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Disclaimer: I am a manga/anime fan, currently halfway through Macross Delta and Seven Deadly Sins. So yeah, if you hope for some quality harping on how weaboo wuxia bullcrap killed Gary Gygax, not here.
Anyway. I've noticed a conjecture. Several of the most outspoken "martial-caster disparity/Fighters need to be more awesome/Failzo failed us again by failing" people are big on action anime. Either they profess it openly here, or a cursory glance at the Internet reveals their passionate presence on anime forums or their YouTube channels full of Ninja Scroll clips or their 18+ Sailor Moon tumblrs. Also, Book of Nine Swords was the bestest d20 supplement ever.
This got me thinking. Perhaps, after watching this, this and of course this, their expectations regarding sword-swinging characters are at a level which Pathfinder, a game designed mostly by non-anime-watching folks who apparently envision high level Fighters more something like this, cannot quite satisfy. Which leads to frustrations elaborated in all the locked threads.
Maybe there is a game out there which caters better to running barefoot on clouds, swinging your sword so that mountains are torn assunder, EXCEPT YOUR SWORD DOESN'T EVEN TOUCH THESE MOUNTAINS, IT'S THE SONIC WAVE OF MANA WHICH THE SWING GENERATES THAT TEARS THE WORLD APART?
Your perception is a bit off. Or at least, incomplete.
You see, Pathfinder is a game where some of the classes already can walk barefoot on clouds and tear mountains (or reality itself) asunder without touching them. But then other classes can't. Yet all of these classes are presented as being equal, both on the player side (same XP to level up, same stat allotments, etc) and on the GM side (same CR to encounter the guy who can walk on the clouds as to encounter the guy who can't).
You seem to think that the Pathfinder game exists in a quasi-realistic space where there's no high-anime craziness going on, and the people who want their fighters to really go nuts should probably be using a different game because that's not the kind of stuff Pathfinder supports.
But you're wrong. Pathfinder does support wacky anime stuff, just not for every class. Half the classes in Pathfinder are already playing super-wowza action-anime, including the very abilities you thought you were being hyperbolic with, while other classes don't get to participate in what the first half is doing. The folks you're (sort of) listening to are only asking that the rest of the classes get to play the same game that some of them already are, not asking for some of the classes to leap into territory that's outside the scope of what Pathfinder already deals with.