Synonyms: Accelerated World
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2012 to Sep 22, 2012
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.861 (scored by 62362 users)
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Sep 22, 2012
First impressions stick and can be difficult to overcome, and perhaps the best candidate for this in recent memory is Accel World. Due to this, Accel World's well developed aspects are often overlooked in favor of those who like to form unmovable opinions after only the first episode or two of a series. Unfortunately as a result, it works uphill with most audiences throughout the start of the series.
Meet our protagonist, Arita Haruyuki, the short chubby kid that makes him the prime target for the source of a lot bullying from both his peers and the outside audience alike. Some are led to believe that his proportions are unrealistic. Suspending the notion that fantasy universes are not entirely realistic to begin with, this is beyond simple magical realism as people of these statures exist in the real world as well, and currently the world's shortest man stands just 21 1/2 inches tall (54.6 cm). Let's not forget the fact that Haruyuki is only 13 yet stands at 134 cm (4'4'') tall, so there is still room to grow on in the future. Regardless, such a character design requires no suspension of believability even if it does irk some audiences.
Of course with bullying comes the basis for Accel World which is overcoming painful experiences, making Haruyuki the perfect candidate for the protagonist of the series being labeled the school's biggest loser. The entire show is centered around a game program called Brain Burst, which is built on both the strengths and weaknesses of the human mind. Thus when introduced to the program by the lovely Kuroyukihime, our protagonist is given a means of coping with his lackluster life. Like many who are not terribly successful in the real world, Haruyuki clearly excels in the fantasy worlds, and it was Kuroyukihime's recognition of this fact that led her to him in the first place. Her feelings for him quickly developed, and the gut reaction is to wonder how a person goes from being the biggest loser to scoring the hottest girl in school, but further inspection proves the chemistry behind them is no mystery.
Kuroyukihime is the polar opposite of Haruyuki in the real world and has it all; beauty, popularity and success as the Student Council Vice-President. Due to this, there is little value in anything a man could offer her in her eyes. There is one thing she does not have however, and that is the powerful drug that draws her to Haruyuki: the limitless potential of the Accelerated World.
With this, there is no better candidate for her affection than Haruyuki. A clear ace gamer who gives birth to the Accelerated World's first true flying avatar, he has a lot to offer her in the world she truly cares about. As his associations include both pigs and flying, you can’t say anything isn’t possible when the day has finally come that pigs do indeed fly. It also doesn't hurt his avatar looks a lot better than most unlike his real world self, which just adds further to his desirability in the Accelerated World. When you consider the descriptions of the thousands of hours the kings have logged in Accel World on top of everything else, it should be no surprise real world circumstances matter little to Kuroyukihime when she has only spent but a mere grain of sand in the hourglass of time representing her life there.
Despite starting out as an apparent self-pitying loser that drove portions of the audience mad, Haruyuki changes a lot throughout the series like any good shounen protagonist. It is fair to say his development is slow in the making, but considering the source material is long and ongoing, it's forgivable he doesn't do a 180 degree turn with his personality in a few episodes. The mind certainly is complex, which is why we have the entire field of psychology and yet still do not fully understand the human brain. Needless to say, there is no simple switch to flick on or off or tapping your heels together three times to fix everything. The road to change is also difficult and has many setbacks, to which any recovering addict can attest to.
The issues he faces are also very realistic and nothing to scoff at, as one needs only to look at stories of student suicides and school shootings to know what he is dealing with. As for those who still feel it's immature, they should probably consider that he is only 13 and I could likely get just about anyone out there to act far more absurd over a much smaller matter by simply saying "Your favorite series is shit". I digress though, as Haruyuki slowly gets better facing numerous smaller problems in various opponents in the first half of the series. Without a doubt though, Kuroyukihime's many motivational speeches also did quite a bit for him as she became the critical pillar of support for his newfound strength, and it was also this aspect of her that won me over with her character.
The second half of the series really challenges Haruyuki to overcome his past self with the appearance of the main antagonist, Seiji Noumi. Showing off his previous development, Haruyuki originally faces Noumi with great confidence instead of sitting back passively; even engaging him in a fist to fist fight. Noumi is not such a pushover however with his clever strategies, and he steals Haruyuki's greatest ability and the one thing that made him unique: his wings. In addition to making Chiyuri his personal slave, Haruyuki is faced with his greatest challenge. To make matters worse, Kuroyukihime is not around at the time and so Haruyuki is left without the greatest crutch he has relied on to face his problems and change. Isolated and alone with his most difficult situation, it's no surprise he is tempted to fall back on his experiences and past personality by force of habit. Thanks to how he has already changed though, he resists and even attempts to fight without his wings, but to no avail. It is at this low point he nearly reverts back to the way he was, but thanks to a helping hand, he is introduced to the incarnate system.
It is thanks to this system that he regains the confidence to fight once again. Some are left uneasy about the nature of being able to visualize a form of willpower, but it's clearly logical within the rules of the series. From the start, Brain Burst was a program that focused on the aspects of the human mind, from self-image and desires to the powerful possibilities of unlocking the potential of the mind, hence how it's commonly referred to as "the world without limits". Considering many other shounen also have no logistical explanation for the strength of willpower other than heroes simply pulling power out of their ass, this was a fairly well developed and thought out aspect to the universe of Accel World. This power helps Haruyuki realize his potential, and he becomes the ideal determined hero for the remainder of the series. He no longer simply shuts down in the face of adversity, but constantly fights to regain what is important to him from Noumi, even though his treatment by the rest of the school is the worst it has been in the entire series. It is also in settling things with Noumi that his development may show the most. Uncharacteristic to several shounen protagonists, Haruyuki says he and Noumi will never understand each other and he finishes him off without hesitation. Clearly he is not the same scared boy from the start of the series as he has grown wiser and stronger as proof of his development throughout his experiences. His development may not be perfect yet, but he had enough by the end of the series so that audiences should be satisfied at the very least.
Whatever qualms others may have about Haruyuki throughout the series though, one of Accel World's greatest strengths actually comes from its supporting cast. Often forgotten in the myriad of the modern "Gary Stu" and "Mary Sue" protagonists who do it all, a supporting cast can have a powerful impact on making a series even better. The supporting cast does as its name suggests and does a lot for Haruyuki throughout the series, whether it's helping him gain new abilities, overcoming the loss of his wings, or even just being another helping hand in combat as a comrade. They are always relevant in the story too, making multiple appearances that help advance the story all the way until the end of the final episode, instead of just being introduced once and forgotten about like so many other series out there. Ash Roller who originally seemed nothing more than cannon fodder as Haruyuki's first opponent, actually comes back and does one of the most important things for Haruyuki dealing with the loss of his wings.
Ash Roller introduces Haruyuki to his mentor, Fuuko Kurasaki ("Sky Raker"). This act also helps represent a side of Burst Linker's who hold no hostility towards their opponents and just want to have fun, contrasting nicely with the antagonist of the second half of the series, Noumi. There is also a surprising amount of humor through parts of the series with the supporting cast, whether it's Takumu joking about Haruyuki's swag with older women or the way the Red King Yuniko ("Niko") constantly tries to get under Kuroyukihime's nerves through Haruyuki. It is this strong supporting cast that helps compensate for a protagonist who is weaker personality wise than most out there, and many people fail to appreciate this aspect of Accel World.
Overall, Accel World is a great series when given the chance. Many do not give it such an opportunity unfortunately because its first impression can rub people the wrong way. It's a great shounen with enough enjoyable fight scenes to attest to that, and this is without a doubt partly due to Sunrise, who has managed to produce many other solid series over the years. In recent memory they have greatly improved their OSTs, and love or hate Accel World, the OST is fantastic and one of the best I've personally ever heard. When you put it all together, Sunrise managed to get the right people for the job mixing newer industry talent such as OST composer Onoken and voice actor Sachika Misawa (Kuroyukihime), to the older talents of theme song singer May'n and voice actor Aki Toyosaki (Chiyuri). Seeing as the source material is ongoing, I look forward to the possibility of more Accel World in the future, since the battle has only begun with our adorable flying pig hero, Arita Haruyuki.
Aug 6, 2012
Haruyuki Arita is the biggest loser in school. And the author did a darn good job portraying him to be one. He’s 3 feet tall, morbidly obese, and has a propensity to cry more than your 3-year-old nephew. His character design was too exaggerated; you can still be a loser while having the right body proportions you know?
However, the most popular girl in school, Kuroyukihime, takes an interest in Haru. She got him to install the program: "Brain Burst", which opened the gates to an alternate online universe called Accel World.
“Brain Burst”. This term applies to your own brain as much as it applies to this show. Most of the blame goes out to the highly detestable characters that this show frequently features. They specialize in getting under your skin, appearance and attitude wise. Does that make Accel World a complete bust? Definitely not. The nature of the story gives Accel World an edge over many other shows: it is a game and an anime at the same time. If the game looks appealing, so will the anime.
