「Revolution; 変遷」 (Hensen)
I’m a little conflicted about how I feel about this week’s episode. For one – I was expecting a bit more back-story to Sulfur Pot (Hiyama Nobuyuki). And for another, I’m glad that we got to see new characters in action, even if it was a brief meeting. At least next week, we’ll finally get back to the main storyline.
From my understanding, it seems that Sulfur Pot is a hacker (of some sort) that used a back door program to connect to the Okinawa network. All to farm for low level Burst Linkers? I guess that’d be a very smart idea to quickly gain points since Sulfur Pot has tamed Nick (his “high level monster“) using what seems to be reins to control him. My only question would be why hasn’t anyone else thought of this? This seems like a fairly easy strategy to me so I’m not too surprised if more players wanted to quickly level up by cheating. I’m still not sure how Unlimited Burst works either; a lot of the technical points are lost to me. Why do Mana and Ruka have to connect to Kuroyukihime (and Megumi), if Crikin and Sulfur Pot have alternatives to accessing the same dimension? They’re all over Level 4 or over, so why do they have to be connected by a cable?
I guess this was also a way for Megumi to quickly link in and “save the day“. I won’t lie; her appearance was quite random to me. Her character had no explanations and Kuroyukihime seemed to quickly know, “Hey! This is my friend!“. I wish they explored her background further, I’m sure her story of how she came across and lost Brain Burst is an interesting one. For the reader who guessed it and realized that the “word” she forgot was linked to Accel World, I give you props for being able to link all these facts together! To me, it seems odd that she would just “magically” reappear to change the battle scene… a little too perfectly timed since it was always implied that you could never return to Accel World after losing it.
As for how the fighting actually went down… it was anticlimactic. The ending also hit a dead end when Crikin reported that nothing was discovered at the Internet Cafe. In the end, Sulfur Pot’s appearance only proved that another “organization” does exist that tries to overwrite the rules of Accel World and the original Burst Linkers. I’m sure that this is somehow linked to Noumi, but we’ll have to wait for further episodes until that is fully explained. I actually think one of my favorite scenes in this episode was how they briefly showed Crikin in real life. He’s a pretty “cool” guy; I would not expect anything less of Crimson Kingbolt though.
The resolution between Megumi and Kuroyukihime was also a sweet one. The quick scene of their presents shows how tight they are and how well they know one another. I wouldn’t have asked for a better way to end the quick detour of Kuroyukihime’s trip in Okinawa.