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「Temptation; 誘惑」 (Yuuwaku)

That bathroom scene. I never expected Accel World would be the one to pull something like that. Good for the audience though, the show doesn’t take itself that seriously.

And the story finally starts getting interesting…
Not that it wasn’t already captivating, but I thought the first 7 episodes were really devoted to build-up. They were focused on introducing characters and the universe that Accel World is revolved around. Now that the audience has a better understanding of the technicalities and character motives, we get to meet new rivals and goals for the main cast.

Most obvious addition is Scarlet Rain (Rina Hidaka) who is portrayed as this innocent cute “imouto” of Haruyuki’s. Am I the only naiive one here? I actually thought she was just going to be eye-candy and a side character who adds no value to the story. Clearly I was so very wrong… It was an intriguing twist in character though. She went from being overly clingy and annoying to crazy and trigger-happy. Severe case of multi-personality disorder and I’ll never know the appeal of these girls… she can be very adorable though. I wish she kept up with the sister act.

The battle was short, but well animated in my opinion and probably the first battle that Haruyuki lost (since Ash Roller) on screen. I complained in earlier episodes that Haruyuki seems to always just skim by and by luck, pulls out on top. This battle wasn’t the case and even with the ability to fly, Haruyuki lost by a wide margin. Scarlet Rain is a smart one, and I wouldn’t write her off anytime soon. She seems to have her own issues though and I think it has something to do with her own protégé. Is this why she demands an audience with Kuroyukihime? We see a quick glimpse of this crazy ripper – with Scarlet Rain watching over him/her, perhaps Scarlet is his/her master. Seems like there are more issues than just gaining points and leveling up.

We end off with a conversation between Kuroyukihime and Haruyuki… and to be honest, up until now, I feel like their conversations have always been very forced. Their relationship seems very circumstantial (not that it’s a bad thing), but that’s why I wasn’t feeling the whole romance and confession scene. Since then, I’ve warmed up the idea of Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime. They’ve had a lot of trials between them and I’m beginning to see the connection. When Haruyuki reassures his “master” and he will never leave her, I was really touched. For once, I actually felt like Haruyuki was living up to the image of a strong male protagonist. The real question though is… what kind of relationship did Kuroyukihime and Red Rider have? Was it romantic or something else? Perhaps this is something that won’t get answered till after the resolution with Scarlet Rain though.

Full-length images: The most full-lengths I’ve made to date. Lots of Scarlet Rain and Kuroyukihime for you to make up for the past few weeks.

 

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May 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm
76 comments »
  • May 26, 2012 at 4:42 pmSpinning

    A loli bathing fanservice scene? In an anime that’s entirely wish fulfilment? Who would’a thunk!

  • May 26, 2012 at 4:54 pmQuikbeam

    I liked this episode overall. At the very least, I liked the fact that Haru didnt fall for the trap that was laid out for him. Granted, it did take him a lot longer to figure it out than it should have. But its an improvement. I also liked the fact that Haru finally lost, I was wondering how long it would take people to come up with a way to deal with his flying, after all while its a cool skill, it has its drawbacks.
    I am also glad we are starting to see a change in Haru as well. He is no longer wallowing in self pity all the time like he was before, but is actively trying to not be a burden on everyone else.
    Also, they hinted that there is more to BB world than just battling each other at the end of the episode and the next episode preview, with that dragon like mob destroying other players. It kind of gave the vibe of being some kind of NPC. I could be wrong though.

  • May 26, 2012 at 4:55 pmFallenrock

    Didn’t look like Scarlet Rain was “watching over” the monster in my opinion. Looked like she was tracking it…

    • May 26, 2012 at 5:35 pmQwert

      Definitely seems like the guy isn’t working for her. If anything I’d bet he’s some loner smashing his way through her territory whose combat style outmatches her long range based legion, so she’s left looking for help from Kuroyukihime.

