「Insurrection; 反逆」 (Hangyaku)
I always pitied Haruyuki for having a short, fat pig as an avatar. But this pink dinosaur one is adorable! He reminds me of a Yoshi and that makes me smile. And you know what also makes me smile? No Noumi this episode! It’s been a while since I thoroughly enjoyed an AW from start to finish, but this one was entertaining with new and old characters.
Tough love from Yuniko, but I wouldn’t expect it any other way. When we finally get to see her introduce the incarnate system with a bit more detail, I was pleasantly surprised by how little Sky Raker actually explained. Although Sky Raker did a great job teaching Haruyuki, I didn’t even realize that there were four different types of incarnate abilities. That was one gripe I had with this series earlier on… even when they did a decent job of introducing new aspects to the story to keep it interesting, it always felt like they were created just for Haruyuki (or whomever) to win and come out victorious. I enjoy watching a story where all the pieces are laid out in front of you and the puzzle can be solved with these pieces, it’s just all about how you piece them together.
One thing that I think Accel World excels in, is the introduction of characters and aspects to the story. It’s not a bombardment of facts and people all at once – it comes in mini arcs, major arcs and even side stories to bring everything together. Blood Leopard (Kawasumi Ayako) seems like a random off-side character who has no involvement in the story whatsoever to this point, but she could also be someone that the author planted in earlier on (my proof goes to the minor shot of her in the first OP). I have no say on either matters, but I can’t say that she has added much value to the story thus far for me. I’ll give her a few more episodes to grow on me. The cold and rough exterior doesn’t appeal to me and I much rather see someone cute and appreciates good desserts like Yuniko!
Now onto the actual meat of the story, the Akihabara Battle Grounds! A fighting arena and neutral ground within Yellow Radio’s territory. Once again, it’s just one of those “things” that get introduced halfway through the story and you’re like “Oh ok, got it!“. I just learn to accept them as they come. However I don’t actually mind this time because if it means bringing down Noumi, let’s do it! The real kicker was… the guy terrorizing everyone within this BG is actually a new character called Rust Jigsaw. Say whattt? Am I surprised? No. But does that just leave me with five hundred new, unanswered questions and a cliffhanger? Hell yes! What? Where? Why? How? Do they belong in some organized group that allows them to hack into networks and unseen as challengers? Probably. There better be a decent conclusion by the end of the season! If I sound very unreasonable and scatterbrained, that’s because I think they’re dropping a lot as the series is concluding and there’s a lot of loose ends to tie up for a neat ending.
Quick Note: I have been out of town for the past day or so and I won’t be back to my normal sleeping/blogging schedule for a while >_< . Please be patient with me! I’ll try and get Kokoro Connect posted by Tuesday (but no promises)!