|“||They nodded, their eyes filled with equal parts fear and surprise. When I sent them a party invite the black-haired girl tapped a few options on her menu, probably dissolving her current party with Loki, and then their names materialized below my own. «Elise» and «Sheila» were their names and my anger outright tripled when I noticed that Sheila’s HP bar was not full.||„|
|~ Excerpt from SAOK: The Karma Scales, giving an example of one difference between the twins.|
|Real Name||Momoko Tanaka|
|Height||137 cm (4'6")|
|Weight||31 kg (68 lbs.)|
|VR Played||«Sword Art Online»|
|Appears In||«Sword Art Online (Kenji)»|
Momoko Tanaka (桃子田中), known by the username Elise (恵莉寿), 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 Momoko ran the «Brightscale Eatery». Her twin sister was Akiye.
Momoko is a petite blonde-haired girl with a cheery disposition. Shortly after joining Kenji she wore crafting gear similar to a standard civilian NPC. When not crafting however Momoko has appeared with a different outfit almost every day, which were made whilst levelling her «Sewing» Skill.
Seemingly in response to Kusaka's venting regarding the weight of the Tanking equipment his role required him to wear, 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. These uniforms were in use by the members of «Brightscale» by the 22nd of December 2022. As a continuation of Kenji's insistence on protective equipment when the twins party up with him, Momoko wore several «Throwing Pick's» attached to her ōbi, whilst her shitagi was more thoroughly padded than those worn by her guild-mates.
Early crafting gear
Momoko's initial crafting clothing consisted of a set of denim dungarees and a thick apron tied at the waist, which was identical to the NPC crafters encountered by Kenji and Airi, on 2nd Floor of Aincrad. This was in accordance with Kenji's observations as the set was entirely store-bought.
Early combat gear
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. In addition to the above, Fujimaru gifted Momoko and her sister a rather potent «Cloak of Hiding» in the days immediately prior to his official recruitment into «Brightscale». This cloak was moss-green in colouration and was decorated with falling leaves. This was one of the few items Momoko would wear regardless of whether it clashed with her current outfit or not and it became a staple of her load-out.
Everyday casual outfits
The initial clothing she wore in Aincrad consisted of a plain woollen top, leather trousers, and plain black boots. Kenji noted this outfit to be entirely store-bought.
During her time on the 5th Floor, Momoko had adopted leopard-print jacket and trousers, beige shirt, and her usual leather boots.
Momoko and Akiye are twins with an energetic disposition and an innocent naïveté. They were below the recommended age-rating for Sword Art Online at only the tender age of 12. Kenji, however, noted that whilst the two have a long list of similarities, they have just as many differences as far as their personalities are concerned. Momoko, unlike Akiye, is a morning person, and is meticulous in her morning routine. Unlike her twin Momoko is not a tomboy. She tends to be less reliable than Akiye however and thus it is Akiye who is more often than not the one Kenji messages whenever he needs to get in touch with them or update them on matters. As a crafter in Sword Art Online, Momoko picked Skills that included «Cooking», «Mixing», and «Sewing», which were seen as girly compared to the various metal and ore crafting Skills favoured by Akiye. Once she reached Level 20 and unlocked «Martial Arts» however she showed a notable desire to join Kenji and company on the battlefield, and she eventually became a member of Kenji's Team A as a supportive DPS.
Their shared naïveté resulted in the twins being assaulted and almost robbed by a fellow player with the username Loki when they approached him to help them clear a difficult quest on the 1st Floor. Kenji, thankfully, came to their rescue, and subsequently took them into his care. This began a long-term recovery process for the twins who were so adversely affected by the ordeal that they couldn't sleep at night unless they knew Kenji was in the same room. Their reliance on Kenji, coupled with widespread misconception regarding their relationship, led the player population to wrongly assume that Kenji was their elder brother. Even Fujimaru laboured under this misconception.
Despite the fallout associated with Loki's actions, Momoko managed to befriend a number of her fellow players, despite initially finding it difficult to trust others outside the core «Brightscale» group. The most notable of these friendships was Ino. Ino helped Akiye from a business point, and she eventually helped the young Momoko grow into a confident and knowledgable crafter of various foodstuffs and potions, with an impressive customer base. She likewise befriended Fujimaru, though her relationship with the young man wasn't as pronounced or as close to the one he shared with Akiye. Despite this, Momoko was more than willing to help Fujimaru when the latter asked her for help regarding the arrangement of a picnic for Akiye. She developed a friendship with Fujimaru and very much enjoyed his company.
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. Whenever festivities were called for the twins were often called upon to sing, which was something they took to with gusto.
- Main article -- Sword Art Online (Kenji).