    • May 27, 2012 at 1:47 pmBenz

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  • May 26, 2012 at 5:04 pmestron

    That’s some serious firepower she has in that fortress

    • May 26, 2012 at 6:35 pmjrj

      second generation red king… all lv.9 players (kings) out there are monster, at least until quite a bit into the later arcs…

  • May 26, 2012 at 5:15 pmskylion

    I was hoping beyond hope that the voice I recognized behind Scarlet was the same voice behind Ririchiyo-sama from Inu x Boku. Thanks for posting the VA link, my hopes have been rewarded.

    Geez, how much fawning can one do over this new addition. Probably too much. But, could this be the dawning of the Yandere Loli? Stilts? You wrote the article on the Super-Competent Loli, any thoughts? I’m hoping so. A pure seething ball of murder loli would probably put the cat amongst the otaku pigeons.

  • May 26, 2012 at 5:36 pmKamui04

    Lol at Haru pinching her cheeks while saying a certain phrase that is the title of a certain anime that involves a little sister.

    • May 26, 2012 at 6:23 pmThe Moondoggie

      Expected since Ac and OreImo LN have the same publisher.

    • May 26, 2012 at 11:33 pmKinny Riddle

      Some in-house produce placement they have there.

      Also last episode, there was a huge advertising board outside the cafe Haru and Aqua Current were in, advertising another Ascii Media Works title “Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei” (or The Irregular at Magic High School).

    • May 27, 2012 at 8:46 amOreI

      Haruyuki “…Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai!!” lol

  • May 26, 2012 at 5:38 pmQwert

    I like how Kuroyukihime was visibly restraining herself after Haru told her about what had happened the night before.

    Leaves you wondering what she was more pissed about, that Scarlet Rain had gone after him or that she was alone with him in the bath with nothing but a towel on… my money is on the later.

  • May 26, 2012 at 5:41 pmP Ko

    Porky-chan how I hate you ;[

  • May 26, 2012 at 5:42 pmBreedo

    that was a bizarre sort of introduction….into his home no less, had to have stalked him out somehow…she’s definiteluy dangerous but it seems she’s more like one of those sneaky yellow team guys that Kuroyukihime mentioned. that’s a lot of work to find Haru and then try to what….get in his good graces to feel him out? i think it would have been more of an impact if she’d been more shrewd first and played a more drawn out intro sensibly before flipping the switch. i was only watching her cuteness the whole time thinking….is she nuts!? especially inviting herself to the tub lol. maybe a little pressed for time in the episode count but the fight was stellar.

  • May 26, 2012 at 6:01 pmgundamjehutykai

    Man, even now I cannot get used to the redesign of the fortress mode for the anime compared to the original novel. They went from rounded and intimidating to a bunch of minecraft blocks!!

    Still, interesting to see that they have already introduced the main bad guy for the arc. If you haven’t read the novel, lets just say that the the monster is linked to scarlet rain more than you may think and it’s pretty damn brutal as well.
    Oh and Scarlet Rain is very much sane. Very cunning but her manipulation skills are really weak. She just has a really short temper.

  • May 26, 2012 at 6:01 pmzleihsh

    I can’t believe Chiryu want Ice-Cram AGAIN! Gee, I still think it is UN-fair that she never get fat, still, again?!
    Himei is really open about her love, ne? I mean, you can see that especially during her and Haru’s morning talk. I do not known if anyone in real life is that open about their feelings. That is call courage!
    Still, like Qwert said,see her hand/fist? She was Oh-So-Definitely angry! A jealous type?
    Also, there seems to be relationship b/w the 1st Red King and Himei, I am curious about the kings’ past relationships now.

  • May 26, 2012 at 6:01 pmKurisu Vi Britannia

    I’m not really a loli fan but I don’t mind them. I absolutely hate the girls in Animes that act cute but are actually crazy (Like the Lucky Star girl).