"Brain Burst" is like a fusion of Pokemon, Mortal Combat, GTA and Halo. If you play any of these games, you would know what comparisons I'm referring to. Natures, typings, weaknesses, and supereffectiveness. The game mechanic in Pokemon is similar to the color typing of Accel World. The game interface during battles is similar to Mortal Combat. The game avatars are Halo-esque. And I threw in GTA because of the legions and the hierarchies pertaining to both games. If I can relate to a show on a personal level, I will most likely enjoy watching it. I get that feeling when I tune in on Accel World.
Accel World also ranks on the top of my list in terms of intrigue. The story is pretty standard, but the futuristic atmosphere makes every episode unpredictable and interesting. It is human nature to be more fascinated with the future rather than the present. In Accel World, no time machine is needed to travel to the future, because the show takes place in the year 2046.
People always refer to the phrase of: "quality over quantity." This phrase is rendered obsolete when it comes down to the characters. Not even Kuroyukihime can withstand the barrage of terrible characters that this show offers. Here are three characters that may ruin your viewing experience:
1. Haruyuki. His flawed character design burns my eyes. He does play out his role like he’s supposed to, but people generally dislike characters that show their invulnerability on a regular basis.
2. Chiyu. I don't understand her character. She’s obsessed with Haru but she’s dating someone else. The implied relationship between Taku and Chiyu simply does not exist.
3. Noumi. Look up the word douchebag in the dictionary. You will see his ugly face plastered on that page. He is the perfect villain that has the ability to draw out anger and hatred for him. He is a classic alpha-male bully that exists for the sole reason of getting on your nerves. Seeing his downfall is something that everyone looks forward to.
Accel World did redeem itself with high quality art and sound, two of the biggest components of why I enjoyed this anime as much as I did. "Burst the Gravity" by ALTIMA pretty much sums up the time that went into sound production. A custom song for a show is always a great indication of effort. The dubstep OST was the first dubstep I had ever heard in an anime, and it's fitting for a show like this.
Overall, Accel World did a lot of good to offset the obvious bad. A second season should clear up any misconstrues with the story line and also improve the development of the characters. read more
Oct 13, 2013
Tl;dr: 1/10 (Boring harem written by sword art online’s writer whose main motto in life is “Do you want girls fawning over you? Be a complete loser while also being a mary sue. The chicks dig that. Now buy my novels.”
Plot 3/10 (interesting concepts, but horrible execution turning out to be way below mediocrity. “go read the light novels to continue the story” conclusion aka it’s nonexistent.)
Accel World starts out interesting by utilizing a unique virtual reality game concept where characters pilot super cool mecha avatars and beat the shit out each other. It’s basically a generic shounen concept, but something like this hasn’t been done before. The Neuro Linker is a personal computer that clips to your neck and overlays the computer screen over your field of vision. With it you can search the net, play online games, and call other people directly—talking virtual avatar to virtual avatar. Nearly from birth, everyone has one of these computers and it affects the very social structure of the world. A very simple, but creative concept. If executed correctly, it could have been very enjoyable for me. What happened? It ditched its other possibilities and focuses solely on fights after fights which are all won by will power and deus machina. Oh yeah I forgot to mention it became a wish fulfillment harem as well. The ending is nonexistent. If you enjoy shounens, then this perfect for you.
This is where Accel World shines better than the writer’s other work Sword Art Online. The main character, Haru, is actually a realistic gamer/nerd. He is portrayed as unappealing similar to that of Shinji from Evangellion or Makoto from School Days. All of these characters are considered “unlikable” by idiots because they are heavily flawed. Oh wait; I shouldn’t group Evangellion or School Days with this garbage. Haru’s character development is unrealistic and retarded. He turns out to be an idiot who is just like every other harem lead that attracts any female that looks at him for no reason other than wish fulfillment. I wouldn't mind it the he actually used his lucky situation, but he is too “afraid”. The fights in the show are just typical shounen won by deus machina and the power of will. If you are used to that or don’t care, then they will be enjoyable.
The second main character and the Haru’s “main” love interest is kuroyukihime. She is your typical tsundere that every otaku gets off on. Her whole purpose in the show is to be used as a plot device for Haru to win fights and to progress the “plot.” She lacks any personality besides being generic and is only is there for that moe fan service.
The other characters include a girl with big tits who falls in love with Haru, a loli cousin who also has the hots for our mc, and some other females that you shouldn’t care about if you have a brain because they are that pointless and shallow. Reminds me of Sao….We also have a best friend character who is more interesting that our mc, but gets push to the side lines. Our main antongonists are bunch of “pro” gamers which this season doesn't even focus on. The second half’s villain is better than sao’s villain, but that doesn't mean much. I can’t talk about him without going to spoiler territory.
Art and animation: 3/10
I don’t care, but it fits with the story and it has all that moe goodness and fan service that we all love. Right? I am biased here since i want everything to look like Gankutsuo or Redline.
I don’t care. Even if the soundtrack had anything noteworthy, which it doesn't, it wouldn’t fix its problems. They are typical pop songs that you hear in any anime.
I don’t enjoy wasted potential. I do however think the beginning was good, but it became terrible after episode 3 which isn't even half the show.
Overall Objective: 3/10 Subjective 1/10 because I can.
Heres some recommendations if are one of those “I don’t care about flaws. I enjoyed it too much, because I love wish fulfillment and the girls were so kawaii”:
Sword Art Online (same excuses by fans, same formula, reused characters, same awful writing that is beloved by all)Fairy Tail (equally bad and beloved by all)
Go watch some other random harems that are popular.
Here are some recommendations if you are like me and lost brain cells while watching this:
FMA/Brotherhood (you will quickly regain them)
Legend of the galactic Heroes (You will quickly regain them)
Code Geass ( Better harem shit)
School Days (Better harem shit)
Evangellion (Better written flawed characters)
Sep 22, 2012
Let's cover a good point first though, the art and animation. The art is very consistent, and it does a great job of displaying the interactive world in its diverse and grand state. The animation for the battles is well done, I certainly didn't have any complaints, there is plenty of movement and excitement, and the battles enough time to satisfy fans of action. The character designs are on the whole attractive albeit generic, but here we come to our first problem, the protagonist Haruyuki.
I get it, Haru is supposed to be a character with low self esteem, otherwise they wouldn't have brought in Yuki Kaiji to voice him, but the character design they chose to demonstrate this was insulting to the viewers. Looking at him, it shows the designers attempt to force down our throats the fact that this guy is vulnerable and a "loser", but at the same time still not be ugly enough to put us off, which is why he is chibi, rendering him completely different from every other character in the show. Why did they feel the need to do this? I get the feeling they think the audience is stupid, and need constant reminders of why this guys has no confidence, they even made his avatar a small pig, just to reiterate this further, because you are that stupid.
This leads me onto Haru himself and the rest of the characters. His best friend Taku is generic, seems to have no romantic chemistry with his girlfriend Chiyu (indeed Haru has more), doesn't add much to the series, but is at least likable. Although her relationship with Haru was odd (i.e. romantic), Chiyu was likable initially, but later in the series she becomes incredibly annoying. Kuroyukihime is the most likable character, partly because of her pleasant disposition and good design, and also because she managed to be absent from most of the second half of the series. The side characters lack depth but are likable, the enemies are infuriating (and not for the reasons they should be), and then there is Haru. The wimpy protagonist is not going to be liked by everyone, I didn't even like him much in the first half, and then the second half of the series happened.
Now obviously I won't spoil anything, but let me just say, the second half of Accel World has some of the most rage inducing episodes you'll come across. Why? The characters start acting in completely illogical and infuriating ways, I had just forgiven Haru for the first half of the series when he just goes downhill in a spectacular fashion, the show starts introducing plot devices that either make little sense or break the setting Accel World itself, and the plot degrades terribly. Indeed, this half was so poor they had to introduce a few episodes of filler in the middle to give you time to calm down. The antagonist has at his disposal seemingly every plot contrivance possibly, and an ability that would never be allowed in any game of that sort.
In fact, a major factor in why I ended up being so angry is due to the blatantly poor plot devices and elements that were poorly thought out and look like ass pulls. It shows laziness in the writing, or a simple lack of ability. I was shocked often throughout the second half at how stupid these things were, and this did not help the infuriating exchanges at all.
So, in all, the second half was terrible, indeed I'd give it a 3 overall. It did have some nice battles, some fan service and some really spectacular background settings, but on the whole, whenever you had an episode with the antagonist on screen, chances are you were going to hate it. The first half was better, and many will have or will enjoy the first half, but I didn't really like it either. For someone who is the protagonist because they are good at games, Haru really sucks at games, he makes rookie errors and shows a lack of judgement that makes you wonder about his ability. To be fair to him this is simply more usage of plot devices, so I'll forgive him for that, however he does spend too many of the first episodes being a whiny loser who seems to make you want to hate him.
