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'''Kenji Hiroshi''' (健児博), known by the username '''Kishi''' (輝士) in various online games, was one of the original {{SAO|Beta Tester|beta testers}} for «{{SAO|Sword Art Online}}», where he was referred to as and feared as the '''Reaper''' (刈り手). He subsequently became one of the 10,000 players {{SAO|Aincrad Arc|trapped within the game}} when it was officially launched. In addition he was viewed as a "{{SAO|Beater|dirty Beater}}" by some. Kenji led a {{SAO|Clearer}} {{SAO|Guild|guild}} called «[[Brightscale]]». Prior to his imprisonment in the game Kenji was a {{W|Gamer#Professional gamer|professional gamer}} in real-life with an avid fan-base. He is known to have a sister and two young nieces.
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'''Kenji Hiroshi''' (健児博), known by the username '''Kishi''' (輝士) in various online games, was one of the original {{SAO|Beta Tester|beta testers}} for «{{SAO|Sword Art Online}}», where he was referred to as and feared as the '''Reaper''' (刈り手). He subsequently became one of the 10,000 players {{SAO|Aincrad Arc|trapped within the game}} when it was officially launched. In addition, he was viewed as a "{{SAO|Beater|dirty Beater}}" by some. Kenji led a {{SAO|Clearer}} {{SAO|Guild|guild}} called «[[Brightscale]]». He was the eventual owner of the «[[Sanguine Sword]]» {{SAO|Unique Skill}}.
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Alongside [[Fujimaru Nakamura]] he is one of the author's [[Sword Art Online (Kenji)|point-of-view]] characters.
   
 
== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
Kenji was a fair-featured man in his mid-twenties during the SAO Incident with aqua-green eyes.<ref name="SAOK: Roving Rovia">''[[SAOK: Roving Rovia]]''</ref> His initial avatar was slightly taller and more muscular than his real-life appearance, with shoulder-length black hair. In real-life -- and the official release of SAO -- Kenji sports a toned physique and stood at 6ft tall, with only Yoshiro being taller of the initial «Brightscale» membership.<ref group=Notes>Yoshiro is 188cm (6'2") tall.</ref> The only constant between his avatars where hair colour and length: Kenji preferred his natural style, which was several messy-looking spikes atop his head, whilst the back reached roughly to shoulder-length.
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Kenji was a fair-featured man in his mid-twenties during the SAO Incident with aqua-green eyes.<ref name="SAOK: Roving Rovia">''[[SAOK: Roving Rovia]]''</ref> In real-life, and the official release of SAO, Kenji sports a toned physique and stood at 6ft (ca. 183 cm) tall, with only Yoshiro being the taller of the initial «Brightscale» membership.<ref group=Notes>Yoshiro is 188 cm (6'2" (ca. 188 cm)) tall.</ref> His initial avatar was slightly taller and more muscular than his real-life appearance, with shoulder-length black hair. The only constant between his avatars where hair colour and length: Kenji preferred his natural style, which was several messy-looking spikes atop his head, whilst the back reached roughly to shoulder-length. [[Momoko]] was known to style his hair into what [[Fujimaru Nakamura|Fujimaru]] dubbed "the Kishi do-over".<ref name="Inbetweeners I">''[[SAOK: Inbetweeners I]]''</ref>
   
As far as equipment went Kenji initially wore minimalist protective gear to maximise his evasion rather than focusing on defensive coverage.<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus">''[[SAOK: The Eventful Taurus]]''</ref> His equipment consisted mostly of leather jackets and worn leather trousers, with a single piece of protective metal guarding his heart and lungs, with an emphasis on damage-over-protection.<ref name="Brightscale roles">''[[Brightscale#Members|Brightscale Roles]]''</ref> He didn't place as much focus on armor than he did weaponry and thus the majority of his early armor was shop-bought gear, whilst his weapon was a [[Scimitar (Kenji)|yellow-bladed curved-sword with a bar-shaped guard enhanced to +4]].<ref name="Scimitar">''[[Scimitar (Kenji)#Appearance|Scimitar appearance]]''</ref><ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings">''[[SAOK: Unexpected Meetings]]''</ref>
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When activating his «Searching» Skill Kenji's already greenish eye-colour began to glow green, a result of the system enhancing his vision.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings">''[[SAOK: Unexpected Meetings]]''</ref><ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales">''[[SAOK: The Karma Scales]]''</ref>
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As far as his early equipment was concerned Kenji initially wore minimalist protective gear to maximize his evasion rather than focusing on defensive coverage.<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus">''[[SAOK: The Eventful Taurus]]''</ref> His equipment consisted mostly of leather jackets and worn leather trousers, with a single piece of protective metal guarding his heart and lungs, with an emphasis on damage-over-protection.<ref name="Brightscale roles">''[[Brightscale#Members|Brightscale Roles]]''</ref> He didn't place as much focus on armour than he did weaponry and thus the majority of his early armour was shop-bought gear,<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /> whilst his weapon was a [[Scimitar (Kenji)|yellow-bladed curved-sword with a bar-shaped guard enhanced to +4]], which he carried at his waist in a black sheath.<ref name="Scimitar">''[[Scimitar (Kenji)#Appearance|Scimitar appearance]]''</ref> He was known to wear a long leather coat when venturing outside.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
   
 
=== Cardiophylax ===
 
=== Cardiophylax ===
It wasn't until [[Akiye]] forged the «[[Cardiophylax (Kenji)|Cardiophylax]]» that Kenji began balancing ease-of-movement and protection, whilst adopting a unique appearance. The entire suit appeared to be based on gladiatorial equipment with a mixture of classical Hoplite depictions.<ref name="SAOK: The Moneymaking Crusade">''[[SAOK: The Moneymaking Crusade]]''</ref> He predominately wore his «Scimitar» on the waist. When [[SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum|experimenting]] with dual-wielding however he also wore his «Pale Edge» on the same side, with the sheaths crossing in a manner similar to the {{W|Samurai}}'s method of carrying {{W|Daishō|daishō}}.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum">''[[SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum]]''</ref>
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It wasn't until [[Akiye]] forged the «[[Cardiophylax (Kenji)|Cardiophylax]]» that Kenji began balancing ease-of-movement and protection, whilst adopting a unique appearance. The entire suit appeared to be based on gladiatorial equipment with a mixture of classical Hoplite depictions.<ref name="SAOK: The Moneymaking Crusade">''[[SAOK: The Moneymaking Crusade]]''</ref> He predominantly wore his «Scimitar» on the waist. When [[SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum|experimenting]] with dual-wielding however he also wore his «Pale Edge» on the same side, with the sheaths crossing in a manner similar to the {{W|Samurai}}'s method of carrying {{W|Daishō|daishō}}.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum">''[[SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum]]''</ref> The «Scimitar» and «Pale Edge» were replaced as his primary and secondary weapons by «[[Razer (Kenji)|Razer]]». This one-handed curved sword had the hilt of a {{W|Katana|katana}} and a long, thick blade that ended with a curved, massive tip.<ref name="Razer appearance">''[[Razer (Kenji)#Appearance|Razer appearance]]''</ref>
   
 
The «Cardiophylax» incorporated three slots. The neck slot and upper-body slot, similar in function to a gorget, focused its protection on the central chest-area and throat. It primarily safeguarded the lungs and heart, with an accompanying shoulder-guard on the left shoulder that extended down to shield his off-hand bicep. The waist slot featured several strips of studded leather that descended to cover his knees and hips, appearing similar to a skirt. Between the metal of the chest-piece and Kenji's skin was a layer of hardened leather. A good portion of his upper torso, including the outside area of the pectoral muscles and his entire right-shoulder, possessed lesser protection than the main cardiovascular areas. The upper-body from the base of the pectorals to the beginning of the waist was unprotected.<ref name="Cardiophylax appearance">''[[Cardiophylax (Kenji)#Appearance|Cardiophylax appearance]]''</ref>
 
The «Cardiophylax» incorporated three slots. The neck slot and upper-body slot, similar in function to a gorget, focused its protection on the central chest-area and throat. It primarily safeguarded the lungs and heart, with an accompanying shoulder-guard on the left shoulder that extended down to shield his off-hand bicep. The waist slot featured several strips of studded leather that descended to cover his knees and hips, appearing similar to a skirt. Between the metal of the chest-piece and Kenji's skin was a layer of hardened leather. A good portion of his upper torso, including the outside area of the pectoral muscles and his entire right-shoulder, possessed lesser protection than the main cardiovascular areas. The upper-body from the base of the pectorals to the beginning of the waist was unprotected.<ref name="Cardiophylax appearance">''[[Cardiophylax (Kenji)#Appearance|Cardiophylax appearance]]''</ref>
   
