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Oh, for the love of- STAND STILL!
~ Excerpt from SAOK: The Eventful Taurus, were Sojiro demonstrates a rare demonstration of his frustration.
Sojiro Kori
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Personal Info
Real Name Sojiro Kori
Kanji 宗次郎コリ
Gender Male
Height 173 cm (5'8")
Weight 56 kg (123 lbs.)
Family Kusaka Kori (cousin)
Player Profile
Display Name Jiro
Kanji (Display) 二郎
VR Played «Sword Art Online»
Occupation Clearer
Affiliation «Brightscale»
Status Alive
Media
Appears In «Sword Art Online (Kenji)»


Sojiro Kori (宗次郎コリ), known by the username Jiro (二郎), was one of the 10,000 players trapped in «Sword Art Online». He was a founding member of a Clearer guild called «Brightscale». He and Kusaka Kori are cousins. In the real world Sojiro was a programmer for a large unspecified tech company. His best friend is Yoshiro Kazuki.

Sojiro served as a supporting character in the author's work, usually being depicted alongside Kusaka and Ino.

Appearance

Sojiro and Kusaka share little physical resemblance despite their familial relation: in Kenji's own words Kusaka has hair as black as the ace of spades, whilst Sojiro's is as blond as a Barbie dolls.[1] In addition, Kusaka is muscled and well-built, whilst Sojiro is thin and lanky. He is frequently seen with his long fringe combed to the side in order to cover the left side of his face.[2]

Casual wear

Sojirocasual

Sojiro's casual guild uniform.

The first combative members of «Brightscale» to exhibit a casual uniform outside of battle or questing were Kusaka and Yoshiro,[3] both of whom found the weight of their Tanking armour impractical for everyday use.[4] Seemingly in answer to Kusaka's venting, Momoko created a casual uniform rather than a strict battle uniform, allowing for the members of «Brightscale» to exhibit their own unique appearance on the front lines. 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. In addition, Sojiro's uniform was modified slightly, with him wearing the same armbands as Kusaka, albeit hidden beneath the long sleeves of his kimono. He likewise forwent the wearing of the neck band exhibited by his cousin.[5] These uniforms were in use by the members of «Brightscale» by the 22nd of December 2022.[6] As time passed, however, Sojiro altered his casual uniform slightly so that the only part of his kimono that covered his upper-body was the right-arm, with his left side and left-arm completely exposed.

Early equipment

Sojiro adhered to a balanced approach in regard to his gear that provided decent mobility and protection, for he noted that his weapon of choice necessitated a greater degree of coverage than other weapon categories.[7] Sojiro wears more protective gear than fellow damage-dealers Kenji and Fujimaru and,[8] in the words of both Yoshiro and Kenji, is a lancer who has lost his horse.[2][6]

Exiles Cuirass

Sojiro's first unique set of gear consisted of a cuirass and a two-handed assault spear forged for him by Akiye using materials gathered from «Zagan the Exile».[9] His spear, which was dubbed «Crimson Tide», comprised the twin horns of «Zagan the Exile» twisted together like a rope and fashioned into a devastatingly sharp tip.[10] His cuirass, which was dubbed «Exiles Cuirass», was forged from the metal collected from the broken blade of the large two-handed axe wielded by «Zagan the Exile». The metal was coloured silver, was embossed with the emblem of a bull identical to that displayed on the «Bull Hoplon», and was highlighted in black. The gear meshed with Sojiro's philosophy of protection over mobility, but still allowed for ease-of-movement.[11] The remainder of his equipment was shop-bought pieces complimenting his appearance as a lancer.[6]

Personality

Sojiro is naturally quiet and reserved and is easily pulled into other's schemes, especially those of Ino.[12] It appears he only really comes out of his shell with Kusaka, who is his cousin, and Yoshiro, who is his best friend.[2] Even when questing with other members of «Brightscale» he rarely spoke unless spoken to.[13] It was his quiet nature that contributed to Kusaka's desire to locate Sojiro,[4] and also played a part in him becoming a mainstay of Kusaka's Team B.[14]

Unlike Kusaka, who would quickly explode when angered, or Yoshiro, who is calm and collected even when angry, Sojiro is unlikely to react angrily at all. He takes almost everything in his stride.[1] Despite this Airi noted that Sojiro was actually intimidated by Kusaka and said as much to Kenji in a message to him shortly after the two cousins reunited.[15] That said, he is not completely incapable of voicing his frustrations, given the proper outlet. When «Zagan the Exile» entered his berserk phase and began moving and attacking randomly, Sojiro shouted in utter frustration before forcing the Boss to stay still with a timely Paralysis effect.[9]

Initially Sojiro held a great deal of guilt over the entrapment of himself and Yoshiro in Sword Art Online. It was his idea for the two friends to play Sword Art Online together, as their long working hours made meeting up difficult. He was especially worried about Yoshiro's wife and daughters. When Yoshiro refused to accept his apology, claiming he had done nothing wrong, Sojiro cried with relief.[2]

History

Sojiro and Yoshiro have been close friends for a long time, at least since their school-days. Sojiro in an only child and both his parents passed away some years before the SAO Incident.[2]

Synopsis

Main article -- Sword Art Online (Kenji).

