「完全体(パーフェクトゴレム)」 (Paafuekuto Goremu)
With summer quickly giving way to fall it’s the time of climaxes all around, and Accelerator is certainly ready to partake in the festivities. Our main fight of the season is finally upon us, and as expected there won’t be too many shockers to chew on once the dust settles. The cackle machine is going to destroy, the apprentice will gain atonement, and everyone else, well, you get the idea. Magic will meet science and the results are going to be glorious.
Considering how threatening Accelerator was earlier on in devolving into multiple plot lines (a la Index III), it’s quite nice seeing the show able and willing to stick and converge on its one central story. While I’m not going to stop getting a kick out of how well our baddy’s dream continues off from Fate Apocrypha’s Avicebron (oh the irony), there’s not much which can be complained about in terms of execution or material. Sure, it may still be vague as to what Esther’s ancestor means by becoming God (because a Lovecraftian level 6 (supposed) monstrosity doesn’t meet those requirements), but the willingness of Accelerator to accentuate its main battle with blood, death, and destruction definitely provides some sense of weight and urgency to the whole affair. After all, if your villain suddenly sprouts shark teeth after a whole season of moeblob appearances, you best bring your A game, because there’s no regrowing limbs lost to that shredding machine. Methinks someone is going to need your collective energy pretty damn quickly.
What I’m most looking forward to for Accelerator’s finale however is not so much the boss battle, but its conclusion. A lot of caring and adorable moments were hidden or teased behind this episode’s tension, whether that be the promise of Last Order making her triumphant return (because you know this season won’t end without further Misaka squared speech) or Accelerator’s quiet caring for the Sisters and their lives. Accelerator may be a self-professed villain for example, but as shown here and before his actions during the Sisters arc left a significant mark upon him, a mark he’s determined to make up for and lessen the fatal results of. It’s slow, steady, and (dare say) organic development which runs counter to a lot of the Index-verse’s in your face absolutism (Touma and the fist of justice says hi), and part of the reason this guy gets so much fan love in the first place. Accelerator may be good at crushing face, but he’s got plenty to learn when it comes to accepting the thanks and admiration of those in his debt.
Good thing he’ll get a good bit of practice in doing so after finally—and inevitably—winning the day next time.