Accel World is certainly not all bad, it has some decent episodes which always include exciting fighting, some of the side characters are likable, and the world setting was fantastic in terms of aesthetics, however these happy instances were always in between long durations of anger, misery and frustration. Many may enjoy it, I certainly don't speak for all opinions, but for me watching Accel World was an experience devoid of enjoyment or fun, I don't believe it is inherently terrible and hope that if there is a next season it does not repeat the same myriad of mistakes. read more
Apr 10, 2013
This 24-episode adaptation by Sunrise is set in the year 2046, where people have wireless access to the internet using NeuroLink, which is basically a computer built into your body. The story follows a junior high school student named Haruyuki Arita, who has very low self-esteem due to being bullied for his short, chubby, unnatural appearance. He spends his time in playing online games, but one day, he finds that someone beat his high score in a game that only he plays because no one else does.
That someone is the student council vice-president named Kuroyuki-hime, and she offers Haruyuki an opportunity to "break his own reality" and enter a fighting video game where the winner rules the online world and losers get kicked out. It also give him the power to move at a thousand times normal speed.
Interesting premise, I'd say, but there's a problem here: If you've read my Sword Art Online review, then most of the problems there apply here: Good ideas, bad execution. Every single episode left me utterly bored because the characters would rather explain how stuff in the show works rather than actually show it. The only time where I'm paying attention is during the fighting scenes.
Speaking of which, the presentation is good. If the art and sound is passable, then there's nothing much I can say. The fighting scenes are pretty cool, despite them feeling a bit too similar to Pokemon battles. The avatar design accompanying the fighting are also well-designed, too. Aside from Haruyuki's, the character designs are fine, nothing special about them.
The characters themselves are just as flat and boring as the execution itself. I'm beginning to think Kawahara has a knack for writing awful characters...
And holy crap, these are bad characters. Haruyuki is damn annoying. First of all, he's a big, fat crybaby who whines about everything and stuffs his face with food. It doesn't help that he's voiced by Yuuki Kaji. If you've entered this after watching Guilty Crown like I have, Haruyuki comes off as a whinier, chubby, buttugly Shu Ouma, right down to sharing the same seiyuu. Nothing againt him; I like him but there are very few roles I can think of where he doesn't voice a character that whines alot. At least Shu gets it together even though it took him longer than it should. At the end of Accel World, I don't think he ever got it together. None of his character improved, if there was any to begin with.
Now Kuroyuki-hime I have more to type about because I hate her the most. She's supposedly one of the strongest players, but she makes Haruyuki do her dirty work because she's too lazy to do it herself, which she can. In one scenario, a player whose levels are less than half of her's attempts to blackmail her and even try to kill her in the real world. She does nothing but make Haruyuki deal with him instead of crusing the guy herself. What's really odd is that none of her motivations are really explained. She chose Haruyuki of all peoplem, falls in love with him. Why? ...He's good at video games, I guess. That's pretty much it. She started out interesting but later just became a boring character whose main purpose is to be the series' sex object. Honestly, try to find one piece of Accel World merchandise where she isn't at least half-naked. Speaking of which, in the second half, she's away on a class vacation. We get two episodes of what she's up to, which consists of mostly her in a skimpy black bikini, probably to cater to the horny fanboys.
We also have Haruyuki's childhood friend Chiyuri. She's the nice, sweet, innocent girl who is in love with Haru that she's dating his best friend. Likely out of jealousy, but never really elaborated, like most things in this series. She was okay at first, but then her feelings tend to contradict each other alot. She's furious at Haru because Kuroyuki-hime's interested in him. If she's so upset about it, then why did she choose to date his friend instead of him. And for some reason, whenever she and Haruyuki have an argument, it usually ends with her getting undressed. Whatever drama that was building up is killed due to unneccesary fanservice and the chick's inability to keep her clothes on.
Like I mentioned, in the second half, Kuroyuki-hime is away, leaving Haruyuki to deal with a schoolmate named Seiji Noumi. Ugh, this little asshole made me drop the series at one point. He is a carbon copy of Sword Art Online's Nobuyuki Sugou in that he has no motivation to his actions and the stuff he does is so stupid, he might as well be wearing a sign saying "I am the villain." He talks big, but doesn't do anything to make him look like a serious threat. He just makes Haruyuki and anyone close to him his own whipping boy.
Those are just the worst characters. I don't mention the rest of the main cast because they're decent for the most part, like Takumu (Haruyuki's friend and Chiyuri's boyfriend). It's just that when you have bad main characters, the rest of the story falls with them.
There really is nothing good, let alone special about Accel World. It's just a big ball of unused ideas, cliches, poor execution, and bad characters, which leads to a bad series with wasted potential. I don't know what message Kawahara is trying to portray here... "You'll succeed at life if you're good at video games?" Uh... no! Video games can be a means to escape reality, but that doesn't eliminate whatever issues in reality that are present. That's not how life works, and anyone who thinks so definitely needs a reality check. read more
Feb 19, 2013
… Yes, with that sort of description we have a blockbuster. Welcome to modern anime.
The thing that I dislike most about it is its attempt to appeal too much on videogame nerds. If you are not one, you will most likely dislike how it presents itself.
- Animation is done by Sunrise, which means it will have good production values and cool robots. Overall it looks nice but hardly tries to offer something we haven’t seen before. The artwork in terms of background details and character drawings is one of the same old tired stuff we get for over a decade, while the soundtrack is completely forgettable J-pop pieces.
- Directing is done by Ohara Masakazu who also directed nothing but fan catering mediocrities, such as the Mai Hime trilogy and The Girl Who Leapt Through Space. And it also has some of the writing staff from Code Geass and Guilty Crown aiding here too, which means further bad news for the script.
- Based on the light novels of the guy who also wrote Sword Art Online, which was also adapted to anime a few months after Accel World began. It is basically the same thing, with a setting that could expand to include all sorts of metaphysical and psychological concepts regarding the meaning of life, happiness, and the like. In the hands of this ass though it still turned out to be another ecchi comedy with crappy plot and characters who don’t deserve your respect. Shows how you can’t expect anything good out of a light novel idiot who can only think of harems in videogames.
The story is set some decades in the future, where people are given neurolinks soon after they are born. With them they have wireless access to the internet everywhere and every time. The applications of which they use in their daily life, such as sending and receiving messages, keeping notes or looking for information without actually reading or writing anything on paper. Practically they all have a virtual world in their heads, which appears as pop-up windows in front of them and only to them. You thought seeing a guy talking to thin air because he has hands-free cell phone is weird? Wait to see a guy who seems to read and write in air too; for he sees things that aren’t really there for anyone else.
The protagonist is a dork whose life is miserable and he is ridiculed and bullied by the other students for being short and fat. For that reason he finds some comfort in an online game, where he constantly escapes from reality. All that changes when (drum roll for contrived twist) the hottest chick in school gives him entry to a fighting game, where you can accelerate a thousand times faster than normal. At that game he is to prove what he’s worth or he will be thrown out if he loses many times. The reward for the top players is to be in command of the online world, and possibly to find some sort of existentialist meaning behind its creation if you manage to reach the level cap.
All the above may sound very cool on paper but unfortunately they are presented in a most lukewarm way and thus you lose your excitement over the show very fast.
1. The setting of a wireless world, as elaborate as it seems at first, ends up being used only superficially.
- It’s there only for dressing up videogames. You hardly see them doing anything more than sending a few messages ethereally before they switch to options for playing videogames every time and every place we feel like it.
- It’s there for cheap erotic humour. For example there is the option to share private information and applications with others through short wired connections. In the hands of the makers though it became nothing more than a sleazy way for people to assume you have a girlfriend, or an excuse to drop on a girl like you are about to have sex with her.
- No elaboration is given to how they control what they say without talking. How do their inner thoughts don't mix in with what they superficially want to say? If someone has impure thought for a girl (something the hero does) how does he filter it all out when it’s close to telepathy?
- It ends up being an excuse to save money in lip sync. They just stand still without moving their mouths when they talk via linking instead of being in a cool virtual environment.
- There is absolutely no security against hacking in an otherwise hi-tech world where everybody has wireless access to it all the time. Many use the videogame to freeze normal time and cheat in school exams and sports by “checking out” the answers or the moves of the opponent. And nobody ever questions, doubts, or looks into that.
- Basic uses of technology are never used despite the hi-tech setting. Recording discussions for example. It is so easy to do it today so it will be child’s play to do it in a few decades in the future. If you can record a guy that is threatening you and you don’t do it, you are just not living in your era.
