Asuna (real name Asuna Yuuki) is the main female protagonist of the anime and light novel series, Sword Art Online. She is the second in command of the Knights of the Blood Oath, the strongest guild in Aincrad. She is also the adoptive mother of Yui and is the main love interest of Kirito. -
Asuna comes from a wealthy family consisting of her parents and older brother, where her father is the President of RECT. Inc. Since childhood, she grew up with Sugou Nobuyuki, but unknown to her parents, she secretly hates him as he sexually harasses Asuna. Eventually at some point, Asuna's parents decided he would be her future partner while still completely unaware of his true nature. Asuna has a complicated relationship with her family as she has a strained relationship with her mother, but is more close to her father. Asuna was also close with her grandparents on her mother's side, always going to their home for summer holidays. Asuna also attended an all-girls school. On the day Sword Art Online was released, Asuna's brother originally bought the game for himself, but had to attend business meetings and thus allowed Asuna to enjoy the game instead. Due to this, Asuna along with everyone became trapped in Sword Art Online.
Sword Art Online
In the beginning, Asuna hated being trapped in the game, crying herself to sleep and tried her hardest to stay alive, not wanting to die in-game as well as losing her identity of who she is. She first met Kirito and Agil with Diavel. They became The Flash and The Black Swordsman during the first boss fight and as she and Kirito partnered up together for the first time and was present when Kirito was declared a Beater (a combination of a Beta Tester and Cheater).
While being trapped in SAO, Asuna put all her time and effort into becoming one of the strongest player, gaining the nickname "Lighting Flash". She later joined the Knights of the Blood Oath, a medium-sized guild acknowledged as the strongest guild in Aincrad and eventually became second in command. Throughout her time in SAO, Asuna made several friends, including her best friend Lizbeth while gaining the attention of many admirers. Being extremely attractive and one of the few girls that play SAO, she received many marriages proposals, but always turned them down. Asuna and Kirito both also developed a somewhat strained relationship in the beginning as both had different perspectives of being trapped in SAO. Originally, Asuna hated being trapped in the virtual world, believing the more they were trapped it was another day lost in the real world until she was inspired by Kirito, showing her life could still be enjoyed. The relationship between them quickly began to change and eventually as time past, Asuna and Kir fall in love and they soon marry in-game.
Once they get married, Asuna and Kirito quickly take a leave of absence of the Knights of the Blood Oath and decide to honeymoon on the 22nd floor, buying a cabin together. During this time, they met a lost little girl named Yui. Asuna is greatly concerned about Yui and the safety of her family and is upset to learn of Yui's amnesia. Despite the circumstances, Asuna and Kirito quickly come to develop a strong and close bond with Yui and begin living together as a real family much to Asuna's happiness. However, Asuna remains concerned about Yui's amnesia and well being and becomes upset knowing they must soon leave her once finding her family, but is reassured by Kirito and together they begin searching for Yui's family. Asuna and Kirito decide to take Yui to the 1st floor of Aincard to the Town of Beginnings, but encounter problems with the Liberation Army guild. Asuna and Kirito learn of the Army's corruption from the second in command, Yulier who asks Kirito and Asuna's assistance in rescuing her husband and Yulier's girlfriend and the guild's leader, Thinker from a secret underground dungeon.
Asuna and Kirito agree to help and together with Yulier and Yui go to rescue Thinker. They eventually manage to locate Thinker, but are attacked by an immensely strong boss monster. Asuna and Kirito attempt to fight the boss and order Yulier and Thinker to teleport to safety with Yui. However, the boss is too strong and nearly kills Asuna and Kirito, until they are surprisingly saved by Yui. She reveals herself to be an AI and was suppose to be a counselor to those suffering in the game, but to unknown problems wasn't allowed to interact with the players. During the two years she watched at how everyone was suffering, but noticed that Asuna and Kirito were different and wanted to get to know them. Realizing Yui truly has real human qualities despite being an AI, Asuna and Kirito become her adoptive partners. However, due to saving Asuna and Kirito, Yui is now unorganised by the Cardinal System and is ordered to be deleted. Asuna is devastated as Yui begins to disappear and completely breaks down into tears as Yui is deleted from the system. Thankfully, Kirito manages to save Yui life, turning her into a game object and Yui's heart is now worn around Asuna's neck as a necklace.
