「まもるべきもの」 (Mamoru beki mono)
“Things to Protect”
Well cannot say you didn’t see that ending coming. Alright, maybe not the part where Esther and friends (Sister included) actually defeated the totally Isaac (no mistake there. Seriously), but come on, Accelerator, doing Accelerator things—and with Last Order for spice! Yeah, it was undeniably everything you could expect of an Index-verse story in direction and conclusion, but in the end I honestly couldn’t mind. The show hit all the right points, made all the right moves, and left just enough room to inevitably continue off on the same foot a few years down the line.
After all, I think we all know where that ending is going to lead.
After the ungodly mess that was Index III, I’m certain quite a few Index-verse fans were internally dreading the appearance of Accelerator. For a franchise gone for so long to return on such a sour note really rammed a splinter hard into everything that made this universe so loved, raising some serious questions as to the intent and dedication of those finally (finally) continuing off where this popular series left off. Thankfully however, such disappointment and pessimism proved to be short-sighted as Accelerator not only helped right the ship, but show the Index-verse has plenty more entertainment to give in the seasons to come.
The main success of Accelerator, and the main reason I came to enjoy it so much was structure. Much like Railgun before it, Accelerator emphasized pacing and detail over rushing and chopping. This was a story dedicated to actually telling itself versus arriving at a set point in time, revelling in the journey over simply giving the audience what it assumed it wanted (see Black Bullet for a prime example). Now to be fair Accelerator’s premise is nothing overly complex—i.e. like most Index-verse and light novel stories—but like any tale it benefits significantly from taking the time to explain its points and build up a modicum of suspense before unleashing the carnage everyone comes to enjoy. This was a show which nailed the drip feed of action and details, minimizing info dumps and pseudoscience/magic babble while maximizing narrative advancement in terms of key characters. Never once did it feel like we were lingering too long on one particular scene or moving too fast through a certain development, and that ability made Accelerator all the stronger once the action kicked into high gear.
Where Accelerator could paradoxically be argued to stumble however, is its story. Much like Railgun and Index before it, Accelerator is somewhat divisive: you’ll either love it greatly, or just not understand where the fascination comes from. This is a series driven by its characters and absolutist philosophy—i.e. DA—and enhanced by its variety of science and magic, all of which author Kamachi Kazuma takes great pride in providing as much detail and description on. We only got wisps of it with Accelerator, but the likes of Esther, the Scavengers, and Accelerator’s mindset should indicate the amount of information lying behind the scenes, and if given the chance this is one show which would go all out to provide you everything you could ever want to know about every character seen on screen. We thankfully avoided the worst excesses here, but we’ll just have to see how well Accelerator can keep it up as we get deeper into its material.
In the end though Accelerator is one series I cannot come to complain about too much. It did all it had to, featured its main characters in all the right ways, and left off on a point leaving no unsolved mysteries to annoy as the years go by. For the Index-verse fan everything and more was gotten with this adaptation, ensuring (if only in some small capacity) that the future Railgun III won’t hit the same potholes afflicting Index III so badly. This was a show which did exactly what it had to, and in the world of Index there’s no higher praise to be had. It may be early days yet, but the resurrection of Index and friends is looking very bright indeed.