Birthdate: November 13, 2006
Avatar Name: Sterben – Death Gun
Shouichi Shinkawa is the brother of Kyouji Shinkawa and one of the main antagonists first introduced in SAO as XaXa and then later on in GGO as Sterben the Death Gun. In Sword Art Online not much was known about him except for the fact that he was a part of the notorious Laughing Coffin guild. As he joined the GGO, he and his brother devised the Death Gun scheme to make it look like they are killing the players in real life from within the game.
As XaXa, Shouichi wore a black cloak and had red eyes. He was also wearing a skeletal mask and had a tattoo of Laughing Coffin imprinted on his forearm. As Sterben, he was still wearing a skeletal mask and had red eyes. He was also in possession of a dark camouflage cloak that made him invisible. As a person, he never changed. He was a brutal, sadistic player both in SAO and GGO. He found joy in torturing and killing innocent people.
In SAO, XaXa was hired by Grimlock to kill his guild members in order for him to cover his crime of killing his wife. XaXa and his men weren’t able to complete the task because Kirito appeared. Not long after, XaXa was in a fight during the crusade on the Laughing Coffin guild. He survived the attack and managed to escape.
In GGO, Sterben seemed to have the ability to kill people in real life by shooting them in the game. He started his killing spree with XeXeeD and also killed Pale Rider amongst others. He was also trying to get rid of Kirito who was sent to investigate the death cases. It was later revealed that Shouichi, his brother Kyouji, and another member of the Laughing Coffin Atsushi Kanamoto (Johnny Black), planned all of the murders together. They made it look like they did the impossible by killing players within the game. Shouichi was the one who entered GGO as Sterben and attacked the players. At the time he shot them, Kyouji and Atsushi located their physical forms in the real life and injected them with succinylcholine which made their hearts stop. As they died in the real life, they also disconnected from the game, making it look like they were killed from within the game.
Shouichi`s Voice Actor/Actress:
Japanese: Ohsaka Ryota, Hoshi Souichirou (Death Gun)
English: Benjamin Diskin
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