Kirito has agreed to a dual with the head of the Blood Alliance Knights. If Kirito wins, Asuna is free to leave the Knights and if he loses…
Before the duel, Commander Heathcliff goes over the conditions for the bet, and Kirito accepts his challenge.
Asuna yells at Kirito for doing this crazy thing, and she tells Kirito about the commander's special skill, Divine Blade. Also, the commander's HP bar has never fall into the yellow zone. Kirito reassures Asuna that he will be not beat. In the ring, Heathcliff and Kirito begin their duel and pull out their weapons. With the round started, Kirito attacks first, but Heathcliff blocks them. He shield bashes Kirito and compliments on Kirito's reaction time. Kirito increases his speed, and the two clash their blades wildly. When Kirito manages to scratch Heathcliff's cheek, he finds an opening. Before he could slash Heathcliff, Heathcliff somehow slows down time enough, so he can block Kirito. Heathcliff defeats Kirito and gives him an angry look. Later, Kirito finds his new coat from the Knights of the Blood Oath terrible. Asuna asks Kirito why he avoid guilds and other people. Kirito begins explaining how his guild, Black Cats of the Full Moon guild, all died due to his mistake. If he did not lied about his level, Kirito says that his guild would still be alive. Upon hearing Kirito's regrets, Asuna embraces Kirito's face, and she reassures him that she will not die. Kirito tries to hug Asuna, but he does not.
Godfrey asks Kirito to join him to clear a dungeon to test Kirito's strength, and Asuna objects, but Godrey's orders are absolute due to ranking. Kirito reassures Asuna that he will return safe. Outside of the castle, Godfrey pulls Kuradeel and tells Kirito that they have to fix this first. Kuradeel apologizes to Kirito, and Godfrey asks both Kirito and Kuradeel for their teleportation crystals. After a long hike through the canyon, Godfrey tells them to take a break. Kirito stares at his lunch, and he misses Asuna's cooking. As Kirito drinks, he notices Kuradeel smiling. Kirito quickly throws the water away, but it's too late. As Kuradeel laughs maniacally, Kirito urges Godfrey to use the antidote. However, Kuradeel jumps in and kicks the antidote from Godfrey's hand. He slashes at Godfrey who begs him to stop, and Kuradeel states his made up story about Kirito and Godfrey's death. Kirito watches in horror as Kuradeel stabs Godfrey to death. Kuradeel walks over to Kirito, and Kirito asks why Kuradeel did this. Kuradeel reveals his Laughing Coffin mark on his arm, and he stabs Kirito's left arm and then the right thigh. Kuradeel slowly twists the blade into Kirito's thigh. Kirito begins remembering Sachi's death, and he refuses to die here when he sees Asuna's face. Kirito grabs the blade and struggles to push it away.
Out of nowhere, a flash of light hits Kuradeel, and Asuna quickly heals Kirito. Asuna is relieved that Kirito is alive, and she explains that she noticed Godfrey's presence disappeared on the map. When Kuradeel gets up, Asuna begins attacking Kuradeel with a barrage of attacks. She stops, and Kuradeel begs for mercy. When Asuna hestitates, Kuradeel attacks Asuna. Then, Kirito intercepts with his left hand which gets chopped off. He kills Kuradeel with his right hand. Before Kuradeel dies, he calls Kirito a murderer. Asuna apologizes to Kirito that she should have stay away, and Kirito grabs Asuna and kisses her. Kirito tells Asuna that his life belongs to her, and Asuna promises to protect him forever. Kirito vows to help Asuna get to the outside world, and he wants to sleep with Asuna tonight.
After a meal, Asuna shuts the lights, and she slowly undresses herself. With her lingerie exposed, she tells Kirito to look away due to embarrassment. Asuna urges Kirito to undress himself, and Kirito states that he wants to stay in the same room with Asuna. Then, Asuna receives a shock, and she hits Kirito after calling him an idiot. Moments later in Asuna's bed, he pokes Asuna who wakes up and smiles at him. She tells Kirito that she is happy that this is not a dream. Asuna asks Kirito if they can take a break because she is worried and tired. Kirito tells her about a nice place, and he asks Asuna to marry him. Asuna smiles, and she gladly accepts.
|Akihiko Kayaba ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Kirito ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Asuna ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Godfrey ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Kuradeel ( x ) ( x ) ( x )||
|Tomohiko Ito||Director||Director of Occult Academy|
|Reki Kawahara||Original Concept||Light novel writer|
|LiSA||LiSA is a Japanese singer who sings the "oath sign" in Fate Zero and "crossing field" in Sword Art Online.|
|Haruka Tomatsu||"Yume Sekai (ユメセカイ; Dream World)" Ending Theme Song|