「Restoration; 修復」 (Shuufuku)
After last week’s lack of Kuroyukihime screen caps, I was going to do 36 caps solely of her. Unfortunately, that didn’t pan out very well since there was tons of action and more shots of avatars than anything else this episode. We catch a glimpse of Kuroyukihime at the end though and she’s already out of the hospital. Sorry, no more ponytail shots!
Compared to the last few weeks, I felt like this week was more of a decline on the plot movement and more about wrapping up loose ends. Not to say that it was a slow episode, there was a lot of action going on and I’m glad that Accel World can balance so well between in-depth conversations and action sequences. This is more of a comparison of Kuroyukihime vs. Takumu and Haruyuki & Aqua Current’s battle scenes. If I really wanted to analyze and compare the two, we have a debate on how Takumu handles his internal conflicts (mainly his guilt and how he treats his friends) and Haruyuki’s trust in his companions (both Takumu and Aqua). I always find it hard to believe that the main protagonist has almost no faults; he jumps into a battle with no knowledge of Aqua and has very little doubts. I guess that’s an admirable trait, but it’s neither realistic nor practical. It’s important to trust your partner, but it’s only natural to think otherwise sometimes. If Aqua actually ended up fighting Haruyuki for all his points, I think that would’ve made for a great cliffhanger.
In terms of Takumu though, I can totally relate to how he feels. He feels bad for the way he treated his friends and he tries to make up for it in every way he can. This includes uninstalling Brain Burst and helping Haruyuki level up. I can understand where he’s coming from and that’s why I felt really connected to his character this episode. Although I can also see where Kuroyukihime is coming from, I don’t like how she buds into other people’s matters. I almost feel like this isn’t even a valid argument (being the main heroine and all…), but since when did she care for Takumu’s relationships with his friends? Since she found out that he was good friends with Haruyuki? Or after he agreed to “side” with her? I guess it adds some development between them, but things will be interesting now that he is registered at their school. My “mistake” from last week’s post sounds more like foreshadowing now. The glasses also look good on Takumu!
Finally, we’re introduced a bit more thoroughly to Aqua Current (Ueda Kana) who is better known as “The Bouncer“. I thought her avatar was adorable! The glasses were a cute touch too… what is she supposed to be? A weasel? Very different form her duel avatar. I never knew that one could have the ability to wipe out someone’s memories. That seems to be an overpowered skill as well (much like Haruyuki’s ability to fly), but I’m not surprised anymore since she’s made it this far on her own. Aqua mentions that it’s not her time to meet Haruyuki yet… does that infer that she knows when they’ll meet again? Or is she just trying to hide her real identity awhile longer? I guess we’ll see when she reappears.
I know my posts have been late as of lately. Hopefully this will be the last one (at least for the rest of the season) that will be delayed. To make up for it, maybe I can grab more Kuroyukihime caps
next this week!