The first of the four part series was released in February 2003. In the future, an epidemic is taking place. People who are playing the most popular game on the internet called "The World" are mysteriously falling into comas in the real world. You are Kite, a newbie to The World who is invited to play by your friend Yasuhiko (Orca in the game). You only just finish learning the basics when a monster appears that can not be harmed. It attacks Orca, and the next day you find out Yasuhiko is in a coma. Just what was that monster, how can Yasuhiko be brought out of the coma, and what is it that spared you from a similar fate?