He accompanied the «Cardiophylax» with mismatched gloves, boots and leg armor offering a number of effects. The boots where predominately leather and fashioned in the form of {{W|Caligae|caligae}} with a lightweight metal shin-guard,<ref name="Martial Arts Leg Guards appearance">''[[Martial Arts Leg Guards (Kenji)#Appearance|Martial Arts Leg Guards appearance]]''</ref> whilst the gloves consisted of tanned leather. The trousers where simple cloth that provided bonuses to jumping and swimming.<ref name="Oxen Cloth Trousers appearance">''[[Oxen Cloth Trousers (Kenji)#Appearance|Oxen Cloth Trousers appearance]]''</ref>
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He accompanied the «Cardiophylax» with mismatched gloves, boots and leg armour offering a number of effects. The boots were predominantly leather and fashioned in the form of {{W|Caligae|caligae}} with a lightweight metal shin-guard designed to boost the strength of the «Martial Arts» Skill,<ref name="Martial Arts Leg Guards appearance">''[[Martial Arts Leg Guards (Kenji)#Appearance|Martial Arts Leg Guards appearance]]''</ref> whilst the trousers where simple cloth that provided bonuses to jumping and swimming.<ref name="Oxen Cloth Trousers appearance">''[[Oxen Cloth Trousers (Kenji)#Appearance|Oxen Cloth Trousers appearance]]''</ref> The gloves that completed the set were acquired on the 5th Floor as the {{SAO|Last Attack|LA bonus}} from the «Armoured Revenant» from the «[[Dead Woods Mausoleum]]»,<ref name="SAOK: Braving the Depths">''[[SAOK: Braving the Depths]]''</ref> which provided a boost to Agility when worn.<ref name="SAOK: New Year Resolutions">''[[SAOK: New Year Resolutions]]''</ref>
   
 
== Personality ==
 
== Personality ==
{{Quote|You're going to disappear.<br>"And if I don't?"<br>"I go orange and you turn into polygons. Either way you disappear.|Kenji and Loki prior to their duel.}}
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Kenji is generally laid-back and non-confrontational and is noted to be calmer and more relaxed than his guild-mate [[Kusaka Kori|Kusaka]].<ref name="Brightscale dynamics">''[[Brightscale#Teams|Brightscale Teams]]''</ref> Despite this attitude he quickly intervened when Loki attacked [[Momoko]] and admitted aloud himself that he would happily go orange over the whole situation; to the point he threatened Loki's life.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> Unsurprisingly Kenji's actions instantly earned him Momoko's and Akiye's trust. Loki's actions frightened the girls to the degree that they couldn't initially sleep without knowing Kenji was nearby, and his laid-back and carefree nature allowed him to accept their dependency on him in good spirits.<ref name="SAOK: The Business of Grinding">''[[SAOK: The Business of Grinding]]''</ref> This evolved as he spent time with them and Kenji came to develop something of a parental instinct when it came to the girls and swelled with pride whenever he saw them succeed.<ref name="SAOK: The Moneymaking Crusade" /> Per the beginning of 2023 the twins viewed Kenji as a father-like figure,<ref name="SAOK: New Year Resolutions" /> whilst the players at large were under the impression that he was their elder brother.<ref name="Inbetweeners I" />
Kenji is generally laid-back and non-confrontational and is noted to be calmer and more relaxed than his guild-mate [[Kusaka Kori|Kusaka]].<ref name="Brightscale dynamics">''[[Brightscale#Teams|Brightscale Teams]]''</ref> Despite this attitude he quickly intervened when Loki attacked [[Momoko]] and [[Akiye]] and admitted aloud himself that he would happily go orange over the whole situation; to the point he threatened Loki's life.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales">''[[SAOK: The Karma Scales]]''</ref> Unsurprisingly Kenji's actions instantly earned him Momoko's and Akiye's trust. Loki's actions frightened the girls to the degree that they couldn't initially sleep without knowing Kenji was nearby, and his laid-back and carefree nature allowed him to accept their dependency on him in good spirits.<ref name="SAOK: The Business of Grinding">''[[SAOK: The Business of Grinding]]''</ref> This evolved as he spent time with them and Kenji came to develop something of a parental instinct when it came to the girls and swelled with pride whenever he saw them succeed.<ref name="SAOK: The Moneymaking Crusade" />
 
   
In social settings he is generally seen as an older-brother type by other players, has been described as "the soul of the party", and is generally approachable.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /> He enjoys poking fun, especially amongst his friends, but has quickly learned not to push his antics too far with [[Airi Natsume|Airi]], who often reprimands him with a quick stomp.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier">''[[SAOK: Pushing the Frontier]]''</ref> In addition he is generous. Despite a non-enhanced Anneal Blade going for around 16,000 {{SAO|Cor|cor}} shortly after the 2nd Floor was opened,<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> Kenji gave the sword to [[Yoshiro Kazuki|Yoshiro]] for free because it was far superior to the sword he currently wielded.<ref name="SAOK: The Business of Grinding" />
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Kenji had a soft-spot for his initial «Bronze Sabre» because it carried him through his first days in SAO, and he refused to sell it. The weapon served as Kenji's last resort against the «Armoured Revenant» on the 5th Floor. Kenji landed the LA Bonus with his old blade, and silently thanked it afterward.<ref name="SAOK: Braving the Depths" />
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In social settings he is generally seen as an older-brother type by other players, has been described as "the soul of the party", and is generally approachable.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /> He enjoys poking fun, especially amongst his friends, but has quickly learned not to push his antics too far with [[Airi Natsume|Airi]], who often reprimands him with a quick stomp.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier">''[[SAOK: Pushing the Frontier]]''</ref> Despite how Airi, and Kenji interacted it became apparent that they began seeing each other as more than just friends.<ref name="SAOK: The Business of Grinding" /><ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> By the end of 2022 the two were actively dating.<ref name="SAOK: New Year Resolutions" /> In addition, he is generous. Despite a non-enhanced Anneal Blade going for around 16,000 {{SAO|Cor|cor}} shortly after the 2nd Floor was opened,<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> Kenji gave the sword to [[Yoshiro Kazuki|Yoshiro]] for free because it was far superior to the sword he currently wielded.<ref name="SAOK: The Business of Grinding" /> He also gifted Airi two pieces of armour to heighten her armour-value without impacting on her Agility-focused build.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" />
   
 
Following the battle with Event Boss [[Zagan the Exile]] on the 2nd Floor Kenji, impressed by Kusaka's leadership of the party, suggested he should lead their eventual guild. Kusaka, however, declined; he informed Kenji that a "people-person" like Kenji was more suited to the role.<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus" /> Despite Kusaka's confidence in him Kenji at first struggled with the added responsibility of his newfound role but was heartened by his companions attitudes.<ref name="SAOK: Roving Rovia" />
 
Following the battle with Event Boss [[Zagan the Exile]] on the 2nd Floor Kenji, impressed by Kusaka's leadership of the party, suggested he should lead their eventual guild. Kusaka, however, declined; he informed Kenji that a "people-person" like Kenji was more suited to the role.<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus" /> Despite Kusaka's confidence in him Kenji at first struggled with the added responsibility of his newfound role but was heartened by his companions attitudes.<ref name="SAOK: Roving Rovia" />
   
When dueling, however, Kenji becomes cold and calculating. He ruthlessly deprived Loki of his sword-arm and primary weapon during their Half Loss duel and told the man directly after being victorious that he wouldn't mind going orange if it meant teaching people like him a lesson.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
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=== Professional gaming ===
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{{Quote|This wasn’t exactly easy to explain because it was a matter of exploiting the primary systems employed as part of Sword Art Online’s combat engine to achieve an unfair advantage. This particular kind of exploit wasn’t unheard-of in the gaming industry, but Sword Art Online was uncharted territory. The world’s very first VRMMORPG.|Excerpt from [[SAOK: Pushing the Frontier]], were Kenji muses on an exploit.}}
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In the real-world Kenji made his money as a professional gamer.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /> This aspect of his life has seeped into his everyday interactions in Aincard, especially with Airi, whom he often has to explain game-related terms to.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> He admits to being something of a know it all and his close friends have taken to teasing him regarding his many explanations.<ref name="SAOK: The Business of Grinding" />
   
On the 2nd Floor it became apparent that Kenji and Airi began seeing each other as more than just friends.<ref name="SAOK: The Business of Grinding" /><ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" />
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Outside of conversations this profession has yielded a unique mind-set. Kenji was constantly striving to test the limits of the system and those of his avatar, find exploits to increase his survival chances, and find ways to use the system assist in ways it wasn't intended. He has used his Agility and Strength stats to effectively run along walls,<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> find a round-about-method of dual-wielding,<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" /> and even chain a «Martial Arts» skill following a successful curved Sword Skill.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> This exploit became a cornerstone of his overall fighting style.<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus" />
   
=== Professional gaming ===
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=== Reaper persona ===
In the real-world Kenji made his money as a professional gamer. In SAO this yielded a unique mind-set. He was constantly striving to test the limits of the system and those of his avatar, find exploits to increase his survival chances, and find ways to use the system assist in ways it wasn't intended. He has used his Agility and Strength stats to effectively run along walls,<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> find a round-about-method of dual-wielding,<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" /> and even chain a «Martial Arts» skill following a successful curved Sword Skill.<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus" />
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{{Quote|I seriously hoped he stayed away. I had spent a great deal of time last night doing some soul-searching and the results scared the absolute hell out of me. Because apparently I was the kind of person who could contemplate murder and find the entire scenario perfectly justified.|Excerpt from [[SAOK: The Business of Grinding]], were Kenji muses on the subject of murder.}}
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Kenji can quickly do an about-face in terms of personality, specifically when he duels,<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> becomes aggressive, or is otherwise annoyed.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /><ref name="SAOK: New Year Resolutions" />
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When it comes to survival he does not hesitate to kill, even if his opponent should be another player.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> He did, however, struggle with this aspect of his personality. Kenji admitted that his soul-searching scared the absolute hell out of him because, apparently, he was the kind of person who could justify the murder of another person.<ref name="SAOK: The Business of Grinding" /> He was aware of how uncomfortable the topic of player-killing was in the official release of Sword Art Online and went out of his way to avoid talking about his activities in the beta.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" />
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In a duel Kenji becomes cold and calculating, something even his closest friends have observed.<ref name="Inbetweeners I" /> He ruthlessly deprived Loki of his sword-arm and primary weapon during their «Half Loss» duel and told the man directly after being victorious that he wouldn't mind going orange if it meant teaching people like him a lesson.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> He has likewise expressed considerable knowledge regarding the killing of other players from his time in the beta, which hasn't always been warmly accepted even amongst his closest allies.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" />
   
