[SAO v17] Chapter 21 – Awakening (10% complete)

Chapter 21 of Volume 17 is 10% translated.

Click here to read it.

This post will be updated as more of the volume is released.

As always, comments are appreciated.

Translation Credits:

Translation – defan752, luacs1998

Editing – CJ, David Ruegg, Aozora Kei, defan752, ZeHaffen, Adam, Shiina, DarthMewtwo

Scans – ruranobe.ru

Illustration Editing – Mttblue2

Consultation – SAO Wiki

Author: defan752

I translate stuff for you all to read.

59 thoughts on “[SAO v17] Chapter 21 – Awakening (10% complete)”

  1. Hey Defan, Just wanted to say thanks for the translations which have allowed us to read SAO as we wait for the offcial copys to become avaiable. While a Hat and a Hand for the guys and girls helping with this process thank you all for the time and effort.


  2. Ahh, I’m getting impatient!
    So, the translation is completed? What exactly happens during the editing process, and does it require a knowledge of Japanese?


    1. We scan and comb through the text, editing it rather meticulously to make it more accurate to the Japanese text rather than the Chinese text. It’s quite time and effort intensive. And yes, it does require at least an intermediate knowledge of Japanese.


      1. Ah, okay. I again wish that I knew Japanese…
        Thanks for answering and for the hard work you put in for us.
        I’ll try to summon some patience =P


  3. I love your translations, I appreciate all your hard work. We all love SAO, so everyone is always impatient, honestly I am just grateful to you, and contributers getting it done. THANK-YOU


  4. thanks man! you awsome! as a funsuber (i translate anime from english to my language) i know its really hard to translate light novels, and you keep the good work for a lot of volumes. im very greatful for that!


  5. Thank you so much! I wish there was more than just 10%, I’m dying to see more of this chapter!! I really wish I hadn’t decided to read it when it was at 10% and waited until more of it came out. . .


  6. Thanks! Your translations are great. Do you have any idea when the rest of this chapter will be done?


  7. thanks for the translation ^^ like always you n your team always do a great job, but personally i still hoping that someday you could translating another Kawahara Reki light novel, Accel World, LOL..


  8. Hi Defan and co just wanted to give my undying thanks for ALL the hard work you do. You guys are the “gods” who allow us english speekers the chance to dwell in the wonderful world of SAO along with Kirito, Asuna and all the others. Ssssssoooooo grateful to you all for this. THANKS.


    1. You know because translating takes so long if the person has a life and wants it to be good (defan and all the other thank you for translating your the best) I have decided to learn Japanese. I just don’t want to have to rely on someone else so I can read things like this. Maybe after I can I will start translating as well but that is far off.


  9. Hey, great! I was about to search for dofile() syntax in Lua, but when I pressed “d”, defan752.wordpress.com showed up in the suggestions. I had decided to wait for a couple of months before checking here again for chapter 21, but I thought ‘heh, whatever, maybe I’ll be lucky.’ I was!

    Lol, thanks defan, looking forward to the next part!


  10. Thanks for the update, even though it’s just 10% done so far. And from the looks of it, it seems like Higa and the others have finally figured out what they need to do to heal Kirito’s Fluctlight and self-image.

    I’m guessing the chapter is named “Awakening” because it’s the one Kirito’s self-image will be healed in, though the chapter itself was split up between this Volume and Volume 18. Kirito’s self-image will be healed in Chapter 21 “Awakening” Part 2, I guess. Can’t wait.

    By the way, I’m not sure if it’s just me, but the RATH staff member who volunteered to go with Higa looks too much like Kuradeel to me (that guy from the Knights of the Blood Oath guild who tried to kill Kirito so that he could do whatever he wanted to Asuna – the Laughing Coffin’s spiritual member (of sorts)).


    1. I am not sure if he is Kuradeel but he definitely is the spy mentioned before in previous volumes, that’s why he volunteered so that he could back stab higa. Not to mention asuna felt a nasty vibe from one of the staff members the same vibe that she felt from laughing coffin members . Also some one was helping and feeding information about the real world to the administrator. I suspect this guy is the same one who is doing all the above mentioned. Might as well be some other laughing coffin member instead of Kuradeel.

      I think kujiro rinko will come to higa’s rescue and might get fatally wounded or die. Her coming to the rescue and getting wounded or dying are all my speculation.


      1. I’m not saying that I think he’s Kuradeel. And besides, remember that Kirito killed Kuradeel (thankfully). I’m only saying that he LOOKS kind of like him.

        I also thought that maybe he’s our spy, but let’s wait and see on that one. If Rinko can save Higa, that’d be great. I just hope she can do it without dying herself.


        1. Yeah, the whole situation seems suspicious… I would take another crew member if I were Kiga-san. It is improbable that there would be two traitors among such a small crew, and that guy just volunteering…
          About him being Kuradeel, you’re right, he did die.. He may be a relation, or perhaps the similarity of appearance is just coincidence.. Or perhaps the artists did it on purpose to give the readers an apprehension of evil… That would be an interesting technique.


  11. Thank you so much translating this! (。◕‿‿◕。)

    The waiting has been killing me, but I will be patient when more of the story gets translated.


  12.      ∧_ ∧
        (`・ω・)  Thanks!
       ,ノ^  yヽ、  Nepu!!
       ヽ,, ノ==l.ノ    Pudding!!!
        /  l |


        1. The only kimono-wearing cat I know of is Kuroka from DxD, a nekomata. But she can’t be in this. So who are you guys talking about?


                1. So you just saw a pic of a real cat somewhere wearing a kimono? Or is it a cat you actually know (like, maybe it’s yours?)?


  13. Oh wow, I just visited this site to see if there was an update a few hours ago (which I didn’t see one) and now there’s an update. lol


  14. im happy when you post the light novel chap 21 after almost 2 months waiting but im unhappy it just 10% done, keep going i can’t wait for the next part of it to be done too.


  15. (*´・ω・)ノ゙
    Thanks a lot, The wait was (and is) killing me ;) , its almost morning here and i refreshed again before going to sleep XD


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