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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.


In Sword Art Online, Silica became the first player to tame a Feathered Little Dragon, which she named Pina (the same name as her cat in the real world), despite SAO being the first VRMMO game she had ever played. 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]


Silica is very kind, bright, cheerful, and supportive of her friends.[citation needed] She also has developed a deep attachment to 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 lead 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.


Aincrad ArcEdit

The Black SwordsmanEdit

After a dispute with Rosalia, Silica left the party in the middle of their hunt. She went through the forest alone and got attacked by multiple «Drunken Apes». Her Tamed Monster, Pina took a hit for Silica and died but she got saved by Kirito as she resembled his sister. Kirito told her about a way to resurrect Pina. Though it was outside her level range she resolved to go one day, but found out she only had three days to do so. Kirito offered to help her get there, so they set off and returned to town. They ended up staying in an inn in order to discuss their plans to retrieve the flower.

The next day, she set off with Kirito to find the flower at the Hill of Memories. Despite encountering a few monsters, they reached their goal but on their way back they were ambushed by Rosalia and members of the «Titan's Hand» guild. Kirito revealed his real motive, sending the Titan's Hand guild to prison, and dispatched them easily. 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 is revealed that Pina was revived.

Fairy Dance ArcEdit

After Asuna was rescued, Keiko and Rika (Lisbeth) made a pact that they will give Kazuto (Kirito) and Asuna one month together without interfering before they made their individual moves on him, however they quickly regretted it. She joined Kirito and his friends in ALheim Online right after they meet in the real world and they often go together in quests.

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.

Phantom Bullet ArcEdit

On December 14, 2025, Silica and the rest of the group gathered together to watch the Bullet of Bullets tournament and support Kirito.

Calibur Edit

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

Mother's Rosario Edit

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Sword Art OnlineEdit

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

Known EquipmentEdit

Sword Art OnlineEdit

Name Type Acquisition Notes
«Ebon Dagger» Dagger Received from Kirito on February 23, 2024[5]
«Silverthread Armor» Armour Received from Kirito on February 23, 2024[5]
«Moon Blazer» Gloves Received from Kirito on February 23, 2024[5]
«Fairy Boots» Boots Received from Kirito on February 23, 2024[5]
«Florit Belt» Belt Received from Kirito on February 23, 2024[5]
«Shadow Dagger»[4] Dagger


Sword Art OnlineEdit

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


See:Ayano Keiko/Image Gallery


  • With her avatar in SAO, she reminded Kirito of his sister, Kirigaya Suguha, despite looking very different.
  • As a Cait Sith, when Kirito grabbed her tail, she described the sensation as a "super weird feeling".
  • 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, Silica started playing the game when she was 12 years old.
  • 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?) since Tetsuhiko was born on the 6th of February and the 26th element (2nd month and 6th day) in the periodic table is 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 couldn't make a girl's name after the 104th element, Rutherfordium, so he resorted to merging 10 and 4 to get 14.[6]
  • 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 14th element in the periodic table. 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 2 ring baubles which symbolize 2 oxygen atoms bound to her.[6]
  • In a 4-koma non-canon spin-off, she had been stalked by Aaaa.