2. Information regarding exposition of setting and characters is offered through the most boring way imaginable, which is hardly acceptable with the technology they have in their hands.
- The basic methods all writers use in order to flesh out story and characters is to show them on screen if possible, or if they are being really lazy, just having a few characters sitting on a table and talking about stuff without ever showing us anything. And indeed, in this anime they are mostly talking instead of showing very fundamental and important things. It’s like they are skipping scenes and then just describing what happened in an attempt to save money.
- Not only they mostly talk but they also don’t even move their mouths! They literally sit on a table and stare at each other mute, while words are heard through telepathy or something. It may sound cool but trust me, all you see them do is stare at each other without doing anything. A frozen image with a dialogue in the background, as if this is a picture drama. Can you imagine how dull it feels to have access to technology that can easily show to someone flashbacks in the form of replaying recorded events and all you get is a picture drama? Are we really in the future or in the dark ages?
- Even in the game, they all wear helmets so you have no idea how they feel or speak. That makes them look like lifeless puppets instead of people.
3. Shitty plot twists and asspulls.
Yup; it’s Guilty Crown all over again.
- Imagine being able to reach to an epiphany without any sort of foreshadowing or deduction procedure. The fat guy magically knows the real reason the girl chose him for the game or finds out who the other stalking player is with absolutely no excuse. And that black king chick just has a hunch that by destroying the virtual world she will find the meaning of life.
- Things suddenly happen for the sake of happening like a guy you barely saw the whole show trying to kill you out of nowhere with a car but after the accident nobody cares about him. Or being thrown 6 floors down by an attack and all by accident in a room where an important person is in.
- Sudden power ups exactly when you need them, and miraculously being saved at the last second by someone else? Bring it on. Screw tactics.
Because that is what you resort to when you don’t have enough material to fill a full season. And make sure to add as much fan service as possible in those before you throw in a convenient solution on top of amnesia to make it seem like it never happened.
5. The protagonist takes the dorkness of his stereotype to a whole new level.
Instead of having a Keitaro (from Love Hina) clone for the Nth time, this one is very short and very fat. A typical show would use this body form on comic relief characters but in this case the comic relief “is” the main hero. As original as that feels, he is still a big failure of a protagonist and barely more interesting than all the rest of his brood, which has taken over most modern anime.
- He looks like a ball with eyes and a mouth, and is the only one that looks so cartoony compared to all the other characters. Even his virtual avatar is a goofy little pig. Not that he would be any better if he looked like a fashion model but he sure looks annoying right away. Furthermore he has the same voice actor as the protagonist from the most shitty Guilty Crown thus anyone who recognises his voice will hate him even more.
- He always acts scared, crying, yelling, and running away like a total pussy. He also hates reality and escapes it by playing videogames. He is always passive to everything that happens. He never takes initiative and only runs after people who force upon him their issues. That makes him even lamer. Even the videogame was forced upon him by a hot chick. Thanks for not trying to do something yourself dork. Just wait for an unrealistic harem girl to jump in your life to give you a shot at it. The only people who may like such lame attitude are those who are fat, gamers, and cry-babies. The rest will hate him right away.
- And despite all this dorkness, he has a dozen hot chicks being madly interested with him. And typically, he is crying and yelling and running around panicked. Instead of appreciating their kindness he is acting like a complete jerk or is completely oblivious to the feelings of a girl. What is so attractive in all that to make his so hot to all the girls? The answer is nothing; he is wishful thinking for all the losers out there who want a lame guy who gets all the girls without doing anything to deserve it. This also trashes the whole theme of the show, since it makes reality to feel like a stupid harem videogame when it is otherwise about a guy hating reality for being too harsh. It would be fine if he would get all the girls in a virtual game where he is doing everything right. Instead of that you get a worthless fat jerk who has his own harem for no given reason.
6. The far-fetched presentation goes on by having the person who gave him access to the game being the most beautiful girl in the school. Her motivations make absolutely no sense.
This is expected from the people who offered us porn dolls such as Inori and C.C., whose character was rewritten anyway they felt like it every 2 episodes. So once again they give us this bimbo whore, with an equally slutty uniform and a brain that is virtual. Meaning, it doesn’t really exist. I mean, damn, she can’t do the slightest thing without being an insult to common sense.
… Yes, with that sort of description we have a blockbuster. Welcome to modern anime.
- She has the hots for him because he is very good in videogames. Ok, don’t mind at all how he is crying all the time like a girl and looks like a ball with eyes.
- She wastes who knows how many months trying to be one of the top players of the game and when the rest ask for a truce she just backstabs them all and runs away because she felt like it.
- She has this hunch that if she gets to meet the secret developer of the game, the meaning of life will be revealed to her. Just because of a hunch! It’s just a videogame you dumb broad; there is nothing more to it!
- She has another hunch that another player is going to blackmail her in the game. For that reason she is running away from a guy with half her levels when she can otherwise smash him to bits. She instead uses the protagonist to go spy on who he may be instead of simply confronting the player.
- She constantly risks her well-being to protect the protagonist. Although it can be excused as being in love with him, she never seems to have enough speed or power to save both of them and just deliberately lets herself get the hit intended for the other guy.
- Later in the story she just turns to a walking wet dream by being just a bimbo in a swimsuit who doesn’t even fight anymore.
7. And then we have the other hot chick in the show, who is the typical childhood friend who has the hots for you but you don’t get it. She makes no sense either.
- She must have been born with a cat-looking tumour on her head. She never seems to take out that damn head accessory no matter where she is, what she wears, or how old she becomes.
- She is so in love with the dork hero that she ran to make his best friend her boyfriend.
- She then goes berserk after she sees him with another girl. Nice way to show how much you love someone only when he is taken away from you.
- She then acts like a complete slut to him, as if she wants to make him horny and jealous. But at the same time, she only wants him as a friend. Make up your mind bitch!
- She gets completely insane after she finds out how her love interests exploited her, and trashed her trust and feelings for them. But she forgives them immediately after they buy her some ice cream. Cheap slut!
- Later on she betrays them all for getting too high on being important to the game. She even teams up with their worst enemy for not much of a reason. Cow!
- And then double crosses even him without telling the others beforehand to better prepare them. And they just forgive her. Right…
8. And then we have the token loli of the show; an elementary kid which also makes no sense.
She organizes this really complicating, time-consuming, high-failure-probability, effort-costly plan, where she pretends to be the protagonist’s cousin, fakes his mother’s messages, and is even willing to seduce him, bathe with him, and even take his virginity. Why? Just so she can ask him to help her beat a cosmic threat in the game. DUH! What would have happened if she told all the other players that a cosmic threat is loose on the virtual world? He would agree to help her without all this retarded plan, just for the sake of protecting the virtual world.
- Later on she is revealed to have a superpower she keeps secret from everyone. Technically an asspull, since she never used it while her life was threatened but otherwise had no trouble to teach it to others when the show was in need of a power up.
9. Not even the videogame, the very main attraction of the whole show, is impressive.
Despite trying to look all cool and dangerous, in practice it is quite silly and hardly exciting.
- First all, you do not choose your looks or abilities. I am not kidding, you enter the game and it chooses for you, supposed based on your own subconscious preferences. Although in theory this way you get what suits you best, you still feel like you don’t have free will. So what if you subconsciously like horns and giant swords? What if you like to look and fight entirely different for a change? You can’t! The game doesn’t even allow you to customize your avatar; you are forever stuck with the exact same shape and abilities. For how long can you keep playing a game where you have no freedom in customization and every battle is always the exact same procedure? There is absolutely no appeal to that, no person in real life would play it for more than a few days before getting bored and giving up.
- Then they say the game is supposed to be doing all that so you will deliberately focus on what you are better inclined at; meaning it helps you improve at what you excel. So what if I don’t want to excel in what I am good at? What if I want to improve in something I really suck at, just so I can be versatile instead of a narrowed specialist? The game doesn’t let you do that. Furthermore, regardless of what your abilities are you should still be able to realize what your potential is. You just need to experiment on your own and find what you like by yourself instead of having your role imposed on you. Or at least to try something new just for the sake of doing something different. The game doesn’t let you do that.
- But let’s take an ideal situation where you get what you deserve and have no complaints about. It still sucks. Seriously, is the hero’s avatar supposed to look awesome? He looks like a stupid faceless robot to me. In a similar fashion, almost every single avatar in this show looks lame. I would never agree to play a game that forces me to look like a clown or a little girl, even if deep inside that is how I like to look. And what if I like to look like a huge penis? Would you dare play a game looking like that even if that is what your subconscious is telling you? Furthermore, the animators hardly care to give interesting robotic shapes to minor characters. So imagine how terrible it looks to have the main characters looking bad and everybody else looking horribly simplistic.
