Review: Sword Art Online Vol 5: Phantom Bullet

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Title: Sword Art Online Volume 5: Phantom Bullet
Author: Reki Kawahara
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Yen On

*If you haven’t read the first few books, this will contain spoilers*


Kirito reenters the world of VRMMOs, this time logging in to Gun Gale Online in order to investigate the Death Gun, an in-game item rumored to be responsible for real-world deaths. He immediately runs into trouble when, after transferring his old avatar into the new game, he discovers that he looks a bit more feminine than he’d anticipated! With the help of Sinon the sniper, he enters the Bullet of Bullets tournament and tries to adapt his old skills to the new gun-based combat of Gun Gale Online. He’ll need every friend he can get and every trick in the book, though, to crack the mystery of the Phantom Bullet and learn the truth about the Death Gun!


Kirito is called upon again to be the hero of another virtual world. After his time in Aincrad, Kirito makes friends so to speak with Seijirou Kikuoka from the Virtual Division of Internal Affairs. Being that Kirito beat the Sword Art Online game, Kikuoka has found need of Kirito’s services.

In a new VRMMORPG, Gun Gale Online, people are dying for real after being shot in the game. The shot has been delivered by the same in game character who goes by the name, Death Gun. There have been two instances already, but both Kikuoka and Kirito believe there is something else going on…but what it could be has left them baffled.

Kirito agrees to go into the game to get the attention of Death Gun and see if he can figure out how he is killing people for real. The plan is for him to join the big challenge of the game, Bullet of Bullets. This challenge will be the biggest challenge Kirito has faced. Gun Gale Online has professional players because it is the only game with an actual exchange rate for your in game money and turn it into real life currency. How great would that be! Go play a game a few hours a day to make your living. Where do I sign?

I first found out about this series from my husband actually and he got me into the Anime. So reading this was purely for enjoyment and to see what the differences were and what longer descriptions or scenes there were. I noticed a few actually a couple being the lunch scene with Kirito and Kikuoka is longer in the book than in the show, and Kirito’s saber in the book is a different color from the Anime. At least the way the color is described, I picture it being different. Every time the color was mentioned, which wasn’t often, I sat and thought about the color and tried to compare it to the saber from the Anime.

I enjoyed this book just as much as the Anime and can’t wait to continue these light novels. Overall, I gave this book 5 of 5 stars.