Kirito has figured out the how and now he has to figure out the why.
Yoruka and Kains
Kirito pursues the murderer on the rooftops, and he loses the person who teleported when the bell rings. Schmidt breaks down and talks about how it was Griselda's ghost. Later, Asuna and Kirito go over what they saw; Asuna offers Kirito a sandwich. He asks Asuna where she bought this, and Asuna states that she made it herself. When Kirito drops the sandwich, he realizes that they have overlook something. At a cemetery, Schmidt begs Griselda for forgiveness. Then, a ghost answers back, and a woman in robe appear before Schmidt. Schmidt confesses, and Grimlock asks him who gave him the memo. He tells them that he did not murder anyone, and it turns out the ghosts are Yoruka and Kains. Back in the city, Kirito and Asuna figure out that Yoruka and Kains fake their deaths in order to make Schmidt confess.
Griselda's Ghost smiles
Back at the grave, Schmidt gets hit by a dagger that paralyzes him. The Laughing Coffin guild appears, and the man prepares to swing his butcher knife at Schmidt. Then, Kirito arrives to Schmidt's aid and informs them that help will arrive. The leader and his guild leave Kirito's group. In a flashback, Asuna asks Kirito what happens if he finds a legendary item, and she explains that marriage in this game can allow both people to share items. Kirito asks Asuna if she thought about marriage, and Asuna snaps at him. He realizes something and asks Asuna if Grimlock would have stolen the ring. Back at the graveyard, Asuna brings Grimlock who confessed to killing Griselda. He states that Griselda is his wife in the real world and that she was the perfect woman. Grimlock notices how the SAO would change Griselda, and he wanted to lock her in his memory by killing her. Asuna tells Grimlock that he was possessive over Griselda, and Grimlock breaks down. Schmidt and Kains pick up Grimlock, and they walk away. Asuna asks Kirito how he feels about marriage, and Kirito says he would feel lucky. Then, Kirito notify Asuna about Griselda's ghost who is smiling at the two. Asuna asks Kirito to add her as a friend, and the two go out for breakfast.
Points of Interest
- Grimlock killed his wife Griselda because he feared that she would change.
- Yoruka and Kains set up Schmidt to find the truth.
- Japanese Name: "Maboroshi no Fukushū-sha" (幻の復讐者)
- Light Novel Chapter: A Murder Case in the Area (Aincrad 57th floor, April 2024) of Light Novel Volume 8
- Opening Theme: "crossing field" By LiSA
- Ending Theme: "Yume Sekai (ユメセカイ; Dream World)" by Haruka Tomatsu