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While she began her role on the show as a powerful lead character who fought alongside Kirito every step of the way while trying to escape the virtual world of Aincrad, her role in the series has not always been so prominent. And as she became one of Kirito's favorite people in Aincrad, fans began to fall in love with her too. As Kirito began to fall in love with her, it became easy to understand why he had fallen so hard for the auburn-haired beauty. While Kirito was angsty and preferred to be alone, Asuna was cheerful and eager to help others. Because of their differences, the two were able to mature and grow in a relationship together; even going as far as becoming in-game parents. Plus, if it wasn't for Asuna -- and her incredibly selfless sacrifice when fighting Heathcliff -- Kirito might never have beat the game. Kirito and Asuna's relationship seemed absolutely perfect as if nothing or no one could come between them because they were so clearly meant for each other.
Virtual reality was still fairly new at the time, so getting to see characters explore such a fully-realized VRMMO world was quite appealing. Take Asuna Yuuki for example, the main female lead of the series who is also one of the fastest and most skilled swordsmen in SAO. Despite this, though, her role for a lot of the series is boiled down to little more than a dolled-up damsel in distress- and there are many more points about her character that don't make much sense upon further examination. One of the very first things that people learn whenever they're venturing onto the internet or into an online game is that it's an incredibly bad idea to use one's real name for their avatar. Even Kirito was smart enough to use an alias , his real name being Kazuto, but it seems as if that's a memo that Asuna missed. Sure, everyone's true appearances were revealed to one another anyway once the dark reveal actually dropped, but before that everyone should have been under the assumption that they were just playing a normal VRMMO. Early on, Asuna is established to be one of the fastest and most skilled fighters in all of Aincrad. She was the sub-leader of the Knights Of The Blood Oath, which was commonly known to be the lead guild, and quick enough with her rapier to be dubbed "The Flash".
Both Asuna and Kirito have become popular characters in anime and manga fandom , frequently appearing on lists of the most popular anime characters. Additionally, Asuna has featured in numerous official Sword Art Online merchandise, and has been the subject of mixed to mostly positive critical reception, with focus on her relationship with Kirito, attractiveness, and role in the series. As I write the story, the girls become what they are now. When teamed up with Kirito, there were hardly any problems the two as a pair could not overcome", in response to whether Asuna was a "tricky character" to develop.