「Obligation; 宿命」 (Shukumei)
Finally, a whole episode devoted to action and straight out battles between Level 9 kings! Not only did it include Black Lotus – but Scarlet Rain and Yellow Radio as well. Definitely worth all the build up and wait because I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. It was full of history, while giving each character some screen time and development. I even got a good sense of the type of person that Yellow Radio (Ishida Akira) is – a selfish jerk. He’s also not one for head-to-head combat and I see him scheming a lot more to get what he wants rather than simply confronting an issue. The whole setup with Chrome Disaster is a good example of how he’s spent all this time just to reach Level 10 (and even risk going against the treaty). He talks big about the rules of the treaty and how Red Scarlet goes against them, but he’s a hypocrite in that sense and I hate hypocrites.
What I liked most about this episode was actually how the writers managed to combine all my favorite aspects in a story together. I loved the short little blurb on Red Rider (Tsuda Kenjiro) and I even got to see a brief look at his personality – seemed like a very chill dude (and his Purple girlfriend?). It seemed like a cheap way to take out Black Lotus from the battle, but it was a great way to develop Cyan Pile as a side character. I thought he really proved himself as one of the main characters and not simply another side duelist that was thrown in. Takumu played his role well and he got his moment to shine which I was thankful for. He seemed to be shafted to the side a lot (along with Chiyuri) these days.
Scarlet Rain and Haruyuki also got their own little moment fighting together as a team. Although it didn’t go very far, it was great for character development and the Red King proved to hold up well on her own (and her crazy facial expressions!). I actually felt very uncomfortable watching all these men crawling up on her. When they started ripping her apart, it was like they were violating her or something… it made it really saddening for me to watch. And once again, Haruyuki has the ability to wake Black Lotus from her slumber (like back in episode 5). However, I liked how she not-so-subtlety reminded Haruyuki that he is her first love; it would have been super romantic if not for the dire situation. It also cleared up any misunderstandings that I (or others) may have had about her relationship with Red Rider.
Just when I thought the fight couldn’t get more intense, we’re left with another cliffhanger! What’s the deal with that?! I’m beginning to really wish I could just put Accel World off for its remaining episodes and marathon it all later. I’m super impatient, but I’ll try not to spoil myself! Chrome Disaster appears and pierces right through Yellow Radio! I’m guessing that this “kills off” Yellow Radio… but that means another full blown battle against Scarlet Rain, Black Lotus and Silver Crow next episode! Can’t bloody wait…!!