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Ayano Keiko (綾野珪子, Ayano Keiko?), known as Silica (シリカ, Shirika?) in «Sword Art Online» (SAO), «ALfheim Online» (ALO), and «Project Alicization», is a supporting character in the Aincrad Arc, one of the main characters of the Girls Ops spinoff, along with Kirigaya Suguha (Leafa) and Shinozaki Rika (Lisbeth), and a reoccurring character throughout the Sword Art Online series. Silica is one of the 10,000 players who were trapped in Sword Art Online, where she was a dagger-wielding Beast Tamer. She currently plays ALfheim Online as a Cait Sith.

AppearanceEdit

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Real World / Sword Art OnlineEdit

In both the real world and Sword Art Online, Keiko's hair is light brown and tied into two tails by red ribbons, as well as two red ring baubles for her SAO avatar. Like her hair, Keiko's eyes in the real world are light brown; however, her SAO avatar had red eyes. Before meeting Kirito, she wore a yellow robe with a dagger and pouch strapped to her waist at the back, a silver breastplate and pauldrons, brown leather gloves with metal bands, black shorts, and yellow boots. Afterwards, she wore a red robe of a similar design that exposed part of her shoulders, a short black skirt, fingerless red gloves, and black, asymmetrical shoes with long black socks.[2]

ALfheim OnlineEdit

Keiko's ALfheim avatar is very similar to her SAO avatar, except for having an overall blue color, as well as possessing the cat ears and tail of the Cait Sith race.[3]

PersonalityEdit

Silica is very kind, bright, cheerful, and supportive of her friends.[citation needed] She also has developed a deep attachment to her Tamed Monster Pina to the point that she was heartbroken to see it die and overjoyed when told that there was a way to revive it.

At some point, Silica had become arrogant due to her fame, but realised her mistake after this led to her getting lost in the Forest of Wandering and losing Pina.

Silica is also easily embarrassed and flustered, especially when it comes to a romance scenario, such as grabbing Kirito's hand, spotting many couples around her, or having her skirt flipped by a monster.

Background Edit

Despite Sword Art Online being the first Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online (VRMMO) game Silica had ever played, she became the first player to tame a Feathered Little Dragon, which she named Pina, after her cat in the real world. She was introduced as a character whose parties treated her as a mascot, and who was immensely popular on the middle floors due to her pet and her status as one of the rare Beast Tamers. She is in the youngest age group of SAO players that are still active.[citation needed]

ChronologyEdit

Aincrad ArcEdit

The Black SwordsmanEdit

On February 23, 2024, Silica was hunting in the Forest of Wandering with a party she had encountered two weeks prior. As they were returning to town around sunset, she got into a dispute with Rosalia over the distribution of healing items after the latter claimed the former having a Tamed Monster that could heal her. Ignoring the party leader's attempts to defuse the argument, Silica left the party in anger and began traveling the Forest of Wandering alone, fully expecting her skills and Pina's support to be sufficient for her journey. However, she quickly lost her way due to the dungeon's unique design, forcing her into multiple battles and exhausting her healing supplies. Well after nightfall, she fell into an assault from multiple «Drunk Apes», becoming discouraged at her opponents' healing abilities. Fatigued from her constant fights, she made a miscalculated strike, opening herself to a counterattack that reduced her hit points to critical levels, thus causing her to freeze with fear. But as the Drunk Ape that had struck her launched a final attack, the blow was intercepted by Pina at the cost of its life, leaving only a tail feather behind.

In a state of rage, Silica defeated the ape that killed her partner and was about to engage the other two apes in a suicidal attack when the apes were suddenly defeated by Kirito. Her anger fading, Silica become overwhelmed with sadness and wept over her loss, before being reminded of the feather, the familiar's heart, Pina had left behind. Silica then learned from Kirito of the existence of the «Pneuma Flower», an item that could be used to resurrect Pina. Although the item was located in an area on the 47th Floor, which was outside her level range, she resolved to go one day when she had become stronger. However, her resolution was cut short when she discovered that she only had three days before the time limit for reviving a familiar expired. As Kirito offered to help her get there, Silica asked for the reason why he was so helpful, and discovered that she resembled his sister, which Silica found hilarious. The two returned to town, where they decided to stay the night in an inn in order to discuss their plans to retrieve the Pneuma Flower.

The next day, after an embarrassing moment over their sleeping locations, they journeyed to find the Pneuma Flower at the Hill of Memories. Despite encountering monsters such as the Garish Gerbera and Land Anemone, they reached their goal but were ambushed by Rosalia and members of the «Titan's Hand» guild on their way back. To Silica's surprise, Kirito was able to easily deal with the orange players and, after he sent them to the Black Iron Castle to be imprisoned and placed under the custody of «The Army», the two returned to Mishe, where they finally agreed to meet again, but in the real world. In the process of getting the flower, she gained feelings for him, but once she realized his skills, she realized that they could never be together in the game and began seeing him as a big brother figure, but continued to have feelings for him. Later on it was revealed that Pina was revived.