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
=== SAO Beta test ===
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Kenji grew up on {{W|Izu Ōshima}}, which was one of the volcanic islands of the {{W|Izu Islands|Izu Peninsula}}, and described himself as an "island boy".<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> He has a sister and is an uncle to two girls, whom [[Momoko]] and [[Akiye]] reminded him of.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> Kenji has been friends with [[Kusaka Kori]] for years, having known him since the two were in school, and remained close even when they progressed through adulthood.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" />
Kenji was part of the beta test for Sword Art Online. During his adventures on the 1st Floor he discovered an alpha Dire Wolf mob near Tolbana that dropped a [[Dire Wolf Claws (Kenji)|set of claws]].<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /> He was also one of very few beta testers who discovered the existence of the «Martial Arts» Extra Skill and it took him close to four days to complete it.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" />
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Kenji was a beta tester for the worlds very first {{SAO|VRMMORPG}}, {{SAO|Sword Art Online}}, alongside Kusaka.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /> He was a prolific player-killer during the beta test and was, alongside {{SAO|Argo}}, one of the few testers to discover the existence of the «{{SAO|Martial Arts quest|Martial Arts}}» {{SAO|Extra Skill}}. Unlike Argo, who failed to complete the quest and was branded with whiskers for the remainder of the beta test which eventually became her trademark in the official launch,<ref name="PV1I">{{SAO|Reason for the Whiskers|Progressive Volume 1, Intermission - Reason for the Whiskers}}</ref> Kenji succeeded after a four-day period with help from a «{{SAO|Trembling Ox}}».<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" />
   
 
== Synopsis ==
 
== Synopsis ==
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=== Aincard arc ===
 
=== Aincard arc ===
==== 2022 ====
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==== Part I ====
 
*[[SAOK: Unexpected Meetings]]
 
*[[SAOK: Unexpected Meetings]]
 
*[[SAOK: Pushing the Frontier]]
 
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*[[SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum]]
 
*[[SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum]]
 
*[[SAOK: Roving Rovia]]
 
*[[SAOK: Roving Rovia]]
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*[[SAOK: Braving the Depths]]
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*[[SAOK: New Year Resolutions]]
   
==== 2023 ====
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*[[SAOK: Inbetweeners I]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
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*[[SAOK: Inbetweeners III]] <small>(mentioned)</small>
   
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== Stats ==
 
== Stats ==
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| align="center" |Level
 
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| align="center" |12.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /><br>
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| align="center" |12.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" />
| align="center" |December 4, 2022.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /><ref group=Notes>Events depicted in [[SAOK: Unexpected Meetings]] are stated to occur four weeks into the official release of SAO. This would coincide with the fight against the 1st Floor boss {{SAO|Illfang the Kobold Lord}}.</ref>
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| align="center" |December 3rd, 2022.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" />
 
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| align="center" |14.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
 
| align="center" |14.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
| align="center" |December 6, 2022.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
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| align="center" |December 6th, 2022.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
 
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| align="center" |«Unnamed curved sword»
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| align="center" |«Bronze Sabre»
 
| align="center" |One-Handed Curved Sword
 
| align="center" |One-Handed Curved Sword
 
| align="center" |Initial Equipment
 
| align="center" |Initial Equipment
| align="center" |Eventually replaced by a Scimitar before December 4, 2022.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" />
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| align="center" |Upgraded to +1 (1S) before his acquisition of the «Scimitar».<ref name="SAOK: Braving the Depths" /><br>Eventually replaced by a Scimitar before December 3rd, 2022.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /><br>Temporarily used as a last resort in the boss battle against the «Armoured Revenant» on the 5th Floor [[Dead Woods Mausoleum|sub-dungeon]] on the 30th December, 2022.<ref name="SAOK: Braving the Depths" />
 
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| align="center" |«[[Scimitar (Kenji)|Scimitar]]»
 
| align="center" |«[[Scimitar (Kenji)|Scimitar]]»
 
| align="center" |One-Handed Curved Sword
 
| align="center" |One-Handed Curved Sword
| align="center" |Received as a rare monster drop on the {{SAO|1st Floor}} sometime before December 4, 2022.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" />
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| align="center" |Received as a rare monster drop on the {{SAO|1st Floor}} sometime before December 3rd, 2022.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" />
| align="center" |Upgraded to +4 (3S1D)<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> before December 4, 2022.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /><br>Upgraded to +8 (5S3D) between December 15th & 17th.<ref name="SAOK Timeline">''[[User:Kenji Hiroshi#Timeline|SAOK Timeline]]''</ref>
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| align="center" |Upgraded to +4 (3S1D)<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> before December 3rd, 2022.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /><br>Upgraded to +8 (5S3D) between December 15th & 17th.<ref name="SAOK Timeline">''[[SAOK Timeline]]''</ref><br>Given to Akiye to be reforged on December 30th.<ref name="SAOK: Braving the Depths" /><br>Converted into a «Razor Ingot» on the 31st of December, 2022, and used to create the «[[Razer (Kenji)|Razer]]».<ref name="SAOK: New Year Resolutions" />
 
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| align="center" |«{{SAO|Anneal Blade}}»
 
| align="center" |«{{SAO|Anneal Blade}}»
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| align="center" |One-Handed Curved Sword
 
| align="center" |One-Handed Curved Sword
 
| align="center" |Received on December 10th, 2022, where it languished in Kenji's inventory until December 22nd, 2022.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" />
 
| align="center" |Received on December 10th, 2022, where it languished in Kenji's inventory until December 22nd, 2022.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" />
| align="center" |Upgraded to +4 in the early hours of December 22nd, 2022, and used to experiment with dual-wielding.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" />
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| align="center" |Upgraded to +4 in the early hours of December 22nd 2022, and used to experiment with dual-wielding.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" /><br>Broken in the «[[Dead Woods Mausoleum]]» by the boss of the dungeon.<ref name="SAOK: Braving the Depths" /><br>Repaired and converted into base materials for use in the forging of «[[Razer (Kenji)|Razer]]».<ref name="SAOK: New Year Resolutions" />
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| align="center" |«[[Razer (Kenji)|Razer]]»
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| align="center" |One-Handed Curved Sword
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| align="center" |Player-made by [[Akiye]] on December 31st 2022, using materials from Kenji's «Scimitar» and «Pale Edge».<ref name="SAOK: New Year Resolutions" />
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| align="center" |Player-made for Kenji by [[Momoko]] using left-over material from «Zagan the Exile».<ref name="SAOK Timeline" />
 
| align="center" |Player-made for Kenji by [[Momoko]] using left-over material from «Zagan the Exile».<ref name="SAOK Timeline" />
 
| align="center" |Enhances the damage caused by «Martial Arts» Sword Skills.<ref name="Martial">''[[Martial Arts Leg Guards (Kenji)#Attributes|Martial Arts Leg Guards attributes]]''</ref><br>Increases «Martial Arts» skill proficiency gain.<ref name="Martial" />
 
| align="center" |Enhances the damage caused by «Martial Arts» Sword Skills.<ref name="Martial">''[[Martial Arts Leg Guards (Kenji)#Attributes|Martial Arts Leg Guards attributes]]''</ref><br>Increases «Martial Arts» skill proficiency gain.<ref name="Martial" />
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| align="center" |«Gloves of the Defiant»
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| align="center" |Gloves
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| align="center" |{{SAO|Last Attack|LA Bonus}} from the «Armored Revenant» of the «[[Dead Woods Mausoleum]]».<ref name="SAOK: Braving the Depths" />
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| align="center" |Grants +5 to Agility.<ref name="SAOK: New Year Resolutions" />
 
