Kiseki Himura’s Sword Art Online: Progressive manga has been adapting Reki Kawahara’s novels—which are revised retellings of the originals—since 2013. Now, according to the March issue of Kadokawa’s Dengeki G’s Magazine, the adaptation is preparing to come to an end.
The Sword Art Online: Progressive manga will officially end in the magazine’s next issue, which hits stands in Japan on February 28. There’s also a cover feature planned for the issue, as well as an important announcement.
Here’s how North American publisher Yen Press sums up the story:
Yuuki Asuna was a top student who spent her days at cram school and preparing for her high school entrance exams – but that was before she borrowed her brother’s virtual reality game system and wound up trapped in Sword Art Online with ten thousand other frightened players. As time passes, Asuna fears what will become of her life outside the fantasy realm – the failure she might seem in the eyes of her peers and parents.
Unwilling to wait on the sidelines for more experienced gamers to beat the game, Asuna employs her study habits to learn the mechanics of gaming – and swordplay. Her swiftness impresses Kirito, a pro gamer who invites Asuna to join the best players on the front lines. Is Asuna ready to swap class rankings for player rankings and join Kirito?
Season 3 of the main Sword Art Online anime series will be arriving in October.