Aincard arc

Part I

Inbetweeners

Part II

Stats

Stat Value Time
Level 9.[1] Morning of December 7th, 2022.[1]
Level 10.[1] Evening of December 7th, 2022.[1]
Level 12.[9] In the week between December 8th and December 14th, 2022.[9]
Level 13.[16] As of December 24th, 2022.[16]

Equipment

Weapons

Name Type Acquisition Notes
«Unnamed Two-handed Spear» Two-handed Assault Spear Sometime before Kusaka met up with him on December 4th 2022.[4] Still in Sojiro's possession as of December 7th 2022.[1]
Replaced by the «Crimson Tide» between the 15th and 17th of December 2022.[17]
«Crimson Tide» Two-handed Assault Spear Player-made for Sojiro by Akiye using materials from «Zagan the Exile» and various other rare materials.[17] Heightened effectiveness of the «Armour Pierce» Skill.[17]
Heightened Skill proficiency gain of the «Armour Pierce» Skill.[17]
Capable of inflicting a Paralysis effect of Level 2.[17]

Armour

Name Type Acquisition Notes
«Light Metal boots and gloves» Light Metal Armour The original set included a cuirass and was obtained sometime before Kusaka met up with him on December 4th 2022.[4] Included gloves and boots and was still in Sojiro's possession as of December 7th 2022.[1] The cuirass was replaced by the «Exiles Cuirass» between the 15th and 17th of December 2022.[17]
«Exiles Cuirass» Light Metal Armour Player-made for Sojiro by Akiye using materials from «Zagan the Exile» and various other rare materials.[17] +2 Vitality.[17]
+2 Strength.[17]
+4 Agility.[17]

Accessories

Name Type Acquisition Notes
«Unnamed Strength ring» Ring Received December 19th 2022,[17] as a reward for the «Jade Key» quest.[18] Grants +1 to Strength.[18]

Skills

Sojiro is a DPS, more comfortable at range than in melee, who prefers the use of the «Spear» and «Halberd» category of weapons.[8] Unfortunately, Sojiro suffers from the same weaknesses as all users of weapons under the «Spear» and «Halberd» categories, which is the cancellation of his Sword Skills should his weapon hit an obstacle mid-transition.[7] His choice of «Light Metal Armour» was a direct answer to this weakness, as his equipment choice boasted adequate protection whilst still allowing manoeuvrability.[11]

Sojiro's initial Skill Slots were built around his weapon of choice, with his choice of «Mods» also factoring into his damage output when equipped with a «Polearm». His third Skill Slot, «Weak Point Sensing», initially increased his Critical Chance whilst providing aggro management options.[19] His fourth Skill Slot, «Armour Pierce», is a Skill-tree complimenting his use of «Polearms» and allows for various Sword Skills that cause timed statistical drops to a targets stats or actual status effects like «Bleeding» or «Paralysis», in addition to those inherent to the «Spear» Skill-tree.[9]

In a full party he has shown the requisite skill and expertise to switch with his DPS partner -- usually Kenji or Fujimaru -- with the pair switching out between post-motion delays with casual ease.[14] Sojiro is particularly comfortable partying with a Tank and has rarely partied solo.[2]

Sword Art Online

SAO SKILL SLOTS
Two-handed Spear Light Metal Armour Weak Point Sensing Armour Pierce
204 / 1000
158 / 1000
158 / 1000
189 / 1000

Sword Skills

Two-handed Spear
  • Twin Thrust -- a two-hit area thrusting attack that causes paralysis.[19] The effect occurs with high likelihood even against Bosses.[9]
Armour Pierce
  • Armour Pierce -- a one-hit thrusting attack that lowers the targets defensive stats.[19]

Supplementary Skills

Weak Point Sensing
  • Critical Chance +5% -- the initial trait of the «Weak Point Sensing» Skill and a passive buff.[19]
  • Stealth Position -- an activated Skill that reduces personal aggro whilst increasing attack speed.[19]

Outside System Skills

Author's notes

Behind the scenes

  • Sojiro's height and weight measurements, including physical appearance, is modelled on Izuru Kira from Bleach.

Trivia

References & notes

References

Notes

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