「Domination; 支配」 (Shihai)
Oh Accel World. In all honesty, I’m not sure if I’m happy with the current development or disappointed. Let’s discuss this episode by breaking it down a little…
First of all… Noumi is probably the one villain that pisses me off to no boundaries. I swear – I complain and bitch and whine about his taunting and continuous behavior (not to mention his overpowered abilities) in almost every episode. He continues to make me wish that his head will be mutilated and eaten by pigs. That is quite… a grotesque image (much like his face). Anyway! The quick fight between Takumu and Noumi led to no more of a resolution than I anticipated for. However, the more exciting fight came between Noumi and Chrome Disaster (Haruyuki). He reminded me of a red version of Berserker from Fate/Zero (a character completely driven by rage without any rational thinking). That didn’t seem to last long though because the timer ran out and Haruyuki was thrown back into reality.
Which brings me to my next point… what is up with Chiyuri’s attitude? From one day to the next, it seems like she did a complete 180 and changed sides. I understand that she wants to “save” her friends or prevent further harm from them, but I’m a little annoyed that her acting is almost too convincing. Her reason for saving Noumi better be a damn good excuse. There aren’t too many more ways that Noumi can threaten her (from my understanding) so he must know something about her that Takumu and Haruyuki don’t. Doubtful, but still possible. On the topic of Chiyuri, I still have yet to realize the reason for her abilities within Accel World. If they stem from your desires and dreams – what else could Chiyuri hope for?
I have a dozen and more comments about Haruyuki’s pig scene as well. It was horrifying; it was crazy and is it wrong that I found it a little hilarious? When he appeared as a giant-flaming-ears-flared-nostrils-pig, the first time I thought was – is this a joke? Then when the dream continued, I thought… wow, this is kind of morbid (I’m talking about her missing wings). Conclusion is, I’m not really sure why Chrome Disaster changes Haruyuki’s avatar into a massive fat flaming pig – but I guess it really maximizes his darkest thoughts or nightmares. I thought it was an interesting scene to show that Chrome Disaster is indeed coming back and it makes me wonder whether it will actually help Haruyuki get rid of Noumi.
Overall, I think the whole episode was a mixed bag of feelings and thoughts. I feel like they’re combining too many elements of the story into this arc (and that’s what makes it feel so long). I’m not going to bash on it too hard (yet?) since the ending might still pull it off very well. If that’s the case though, a second season might not be likely. Thankfully help is on the way… in the form of a cute pigtailed girl named Yuniko.