This is the first blog of Gin’s Take On Characters. In each of these blogs, I will be giving my personal opinion on certain characters.
Warning: These blogs are not meant to offend anyone and are only Gin’s opinions.
Kirito is the main character in the popular 2012 anime, Sword Art Online (It also now has a second season called Gun Gale Online). He is a character that seems to have no wrong in the eyes of fangirls/boys.
As the anime started, Episode 1 had a knockout effect on me. I thought, ‘Hey you know what, this anime has promise!’ It was cool and I always liked the idea of a storyline set in a virtual reality world. This was influenced by the Manhua 1/2 Prince.
Kirito himself seemed like a very confident and self-assured character. I admired his independence after the game went into shut down. Thus started his beginnings as a beater. Throughout his time as a beater, he seemed cool and collected. It was different when he joined the guild and tragedy occurred. Now Kirito seemed more isolated, even more so. However, I saw it as a path that the character would be able to develop. For example, a personal struggle and ultimately Sword Art Online is a story about the struggle for survival.
So how come it suddenly changed into a giant harem based anime?
True, the idea of a guy, clad in black, who can fight and survive is attractive. I hated the idea that Kirito became wrapped up in the romance. Personally, it lost the touch that had seemed appealing to me in the beginning.
Alfheim Arc Kirito
As we reached the Alfheim Arc, my opinion of Kirito was dropping rapidly. What started as a lone hero had turned into what seemed to be a character that was a harem king. Kirito seemed to lack the basic foundation of typical shounen hero robustness. He seemed more whiny and just downright annoying. He was often interacting with many female characters, despite being in a relationship with Asuna. It made it seem like a badly written harem.
Kirito seems to be a flawless main character, but his lack of character depth (along with the supporting characters) cause a black void. Do we ever get properly introduced to any of the characters? The plot is simple and after a while this can get repetitive. Because of the simple plot, the audience can easily relate to the characters.
Verdict on Kirito
Gin believes that Kirito is utterly overrated. He does have many good points. Unfortunately this did not cover for the fact that the quality of the anime dropped after the first few episodes.
Ginny T. UK.Surrey based/AnimeAmino Original blog.