Return is an anime episode of Sword Art Online that was released on 10/13/2012

Kirigaya is adjusting to his life outside of the game, but he hasn’t forgotten about Asuna. A recent visit to her in the hospital, he meets Sugou Nobuyuki.

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Plot Summary

Sugou sniffing Asuna's hair
Sugou sniffing Asuna's hair

Kirito wakes up from a nightmare when he sees Asuna and their summer home crumbling. While Suguha Kirigaya practice her kendo, she looks at her face and notes that she and Kirito don't look alike. She recalls Kirito coming home. Kirito arrives and asks Suguha to spar with him. The two put on their protective gear for kendo. Suguha comments about Kirito's stance which is how Kirito fights in Sword Ar Online. During their duel, Suguha scores a hit on his head, "men." Kirito puts his kendo on his back like how he sheathe his sword. He gets embarrassed and tells Suguha that it's a force of habit. Afterwards, Kirito asks Suguha to teach him Kendo. Inside the house, Suguha notices that Kirito is going to see Asuna. Kirito acknowledges that. Later, he bikes to Saitama's Tokorozawa General Hospital to see Asuna. He states that about 300 players have not woken up. He enters Asuna's room and touches Asuna's right hand. Then, Asuna's father comes in with flowers. Sugou Nobuyuki comes in and shakes hands with Kirito. He wants Asuna to wear a beautiful dress, and Kirito is stunned with his words. After Asuna's father has left, Sugou mentions that Kirito lives with Asuna which makes the relationship complicated. Sugou sniffs Asuna's hair, and he informs that Asuna was arranged to marry him. When Sugou touches Asuna in a disgusting way, Kirito stops him. He tells Kirito that he would prefer him to not come here again and since he is keeping Asuna alive, he should get some compensation.

Suguha sleeps near Kirito
Suguha sleeps near Kirito

Over at Kirito's home, Suguha sees Kirito all gloomy, and she is worried that Kirito would get sick. Kirito begins to cry, and when Suguha asks him about Asuna, Kirito replies that Asuna is going away. Suguha embraces her sobbing brother, and she tells him to give up on a loved one. In a flashback, the mother talks about how Kirito found out that he and Suguha are cousins. The mother talks about Kirito's passion for computers. After the mother leaves and bids Kirito a happy birthday, Suguha looks at Kirito. Back in the present, she helps Kirito get to his bed. She looks at the starry sky and notes that Kirito is Asuna's. Suguha lies besides Kirito's body and sheds some tears. Next day, Kirito pokes Suguha to wake her up. Suguha wakes up and realizes something, and she blushes and freaks out. Then, Kirito gets an email from Egil. He sees a picture of a girl who looks like Asuna.

Points of Interest

  • This episode takes two months after Sword Art Online game is cleared.
  • It's implied that Suguha has feelings for Kirito.
  • Sugou plans to have Asuna to himself as compensation.


  • Japanese Name: "Kikan" (帰還)
  • Light Novel Chapter:
  • Opening Theme: "INNOCENCE" by Aoi Eir
  • Ending Theme: "Overfly" Haruna Luna

Characters & Voice Actors

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Asuna ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kirito ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Suguha Kirigaya ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ayana Taketatsu ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Shouzou Yuuki ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Sugou Nobuyuki ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Takehito Koyasu ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)


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Reki Kawahara Original Concept Light novel writer
Tomohiko Ito Director Director of Occult Academy
Eir Aoi Eir Aoi is a Japanese singer known for her song "MEMORIA" used in Fate Zero.
Luna Haruna Luna Haruna is a singer who sang the ending theme songs: "Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau" in Fate Zero and "Overfly" in Sword Art Online.


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