A semi-genderbent fanfiction story created by Knowledgeseeker66. The story can be found here.The premise of the story is an alternate universe where certain characters are genderbent, such as Kirito (Kirita), Asuna (Akio), and Lizbeth (Leonardo) while genders for other characters remain the same, such as Klein, Suguha, and Kayaba.
Kirigaya Kazuta (Kirita/Kirito) does well in school, strong enough to beat up people in the real world, and she is good looking. However, her actions and decisions have led her to being isolated, and she has admitted to making numerous mistakes in the past that she has or would come to regret.
Kudo Tomomi (Delano) he was once known as 'The Ace' in school because of his intelligence and athletic abilities, but he lost his athletic abilities in a car crash caused by his mother. As a result, he became a bitter person who embraces virtual reality, so he can 'walk' again.
Action Girl: Kazuta. Even before she ends up in Sword Art Online she saves Akio from bullies due to her karate lessons.
Adaptation Expansion: Even though there have only been a few chapters so far, the story has greatly expanded upon numerous aspects of the story.
The first few chapters provide more backstory for Kazuta and a number of other characters while a number of the characters' pasts were largely untouched in canon.
Chapter Three was about Kazuta participating in the Beta Test which is an event that was never shown in canon, and it introduced multiple characters both canon and original who were part of the Beta Test.
Chapter Four provided information on the activities for a number of other players besides Kirito/Kirita and Klein prior to the Death Game's announcement.
Chapter Five goes into more than Kazuta's adventures during the first day of the Death Game. It goes into what happened to several other Beta Testers along with introducing and/or involving characters who were not involved in the canon version of the first day and providing a scenario involving what is happening in the real world.
This chapter also shows Coper dying in the real world as the Nerve Gear destroys his head.
Chapter Six and Chapter Seven provide details on the first month of the Death Game which is glossed over in canon. They provide details on not just Kazuta and Akio, but for numerous other characters as well.
Chapter Eight and the upcoming Chapter Nine expands on Kazuta and Akio's first meeting within the game and the preparation prior to the first boss battle.
Adaptational Heroism: Several characters that were evil in the canon story are portrayed in a more positive light in this story.
Johnny Black: He becomes friends with Delano, and might be considered Delano's Morality Pet. He states he could not picture killing another player after learning about what would happen to the players after they die in the game.
Kuradeel: He saves several players lives during Chapter Six alongside his friend Diabel.
XaXa: He is ironically portrayed as being somewhat of a Nice Guy during his introduction in Chapter Seven.
Ascended Extra: There are numerous characters in this story that receive this treatment
Argo - In canon, Argo is a female Beta Tester who only appears in one episode of the anime and a few side stories in the Light Novels. In this story, Argo is gender-bent into a male player, and he becomes a main character.
Beta Testers - In canon, there are only a few Beta Testers that are named, but several of the original characters introduced in the story are Beta Testers and have played a role in the story.
Coper - He only appears in one chapter of the Light Novel in canon, but he appears in more than one chapter in this story. While he does die in the same fashion in this story, it has been confirmed that his death will provide a Small Role, Big Impact.
Griselda - In canon, she never has any lines, but she has appeared in several chapters in this story and has received a few lines, and her relationship with her husband Grimlock is given screentime unlike canon.
Kuradeel - In canon, he only appears in two episodes of the anime that take place during 2024, but he is introduced during the first month of the Death Game which is late 2022. His personality and relationships are expanded upon.
Sasha - She only appears in three episodes in canon, and her role is minimal at best. In Chapter Six, she is recruited by Argo to become his assistant.
Adorkable: Kirita have shades of this whenever she has trouble speaking to male players. She goes from being a confident player to someone who stutters relatively frequently.
Asshole Victim: Similar to canon, Coper betrays Kazuta and attempts to get her killed. However, he ultimately gets killed instead both in Sword Art Online and the real world.
Badass: A majority of the characters trapped in the game will most likely develop into badasses at some point, but as of this moment the notable badasses are Kirita/Kirito, Gorobei, and Delano.
