yes, it was shown, but I think that's a bit much information to expect anime viewers to figure out based on a few quick shots (otherwise, why ask the question?). Will correct the spoiler tag label, though.

(But to be clear: that label wasn't Gearhead's fault; I added it.)
Ah ok, sorry about that.

A-1 really did pack a lot of information in these 14 episodes. O_O
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Old 2012-10-08, 17:35   Link #536
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Huh?! doesn't this happen about 6-7 years old... he doesn't have to use kanji anyway
He started writing THIS at the age of 15. Looking back at some of the stuff I wrote when I was that age (and my goodness that was a long time ago) I'm appalled.

My suspicion is that he's been writing since a very young age, he already had a pretty good grasp of how to tell a story and how to lay one out. The chopped up and abbreviated nature of Volume 1 stems from the nature of what he originally wanted to submit it to. (That contest had a very strict page count limit.)
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He started writing THIS at the age of 15.
Incidentally, is this actually confirmed anywhere? I haven't seen anything anywhere that confirms the author's age, though a lot of people assume he must have been in his teens at the time.
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Incidentally, is this actually confirmed anywhere? I haven't seen anything anywhere that confirms the author's age, though a lot of people assume he must have been in his teens at the time.
He started writing SAO at the age of 15 for submission to a contest. But the contest had a maximum page count requirement, the deadline passed while he was trying to edit what would be Volume 1 down under the needed count and decided to just release it on the web instead.

Going by interviews, he got into the business itself later on through another route and got Accel World published first. Then his editor approached him about cleaning up and releasing SAO as a series of Light Novels too.

Interesting Note: abec, the artist for the LNs, was also in her teens when she started drawing for the series.
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Old 2012-10-08, 22:09   Link #539
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Aphrah has already ably addressed points 1-3, so I'll just elaborate further on this:

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Old 2012-10-09, 00:13   Link #540
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Incidentally, is this actually confirmed anywhere? I haven't seen anything anywhere that confirms the author's age, though a lot of people assume he must have been in his teens at the time.
Nope, not confirmed anywhere. Reki Kawahara's Japanese wikipedia entry lists his birthdate as entirely unknown. It's not mentioned in any of his afterwords to my knowledge, which would explain why it isn't on wikipedia. Nor does it appear to be listed on his website.

In the best picture we have of him, he looks to be 30 years old +/- 5 years.

So it's theoretically possible for him to have been 15 when he posted SAO online back in 2002. However the odds are very, very low that was the case.

The blog tap-trans has some translations from the webnovel version of SAO, including some Q&A sessions with various characters, including "Kunori Fumio" aka Reki Kawahara. It dates back to 2005, and the questions he answers include:

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"Q. What is your job?
A. There’s no connection to novels, but I’m doing something in a corner of the publishing business world."
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"Q. What novels do you recommend aside from your own work?
A. It’s difficult with how many there are… Those from the all-time best would be Kanbayashi Chouhei’s [Sentou Yousei Yukikaze] & [Tamashii no Kudoutai], Oosawa Arimasa’s [Shinjukuzame] series, Tom Clancy’s [Jack Ryan] series and L. M. Bujold’s [Vorkosigan Saga] series, I suppose. I reread these books about once every year. "
SO he was out of school and employed in 2005. And of the novels he listed, here are their release dates:

Sentou Yousei Yukikaze (1984)
Tamashii no Kudoutai (1995)
Shinjukuzame series (seems to have started in 1991)
Jack Ryan series (started in 1984)
Vorkosigan Saga (started in 1986, mostly published between 1986 and 2002)

Seeing as the heaviest activity for those series was in the 80's and 90's, odds are against him being a huge fan of them, if he was 13 in 2000.

Furthermore, the answer's he had "Heathcliff" give include:

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"Q. If I were to ask for you to mention one of the games you like best, which would it be?
A. If you mean aside from SAO, it would be Wizardry, a game from long ago. I acquired a lot of inspiration from it."
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"Q. Please tell me what was the game you first played like.
A. It was an extremely old RPG known as Wizardry."
Seeing as the Skull Reaper is obviously based on the Sidelle monster from Wizardry, I'd say it's safe to bet that the Wizardry series was Reki's first RPG. And I'd be willing to bet on him first playing one of them on the NES or Gameboy back in the early 90s.

And of course he seems to have been playing MMORPGs for at least a few years as of the time he wrote SAO.

So the bottom line is that while there isn't any hard proof, his influences pretty much track with being in his late teens, or early 20s when he first wrote SAO.
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