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Kazuto Kirigaya, more commonly known by his in-game nickname Kirito, is the main protagonist of Reki Kawahara's light novel series Sword Art Online and its anime adaptations by the studio A-1 Pictures.

Kirito's broad appeal and the general popularity of SAO helped him garner a massive amount of followers among the anime community. His popularity is most evident in East Asian countries, especially China and Japan. An example of this is in the Japanese magazine Kono light novel ga sugoi, where he consistently appears among the top 10 characters every year.

Furthermore, in the East Asian-dominated International Saimoe League contest, he won the 2012 Male exhibition tournament, defeating Hideyoshi Kinoshita in the final. Kirito is also a massive favorite to win China's Bilibili Moe contest, reaching the quarter-finals in 2015. He would've won the 2017 edition if it weren't for a certain mobile game fanbase spoiling everyone's fun by controlling the results of the entire tournament.

However, Kirito is widely criticized in the Western anime community, citing among other reasons: "bland characterization",; "too OP", and "being a Gary Stu-type character". This certainly lends to the swordsman's historically poor performance in r/anime's Best Guy and Best Character contests.

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Male Major Champions
ISML ★ 2011: Lelouch Lelouch Lamperouge2012: Kirito Kirito2013: Houtarou Houtarou Oreki2014: Hideyoshi Hideyoshi Kinoshita2015: Accel Accelerator2016: Sora Sora2017: Koro Koro-sensei2018: 8man Hachiman Hikigaya2019: Rimuru Rimuru Tempest2020: ???
AnimeBracket Best Guy ★ BGuy1: Lelouch Lelouch LamperougeBGuy2: Koyomi Koyomi AraragiBGuy3: Spike Spike SpiegelBGuy4: Koro Koro-senseiBGuy5: Mob Shigeo KageyamaBGuy6: Levi Levi AckermanBGuy7
Best Char. ☆ ‡ BCh1: Roy Roy MustangBCh4: Okabe Rintarou Okabe
Bilibili Moe † Japan ★ 2015:Lelouch Lelouch Lamperouge2016: Yato Yato2017: Romani Romani Archaman2018: Gilgamesh Gilgamesh
China ★ 2016: Dongfang Dongfang Yuechu2017: Ye xiu Ye Xiu2018: Abe no seimei Abe no Seimei (Onmyoji)
Korea Best Moe ☆ † 2007: Kyon1 Kyon2008: Lelouch Lelouch Lamperouge2009: Mukuro rokudo Mukuro Rokudo2010: Tsunayoshi Tsunayoshi Sawada2011: Kanglim Kanglim (KR)2012: Masamune takano Masamune Takano2013: Sougo Okita Sougo
Legend: Defunct, Hiatus / Unknown fate
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