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| align="center" |Received December 19th, 2022,<ref name="SAOK Timeline" /> as a reward for the «Jade Key» quest.<ref name="PV2ConcertoP2">''{{SAO|Concerto of Black and White|Progressive Volume 2, Concerto of Black and White, Part 2}}''</ref>
 
| align="center" |Received December 19th, 2022,<ref name="SAOK Timeline" /> as a reward for the «Jade Key» quest.<ref name="PV2ConcertoP2">''{{SAO|Concerto of Black and White|Progressive Volume 2, Concerto of Black and White, Part 2}}''</ref>
 
| align="center" |Grants +1 to Strength.<ref name="PV2ConcertoP2"/>
 
| align="center" |Grants +1 to Strength.<ref name="PV2ConcertoP2"/>
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| align="center" |«Sigil of Lyusula»
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| align="center" |Ring
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| align="center" |Received between December 26th and December 29th 2022,<ref name="SAOK Timeline" /> from {{SAO|Yofilis}}, after the completion of the «{{SAO|Shipwright of Yore}}» quest.<ref name=PV3BarcarolleP7>''{{SAO|Barcarolle of Froth|Progressive Volume 3, Barcarolle of Froth, Part 7}}''</ref>
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| align="center" |Allows access to «Dark Elf» areas.<ref name = PV3BarcarolleP7/><br>Increases Skill proficiency gain.<ref name="PV2ConcertoP2"/><br>Grants +1 to Agility.<ref name = PV3BarcarolleP7/>
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=== Items ===
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! style="background:{{Themecolor}}; color:#FFFFFF;" width="20%" |Type
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! style="background:{{Themecolor}}; color:#FFFFFF;" width="30%" |Acquisition
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! style="background:{{Themecolor}}; color:#FFFFFF;" width="30%" |Notes
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| align="center" |«Poison Vial»
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| align="center" |Poison
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| align="center" |Treasure chest reward in the «[[Dead Woods Mausoleum]]».<ref name="SAOK: New Year Resolutions" />
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| align="center" |Applied to a single weapon with a 1-hour duration. Provides a Level 2 Poison effect.<ref name="SAOK: New Year Resolutions" /><br>Refillable.<ref name="SAOK: New Year Resolutions" />
 
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|}
 
|}
   
 
== Skills ==
 
== Skills ==
During the beta he was renowned amongst the community for his dueling skills and surprise PK's. He has admitted to Asuka that he heavily experimented in this aspect of the game during the beta.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> Whilst he has attempted to distance himself from the title he earned due to the PKing he performed in the beta, it is no exaggeration that his duelling skills remained formidable even in the official release.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> Despite the act of dueling being incredibly dangerous in the official release Kenji frequently engaged in both Half Loss Mode and First Strike Mode, and is the recognised "Dueler" of «Brightscale».<ref name="Brightscale roles" />
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During the beta he was renowned amongst the community for his duelling skills and surprise PK's. He has admitted to Airi that he heavily experimented in this aspect of the game during the beta.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> Whilst he has attempted to distance himself from the title he earned due to the PKing he performed in the beta, it is no exaggeration to say that his duelling skills remained formidable even in the official release.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> Despite the act of duelling being incredibly dangerous in the official release Kenji frequently engaged in both Half Loss Mode and First Strike Mode, and is the recognized "Dueller" of «Brightscale».<ref name="Brightscale roles" />
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His duelling skills are so advanced that, during his first bout with [[Loki]], Kenji defeated him -- causing more than half of his HP worth of damage -- in only 4 seconds.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
   
In the official release Kenji uses an attack-focused build, prioritising Strength, and prefers the use of the «One-handed Curved Sword».<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /> As such he fills the role of party DPS.<ref name="Brightscale dynamics" /> Upon reaching the 2nd Floor he acquired the Extra Skill «Martial Arts» and immediately slotted it to his third skill slot.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> Thanks to the «Relaxed Equipment Conditions» mod of the «Martial Arts» skill he can use attacks from the «Martial Arts» skill-tree whilst equipped with a sword. He can likewise perform Sword Skills from the curved-sword category and immediately follow-up with a Sword Skill from the «Martial Arts» tree, allowing him to "skip" a post-motion delay by immediately transitioning into another Sword Skill.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
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In the official release Kenji uses an attack-focused build, prioritizing Strength, and prefers the use of the «One-handed Curved Sword».<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /> Due to his weaponry and focus Kenji is recognized as a DPS.<ref name="Brightscale dynamics" /> Upon reaching the 2nd Floor he acquired the Extra Skill «Martial Arts» and immediately slotted it to his third skill slot.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> Thanks to the «Relaxed Equipment Conditions» mod of the «Martial Arts» skill he can use attacks from the «Martial Arts» skill-tree whilst equipped with a sword. He can likewise perform Sword Skills from the curved-sword category and immediately follow-up with a Sword Skill from the «Martial Arts» tree, allowing him to "skip" a post-motion delay by immediately transitioning into another Sword Skill.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
   
Asuka and he prefer the use of various DoT's -- aided by a [[Ras Malai (Kenji)|food buff]] found in Urbus -- to inflict continual and sustainable damage on larger mobs, even during moments of post-motion delay.<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus" />
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Airi and he prefers the use of various DoT's -- aided by a [[Ras Malai (Kenji)|food buff]] found in Urbus -- to inflict continual and sustainable damage on larger mobs, even during moments of post-motion delay.<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus" /> He would further supplement this damage with poison effects from a vial obtained on the 5th Floor.<ref name="SAOK: New Year Resolutions" />
   
Kenji, by his own admission, experimented at length during the beta on how best to kill other players.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> One of these experiments was carried into the official release, and this was dual-wielding. Equipping two individual weapons at once places the wielder in an «Irregular Equipped State» that prevents the use of Sword Skills. Despite this Kenji could still launch Sword Skills from the «Martial Arts Tree» that utilised the legs solely. He could also simply «Drop» his off-hand weapon which would instantly remove the «Irregular Equipped State» and allow him to attack normally, though he admitted the entire technique was fraught with risks and prone to backfire.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" />
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Kenji, by his own admission, experimented at length during the beta on how best to perform PK’s on the player population.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> One of these experiments was carried into the official release, and this was dual-wielding. Equipping two individual weapons at once places the wielder in an «Irregular Equipped State» that prevents the use of Sword Skills. Despite this Kenji could still launch Sword Skills from the «Martial Arts Tree» that utilized the legs solely. He could also simply «Drop» his off-hand weapon which would instantly remove the «Irregular Equipped State» and allow him to attack normally, though he admitted the entire technique was fraught with risks and prone to backfire.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" />
   
 
Despite his status as a Guild leader Kenji does, on occasion, operate as a {{SAO|Solo Player|solo player}} for heightened EXP gains and undivided loot.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> He has both the «Hiding» and «Searching» skills slotted for just such an eventuality and was easily fit to trail Loki, Momoko and Akiye, and remained sufficiently hidden until choosing to reveal himself.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> His tendencies to play solo have been highlighted most strongly when he's attempting in some way to experiment with the actual system of SAO.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" />
 
Despite his status as a Guild leader Kenji does, on occasion, operate as a {{SAO|Solo Player|solo player}} for heightened EXP gains and undivided loot.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> He has both the «Hiding» and «Searching» skills slotted for just such an eventuality and was easily fit to trail Loki, Momoko and Akiye, and remained sufficiently hidden until choosing to reveal himself.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> His tendencies to play solo have been highlighted most strongly when he's attempting in some way to experiment with the actual system of SAO.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" />
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|Header = SAO SKILL SLOTS
 
|Header = SAO SKILL SLOTS
 
|Skill1 = One-handed Curved Sword
 
|Skill1 = One-handed Curved Sword
|Skill1Lvl = 176
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|Skill1Lvl = 194
 
|Skill2 = Hiding
 
|Skill2 = Hiding
|Skill2Lvl = 147
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|Skill2Lvl = 183
 
|Skill3 = Martial Arts
 
|Skill3 = Martial Arts
|Skill3Lvl = 124
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|Skill3Lvl = 197
 
|Skill4 = Searching
 
|Skill4 = Searching
|Skill4Lvl = 182
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|Skill4Lvl = 192
 
|Skill5 =
 
|Skill5 =
 
|Skill5Lvl =
 
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==== Sword Skills ====
 
==== Sword Skills ====
 
===== One-handed Curved Sword =====
 
===== One-handed Curved Sword =====
*'''{{SAO|Reaver}}''' -- a basic charging skill with a short delay.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /> Kenji often uses it as his opening skill when dueling to enter into close-quarters.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> He has likewise showed tremendous timing with Reaver; he can deliberately hold the Sword Skill back whilst advancing towards his target, which results in the charging motion to actually take him past his opponent and potentially out of their range.<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus" />
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*'''{{SAO|Reaver}}''' -- a basic charging skill with a short delay.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /> Kenji often uses it as his opening skill when duelling to enter close-quarters.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> He has likewise showed tremendous timing with Reaver; he can deliberately hold the Sword Skill back whilst advancing towards his target, which results in the charging motion to actually take him past his opponent and potentially out of their range.<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus" />
*'''Shunt''' -- a defensive Sword Skill, and the earliest available, which involves a horizontal push. Activated when the hand is placed against the backside of the blade and the user pushes with both arms.
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*'''Shunt''' -- a defensive Sword Skill, and the earliest available, which involves a horizontal push. Activated when the hand is placed against the backside of the blade and the user pushes with both arms.<ref name="SAOK: Braving the Depths" />
*'''Leaver'''<ref group=Notes>Received at a Proficiency level of 150. Prior to his duel with Loki, Kenji claimed that the DoT buff he introduced to Asuka would do nothing for him. He evidently did not have this skill at the time.</ref> -- a basic two-hit combination skill involving an uppercut slash and a downward stroke. Has a small chance of causing a bleeding debuff. When performed whilst under the [[Ras Malai (Kenji)|DoT buff]] Kenji claims that Leaver's DoT occurrence actually becomes reliable.<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus" />
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*'''Leaver'''<ref group=Notes>Received at a Proficiency level of 150. Prior to his duel with Loki, Kenji claimed that the DoT buff he introduced to Asuka would do nothing for him. He evidently did not have this skill at the time.</ref> -- a basic two-hit combination skill involving an uppercut slash and a downward stroke. Has a small chance of causing a bleeding debuff.<ref name="SAOK: Braving the Depths" /> When performed whilst under the [[Ras Malai (Kenji)|DoT buff]] Kenji claims that Leaver's DoT occurrence actually becomes reliable.<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus" />
 