Since then, Asuna and Kirito went back to enjoy their honeymoon, but discovered they had to return to face a serious boss fight as the game was shown to have become more dangerous. Shortly after the boss fight, Kirito revealed shocking news to everyone, discovering Commander Heathcliff was Akihiko Kayaba. While Asuna along with the rest of the players became poisoned, Akihiko Kayaba gives Kirito a chance to free everyone from SAO, promising their freedom if he manages to defeat him. Asuna is against Kirito fighting him and becomes devastated when Kirito requests she be prevented from committing suicide if he died failing to gain everyone's freedom.
When Kirito was about to be killed, Asuna sacrifices herself to save him from a killing blow by Heathcliff, leaving Kirito devastated and almost no will left to fight. However, Kirito soon managed to regain his strength and defeated Heathcliff, but died in the process and found himself above Aincrad and reunited with Asuna and met Akihiko Kayaba. During their final moments together, Asuna and Kirito reveal their real world names to each other. Kirito breaks down into tears, apologizing to Asuna for not fulfilling his promise to save her and return to the real world. Asuna assures Kirito as she is already happy with the time she got to spend with him and once again declares her love to Kirito as they disappear. However, much to his surprise, Kirito discovers he and Asuna didn't actually die, discovering their death was only in-game and not in the real world Asuna.
However, despite the completion of SAO, Asuna doesn't wake up, including 300 other players. While everyone believed Akihiko Kayaba was keeping them imprisoned for reasons unknown, the real truth was more sinister and evil. Sugou Nobuyuki, Asuna's arranged fiancé had gained access to the SAO servers and routed 300 players, including Asuna so he could secretly experiment with the human mind. He began working on illegal experiments to manipulate the human mind, emotions, memories etc and would sell the information he gained from the experiments to other companies in the United States. However, unlike the 300 players, he didn't experiment with Asuna's mind and instead decided to keep her imprisoned in the virtual world, ALfheim Online, a game owned by Asuna's father's company. Sugou's plan was to keep Asuna trapped in order to marry her in the real world and thus gain complete control of her father's company since her family believed she wouldn't have long to live since she remained in her coma. Since her capture, Sugou forced Asuna to play the role of Titania the Queen of the Fairies while he played Oberon the Fairy King. Asuna remained a prisoner at the top of the World Tree inside a bird and was constantly visted by Sugou. He tried to force her to accept the marriage between them, knowing they would soon be married in the real world despite her coma while continuing to sexually harass her.
However, Asuna remains strong during her captivity and vows once escaping ALO and returning to the real world, she will inform the police of his illegal experiments. Asuna strongly believes Kirito will somehow managed to save her while constantly refusing Sugou's advances, but is unsure if whether Kirito is alive after the events from SAO. In attempts to crush Asuna's hopes of being rescued by Kirito, Sugou reveals his knowledge and awareness of their love for each other, but also his beliefs that Kirito will never again use the NerveGear in fear, ultimately believing Kirito is no threat in stopping him. Sugou further his attempts to emotional hurt Asuna, revealing he met Kirito in the real world and informed him of their upcoming wedding, trying to make Asuna believe she will never be with Kirito again. However, instead Asuna is greatly relieved to learn of Kirito's survival and upon secretly witnessing Sugou entering the codes to her cage, Asuna is even more greatly determined to escape and reunite with Kirito.
With Sugou gone and after buying her time, Asuna makes her first attempt to escape from ALfheim Online. While attempting to locate the game console of ALO and log out, Asuna instead finds a room where experiments are performed on the 300 comatose SAO survivors. Asuna realizes Sugou has built a secret lab within ALfheim Online to secretly perform the experiments without causing suspicion towards himself in the real world while still keeping his plot a secret. Asuna is absolutely shocked and horrified of the discovery and promises to save the players, but is forced to hide away upon noticing two slug scientists nearby. While in hiding, Asuna manages to find the game console and is nearly succeessful in freeing herself, but was caught during her escape attempt by the two slug scientists. Asuna attempts to trick them, but to no avail and is almost molested but manages to defend herself. The scientists recognise Asuna as the girl Sugou keeps hostage at the Top of the World Tree and report of her attempted escape to Sugou. After being informed, Sugou instructs the pair to bring Asuna back to her cage, but also change the code to her cage and must now keep constant watch on her. Despite her recapture, Asuna doesn't lose hope in escaping and vows she will never stop until she finds a way to be free and reunite with Kirito. Asuna is also revealed to have secretly managed to steal the an access card to the game console.