- SAOK: The Karma Scales
- SAOK: The Business of Grinding
- SAOK: The Eventful Taurus
- SAOK: The Moneymaking Crusade
- SAOK: Roving Rovia
- SAOK: Braving the Depths
- SAOK: New Year Resolutions
- SAOK: Inbetweeners I (mentioned)
- SAOK: Inbetweeners III (background)
- SAOK: Inbetweeners IV (background)
- SAOK: Inbetweeners V
|Level||4.||December 6th, 2022.|
|Level||6.||Evening of December 7th, 2022.|
|Level||12.[Notes 1]||In the time between December 7th and December 15th.|
|Level||20.||As of January 27th 2023.|
|«Throwing Picks»||Throwing Blade||Bought by Kenji and given to Momoko on the morning of December 7th.||Used only when questing or farming mobs with Kenji.|
|«Heirloom Sewing Kit»||Crafting Gear||Acquired as a rare drop from a «Bandit Tailor» on December 6th 2022, by Kenji and given to Momoko.||Comparable to shop-bought gear found on the 3rd Floor.|
|«Cooking Utensils»||Cooking equipment||Already in Momoko's possession when she met Kenji.|
|«Pestle and Mortar»||Mixing equipment||Acquired by Momoko after unlocking «Mixing».|
|«Unnamed Agility earring»||Earring||Received December 19th, 2022, as a reward for the «Jade Key» quest.||Grants +1 to Agility.|
|«Sigil of Lyusula»||Ring||Received between December 26th and December 29th 2022, from Yofilis, after the completion of the «Shipwright of Yore» quest.||Allows access to «Dark Elf» areas.|
Increases Skill proficiency gain.
Grants +1 to Agility.
|«Vendor's Carpet»||Mercantile mat||Early Christmas present from Kenji.||Acquired after hitting level 12 and acquiring the «Equipment Appraisal» Skill.|
|«Cloak of Hiding»||Cloak||Given to Momoko and Akiye by Fujimaru on December 30th 2022.||Helps obscure the wearer by blending them into the background.|
Durability decreases with continued use, requiring the «Sewing» Skill to repair.
Momoko began her career in Sword Art Online as a non-combatant, though when she was questing or farming materials with Kenji, she used «Throwing Picks» to lightly injure a monster before Kenji finished it off to increase her experience yield. This practice would continue when questing with Fujimaru. At his direction the twins were given a «Cloak of Hiding» apiece which allowed them to easily resolve fetch quests in monster-infested areas without their more battle-ready comrades having to constantly watch out for them. Midway through January 2023 Momoko reached Level 20 and unlocked «Martial Arts». This provided her a means of causing descent direct damage, though she was never considered a front-line member.
Momoko's primary role is crafting consumables, such as potions, and maintenance. Her initial skills included «Sewing» and «Cooking». Her third skill, acquired during intensive questing and monster-farming whilst partying with Kenji, was «Mixing». She reached her fourth skill slot in the time between December 7th and December 15th, with her fourth skill being «Equipment Appraisal». This allowed her to «Appraise» equipment and «Relics». By the time «Brightscale» was established as an official guild, Momoko 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.
Sword Art Online
|SAO SKILL SLOTS|
|Sewing||Cooking||Mixing||Equipment Appraisal||Martial Arts|
Appearances in other media
Momoko has appeared in a number of specials and one-shot chapters, usually as a confused spectator. Whilst considered canon to the rest of Sword Art Online (Kenji), these chapters are designed to be light-hearted and not overly serious, with content that can rightly be called ridiculous.
The specials in question are:
- The Tortilla Crusade! -- one-shot celebrating "National Tortilla Chip Day".
Behind the scenes
- Momoko's height and weight measurements, including physical appearance, is modelled on Yuzu Kurosaki from Bleach.
References & notes
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 SAOK: The Karma Scales
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 SAOK: The Business of Grinding
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 SAOK: Inbetweeners III
- ↑ SAOK: Unexpected Meetings
- ↑ Guild uniform
- ↑ SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 SAOK: Inbetweeners IV
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 SAOK: Inbetweeners V
- ↑ Volume 2, Morning Dew Girl, Part 1
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 SAOK: The Eventful Taurus
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 SAOK: The Moneymaking Crusade
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Intermission: A Matter of Skills and Proficiency
- ↑ Intermission: Matters of Trust
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 SAOK: New Year Resolutions
- ↑ SAOK: Inbetweeners I
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 SAOK Timeline
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 Progressive Volume 2, Concerto of Black and White, Part 2
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 18.2 Progressive Volume 3, Barcarolle of Froth, Part 7
- ↑ Brightscale Roles
- ↑ SAOK: Braving the Depths
- ↑ Momoko was able to «Appraise» equipment for their specific effects by December 15th, 2022. Since she did not remove any of her skills when forging new equipment for the members of «Brightscale» between the 15th and 17th of December, 2022, she had «Equipment Appraisal» in her fourth slot.