Accel World episode 22
Surprisingly good episode! Honestly, I was expecting to see yet another futile struggle between Nomi and Haruyuki, but boy was I glad to see that my expectations were completely off. Not only do I hate it when things become predictable, but things get even worse when the viewer doesn’t even enjoy watching.
Let’s start off with that mysterious player that doesn’t show up on the list, beats every Burst Linker that he selects and mysteriously disappears again. Let’s nip this in the bud right now; it wasn’t Nomi. It seems that there are more than one Burst Linkers that can hide their name and whatnot. It’s a good thing that this guy was relatively weak compared to Nomi, because I don’t think Haruyuki could’ve endured another loss. There’s only so much he can take. The fact that he’s a pretty sore loser doesn’t help him either. It just adds to his weaknesses.
Secondly, I’m not so sure I like the idea of Takumu’s training sessions with Yuniko. It’s a good thing that he gets stronger and all, merely so that he can be of help to Haruyuki and his friends, but I don’t like the idea of him knowing about the incarnation system. It sounds pretty complicated, but I do know that it can be pretty overpowering. Every (real) gamer knows what happens to people with overpowered characters. They get cocky. I don’t like the idea of Takumu getting cocky. I’ve seen more than enough of his ugly side for one season, thank you very much.
And finally we arrive at the most interesting and most important part of this post; Nomi’s dirty little secret. We all knew that Nomi is blackmailing Chiyuri with footage containing that time where Haruyuki accidently entered the girls’ shower. Mind you, it’s not an excuse to help that little creep. What’s important here is that Nomi has a chip in his brain that allows him to connect to the net. That chip was announced illegal, as it could be used to cheat on tests and such. That chip, along with the Neuro Linker, allows him to play matches anonymously. It was pretty awesome to see him like that, although he only got creepier, but at least Haruyuki’s gained some control here! I can’t wait for the next episode.