Yui is already going through this as of Chapter Five with being forced to watch all the players die one by one.
After the events of Coper attempting to kill her in Chapter Five along with her guilt and paranoia growing in Chapter Six, Kazuta is going down this route as well.
Similar to canon, Silica had a breakdown after the beginning of the Death Game, and now she has been recruited into Titan Hand.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: At the end of every chapter, certain characters, normally Kirita and Akio break the fourth wall in Omakes for either comical or informational purposes. They also lampshade about certain things that happen in the chapters or the story arcs.
Starting with Chapter Six, there is a new section for Argo and Sasha called 'Information Broker Time.'
Bonus Material: There is bonus material at the beginning and end of each of each chapter. At the beginning, there is a haiku poem, and at the end of the chapter there are omakes where characters break the fourth wall. The author notes both at the beginning and ending of the chapter provide more depth about certain things within the story as well.
But for Me, It Was Tuesday: A Heroic version. Kirita met Akio twice in the real world, before Sword Art Online. While Akio remembers their incounters as they had a huge impact on him, Kirita doesn't until Akio tells her at the end of Chapter 9.
Death by Adaptation: Kirigaya Minetaka the biological uncle of Kazuta is dead in this story while he is alive in canon, but does not play any role in the plot.
Does Not Like Men: Played with. Due to Kazuta's experiences with her grandfather, Kazuta has a mild discomfort with males which is part of the reason she pretends to be a male player in different games she has participated in the past. She does not necessarily dislike males, but she has difficulties talking to them for a long period of time.
When Klein finds out she is female in Chapter Four, she is able to talk to him. However, she still feels somewhat uncomfortable, especially since she need to get him to focus on listening to her rather than being awestruck.
Kazuta is attempting to work on this problem throughout the Death Game due to her friendship with Argo and later Akio.
In Chapter Six, she threatens Argo when she mistakens him as a stalker, but apologizes for her actions after she realizes she is wrong.
In Chapter Eight, she punches Akio in the face to get him to stop being depressed and later apologizes for punching him later and acknowledges she went too far.
Dude Magnet: Due to Kazuta's good looks, she used to be popular with the boys in her school. However, this trope was subverted after she beat up a number of her karate club members which turned them off from trying to ask her out much to her relief.
Early-Bird Cameo: Numerous characters have made appearances within the first few chapters of the story.
Yui is one of the most notable ones with her checking the mental states of the players during the Beta Test and early in the Death Game.
Gender Bender: Several characters have had their genders changed in this story while others remain the same.
Kazuta does this in-universe by pretending to be a boy in the different video games she plays, so she can be more comfortable around male players. At the beginning of the story, she still goes by the name Kirito.
In Chapter Three, Delano loses to Kirito (she has not gone by Kirita yet) in a duel, and he accepted his defeat gracefully while making it clear he would want to fight her again.
In Chapter Seven, Slade loses to Delano and reluctantly becomes Delano's second in command of their new guild The Conquerors.
Green-Eyed Monster: During Chapters Four, Six, and Seven, it is shown that Grimlock already is showing signs of this due to Griselda being a better at handling the virtual world better than him.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Similar to canon, Coper attempts to murder Kazuta indirectly by setting a trap to lure other monsters to kill her. However, the trap ultimately backfires and gets him killed instead.
Coper tries to kill Kazuta during Chapter Five partly because of the fact she did not tolerate his behavior during the Beta Test, and he did not believe she would uphold her part of the bargain they made.
Delano: Although he may have good reasons to be bitter towards his mother, he can take things rather far
Grimlock: He shows signs of being this, but he keeps his true feelings to himself rather than being upfront about it.
Kira: She is the genderbent version of Kiabou is a clear cut example.
Kirigaya Riku: Kazuta and Suguha's grandfather pushed the limit of being an abusive grandfather.
PoH: Even during the Beta Test, he enjoyed Player-Killing, and he developed an obsession with Kirito/Kirita after she killed him for his crimes during the Beta Test. As of Chapter Four, he is stalking Kirito/Kirita partly because she killed him during the Beta Test.
