Sword Art Online: 5 Reasons Why Kirito & Asuna Make Sense As A Couple (& 5 Why They Don't) Kirito and Asuna are one of the most popular couples in Sword Art Online. But do they really make sense together or should they be apart?



Kirito and Asuna are one of the most popular couples in Sword Art Online. When it was released in 2012, the highly-acclaimed series made both good waves and bad for the writing as well as the main coupling of main characters. Kirito and Asuna became such a popular couple that at one point they were the most cosplayed characters at anime conventions.

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While some fans viewed their relationship with rose-tinted glasses, some often found problems with their relationship. Here are five reasons why Asuna and Kirito make the perfect couple and five others why they may not be such a good match after all.



The Sword Art Online light novel and anime differ from each other on how much time Kirito and Asuna spent time together before affirming their status as a couple, and eventually, in-game husband and wife.

While the newly-written Sword Art Online: Progressive makes Kirito and Asuna"s relationship a lot better by explaining how their relationship progressed and showed them interacting, the original light novel did not show them speaking, and much less the anime, as it diverted from the source material a bit.



While the anime and light novel change the way Kirito and Asuna meet and interact in the early game, it is true that they were friends before they became lovers. This is shown in an episode where they spoke as friends, and he came over to Asuna"s house in the in-game world.

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While they were indeed flirting with each other, it was more of an innocent thing than the "in love with you" phase. Because of this, their relationship did develop naturally.



This may be because they were stuck in a deadly survival game in the original Sword Art Online, but Kirito and Asuna do show signs of being too co-dependent. This was shown in a twisted way once Oboreon captured Asuna.

Asuna, who was the sub-leader of The Knights of the Blood Oath, was captured and suddenly became a damsel-in-distress. At that time, all Asuna could do was wait for Kirito to come and save her. Vice-versa, Kirito seems to lose any sense of wanting to do anything if Asuna is in danger.

7 Makes Sense: They Understand Each Other



One thing about Kirito and Asuna is that throughout the hell that was Sword Art Online, they had a mutual understanding of one another. This is because they spent so long in-game that they had no choice but to interact, learn each other"s pet peeves, and also talk - a lot.

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This is why both of them trust each other unconditionally and why they seem to not be able to live without the other when they are apart.


At the same time, however, Kirito and Asuna rarely fight for a couple. While this is healthy, it is in turn unhealthy for a couple to not have at least a few fights every once in a while. Whether that be a difference of opinion or simply being irritated by a pet peeve, they do not fight at all.

Kirito and Asuna did have a few fights in the beginning before they became lovers, but it suddenly stopped after that. They seem a bit too perfect, and that is a problem.

5 Makes Sense: They Get Along In Real Life


Kirito and Asuna"s relationship knows no bounds, and this is why even when they meet each other in the real world for the first time, they get along extremely well.

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Even when they attend school, or just have a regular date, they act as a true couple. This is shown when the first thing Kirito thinks about when he awakens is Asuna, leaves his hospital bed, and tries to find out where she is after getting booted out of the game.


Although Kirito and Asuna both enjoy playing online games, they do not have much in common when one sits back to think about it. Kirito loves technology and computers, so much so that he built his own.

On the other hand, Asuna enjoys cooking and not much else, from what Reki Kawahara wrote. Because of this, it is unknown if Kirito and Asuna share common interests.

3 Makes Sense: They Have Gone Through A Lot Together


Trapped inside a game where 10,000 players must defeat each other to live, Kirito and Asuna created quite the bond, and thus have been through hell and back - literally, as fans are pretty sure they "died" once.

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Because they know what the Sword Art Online experience was like, and also know what they went through in the virtual world, they both have experienced a lot together.


This is true in both the light novel and the anime, but less so in Sword Art Online: Progressive. However, in Sword Art Online their relationship kicks off immediately in one episode, it seems.

This is true, as Kirito and Asuna had one episode they were friends, with Asuna being in the Knights of the Blood Oath and acting as a high-ranking official, and Kirito talking with her more. But in the next episode, they were hinted to have been dating, as Asuna showed Lisbeth earrings he bought her.

1 Makes Sense: They Are Loyal To Each Other


One thing that fans of Sword Art Online cannot deny is how loyal Kirito and Asuna are to each other. No matter how many girls are thrown at Kirito, he never turns an eye to them and thinks about Asuna. The same goes for Asuna, as even though Kirito was stuck inside Project Alicization and was in a coma, she never left him.

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In fact, she put herself in danger to save him. This shows the connection between them and shows how solid of a couple they are, even with their flaws.

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Brianna Albert is an author, writer, reader, and seasonal anime watcher. She has been watching anime since before Naruto became Hokage and trying to figure out how to bend air since she was in kindergarten. She now works for Valnet, Inc, writing anime lists on Comic Book Resources, writing about television on Screenrant, as well as editing as a Junior Editor. In her spare time, she writes romance novels, works as a freelance Japanese translator, catches hearts in otome games, and binge watches K-Dramas. You can follow her and her witty tweets at