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Sword Art Online´s Asuna Yuuki

"In the year 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and a massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched. With the aid of "NerveGear" technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts.

Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed "Kirito", is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of the game. He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters. However, in a cruel turn of events, the players soon realize they cannot log out; the game's creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game.

In order to escape Aincrad, Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players. Some are allies, while others are foes, like Asuna Yuuki, who commands the leading group attempting to escape from the ruthless game. To make matters worse, Sword Art Online is not all fun and games: if they die in Aincrad, they die in real life. Kirito must adapt to his new reality, fight for his survival, and hopefully break free from his virtual hell."

The description for the very famous Sword Art Online, an Action-Fantasy-Romance anime. It was originally a light novel series, but with the popularity blossoming throughout the years, it became an anime, manga and video games were released. The anime premiered summer 2012, July 8th to December 23rd 2012. This week, I wanted to talk about one of the main characters, Asuna Yuuki.

I should most likely say it right away instead of waiting to the end of the post as per usual: I strongly dislike Asuna. Dislike with a passion. Most people seem to like her, though I cannot understand or see why when she has such big flaws that come in the way of me liking her. I have seen SAO multiple times, and when I first watched it, I really tried to appreciate Asuna´s character and think only about her good traits, like being a good leader. But I just couldn´t. Like I said, her flaws were simply in the way. I see her as a selfish and egoistic person who does not deserve the things and people she gets in her life, like high respect and Kirito (the main). Sure, she is pretty pretty, but looks does not take you far at all if you are me, no. It feels like the creator of the whole series made Asuna beautiful, fit, etc. to try to cover up the bad things she does or bad traits that she has. Asuna really does upset me... Ohwell, that is my opinion of her. Below, you´ll get info about her that was taken from the Fandom Wiki; not my words, bear in mind.

Appearance-wise, Asuna has long, orange-brownish chestnut hair and hazel eyes.In the early levels of SAO, she wore a dark red leather tunic with a lightweight copper breastplate and leather pants with boots up to the knees along with a hooded cape.After joining the "Knights of the Blood", she wore a red and white uniform that all KoB members wearand wielded a rapier.

Personality-wise, Asuna originally did not care about dying in the game before meeting Kirito. That meeting drastically changed Asuna´s personality and outlook on life. She soon takes most things Kirito says to heart and looks to him for help, using him as somewhat of a lifeline. Asuna is a kind and helpful young woman who, similarly to Kirito, cannot abandon another in trouble. She is also somewhat proud and despite her kind personality, she will not hesitate to get physical with those that challenge her authority or make fun of her abilities, such as cooking. Asuna is not afraid to act out on her own and will take matters into her own hands from time to time.

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