「警備員の闇 (DA)」 (DA)
I got to admit Accelerator just keeps on impressing me. While unabashedly Index(verse) through and through, the tighter story and leisurely pacing have really started making their presence felt, yielding a great deal of fun and games in the process. We all know (more or less) where this story is heading and how it’ll all play out, but the ride will undeniably be a thing of beauty.
Although bound by the Index curse of three new characters for every one introduced (exact ratio subject to change), Accelerator has at least kept its more adventurous urges in check so far with the three-way fight now upon our doorstep. It’ll probably be a bit surprising for the anime only audience for example that DA isn’t really the main enemy of this conflict, with our justice loving shooty boys simple pawns in a larger game involving none other than the face of cuteness herself. As with all good conspiracies when the useful tool outruns its usefulness you discard it for something new, and DA is quickly getting this lesson thanks not only to the likes of Antiskill (who should really bring grenades for any CQC, because that’s what they bloody well exist for), but also our new four girl cleaning crew who we’ll be getting some up close and personal knowledge of in the not too distant future. After all, if you’re going to go full fluffy bunny D.Va, I expect to see some fireworks.
The true meat and potatoes of Accelerator however will come from the aftermath of rescuing the less cute but verbally superior Misaka, because as aforementioned we have a whole plotline missing and one superweapon in dire need of a proper introduction. What exactly Last Order is wanted for and what are the ramifications of that plan? Is our mad scientist involved with the less impressive Snowpiercer train boss or are these two antagonists working towards separate goals? It’s knowledge glaringly missing from the current firefight montage, but something we should likely find out soon considering the titular man of the moment looks set to make his return to the action. I may be getting a kick over how entertaining Accelerator is currently being without any main character (Index-wise) being involved in the fighting, but it just won’t be complete until we get some more of that signature cackle and one-sided annihilation.
We may already be halfway into this Index sidestory, but the party here is only just getting started.