Gilded Hero

Gilded Hero is an anime episode of Sword Art Online that was released on 12/15/2012

Kirito, Asuna, and Yui are finally together again, but the locks placed on Asuna are unbreakable. Before they have a chance to come up with a plan, the fairy king makes his grand entrance.

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Plot Summary

Yui and Kirito appear in a long, hallway where Yui leads Kirito to where Asuna is located. They arrive to a forest at the base of the World Tree. Kirito and Yui rushes towards to the top where they arrive to the birdcage. Yui breaks down the door and embraces Asuna, and Yui keeps repeating mama with tears in her eyes. Asuna wipes her tears away, and Kirito hugs both of them. Kirito asks Yui if he can log out Asuna, and before Asuna can talk about the system console, the surroundings turn black. Yui's body disintegrates, and Kirito tries to reach for Asuna, but the gravity hinders them. Sugou arrives the scene and tells Kirito to call him the Fairy King Oberon. After Sugou steps on Kirito, he asks Kirito how he got up here since he saw a strange program running around. Then, Sugou talks about his progress on controlling the human soul after experimenting on the remaining SAO players who are trapped. He summons shackles and chains, and he lifts Asuna up. With such glee on his face, Sugou has the gravity intensified, and he sniffs Asuna while commenting that he has perfected replicating Asuna's scent after using an analyzer on Asuna at the hospital. When Kirito resists and tells Sugou to back off, Sugou stabs Kirito's back and increase the pain absorber to level 8. Sugou runs his fingers from Asuna's stomach up to her breasts. He rips off Asuna's top, and one of the ribbon falls before Kirito's eyes and crumbles. Sugou tells Asuna that he will play a recording of today in her hospital room. He cackles, and he licks Asuna's face several times. He licks up Asuna's tears, and Kirito swears that he will kill Asuna.

When Kirito blacks out from watching Sugou violate Asuna in horror, a voice calls out to him. The voice asks Kirito if he is going to run away, and when Kirito replies that he is just a player while Suguo is a game master, Kayaba appears. Kayaba reminds Kirito how he fought against all odds in his battle. Suguo rips a part of Asuna's long robes from her legs. Kirito struggles to get up, and the giant sword pops out from his back. Kirito states ID Heathcliff to login in the system as he blocks Sugou's slap. Sugou wonders how Kirito took away his privileges, and Kirito tells Sugou that he stole SAO and its people. Sugou tries to summon Excalibur, and Kirito easily commands the system to generate Excalibur. Kirito tosses to Sugou, and he changes the pain absorber to level zero. When Kirito mentions Kayaba, Sugou gets angry at Kayaba from taking everything he wants. Sugou attacks Kirito in rage, and Kirito easily fends off the attacks. Kirito scratches Sugou's face and slices off Sugou's right hand off. He proceeds to cut off Sugou's waist, and he grabs Sugou. Kirito tosses Sugou in the air and impales him.

With Sugou gone, Kirito embraces Asuna and cries. Asuna tells Kirito that he is her hero, and Kirito states that he has no power at all. As Kirito opens the menu, he tells Asuna that he will visit her tonight at the hospital. After Asuna logs off, Kirito calls out to Kayaba who informs him that he is just an afterimage of Kayaba. Kirito thanks Kayaba, and when Kirito asks Kayaba about the price he has mentioned, Kayaba presents to Kirito, the seed. Kayaba tells Kirito that he can do whatever he wants with the seed. With Kayaba gone, Kirito returns to the birdcage where Yui greets him, and Kirito informs Yui that Asuna is home safe. Yui tells Kirito that she will always be with him since she can go inside Kirito's Nerve Gear's memory banks. Kirito kisses Yui's cheek goodbye.

In Kirito's room, Suguha sees Kirito and is overjoyed that Kirito is back. She hugs Kirito and tells him that she is glad that she helped Kirito. Kirito puts his arm around Suguha's back, and Suguha smiles. Kirito tells Suguha that he will pay Asuna a visit, and Suguha bids Kirito farewell. Kirito bikes towards the hospital.

Points of Interest

  • Sugou is the king of thieves while Kirito is the gilded hero.
  • Seed - Kayaba states it's the beginning of the world.


  • Japanese Name: "Mekki no Yūsha" (鍍金の勇者 )
  • Light Novel Chapter:
  • Opening Theme: "INNOCENCE" by Aoi Eir
  • Ending Theme: "Overfly" Haruna Luna

Characters & Voice Actors

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Yui ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kanae Ito ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kirito ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Asuna ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Haruka Tomatsu ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sugou Nobuyuki ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Takehito Koyasu ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Akihiko Kayaba ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Koichi Yamadera ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Suguha Kirigaya ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ayana Taketatsu ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)


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Tomohiko Ito Director Director of Occult Academy
Reki Kawahara Original Concept Light novel writer
Eir Aoi OP Theme Song: "INNOCENCE"
Luna Haruna Ed Theme Song: "Overfly"


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