Hearing rumors about a brilliant player known as Zekken, Asuna decides to mount a challenge. But when Asuna logs out, she is told by her mother, Kyoko, to take an exam to transfer into an academically-oriented high school.
Armed with a large sniper rifle, the young girl Sinon is making a name for herself as the No. 1 sniper in GGO. When her squadron ambushes another squadron, she succeeds in taking out her first target.
After escaping from Death Gun, Kirito and Sinon lay low in a desert cave. There, Kirito speculates on how Death Gun murdered the other players. Kirito deduces that some condition must be met in order to kill a player in the real world.
BoB has reached its last stage, and the field of survivors has been narrowed down to Kirito, Sinon, Death Gun, and Yamikaze, the previous tournament's runner-up. Kirito finds himself confronting Death Gun at last, but...
Subjected to Death Gun's Star Splash, Kirito is in dire straits. He is driven into a corner due to Death Gun's prowess not only as a gunman, but as a swordsman, too. Meanwhile, Sinon can only watch as Kirito and Death Gun battle it out.
Kyoji attacks, intent on ending his own life after first killing Shino. But just in the nick of time, Kazuto bursts through the door and tackles Kyoji. Days later, Kazuto and Shino meet with Kikuoka to hear the facts about the GGO incident.
The Holy Sword Excalibur has been discovered inside ALO. Hearing the news, Kirito and Leafa make up their minds to take possession of Excalibur before other players get to it first. Summoning the others, they set off for the dungeon.
Kirito and the others are tasked with subjugating the Frost King Thrymr. On the way, they discover a female NPC, Freyja, locked in a cage, calling for help. Suspecting a trap, they are about to rush past her, but...
Kirito and the others take on Thrymr, but are unable to make much of a dent in his HP. Just then, their new ally Freyja raises her voice. She tells them that to defeat Thrymr, they will need her tribe's secret treasure, the Golden Hammer.
ALO issues an update, unlocking Floors 21 - 30 in New Aincrad. Asuna, who in the past lived with Kirito and Yui in a log cabin on Aincrad's 22nd floor, is hopeful that her dream of living there again will come true.
Yuuki asks Asuna to help the guild that she leads, the Sleeping Knights. For their own personal reasons, the guild plans to disband soon. In order to create a lasting memory for themselves, they will attempt a single-party boss raid.
Several days have gone by since Yuuki vanished from Asuna's sight and stopped logging in to ALO. Asuna asks Siune why Yuuki disappeared. Rather than explaining in detail, Siune answers that "Yuuki probably doesn't want to see you again."
Now that she is able to experience the outside world, Yuuki's daily life is more rewarding than ever before. Then one day, as the month of March is nearing its end and the cherry blossom buds begin to bloom Asuna receives an email.
TM & © Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
AdultSwim.com is part of Turner Entertainment Digital which is part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.