*'''Fell Crescent''' -- highly accurate one-hit area attack. He has shown the requisite skill to "aim" the resultant attack, allowing him to hit -- or purposefully miss -- his target.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" />
 
*'''Fell Crescent''' -- highly accurate one-hit area attack. He has shown the requisite skill to "aim" the resultant attack, allowing him to hit -- or purposefully miss -- his target.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" />
   
 
===== Martial Arts =====
 
===== Martial Arts =====
 
*'''{{SAO|Senda|Flash Blow}}''' -- the fastest «Martial Arts» skill which consists of a basic thrust with the user's hand.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" />
 
*'''{{SAO|Senda|Flash Blow}}''' -- the fastest «Martial Arts» skill which consists of a basic thrust with the user's hand.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" />
*'''Crescent Moon''' -- a backflip kick technique commonly used by Kenji as a follow-up from Reaver when dueling.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> His go-to technique when seeking to increase his damage through «Motion Delay Skipping».<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus" />
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*'''Crescent Moon''' -- a backflip kick technique commonly used by Kenji as a follow-up from Reaver when duelling.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> His go-to technique when seeking to increase his damage through «Motion Delay Skipping» as the technique can be launched from most positions assuming a back-flip is possible.<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus" />
*'''Water Moon''' -- a roundhouse-kick.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" />
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*'''Water Moon''' -- a roundhouse-kick.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" /> Kenji has shown the ability to launch this Sword Skill even under less-than-ideal circumstances.<ref name="SAOK: Braving the Depths" />
   
 
==== Supplementary Skills ====
 
==== Supplementary Skills ====
 
===== Searching =====
 
===== Searching =====
*'''Tracking''' -- a mod for the «Searching» skill. In 2022 Kenji's skill was at its lowest level, for he could only detect footprints a minute old. This allowed him to follow Loki, whom Kenji suspected of leading Momoko and Akiye outside town in order to rob them, without being detected.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
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*'''Tracking''' -- a mod for the «Searching» skill. In 2022 Kenji's skill was at its lowest level, for he could only detect footprints a minute-old. This allowed him to follow Loki, whom Kenji suspected of leading Momoko and Akiye outside town to rob them, without being detected.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
 
*'''Detection Range Bonus''' -- a mod for the «Searching» skill. Kenji could see Loki's cursor turn from green to orange from a considerable distance away, and was able to keep track of Momoko and Akiye even when they weren't members of his party.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
 
*'''Detection Range Bonus''' -- a mod for the «Searching» skill. Kenji could see Loki's cursor turn from green to orange from a considerable distance away, and was able to keep track of Momoko and Akiye even when they weren't members of his party.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
   
 
==== Outside System Skills ====
 
==== Outside System Skills ====
*'''Hypersense''' -- The act of sensing another player's intentions, which often manifests as an odd feeling of tension.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> According to Kenji he learned this particular skill during the beta around the time the beta testers arrived on the 5th Floor, where a great deal of PKing was done. By the time of December 22nd, 2022, Kenji's sense extended to monster's targeting him for attack, even when his back was turned.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" />
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*'''Hypersense''' -- The act of sensing another player's intentions, which often manifests as an odd feeling of tension, even outside battle. Kenji sensed Loki's intentions towards Momoko and Akiye and immediately gave chase.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> According to Kenji he learned this particular skill during the beta around the time the beta testers arrived at the 5th Floor, where a great deal of PKing was done. By the time of December 22nd 2022, Kenji's sense extended to monster's targeting him for attack, even when his back was turned.<ref name="SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum" /> Against the «Armoured Revenant» he was able to deflect its attack despite the room being plunged into total darkness.<ref name="SAOK: New Year Resolutions" />
*'''Wall Running''' -- The act of running along walls without falling. As of December 6th, 2022, Kenji's agility allowed him to take at least three steps, whilst his strength allowed him to propel himself a fair distance without suffering damage.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
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*'''Wall Running''' -- The act of running along walls without falling. As of December 6th 2022, Kenji's agility allowed him to take at least three complete steps along a vertical surface, whilst his strength allowed him to propel himself a fair distance without suffering damage.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> Only 3 days prior he found the third step difficult.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" />
*'''Motion Delay Skipping''' -- the act of bypassing the post-motion delay for a Sword Skill through precisely activating a Sword Skill from the «Martial Arts» category, before the delay begins.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> Used by Kenji to great effect during his duel with Loki and again during his battle with «[[Zagan the Exile]]».<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus" />
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*'''Motion Delay Skipping''' -- the act of bypassing the post-motion delay for a Sword Skill through precisely activating a Sword Skill from the «Martial Arts» category, before the delay begins.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> Used by Kenji to great effect during his duel with Loki and again during his battle with «[[Zagan the Exile]]».<ref name="SAOK: The Eventful Taurus" /> By the end of 2022 he had mastered this particular Skill.<ref name="SAOK: Braving the Depths" />
   
 
== Known quests completed ==
 
== Known quests completed ==
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*«Retrieving the Key».<ref name="SAOK: Roving Rovia" />
 
*«Retrieving the Key».<ref name="SAOK: Roving Rovia" />
   
<center>'''''4th Floor Quest'''''</center>
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<center>'''''4th Floor quests'''''</center>
 
*{{SAO|Shipwright of Yore}}.<ref name="Gondola">''[[Brightscale#Gondola rides|Brightscale Tours]]''</ref>
 
*{{SAO|Shipwright of Yore}}.<ref name="Gondola">''[[Brightscale#Gondola rides|Brightscale Tours]]''</ref>
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<center>'''''5th Floor quests'''''</center>
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*«Suspicious Goods».<ref name="SAOK: Braving the Depths" />
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*«Tracking the Goods».<ref name="SAOK: Braving the Depths" />
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*«Playing Bandit».<ref name="SAOK: Braving the Depths" />
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*«Securing the Mausoleum».<ref name="SAOK: Braving the Depths" />
 
}}
 
}}
   
 
== Relationships ==
 
== Relationships ==
 
=== Brightscale ===
 
=== Brightscale ===
«Brightscale» was formed by Kenji and Kusaka on the 3rd Floor of Aincrad. Despite a slower start than some of the other {{SAO|Clearer|clearers}} «Brightscale» eventually joined the front-line group.
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«Brightscale» was formed by Kenji and Kusaka on the 3rd Floor of Aincrad. Despite a slower start than some other {{SAO|Clearer|clearers}} «Brightscale» eventually joined the front-line group.
   
 
==== Airi Natsume ====
 
==== Airi Natsume ====
Kenji first met Airi when she suffered the tumble status when met with a particularly large {{SAO|Dire Wolf}}. He defeated the wolf with the Sword Skill {{SAO|Reaver}} and subsequently suggested that she join Kusaka and he on the path to Tolbana for safety.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /> Kenji was more tolerant of Airi than most and went out of his way to help her in her daily activities,<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> even if it contributed to the slower start joining the front-line.<ref name="Brightscale dynamics" /> Although he liked Asuka he also admitted to be somewhat intimidated by her.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
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Kenji first met Airi when she suffered the tumble status when met with a particularly large {{SAO|Dire Wolf}}. He defeated the wolf with the Sword Skill {{SAO|Reaver}} and subsequently suggested that she join Kusaka, and he on the path to Tolbana for safety.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /> Kenji was more tolerant of Airi than most and went out of his way to help her in her daily activities,<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> even if it contributed to the slower start joining the front-line.<ref name="Brightscale dynamics" /> Although he liked Airi he also admitted being somewhat intimidated by her.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
   
The two evidently grew quite close. Kenji noted that Airi and he eventually revealed various details about their real-life self to one another, one example being their actual names.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" />
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The two evidently grew quite close. Kenji noted that Airi, and he eventually revealed various details about their real-life selves to one another, one example being their actual names.<ref name="SAOK: Unexpected Meetings" /> By the end of 2022 the two were actively dating.<ref name="SAOK: New Year Resolutions" />
   
 
==== Momoko and Akiye ====
 
==== Momoko and Akiye ====
Momoko and Akiye where 12-year old twins encountered by Kenji in {{SAO|Tolbana}} on the 1st Floor shortly after the 2nd Floor was opened, with both reminding him of his own nieces. Kenji ended up protecting the two girls from an orange player called Loki and would have happily went orange himself to protect them.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> In light of this the girls quickly developed a high degree of trust in Kenji.<ref name="SAOK: The Business of Grinding" /> He subsequently became their guardian in the death game and the two twins joined «Brightscale» as crafters.<ref name="Brightscale roles" />
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Momoko and Akiye where 12-year old twins encountered by Kenji in {{SAO|Tolbana}} on the 1st Floor shortly after the 2nd Floor was opened, with both reminding him of his own nieces. Kenji ended up protecting the two girls from an orange player called Loki and would have happily went orange himself to protect them.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" /> In light of this the girls quickly developed a high degree of trust in Kenji.<ref name="SAOK: The Business of Grinding" /> He subsequently became their guardian in the death game and the two twins joined «Brightscale» as crafters.<ref name="Brightscale roles" /> Due to Kenji often being viewed as younger than he actually is many people, most notably [[Fujimaru Nakamura]], held the belief that Kenji was the twins' older brother. For themselves the twins' viewed him as a father-figure.<ref name="SAOK: New Year Resolutions" />
   
