Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment Shows How The Game Begins And More Dating

By Sato . April 2, 2014 . 3:10am


Eir Aoi is a popular singer who was first discovered through NicoNico Douga, and has had her music featured in anime such as Kill la Kill and Sword Art Online. During a recent “Let’s Play” video with Dengeki, she logs into the upcoming Vita title, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, and shows a good amount of gameplay footage.



The first video starts out with a look at the character creation screen, where we get to see a bunch of different hairstyles, eyes, and other customization options for your customized Kirito. Again, while the default name is Kirito, you’ll have an option to enter a new name of your choice as well.


It doesn’t look like you’ll be able to pick a female gender for Kirito, but you can give him feminine hairstyles like the Sachi hair Aoi chose for her own character, which she ended up calling “Eirun”.


After the first scene, the game starts out with a tutorial battle at around 5:40, explaining everything from the Burst meter to using skills. After the fight, Eirun and Philia are seen talking to one another, and actually getting along, so Philia will likely be a close ally early in the game.



The second video shows Eirun exploring the fields with Philia following closely behind. After demonstrating some more combat, they show us a feature where you’ll be able to compliment your partners, which will provide some sort of benefit.


At 9:05, Eirun encounters some more villains, but this time we get to see the Philia be more involved in the fight, using a Provoke-like skill… while Eir Aoi runs around trying to open some treasure chests. (It’s okay, she gives her plenty of compliments afterwards for her hard work.)


Then, they go back to fight the monster, but it seems like they bit off more than they could chew, as the monster is able to send Eirun to the grave in two swift hits.



Finally, the third video gives us a look at how you’ll go around town with heroine characters, starting with a stroll with Yui. Yui can’t participate in combat, but she’ll have plenty of other occasions to shine when you take her out.


Eir Aoi tries to hold hands with Yui, but isn’t able to because the mood wasn’t right, so that means you’ll need to meet certain conditions before you can hold hands and carry heroines in your arms.


Next, Kirito is seen with Klein, and this time, he plays his cards right. We previously reported that Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will have a little “bromance” in it, as you’ll be able to hold hands with male characters.



At the 3:35 mark of the video, we get to see just that, when Kirito holds hands and even carries Klein in his arms, to which he reacts by saying, “what the heck!? Is this some kind of joke?”



… and if you’re wondering about being able to go further than that, the above image says it all. You’ll be able to spend quality pillow-bro-talk with other male characters, as well. The talks between male characters will be about things like their goals and dreams, girls they like, and more.



Just don’t let Asuna catch you, as there are some dreams women will never understand.


Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will be released on April 24 for PlayStation Vita.

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  • Servant BerserCAR

    ( ゚_゚)>⌐■-■
    Mother of god….

    • rated_maxxxx

      I hope Noire’s game or that new Atelier game will be 10x much better than this pathetic bromatic piece of garbage.

      • Firekitty

        Yes, because games filled with borderline pornographic fanservice directed at men are peachy-keen, but god forbid they include a single thing to make the ladies happy. You might catch teh ghei from playing the game, even if the feature is totally optional and you never use it.

        • Theob Vious Choice

          Sorry for that guy’s ridiculous comment, not all of us within the Neptune and Atelier fanbase are homophobic losers who hate anything not directed toward our already tarnished demographic. In fact, as someone who enjoys fanservice quite a lot, I vastly approve of this. I am totally cool with this “bromance” as these meme-folk dub it.
          Just link one of them a convincing trap next time, if they like it (which they will) you have succeeded.

          • Firekitty

            Never fear, I’d never assume an entire fanbase was ANYTHING. As a yaoi fangirl I know VERY well how a few loud idiots can ruin it for the rest of us.

        • rated_maxxxx

          Yeah, and maybe if the game had featured some girl/girl “bromance” as well (as in make Asuna or that blonde girl main playable character and can date other girls), everyone would have been happy and everything would be fair. But since this game has het and yaoi romance and no yuri at all, it’s a shame. Instant dropped. This game pretty much confirms that yuri or girl/girl romance is dead and hated.

          • Firekitty

            Okay, now I KNOW you’re trolling.

