Oct 3, 2012

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Accel World OVA 01

An OVA right away? Nice. It was a rather amusing piece of content to be honest. At one point I thought that were going to see a little bit of nudity, which is not entirely unusual in OVA’s, but no… They kept things pretty clean. Frankly, I’m rather happy about that. Nudity doesn’t go well with Accel World.

It was nice to see that the creator(s) aren’t completely out of ideas. They proved that via this OVA. A game type that lost its popularity, huh? Brilliant. I’m pretty sure that there are a lot of gamers out there that can relate to this. There’s always a select few group of gamers that stick to their most favourite game, no matter what. That will probably always be the case.

Anyway, it was rather strange to watch this episode. I had gotten used to the characters’ relationships. Suddenly Chiyuri was playing as though nothing had happened, Takumu was suddenly a lot more passive and the relationship between Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime was bumpier than ever before. It was pretty strange to watch, but it’s just an OVA I suppose. I will be looking forward to more Accel World content.

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Sep 26, 2012

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Accel World episode 24

Seriously, what a great season this has been for anime fans such as me. Although Accel World seems to have ended (for the time being), I think that we can look forward to a lot more of these interesting stories. Stories about games and such seem to be really popular all over.  I personally think it’s because there are far more possibilities here. Stories about love, ghosts and sports are pretty limited when it comes to possibilities.

First and foremost; I would like to point out that I highly doubt that this is truly the end of Accel World. The point of this story was to follow a small group of characters trying desperately to reach level ten, the highest level a character could obtain in Accel World. This has not been done. Furthermore, some of their enemies have been left undefeated. Kuroyukihime swore to defeat that club of hackers during her school trip. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that nothing has actually been accomplished. The true purpose of this particular story has yet to be fulfilled, leaving me to believe that there’s more to come.

Secondly; I would like to join in on that whole Accel World versus Sword Art Online discussion that I’ve been seeing for the last couple of days. I honestly don’t think that you can compare the two. The only thing they have in common is that both stories revolve around a game. That’s it. Sword Art Online is more like Dot Hack, anime series where the characters got stuck inside of a game. Accel World is far more complicated than that. That game transcends logic. I mean, come on… We are talking about a story where the characters have the ability to mess with time. Sword Art Online isn’t like that at all. Both of these shows are great, period.

And finally; this episode left me with a lot of questions. It left me with a lot of mixed thoughts. It left me with the need to destroy something after I saw Nomi’s face at the end. I think it’s unfair that he can’t remember anything about Accel World. It would’ve been better if he had remembered, so that he could experience the same things that his victims did. It seems to me that he got off quite easily, and that is something I just can’t agree with. That is the only thing that I disliked about this episode. The rest was absolutely great and I will be looking forward to seeing even more of Accel World!

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Sep 19, 2012

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Accel World episode 23

Finally! Finally an episode that made my mouth water once again! Those evil geniuses led us to believe that everything was going as Nomi had planned. Haruyuki was trapped by his partner and Takumu wouldn’t do an awful lot. Don’t even get me started about Chiyuri. She just stood there watching, so she doesn’t even deserve a mention.

The episode, as mentioned above, started out horribly. Haruyuki and Takumu were timing things perfectly, hoping to encounter Nomi alone. Unfortunately, Nomi and his ‘club’ of cheaters knew how to bypass certain limitations in Accel World, allowing one of his friends to join the fight without signing up for it. Seriously, that guy’s unfairness knows no bounds. Nomi, with his mind on the edge of insanity, launched attack after attack on Takumu, rendering him practically useless. No surprise there though, as Takumu has only recently learned about the reincarnation system.

What bothers me most is Nomi’s reason for cheating. He has the overpowered ability to steal other people’s abilities. He uses this ability with great joy, which actually made me all the more curious about it. I for one would never have believed that he did it out of hate for his older brother, whom took everything from him as a child.

To think that his brother made him a Burst Linker… Well, it’s not like I can’t understand it. Make your little brother a Burst Linker, level him up a bit and let him farm points for you. It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t want to give you his points, because all need to do is bully him and he’ll give in eventually. Ah, good ‘ol ‘brotherly love’ never goes amiss, does it?

But enough with the sarcasm, let us focus on what’s really important here; Kuroyukihime’s appearance! She spent fifteen hours in Accel World, which would be a minute or so in the ‘normal’ world, so that she could support her friends, her guild. And there was I was, thinking that taming beasts in Accel World was illegal and/or overall difficult. She made it sound so easy, but then again… She is a level nine king after all…

I would like to end this post by adding one final thought: I think it would be great if the next season, providing there’s going to be one, which I think there will, would be about Kuroyukihime’s guild and their fight against that ‘club’ of cheaters. I’m pretty sure that that would be highly entertaining.

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Sep 12, 2012

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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.

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Sep 5, 2012

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Accel World episode 21

Ah, great episode! It was definitely worth the wait. Now, as strange as this may seem, I’m going to try to keep this post short and simple, as to summarize the most important point in the story so far. I for one can’t wait to see this Nomi character gone.

