Accel World – 22
「Determination; 決意」 (Ketsui)
We’re nearing the end of Accel World and I can’t believe how quickly this 2-cour show flew by. Have I already been blogging for 6 months? Oh damn…
The fight involving Rust Jigsaw (Hino Satoshi) was short-lived and although there wasn’t much of a resolution with him, his loss was the reason that Haruyuki came to his huge epiphany. I was a little disappointed by the lack of detail revolving Rust Jigsaw, but it seemed like he served his purpose. Blood Leopard was used in the same manner too. I felt that they were characters brought in to introduce a link or deliver a message and then they would just disappear. I’m not too fond of that idea since it has happened multiple times now (Crikin, Megumi, Sky Raker etc.). It would bring a lot more dimension to each of these characters if they were brought back and had further stories to tell. I’m assuming that won’t be until season 2, if there ever is one.
The most heartbreaking scenes in this series always go to Chiyuri. This is probably the second most emotional moment I’ve seen since episode 3 (when Haruyuki was checking to see if she was Cyan Pile). Actually, episode 14 comes close to being emotionally traumatizing as well. I think the show does a great job manipulating my feelings for Chiyuri when it comes to Haruyuki. Mainly because the audience knows how close they are and yet how they can’t really be “together” even though they care so deeply for each other. I felt bad for Haruyuki as well when Chiyuri mentioned that he could “have” her in real life anytime, but that is just accusing of Haruyuki of being a pig (no pun intended!). There are very few moments which my respect for Haruyuki rises, but by walking away from Chiyuri (half-naked) and still holding up his promise to save her, I give him a lot of credit. Chiyuri overstepped many boundaries by stripping and it rubbed me the wrong way.
Now for the answers that we were all waiting for… how does Noumi get away with it? Well here’s a quick and fast answer for all those that were waiting for this huge epic organization to come out and expose their secrets. Noumi has long since been implanted with a chip that allows him to connect to networks without listing his name. Simple as that. Now what does Haruyuki choose to do about it? Well, since this IS an anime about Brain Burst and Accel World, obviously it has to be a duel to the end wagering all your points. I’m not sure how that’s going to go down, but I guess that will bring us to the end of this season. I hope it ends up with Noumi being suspended and getting this chip dislodged from his cerebrum (ew, that’s a nasty thought).
Also, I have no idea how they’re going to bring Kuroyukihime back into the midst of the battle. It was mentioned by Takumu that even their master couldn’t defeat the Noumi/Chiyuri duo, so how is she going to come back and what’s going to happen when she does? I’m curious since they dropped that beach shot at the end. However, I still don’t think it’ll be a detrimental change to the plot line going forward.