 
=== Enemies ===
 
=== Enemies ===
Kenji made no attempt to hide his beta tester knowledge.<ref name="SAOK: The Business of Grinding" /> He was thankful to Kirito for alleviating some of the negativity and anger levied at beta testers by creating the "Beater" category, though Kenji himself adopted the new title.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> Antagonism also grew against him when he admitted that he was the Reaper from the beta responsible for the highest level of PK's in the beta test.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
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Kenji made no attempt to hide his beta tester knowledge.<ref name="SAOK: The Business of Grinding" /> He was thankful to Kirito for alleviating some negativity and anger levied at beta testers by creating the "Beater" category, though Kenji himself adopted the new title.<ref name="SAOK: Pushing the Frontier" /> Antagonism also grew against him when he admitted that he was the Reaper from the beta responsible for the highest level of PK's in the beta test.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
   
 
==== Loki ====
 
==== Loki ====
Loki was an opportunistic former beta tester who attempted to rob [[Momoko]] and [[Akiye]] under the pretense of guiding them through a [[Clearing Out The Storehouse (Kenji)|difficult quest]], but was defeated by Kenji in a Half Loss duel.<ref name="SAOK: The Business of Grinding" /> Kenji admitted that he would happily go orange to teach Loki a lesson and further stated that he would also carry his threat through to its ultimate conclusion should Loki not run away.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
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Loki was an opportunistic former beta tester who attempted to rob [[Momoko]] and [[Akiye]] under the pretence of guiding them through a [[Clearing Out The Storehouse (Kenji)|difficult quest]], but was defeated by Kenji in a Half Loss duel.<ref name="SAOK: The Business of Grinding" /> Kenji admitted that he would happily go orange to teach Loki a lesson and further stated that he would also carry his threat through to its ultimate conclusion should Loki not run away.<ref name="SAOK: The Karma Scales" />
   
 
== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
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=== Trivia ===
 
=== Trivia ===
 
*Due to his achievements in the beta -- namely committing the most PK's -- Kenji was the eventual owner of the «[[Sanguine Sword]]» {{SAO|Unique Skill}}.
 
*Due to his achievements in the beta -- namely committing the most PK's -- Kenji was the eventual owner of the «[[Sanguine Sword]]» {{SAO|Unique Skill}}.
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*{{SAO|Argo}}'s nickname for Kenji is «{{W|Japanese honorifics#Shi|Shi}}».
   
 
== References & notes ==
 
== References & notes ==

Latest revision as of 13:47, October 15, 2019

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Tell me something: do you remember the Reaper from the beta? I wouldn't mind going orange to take out trash like you. I'm going to count to 5. If you aren't gone by the time I hit 3 you'll be nothing but a name on the monument in the Town of Beginnings.
~ Kenji gives Loki his chilling ultimatum.
Kenji Hiroshi
Kenjiprofile
Personal Info
Real Name Kenji Hiroshi
Kanji 健児博
Birthday 22nd February
Age 26
Gender Male
Height 183 cm (6'0")
Weight 68 kg (150 lbs)
Occupation Professional gamer
Family Unnamed sister
Two unnamed nieces
Player Profile
Display Name Kishi
Kanji (Display) 輝士
Epithet Reaper
VR Played «Sword Art Online»
Occupation Guild leader, Clearer
Affiliation «Brightscale»
Status Alive
Media
Appears In «Sword Art Online (Kenji)»


Kenji Hiroshi (健児博), known by the username Kishi (輝士) in various online games, was one of the original beta testers for «Sword Art Online», where he was referred to as and feared as the Reaper (刈り手). He subsequently became one of the 10,000 players trapped within the game when it was officially launched. In addition, he was viewed as a "dirty Beater" by some. Kenji led a Clearer guild called «Brightscale». He was the eventual owner of the «Sanguine Sword» Unique Skill.

Alongside Fujimaru Nakamura he is one of the author's point-of-view characters.

Appearance Edit

Kenji was a fair-featured man in his mid-twenties during the SAO Incident with aqua-green eyes.[1] In real-life, and the official release of SAO, Kenji sports a toned physique and stood at 6ft (ca. 183 cm) tall, with only Yoshiro being the taller of the initial «Brightscale» membership.[Notes 1] His initial avatar was slightly taller and more muscular than his real-life appearance, with shoulder-length black hair. The only constant between his avatars where hair colour and length: Kenji preferred his natural style, which was several messy-looking spikes atop his head, whilst the back reached roughly to shoulder-length. Momoko was known to style his hair into what Fujimaru dubbed "the Kishi do-over".[2]

When activating his «Searching» Skill Kenji's already greenish eye-colour began to glow green, a result of the system enhancing his vision.[3][4]

As far as his early equipment was concerned Kenji initially wore minimalist protective gear to maximize his evasion rather than focusing on defensive coverage.[5] His equipment consisted mostly of leather jackets and worn leather trousers, with a single piece of protective metal guarding his heart and lungs, with an emphasis on damage-over-protection.[6] He didn't place as much focus on armour than he did weaponry and thus the majority of his early armour was shop-bought gear,[3] whilst his weapon was a yellow-bladed curved-sword with a bar-shaped guard enhanced to +4, which he carried at his waist in a black sheath.[7] He was known to wear a long leather coat when venturing outside.[4]

Cardiophylax Edit

It wasn't until Akiye forged the «Cardiophylax» that Kenji began balancing ease-of-movement and protection, whilst adopting a unique appearance. The entire suit appeared to be based on gladiatorial equipment with a mixture of classical Hoplite depictions.[8] He predominantly wore his «Scimitar» on the waist. When experimenting with dual-wielding however he also wore his «Pale Edge» on the same side, with the sheaths crossing in a manner similar to the Samurai's method of carrying daishō.[9] The «Scimitar» and «Pale Edge» were replaced as his primary and secondary weapons by «Razer». This one-handed curved sword had the hilt of a katana and a long, thick blade that ended with a curved, massive tip.[10]

The «Cardiophylax» incorporated three slots. The neck slot and upper-body slot, similar in function to a gorget, focused its protection on the central chest-area and throat. It primarily safeguarded the lungs and heart, with an accompanying shoulder-guard on the left shoulder that extended down to shield his off-hand bicep. The waist slot featured several strips of studded leather that descended to cover his knees and hips, appearing similar to a skirt. Between the metal of the chest-piece and Kenji's skin was a layer of hardened leather. A good portion of his upper torso, including the outside area of the pectoral muscles and his entire right-shoulder, possessed lesser protection than the main cardiovascular areas. The upper-body from the base of the pectorals to the beginning of the waist was unprotected.[11]

He accompanied the «Cardiophylax» with mismatched gloves, boots and leg armour offering a number of effects. The boots were predominantly leather and fashioned in the form of caligae with a lightweight metal shin-guard designed to boost the strength of the «Martial Arts» Skill,[12] whilst the trousers where simple cloth that provided bonuses to jumping and swimming.[13] The gloves that completed the set were acquired on the 5th Floor as the LA bonus from the «Armoured Revenant» from the «Dead Woods Mausoleum»,[14] which provided a boost to Agility when worn.[15]

Personality Edit

Kenji is generally laid-back and non-confrontational and is noted to be calmer and more relaxed than his guild-mate Kusaka.[16] Despite this attitude he quickly intervened when Loki attacked Momoko and admitted aloud himself that he would happily go orange over the whole situation; to the point he threatened Loki's life.[4] Unsurprisingly Kenji's actions instantly earned him Momoko's and Akiye's trust. Loki's actions frightened the girls to the degree that they couldn't initially sleep without knowing Kenji was nearby, and his laid-back and carefree nature allowed him to accept their dependency on him in good spirits.[17] This evolved as he spent time with them and Kenji came to develop something of a parental instinct when it came to the girls and swelled with pride whenever he saw them succeed.[8] Per the beginning of 2023 the twins viewed Kenji as a father-like figure,[15] whilst the players at large were under the impression that he was their elder brother.[2]

Kenji had a soft-spot for his initial «Bronze Sabre» because it carried him through his first days in SAO, and he refused to sell it. The weapon served as Kenji's last resort against the «Armoured Revenant» on the 5th Floor. Kenji landed the LA Bonus with his old blade, and silently thanked it afterward.[14]

In social settings he is generally seen as an older-brother type by other players, has been described as "the soul of the party", and is generally approachable.[3] He enjoys poking fun, especially amongst his friends, but has quickly learned not to push his antics too far with Airi, who often reprimands him with a quick stomp.[18] Despite how Airi, and Kenji interacted it became apparent that they began seeing each other as more than just friends.[17][18] By the end of 2022 the two were actively dating.[15] In addition, he is generous. Despite a non-enhanced Anneal Blade going for around 16,000 cor shortly after the 2nd Floor was opened,[4] Kenji gave the sword to Yoshiro for free because it was far superior to the sword he currently wielded.[17] He also gifted Airi two pieces of armour to heighten her armour-value without impacting on her Agility-focused build.[3]

Following the battle with Event Boss Zagan the Exile on the 2nd Floor Kenji, impressed by Kusaka's leadership of the party, suggested he should lead their eventual guild. Kusaka, however, declined; he informed Kenji that a "people-person" like Kenji was more suited to the role.[5] Despite Kusaka's confidence in him Kenji at first struggled with the added responsibility of his newfound role but was heartened by his companions attitudes.[1]

Professional gaming Edit

This wasn’t exactly easy to explain because it was a matter of exploiting the primary systems employed as part of Sword Art Online’s combat engine to achieve an unfair advantage. This particular kind of exploit wasn’t unheard-of in the gaming industry, but Sword Art Online was uncharted territory. The world’s very first VRMMORPG.
~ Excerpt from SAOK: Pushing the Frontier, were Kenji muses on an exploit.

