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I suppressed a chuckle. Sheila was all but hidden under a mop of black-coloured bed-head, the only indication she was awake being the hand that rubbed at her dark-brown eyes. Elise, meanwhile, managed to look at least somewhat dignified. She was up and alert, hair combed to neatness, in under a minute.
~ Excerpt from SAOK: The Business of Grinding, giving an example of one difference between the twins.
Akiye Tanaka
Personal Info
Real Name Akiye Tanaka
Kanji 秋江田中
Age 12
Gender Female
Height 136 cm (4'5½")
Weight 31 kg (68 lbs.)
Family Momoko (twin)
Player Profile
Display Name Sheila
Kanji (Display) 詩蘭
VR Played «Sword Art Online»
Occupation Crafter
Affiliation «Brightscale»
Status Alive
Appears In «Sword Art Online (Kenji)»

Akiye Tanaka (秋江田中), known by the username Sheila (詩蘭), was one of the 10,000 players trapped in «Sword Art Online». She was a founding member of a Clearer guild called «Brightscale» and supported her friends as a crafter. In-game Akiye ran the «Brightscale Smithy». Her twin sister was Momoko.

Akiye served as a frequently used supporting character in the author's work, especially in chapters focusing on Fujimaru Nakamura's point-of-view.


Akiye is a petite dark-haired girl with a cheery disposition.[1] Shortly after joining Kenji she wore crafting gear similar to a standard civilian NPC.[2] When not crafting however Akiye has appeared with a different outfit almost every day, which were made by Momoko whilst levelling her «Sewing» Skill.[3]


The initial clothing she wore in Aincrad consisted of a plain woolen top, leather trousers, and plain black boots. Kenji noted this outfit to be entirely store-bought.[1]

At Kenji's insistence the twins adopted battle-centric equipment whenever they were questing with him. This consisted of a tunic with a protective metallic breast plate, a studded leather skirt, cloth leggings, and fur-lined boots and gloves. The suit was completed with a ridiculous looking brown leather cap.[2]

One of her outfits is a yellow tunic that extends to thigh-level, which is usually paired with a pair of white three-quarter length trousers, and a pair of sandals. She wore this outfit when she met Fujimaru on the 3rd Floor and quested with him on the 2nd Floor.[4]

Another is an eye-catching scarlet T-shirt with a protective padded leather chest, three quarter-lengths trousers, and stout leather boots designed for field work. In addition, she wore a flower in her hair. This was the outfit she wore when she had a picnic with Fujimaru on the 4th Floor.[3]


Akiye's casual guild uniform, alongside Fujimaru.

Seemingly in response to Kusaka's venting regarding the weight of the Tanking equipment his role required him to wear,[5] Momoko created a casual uniform rather than a strict battle uniform, allowing for the members of «Brightscale» to exhibit their own unique appearance when questing. The uniform she settled on was distinctly Eastern in design and consisted of a black-coloured kimono, white shitagi, black hakama, white ōbi, white tabi, waraji, and a simple armband with the «Brightscale» insignia emblazoned on its surface.[6] These uniforms were in use by the members of «Brightscale» by the 22nd of December 2022.[7] As a continuation of Kenji's insistence on protective equipment when the twins party up with him, Akiye wore several «Throwing Pick's» attached to her ōbi, whilst her shitagi was more thoroughly padded than those worn by her guild-mates.


Although she is just as energetic as her sister Akiye would be slightly more reserved, but is generally much more assertive in her opinions. She actually tried to defend herself from Loki prior to Kenji's interference.[1] Although twins, the girls have their share of differences, just as they have a long list of similarities. Akiye would be more observant than Momoko, wouldn't be as quick to leap without looking, and is usually the twin Kenji contacts when using the in-game messenger.[8] Akiye, unlike Monoko, is not a morning person, with Kenji comically asking her if she was lost under the combination of bed-hair and blankets.[2]