Shortly sometime after the events, Asuna hears Yui calling out to her. Asuna is both shocked and relieved to hear Yui's voice, causing her to realize Kirito and Yui are nearby and are close to rescuing her. Wanting to assure them of her location, Asuna quickly thinks and manages to throw down the Admin Access Card she managed to acquire during her escape attempt. Due to this, Asuna manages to assure Kirito and Yui of her location and her awareness of their quest to rescue her.
Everntually, after gaining help from several allies during his quest, Kirito finally managed to get to the top of the World Tree and was at long last reunited with Asuna. Yui and Asuna share a heartfelt tearful reunion since the events of SAO and Asuna and Kirito happily reunite with each other after being apart for so long. However, Yui reveals Asuna is unable log out as her status is blocked with complicated codes and can only be freed with a system console. Asuna attempts to inform them of the console she found in the experiment laboratory, but the trio are suddenly ambushed with an unknown strong force holding them down. Yui is unable to remain and is forced to disappear, but not before warning Asuna and Kirito of an unknown danger approaching. Asuna and Kirito attempt to reach out for one another, but the unknown force is too strong and they remain separated. Sugou reveals himself to the pair, revealing they are being held down by newly created Gravity Magic. Sugou fully exposes his plans to Kirito, revealing his imprisonment of the 300 comatose SAO Survivors and his experiments with the human mind almost completed and fully expressing his beliefs he hasn't gained the powers of a God.
After exposing his plans, Sugou proceeded to torture both Asuna and Kirito. Sugou stabbed Kirito with his own sword while he chained Asuna and began to sexually assault her right in front of Kirito. However, Kirito soon managed to gain access to the service using Akihiko Kayaba's Heathcliff ID and battled against Sugou, punishing him for all the suffering he caused Asuna, soon defeating him. Completing his quest and gaining vengeance, Kirito frees Asuna from the ALO, finally returning her to the real world and promising to see her soon.
Shortly after Asuna returns to the real world, she and Kirito finally and properly meet each other for the first time and a share passionate romantic kiss. Upon awakening from her coma, Asuna begins her rehabilitation to regain her physical strength and slowly yet surely she makes great progress over the next few months that she eventually no longer has to use her crutches. In regards to Sugou Nobuyuki, he was arrested after his crimes were exposed and the genre for virtual reality was severely damaged due to the incident, even taking down ALfheim Online. However, thanks to the Seed created by Akihiko Kayaba, allowing people to create their own virtual worlds, the virtual reality genre remained incredibly popular and ALfheim Online was reinstated after the game was bought by a small company.
Since then, Asuna and Kirito alongside their friends from SAO begin playing ALfheim Online, especially after New Aincrad was reinstated into the game. Asuna becomes a strong player in ALO, creating an Undine avatar for healing while remaining in her real world physical appearance and creates a Sylph avatar for battle with an alternate appearance. During their time in ALO, Asuna and Kirito also buy a new home for themselves and live together with Yui as a family as they did in Sword Art Online. Asuna and Kirito along with the rest of the SAO survivors also begin to attend the special SAO Survivor School to help the student resume their education, including checking on their mental health. Asuna and Kirito also continue their relationship, more in love than ever while also expressing their desire for marriage in the future.
Gun Gale Online
The second season.
A year later after the events of both SAO and ALO and recently the GGO investigation, Asuna began facing personal struggles within her family which she kept hidden from everyone, including Kirito. Asuna's mother, Kyouko Yuuki had wanted Asuna to transfer to another school to get ready for college, believing she wasn't getting a real education at the SAO Survivor School. Asuna was angry with her mother trying to control her life and not listening to her own wants or needs. Asuna also became hurt and shocked when her mother revealed her disapproval of her relationship with Kirito, believing he isn't worthy of Asuna and instead tries to force her daughter into another arranged marriage. Asuna became further upset, seeing her mother wasn't only trying to control her life with school and a potential career, but trying to force her to leave Kirito for someone supposedly better as another step for a potential future. Kyouko gives Asuna a week to consider the school transfer, but appears she will force Asuna whether she wants to or not. While Asuna refused her mother's desires and orders, she felt helpless and believed she held no power in the real world compared to how she previously was in SAO.
However, Asuna soon began to regain confidence in her life in the real world upon meeting Yuuki, an extremely strong new player in ALfheim Online. Yuuki was revealed to be suffering from AIDS and have spent three years inside the virtual world, too sick to experience life in the real world anymore. Despite her hardships, Yuuki was shown to be incredibly strong and brave and enjoyed life to the fullest despite her condition and thus inspired Asuna to regain control of her life in the real world. Asuna showed her mother her love of the virtual world by bringing her into ALO and revealing a certain location, specifically a cabin similar to one that belonged to her deceased grandparents. Asuna reminded her mother of how much of her own parents loved her and expressed how proud they were and in the process, Asuna fully expresses her own wants and desires for her future. Due to this, Asuna and her mother finally began to understand and connect with each other, slowly beginning to improve their relationship shown when Asuna's mother allowed her to remain at the SAO Survivor School.
Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale
Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale takes place sometime after the events of the Mother's Rosario arc. The film opens in a flashback shortly before SAO was cleared back when Asuna and Kirito got married and are enjoying their honeymoon. In the middle of the night, Asuna and Kirito are relaxing on a hill stargazing, but Asuna is saddened they can't see real stars in SAO. Asuna expresses her wish to see a real shooting star, but can't near her home in the real world as the city lights are too bright. Kirito reveals back in the real world close to his home, he lives near a well known spot for stargazing with a tiny observatory. Asuna and Kirito both make a promise upon clearing the game and returning to the real world to make a date to watch shooting stars together with Kirito also promising Asuna to give her a real engagement ring. The flashback ends, revealing Asuna in her room writing in her journal, recalling their promise. It's soon revealed, Asuna and Kirito are getting ready to fulfill their promise and are making preparations to see an upcoming meteor shower in the few days, but are keeping it a secret from their friends except for Lisbeth.
In the present day in 2026, two years after the SAO event, a device known as the Augma has been created, allowing people to gain access to Augmented Reality. The device possesses several capabilities for personal enjoyment, work, fitness etc and even includes a way for users to win points, coupons and rewards to purchase anything from food and drinks to technology and personal accessories. Alongside the release of the device an Augmented Reality game known as Ordinal Scale has also been released. The game allows users to face monsters at various secret locations and they are ranked depending on their actions and successes in fighting the monsters. Aside from the Augma and Ordinal Scale, a mysterious AI pop idol singer named Yuna has appeared and soon becomes extremely popular with her first live concert set to take place within a few days. The SAO Survivor School gave each of the students an Augma device, including a ticket to attend Yuna's concert.
Kirito's friends have been using the Augma for sometime, finding it to be an incredible device and are intrigued with playing Ordinal Scale. They have also become especially hyped about getting points for themselves to gain rewards, especially Asuna. It's revealed she is secretly planning on using the points she's acquired including her own saved money to buy Kirito a new pair of motorcycle gloves as a gift as she wants to get him something special in return for the ring he is planning to present to her. However, Kirito is the only one of the group who isn't a fan of the Augma device or Ordinal Scale, still preferring FullDive technology instead. However, everyone becomes even more intrigued with Ordinal Scale upon learning that boss monsters from SAO have begun appearing at the events with Yuna singing while the players fight. With his interest peeked and after persuasion from Asuna, Kirito decides to join Asuna to play at an Ordinal Scale fight to see if SAO bosses really have started to appear. Later that same night, Kirito and Asuna arrive at the meeting place where a large crowd of people, including Klein and his friends have appeared to participate in the Ordinal Scale event.
Kirito is the main protagonist of the series and is Asuna's main love interest. Asuna and Kirito first met each other during the battle against the first boss fight. They partnered up together, but Asuna didn't get close to Kirito and tried to keep her distance from him, but Kirito still made the effort to bond and speak with each other. During the battle against the first boss, Asuna and Kirito work well together, both shown to be in perfect sync. Since parting ways with each other after the first boss fight, Asuna and Kirito didn't get along well as both had different opinions of being trapped in Sword Art Online. Asuna originally felt the more they were trapped in SAO it was another day lost in the real world, while Kirito still enjoyed life in SAO despite being trapped. Eventually, Asuna and Kirito's relationship began to change when they worked together to solve a murder in a safe zone and soon they both began to understand each other better.
Since then, Asuna and Kirito both began to develop romantic feelings for each other and as their feelings grew stronger, Asuna and Kirito came to realize they had deeply fallen in love with each other. They soon begin to form a close relationship together as they learn more things about each other. Kirito learns about Asuna's cooking skills and Asuna learns why Kirito refuses to join guilds and keeps his distance from others. They also brought out the best in each other as their influence on one another helped them with their own personal struggles. Asuna became inspired by Kirito to enjoy life in SAO to the fullest despite being trapped. Kirito also slowly started to become more open and closer towards others after developing a gradually growing relationship with Asuna.
