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.

SAO's broad appeal 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 Takarajimasha's "Kono light novel ga sugoi!" ranking, where he has achieved first-place on multiple years, and consistently placing among the top three.

Furthermore, in the East Asian-dominated International Saimoe League contest, he won the 2012 Male exhibition tournament, defeating Hideyoshi Kinoshita in the final. Kirito was also one of the favorites to win China's Bilibili Moe contest, reaching the quarter-finals in 2015, and finishing runner-up in the 2017 edition.

However, Kirito is infamous in the Western anime community, having been accused of being a "Gary Stu" because of his role in the story. This label is exploited to comedic effect in the anime's many parodies. Furthermore, Kirito historically performs poorly in r/anime's Best Guy and Best Character contests, where he has never advanced beyond the Round of 64 in the tournament's entire history.

Contest Wins[edit | edit source]

  1. ISML 2012 Male Exb
  2. Anitown Moe Tournament 2012 Summer/2012 ToC/2014 Summer/2017 Winter
  3. Baidu Nova Moe 2017 Male Div
  4. Pekin University Yuanhuo Moe S1 Male Div
  5. Calendario Fabrio Torneo de Parejas
  6. Torneo de Husbandos de Evacon Nicaguara 2020

External Links[edit | edit source]

Male Major Champions
ISML ★ 2011: Lelouch.png Lelouch Lamperouge2012: Kirito.png Kirito2013: Houtarou.png Houtarou Oreki2014: Hideyoshi.png Hideyoshi Kinoshita2015: Accel.png Accelerator2016: Sora.png Sora2017: Koro.png Koro-sensei2018: 8man.png Hachiman Hikigaya2019: Rimuru.png Rimuru Tempest2020: Miyuki shirogane.png Miyuki Shirogane2021: ???
AnimeBracket Best Guy ★ BGuy1: Lelouch.png Lelouch LamperougeBGuy2: Koyomi.png Koyomi AraragiBGuy3: Spike.png Spike SpiegelBGuy4: Koro.png Koro-senseiBGuy5: Mob.png Shigeo KageyamaBGuy6: Levi.png Levi AckermanBGuy7BGuy8
Best Char. ★ BCh1: Roy.png Roy MustangBCh4: Okabe.png Rintarou OkabeBCh5: Edward.png Edward Elric
Bilibili Moe † Japan ☆ 2015:Lelouch.png Lelouch Lamperouge2016: Yato.png Yato2017: Romani.png Romani Archaman2018: Gilgamesh.png Gilgamesh
China ★ 2016: Dongfang.png Dongfang Yuechu2017: Ye xiu.png Ye Xiu2018: Abe no seimei.png Abe no Seimei (Onmyoji)
Korea Best Moe ☆ † 2007: Kyon1.png Kyon2008: Lelouch.png Lelouch Lamperouge2009: Mukuro rokudo.png Mukuro Rokudo2010: Tsunayoshi.png Tsunayoshi Sawada2011: Kanglim.png Kanglim (KR)2012: Masamune takano.png Masamune Takano2013: Sougo.png Okita Sougo
Legend: Defunct, Hiatus / Unknown fate
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