    Just a pet peeve of mine =/

    Is that black monster a part of the novel? or is it anime original? Don’t forget to Show Spoiler ▼

    • May 26, 2012 at 6:29 pmjrj

      if the black monster you mean the monster that ripping people apart at the end, then yes, it is in the LN, in fact this whole arc is focused on this thing (just look at the last thing in the OP). I won’t spoil too much here since it is essential to the plot line here

    • May 26, 2012 at 7:07 pmMike

      pretty much, suffice to say that the “monster” is heavily involved in a substantial amount of the story that has been released thus far.

      • May 26, 2012 at 7:21 pmjrj

        I don’t know if you like the “monster” or not, but yes, it is essential to the plot in more than one way… although after volume 9, Show Spoiler ▼

      • May 26, 2012 at 7:48 pmMike

        yup, I finished vol. 11 a couple weeks back :)

      • May 26, 2012 at 8:10 pmjrj

        awesome… so did I :) the story is just getting better and better, but how I hate all the cliff hangers… :( won’t be surprised if this LN gets to around 20 volumes…

      • May 27, 2012 at 5:07 amAlgent

        Are the volume all translated or can you read Japanese ? ^^
        I guess even some kind of resume would do but I couldn’t find one.

      • May 27, 2012 at 5:37 amKurisu Vi Britannia

        I’d love to know this as well as my Japanese isn’t that great. If they’re translated I know what I’m doing tonight!

      • May 27, 2012 at 5:59 ambelatkuro

        If I’m right, they’re reading the Chinese translated ones.
        English, only the ones on B-T.

      • May 27, 2012 at 8:59 amjrj

        I don’t know about Mike, but I am reading the Chinese translation. there are currently 10 full volumes (1-9 and 11) and 1 side story volume (volume 10) translated. It is jut perfect, but enough to the by. For anyone interested, I can direct you to the site where I read them :)

  • May 26, 2012 at 6:13 pmZeru

    I can’t be sure, but my theory is that the “beast” that Scarlet Rain was watching over may be a former member of the Black Lotus’s own kingdom, and has been going on a rampage since she went into hiding.

    She may even be its “parent” hence the whole parent vs child vibe they had going at the end of this episode.

    or maybe I read it wrong and the beast is actually Scarlet Rain’s child and she can’t/won’t deal with it on her own, so she is requesting help from Black Lotus to deal with it.

    • May 26, 2012 at 6:31 pmjrj

      you are getting some pieces correct. all I can say without spoiling too much is the whole notion of “parent” vs. “child” is a big foreshadowing. Be in for some plot twist and details :)

  • May 26, 2012 at 6:22 pmThe Moondoggie

    LOL Epic fight. Porky got headshot, AAed and received a loli. All my jelly, Haru! I want an imouto too, even if it’s a leader of a rival Clan in disguise XD….

  • May 26, 2012 at 6:42 pmjrj

    red haired loli finally shows up… angel mode + demon mode… yes, it does comes off as some sort of multiple personality kind of thing, but if they do decide to reveal her background, then maybe it will help explain her a bit more…

    as to the monster at the end, it is cool to see people guessing at what it really is and how it relates to the plot line. some of you are closer to the truth than others, but without spoiling too much, I can say there are pieces that people mentioned in the comments that are correct and essential to the plot line. just be prepared for some great action down the road.

    as to the romance department, the relationship front is moving slower even in the LN, so don’t feel too bad about that. the “parent” vs. “child” notion will come in to play in a plot related way.

    and finally, thanks for all the full size cap, Cherrie, as always, thanks for the post and good luck with RL :) UNLIMITED BURST!

    • May 26, 2012 at 8:18 pmMixed Milkshake

      I wouldn’t say Yuniko Kouzuki – Scarlet Rain has a multiple personality disorder.
      Show Spoiler ▼

      • May 26, 2012 at 9:02 pmjrj

        I am perfectly aware of what you are saying, but the reason I sort of agree with the multiple personality kind of thing is that even in the LN, Haru often says that red king has an angel mode, but then other time abusive and harsh like a demon… and I don’t think what you are pointing out has much to do with this fact. this is just a way of hers to get her objective achieved… nothing wrong with it.