      • Theob Vious Choice

        Even as a hardcore fan of Neptune, and a fan of the Atelier series I gotta say that was a pretty dickish comment. As someone who has preordered Noire’s game, I’ll say it outright; it’s an SRPG, so I don’t see how it’ll be better than the actual mainseries games even if it does look really good. You’re making us look bad, we already look bad. We enjoy what we like, and I don’t like it when people say “lul, if u like atelier or Neptune ur a pedo, lul.” so why should I make fun of someone for liking this kind of thing.
        Hell, most people will bash SAO just because the second arc of the anime was godawful and was a disgrace to it within the LN (it was a good arc there at least) but this is a bit lame. If you can’t take this level of yaoi, you may as well ditch Neptune too, considering Noire and Neptune being yuri is effectively canon.

        Don’t be a dick..

        • Firekitty

          No, no, he’s okay with yuri. Gurlz R hawt.

          Guy on guy is totally gross and wrong, though, even if it’s mostly treated as a joke.

          • Alex Webber

            Sadly world wide Lesbian relationships are more accepted than homosexual male relationships its a sad fact about the world we live in :(
            I think its a bit of a cop out personally if you can pillow talk Klein why not date the guy? No offense to yaoi fans but straight dudes don’t have a pillow talk with their faces less than 30cm away from each other so I say just make it a male on male romance I mean why not?

    • Ninastars

      This is now a good game in my books.

    • makubexnas
    • Ah! My sides hurt! I couldn’t stop laughing! Both while reading the article and viewing your comment. Kirito and Klein? So wrong, yet so funny.

      • GH56734

        I thought it was an April Fools joke.

        • Bro-mance was confirmed a while back. It wouldn’t be an April Fools Day joke.

    • Zer0faith

      Bromance to the MAX!

  • fyi1191

    Kirito yo, welcome to the real world.

  • Kami nii

    Are you Sh***ing me right now? Now this is funny lol
    Its gonna be a sword fight episode 16.5

    • makubexnas

      Will you help klein level up tonight ?

      • Firekitty


    • GH56734

      Trivia time: While fan-translating the PSP prequel, they found a certain… “item”.. that was left out of the coding of the final game. For now it breaks the game since there’s something missing, so the effect is not yet known. But… all things considered, is it a bad thing?
      (it’s not a prank, it was confirmed by at least four people on separate occasions, it’s コンドーム )


      • God

        Dafuq did i just read.

        • GH56734

          Ignorance is a bliss sometimes, you know.

          • God

            Dude, who do you think you are talking to? My mind is not as easy to rape as a human’s.

          • GH56734

            Kratos would beg to differ.

          • God

            That piece of crap only beated some of the sub-gods i used for a social experiment, if he tried against a TRUE GOD, like say, me, or Chuck Norris, he wouldn’t stand a chance.

  • Zoozbuh

    LOL that bed screenshot. Amazing.

    • Sato

      I think I had too much fun with that back there haha

  • xe7en

    “kyaaa! bring me downn! b-bakaaa..”

  • Slightly disturbing

  • Kayriss Wins

    Take note Rune factory and Fire Emblem, we want homosexual relationships in our RPG’s!

    • ForteWily

      I will admit that there is a demand in such things. Me, myself… I don’t really care about it.
      But I can’t say this is the way to go about from what it seems. From the way that it looks, and without any context of the relationship (assuming there is one), this just seems like a sad grab at attention.
      Homosexual relationships are much better than what we see here in SAO for entertainment.
      You may want “homosexual relationships in our RPG’s” (and I am not oppose to that) but for god’s sake… do it right. And from what we have here… this is not it.

      • Kayriss Wins

        As long as the options there I could care less if it’s good or not, I’m a huge yuri fan and i naturally use female characters in RPG the most (if I’m even given THAT option) and whenever there’s potential for said character to be in a relationship I’m forced to settle for the opposite sex or nothing at all (Rune Factory’s a perfect example of this) I just wish developers would just throw this annoying morality mindstate away from these kinds of games.

