「出撃; Activation」 (Shutsugeki)
A week later and Accel World is back…
I was expecting this week’s episode to start the confrontation with Chrome Disaster, or at the very least, we would get to see him. What a surprise when the episode ended and it seemed like it was all a ploy from Yellow Radio. A large portion of the episode revolved around the history and background of characters as well as further explanations of Accel World. I actually didn’t mind since I find our main cast a lot less 2D and more complex now that they actually have motives and reasons for being the way they are. With recent additions in characters, it also makes the story interactions much more fun to watch. I like seeing the slice–of–life elements, which make the character reactions and faces more amusing to watch.
One of the first issues brought up is Chiyuri’s desire to download the Brain Burst program. We see the issues of becoming guardian and protégé and what surprised me most was how you can only have one protégé in your lifetime. And Kuroyukihime chose Haruyuki? That’s definitely something I was not expecting… especially when I wasn’t feeling the confession earlier on. I’m not going to spend this post bashing or cheering for this pairing though since the issue is actually revolved around Takumu (and whether or not he would be the one giving Chiyuri the software). I already spoiled this for myself and I think it’s very obvious from the OP what’s going to unfold; but what I find most intriguing is how Takumu and Chiyuri are still “in a relationship” despite Takumu realizing how Chiyuri feels about Haruyuki. Clearly he still likes her a lot, and where are they headed? Well I only hope that it’s a good ending for Takumu since he deserves his own happiness too.
Adding to Haruyuki’s harem this week, we see a lot of bickering between the girls (Kuroyukihime and Yuniko). There’s a lot of jealousy coming from Kuroyukihime, whereas Yuniko seems to be purposely provoking her by clinging onto Haruyuki. When they’re alone, I can see that Yuniko and Haruyuki actually get along very well (as I’m sure Kuroyukihime and Yuniko do too given last episode’s finale) and their conversations can get very deep as they both try and understand one another. When Haruyuki started talking about never-ending games, I can actually relate since I’ve played MMORPGs (like WoW) that don’t have a definite ending and eventually people move on and start playing other things… (like SC2!) I wouldn’t say that it’s a lonely feeling, but a game with a finite ending definitely encourages you to reach that point sooner rather than later (or never). At least from my semi-gamer perspective, those are the games I rather play.
I’m never surprised anymore when Accel World chooses to end their episodes with cliffhangers. If I wasn’t blogging this show, I could probably easily finish it all in one sitting since each episode leads into the next so well. I’m assuming (from Yuniko’s reaction) that Yellow Radio set up this confrontation for the main characters knowing that they were hunting Chrome Disaster. Whether or not Yellow Radio is actually associated with Chrome Disaster – I’m not too sure. It doesn’t seem like a controllable monster, so I would bet that Yellow Radio simply ambushed them on their way to it.
With that said, I’m loving this new arc – with the new characters and history lessons of their world, it adds a whole new dimension to the story. It beats episodic shows that revolve around a new enemy every week; I enjoy the continuity between episodes and arcs.