Asuna and Kirito's feelings for one another are also shown to be incredibly obvious as shown before they officially got together many of their friends such as Liz and Klein easily discovered their love for each other and enjoy teasing them. Since realizing their love for each other, Asuna and Kirito become more protective of one another while fighting against monsters and could not bear to live on if either one of them died. Eventually, their love for one another grew more stronger to the point where after Kirito was nearly killed while defeating a boss fight on his own, Asuna decided to leave the Knights of the Blood Oath to team up with Kirito indefinitely. However, they soon received trouble as Asuna's request to leave was refused, resulting in Kirito attempting to win her freedom by having a duel with Heathcliff, the leader of the Knights of the Blood Oath. Despite his efforts and skills, Kirito was defeated and was forced to join the guild upon his loss.
Shortly after Kirito joined the guild, Asuna and Kirito finally confess their love for each other after saving one another from Kuradeel, an undercover member of Laughing Coffin. Kuradeel attempts to murder Kirito by poisoning his food and repeatedly stabs him until his life is threatened. However, Kirito's life is saved by Asuna, having secretly kept watch over him and is greatly relieved she arrived before it was too late. Asuna then attempts to avenge Kirito by fighting Kuradeel and threatens to end his life, but hesitates. Kuradeel manages to strike away Asuna's sword and attempts to kill her until she is saved by Kirito, sacrificing his hand and kills Kuradeel in self defense. Shocked over his actions, Kirito falls down to the ground angrily in tears. Asuna attempts to comfort him, but stops herself and takes full responsibility for the events. Blaming herself, seeing that Kirito killed to ensure her safety, Asuna tearfully apologizes to Kirito and believing she is only causing himself trouble, Asuna heartbreakingly decides it's better to stay away from Kirito for his own sake.
However, Kirito stops Asuna, grabbing her arm and boldly kisses her, finally expressing his real feelings for her. Kirito declares his love and life to Asuna and in return, Asuna confesses her own deep love for Kirito, swearing to protect him forever. Kirito then solemnly promises Asuna, he will do everything he can to ensure Asuna's wish to return to the real world. Shortly after, Asuna and Kirito return to Asuna's home. Late at night, Kirito awakens a sleeping Asuna and she expresses she is deeply thankful of her life in SAO, since coming to the virtual world, allowed her to meet Kirito. Asuna reveals her wish to stop and leave the front lines for sometime together, expressing her fears of returning to the battlefield and her tiredness of the constant fight for survival. Kirito reveals he feels the same and gains the idea for them to leave for the 22nd floor and buy a house together and boldly, Kirito proposes marriage to Asuna, who tearfully accepts.
Asuna and Kirito quickly began their leave of absence from the Knights of the Blood Oath and once buying their new home, they get married and begin to enjoy their honeymoon. However, Kirito worried, wonders if their relationship is truly real or does it only exist within the virtual world and not in real life. Asuna assures Kirito her feelings for him are indeed real and reveals that once they finally do return to the real world, she will find him and fall in love with him once again. Asuna seals the promise with a kiss, truly assuring Kirito of his worries. Since then, Asuna and Kirito happily enjoy their honeymoon together. During their honeymoon, Asuna and Kirito found a young girl named Yui and while they later discovered she is an AI (Artificial Intelligence), they ultimately adopt her as she has real human qualities and developed a close bond with them.
Shortly after the events, Asuna and Kirito's honeymoon is interrupted when they are called back into action. When the assault team discover the next boss room and learn of its extreme dangers, everyone desperately wants to clear SAO more than ever. Fearing Asuna's safety, Kirito asks Asuna to stay behind, not wanting her to become endangered or possibly killed, showing he values her safety before his own. However, Asuna becomes mad and reveals if Kirito died during the battle, she would willingly commit suicide, revealing there is no point in living if Kirito isn't by her side and would never forgive herself either if something were to happen. Kirito begins to reveal his fears and wishes to Asuna, revealing his desire to runaway with her and stay at their cabin if they never clear the game. While Asuna wishes the same desire as Kirito, she reveals they can't, reminding Kirito their true physical bodies are suffering in the real world and are only being kept alive by machines. Hearing Asuna's words makes realize Kirito that whether they clear the game or not, everyone won't be able to survive as now they are on a time limit for their survival. Asuna then proceeds to cry as Kirito embraces her, revealing her strong wish for them to stay together forever and have a true future in the real world. Ultimately, Asuna and Kirito resolve to continue the fight to be freed from SAO to ensure the future of their relationship.
