Specifically, the manga version written from Asuna’s point of view gives much more depth to her character and much more meaning to the construction of Aincrad as a 100-floor Tower. Being from an elite family is no longer a simple plot device for Fairy Dance. It gives her the perspective to look at the Tower as a caricature of reality, one where some fight for an unclear goal and others follow for fear of being those left behind. It makes the one-year age difference between her and Kirito the difference between gaining entrance to a prestigious high school and not having prepared for exams yet. (The same difference in the States would be between getting a perfect score on the SAT and not having taken it before.) Finally and most importantly, it gives her a reason to return to the real world. It is the Refusal of the Call that makes SAO: Progressive rise from a pile of burnt-out plot devices to become a story with real meaning and empathy. Aincrad is no longer “just a game,” but a prison. Asuna now represents a normal person rather than a love interest and contrasts with Kirito, who seeks the world of Aincrad out on his own terms. Granted, only two chapters have been released, so this celebration may be premature, but these developments alone make the remainder of the story so much more meaningful that I can’t help but be excited. In specific, I’m waiting for the moment that Kirito suggests that he and Asuna run away. That single exchange means so much more when you understand where each of them are coming from.
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