        • ForteWily

          That is rather ignorant of the fact that there is a greater debate of this kind of subject. To me that is akin to the use of “Black People” in theatre around the 1930’s-1940’s, where such personal was used to simply to be ridiculed and laughed at. “But hey, we are using black people… right?”

          I see such homosexual relationships in the same light. I don’t think that you really need to make a spectacle of such… In fact, I find it kind of insulting. I would rather explore the characters in something that has some sembance to reality… and the fact that homosexual relationships are just normal relationships is a part of that.

          You will see a change when you have something of impact. And cheap titillation will not fly, not with me… so until there is something that treats the subject with the respect that it deserves, I would rather that they avoid the subject entirely. It’s safer sure, but I bet that there are plenty of homosexual’s that would rage at the concept of their relationships being made fun of.

          • Kayriss Wins

            That’s a very grim way to look at it honestly although I have to say that I disagree, I don’t see it as shots fired at the LGBT community and I definitely don’t see the resemblance between this and those old black face comedies in theater but more as a way to allow players more free will to have they’re Avatar interact with other characters in the game as they pleased, you don’t even have to look at it as a sexual orientation: If you can carry around female characters why not have the privilege to carry male ones too? This reminds me of the Japanese studio Clamp, they never discriminate against sexual preferences in the relationships in they’re animes or manga, almost everybody in Cardcaptor Sakura was bisexual and it was something noone ever questioned it was considered the norm. That’s how these games should be IMO.

          • Firekitty

            The entire point of the relationship systems in this kind of game is ‘cheap titilation’, though. Looking at it that way, wouldn’t it be nice to see them treating homosexual relationships exactly the same way as heterosexual ones? That’s actually the opposite of ‘making a spectacle’.

            If just the fact that homosexual relationships are possible qualifies as a ‘spectacle’ in your mind, then you might have a deeper problem to address.

          • Calintz YT


          • Calintz YT

            Disguising your homophobia as “moral outrage”, over how homosexuality is not being treated respectfully does not work here.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            We have long left the subject at hand. Please move on.

          • Firekitty

            The posts are less than a day old, and perfectly civil. It seems a little out of line to swoop in and command us to ‘move on’ from a polite debate…

          • M’iau M’iaut

            When the pattern of discussion switches to who is homophobic just because a poster thinks a SAO game might have issues handling the topic of various relationships — we have moved beyond the scope of the game.

      • Calintz YT

        Because you are an authority on homosexual relations. Thank you for informing me what my relationships are like.

        • ForteWily

          No, I am not. I only speak from my experience and that of the observation of my friends and their relationships.

          If that is not clear, then I am sorry. I can’t help you with the matter of perception.

      • RajaNaga

        That is kind of a heteronormative attitude to have, though… I really don’t see how having the possibility of homosexual (this means both m/m and f/f, which some people seem to forget) relationships in games like Harvest Moon and Fire Emblem would hurt anybody. (this one you practically can, a lot of supports are very hinting, but miss the mark usually). If you don’t like it or want to go through with it, you ignore it. But if it’s there it makes all of the quite large population of non-straight more happy. Wow, who’da thunk?

    • Pinkemon

      That’d be great. If they really would do that I hope it wouldn’t get edited in the english versions.

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      homo relationship on FE will happen only when Nintendo’s staff will stop thinking like a old conservative business man.
      And Rune Factory is pretty much a male and straight otaku focused franchise so it’s not going to happen

    • Thatguy

      Yeah, like EA did.
      It was awful

  • Narrator 1

    Now we just need options for Kayaba and Eugeo as well. Yeah, I know Eugeo in particular won’t arrive until much later, but if they could shoehorn Leafa and Sinon into Aincrad…

  • I hope the story about the english subtitle is true!

  • Renaldi Saputra

    lol at the picts

  • Anewme…Again

    I’m strangely interested in this game, even though i never had any interest in SAO before.

    • God

      Yaoi fan detected.

      • Anewme…Again

        You couldn’t be more wrong, i hate Yaoi.

        • Dan Lieo

          Well i Hate you.

