|“||Oh, for the love of- STAND STILL!||„|
|~ Excerpt from SAOK: The Eventful Taurus, were Sojiro demonstrates a rare demonstration of his frustration.|
|Real Name||Sojiro Kori|
|Height||173 cm (5'8")|
|Weight||56 kg (123 lbs.)|
|Family||Kusaka Kori (cousin)|
|VR Played||«Sword Art Online»|
|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 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. 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.
The first combative members of «Brightscale» to exhibit a casual uniform outside of battle or questing were Kusaka and Yoshiro, both of whom found the weight of their Tanking armour impractical for everyday use. 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. These uniforms were in use by the members of «Brightscale» by the 22nd of December 2022. 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.
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. Sojiro wears more protective gear than fellow damage-dealers Kenji and Fujimaru and, in the words of both Yoshiro and Kenji, is a lancer who has lost his horse.
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». 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. 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. The remainder of his equipment was shop-bought pieces complimenting his appearance as a lancer.
Sojiro is naturally quiet, reserved, and is easily pulled into other's schemes, appearing at times to prefer being swept up in others plans and fading into the background. It appears he only really comes out of his shell with Kusaka, who is his cousin, and Yoshiro, who is his best friend. As such, he never really opened up to his guild-mates, even though he was a founding member of the guild. He can be quite cutting when he does speak however; Fujimaru was notably hesitant about going to him for help, with the young man noting how teasing Sojiro can be. Even when questing with other members of «Brightscale» he rarely spoke unless spoken to and rarely interjects himself in the planning process of encounters. It was his quiet nature that contributed to Kusaka's desire to locate Sojiro, and also played a part in him becoming a mainstay of Kusaka's Team B.
Sojiro has been noted to have something of a crush on Ino. When she maintained that she was fond of the typically shown staple of Dwarves being short and greedy with scraggly beards, Kenji humoursomely noted the following: "Why Jiro suddenly looked like he wanted to be about 4ft (ca. 122 cm) tall with a large scraggly beard was open to interpretation." Ino, however, was more than capable of preying on this infatuation. Sojiro was often dragged along on Ino's various moneymaking schemes. During the new year festivities on the 4th Floor, Ino organized romantic trips on «Caldera Lake» and managed to coax not only Sojiro into serving as escorts for the various paying couples, but also dragged Yoshiro and Kusaka into her scheme as well.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
- Main article -- Sword Art Online (Kenji).
- SAOK: Unexpected Meetings (mentioned)
- SAOK: The Karma Scales (background)
- SAOK: The Business of Grinding
- SAOK: The Eventful Taurus
- SAOK: The Moneymaking Crusade
- SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum
- SAOK: Braving the Depths
- SAOK: New Year Resolutions
|Level||9.||Morning of December 7th 2022.|
|Level||10.||Evening of December 7th 2022.|
|Level||12.||In the week between December 8th and December 14th 2022.|
|Level||13.||As of December 24th 2022.|
|Level||25.||As of January 27th 2023.|
|«Unnamed Two-handed Spear»||Two-handed Assault Spear||Sometime before Kusaka met up with him on December 4th 2022.||Still in Sojiro's possession as of December 7th 2022.|
Replaced by the «Crimson Tide» between the 15th and 17th of December 2022.
|«Crimson Tide»||Two-handed Assault Spear||Player-made for Sojiro by Akiye using materials from «Zagan the Exile» and various other rare materials.||Heightened effectiveness of the «Armour Pierce» Skill.|
Heightened Skill proficiency gain of the «Armour Pierce» Skill.
Capable of inflicting a Paralysis effect of Level 2.
|«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.||Included gloves and boots and was still in Sojiro's possession as of December 7th 2022. The cuirass was replaced by the «Exiles Cuirass» between the 15th and 17th of December 2022.|
|«Exiles Cuirass»||Light Metal Armour||Player-made for Sojiro by Akiye using materials from «Zagan the Exile» and various other rare materials.||+2 Vitality.|
|«Unnamed Strength ring»||Ring||Received December 19th 2022, as a reward for the «Jade Key» quest.||Grants +1 to Strength.|
Sojiro is a DPS, more comfortable at range than in melee, who prefers the use of the «Spear» and «Halberd» category of weapons. 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. His choice of «Light Metal Armour» was a direct answer to this weakness, as his equipment choice boasted adequate protection whilst still allowing manoeuvrability. His fifth Skill slot, «Martial Arts», was another means of addressing this weakness, and allowed Sojiro to attack in close-quarters with kicks.
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 and enhanced mobility. 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. He has the knowledge and skill to know which effects to inflict at which time to maximize not only his own damage, but that of his allies as well.
The weaknesses of his weapon aside, Sojiro's core drawback is his over reliance on the party dynamic. Sojiro has never partied solo since the game began; either appearing in a group with Yoshiro, teaming up with Kusaka, or working alongside Ino.
Sword Art Online
|SAO SKILL SLOTS|
|Two-handed Spear||Light Metal Armour||Weak Point Sensing||Armour Pierce||Martial Arts|
- «Twin Thrust» -- a two-hit area thrusting attack that causes paralysis. The effect occurs with high likelihood even against Bosses. This appears to be one of Jiro's favoured Sword Skills and is usually launched following an attack by either Kusaka or Shiro.
- «Armour Pierce» -- a one-hit thrusting attack that lowers the targets defensive stats. Effective for a short time even against highly-resistant Bosses.
Weak Point Sensing
- «Critical Chance +5%» -- the initial trait of the «Weak Point Sensing» Skill and a passive buff. As a passive trait Jiro always benefits from enhanced critical chance.
- «Stealth Position» -- an activated Skill that reduces personal aggro whilst increasing attack speed. It likewise provides a small boost to mobility, though not to the same degree as one would have if they activated «Sprint».
Outside System Skills
Appearances in other media
Sojiro 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
- Sojiro's height and weight measurements, including physical appearance, is modelled on Izuru Kira from Bleach.
References & notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 SAOK: The Business of Grinding
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 SAOK: Inbetweeners II
- ↑ SAOK: Inbetweeners III
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 SAOK: Unexpected Meetings
- ↑ Guild uniform
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 SAOK: The Twin Sword Conundrum
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Aria of a Starless Night Part 11
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Brightscale Roles
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 SAOK: The Eventful Taurus
- ↑ Crimson Tide appearance
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Exiles Cuirass appearance
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 SAOK: New Year Resolutions
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Intermission: A Matter of Skills and Proficiency
- ↑ Intermission: Matters of Trust
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 15.7 SAOK: Braving the Depths
- ↑ Brightscale Teams
- ↑ SAOK: Pushing the Frontier
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 SAOK: Roving Rovia
- ↑ 19.00 19.01 19.02 19.03 19.04 19.05 19.06 19.07 19.08 19.09 19.10 SAOK Timeline
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Progressive Volume 2, Concerto of Black and White, Part 2
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 Hollow Fragment Skill guide