- Let’s take again an ideal situation where you look as you like and have the abilities you love. There is still no justification to why the game is kept secret from the rest of the world. I love how such shows have these excuses for why superpowers are restricted only to teenagers. In this case, it is because only someone who had neurolinks all his life can enter it, and that means up to 15 years ago. And it managed to be kept a secret all this time because the losing players get amnesia and forget the whole thing. Yeah, ok, how about the fact that in order to get in the game a player needs to yell “Burst Link”? Are they really trying to tell us that for 15 years nobody suspected anything while every day thousands of kids yell those words a dozen times per day for no apparent reason? They also expect us to believe none of the hundreds of players who were kicked out of the game had any problems with entire years suddenly being erased from their memories? Their personalities change entirely and don’t even remember what they were doing! How is that not suspicious?
- There is no strategy in battles. It all comes down to the usual stuff we see in shounen; the protagonist getting his ass served on a plate, yet magically finds a new super move in the last second just for the sake of winning. He finds enough willpower to magically heal his wounds, throws out a friendship monologue, and his enemies all of a sudden realize their mistakes and become his allies. In the meantime, game mechanics mean absolutely nothing.
- They also do a shitty job at trying to offer field tactics. Supposed each character has elements that make him stronger or weaker to some attacks. It makes no sense how you can find means to nullify them. Imagine for example an electric attack that keeps you pinned to the ground. You can cancel it by simply stuffing your hand in the ground and “grounding” the electricity. That is pure bullshit if you are already lying on the floor.
- There is no power balance either as all duels are unfair from the start. You see, the players have life bars that show how much damage they receive from an attack and if you pay attention, it is completely croc. The enemies do extremely small amounts of damage to the hero, even when they have far more levels and attack points than him. But as soon as he gets to the offence? He hits them a couple of times and they are defeated in one second, even when they have been hitting him for around a hundred times. Many times a normal attack will even do far more damage than a super attack.
- Heck, why are we even talking about fairness when the hero is the only one who can fly, a power nobody else in the game is allowed to use? He is the only one who can travel so fast and avoid all land obstacles, thus having an unfair advantage over anyone else who needs to walk towards somewhere.
- There is an extremely easy way to cheat in levelling up. You can just have a few of you friends to freely give you their points by allowing you to defeat them without fighting back. I bet a pop idol can get to level 10 in a few minutes this way. Yet they try to convince us it is very hard and nobody wants to risk going to the level cap.
- There is another hole in the rules. A player must fight whoever challenges him without being able to refuse. What the hell does that mean; you are forced to fight whoever feels like it? What if you are not in a mood to fight? What if they gang up on you? What if you are asleep? How is this even called a game if you are forced to play it even if you don’t want to?
- There is even more injustice if you think how there isn’t any restriction to the level of the players that fight. A level 1 can freely fight a level 9. What if you are constantly challenged by high levelled players? What if you are high level and feel like becoming a player killer? Who is going to stop you? There are no moderators in this game!
- And for crying out loud, they have guild wars every week where all players must compete at arranged hours. After the Black King returns to the game, there should be thousands of players going after her territory, since she is the most hated person in the game. And yet she casually expands her territory even when her guild is made up of only three low level people! Where are the other kings to attack her if they know where she is and when she fights?
- Speaking of territories, the game world is separated into sections, each one ruled by a top rank player. The totally fake thing here is how each one of these leaders is called a king, named after the prime colour of his avatar. So you have the red kind, the blue king, and so on. Are we really supposed to believe they all just happened to have a different prime colour? There is only one top player for each one! And even if it was a coincidence, at one point one of the kings gets defeated and replaced by another top player who just so happens to have the EXACT same colour. This is no longer luck; it is damn fake. And no, as I said they can’t customize their avatars so they can’t recolor their avatars to match their king status. Oh, and another thing; every leader is called a king, even if “he” is a “she”. The lead girl for example is called Black King. Chauvinistic bullshit or what?
- Not even the whole acceleration thing makes any sense. If time moves a thousand times faster in the gaming world, it means that you can miss a lot of events just by going for lunch. Yet nothing seems to ever change in there, even if a cosmic horror is on the loose and kills players for 3000 gaming days.
- There are also lots of scenes where the characters will be waiting in the real world for an opponent of theirs to make his move. For example, they may intend to ambush him after he gets off the train. Why the devil would they do that when it will cost them years in gaming time? They could just go into videogame mode and wait a few seconds for him to not be careful. For the same reason, they don’t need to say or do anything in the real world; they can just be in the game all the time and talk all they like without wasting much time at all. And you also see at one time the videogame version of the train moving at a normal speed, when it should be running as fast as light if it corresponds to the real thing.
- As if the game balance wasn’t broken enough, later on the trash it even further by introducing a reality alteration technique that allows you to do all sorts of hax things that are otherwise impossible to perform. Effectively, there are no limitations after this and everybody can do anything he likes regardless of his statistics or elements. Thank you for ruining everything mr. author.
10. Fan service. It has it for the sake of shallow attraction and further trashing of the show.
- Plot-wise useless bath scenes? Sure, why not? Girls with short skirts shamelessly flashing you their pantsu? Sure, bring it on. Accidentally tripping and falling on boobs? Sounds reasonable. Your parents leaving you alone for days with a cute kindergarten girl who is willing to fulfil all your wishes? Happens all the time. It’s not like this show is quality material or something.
- Videogame propaganda. The whole show stinks of a ridiculous ideology of the sorts of “You may be fat and worthless, but if you are good in videogames then hot chicks will love you.” It gets quite lame to see him playing it like a god to other players who in the real world are handsome and talented. “You may be better in everything than me but I own your ass in videogames.” And although a normal person would laugh at this statement, those charismatic people he taunts are actually taken back by being bested in an unimportant videogame. GET A LIFE!
11. Completely immoral messages.
The game is not designed to help children reach the heights of their abilities, in the contrary it turns them into merciless criminals and junkies. Really, that is what it does.
- First of all it is a war game, so the goal is to exploit other players’ weaknesses. That takes away the emotional bondage you may have for others and instead of people you see them as statistics. Even when you are forming teams, the leader is always the strongest and the others get roles like a meat tank or a healer. They are not people but machines. Furthermore, the leader of a guild has the ability to delete the account of anyone else in his team, thus he feels like a tyrant instead of a noble leader.
- The game also gives you the privilege to use acceleration even outside the game, where you can cheat in any way you like, like cheating in tests and sports, or brainwashing people to do your biding. Hell, you can freeze time and go peep at the woman’s bathroom for all we know. These are things most of the players will definitely be doing since they are not responsible adults but immature teenagers.
- What is worse is that it is addicting you to it. Since every time you use acceleration you spend one point, the game forces you to keep playing it, so you will keep having more points to cheat and sink deeper to deviance.
- It also turns you to a liar and a manipulator. Since the game is supposed to be kept a secret, you constantly need to be lying or keeping the truth from your family and friends. You are also taught to exploit people’s good intensions for your personal gain. Just think about every player in this show; they are constantly trying to trick you and take advantage of your kindness. So not only you manipulate others but you yourself become too suspicious of everybody else. Since you never know if the guy next to you is a player trying to trick you, you become angry and bitter with everybody. That is just mean and misanthropic.
- Finally, the show never tries to question the game’s motivation and inspiration. It doesn’t try to make you think this is wrong and never makes it look like it’s a bad thing. It almost presents it like it’s a natural thing and even tries to water it further down with fan service and people forgiving each other extremely easy despite being backstabbed so bad. The issue is still there and is hardly meant to make you think.
- It is a complete passable mediocrity for casual viewers with minimum demands and videogame dorks who want a world where the fat idiot gets all the glory for the lulz.
- The virtual world has been presented in a far better way in shows like Ghost in the Shell, Dennou Coil, and .hack//SIGN.
- People trying to escape reality in videogames has been done far better in Welcome to the NHK and SE Lain.
- The comedy and action aspects are quite typical and dull.
Thus it is proven for the third time that the writers are incompetent jerks who never learn and never plan to do a proper show. And why would they if they will sell to thousands of tasteless newblords out there, who will be mesmerized by the completely childishly presented futuristic technology or the totally harem-like premise by sympathizing with a fat ugly useless gay protagonist?