After the boss fight, Kirito and Asuna along with the rest of the players discovered Commander Heathcliff was actually Akihiko Kayaba, the creator of SAO and the reason for everyone being trapped in the game. Kayaba made a deal with Kirito, if he managed to defeat him everyone in SAO would finally be free. Asuna was against Kirito fighting him, but while she came to accept his decision to finally free everyone, she became devastated when Kirito made Kayaba promise not to let Asuna commit suicide if he died. During the fight when Kirito was about to be struck, Asuna somehow managed to neutralise the poison inside her and jumped to defend Kirito, ultimately taking the fatal blow instead. Asuna soon died in Kirito's arms leaving him both heartbroken and devastated and almost left him no will to fight on. However, Kirito managed to regain his strength upon remembering Asuna's encouragement and finally defeated Kayaba once and for all, but died in the process.
Kirito soon found himself reawakened at an unknown location and much to his surprise and delight, he and Asuna reunited and shared a kiss. They soon discovered they were above Aincrad, watching as it slowly began to crumble and fall apart and became saddened when they witnessed their cabian being destroyed. Later much to their shock and disbelief, Asuna and Kirito met Akihiko Kayaba and ask why he created the death game. Akihiko Kayaba reveals at an early age he became obsessed with Aincrad castle and wanted to create it, giving them no clear reason and disappears, but not before congratulating Kirito on clearing Sword Art Online. Asuna and Kirito cuddle together and share one last kiss as they get ready to say goodbye.
Asuna assures Kirito they will truly be together as they disappear, but asks for Kirito's real name. Kirito and Asuna reveal their true names as Kazuto Kirigaya and Asuna Yuuki, including their ages of 16 and 17. Upon learning Asuna's real name, Kirito breaks down into tears and begins to apologize for not fulfilling his promise to save her from SAO and return to the real world. However, Asuna tearfully assures Kirito that she is happy she got to meet Kirito, live and be with him, revealing all those moments together with him are the happiest moment she has ever been in her life. Asuna thanks Kirito for everything and once again declares her love for him. Completely overcome with emotion, Kirito embraces Asuna as Aincrad along with themselves finally disappear.
However, much to Kirito's surprise, he and Asuna didn't actually die, discovering they only died in the game, but not in real life. Kirito along with almost all other SAO survivors were awakened and were adjusting life back into the real world, but Kirito discovered much to his heartbreak that Asuna and 300 players had yet to wake up despite Sword Art Online being cleared. Kirito was devastated to learn of Asuna's predicament and annoyed he couldn't find a way to help her. Despite her situation, Kirito still held hope in his heart she would somehow wake up, always visiting Asuna at the hospital, holding her hand for support. However, Kirito came to discover more shocking news, learning two months later after beating SAO that Asuna's parents had already arranged for her to marry Sugou Nobuyuki. Sugou quickly revealed his true nature to Kirito, including that he plans to marry Asuna in the following week despite the fact she is still in a coma.
Kirito became utterly heartbroken and came close to losing complete hope, seeing he couldn't do anything to help and believed that he was truly going to lose Asuna to Sugou. However, he was later encouraged and reassured by his adoptive sister, Suguha, assuring Kirito to remain strong and not to give up on the love he and Asuna have for each other. Realizing Suguha is right, Kirito regains hope that he and Asuna will be together again and shortly after, he soon discovered more shocking news from Agil, sending him blurry photos of a player who greatly resembles Asuna. Meeting Agil in real life, he informs Kirito that Asuna is possibly trapped inside another virtual world known as ALfheim Online, Land of the Fairies at the Top of the World Tree.
Upon discovering the news and learning Asuna's father's company runs the game, Kirito begins to suspect Sugou is somehow involved, especially after his confrontation in regards to Asuna's survival, hinting of him imprisioning her. Although since the photos were blurry they don't not truly confirm if whether or not the player is really Asuna. However, wanting desperately to reunite and be with Asuna again as well as save her from being married to Sugou, Kirito decides to take this chance and dives into ALfheim Online. Kirito finds himself reunited with Yui and meets and befriends Leafa, a Slyph player. Together the trio began their journey to the World Tree with Kirito wanting to get there before the arranged wedding takes place between Asuna and Sugou in the real world. However, unknown to Kirito, Asuna and the 300 comatose players of SAO were being held captive by Sugou Nobuyuki as he was secretly experimenting with their minds except for Asuna. Sugou kept Asuna prisoner at the top of the World Tree in ALfheim and would sexually harass her.Asuna tries to remain strong and wishes for Kirito to save her, but is unaware if he survived after SAO was cleared. Eventually, Asuna soon became more hopeful and certain of Kirito rescuing her upon discovering of his survival, feeling great a amount of delight and relief. While knowing Kirito would save her, Asuna became more determined to reunite with him as well as stopping Sugou from experimenting with the captured SAO players. Asuna made her first attempt to free herself and came close to succeeding and Kirito was almost close to reaching the Top of the World Tree. However, despite how close they were to reach their goals, both Asuna and Kirito failed in their first attempts to reunite. Despite their failed attempts, their incredibly strong love for each other continues to motivate them to finally be together again, refusing to give up or lose hope. Eventually, Kirito finally managed to get to the World Tree and at long last was reunited with Asuna.