  • May 26, 2012 at 9:13 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    Primarily glad that a (random) character actually points out in the episode about Haru relying so heavily on his flying ability and the fact that doing so means that people are given plenty of opportunities to adapt to and/or counter it, and Scarlet Rain shows a perfect example of that with her anti-aircraft missiles that she’s never been able to use (given Haru’s the only one so far able to fly), showing she was well-prepared for such a thing well before Haru even got the ability.

    On the other side, it’s also nice to see Haru also realizing this himself and working with being shot at in order to increase his speed and agility to be able to dodge such inevitable attacks and, in practice, he does quite well doing so against Scarlet Rain. The only problem was the unpredictable result of her being able to simply cast aside the fortress like that and dodge his own attack.

  • May 26, 2012 at 9:24 pmworstof2012

    Oh geez. A girl falls and a boy just “happens” to grab her boobs with both hands. Not belly. Not legs. Not arms. No~~~!! Just boobies. Always stupid boobies. And not just grabbing, but cupping them like some creepy rapist with totally embarrassed faces. What the heck? Stop this nonsense you Japanese anime writers (NEEDLESS TO SAY, the majority of the Japanese anime writers are fine, but there are always some who ruins it for the rest, like everywhere else)!!! If it’s on ecchi shows, I get it. I really do. But TOO MANY times it comes up on regular shows like this one, like it’s the most natural thing in the world or it’s some sort of go-to-move for a cheap laugh. How many times have y’all seen this stupid shit?!!

    …I’m fine with the rest, but tired of this crap trope. It doesn’t add anything anywhere, but keeps coming up (just to be clear, I am NOT trashing the show, but the stupid boob grab TROPE)!!! So if you neg this comment, I know which camp you belong~~, you dirty bastards!! If there’s a mountain of negs, humanity is lost. Don’t let humanity lose, y’all!!

    • May 30, 2012 at 5:45 amThe Moondoggie

      >2012

      >Still complaining about cliches

      (=_=’)

      • May 30, 2012 at 12:56 pmMary Vanucchi

        I think you got wrong. worstof2012 (LOL this nick) criticized the boobs trope as something bad used, which don’t add anything for the anime other that more wish fulfillment – which is the worst element of this series. I really want to like this series, but anything here other than the good fight scenes feels artificial and the drama is too forced.

        (and sorry if my english is bad ^^”)

      • May 30, 2012 at 4:41 pmThe Moondoggie

        Wish fulfillment? What’s that supposed to mean? If you mean the psychoanalytic definition, saying “this anime is wish fulfillment’ is dumb, since all anime IS wish fulfillment. If you really don’t like this show, you can just go all back to watching “realistic basement dwellers in space” and miss out on all the fun and entertaining stuff.

        Besides, that trope is a staple in every bathroom slip scene for a reason: grab any other part and you actually raise the risk of an injury. Grabbing a person’s chest supports all parts, from the head to the abdomen.

        So complaining about that trope is pretty much moronic.

  • May 26, 2012 at 9:29 pmFiShar

    Shuu is hunting you. How many times have you lost your “arm”.
    http://randomc.net/image/Accel%20World/Accel%20World%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2023.jpg

  • May 26, 2012 at 9:37 pmFlameStrike

    Hahaha, oh wow, I did notice that Silver Crow was being de-armed a lot, but totally didn’t make the connection! His Power of the Kings keeps being stolen. XD

    • May 27, 2012 at 5:35 pmThe Moondoggie

      He didn’t get depowered this time though. Plus he lost because he buried himself on the concrete with his own move.