Welcome to modern anime. The era of videogame-type of plots, time resets, amnesias, and obligatory fan service.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 8/10
General Artwork 2/2 (looks nice)
Character Figures 1/2 (generic)
Backgrounds 2/2 (basic but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Animation 1/2 (basic)
Visual Effects 2/2 (videogame-like)
SOUND SECTION: 6/10
Voice Acting 2/3 (corny but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Music Themes 2/4 (typical)
Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess)
STORY SECTION: 5/10
Premise 2/2 (interesting)
Pacing 1/2 (erratic)
Complexity 1/2 (not much)
Plausibility 0/2 (none)
Conclusion 1/2 (cheesy)
CHARACTER SECTION: 3/10
Presence 0/2 (annoying)
Personality 1/2 (typical)
Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Development 0/2 (messy)
Catharsis 1/2 (overblown but it’s there)
VALUE SECTION: 1/10
Historical Value 0/3 (none)
Rewatchability 0/3 (no reason to rewatch)
Memorability 1/4 (generic bullshit)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Art 0/1 (looks annoying)
Sound 0/2 (sounds typical)
Story 1/3 (good ideas but shitty presentation)
Characters 0/4 (they are lame)
VERDICT: 4/10 read more
Sep 23, 2013
Story (8): Although I enjoyed this anime an incredible amount and whenever I go into debate that it's not a bad anime, I try my hardest to make it sound absolutely perfect, but I can't run away from the reality that the story is rather unoriginal. A guy goes into a video game, and becomes super epic. Eventually he gets the love of his life and goes through hardships and blah blah blah.
Art(8): The art was very nice in my opinion and I just loved the action scenes and how every single character looked (Yes, even Haruyuki).
Sound(9): I loved the OST in this anime, there were songs that made you feel sad or some battle music where you just want to start fighting someone, thinking you can do anything you want, although chances are you can't :P.
Character(10): Now this is probably what made me incredibly biased towards this anime and believed it was the best and that is character development, and well the characters personality in general, My favorite being Kuroyukihime, The fact that she invited someone like Haruyuki into such an important game, and actually liking him, has made my jealous meter go way past the limit. After this anime ended I basically took an entire month, where I didn't watch anime at all, through the month I kept on thinking about how amazing Kuroyukihime is and how jealous of I am of Haruyuki, this is probably strange to get this attached but damn dude.
Enjoyment(10): Loved it, enjoyed it, want more of it... GIVE ME MORE OF IT NOWWWW!
Overall(10): It was a good anime one of my favorites I absolutely loved it, but unless you get as attached like I did to this anime, then it might not be all that great, but I can never see another perspective of this anime again.
Sep 21, 2012
Accel World (sometimes also known as the Accelerated World) is an anime adapted series written by Reki Kawahara. The author is also involved with the immensely popular ongoing series, Sword Art Online. Both series focuses on futuristic technology beyond our times that involves players fighting in the other world for survival and bragging rights with that sense of technical nerdgasm.
The story of the series takes place in 2046 where “neuro-synchronization”, a powerful piece of advanced technology that allows manipulation of different senses. Now, imagine that. In about 34 years, God knows what will happen of our world or even the Accelerated World. Nonetheless, the series stars Haruyuki Arita who has a low social esteem of himself as result of his physical appearance and views of the world. The kid spends his time playing virtual games mindlessly to void of the reality that he wants to rid of. That of course, changes one day when he meets the popular girl of the series, Kuroyukihime. With the beauty style of a butterfly, she forms a bond with Haruyuki-kun and together, they become close friends, partners, and even a couple at times.
Now, the theme of the virtual world as well as some of its key elements are not new to the anime industry. Series such as the .hack franchise, the old school Digimon series, and even movies such as Summer Wars also have some of these elements. Sword Art Online also incorporates some of these themes such as the avatar and duel ideas. Given the fact that Reki Kawahara wrote both stories, it is no surprise at all. He presents to the viewers the line that separates fiction and reality by showing rather than telling.
Although there are many characters involved in the series in several intertwined arcs, the series has four main characters who all become friends for the bonds they share whether be friendship, trust, or romance. As mentioned before, Haruyuki Arita begins the series as a kid with low esteem. He's one of those guys that have little trust in others or even himself. Yet, as the series progresses, so does his character and development. This is especially shown in later episodes where everything he does seems to be for the sake of others. That of course is thanks to the school idol of the series, Kuroyukihime. She is what represents the series as the goddess of paradise, the supreme beauty, and at times, a jealous butterfly wanting more nectar. But what she most desires is the position of level 10 as the strongest king and finding out the truth of the Accelerated World. That and of course, she also becomes the voice of a haughty girl and reason for Haruyuki-kun at times when he needs it the most. Speaking of what Haruyuki-kun needs the most beyond his virtual games that he plays are his friends. Chiyuri (also known as Chiyu) in the series is the cheerful childhood friend of Haruyuki-kun. She represents the light that Haruyuki-kun often looks forward at school and at home when he feels lonely. She is dating Takumu/Taku and both of them shares a bond with Haruyuki that far outreaches the virtual deception.
Being tagged as a shounen, a viewer can expect a lot of action. In fact, the first episode immediately presents this as Haruyuki-kun is thrown into conflict with adversaries that far outreaches his troubles in the real world. Sunrise mixes in the action well but at times seems to be a bit forced in and predictable. In fact, there are a few times when you watch the series and might think “oh, I've seen this stuff before”. In a nutshell, it's Accel World and the action is accelerated so expect those fast paced combat scenes. Additionally, the author makes usage of many technical terms (Brain Burst, Incarnate System, Direct Link) that all fits within the theme of cybernetic technology.
The story itself however has a relative pace. It follows the light novels in the beginning but with some cut out parts as well as some intertwined pacing. In addition, each title represents a technical term with the letters “tion” added on that turns a verb into a noun. It can be served as a symbolism as the action (what might happen in the episode) into an execution (what actually happens). It is also interesting to see not only Haruyuki-kun's development but some of the other characters as well such as Taku. At first, he holds some antagonism towards him but later on treasures him as a dear friend. To take things into different perspective, Kuroyukihime also becomes one of Haruyuki-kun's most treasured friend, partner, mentor, and lover.
The overall coordination of the story seems to be alright but sometimes seems to be out of pace. For in stance in the latter half of the series, there are some episodes that seems to drag on and on focusing on a single antagonist. That and with an addition of a side story in between seems to throw the viewers off balance a bit and shifting focus. Sunrise and the director of the series (Masakazu Obara) wants to presents this series adapted from the LN but also wants to mix in some additional arcs to spice things up. Although it does work at times, some of the more episodes seems to decelerate with the pacing. In fact, the main story is never technically resolved. Kuroyukihime didn't reach level 10 and her dream still remains in shadow for now. Furthermore, the finale of Accel World is almost like saying “series is now over so log off now. Season 2 in the future? Who knows”.
The visual artwork of the series is decent to say the least. The artwork of the avatars as well as the different settings of the Accelerated World ranging from ocean, city, wasteland, to forest are all presented well to portray the fantasy like themes. On the outside world, the school's background is those of a typical school with far superior technology than our own of course. It's not too special though and for this season, it's just decent and fits within the theme of the overall series well.
Soundtrack on the other hand is coordinated and delivered very well in my estimation. The sound director Yota Tsuruoka (Bakemonogatari, Full Metal Panic, Rozen Maiden, Shigofumi) is known to be a talented individual who has shown many of his skills. His variety of soundtrack whether it's mysterious, comedic, action packed, or eerie, are all incorporated within Accel World. It is no surprise that he was hired for the job with a man of such talent. Accel World has an excellent soundtrack and is like eargasm pleasure to hear the style of its delivery.
The OP songs of course are also pleasant to hear. The first opening song, “Chase the world" by May'n, has a good rhythm and beat to it. It even coordinates the loner Haruyuki-kun in the beginning and his development over time in the series. That and the montage of some of the potential adversaries in the series also shows the upcoming action. The second opening song “Burst The Gravity" by ALTIMA follows a similar style and delivers the music at an accelerated rate, just like it should be.
Ultimately, Accel World is a strange, exciting, accelerated, and engaging experience. The usage and execution of the virtual world theme is nothing new but somehow, it manages to get its point across to the viewers. The characters' development and seeing how they deal with both reality and virtual reception is entertaining to watch. The soundtrack and artwork are something to think about especially the former with the talented Yota Tsuruoka in charge. The series does suffer setbacks such as the resolution of the finale as well as some of the intertwined fillers that seems to throw viewers off focus. Additionally, the series is quite predictable and some of the episodes seems to drag in the later episodes. In the end, Accel World is one of those series that blends fiction and reality. Perhaps in about 30 or so years, we can see what's like when our world is accelerated. read more
Jul 28, 2013
I’m assuming that you’ve already read a little about this anime so I’m going to dive straight into this. The concept of this anime is really one that truly gave me a “ WTF” moment. I mean, moving faster than anyone else in a special world, as if manipulating time in your own hands isn’t something I would think of in a regular basis...Thus, the concept of this anime was undeniably a really catchy. To be really honest, when I first started watching this, I was like, “Awww come on! It’s just a multiplayer duelling game! How in the world did this get so popular?” However, after watching a few more episodes, I spanked myself for how foolish I was. This was not only exciting but it was interesting and somewhat motivational to some. Almost every episode was action-packed and heart-pumping which got me glued to my chair even though I cannot sit still for long, watching episodes after episodes non-stop, resulting in me finishing this in a mere 2 days. The 2nd part of the anime however was somewhat draggy because of the number of episodes dedicated to character development. Some episodes even seemed to have completeyly no link to the main plot. Maybe it was their plan to go through this development for us to understand the later plot. It was only towards the last few episodes where the action aspect of the anime begin to show which wasn’t what I wanted, considering the fact that they could’ve just reduced the episodes dedicated to character development and maybe focus more on the fight itself. Still, I honestly love this story!