However, their reunion was sadly short lived as they were quickly attacked by Sugou. He began to torture both of them as he stabbed Kirito with his own sword, leaving him helpless to save Asuna while Sugou began sexually assault her right before Kirito's eyes. Kirito was devastated and nearly gave up hope, believing he was exaggerating his skills and that he was only a simple player and was overall worthless until he was encouraged by the spirit of Akihiko Kayaba. Kirito managed to gain control of the ALfheim system and began to fight Sugou, making him suffer for all the pain he caused Asuna. Kirito soon managed to defeat him and finally freed Asuna from her imprisonment in the game and promise to meet each other in real life soon. Kirito exited the game and was on his way to finally and officially meet Asuna in real life.
Shortly after a brief fight with a deranged Sugou outside the hospital, Kirito makes his way to Asuna's hospital room and much to utter joy and happiness, finally saw a reawakened Asuna waiting for him. Asuna and Kirito embrace each other and as Asuna notices a deep cut on Kirito's cheek, he assures Asuna, revealing he fought "the final boss" and the "final battle" is really over. Overcome, Kirito breaks down into tears, overjoyed everything is truly over. While Asuna could not properly hear Kirito's words, she understood his meaning that everything is really over and breaks into tears of joy, happy she is finally meeting Kirito for the first time in the real world. Finally, Asuna and Kirito properly introduce themselves and Kirito welcomes Asuna back to the real world and together they share a passionate first official kiss. During this exact moment, Kirito notices his and Asuna's SAO avatars outside the window, happily leaving together holding hands, finally bringing a true end to Sword Art Online.
Since then, Asuna and Kirito are in a strong, serious and committed relationship, declaring they both want to be together forever and willing to go to any lengths to be with each other. They continue to play ALfheim Online alongside their friends and are married in the game as they were in Sword Art Online and express their desire to officially marry each other in real life sometime in the future.
Asuna and Kirito's love for each other incredibly increases as they never want to be apart and are almost always together, much to the jealousy and annoyance of their SAO friends. Kirito is shown to still put Asuna's well being and safety first as shown when Kirito was forced to help with the investigation regarding Death Gun in Gun Gale Online, he refused to get Asuna involved and kept the investigation a secret. When Kirito learns Death Gun is both an SAO Survivor and former member of Laughing Coffin, it causes him to remember traumatic and terrifying memories and he attempts to hide his fears and worries. However, Asuna becomes really worried about him, noticing something is wrong and constantly thinks about him, causing her to become lost in thought, worried about Kirito's safety and well being. Asuna also reveals her wishes for Kirito to quickly return to ALO, expressing it as their true home and it's not the same without him. Eventually, upon finally learning the true details of the GGO investigation, Asuna remains by Kirito's side and helps him when he finally faces his past demons from SAO.
Sugou Nobuyuki is Asuna's former arranged fiancé and the main antagonist of the Fairy Dance arc. Prior to the beginning of the series, Asuna's parents had arranged for her to marry Sugou Nobuyuki, a close family friend from childhood. However, ever since childhood, Asuna has always hated Sugou as unknown to everyone as she knew that Sugou is nothing but troublemaking bully, he was secretly a pervert as he would sexually harass Asuna. Despite knowing full well of Asuna's hatred towards him as well as her refusal of their arranged marriage, Sugou continued his perverted pursuits of having Asuna for himself as well as taking control of her father's company. However, Sugou's plans were halted when Asuna became imprisoned in the virtual world, Sword Art Online.