  • May 26, 2012 at 10:11 pmCroco

    Classic Imouto trap

    • May 26, 2012 at 10:18 pmjrj

      I assure you this will not be the last time you see this… :)

  • May 26, 2012 at 11:36 pmKinny Riddle

    Forgive me for being dumb and missing something, but how did Scarlet Rain find out Haru’s real identity again?

    Oh BTW:

    http://randomc.net/image/Accel%20World/Accel%20World%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2017.jpg

    Hurrah to Cherrie for the FTW Hime in ponytail taking bath screenshot. lol

    • May 27, 2012 at 2:09 amtylon

      Please give them some time to cover on that.
      Hime will post that question for you when they meet up. :)

      Haru will be “enjoying” in the next episode. hehehe…

  • May 26, 2012 at 11:55 pmD-LaN

    Loli bathroom peeker become loli hero killer. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT Haru.

    Another reason why I should start my work and then WATCH this show…..

  • May 27, 2012 at 12:25 amc2710

    i laughed when the “subtle” advert for ore no imouto in the bathroom and rull lenghts of kuroyukihime is ALWAYS welcomed

  • May 27, 2012 at 12:56 amDjalaal

    Personally, I don’t agree haru lost by a long shot. He lost quickly, but due to falling for her trick. Haru, lvl.4, managed to avoid damage when attacked by a lvl.9 user. And it was her strong point too, long distance attacks. He even forced her hand; to move 50cm even though she usually never moves.

    On another note, how DID Scarlet Rain find out Silver Crows real identity? And I expected Kuro to be angry at revealing her identity, although he could do nothing about it. Wasn’t it the greatest Taboo to know it?

    • May 27, 2012 at 9:02 amjrj

      while it is one of the most dangerous thing to reveal your RL identity to other linkers, Kuro Hime is willing to risk it in part to protect Haru. Plus at this point all of the black legion member should know the identity of the red king, where red king only knows that of silver crow. So it is actually a higher risk for the red king if a real world assault is to occur.

    • May 27, 2012 at 11:26 amMikeMan

      Haruyuki lost without being able to hit her even once; this is losing by a wide margin. Also, the reason he was able to dodge all of her missiles was because he has been pumping all of his level-up bonuses into his speed (this was mentioned in the novels but apparently skipped over on the show), so essentially her specialization in long-range attacks is negated by his specialization in speed. As for her moving 50cm, it was the smart thing to do; just because she doesn’t HAVE to move doesn’t mean moving isn’t the smartest decision. I’d even go as far as to say that her choosing to move instead of taking the hit to prove she could says more for her cunning and decision-making in battle.

      • May 27, 2012 at 11:49 amjrj

        well, I would be surprised if Haru reduces her HP by like 30%… think about it, lv.4 vs. lv.9, it is highly unlikely he can do much without game breaker stuff… as to her moving 50cm, the idea here is not that she doesn’t have to move, but rather a strategic move as well as a defensive one. normally her opponent at that point would have evaporated by her firepower, so Silver Crow is actually a formidable foe in her eyes, not to say that diving attack will actually hurt quite a bit even with her defense (remember, she is not green king), but in the end, it is still an one-sided game.

      • May 27, 2012 at 2:43 pmSuppa Tenko

        Even if Haru’s Super Climax Rider Kick hit Scarlet Rain, it would not have caused any HP damage since her equipment would have absorbed most of the damage.

      • May 27, 2012 at 7:53 pmjrj

        that kick would have damaged the fortress a bit unfortunately… red color, and especially in scarlet rain’s case, doesn’t focus on defense (she is not green king), and brain burst is too realistic for a game… so think about what would happen when something hit you really fast, it will hurt

  • May 27, 2012 at 2:31 amTingster013

    Her ability is so epic cool!!!! Flying avatar? No Problem!!! CQC? No Problem!!! Long range target? No Problem!!! I will just blast them all!!!

    • May 27, 2012 at 7:21 pmhaseo0408

      Who needs Bust Points to upgrade defense when you have enough fire power to erase Japan from the map!

