「Reverberation; 残響」 (Zankyou)
Accel World never seizes to amaze me… just when you think it’s over, it’s really not. It’s only been a week or so since its finale and I already feel a loss that I have to wait for another season (if any). Perhaps it’s because I’ve been following the series for 6 months, but I feel an attachment to Haruyuki and his journey through AW (or his journey to manhood…*cough). He’s not the year’s most improved character, but the cast of AW is fun to watch and I don’t think there’s a lack of excitement in this series at all. I usually find OVAs a good way to bring revive series or love for characters and AW is no exception. Like I said, it’s only been a week but I’ve been itching for another chance to reconnect (aside from reading the novel).
I’m not sure how much of this episode was original material or straight from the novel, but it was a great episode for development nonetheless. Main plotline aside, I thought it drew the audience back to the focus of Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime’s relationship. Sometimes I feel like they’re taking steps back (rather than forward) in their relationship because I never thought that Kuroyukihime was so insecure. But trust me, I know how that feels and I don’t blame her for her swaying moods. I don’t speak for all females but step it up guys! It’s understandable that you’re willing to do what we want, but it doesn’t hurt to be more manly and confident in yourselves too. It’s a comforting feeling knowing that you have someone you can depend on who will take care of you after all.
I’m getting distracted now…
So as a whole, I thought the episode was a great way to bring back the spirit of AW. It was a short and well confined episode that had the character development, the plot movement and a story from start to end. If Dushka was an original character, I could understand why she lacked the backstory of typical villains in AW. The “world” of which had no gravity was also an interesting battle field. It was fun watching Chiyuri finally behave as part of the team and seeing all their transformations was hilarious! Especially Takumu who ended up… without arms and legs. Haruyuki had the most awkward wings too… on his ears! The entire battle sequence was well animated and although the ending was cheesy – I couldn’t have imagined it to have ended any other way. Perhaps this is a foreshadowing for Burst Linkers as well; the sole winner might end up alone too.
Anyway, the OP and ED was also a reminiscent point and listening to it again reminds me of what a great tie the ED was. Hands down – I love the first OP and ED more. This episode was a great standalone feature and regardless of whether it’s a “filler” or actual material from the novels, I still think it adds to the story. It’s like the aftermath for the season finale and that’s why I didn’t mind revisiting it. I find that most OVAs don’t add value to the overall story, but AW gives a little extra for those who have seen it – especially with Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime. So if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the extra half hour for AW fans.