And even then, they tend to like to mock the franchise from time to time for comedic effect, even if it's more to capitalize on the show's infamy rather than personal contempt. A bitch from universe double-fucked by a two-team of big pussy-diggers which cover her beautiful face with warm and sticky jizz. Particularly in regards to the sexual fanservice of reducing female characters to sexual fantasies way too often. While she and Tiese were introduced together as the valets to Kirito and Eugeo respectively, it is Tiese who gets virtually all of the focus and significance in Eugeo's , while Ronye largely remains unseen and her relationship with Kirito barely touched upon, despite how important a part she should have played in Kirito's life as his kouhai. However many came out of the experience with negative opinions, especially the Fairy Dance arc. Most of the girls from his are shipped with him to some degree along with a few others.
Others find them as perfectly engaging protagonists, specially when they are together as a See below. It doesn't last in later arcs, however, once the romance aspect is dropped and she goes back to being Kirito's supportive. She's deemed a far more complex villain and a far bigger threat, while Sugou was extremely one-dimensional and pathetic. It received acclaim due to the intense emotional journey it takes viewers on and. The of the name is bound to start fights between fans defending it and haters bashing it. This led many to expect she would be a decent match for Kirito with their combat skills, however she ends up and as she's about to be marched up to the Black Iron Palace, she making her a pathetic.
It greatly fleshes it out by showing what happened on each floor without any major and slowly developing Kirito and Asuna's relationship so their eventual getting together makes more sense. There's also the fact that she often serves as a walking pulling out something from nowhere to further advance the story. To others she's a useless character who contributes nothing to the plot other than being a , especially given how she's often and needs to be rescued. Despite being introduced as a badass who wasn't weighed down by having a crush on Kirito, she ended up having a reduced role in this arc where many felt she was just another girl in the harem. Aside from , a lot of people felt that making Kirito into a trap made his otherwise generic personality a lot more interesting. He's introduced in the first episode as a new player who Kirito somewhat befriends.
The video game storyline is considerably tamer since it lacks the aforementioned nasty villains and those who exist had their worst personality toned down , but they have a lot of pillow talk scene which is basically the T-rated counterpart of romance scenes in every single game except Memory Defrag and Integral Factor. The show interprets this action as heroic; Asuna and Yui don't even look remotely disturbed by Kirito's brutal actions. She has it even better in the gameverse where it overlaps with , as the romance plot is avoided altogether as she knows straight from the beginning that Kirito is her brother. It also features more ongoing plots rather than collections of short stories like the original light novels. Fortunately, Kirito steps back into sympathetic territory by the next episode, when he refrains from killing Sugou and leaves him to the cops instead.
She gets being put through humiliation hell usually by virtue of or strong monsters. Sure the reveal of who he is and how he pulled off the murders diminishes his creep factor, but his presence itself is still pretty unnerving. Even in several countries in Europe, many of which are far more in line with Japan than America in their attitudes about guns, she would almost universally have been seen as a victim who was just acting in self-defense and did nothing wrong. Though this does get largely amended with the Mother's Rosario arc which has Asuna taking over as which fleshes out her character and gives her a lot of.
She was pretty much invincible in virtual world, but sadly not so much in the real world. The Phantom Bullet arc reveals it's not that Kirito no longer feels the pain and trauma,. This gets resolved in Progressive which shows what happened during the and Kirito keeps up the Beater act for far longer and leads him to be ostracized by nearly all players, who consider him a powerful asset to the clearers but don't fully trust him. Plus, the fact that they get together early on and stay together ever since, no matter how much both parties may have with other characters, and without relying on dynamics nor forced bickering between them, is considered even refreshing in a popular culture where romance stories and subplots almost always end with the couple getting together or are about the couple being in danger of breaking up See below. It was only defeated by to.
The anime adaptation followed suit and is by far the most praised arc of the entire series. Did it successfully with its new premise and a likable new female lead, or did it further contribute to the show's decline with its awful pacing, silly plot, and a new girl who is yet another addition to Kirito's harem? The video game continuity amends this by featuring all 100 Floors, while Ordinal Scale has the characters being able to see what would have been on the 100th Floor which they face as a. It's also subverted when she mentions that she wasn't always this way- Sister's Prayer shows a somewhat less optimistic version of her who. Another huge point of contention is that, rather than exploring his otherwise good concepts, Kawahara seems to unabashedly focus on and to a degree that detractors find alienating at best, and offensive at worst. After the third scene in the franchise, which also was the most violent and graphic one up to that point, Reki Kawahara went out on to explain why he used that plot point that many times.
Aside from Asuna, popular choices include: , , , , , , and believe it or not. The majority of merchandise and promotional material use the characters' Aincrad appearance. The backstory goes that when she was eleven, she and her mother were caught up in the middle of a bank robbery and Sinon managed to kill the robber. Not only is he voicing Kirito as a kid, but he's also now older Kirito's voice making it noticeably deeper than the Kirito introduced in Season 1.
Everyone has more screentime than him, even. This ended up getting done in the video game continuity, although it still continues past Aincrad. To some she's one of the most interesting and endearing characters in the whole cast seeing her as. Something cemented further by her prominence in the movie , where she's the once again to the same extent she was in the Aincrad arc. This is especially the case in Episode 21 where there was the perfect opportunity for Asuna to escape and she very nearly does. What is really at issue, is that to Japanese society, a child is thought to be incapable of killing - that Sinon is able seems to create the presumption that she has the mindset of a cold-blooded killer the fact that her actions were done in self-defense being irrelevant.
Without context, it could easily be misinterpreted as them making out or Kirito assaulting her. While it's obvious that was the , his , , multiple attempts to manhandle Asuna, and other than being monstrously evil, resulted in most fans, instead of wanting to see him get what was coming to him, wanting to see him get off the screen, never to come back. There's also another portion which would do so too, were it not for the Arcs after it. He gets to show off his and takes down Dyne in an epic battle.