「Invitation; 挑戦」 (Chousen)
Finally! Kuroyukihime is in the spotlight again and it was such a great way to introduce new characters. Not to mention a breather from Noumi and his attitude. Is it just me, or is this arc longer than usual? I feel like it’s a massive story joined together by tangents focused on different sets of characters.
This episode focused on a whole new setup for Kuroyukihime and her time spent in Okinawa. I was surprised by the amount of time focused on Wakamiya Megumi (Tomatsu Haruka) actually. I never put too much thought into her character until this episode and the emphasis on “another world” that Kuroyukihime escapes to. When you’ve been friends for so long, it’s only within time which you realize something’s wrong… but her development seemed to take a turn when Kuroyukihime never brought a gift. In all seriousness, Megumi’s character probably plays a more impactful role but my predictions run dry when I try and comprehend what it is. I doubt she’s a Burst Linker… or she might be similar to Noumi; she doesn’t show up on the list of challengers.
Two new Burst Linkers are brought in this week… I was not expecting them to be as adorable as they are! At first, I thought they were young obnoxious children, but all skeptical behavior disappeared as soon as I saw them in real life. They’re simply lost children who haven’t been taught properly by their master. Asato Ruka (Nakanishi Tamaki) is the guardian of Itosu Mana (Gibu Yuko), and both are students of “Crikin” (Shingaki Tarusuke). Nothing else seems to be revealed about Crikin other than being an old friend of Kuroyukihime’s and a level 7 Burst Linker. I’m anxious to hear his history… drunk old men always have the best stories to be heard and we’ll probably get to hear that next week. Except he’s not old and… I’m sure he can’t really get drunk.
There appears to be another monster on the loose, and I’m beginning to think that this Brain Burst program has a lot of glitches and problems that allow all these “monsters” to appear. We know that the Chrome Disaster is within Haruyuki, so I can’t imagine what’s out there in Okinawa. We’ll find out soon enough next week! Any episode that doesn’t feature Noumi is a good one in my eyes. I’m not sure how this will all tie together later… perhaps the “monster” is somehow related to or born from Noumi… we’ll have to see. All I can say is that there are only several episodes left of Accel World and there seems to be a bigger picture that we’re still not seeing. I hope we don’t end things off with a cliffhanger because that would kill me as a season finale.
Quick Note: Sorry once again for the delayed post. AW was initially going to be posted before KC but I had issues with my raw. I’ll be timely from now on so expect AW and KC to be up this weekend =)