The Fourteenth AutumnEdit

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The Final PromiseEdit

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Fairy Dance ArcEdit

After Asuna was rescued in January 2025, Keiko and Rika (Lisbeth) made a pact that they would give Kirigaya Kazuto (Kirito) and Yuuki Asuna one month together without interfering before they made their individual moves on him; however they quickly regretted their decision when they saw the couple having a moment on May 16. She joined Kirito and his friends in ALfheim Online soon after they met in the real world to explore the newly released New Aincrad.

Extra EditionEdit

On July 25, 2025, Keiko joined Asuna and Rika in teaching Suguha how to swim, and talked about her first meeting with Kirito. Later that day, she joined the party for the «Deep Sea Plunderers» quest.

Rainbow BridgeEdit

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Phantom Bullet ArcEdit

On December 14, 2025, Silica and the rest of the group gathered together in Kirito and Asuna's rented room in Yggdrasil City in ALO to watch the Bullet of Bullets tournament and support Kirito. As they watched the stream and speculated on Kirito's reasons for converting to Gun Gale Online and heretofore lack of appearances on camera, an ominously cloaked player paralyzed and apparently disconnected another competitor. When a shocked Klein identified the mantled player as a member of Laughing Coffin, Silica quickly explained to Leafa, who was the only one among them with no knowledge of the guild, the bloody atrocities the guild had committed and their eventual defeat at the hands of the Clearers.

CaliburEdit

On December 28, 2025, Silica, along with Asuna, Klein, Leafa, Lisbeth, and Sinon joined Kirito's attempt to retrieve Excalibur.

A Spot of Sunshine in the WinterEdit

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Mother's RosarioEdit

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Alicization ArcEdit

Alicization ExplodingEdit

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Alicization AwakeningEdit

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StatsEdit

Sword Art OnlineEdit

Stat Value Time
Level 44[4]
45[5]
62[6]
February 23, 2024
February 24, 2024
End of game
Hit Points (HP) 9342[2] February 23, 2024

Known EquipmentEdit

Sword Art OnlineEdit

Name Type Acquisition Notes
«Ebon Dagger» Dagger Received from Kirito on February 23, 2024[2]
«Silverthread Armor» Armour Received from Kirito on February 23, 2024[2]
«Moon Blazer» Gloves Received from Kirito on February 23, 2024[2]
«Fairy Boots» Boots Received from Kirito on February 23, 2024[2]
«Florit Belt» Belt Received from Kirito on February 23, 2024[2]
«Shadow Dagger»[6] Dagger

SkillsEdit

Sword Art OnlineEdit

SKILL SLOTS[6]
One Handed Dagger Light Metal Equipment Familiar Recovery Familiar Communication Acrobatics
710 / 1000
644 / 1000
681 / 1000
597 / 1000
623 / 1000
Musical Instrument Sewing Cooking
749 / 1000
606 / 1000
560 / 1000

GalleryEdit

See:Ayano Keiko/Image Gallery

TriviaEdit

  • With her avatar in SAO, she reminded Kirito of his sister, Kirigaya Suguha, despite looking very different.[7]
  • As a Cait Sith, when Kirito grabbed her tail, she described the sensation as a "super weird feeling".[8]
  • In the Blu-ray/DVD package volume 2, character song CD features Silica (Hidaka Rina) singing "☆Lovely Super Idol☆" as the 3rd Character Song in this series. This CD is bundled along with the 2nd Song, which is sung by Sachi (Saori Hayami)
  • Even though «Sword Art Online» is advisable for gamers above age 13, because of the age restrictions associated with the NerveGear,[9] Silica started playing the game when she was 12 years old.[4]
  • Keiko's family follows a tradition when naming their children. Since Keiko's grandfather was a chemist, he named his son Tetsuhiko after iron (, Tetsu?) due to Tetsuhiko being born on February 6 (2/6) and the 26th element in the periodic table being iron. Tetsuhiko continued this tradition and named his daughter Keiko after the 14th element, silicon (珪素, Keiso?), as Keiko was born on the 4th of October, but Tetsuhiko could not make a girl's name after the 104th element, Rutherfordium, thus resorting to merging ten and four to get fourteen.[10]
  • Keiko's display name, Silica, means Silicon Dioxide (SiO2). She chose this name for her character due to her real name being based on silicon. The reason why she chose "Silica" instead of "Silico" was because "Silica" sounded cuter. She even ties her hair with two red ribbons to have two ring baubles which symbolize two oxygen atoms bound to her.[10]
  • In a 4-koma non-canon spin-off, she had been stalked by Aaaa.
  • Keiko's Japanese voice actress also voices Kozuki Yuniko (Scarlet Rain) from Accel World.

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  • Silicas b-w-h

    9 messages
    • I am referring to the anime and LN illustrations.
    • ooh, do you mena light novel? those are the same as the anime, i remember the pictures, they are identical
  • Pina's Heal Effect

    5 messages
    • It's referred to as nothing more than "healing breath" (so no official attack name) in the LNs, though I don't think it...
    • ok, im creating my own game, so i have ot give the skills names, so you know when a player used it. but thanks for the bit of info!

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