Kirito is Gary Stu. All the girls with screen time in the show like him. He's a chosen one (having his special skill). The villain of the second part is after his girl. He's pretty much faultless. He wins every (or nearly? I can't remember) fight he's in, and wins them mostly all by himself. He's the best at most everything he does to the point of absurdity. Remember how he beat the best player in ALO with some of the best equipment in the game literally one day after picking it up?
He's an obvious, boring vicarious doll for male viewers.
lolbuzzwords. Really, why would you use the same argument that people use on 4chan, which is to use words incorrectly. Kirito is not the male version of a Mary Sue, unless you want to create a new version of Mary Sue that removes some of the requirements.
Do you know what his special skill is? It isn't being awesome at the game. It's his ability to adapt, and his strong conviction. At the beginning of the game he had a one-up over many people because he played the beta test seriously. He knew the mechanics of the game and had practiced them for longer. Then we cut forward a month, and then keep moving forward. All the while he's spending more time fighting, by himself, more than any other person in the game.
Then in ALO he beats someone who has been the 'top fighter' for a game that's been out for a year, while he's been using the nervegear for over 2 years 24/7. You're complaining that the person who started (insert anything) before anyone else, and put in more practice than anyone else, is better than those people.
It doesn't make any logical sense. It just sounds whiny and childish; you're tunnel visioning because you didn't like the character or show from the get go. It'd be like me complaining that my friend is better than me at Japanese because over the past two years he spent more time studying than me and had a head start.
Yes. He's comically evil. His plan makes no sense outside of providing Kirito something to struggle against so the story is interesting. Taking over people's minds with nerv gear? A fairly ridiculous thing in itself and a fairly generic take over the world plan, but let's have the stand. It's incredibly convenient that Asuna is both Kirito's GF and the object of his desire, but that too can stand. Why the hell is he in the videogame? Because the story wants a cool fight scene. It's ridiculous.
It's ridiculous to you because you refuse to acknowledge anything. Taking over people's minds? No. Figuring out and mapping out the mind so that it can be recreated and manipulated. And selling this information to the US military for a sh*t load of money.
Why is he in the videogame? Because Asuna is trapped in the video game. He can't interact with the object of his desire unless he's in the video game. It's a simple explanation that shouldn't even need to be made. Stop trying so hard to find faults that don't exist.
The most obvious one is the ending of the first cour. Asuna dies in game, which should mean she dies in real life, but she doesn't. Kirito wills himself to win the fight, in seeming defiance of any game mechanics.
When someone dies they don't instantly get fried in the real world. If you need cited proof, see the revival item from santa that can revive someone within 10 seconds of dieing in game. If you're peeved that she wasn't fried within the ~30ish seconds from when she died then too @#%^ing bad. You're peeved because mechanics don't work the way you incorrectly assumed
they work. The clear game phase instructions overwrote the fry brain instructions when Kirito won because Kayaba isn't an evil twat.
Kirito "defying" the game mechanics to win was the @#%^ing point. During the 10 seconds that you're still in game immediately after your hp reaches zero, he maintained his consciousness and moved his arm.