Major Characters
Alice Schuberg - Asada Shino (Sinon) - Ayano Keiko (Silica) - Eugeo - Kayaba Akihiko - Kikuoka Seijirou - Kirigaya Kazuto (Kirito) - Kirigaya Suguha (Leafa) - Shinozaki Rika (Lisbeth) - Tsuboi Ryoutarou (Klein) - Yui - Yuuki Asuna (Asuna)
SAO Players
Aincrad Liberation Force/ALS Joe - Kibaou - Kobatz - Thinker - Yulier
Divine Dragon Alliance/DKB Lind - Schmitt - Shivata - Yamata
Fuumaningun Isuke - Kotaru
Fuurinkazan Dale - Dynamm - Harry One - Issin - Klein - Kunimttz
Golden Apple Caynz - Grimlock - Griselda - Schmitt - Yolko
Knights of the Blood Asuna - Daizen - Godfree - Heathcliff - Kirito - Kuradeel
Laughing Coffin Johnny Black - Kuradeel - PoH - XaXa
Legend Braves Beowulf - Cu Chulainn - Enkidu - Gilgamesh - Nezha - Orlando
Moonlit Black Cats Ducker - Keita - Kirito - Sachi - Sasamaru - Tetsuo
Titan's Hand Rosalia
Others Agil - Argo - Ashley - Coper - Diavel - Lisbeth - Lux - Morte - Nishida - Rossa - Ryufior - Sasha - Silica
Beta-Tester Argo - Coper - Diavel - Morte - Kirito
NPC Angel - Kizmel - NPC Orchestra - Pina - Ruru - Tilnel - Yui
Non-Canon Aaaa - Leafa - Philia - Rain - Sinon - Strea - Yuuki
ALO Players
Cait Sith Alicia Rue - Silica - Sinon
Gnome Agil - Tecchi
Imp Yuuki
Leprechaun Lisbeth - Talken
Pooka Sasha
Salamander Eugene - fastuosa - Gtacs - Jun - Kagemune - Klein - Mortimer - UxperXJ
Spriggan Kirito - Kuro - Nori
Sylph Erika - Leafa - Recon - Sakuya - Sigurd
Undine Asuna - Chrysheight - Siune - Thinker - Yulier
NPC/Navigation Pixie Angel - Leviathan - Nerakk - NPC Orchestra - Pina - Skuld - Thrym - Thor - Tonky - Urðr - Verðandi - Yui
Others Ashley - Fairy King Oberon - Marinca - Saitou Shouichi
Non-Canon Argo - Philia - Rain - Seven - Strea - Sumeragi
GGO Players
Dyne's Squadron Arashi - Dyne - Ginrou - Jin - Miso - Sinon
BoB Participants Blackwood - Colonel Liberty - DA*LU - Dyne - E.J. - Fernil - Garrett - huuka - Jack Reacher - JIGEN - Kakouton - kaeeeede - Kakameposu the II - Keith - Kirito - Lion King Richie - Masaya - Musketeer X - No-No - Pale Rider - Pancho - Raiden - Licoco - Setsugekka - Shishigane - Sinon - Sterben - Stinger - Subtilizer - Ten-Q - Uemaru - Yamikaze - XeXeeD - XYZ
Death Gun Victims Garrett - Pale Rider - Usujio Tarako - XeXeeD
Squad Jam Participants LLENN - Miyu - Pitohui
Others Behemoth - Spiegel
Underworld Resident
Human Empire Rulid Village Alice Schuberg - Bercouli - Doyke - Eugeo - Garitta - Gasupht Schuberg - Jink - Kirito - Nigel Balbossa - Orick - Sadina Schuberg - Selka Schuberg - Sister Azariya
Zakkaria Banou Wolde - Egome Zakkalight - Kelgam Zakkalight - Telin Wolde - Telulu Wolde - Toriza Wolde
Centoria Azurika - Cardinal - Quinella - Sadore
Sword Mastery Academy Azurika - Eugeo - Frenica Szeski - Gorgolosso Baltoh - Humbert Zizek - Kirito - Raios Antinous - Ronye Arabel - Sortiliena Serlut - Tiese Shtolienen - Uolo Levanteinn - Zobun
Central Cathedral Cardinal - Charlotte - Chudelkin - Elevating Operator - Fizel - Linel - Quinella
Integrity Knight Alice Schuberg - Bercouli - Dakira - Deusolbert - Eldrie Woolsburg - Eugeo - Fanatio - Fizel - Giro - Hobren - Jeis - Linel
Dark Territory Black Iums D.I.L - Fu Za - Iskahn - Shasta
Orcs Rilpirin
Giants Sigrosig
Goblins Oroi - Ugachi
Underworld Visitors
Agil - Alicia Rue - Asuna - Eugene - Gabriel Miller - Hirono Takashi - Jun - Kirito - Klein - Leafa - Lisbeth - Nori - Sakuya - Silica - Sinon - Siune - Tecchi - Vassago
Reality/Other Games
Rath Aki Natsuki - Higa Takeru - Kikuoka Seijirou - Koujiro Rinko - Nakanishi
Others Cel - Clovis - Doctor Kurahashi - Endou - Kirigaya Midori - Konno Aiko - Merida - Sada Akiyo - Yuuki Kouichirou - Yuuki Kyouko - Yuuki Shouzou

Start a Discussion Discussions about Ayano Keiko

  • 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's classified as a flame.
    • 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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