Quite a commendable art work as almost all characters are beautifully designed, having a natural blush on their cheeks every moment which was kind of cute to me(I’m no pedo...). Not to mention, the duelling avatars are all very funky too. Many people, though, have complains about the lead character, which I would focus on the next section.
“OMG! THIS GUY IS SO FAT AND UGLY!” “I didn’t want to watch this anime because the main character is fat and ugly” Alright, I’ve had enough of these comments from my friends. I’ll be honest. I had this exact same reaction too when I was planning to watch this anime. Until I watched the 1st two episodes did I finally know why Haruyuki Arita (Lead Character) was designed in this manner. To put it simply, the duel avatar in the game was crafted based on one inferior complex. Thus it is a must for him to posses such an inferior complex in order for his avatar to be strong. Just a really brief comment on him. He is always being bullied, afraid of things and thus escapes to the virtual world where he is the best there. Kind of pathetic at first sight. His partner, Kuroyukihime in contrast was smart, popular, beautiful and enjoys status. Perfect? I’ll leave you to find out yourself if she’s really a perfect girl.
Superb openings & endings. Catchy and impressive. Never skipped any one of them until the anime officially stopped. The OSTs are as impressive any well. Some OSTs give you a tense feeling as you heard it while others give you a soothing and relaxing feeling. Moreover, the sound effects the duelling avatar emits is really really cool. I cannot stop commending how impressive the sound effects were.
Really enjoyed it considering the fact I was willing to stay up late just to satisfy myself with just one more episode even though I do not have the habit of doing so. It made me forget everything around me and when I finished the anime, I then realised I was literally “living” in this anime for 2 days. Got me into the chuunibyou mood whenever I finished a epic scene which is kind of embarrassing as I’m 16 years old right now. Would strongly recommend you to watch this anime as I am sure most of you would enjoy this action-packed and heart-pumping anime.
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Jul 12, 2013
Accel World is just another VR world where people who have a program called “Burst Link” installed can join and battle it out with their Avatars. The protagonist Haruyuki is your average student but with the fact that hes short , fat and unpopular, hes bullied and picked on by his seniors . He also gets the distant impression that his only 2 friends pity him in his condition. So, he closes himself in his VR world and plays the only thing he’s good at which is VR tennis. Enter kuryokihime , the hottest chick in the school and the one who possesses brain burst, she is unable to beat haruyuki’s tennis score and had to resort to “cheating” to beat his score. She realises that haru is the only one who can help accomplish her dream in the Accel and subsequently starts liking him….
The one thing good about this anime was that the role of the supporting characters was just as good as the main character. These include Haru’s childhood friend’s Chiyuri and takumu both of whom help him in the accel world. Be it ash roller or “sky raker” kurasaki , everyone was responisible for Haayuki’s character development both inside and outside Accelerated world.
The main character Harayuki-kun is a badass in the VR world while his alter ego in the real world is completely the opposite. The one thing I liked about Haru and its something even other viewers will also like is his tenacity and the will to never give up. It doesn’t matter whether he facing a Fortified tank which can fire 100 missiles per second topped with 2 cannons or a guy who has a large number of abilities to choose from, etc, Haru never gives up. He tries till the very end even “bursting” through his own limits to emerge the victor of the day. Another thing was that most of the time Haru won was because he used his brain and thought of a plan instead of the usual story where the protagonist gains some new power or so.
Soundtrack and animation:
Animation is really top-notch and way superior than many anime already out there. The soundtrack is quite amazing as well which includes Accel world’s battle theme, “burst the gravity”, “-unfinished->” . Some of the battle scenes are spectacular and really done well. The art is also of a high calibre.
The only thing I thought that was lacking about Accel world was the absence of a main antagonist. I do know that kuryokihime wanted to accomplish her dream (no spoilers revealed) but the “atagonists” in season 1 were somewhat lacking. Don’t get me wrong, one of the antagonist Seije Nomi is a complete douchebag and guy you would like to kill over and over again XD but I felt as if season one was more about Haru and his pals disciplined some school kids who were misusing accel world including takumu. So it was more about what Accel world, how to use it and what to use it for…
That’s it for my review, I HOPE you guys enjoyed, This was my FIRST EVER , so plz drop me comment on my profile if you liked or even if you didn’t like it, just let me know ^_^… Also, I don’t rate my anime (plz read my profile)..
But I would like to say that Accel World is a must watch Anime.
There is small “something” (try and spot in the anime) that connects Sword Art Online and Accel world. Also there are rumours that the daughter of kirito and Asuna is actually kuryokihime. Although the Author has denied any connection between SAO and Accel world but they were hinting on a joint season between the two in the near episode… )
Dec 30, 2012
Let's start with the story:
This is a quite simple topic , a chubby boy who always gets bullied suddenly gets approached by one of the most popular girls in school.She sends him a game called burst linker , and that's where the story begins to shine with Haru trying his best to become stronger.
Well , this is where some people might have problem cause the main character , Haru , is a chubby guy and he is also very small , but despite all that he seems to have girls that are very close to him.But despite his looks i think he has one of the best developments possible.From hopeless and unconfident he goes to courageous and outgoing.And then we have Koroyoukihime , the girl who sends him the game.She seems perfect at first , but she still is a human so she has her own problems.And then we have his two childhood friends , Chiyuri , a cute innocent girl who grows a lot during this series and Takumu , a guy who changes his attitude a lot during this series.Overall , the characters are pretty likeable.
Sound and Art:
I have no complaints here , the art was pretty good and the sound was perfect for the fight scenes and even for the random scenes.
I think this is a pretty good anime with both action and a little romance.This is definetely a great watch. read more
Apr 21, 2012
Although we could summarize this anime this way, but its like saying Code Geass is about a high school kid trying to kill his dad after he got superpowers. There's simply more to it.
The first thing about this anime that really appealed to me was the atmospheric building. Eyes were everywhere, no matter where the main character went, somebody is around him. Since Haruyuki is quite a loser himself, he really hated to be around people, although most people weren't really noticing him. This could be the one of the best way to tell us that our main character is a complete loser in the real world but he is great at video games.
My rating for this anime looks REALLY subtle, there are really no huge up and downs and it's mainly because almost every aspect of this anime has something special about it.
The story of this anime is actually quite creative. Although the concept of characters being able to go into different worlds isn't something completely new, the idea of turning this amazing but over-used concept into a basic setting where everyone is capable of doing so due to technology is actually more amusing than I expected.
The main character has something and someone that he wants to protect and will probably want to become the strongest because of that which is really nothing new, but this overly simple motif actually adds a very inviting feeling to this anime.
Animetography(cinematography for anime)10/10
This is one special thing I really want to add to this review! Usually this component simply blends in with the art and sound part of an anime; however, this component of Accel World really appealed to me.
I was really worried about the third episode of this anime. Since I read the manga of Accel World, I knew that there will be really large conversations and almost no fancy special effects involved at all, but the third episode did not disappoint me at all. The first half of the third episode is basically a conversation between Haruyuki-kun and Kuroyukihime sempai. They used "direct link" to talk to each other meaning that they do not need to actually speak. This is something only anime could produce the most effectively because a 10 minute conversation will show tons of expressions and the characters and show their expressions in a better way if they did not need to open their mouths all the time. The quick cuts was also an important component that really made this part interesting. The "camera"(not that anime really have cameras) is constantly moving and only stops when an important expression is needed to be made, which mean tension also keeps building up. The shadow decreases once the two agrees on their commonality and goes on to discuss about another topic. This conversation ended up being very interesting due to the tension building and the sudden but subtle release of tension. Of course, thanks to the original creator of the light novel, the contents of this conversation was the core of keeping this part interesting.
And HAHA! now we know that Accel World is not just another fancy battle + special effect anime that people will skip the boring episodes and just watch the cool fights.
Since the main character of this anime does lots of reasoning throughout the anime, the varieties of positions that the main character is composed in also helped make the story a lot more interesting.
The art in the real world(especially school) seems very bright, even to an uncomfortable extent since school is a very uncomfortable place for Haruyuki. The real world is also drawn with a really subtle feel which contrasts with the world in the Brain Burst program. The Brain Burst program consists of more shadowy places and feels very surreal since all the colors of the real world is altered and everyone in there has a specific color to them. Yet, the Haruyuki finds the accelerated world a more inviting place for him.
