Why Do We Criticise Main Characters For Being Overpowered?

Overpowered Feature

Why is an overpowered main character considered a bad thing? Admittedly, I do like anime where the underdog comes forward and finally overcomes the seemingly unbeatable peril, but that doesn't mean every main character has to be a wimp or a developing hero. It's nice sometimes to have someone competent, in control, and at times even confident to follow along on their quest. In those instances, it isn't tension that you are wanting to experience but rather the satisfaction of seeing someone overcome a challenge in a fairly capable manner. So, different emotional payoff but still entertaining, right? So why do we criticise main characters for being overpowered? First published June 2016.

Sword Art Online Alicization Series Review

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Proving that more is not always better. There be spoilers below. I remember back when Sword Art Online had just begun. I remember the first episode of the Aincrad arc and just how quickly it seemed to pass by and how heavily the bombshell at the end of that episode fell. I remember rapidly skipping … Continue reading Sword Art Online Alicization Series Review

And Apparently We’re Done For Now

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 24 Review - Um, so stuff.

Empty Promises Preceding Empty Actions

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Sword Art Online Episode 23 - Who would have thought that the first slightly developed male character outside of Kirito would end up sacrificing himself in a spectacular display of short sightedness and launch a mostly useless attack? Oh well, not like I expect any better at this point.

Anime Characters Should Not Review Their Own Episode

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 22 Review - The senate guy is killed more or less instantly so why worry about him. Exposition, moralising, yada, yada, okay another fight and Alice and Kirito are taken out in one shot each. Then instantly healed. This just isn't good.

Why Do Anime Heroes Get The Most Boring Powers?

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In case it doesn't become immediately apparent, this discussion is mostly me musing on something that has bothered me in a handful of shows that I'm now generalising across anime. It is not actually intended to be an overly serious post but honestly, I've been wondering this for awhile and of all things it was … Continue reading Why Do Anime Heroes Get The Most Boring Powers?

The Power of Friendship Strikes Back

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 21 Review - Kirito vs Eugeo though I don't think the sword fight matters all that much in this instance.

The Friend Turned Foe

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 20 Review - Alice and Kirito finally make it back inside the tower but now they need to find out what happened to Eugeo. Turns out, nothing good.

The Journey So Far – Alicization Recap Episode 18.5

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 18.5 Review - As Alicization recaps it more or less makes me want to sit back and take stock of how it has been viewing this latest entry in the SAO franchise. Unfortunately, I don't think that did the show any favours at all.

A Frosty Reception After A Clash of Ideologies

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 18 Review - The focus this week is tightly on Eugeo facing the leader of the integrity knights (and former village legend) alone. This is the first time we've seen Eugeo on his own without Kirito's guidance, and he's up against a tough opponent. it's a fairly great character moment for the Eugeo as we see his choices this far up the tower.