In the real-world Kenji made his money as a professional gamer.[3] This aspect of his life has seeped into his everyday interactions in Aincard, especially with Airi, whom he often has to explain game-related terms to.[18] He admits to being something of a know it all and his close friends have taken to teasing him regarding his many explanations.[17]

Outside of conversations this profession has yielded a unique mind-set. Kenji was constantly striving to test the limits of the system and those of his avatar, find exploits to increase his survival chances, and find ways to use the system assist in ways it wasn't intended. He has used his Agility and Strength stats to effectively run along walls,[4] find a round-about-method of dual-wielding,[9] and even chain a «Martial Arts» skill following a successful curved Sword Skill.[18] This exploit became a cornerstone of his overall fighting style.[5]

Reaper persona Edit

I seriously hoped he stayed away. I had spent a great deal of time last night doing some soul-searching and the results scared the absolute hell out of me. Because apparently I was the kind of person who could contemplate murder and find the entire scenario perfectly justified.
~ Excerpt from SAOK: The Business of Grinding, were Kenji muses on the subject of murder.

Kenji can quickly do an about-face in terms of personality, specifically when he duels,[4] becomes aggressive, or is otherwise annoyed.[18][15]

When it comes to survival he does not hesitate to kill, even if his opponent should be another player.[4] He did, however, struggle with this aspect of his personality. Kenji admitted that his soul-searching scared the absolute hell out of him because, apparently, he was the kind of person who could justify the murder of another person.[17] He was aware of how uncomfortable the topic of player-killing was in the official release of Sword Art Online and went out of his way to avoid talking about his activities in the beta.[18]

In a duel Kenji becomes cold and calculating, something even his closest friends have observed.[2] He ruthlessly deprived Loki of his sword-arm and primary weapon during their «Half Loss» duel and told the man directly after being victorious that he wouldn't mind going orange if it meant teaching people like him a lesson.[4] He has likewise expressed considerable knowledge regarding the killing of other players from his time in the beta, which hasn't always been warmly accepted even amongst his closest allies.[18]

History Edit

Kenji grew up on Izu Ōshima, which was one of the volcanic islands of the Izu Peninsula, and described himself as an "island boy".[18] He has a sister and is an uncle to two girls, whom Momoko and Akiye reminded him of.[4] Kenji has been friends with Kusaka Kori for years, having known him since the two were in school, and remained close even when they progressed through adulthood.[3]

Kenji was a beta tester for the worlds very first VRMMORPG, Sword Art Online, alongside Kusaka.[3] He was a prolific player-killer during the beta test and was, alongside Argo, one of the few testers to discover the existence of the «Martial Arts» Extra Skill. Unlike Argo, who failed to complete the quest and was branded with whiskers for the remainder of the beta test which eventually became her trademark in the official launch,[19] Kenji succeeded after a four-day period with help from a «Trembling Ox».[18]

Synopsis Edit

Main article -- Sword Art Online (Kenji).

Aincard arc Edit

Part I Edit

Inbetweeners Edit

Part II Edit

Stats Edit

Stat Value Time
Level 12.[3] December 3rd, 2022.[3]
Level 14.[4] December 6th, 2022.[4]
Level 16.[1] As of December 24th, 2022.[1]

Equipment Edit

Weapons Edit

Name Type Acquisition Notes
«Bronze Sabre» One-Handed Curved Sword Initial Equipment Upgraded to +1 (1S) before his acquisition of the «Scimitar».[14]
Eventually replaced by a Scimitar before December 3rd, 2022.[3]
Temporarily used as a last resort in the boss battle against the «Armoured Revenant» on the 5th Floor sub-dungeon on the 30th December, 2022.[14]
«Scimitar» One-Handed Curved Sword Received as a rare monster drop on the 1st Floor sometime before December 3rd, 2022.[3] Upgraded to +4 (3S1D)[4] before December 3rd, 2022.[3]
Upgraded to +8 (5S3D) between December 15th & 17th.[20]
Given to Akiye to be reforged on December 30th.[14]
Converted into a «Razor Ingot» on the 31st of December, 2022, and used to create the «Razer».[15]
«Anneal Blade» One-Handed Sword Left behind by Loki after he lost his sword-arm dueling Kenji on December 6th, 2022.[4]
Given to Yoshiro on the morning of December 7th, 2022.[17]
No enhancements made as of December 6th, 2022.[4]
«Pale Edge» One-Handed Curved Sword Received on December 10th, 2022, where it languished in Kenji's inventory until December 22nd, 2022.[9] Upgraded to +4 in the early hours of December 22nd 2022, and used to experiment with dual-wielding.[9]
Broken in the «Dead Woods Mausoleum» by the boss of the dungeon.[14]
Repaired and converted into base materials for use in the forging of «Razer».[15]
«Razer» One-Handed Curved Sword Player-made by Akiye on December 31st 2022, using materials from Kenji's «Scimitar» and «Pale Edge».[15]

Armour Edit

Name Type Acquisition Notes
«Cardiophylax» Lightweight neck, upper-body & waist armor. Player-made for Kenji by Akiye using materials from «Zagan the Exile» and various other rare materials.[20] Grants +8 to Strength.[20]
Grants +4 to Agility.[20]
Bonus to the «Hiding» Skill.[20]
«Oxen Cloth Trousers» Cloth Lower-body Player-made for Kenji by Momoko using the skin of a «Trembling Ox.[20] Boosts jumping ability.[21]
Boosts swimming speed.[21]
«Martial Arts Leg Guards» Boots Player-made for Kenji by Momoko using left-over material from «Zagan the Exile».[20] Enhances the damage caused by «Martial Arts» Sword Skills.[22]
Increases «Martial Arts» skill proficiency gain.[22]
«Gloves of the Defiant» Gloves LA Bonus from the «Armored Revenant» of the «Dead Woods Mausoleum».[14] Grants +5 to Agility.[15]

Accessories Edit

Name Type Acquisition Notes
«Unnamed Strength ring» Ring Received December 19th, 2022,[20] as a reward for the «Jade Key» quest.[23] Grants +1 to Strength.[23]
«Sigil of Lyusula» Ring Received between December 26th and December 29th 2022,[20] from Yofilis, after the completion of the «Shipwright of Yore» quest.[24] Allows access to «Dark Elf» areas.[24]
Increases Skill proficiency gain.[23]
Grants +1 to Agility.[24]

Items Edit

Name Type Acquisition Notes
«Poison Vial» Poison Treasure chest reward in the «Dead Woods Mausoleum».[15] Applied to a single weapon with a 1-hour duration. Provides a Level 2 Poison effect.[15]
Refillable.[15]

Skills Edit

During the beta he was renowned amongst the community for his duelling skills and surprise PK's. He has admitted to Airi that he heavily experimented in this aspect of the game during the beta.[18] Whilst he has attempted to distance himself from the title he earned due to the PKing he performed in the beta, it is no exaggeration to say that his duelling skills remained formidable even in the official release.[4] Despite the act of duelling being incredibly dangerous in the official release Kenji frequently engaged in both Half Loss Mode and First Strike Mode, and is the recognized "Dueller" of «Brightscale».[6]

His duelling skills are so advanced that, during his first bout with Loki, Kenji defeated him -- causing more than half of his HP worth of damage -- in only 4 seconds.[4]

In the official release Kenji uses an attack-focused build, prioritizing Strength, and prefers the use of the «One-handed Curved Sword».[3] Due to his weaponry and focus Kenji is recognized as a DPS.[16] Upon reaching the 2nd Floor he acquired the Extra Skill «Martial Arts» and immediately slotted it to his third skill slot.[18] Thanks to the «Relaxed Equipment Conditions» mod of the «Martial Arts» skill he can use attacks from the «Martial Arts» skill-tree whilst equipped with a sword. He can likewise perform Sword Skills from the curved-sword category and immediately follow-up with a Sword Skill from the «Martial Arts» tree, allowing him to "skip" a post-motion delay by immediately transitioning into another Sword Skill.[4]

Airi and he prefers the use of various DoT's -- aided by a food buff found in Urbus -- to inflict continual and sustainable damage on larger mobs, even during moments of post-motion delay.[5] He would further supplement this damage with poison effects from a vial obtained on the 5th Floor.[15]

Kenji, by his own admission, experimented at length during the beta on how best to perform PK’s on the player population.[18] One of these experiments was carried into the official release, and this was dual-wielding. Equipping two individual weapons at once places the wielder in an «Irregular Equipped State» that prevents the use of Sword Skills. Despite this Kenji could still launch Sword Skills from the «Martial Arts Tree» that utilized the legs solely. He could also simply «Drop» his off-hand weapon which would instantly remove the «Irregular Equipped State» and allow him to attack normally, though he admitted the entire technique was fraught with risks and prone to backfire.[9]