In the wake of Loki's attempted robbery the girls came to greatly depend on Kenji; to the point they initially could not sleep without having him nearby, and found trusting others outside his core group difficult.[2] Despite the impact Loki made on her capacity to trust others Akiye managed to befriend Ino Choyo, whom the twins subsequently introduced to Kenji.[9] She likewise befriended Fujimaru Nakamura of her own volition without any suggestions from her peers.[10] Notably, Akiye flourished under the care of the core «Brightscale» members, regaining much of the confidence she lost courtesy of the episode with Loki. She learned from the dual examples of Kenji and Ino, developed a friendly relationship with Airi,[8] and saw in Yoshiro a parental figure.[3] By the time «Brightscale» was established as an official guild Akiye had an impressive customer-base and product knowledge, with a degree of quiet confidence when conducting business.[11]

Her relationship with Fujimaru was particularly noteworthy. She was the first person other than Fujimaru's grandparents to compliment his snow-white hair.[4] She liked spending time with him and got defensive when teased about this by Yoshiro, and was initially somewhat hesitant and awkward when Fujimaru revealed he had prepared a picnic for them. With help from Yoshiro however the two got past their awkwardness and bonded over a shared love of music.[3]

Akiye is a fan of Disney's animated films, specifically Frozen and Moana. When she first met Kenji's friends she walked in on an impromptu party celebrating Kusaka and Sojiro reuniting, and sung various Disney songs alongside her sister.[1]



Main article -- Sword Art Online (Kenji).

Aincard arc

Part I

Inbetweeners I

Part II


Stat Value Time
Level 4.[1] December 6th, 2022.[1]
Level 6.[2] Evening of December 7th, 2022.[2]
Level 12.[Notes 1] In the time between December 7th and December 15th.[9]



Name Type Acquisition Notes
«Throwing Picks» Throwing Blade Bought by Kenji and given to Akiye on the morning of December 7th.[2] Used only when questing or farming mobs with Kenji.[2]


Name Type Acquisition Notes
«Heirloom Hammer» Crafting Gear Acquired as a rare drop from a «Bandit Tailor» on December 6th 2022, by Kenji and given to Akiye.[1] Comparable to shop-bought gear found on the 3rd Floor.[1]
«Portable Forge» Crafting Gear Shop-bought.[9] Purchased after hitting level 12 and acquiring the «Blacksmith» Skill.[9]


Name Type Acquisition Notes
«Unnamed Agility earring» Earring Received December 19th 2022,[9] as a reward for the «Jade Key» quest.[12] Grants +1 to Agility.[12]
«Sigil of Lyusula» Ring Received between December 26th and December 29th 2022,[9] from Yofilis, after the completion of the «Shipwright of Yore» quest.[13] Allows access to «Dark Elf» areas.[13]
Increases Skill proficiency gain.[12]
Grants +1 to Agility.[13]


Name Type Acquisition Notes
«Vendor's Carpet» Mercantile mat Early Christmas present from Kenji.[9] Acquired after hitting level 12 and acquiring the «Blacksmith» Skill.[11]


Akiye is a non-combatant. Instead of serving a battlefield role she supports her friends with crafting and maintenance.[14] When questing or farming with Kenji, however, she uses «Throwing Picks» to lightly injure a monster to increase her experience yield.[2]

Her initial skills included «Heavy Metal Armour Forging» and «Light Metal Armour Forging».[1] Her third skill, acquired during intensive questing and monster-farming whilst partying with Kenji, was «Metal Refining».[2] She reached her fourth skill slot in the time between December 7th and December 15th, with her fourth skill being «Blacksmith».[9]

By the time «Brightscale» was established as an official guild, Akiye had built an impressive customer-base and product knowledge. Kenji's gift of a Vendor's Carpet allowed her to set up a shop in any safe-zone when her combat-focused comrades were questing or farming.[11]

Sword Art Online

Heavy Metal Armour Forging Light Metal Armour Forging Metal Refining Blacksmith
168 / 1000
127 / 1000
120 / 1000
100 / 1000

Author's notes

Behind the scenes

  • Akiye's height and weight measurements, including physical appearance, is modelled on Karin Kurosaki from Bleach.


References & notes



  1. Akiye managed to craft the «Crimson Tide» for Sojiro sometime between the 15th and 17th of December. Since she also crafted light-metal and heavy-metal armor for the other members of «Brightscale» she did not remove any existing skills. The only way she could have forged the «Crimson Tide» was if she reached level 12, gained her fourth skill slot, and slotted «Blacksmith» in her fourth Skill slot.
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