「Transformation； 変移」 (Heni)
Last week we left off with Haruyuki’s first confrontation with Ash Roller. This week, to no great surprise, we get to see his butt kicked within the first thirty seconds; this kid has no idea what he signed up for and I blame Kuroyukihime for the lack of explanations.
Of course, she explains the rules behind Brain Burst shortly afterwards. You would assume that such high stakes and conditions would have been explained prior to downloading Brain Burst. I feel sorry for Haruyuki because it’s as if he’s being set up by Kuroyukihime to die of embarrassment. I doubt she fancies him, so why bring up a confession? It’s not helping his reputation much, although I doubt that’s her intention altogether. It bothers me slightly that her actions and motives are still up in the air; it makes her character a lot harder to believe. She’s meant to be “popular”, however I have yet to see evidence of actual friends (just admirers). She comes across as your typical cookie-cutter strong female character, with a lack of defining characteristics – and I think that’s what irks me the most. Not to say that things will not change in the near future because we will likely see more of her past in upcoming episodes.
So enough about character development and all that jazz, let’s talk about these virtual battles (which by the way, I think are awesome!). The users of Brain Burst are required to fight one another in these virtual stages in order to gain more points, which are used to accelerate. If you run completely out of points, you lose your privilege to accelerate forever. There are also “levels” for the contenders; however that is not explained in the scope of this episode. The concept is simple and the idea may not be 100% original, but I still love the setup and the direction that the anime is taking. I’m also left with a ton of questions swimming in my head but I’m trying not to be impatient for answers either.
Sunrise has definitely met my expectations. All the action sequences and the details in the characters were a pleasure to watch – even the scenery was beautiful! I’m excited to see future episodes with more head butts and actual hand-to-hand combat. Haruyuki’s first win seemed a little weak for me – but at least he’s not dumb by any means. There’s also a good chance of more observers in the upcoming battles. Haruyuki will definitely be attracting more attention as he goes; I’m just unsure if that is a good or bad thing at the moment. At the least, he has the motivation to help Kuroyukihime… with whatever she has planned. I don’t completely agree with his reasons for being so devoted, but I won’t question it for now (since it seems like he’s very grateful for her help).
We also finally have an ED this week. It stays true to KOTOKO’s style, and I think it’s very fitting for the Accel World mood so no complaints there. Next week will finally be a new episode! I’m excited to see how Chiyuri’s role will impact the battles, but I’m not so much interested in the love triangle though. Also, what’s up with this shower scene?
ED: 「→unfinished→」 by KOTOKO
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