      • May 27, 2012 at 7:51 pmjrj

        you will be surprised, green color focus mostly on defense… wait till you see green king…

  • May 27, 2012 at 3:31 amPhantasm

    So that’s what happens if you leave little girls too long with a certain, short tempered, white-haired, red-eyed protagonist !

    • May 27, 2012 at 7:27 pmhaseo0408

      That´s the future of Last Order?! Not bad, I have to admit but only if it comes with the massive apocaliptic fire power.

      • May 30, 2012 at 12:10 amThe Moondoggie

        And an impenetrable armour the size of a small police station…

  • May 27, 2012 at 7:26 amHakarum

    Yay! 3 way fight incoming soon!!! Can’t wait for the upcoming king vs king fight! (Btw, its not going to be between Scarlet Rain & Black Lotus)

  • May 27, 2012 at 3:08 pmKyral

    Damn Scarlet Rain is awesome! She reminded me of Luna from Seto no Hanayome so that’s a plus too! :D

    • May 28, 2012 at 2:04 pmItachizame

      she reminds me of Maki from said series. ^_^

  • May 27, 2012 at 7:10 pmhaseo0408

    Was I the only one thinking in Metal Gear while watching Scarlet Rain´s fortress of doom?

    • May 28, 2012 at 6:04 amAsobi

      I was thinking more battletech. Sigh, we need a proper new mechwarrior game. :(

      • May 28, 2012 at 11:42 amRoguespirit

        Mech warrior online is in the works and it looks good. Check it out on youtube.

  • May 27, 2012 at 11:56 pmMockman

    Haruyuki’s not a strong male protagonist. He’s a mewling cretin. And while that may change, it’s where he’s at today.

    The words he uses are as non-committal as possible. I don’t mean that he wouldn’t commit to serving her. He can do that, barely, because that doesn’t require him to be human, male or strong. But it’s not the potent type of service that Miketsukami developed, and that so perplexed Ririchou and galled Kagerou in Inu x Boku. Haru’s subservience is due to a lack character and pretty much total absence of masculinity. If it’s based on anything, it would like be on a pitiful form of gratitude. He couldn’t even join up on his own ambition. All he’s really saying here is that he won’t betray her. But he probably only has the gumption to say that much since it’s beyond his imagination. Of course, it could be foreshadowing. I could certainly see conflict between them in the future.

    I’ll add that his committing Kuroyuki to meeting Scarlet Rain if he loses his fight demonstrates his suitability to the role. And from her clenched fists, I assume that she felt the same.

    He still isn’t at the point at which he considers himself of the same species as Kuroyuki. The role of the loyal dog (of the neutered variety) is currently the height of his aspiration and imagination. We’ll see if she can drag him up onto his hind legs. When he can hold a normal conversation with her and maybe respond to her attempts at flirting, or when he can do anything without crying first, then I’ll acknowledge some progress. But he isn’t anywhere near being a strong, male protagonist.

    • May 28, 2012 at 7:14 amjrj

      you are not giving Haru enough credit… remember he is nobody prior to become a burst linker. self-esteem takes a long time to form. there is almost no way he will dominate kuro hime in personality not only because he is her “child”, but also because she is a lot more mature than he is due to the influence of brain burst. and really, the anime is just a bit slower in building up Haru’s personality since the first 7 episodes are all devoted to vol.1 + vol.10 of the LN, where Haru is a lot weaker. trust me, he will gets a lot better later on.

      as to kuro hime clenching fist, she is blaming herself for not picking up the clues that Haru give her about the red king. she is more mad at herself for not protecting Haru than mad at Haru.

      • May 29, 2012 at 10:21 pmMockman

        Well, I’ll grant that I’m not giving him any credit. It doesn’t bother me that he’s a weak character. It’s how wretched he is, given his circumstances, that I find irksome.

