Originally Posted by mellowrg2
He had to win her from Heathcliff in a duel.
She was a prize. Her own opinion did not matter.
But, Kirito lost, and yet they were still together? How exactly does that compute with your logic? The duel was over whether she could take vacation from the guild.
edit - took out something that was from the books only, didnt have a place in this discussion /end edit
As a side note, they still got to take their vacation, but only because of that whole pvp fiasco.
Kirito: Hey, you can put cream on bread and it tastes better.
Asuna/ Maxes out her cooking skill and spends a year analyzing every seasoning in the game
Kirito: There are limits to what a soloer can do. Join a guild sometime.
Asuna/ Becomes second-in-command of the strongest guild in the game
Kirito: Man, it's too nice outside to spend the day in the dungeon. You should take a break.
Asuna/ Falls asleep instantly
Kirito: Hey, maybe I should spend the night at your place.
Asuna/ Starts stripping
See the trend here?
Well, Asuna herself told us when she became interested in Kirito romantically, when they were talking to the old Fisherman.
That point was, when she woke up after taking the nap outside.
And, there was that time before that point, when they were at each other's throats during the boss raid meeting, and Kirito admits to either Klein or Egil (I've forgotten which) that they don't get along at all.
Wouldn't that invalidate almost your entire post, since most of the points come from before that time? What I'm trying to say, is why would she be doing things as a submissive little wifey, when she's not even romantically interested in him?
She was doing things that she was interested in, and because she wanted to. I'm not sure how it could possibly be interpreted in any other fashion.
Well, we both agree that the way she was utilized in the story was criminal. But, for extremely different reasons. And, honestly, I'm having trouble trying to understand your position, since it doesn't compute with my understanding of the show at all.
The creator of this made a smart, strong, capable woman. And then neglected to do anything interesting with her. Worse than, in the alo arc, made her a complete victim, completely powerless, and having to be rescued. Bleh