Despite his status as a Guild leader Kenji does, on occasion, operate as a solo player for heightened EXP gains and undivided loot.[18] He has both the «Hiding» and «Searching» skills slotted for just such an eventuality and was easily fit to trail Loki, Momoko and Akiye, and remained sufficiently hidden until choosing to reveal himself.[4] His tendencies to play solo have been highlighted most strongly when he's attempting in some way to experiment with the actual system of SAO.[9]

Sword Art Online Edit

SAO SKILL SLOTS
One-handed Curved Sword Hiding Martial Arts Searching
194 / 1000
183 / 1000
197 / 1000
192 / 1000

Sword Skills Edit

One-handed Curved Sword Edit
  • Reaver -- a basic charging skill with a short delay.[3] Kenji often uses it as his opening skill when duelling to enter close-quarters.[4] He has likewise showed tremendous timing with Reaver; he can deliberately hold the Sword Skill back whilst advancing towards his target, which results in the charging motion to actually take him past his opponent and potentially out of their range.[5]
  • Shunt -- a defensive Sword Skill, and the earliest available, which involves a horizontal push. Activated when the hand is placed against the backside of the blade and the user pushes with both arms.[14]
  • Leaver[Notes 2] -- a basic two-hit combination skill involving an uppercut slash and a downward stroke. Has a small chance of causing a bleeding debuff.[14] When performed whilst under the DoT buff Kenji claims that Leaver's DoT occurrence actually becomes reliable.[5]
  • Fell Crescent -- highly accurate one-hit area attack. He has shown the requisite skill to "aim" the resultant attack, allowing him to hit -- or purposefully miss -- his target.[9]
Martial Arts Edit
  • Flash Blow -- the fastest «Martial Arts» skill which consists of a basic thrust with the user's hand.[18]
  • Crescent Moon -- a backflip kick technique commonly used by Kenji as a follow-up from Reaver when duelling.[4] His go-to technique when seeking to increase his damage through «Motion Delay Skipping» as the technique can be launched from most positions assuming a back-flip is possible.[5]
  • Water Moon -- a roundhouse-kick.[9] Kenji has shown the ability to launch this Sword Skill even under less-than-ideal circumstances.[14]

Supplementary Skills Edit

Searching Edit
  • Tracking -- a mod for the «Searching» skill. In 2022 Kenji's skill was at its lowest level, for he could only detect footprints a minute-old. This allowed him to follow Loki, whom Kenji suspected of leading Momoko and Akiye outside town to rob them, without being detected.[4]
  • Detection Range Bonus -- a mod for the «Searching» skill. Kenji could see Loki's cursor turn from green to orange from a considerable distance away, and was able to keep track of Momoko and Akiye even when they weren't members of his party.[4]

Outside System Skills Edit

  • Hypersense -- The act of sensing another player's intentions, which often manifests as an odd feeling of tension, even outside battle. Kenji sensed Loki's intentions towards Momoko and Akiye and immediately gave chase.[4] According to Kenji he learned this particular skill during the beta around the time the beta testers arrived at the 5th Floor, where a great deal of PKing was done. By the time of December 22nd 2022, Kenji's sense extended to monster's targeting him for attack, even when his back was turned.[9] Against the «Armoured Revenant» he was able to deflect its attack despite the room being plunged into total darkness.[15]
  • Wall Running -- The act of running along walls without falling. As of December 6th 2022, Kenji's agility allowed him to take at least three complete steps along a vertical surface, whilst his strength allowed him to propel himself a fair distance without suffering damage.[4] Only 3 days prior he found the third step difficult.[18]
  • Motion Delay Skipping -- the act of bypassing the post-motion delay for a Sword Skill through precisely activating a Sword Skill from the «Martial Arts» category, before the delay begins.[4] Used by Kenji to great effect during his duel with Loki and again during his battle with «Zagan the Exile».[5] By the end of 2022 he had mastered this particular Skill.[14]

Known quests completed Edit

1st Floor quests
2nd Floor quests
3rd Floor quests
  • «Jade Key» -- Kenji, Airi, Yoshiro, Momoko and Akiye sided with the Dark Elves.[8][20]
  • «Vanquishing the Spiders».[8][20]
  • «The Flower Offering».[8][20]
  • «Emergency Orders».[8][20]
  • «The Missing Soldier».[8][20]
  • «Infiltration».[1]
  • «Butterfly Collection».[1]
  • «The Western Spirit Tree».[1]
  • «Pursuit».[1]
  • «Retrieving the Key».[1]
4th Floor quests
5th Floor quests
  • «Suspicious Goods».[14]
  • «Tracking the Goods».[14]
  • «Playing Bandit».[14]
  • «Securing the Mausoleum».[14]

Relationships Edit

Brightscale Edit

«Brightscale» was formed by Kenji and Kusaka on the 3rd Floor of Aincrad. Despite a slower start than some other clearers «Brightscale» eventually joined the front-line group.

Airi Natsume Edit

Kenji first met Airi when she suffered the tumble status when met with a particularly large Dire Wolf. He defeated the wolf with the Sword Skill Reaver and subsequently suggested that she join Kusaka, and he on the path to Tolbana for safety.[3] Kenji was more tolerant of Airi than most and went out of his way to help her in her daily activities,[18] even if it contributed to the slower start joining the front-line.[16] Although he liked Airi he also admitted being somewhat intimidated by her.[4]

The two evidently grew quite close. Kenji noted that Airi, and he eventually revealed various details about their real-life selves to one another, one example being their actual names.[3] By the end of 2022 the two were actively dating.[15]

Momoko and Akiye Edit

Momoko and Akiye where 12-year old twins encountered by Kenji in Tolbana on the 1st Floor shortly after the 2nd Floor was opened, with both reminding him of his own nieces. Kenji ended up protecting the two girls from an orange player called Loki and would have happily went orange himself to protect them.[4] In light of this the girls quickly developed a high degree of trust in Kenji.[17] He subsequently became their guardian in the death game and the two twins joined «Brightscale» as crafters.[6] Due to Kenji often being viewed as younger than he actually is many people, most notably Fujimaru Nakamura, held the belief that Kenji was the twins' older brother. For themselves the twins' viewed him as a father-figure.[15]

Enemies Edit

Kenji made no attempt to hide his beta tester knowledge.[17] He was thankful to Kirito for alleviating some negativity and anger levied at beta testers by creating the "Beater" category, though Kenji himself adopted the new title.[18] Antagonism also grew against him when he admitted that he was the Reaper from the beta responsible for the highest level of PK's in the beta test.[4]

Loki Edit

Loki was an opportunistic former beta tester who attempted to rob Momoko and Akiye under the pretence of guiding them through a difficult quest, but was defeated by Kenji in a Half Loss duel.[17] Kenji admitted that he would happily go orange to teach Loki a lesson and further stated that he would also carry his threat through to its ultimate conclusion should Loki not run away.[4]

Quotes Edit

  • My guild's name is «Brightscale». I'll let you think about its abbreviation -- but I suppose I can give you one small hint! You're talkin' an awful lot of it right now.

Author's notes Edit

Behind the scenes Edit

  • Kenji's in-game name is created from letters found in his own name: Kenji Hiroshi, creating Kishi. The kanji chosen for Kishi translates to bright samurai. This likewise plays into the name of the guild: Brightscale.
  • Kenji's height and weight measurements, including physical appearance, is modelled on Kaien Shiba from Bleach.

Trivia Edit

  • Due to his achievements in the beta -- namely committing the most PK's -- Kenji was the eventual owner of the «Sanguine Sword» Unique Skill.
  • Argo's nickname for Kenji is «Shi».

References & notes Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 SAOK: Roving Rovia
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 SAOK: Inbetweeners I
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 SAOK: Unexpected Meetings
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 4.28 4.29 SAOK: The Karma Scales
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 SAOK: The Eventful Taurus
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Brightscale Roles
  7. Scimitar appearance
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 SAOK: The Moneymaking Crusade
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum
  10. Razer appearance
  11. Cardiophylax appearance
  12. Martial Arts Leg Guards appearance
  13. Oxen Cloth Trousers appearance
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 14.14 SAOK: Braving the Depths
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 15.12 15.13 15.14 SAOK: New Year Resolutions
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Brightscale Teams
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 17.7 17.8 SAOK: The Business of Grinding
  18. 18.00 18.01 18.02 18.03 18.04 18.05 18.06 18.07 18.08 18.09 18.10 18.11 18.12 18.13 18.14 18.15 18.16 18.17 SAOK: Pushing the Frontier
  19. Progressive Volume 1, Intermission - Reason for the Whiskers
  20. 20.00 20.01 20.02 20.03 20.04 20.05 20.06 20.07 20.08 20.09 20.10 20.11 20.12 20.13 SAOK Timeline
  21. 21.0 21.1 Oxen Cloth Trousers attributes
  22. 22.0 22.1 Martial Arts Leg Guards attributes
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Progressive Volume 2, Concerto of Black and White, Part 2
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Progressive Volume 3, Barcarolle of Froth, Part 7
  25. Brightscale Tours

Notes Edit

  1. Yoshiro is 188 cm (6'2" (ca. 188 cm)) tall.
  2. Received at a Proficiency level of 150. Prior to his duel with Loki, Kenji claimed that the DoT buff he introduced to Asuka would do nothing for him. He evidently did not have this skill at the time.
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