Anime Episodic Review: Accel World – 01 ~ 08 [Master this game to find out the meaning of life]

Hey guys, this is your newest writer on the block, ilegendC! Hope you guys enjoy my little short episodic review~

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The year is 2046. Haruyuki Arita is a young boy who finds himself on the lowest social rungs of his school. Ashamed of his miserable life, Haruyuki can only cope by indulging in virtual games. But that all changes when Kuroyukihime, the most popular girl in school, introduces him to a mysterious program called Brain Burst and a virtual reality called the Accel World.

(Source: VIZ Media)

Accel World is just your average virtual world online fighting anime. And no, this is not like Street Fighter or Tekken.. It takes place within the virtual world, something they called the “accelerated world”, hence the name Accel World.

The story centers around the protagonist Haruyuki Arita, who is a plump, short and ordinary teenager with a low self-esteem. Seeing that Kaji Yuki voiced his role, I can see the faces of those who are still ranting about Oh Ma Shoe~ *insert GC joke here*

Then there is the heroine of the show, Kuroyukihime. Some people still cannot fathom why Kuroyukihime falls for our protagonist, where there are many other choices available, seeing that she is famous and quite respected in school.

Also, there is the issue in the Accelerated World, where Burst Linkers fight in. It seems that in the past before Haruyuki even became a burst linker, there were already different color factions, and the fact why Kuroyukihime hasn’t shown her Duel Avatar in the early episodes was due to the fact that she slayed 1 of the 6 Kings of Pure Color, whom she is one of them, and was hence deemed a traitor and wanted for a huge reward in the Accelerated World.

But there’s a reason why she betrayed them that way, it’s because if you were to defeat 5 other level 9 Avatars, in other words, the kings, you will meet the creator of Brain Burst, the program that allows you to accelerate, to find out the true purpose of this program.

Let’s just briefly go through some of the main events and important battles that have happened so far. Throughout the 8 episodes, you get many plot advancements, like at episode 4, when the accident occurred..

And the episode where Takumu fights Haruyuki, where during the battle he revealed his wings, making him seen as the first flying Duel Avatar in the Accelerated World.

And the episode where he precariously made it to level 2, making him fall into the danger zone of 8 burst points, where a single defeat (10pts) would result in the permanent uninstallation of Brain Burst..

Next, the episode where he seeks help from Aqua Current, someone who helps Level 1s and 2s who has dangerously low points until they can fend for themselves. During the course of meeting up, he accidentally finds out the real identity of Aqua Current.. But they fought a tag team match anyway..

Meanwhile, Kuroyukihime confronts Takumu about his reasons for helping Haruyuki..

Finally, the part of the story where they try to start claiming territory in the Accelerated World.. Which I believe caught this little girl’s attention..

Moral of the story: Never underestimate innocent looking cute girls..

This concludes an overview of the first 8 episodes of Accel World.. Hope you guys enjoyed the picture spam.. See you next time~ 😀


Posted on June 4, 2012, in Anime, Otaku-ism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I disagree with your thoughts about it not being like Street Fighter or Tekken. To be honest, that was my first thought when Haru got into his first match (And of course, “A New Challenger” come on now), and it’s basically a fighting MMO that looks pretty but is using some familiar elements to try and make it interesting.

    So yeah, overall, Accel World is tolerable, but it’s not quite as good as it seemed based on Episode 1. At this point, one of the things I wonder is if Chiyu will become a burst linker…

    • Yes, I definitely would like to see Chiyu becoming a Burst Linker.. Otherwise I feel that the show will start to stale after a while, if there’s no new twist added to it~

  2. In the light novels Chiyu asks for the program. Her burst linker is called Lime Bell.

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