Originally Posted by relentlessflame
In fairness, these two points are completely related. He figured the only way to win was to use the "illusion" magic (really transformation), but the only way he could buy enough time is for her to keep healing him (because otherwise he couldn't take the hits). So it has nothing to do with her being a girl; he needed a support player to make his plan work otherwise they'd both be dead. For what it's worth, anyway...
The internal logic, which was obvious enough, as to what happened isn't nearly as important as why
events were written that way in the first place (i.e. because lol protagonist boy is cool, so cool, isn't he cool, oh my god how cool). It's double frustrating because when Kirito is a good character when he's allowed to act like a normal human being - which is why I've been so hesitant for so long to truly dislike him - but oh my god genre conventions just murder his character when he's required to turn into a generic plot hacking overpowered twat
At this point I can't decide if what has happened to this story is worse or slightly less worse than what happened to Accel World. This show still has hooks to keep me watching (...I think) that Accel World did not by this point, but I'm really starting to feel the same way about the overall structure.