Two years later when Sword Art Online was cleared and the players were freed, Asuna and 300 other players of SAO were captured by Sugou Nobuyuki. Due to his position at Asuna's father's company, RECT Progress and having previously having gained the SAO servers and technology, Sugou managed to rerout 300 SAO survivors, including Asuna and imprisoned them inside his own virtual world ALfheim Online. He wanted to use the 300 players as test subjects for illegal experiments on the human brain and then he would sell the information he gained to other companies in America. When he captured Asuna, Sugou resumed his plans to marry her. However, knowing Asuna would reject him if he proposed and upon discovering she had fallen deeply in love with Kirito during her time in SAO, Sugou created an alternative plan. Sugou decided to keep Asuna imprionsed in ALfheim Online at the top of the World Tree inside a bird cage while making her the character Queen Titania, the bride to his character King Oberon, the ruler of ALfheim. Since Asuna continued to remain trapped in the virtual world and thus remained in a coma in real world, Sugou would take the time to convince her family to allow him marry Asuna while she is still alive without any interferences. Two months later after SAO was cleared, preparations for Asuna and Sugou's marriage began with their wedding ceremony arranged to take place a week later.
Since her capture, Sugou would resume sexually harassing Asuna to his own personal enjoyment. Sugou was shown to be obsessive of Asuna, going to far as to replicate her appearance and even natural scent into her ALO avatar. Sugou would inappropriately touch her and smell her hair while making her avatar's clothing revealing. However, Sugou grew tired of Asuna's hurt feelings, expressing his opinion that she was being ridiculous regarding his advances, believing he wasn't truly hurting her, seeing her ALO avatar isn't her real body. Sugou also believed the more Asuna remained trapped in ALO, she would eventually come to lose herself and would love him while also making several attempts for Asuna to accept their soon to be marriage. Sugou's attempts were to no avail as Asuna constantly rejected his advances and kept her composure whenever Sugou began to sexually harass her, knowing full well he wanted her to react. However, while she tried to keep her composure, Asuna would still show how much Sugou's perverted actions upset her, shown on several occasions that she was on the verge of tears. Overall though despite her situation, Asuna continued to remain strong, brave and hopeful that she would somehow managed to escape and knowing full well Kirito would save her.
While Sugou was already well aware of the relationship between Asuna and Kirito, he believed Kirito held no threat to free Asuna or ruin his plans. Ultimately, Sugou believed Kirito would be to afraid to ever use the NerveGear again and constantly taunted and attempts to crush Asuna's hopes and ideas of Kirito ever being able to rescue her and kept trying to force Asuna to love him. Despite his attempts, Asuna continued to voice her true feelings to Sugou, expressing her hatred and disgust of him while affirming her love and heart belong only to Kirito and instead, Sugou's attempt to crush Asuna's hopes backfired as she became more hopeful upon learning of Kirito's survival from SAO. Eventually, Kirito and Asuna were finally reunited, but Sugou attacked the pair and decided he would manipulate their minds. However, wanting to cause true suffering to the couple, Sugou chained Asuna and began to sexual abuse her while a helpless Kirito couldn't do anything, but watched as Sugou began to torture and torment Asuna to his full desires and enjoyment. Sugou tore apart Asuna's clothing and revealed his plans to record their time together in the game. However, his plan and desires wouldn't stop there, informing Asuna once he returns to the real world, he will visit her in the hospital to reenact their time together in ALO with Asuna's real body, much to her horror.
Kirito was left angered and heartbroken by Sugou's actions, seeing he was helpless to rescue or protect Asuna from his torment and began to cry as he watched her suffering. Due to this, Kirito almost came to lose complete hope in himself and his skills, believing he was exaggerating himself. Thankfully after being encouraged and hope renewed by the spirit of Akihiko Kayaba, Kirito managed to defeated Sugou before he could cause any further harm or torment to Asuna. Since ALO was basically a alternative version of SAO, Kirito gained access to the game using Healthcliff's SAO ID and proceeded to fight Sugou, making him pay for all his horrible acts against Asuna and defeated him in the game. Soon after, Kirito at long last finally freed Asuna from the virtual world and retuned her to the real world. Shortly after one last fight in the real world and defeating Sugou once and for all, Asuna no longer needed to worry as Sugou was arrested for his crimes and from then on, Asuna could finally enjoy life in the real world and happily be with Kirito once again.
Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale
- Asuna is one year older than Kirito.
- Asuna's main weapon is a rapier.
- Asuna is one of the few rare people in the series to use her real name for her avatar.
- Asuna is afraid of ghosts.
- Asuna is similar to Princess Jasmine in Disney 1992's Aladdin, Asuna and Jasmine were captured by Sugou and Jafar while Kirito and Aladdin fought their rivals to saved heroines