This decision was an interesting one because you could just go for the biggest, baddest, most OP hero around but honestly they’d probably just make most situations worse. So who is the anime boy you would turn to in a crisis?
The average crisis I faced is usually more work related and hitting things really hard doesn’t tend to solve those sorts of problems. Then again, there’s something to be said for someone who is completely overpowered in terms of feeling secure.
Anime Boy You Would Turn To In A Crisis
Kirito (Kirigaya Kazuto)
Despite the first season of Alicization effectively ending my love of the Sword Art Online franchise, or my willingness to continue to watch in the face of diminishing returns in terms of entertainment, Sword Art Online and Kirito hold a special place in my heart. Regardless of lacklustre follow-ups or the sense that Kirito’s character is done by the end of season one in terms of his arc and development, that first season really worked for me and definitely sold me on Kirito being a character I would want to rely upon in a crisis.
Reason One: Despite being an OP protagonist, Kirito still understands that he needs to pick his battles.
In Aincrad, Kirito had a very healthy dose of self-preservation. Initially almost too much, however as the series continued he found moments where he needed to fight despite the odds and other conflicts that could be avoided. Though, it was in Fairy Dance that he finally learned that death wasn’t the only sign of failure and that sometimes he had other things to lose.
For me this makes Kirito pretty reliable in a crisis because he’s learned to step back and look at the whole situation. Does he actually need to fight? Does he need to win? What are the conditions for victory and can they be achieved through other means? More importantly, what is it that cannot be lost and must be protected? From taking that perspective, Kirito becomes someone who can be relied upon outside of simple sword fights.
Reason Two: He isn’t above using underhanded methods.
Kirito is very goal focused and while there are some lines he will not cross, anything short of that line is fair game. We see this when he rescues Silica and uses her journey to revive her pet as bait to draw out some players who are responsible for the deaths of others. Kirito’s goal is fine and Silica doesn’t seem to mind, but it doesn’t change the fact that he withholds information from her and puts her into danger for his own ends.
Again though, assuming Kirito was definitely on your side, he’s someone you can rely upon in a crisis. He isn’t going to let his emotions overrule his reason and he also isn’t going to let pesky niceties dictate his actions and stop him from taking a logical path to success (even if someone’s feelings do get trampled in the act).
Reason Three: His confidence is not groundless but built on a fairly decent skill-set.
While Kirito’s social skills are somewhat questionable, his skills at gaming, problem solving, coding, sword skills, hunting, and so on are fairly impressive. That a lot of his skills can be translated into the real world (not entirely sure hunting is necessary unless we end up in some kind of post-apocalyptic scenario) just makes him the fairly ideal character to turn to in a crisis.
Okay, Kirito is my pick but who are you hoping will turn up for you when you face a crisis? I’d love to know so leave a comment.
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