「Escalation; 激化」 (Gekika)
First things first… I have to say that I’m thoroughly enjoying this arc with Kouzuki Yuniko (aka Scarlet Rain). With all the introductions out of the way, the real story begins… and I can finally say I understand why people are fans of the novel. There seems to be more to Accel World than simply fighting people and gaining burst points. I like how there’s a history behind Kuroyukihime and the Seven Kings. It goes to show that the story does not just simply begin when Haruyuki acquired Brain Burst and there are other things happening around the characters. There are actual events that occur in the background that our main characters aren’t even aware of. Haruyuki is probably the catalyst for things to come.
So I was right and wrong with last week’s predictions. The current Chrome Disaster is indeed under the red region (named Prominence?) and Yuniko believes that Haruyuki’s ability to fly is the key to catching Chrome Disaster. I was wrong to think that it has something to do with the master/protégé relationship; although it’d be an interesting twist to the story. I wonder how the Armor of Catastrophe will go down now that Haruyuki’s offered his services; how exactly is flight supposed to stop this guy from ripping you apart? And how does Takumu fit into all this exactly? All he did was provide Haruyuki with emotional support.
Of course, this post is not complete without the mention of Haruyuki’s growing harem. I did not even realize this was a harem anime, but I guess it’s not uncommon for a guy to have 3+ girls in love with him. I’m not even joking; some guys can just be extremely dense. In this case, Kuroyukihime even had to confess to Haruyuki (back in episode 4) and what resulted from that? Absolutely nothing since he doesn’t pick up on her hints very well (jealousy much?). I wish they built on their relationship a little more rather than throwing in more girls at Haruyuki… but clearly that isn’t happening anytime soon. Judging from the OP, there’s at least one more female to add to his harem.
Aside from the brief history lesson, this episode mainly focused on the slice-of-life aspect of Haruyuki’s life. It’s a very refreshing outlook since the previous episodes focused so heavily on his battles and winning points. I especially enjoyed seeing how the characters were so seemingly normal and the truce that they formed (however brief it will be) was a good way to show that they were still kids above all else. It was a break from the intense plotting and strategy-building which I was relieved to see. The preview doesn’t give too much away, but I think it’ll be the start of Chrome Disaster’s confrontations. I’m excited, but like I said, I enjoy the breaks in between that are meant for character development.
Note: Next episode (ep 10) will air June 15th, 2012… that means all the more time to do the season preview!