Red-Nosed Reindeer

Red-Nosed Reindeer is an anime episode of Sword Art Online that was released on 07/21/2012

Kirito has finally joined a guild made up of close friends in reality. Everything is going well until a tragic accident changes Kirito completely.
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Plot Summary

Sachi smiles contently when Kirito vows to protect her
Sachi smiles contently when Kirito vows to protect her

The Black Cats of the Full Moon do a toast for Kirito who saved their lives. Keita asks Kirito about his level, and Kirito lies about it. Keita asks Kirito to teach Sachi sword fighting, and he teases her about being scared. Kirito hesitantly accepts their invitation to join their guild. In the Sunlit Forest, the guild train by taking on a praying mantis monster. When Sachi is in trouble, Kirito jumps in, and he tells Tetsuo to switch with him. Later, Keita learns about a lead group who has made through floor 28. He asks Kirito how different they are from their guild. Kirito states that they know how to gain experience faster and that they do not share. Keita explains that his friends are his top priority. He tells his guild that they have to get to level 30 before heading to the front lines. That night, the guys suggest buying equipment for Sachi. On floor 28, Kirito spots Klein and his guild taking down wolves. Klein sees that Kirito has joined a guild. After Kirito has come back, he receives a message from Keita about Sachi who is missing. Kirito equips his special night vision and follows the tracks that lead to Sachi who is hiding in the river. Sachi asks Kirito that she is speculating whether to do suicide. She asks him why they have to die and what's the point of this game. Sachi tells him that she is afraid of dying. Kirito reassures her that their guild is strong and that he will protect her. Sachi smiles and sheds some tears.

Sachin dies
Sachin dies

Later that night, Sachi sleeps in Kirito's bed, and he reassures her. Next day, Keita goes off to buy the house, and Kirito and the guild go out to get some money by heading over to the dungeons. Kirito is worried and tells them that they should go to their usual hunting grounds. Though, one of guild members says it will be fine. On June 12, 2023 (Floor 27: Dungeon), they find a hidden door where it leads to a treasure chest. One of the guild member opens the treasure chest, and it triggers a trap. Many monsters are summoned, and the guild members find their teleport crystals useless. One of the guild member trips and gets brutally stabbed by multiple pick axes. Then, one guild member gets slashed to death, and his comrade charges in anger, but he gets slashed to death as well. Sachi has difficulty fending off the enemies, and before Kirito can save her, Sachi gets killed.

December 24, 2023 (Floor 49: Myugen)

Sachin hums the Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer song in her last message
Sachin hums the Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer song in her last message

Kirito asks Argo the Rat about the Christmas Eve boss, Nicholas the Renegade. She tells him that the boss is hard to find. Kirito prepares for his fight because the boss drops an item that can revive the death. In a flashback, Keita is shocked that Kirito is a beater and that his whole guild was massacred. He decides to jump off the bridge, and Kirito feels it was his fault for the death of his guild. In the forest maze, he searches for the giant fir, and Klein and his guild appear. Klein tells him not to risk his life for a stupid rumor, and he tries to persuade Kirito to join his guild. Then, the Holy Dragon Alliance appears, and Klein tells Kirito to go while they hold them off. At the Fir tree, Nicholas jumps down from the sky, and he wields an axe. Moments later, Kirito arrives with the item, and he tosses the item. Klein learns that the item can be used within ten seconds. Kirito is disillusioned that he cannot save Sachi. Klein tells Kirito to survive. Later, Kirito receives a message from Sachi who recorded her message months ago. She wishes him Merry Christmas, and she tells Kirito not to blame himself for their deaths. She wants Kirito to live. Then, she hums the Rudolph song, and Kirito sheds tears. Before the message ends, she thanks Kirito.

Points of Interest

  • Kirito blames himself for the death of Sachi and the Black Cats of the Full Moon guild.
  • Months before Sachi dies, she records a message to wish Kirito Merry Christmas and to tell him not to blame himself for their deaths.


  • Japanese Name: 赤鼻のトナカイ
  • Light Novel Chapter: Volume 2: Chapter 4: Red-nosed Reindeer (Aincrad 46th Floor, December 2023)
  • Opening Theme: "crossing field" By LiSA
  • Ending Theme: "Yume Sekai (ユメセカイ; Dream World)" by Haruka Tomatsu

Characters & Voice Actors

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Kirito ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Bryce Papenbrook ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Sachi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Saori Hayami ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Keita ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Klein ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hiroaki Hirata ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Argo ( x ) ( x ) ( x )


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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 A voice actress and singer currently employed by Music Ray'n.


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