        I’m not expecting him to dominate Kuroyuki, or even keep up with her. He’s sort of the antithesis of her, at least at this point. But, I think he should be able to walk around by himself without crying, or talk to her without crying, complete a sentence without crying or apologising, etc…. I don’t think his lot in life is so terrible that he couldn’t do any of those things on occasion.

        He isn’t without friends. He has two good friends. One of them is a girl. She likes him. A lot. She’s willing to invite him into her bedroom and onto her bed for a cabling session. With a very short cable. She accepts his evasive excuse, gives him the benefit of the doubt and lets him have his way with her. Given that he’s not a sociopath, and he doesn’t seem to believe in manipulating people, it’s interesting that he’s able to treat her like that. In most anime, the weak, male protagonist usually faints upon entering such unfamiliar territory as a girl’s room. At this point, it seems obvious to me that she has strong feelings for him. While he seems to be oblivious to the nature of those feelings (which is in character), close proximity to a girl he likes isn’t alien to him.

        While lacking in many areas, he does possess exceptional talent in one. A unique talent. And its related to something that he considers very important. And he’s able to fight and win battles, even over his friend, who has been the epitome of masculinity as well as his idol.

        Is he still a level 1? Nope. I think he’s at level 4 now. He’s able to chat with, fight with, and grope while naked in the tub another girl, who just happens to be at the same level as his princess.

        So I’d say that the wretchedness he shows is unwarranted. The total absence of self-confidence is unwarranted. And most of all, his lack of self, identity and ambition are all unwarranted. Worse, it’s all inconsistent with the events currently happening. While his princess is telling him that he can achieve what even she could not, not only can he not accept it, he can’t even imagine it. His dreams are puny dreams.

        Earlier I said that I didn’t expect him to be able to keep up with Kuroyuki. Rather, I’d expect things to sort of be like their walking to school the day he told her about his cabling adventure. When she was walking slowly, he kept up with her. As she walked more quickly, he fell a little behind. Eventually, she left him in the dust. But at least he made it to school. The crying, whining and self-flagellation are all still as though he’s frozen and standing still.

        Either way, if you say he’s improving, I won’t argue that. But I won’t agree with the suggestion that he has even the appearance of a strong, male protagonist.

        By the way, I think the clenched fist was more about her being put in a spot that she’s very deliberately avoided. That’s why Scarlet Rain chose his route, he’s the weakest link. And Kuroyuki has previously shown a willingness to wear her heart on her sleeve. While she seems to feel pretty strongly about him, she’s still able to get upset with him. I’ll watch it again but that’s my take on it.

  • May 28, 2012 at 4:00 amJimminy

    Another Medabot looking character.

  • May 28, 2012 at 8:08 amCybersteel

    The one thing that bothers me is that everyone looks like a kid other than Taku. Granted that they are middle school students but still… me not satisfied…me hates loli [except for Koneko-chan] Hoping for a time skip :}

    • May 28, 2012 at 8:43 amjrj

      +1 to non-loli lover…
      koneko-chan from DxD? then you really should read the latest volumes, cat demon loli is a massive killing machine for lolicons…

    • May 28, 2012 at 1:29 pmCherrie

      I’m not a fan of lolis either… >_> But I know a few of the other writers are *coughcough so I won’t judge =)

    • May 30, 2012 at 12:07 amThe Moondoggie

      LOL, I dunno about you guys, most advance burst linkers spent alot of time in that mode that it isn’t surprising that they’re more mature than they look. That’s the novel’s explanation.

      And what’s wrong with a teen carrying a cannon in a MMO?

  • May 28, 2012 at 10:38 amhungben

    oreimo reference haha! :D

  • May 29, 2012 at 2:25 amNymphetamine2791

    I knew Scarlet was too good to be true as soon as they showed her and Haruyuki didn’t recall her, lol.

  • May 30, 2012 at 3:57 pmLucas.R.J

    You are obviously naive.At least, seeing the loli appear in the op ,I know she is not a side character……….Scarlet Rain