「Imagination; 面影」 (Omokage)
Willpower and determination can make all the difference in the world sometimes and in this case, it helped Haruyuki alter his abilities in Accel World. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of motivational speeches and “mental-strength-conquers-all” type of accomplishments; I find that a lot of these triumphs are gained through a lot of luck and help for the protagonist and purposely included for character development. It’s not very realistic in my opinion – but this is a TV show and not reality, so I will not judge it too harshly. In fact, it can be done right on more than one occasion and in an episode like this, I think it served to help Haruyuki redeem himself.
I will definitely give Haruyuki the benefit of the doubt in this situation – he’s a boy who’s reached rock bottom and really has nothing else to lose. Kuroyukihime is no longer with him, Takumu just punched him in the face, Chiyuri is also being threatened and on top of it all, he’s lost his wings. Even though I’m not a fan of Haruyuki, I still found myself cheering him on and wishing for his success. It’s not because he suddenly grew a pair and became a man in my eyes, I sadly have to say that it’s because I pity him and wish that life would throw him a bone. And it did! After 7 days (anyone else find their Engrish a little off here?), Haruyuki made it to the top and although he didn’t suddenly become super confident or jacked, the show still reinforced its original message, which I thought was the importance and strength of willpower.
The speed of his development made it key for this episode too. I hate dragged out episodes that lose focus of the big picture and I’m glad that there was enough going on here to keep my interest. On top of it all, we were introduced to Sky Raker in person. I wasn’t expecting that so soon.
So what’s Sky Raker like in person? Or rather, how adorable is she?! I love her character design and even the fact that she’s running on prosthetics does not bother me at all. I actually love that subtle mention of her legs in real life. That explains why her avatar can jump so high and her dream of flying. What actually touched me the most was how quickly Haruyuki realized that he obtained something so easily (and I almost want to say – took for granted something) that Sky Raker was trying to achieve for years. She even gave up her Gale Thruster (which I only assume to be a tool to help Haruyuki fly later) in order to help his cause. All the while, I feel as though he never truly cherished this ability he was given until it was taken away and he got to meet the one girl who even cut off her own legs to try and achieve it. That’s a very depressing thought, but I guess it brings about a good message for people that don’t realize what they’re given until it’s taken away.
Anyway, lots of rambling here… but a good way to help Haruyuki get back on his feet. I’m excited to see how he takes flight again and especially how Noumi’s finally going to get his ass kicked. Just a quick note: I apologize for the delay in this week’s post. My next week’s posts may also be a bit behind schedule since my following 2 weekends are pretty busy, but I’ll try to get them out as soon as possible. Ta!