        • God

          So, you think you hate Yaoi? I have some bad news for you then…

  • Kornelious

    So we’ll be able to create our own character in story mode as well?! That’s prett cool though I wonder if the dialouge with other character will have Kirito saying set lines or you pick them and having the NPC’s struggle to NOT say your name :P
    I just hope that they include everything from Infinity Movement as well as the new “Hollow” chapter, Either way May cant come fast enough :)

  • Scuura

    Just food for thought…

    *Edit: If anyone’s wondering where this came from, it from the SAO doujin, Watashino Kiritokunga Uwaki Shiterulu~ (My Kirito-kun is Cheating On Me!) Written and draw by the doujin circle Air X Gravity (Circle) & Bibi.

    If you want to read the full translated doujin, go here: http://www.batoto.net/comic/_/comics/sword-art-online-watashino-kiritokunga-uwaki-shiterulu-doujinshi-r9577

    • God

      What the fuck did i just read?

      • Calintz YT

        Mind fuckery

    • rated_maxxxx

      >Het: YES!
      >Yaoi: KYAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!! *fangirls squee*
      >Yuri: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Ewwww, yuri sucks! Yuri is boring! Yuri is just for fanservice.
      Sword Art Online confirmed to hate yuri. Series dropped.

      • DyLaN

        There some yuri teasing in one of the later arc.

      • Xerain

        Should have posted Kirk and Spock. It’s all their fault.

  • Liamv2

    The shippers are pleased.

  • MitsukiIX

    Hnnnnnnnnnnnnnng Klein x kirito GOTY confirmed

  • Kenyah

    The guy likes to do incest, and yaoi but not yuri… hmm..

    • Firekitty

      Well, he’d need to be a girl to do yuri, and apparently SAO doesn’t have a sex-change service yet. Give it some time, most MMOs add it eventually.

      • Kenyah

        Senran Kagura were made by guys and they’re doing some yuri fanservice, not only girls can do yuri, but yeah, they seriously need to make a female option too if they really want people to buy this stuff.

        • Firekitty

          …I meant Kirito, the character. It was an MMO joke. >.<

          • Kenyah

            I see, sorry for misunderstanding. Heh.

          • Firekitty

            Sorry myself, I guess I misunderstood who you were talking about originally.

  • Emd23


  • Rocco

    Klein: K-Kirito…
    Kirito: What?
    Klein: This is kinda embarrassing…
    Kirito: Why? You’re my partner. Or do you want me to remind you that in the bed tonight?
    Klein: *blush*
    Kirito: Why are you blushing? I’m talking about the usual pillow bro-talk we always do. *grin* Or are you thinking about something else?
    Klein: B-Baka! I’m only fanservicing the players!

  • Guest

    The gameplay looks improved, good.
    And about the “bromance”; they’re just good friends, come on. ^ ^

  • David García Abril

    So, they’re gonna take their interaction at the end of the first episode to the next level, huh?

  • David García Abril

    By the way, since Eir Aoi is the one playing, I’d like to advocate for the second opening of the anime that she performed: “Innocence”.

    Most people only gush about “Crossing Field”, the first opening performed by LiSA. And granted, that one might still be superior, but I think “Innocence” grows on you, and at then end, if it doesn’t match “Crossing Field”s awesomeness, it definitely comes close.

    As a matter of fact, this song and the ending theme might be the two only positive things about the Fairy Dance arc.


  • Roberto

    Bro 4 life

  • Yan Zhao

    You can carry Klein…YESSSSS!!!!!

  • Calintz YT

    He looks heavy.

  • Aspenharls

    If this were an Etrian Odyssey game, I’d say Bros before FOES…….but it’s not, and yet I’m still ok with this.

  • I-e-on

    Yes! Finally one step closer to bro kissing!

  • MaskedHero99

    I like sword art but dont like monter hunter clone games

  • Dan Lieo

    Whooohooo Yaoi tired of seeing under aged girls everywhere in games
    i am very glad about this

  • Dan Lieo

    Bring the Yaoi woohoo finally get some boys love in a game
    bored of seeing yuri in everything

  • Raze

    This will happen eventually huh

  • TheSwordUser

    I skipped to 5:20 in first video

  • Maria Francisca Mena

    Too bad that you can only be a male and have relationship with girls, because this seem like a good game

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