So yeah, let’s do a quick and short recap here; Kuroyuki is on a school trip, far away from her Burst Linking friends, Haruyuki is still missing the wings that Nomi stole for him, Takumu is still trying to be Haruyuki’s best friend and basically the entire Burst Linking world is looking for Nomi, the little bastard that manages to hide his name and steal people’s abilities. I’m not going to lie; I was pretty pleased to hear that he’s wanted. It shouldn’t take too long anymore before someone gives him what he deserves, which would be a very good beating. Preferably outside of the game, so that he can think long and hard inside of a hospital about all the things he has done to people.

I don’t know much about Chiyuri at this point though. She’s probably still on Nomi’s side. I still stand by what I said though; don’t bother coming back. It was unforgivable what she did, and she had no reason to do so, especially after Haruyuki almost took him down with that incarnation attack of his. I remember that scene very well. Haruyuki got him grovelling until Chiyuri used her abilities to restore his HP. It’s just wrong, that’s all. Not that she healed him or anything, as she could’ve had a pretty good reason, but that she didn’t want to explain herself… plain wrong.

I was also pretty happy to see Yuniko, everyone’s favourite little loli from hell. Her diabolical mood swings never seize to amaze. Still, she did agree to help Takumu find his way around incarnation while Haruyuki headed out with one of her members to find out more about Nomi, not knowing that he was already on his way to that very same battle ground. Oh almighty lord, it has been a long time since I’ve called for a favour, so here goes; please let Nomi get hurt really, really bad during next week’s episode. I can’t speak for all the viewers, but I definitely believe he deserves it. Damn, so much for keeping things short…

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Aug 29, 2012

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Accel World episode 20

Good episode, but I’m not sure I completely liked it. Chiyuri seems to have abandoned her friends for no reason. They thought that it was because of a backdoor at first, but that wasn’t it. She appeared to be doing it because she wanted to. That is just unacceptable.

I got really aggravated during this episode. Nomi got my blood boiling at one point. I wish I was one of those characters, just so that I could smash that psychopath’s face. Seriously, the appearance of the/a game master would be awesome right now, just so that he/she could uninstall Nomi’s Brain Burst. The way he us using that program is simply unacceptable. There’s a limit to how much you can cheat in life.

Meanwhile Haruyuki lost control, after which that dreadful item took over. I knew that they hadn’t destroyed it. It’s been with Haruyuki all this time, waiting for him to get angry and lose control. Haruyuki has tasted a bit of its power, so it’s only a matter of time before he will seek it out. We all have to admit that Haruyuki was pretty awesome though.

I think it’s absolutely vital that Kuroyukihime returns right away. Her friends need her, now more than ever. It’s only a matter of time before Nomi wants revenge and takes it out on Chiyuri, not to mention that Haruyuki could lose control at any moment. It’ll be pretty bad if he ends up like Yuniko’s friend, unless he can find a way to control that thing’s power instead of being the puppet himself. That would be pretty cool.

I would like to end this post by pointing out that I’m pretty impressionable. I can’t deal with characters like Nomi. Same thing goes when Justin Bieber, a kid with average looks and no talent, pops up on my screen. I can’t deal with the fact that he seems to be doing well (just because he looks like that). I’ve taken dumps that looked better than him, now that’s talent!

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Aug 22, 2012

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Accel World episode 19

Sigh, still a disappointing episode, but even I have to admit that it was pretty amusing. I can’t see how this episode is of any value. I suppose that Kuroyukihime made a few new friends. I suppose that new friends can always come in handy in the future.

Kuroyukihime-chan encountered an old friend in need of help, so she decided that she might as well give him a helping hand to defeat a cheating Burst Linker. The aforementioned Burst Linker used a certain cheat that allowed him to use pets and enter area’s that are nowhere near to him. Nobody likes a cheater, not even Kuroyukihime, which is probably why she agreed to help her friend.

No surprise there to be honest. Kuroyukihime’s personality is simply like that. She would do almost anything to help her friends out, especially when Haruyuki is somehow involved. The fact that she sacrificed her health as well as almost all of her points in order to save Haruyuki proves all of that.

It was pretty interesting to see Kuroyukihime struggle for a little bit. She was supposed to be a level nine king, yet she couldn’t handle one annoying little cheater. She couldn’t handle one cheater, so how is she going to defeat a whole guild of them? I foresee a whole lot more problems in the future, even though the anime is nearing its end.

I can only hope, judging by this episode, that the main story will pick up again during the very next episode. I have been dying to find out why Chiyuri did what she did. She couldn’t have been afraid for Nomi, as he had almost been defeated by Haruyuki. I just can’t figure it out.

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Aug 15, 2012

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Accel World episode 18

Why god, why!? Why did we get betrayed again by such a ridiculous episode? You know, some people (me) actually waited all week to see this episode. The last thing we want to see is a ridiculous episode about a girl and her teenage problems. Warning: this post will be short and ‘aggressive’ as hell.

The entire episode revolved around Kuroyukihime and her adventure in another part of Japan, where she coincidentally met up with a few local Burst Linkers, whom also coincidentally took her to their master, whom, again, coincidentally turned out to be an old friend of her. It took every bit of willpower not to skip though this episode.

Yeah, this episode was so much better than finding out what happened between Haruyuki, Takumu, Chiyuri and that bastard Nomi. Not! I waited all week for that episode, so it goes without saying that I’m pretty disappointed right now. It wasn’t the first time either that Accel World betrayed it’s viewers like this, and yes, I seriously do believe that this is a form of betrayal.

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