The newest episode of the series brings the Alicization saga one step closer to its end as Kirito and Asuna return to the real world. Although Kirito immediately asks to have those years of memories wiped away lest his mind crack under the pressure , flashes of this time briefly appear before his eyes as fans get just a little bit of the immediate fallout for the underworld. Through Kirito's flashbacks we learn that Kirito and Asuna were so celebrated following Gabriel's defeat that they were able to unite the human territory with the forces of the dark territory.
Eventually during this time span, the two of them go on to rule as the King and Queen of the Underworld. Unfortunately, we don't get the full story of their years together and we might never get that opportunity as the real world Kirito had his memories erased. There's a small hiccup in the fact that Underworld Kirito has been copied, and he's now on a mission to save the Underworld with a plan that he and Asuna had concocted during their time together.
But while we may never get to see this time period, fans can rest easy knowing that the two them spent several happy life times together. But while the newest episode of the series revealed that there was going to be another heroine vying for Kirito's heart, this real world reunion between Kirito and Asuna shows just how close the two of them are. They have been through so many of these virtual adventures that even one of the most intense ones yet was not a major deterrent for them.
Kirito and Asuna's love seems to be as strong as ever after all of this. What's most surprising about this reunion, however, is that Kirito isn't as openly emotional with Asuna as one would expect. The two of them are indeed close, but towards the end of the episode it's revealed that he's still carrying around the weight of Eugeo's death and couldn't bear to reveal this side of himself to Asuna.
But what do you think this means? How does it compare to their reunions in the series' past?
This was a wise choice, as anyone could have put them in danger at any time. It took a year of online game time for them to feel comfortable around each other finally. The best example is when Kirito is sleeping beneath a tree, and Asuna watches him sleep peacefully. In the light novel, this signifies that they are relaxed enough around each other to show themselves when they are defenseless.
Kirito and Asuna become a couple, but in the original light novel and the anime, they hardly have any time for dates when they're trying to survive. The most they ever did was take time off to go on a honeymoon after getting married inside the game. However, the Sword Art Online: Progressive light novels show them leisurely climbing each Floor at their own pace. This makes it easier to understand why they fell in love with each other and the various dates they went on when they have a moment of peace.
From dinner dates to boat rides, they enjoyed themselves whenever they didn't need to think about survival. Asuna had horrible nightmares about what would happen if she did not survive. It isn't stated explicitly, but Asuna had shown signs of PTSD from being trapped within the game and losing those around her from various enemies and the guilt from killing others when she had to do anything to survive. She had stated that being near Kirito—and sleeping beside him—caused her nightmares to disappear.
The reason is simple—after being stuck in an online world for so long, it's hard to live without the person who grounds you. Kirito and Asuna were very serious about each other, as well as their relationship. They became so co-dependent that they both stated they would take their own life if the other died.
This could especially be seen when Asuna "dies" after Kayaba kills her, to which he threw away his life, thinking that he could not live with Asuna. Sword Art Online: Progressive changes many things, and one of the most vital things is the character dynamic between Kirito and Asuna.
It shows their relationship evolve from love to hate and how they begin as friends before any romance happens. In the manga, Kirito's personality is eccentric, and Asuna is more of a tsundere. The light novel shows Kirito being more boyish and Asuna acting more eccentric and amateur-like than Kirito.
Whatever the case, it fills in the gaps and makes their relationship more relatable is perhaps the best part of the light novels. Brianna Albert is an author, writer, reader, and seasonal anime watcher. She has been watching anime since before Naruto became Hokage and trying to figure out how to bend air since she was in kindergarten.
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Asuna later asked him why he always avoids guilds and people in general, to which Kirito then told her about what happened to the Moonlit Black Cats. After hearing his story, Asuna reassured him that she was not going to die and held him close. It was apparent that Kirito wanted to hold her in return, but hesitated. But then, the two were almost killed by Kuradeel, who revealed himself to be a member of Laughing Coffin.
After barely avoiding death yet again, and killing the traitor, Asuna broke down and said that she should stay away from him, feeling responsible for him almost dying so maybe times. Kirito took her by the arm and responded by kissing her. They kept kissing for a moment, and then they declared their love to each other. I want to stay with you till the end. No matter what. I swear. A night of love and virtual passion. And she said yes with a teary smile. The two lovebirds honeymooned on Floor 22 where they bought a cozy log cabin.
They spent the days having fun in town and night cuddling in bed. All they ever did was spend time together. And the love grew more when Yui came into the picture. They accepted Yui as their daughter, even knowing that she was an AI. They made a family together, and that was all that mattered. The time had come to face the floor 75 boss, the Skull Reaper. The couple waited for the raid the start in the KoB conference room.
She told him if he died then she would kill herself in grief. They cried in each others arms for a while, knowing that they could die at any time. All Kirito wanted was to run away with her and live with her in their cabin in the woods. And all Asuna wanted was to fall in love with him again in the real world, go on real dates, and to really get married and grow old together.
After the fight with the Skull Reaper, everyone found out that Heathcliff was actually Akihiko Kayaba in disguise. Kayaba challenge Kirito to a rematch and promised to release everyone from the game if he wins. After watching the love of his life die before his eyes, Kirito lost his fire, his drive, and his will to live. Kirito and Asuna appeared in an area above Aincrad after dying, and saw the floating castle crumble into nothing. After a brief conversation with Kayaba, they accept that this was the end.
They were gonna disappear and be together forever. So very much. Or so they thought. But when he found out that Asuna was trapped in another game, Alfhiem Online, he found a new hope. He steeled himself, grabbed his nervegear, and dove into the game to save her. Sugou harassed Asuna in front of him while he was stabbed by his own sword. Kirito almost gave up when Kayaba appeared before him and granted him his admin privileges.
With the system on his side, he fought Sugou again and destroyed him. He ever went as far as completely turning off the pain inhibiters so he would feel the same pain he put Asuna through. And after freeing her from the game, he almost killed Sugou in the real world. But even though he knew that that foul man was a bane to his existence for hurting the one he loved, he spared his life. Kazuto left him to rot and visited the now awakened Asuna where they finally shared a kiss in the real world.
After the Alfhiem incident, Kirito and Asuna resumed their relationship in both the real world and in the new Alfhiem. They would go on dates on a regular basis and just spend time together. They would just talk to each other and have fun, while at the same time jab at each other with light hearted teasing.
Whenever they were feeling troubled with something, they would always be there for each other. But that changed when Ordinal Scale came along. Asuna lost her memories thanks to the Augma, and Eiji was to blame for it. When that happened he went ballistic. He went full on beater mode and fought boss after boss with no hesitation.
She found her bravery again and fought the Incarnation of the Radius with Kirito and won. Finally, Asuna got her memories back and went star gazing alone with Kirito, where he gave her a real ring that he promised to give her back in Aincrad. They went through hell and back for each other multiple times and never once gave up on each other.
They may be just boyfriend and girlfriend in the real world, but they no doubt act like husband and wife wherever they may be. Kirito is completely dedicated to his relationship with Asuna. Kirito Kirigaya.
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Asuna and Kirito first met each other during the battle against the first boss fight. They partnered up together, but Asuna didn't get close to. Asuna is Kirito's partner and main love interest in the series. Among all the people Kirito has met, she is the closest and dearest to him. Kirito and Asuna are one of the most celebrated couples in both anime and the isekai genre—so much so that they are consecutively the first.