Originally Posted by Helbagate
Sora betrays Morganna, allowing Tsukasa, Mimiru, Subaru and Aura time to escape the lair and return to Net Slum (Tsukasa implies that Aura is not fully "something" (born?) yet). In her wrath, Morganna summons up the first Phase mentioned in the Epitaph - Skeith - and uses the Data Drain viral attack to trap Sora's game data within Skeith's weapon. In the real world, Sora's player collapses in a coma. Skeith is sent to recover Aura from Net Slum. Helba senses Skeith's approach, can do nothing to stop the monster, and deactivates Net Slum, kicking all of the players there out of the game. Tsukasa succeeds in waking up from her coma, and leaves the hospital (probably taking Bear up on his offer to adopt her). Outside of the hospital, Tsukasa recognizes a girl being pushed in a wheelchair as Subaru's real-world player, and they rush towards each other to grasp hands. Finally, back in The World, Morganna's voice repeats what she first said to Tsukasa at the beginning of the TV series, implying that she has found another player that fits her requirements (probably Elk, a weak-willed twinblade who shows up at the beginning of Infection, in the company of Mia - the reincarnation of Macha)orders
About six months pass. Altimit Corp. has been building its OS into everything, from PCs to hand-helds, to traffic light control circuits. But, rather than creating a kind of cyber utopia, Altimit is fighting to keep the lid on some problems that are starting to crop up because of the tight-knit connection between the code of The World, and the Altimit OS it is running on. CC Corp. creates a debugging department, where the online debuggers take on the roles of armored warriors that call themselves the Cobalt Knights. The knights have special weapons designed for deleting bad code and failed NPCs. Watari, an assistant to Tokuoka eventually becomes the head of the Cobalt Knights department. One of the "failed AI's" that he deletes is "an upside-down man" located in Hidden, Forbidden, Holy-Ground.
Junichiro Tokuoka, the Director of the Japanese Release of The World has been snooping around to learn more about the recent spate of players of the game falling into comas. In the last six months, there have been six victims in Japan alone. He's starting to raise some embarrassing questions to upper management, and he gets forcibly ejected from the company. Then, he learns about Mai Minase, a Japanese girl that fell into a coma along with her friend, but managed to recover a little while later. Through flashbacks, Mai shows us that being Data Drained by Skeith is the cause of the comas. Initially, Mai is reluctant to work with Junichiro, but she becomes determined to save her friend, and teams up with the older man to act as his online research assistant.
Mai's friend, who remained in a coma, had run a character in the game named "Sieg". Digging into Sieg's e-mail, Junichiro finds that there are two other players that are friends of the boy - Yuki Aihara and Kyoko Tohno. Grabbing at any straws he can, he arranges a meeting with Yuki in Yokohama. He's delayed in getting out of Tokyo, so Yuki goes to a department store to watch a movie. In the middle of the film, power is lost to the building. Yuki meets up with a strange woman, who later claims to know her sister-in-law, and they make their way through the air and elevator shafts down to the first floor and out of the building. Outside, cars lie scattered across the road, the streets are deserted and fires rage around the city. The implication is that the problems in the real world are the result of the server reset in the gaming environment when Skeith was defeated by Kite. Phone service has also crashed. Junichiro meets up with Yuki at about the time that power and phone service is restored. Mai calls Junichiro, and Kyoko calls Yuki. During her researches, Mai has learned that Harald Hoerwick is the one that created the basis for The World and she tells this to Junichiro. Kyoko overhears Junichiro's conversation. She is interested in the Epitaph of Twilight, and asks to meet Junichiro in her home prefecture of Gifu.