In Chapter Five, he pointed out to Johnny Black that he will die because he is too weak to survive on his own.
In Chapter Six, he criticized Keita's poor leadership and how it almost got him and his guild killed prior to his intervention.
Regardless of what you think of Sugou, he does make a valid point when he tells Akio that he does whatever his parents tell him to do and that he needs to stand up to his parents if he doesn't want to the next CEO.
In Chapter Three, he gracefully accepts his defeat at the hands of Kazuta. In Chapter Five, he saves Johnny Black's life and makes a 'grave' to honor Johnny Black's two friends who died during the first day of the Death Game.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Within the first six chapters, more than fifty characters have made appearances and have had at least one line. The number will likely continue to go up.
Similar to the canon series, Klein maintains this characterization.
Argo might have a slight selfish side, but he generally acts like a nice guy to his employees and clients.
Akio generally acts as a nice guy too.
Original Character: As expected from a Knowledgeseeker66 story, there are a fair number of original characters that have been created specifically for this story. Several of them are Beta Testers as well.
Papa Wolf: Kayaba seems to have shades of this for Kirita. Case in point, when Hideyoshi worries that Sugou might influence how Akio would treat Kirita. Kayaba shows some emotion when he shoots down the idea because he is certain Kirita would be able to beat up Akio if he mistreated her. Later, in his Heathcliff persona he delvers a verbal smack down on Godfree when he talks about the ugly false rumors about Kirita that started after the Illfang boss fight.
Sugou gives one Akio in chapter 2, making it clear that Akio needs to stand up to his parents if he doesn't want to be CEO.
It is Akio's meeting with Kazuta later in the chapter where she gives him a similar speech that makes what Akio needs to learn stick.
Delano gave one to Johnny Black to an extent when he made it clear Johnny Black was weak, but he did eventually change his mind.
Delano delivered one to Keita for his poor leadership skills in Chapter Six.
Similar to canon, Agil delivers one during the meeting prior to the first boss battle to Kira and several other players by telling them to stop trying to blame the Beta Testers and focus on taking responsibility for themselves.
Akio gives a scathing one to Kira when he defends Kazuta.
Samus Is a Girl: Due to Kazuta's preference to be a male avatar, a few players are surprised when they find out her real gender.
Shout-Out: There have been a fair number in this story already:
Seven Samurai / Samurai 7: Having several of the original characters, Heihachi, Kikuchiyo, and Gorobei, sharing the same names as the main characters of the film and its loose anime adaptation. Justified in Kikuchiyo and Gorobei's cases since Seven Samurai was their favorite movie growing up, and they enjoyed the anime. They have also made several references to the film and anime too.
A Certain Magical Index: Kazuta wears shorts underneath her skirt in the real world and indirectly references the franchise.
Small Role, Big Impact: Coper dies in the same manner as in canon, but it was confirmed by Knowledgeseeker66 and the preview for Chapter Six that his death will provide more of an impact on Kazuta than it did on Kirito in canon.
Stalker Without A Crush: PoH stalked Kazuta at the end of Chapter Four and throughout Chapters Five and Six. He developed an obsession with her during the Beta Test when he thought she was a male player, and now he seems even more interested in her now that he knows her real gender. However, his dialogue and thoughts do not indicate that he would be interested in anything romantic.
Supreme Chef: In this story, Kazuta is talented with cooking in the real world, and she decides to make cooking one of her skills in the game.
Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Kazuta has taken karate classes and has admitted to herself she finds it easier to beat up boys than to talk to them. She prefers to be a male player in video games, she enjoys fighting in virtual reality games, and she was the best Beta Tester for Sword Art Online. However, she is proud of her long hair, and she enjoys cooking.
Kayaba is interested in Kirita from the very beginning. Though it may have something to do with that her father was his mentor.
As of Chapter Three, Sougu has picked up on Kayaba's interest in Kirita and has started to take interest in her himself.
During the Beta Test in Chapter Three, PoH was interested in Kirita/Kazuta because she killed/defeated him in the Beta Test. After finding about her true gender in Chapter Four, he has started stalking her.