Sorry, worded that somewhat poorly. I didn't mean to imply that you did. :)
Just meant to clarify that even though I started off by criticizing it, I didn't think it was too bad overall.
No worries. :) Looking back at my post, I did somewhat come across a bit harsh towards the show so I could see how you could see me as thinking it was bad. I probably could have worded my post a little better, too.
I understood what you were trying to say and can respect that you enjoyed the show overall but are still able to look at it objectively and point out its flaws. But I'll try to get back on topic, I think I've complimented you enough for one day hehe. ;)
I think part of it is that the whole beater thing made him just enough of an anti-hero to be interesting. And that he's effectively a loner who trusted no one until he started running with Asuna. He deals with his own problems to the best of his ability, with an almost cynical recognition that he could get himself killed, but he'd rather take that risk than involve other people in his problems or ambitions (or be involved in theirs).
The characterization is a bit predictable, but his maturity still lets you take him seriously.
And then Asuna comes along and knocks a few cracks in his cynicism.
I haven't read any of the light novels, and we're about an episode or two away from catching up with the manga, so it'll be neat to see some new main plot material I haven't already read through up til now.
Okay, first off I would like to say that I haven't read any of the light novels or the manga (even though I've been meaning to check out the light novel but keep getting distracted -_-); so these are my thoughts on the matter without knowing if they expanded on Kiritos feelings/thoughts/motives/etc any further in the original materials.
I agree with you for the most part concerning the bolded statements. The one thing I'm not sure on is the matter of "trust". I'm not so sure if it's trust issues that cause of him to insist on playing solo. I was thinking it was more of a fear issue.
I mean think back to the episode where he joined his first guild and became friends with them only to have them all get wiped out and have the guild leader commit suicide because they overestimated his abilities and thought that every little thing was going to be alright (damn it, now I have that song stuck in my head....) because he was with them.
I think that was an incredibly traumatic event for him and he took a serious blow to his psyche because of it. He is a guy that is fully aware of his capabilities and his limitations but may very well be afraid of people overestimating his capabilities and relying on him to much to the point of them completely lowering their guard.
I also think that due to that event, he may be afraid of losing the ones that are close to him so he just goes to the extreme of not letting anyone get close to him in the first place. He is a very overprotective person, to the point that if he fails at protecting them he blames himself very harshly and begins to hate himself. He would rather work alone and potentially die alone versus witnessing another friend die in front of him without him being able to do anything about it. It may be a little extreme and a little selfish but i haven't really seen anything to think that trust issues are involved, too. I could very well be wrong though. There could very well be some underlying trust issues that we don't know about or I've just completely overlooked.
It's a bit of an exception with Asuna though. He's fully aware of her capabilities and knows that she can kick !@# and take names with the best of them so he doesn't have to worry to much about her keeping up with him. She probably gets bonus points for being a master cook though; she has him eating out of the palm of her hand at this point in that regard hehe.
I could very well be over thinking this, too. It wouldn't be the first time.....Either way I'm going to end this wall of text for the sake of everyone else's sanity. *collapses in bed and falls asleep*.