|Black and White Sword Dance|
|Romaji||Kuro to shiro no kenbu|
|Air Date||August 25, 2012|
Nearly two years have passed since the launch of SAO. On October 17, 2024; while returning through the forest from the 74th floor dungeon, after defeating a Lizardman Lord, the «Solo player» Kirito spots the rare «Ragout Rabbit». After successfully slaying the beast and obtaining its dropped item, Kirito returns to Agil’s shop in the 50th floor's main city, «Algade», to sell the famous «Ragout Rabbit's Meat». Kirito would rather eat the meat but can't think of anyone who would have enough practice in their cooking skill to not ruin the dish.
Coincidentally, he meets Asuna, the vice-commander of the «Knights of the Blood». She has «Mastered» her cooking skill and agrees to cook the meat for him at her house for the price of giving her half the meat. After leaving Agil’s shop, Asuna tells her «KoB» bodyguard that she will be leaving for the day, however her bodyguard, Kuradeel, is unhappy with the idea. After recognizing Kirito as a «Beater», he directs his anger at him and shouts harsh comments about him in front of Asuna. Disgusted with Kuradeel’s actions, Asuna refuses to hear another word from him and leaves with Kirito.Asuna’s house is in the main city of the 61st floor: «Selmburg». While Kirito relaxes and watches the chef in action, Asuna prepares the meal with the «Ragout Meat». After enjoying the gourmet rabbit stew simulated by the «Taste Reproduction Engine», Kirito and Asuna discuss how the players have started to get used to their new daily lives in the SAO world. Asuna tries to get Kirito to start fighting in a group, but Kirito resists, saying that other players will be more of a hindrance to him. Asuna later persuades Kirito into partnering with her again after so long so she can reevaluate his swordsmanship. Kirito is reluctant but still accepts Asuna’s offer in the end, and they part ways for the day.
At 9:00 in the morning, a tired Kirito waits for Asuna at their designated meeting place on the 74th floor main city, «Kamdet». He suddenly collides with Asuna, who had used a «Teleport Crystal» and accidentally gropes Asuna's breast, causing her to send him flying. It is revealed that she had appeared while running away from Kuradeel who was following her. Kuradeel is greatly displeased with Asuna’s latest actions and wants her to return to the «KoB» headquarters. Kirito intervenes and this angers Kuradeel, who challenges Kirito to a 1-on-1 duel — which Kirito easily wins by breaking Kuradeel’s first sword. Kuradeel tries to attack Kirito again by using another sword, but this time the «KoB» vice-commander, Asuna intervenes and orders Kuradeel to return to their base in «Grandum», relieving him of guard duty. She apologizes to Kirito and then they both leave to fight at the front lines.
While mapping the 74th floor dungeon, Kirito witnesses Asuna’s swordsmanship in their battles against the monsters and thoroughly recognizes how she earned the title of the «Lightning Flash». They soon come across an eerie looking door and realize that it leads to the boss' room. They take a peek inside with «Teleport Crystals» at the ready. Inside they find the demon-like boss of the 74th floor: «The Gleam Eyes».
- Teleport Crystal
- Lambent Light
Known Sword SkillsEdit
- Horizontal Square - Kirito
- Weapon Break - Kirito
- Star Splash - Asuna
- Vertical Square - Kirito
- Avalanche - Kuradeel
- Adapted from Volume 1 Chapters 1, 5,6,7 and 9
- In the novel, Kuradeel did not take out a second weapon when dueling with Kirito and also made a comment of wanting to kill Kirito.
- Kirito and Asuna's encounter with the Battalion from «The Army» was omitted.