「Destruction; 崩壊」 (Houkai)
I read a lot of comments and rage about this arc being “the worst arc” in the Accel World light novel, however I actually don’t have too many complaints about this one. Aside from the terribly annoying antagonist who seems to be way too over-powered and the lack of Kuroyukihime, I’m still thoroughly enjoying the arc. This episode was a huge turning point though and that’s because they brought back Ash Roller and Chrome Disaster. The end also featured a new character (in the OP) and she happens to be Ash Roller’s guardian (Sky Raker)! Who would have thought right? That explains the joyride between Ash Roller and Silver Crow in the OP as well.
The episode starts off from last week’s cliffhanger – the battle between Dusk Taker and Silver Crow. I won’t lie; this was pretty painful to watch. Although I knew very well that Haruyuki was going to lose, I still felt sorry for him when his wings were stolen. Noumi had this overly confident and cocky smirk that I wanted to smack off his face. What bothered me the most was how defenseless Haruyuki and Chiyuri were at the end. Noumi actually had the guts to (literally) step all over Haruyuki and then use underhanded methods to get what he wants. I’m not usually one to say that two wrongs make a right, but in this case, I would love to see revenge taken out on this guy. Take away his points and Brain Burst program? I would hope so. Maybe even suspension from school.
Aside from the terribly annoying Noumi, there’s a fair bit of tears spilled in this episode. The confrontation between Haruyuki and Takumu actually cleared up the whole “are-Takumu-and-Chiyuri-in-a-relationship” ordeal and where the love triangle stands. So it’s clear now… Takumu loves Chiyuri, Haruyuki loves Kuroyukihime (who loves him back) but the question remains, who does Chiyuri love? I feel that it’s rather obvious who she will eventually end up with… but I would love to see the development of how it gets there and whether she will ever publicly announce it. The whole appearance of Chrome Disaster also comes up and although it makes me hate Haruyuki a little more, I also think it’s a good opportunity for him to prove that he’s not such a coward and can fight internal conflicts. Chrome Disaster probably won’t be brought up again for a while so I wonder if it’ll ever be “permanently” destroyed.
I never thought that I’d be glad to see Ash Roller again… I never even imagined that he would be a re-occurring character. His sense of humor and personality is a breath of fresh air. Haruyuki is rather a bore and his depressing/self-pity speeches make scenes seem terribly long and dragged out. I really despise how all his issues seem to stem from his lost ability to fly. I understand that it him “special”, but he lasted in Accel World before realizing he had wings (and defeated Ash Roller previously too). He has to realize that there are other ways around an issue and his extremely pessimistic behavior makes him more unbearable to watch. I’m glad that Ash Roller took the initiative to prove him otherwise. Sky Raker (Endo Aya) definitely catches my attention and as much as I would love to hear her history, I’d much rather see how she helps Haruyuki regain his wings.
Phew*… there was so much going on in this episode, I’ll stop here and let you guys carry on in the comments.