( I can BS about this stuff for years but the best thing about the art is still the character arts!)
The character art for this anime is very nice. Every important character in this anime is drawn in a very detailed fashion, but not detailed enough that characters start to look annoying. The illustration for the two main female characters that have appeared so far is astonishingly good. The cute illustrations of Chiyuri fits her character really well, her avatar in the school network is also very appealing. And Kuroyukihime sempai is just AMAZING! Her illustration, especially her hair and her school network avatar fits her prominent position really well. She is definitely my favorite heroine of spring 2012!
Just the illustration itself for the main character, Haruyuki, looks promisingly negative and I really hope they could make a better illustration for the main character. But let us all ask ourselves one question :"Is there a better way to illustrate someone who is only good at video games and is a complete loser in reality who also feels really bad about himself than a short and fat kid with stupid-looking eyes?" My answer is definitely NO"
OP is ok~ it feels quite unique but to me, it does not sound quite great. I loved the ED, it sounds pleasant to the ear and it fits the feeling of the anime really well.
The background noise+music for this anime is great. The background music changes many times throughout the long conversations between Haruyuki and Kurohime. The background music is definitely what makes the long conversations interesting and even, at times, make simply talking feel very cool and exciting.
The voice actors are very professional and dedicated. The voice actor for Haruyuki is Kaji Yuki, who is a great voice actor for those "I dunno what to do next but I need to protect ___" characters. (Example: Ouma, Shu from Guilty crown, Amata Sora from Aquarion Evol and Issei from High school DXD). Chuyuri's voice actress also fits her cheerful and cute tone very well. What amazes me the most is the voice actress of Kuroyukihime. This is the first anime that this voice actress got a major role in, yet, she fits the character really well and her skills are very dedicated and developed.
Character 9.5/10 (lots of this section is already explained in the art and the sound section)
The motif for the actions of the major characters in Accel World is very simple, they simply hang on to one thing and all they do is for completing that task and usually, this becomes a downside of an anime because it's overly simple. However, in this case, I think this feeling is exactly what this anime needs.
So far, the character development speed for most of the characters have been very slow since we are still being introduced to some of the important backgrounds of the characters, but the characteristics of all the major characters is already very clear.
One episode of Accel World goes by extremely fast, leaving me craving for more.
In general dedicated humor + romance with beautiful heroines + Great action is just great! But more importantly, I don't think we really need a reason to enjoy an anime. Accel world is one of the most enjoyable anime I've ever watched and that is all the reason I need to give this section a big 10/10!
I really want to give this anime a 10/10 because I simply love it, but generally speaking, 9/10 is where this anime is at since there are a few things that could be done better.
I would recommend this anime mainly to battle or sci-fi lovers, especially the type that loves mental battles. But I also want to recommend Everyone to watch this amazing anime! Believe me, this anime will be enjoyable. I cannot guarantee that everyone will love this anime, but this Accel World will definitely be a waste of 25 minutes.
Mar 17, 2013
I picked up this anime after watching Sword Art Online (I'll never quite get used to the oddness of that name) and after mostly enjoying the series, decided to check out one recommended item, namely Accel World - written by the same author.
I enjoyed SAO for the premise. Having played way too many computer games myself, I thought the idea of being trapped in one was really interesting, and it was that, and the fantastic animation, which kept me watching. And at the end I was mostly satisfied.
So I started on Accel World. And immediately I noticed the difference in the level of engagement.
Accel World focuses on a little round kid who gets bullied a lot at school, but is trying his best to survive. And then this real life online "game" comes along which completely changes Haru's life forever.
The reason I enjoyed Accel World so much was the main character. Haru. The little fat kid. Now, when we watch anime, read books or manga, view films, we want to suspend reality to a degree and imagine ourselves in another world, being another person. I get why people don't like the series, because the last person you'd want to imagine yourself as is Haruyuki. He's short. He's really fat. He's not even clever. He's more or less a coward. But that's what I loved about it, because it was more real. It was so easy to imagine. And watching Haru's journey, and his inner life blossom, his character develop as he is forced to overcome himself and his own demons, was thoroughly enjoyable.
The story itself is competent. The fight scenes are mighty enjoyable. The "world" and the "system" that Haru finds himself is really well thought out and clever. The series has its odd "what the...?" moments, but at the end I found myself wanting more.
The tropes of Shounen anime are all here. There is levelling up. There is the villain, the good guys, the romance, etc...
But what turns around all the stereotypes is the main protagonist. It's this that I think will make Accel World the more memorable of animes and make it stand out above others. While I'll probably forget SAO after a few months, I'll be keeping an eye out for a season 2 of Accel World in the hope I can keep watching.
Overall: 9 read more
Aug 29, 2012
But for some reason I can't stop watching it.
Okay, it's not as bad as all that, at least it's a little original, and the superpowers are actually all within a computer game, and it does actually matter in real life for once, which is one of the greatest failings of this type of show. It manages to make itself at least credible, if we make allowances for virtually impossible feats of sci-fi. But that all seems to be part of the fun.
One of the things I find intensely annoying about the show is the fact that all the main characters are pretty standard templates, from the wuss of a main character who actually acquires some courage to the girlfriend with a dark past and the latest story arc's 'for teh evilz' villain. It drags the show down, given that it's main attraction is the awesome fight scenes (which are nicely done most of the time), and having people shout heartfelt but cliché nonsense over the top gets irritating quickly.
Overall the show is not a terrible way to waste 25 minutes every week, but it still leaves me wondering why I watch it. I do enjoy it a fair bit, but I still can't say why, and I doubt it will leave a great lasting impression on me, unless the last few episodes are beyond awesome. read more
May 26, 2012
The main character, Haruyuki Arita is like many other shonen protaginists - persistent, strong-willed, and willing to protect the things he cares about. However, that is only a small part of his personality. He is also, bluntly put, a big loser; this is due in large part to him being short, fat, unattractive, and constantly bullied. He even has attractive friends that he constantly compares himself to in order to make himself feel bad. He's pathetic enough to make you cringe at times. Personally, I never really connected to him even though I wouldn't exactly call myself popular and have gone through periods of bullying. This of course is my personal opinion. who knows, maybe you'll connect with him yourself.
Also, the conflicts experienced in the anime thus far have also been extremely shallow; there is always a GOOD side and an EVIL side, black and white, no grey.
SPOILER ALERT!!!! SKIP THE NEXT PARAGRAPH IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED EPISODE 5
An example of the aforementioned shallowness occurred in ep 05; the protagonist's best friend turns out to be bad. Yeah, he was evil. After a small fight and some dramatic yelling, he saw the error of his ways and returned to the good side. Very simplistic although I guess it can't be faulted in a shonen.
END OF SPOILERS
The final issue is the over-dramatization. Although the anime makes a fair attempt at creating serious, somber relationships, situations, and scenes, it goes over the top and it ends up taking itself too seriously which makes things seem cheesy - so much so that I rolled my eyes at many of the more awkward scenes. They're not horrible, just too overpowering.
In summary, This technically proficient shonen series with a decent setting and premise is marred by its awkward cheesiness, and superficial conflicts. I recommend you read the synopsis and watch a few episodes before placing judgement since I understand that it does appeal with many people. If you're reading this and I didn't completely scare you off, give it a shot, you never know. read more
Dec 6, 2012
Seriously, it's so much waste a technology setting in a story to be just used as a THE BEST IN THE GAME story. With that kind of technology, the story is just explore a fat kids playing game to escape the reality that he's so sucks in real life, and then a popular beautiful girl appear and give him a new game and changes his life...
I don't really mind about the art of an anime, as long as the story is enjoyable, the art doesn't really matter for me. The art of this anime is fine I guess, but to be honest I actually dislike the loli-like art style. The animation is fine too, so I guess there's no serious problem in this part.
I don't really mind about this too actually. There's no special about the voice acting or the OP/ED theme IMO. But I guess everything is just fine here.
This is the part that I really hate beside the story concept. There's no interesting about character in this anime. The main dude, Haruyuki, is a bad combination of a standard shounen, whiny, and a bad appearance unattractive guy. He's always bullied by your-standard-bad-delinquent-dudes in his school and trying to be an emo forever alone guy even though he has 2 close friends that cares about him. There's no actual purpose in his life and nothing special about him except he's so good at a game in the virtual net. About the main girl, Kuroyukihime, she's just another delusional popular beautiful girl that you can easily find in many pointless harem animes. She give our main dude Haruyuki a new game and 'purpose' in his life. The other characters is just your cliche average supporting and bad guy characters, there's nothing special.
I don't really enjoyed it. When I watched the first few minutes, I'm pretty impressed about the technology used in the story. I expected something new and different in Accel World like brain-hacking, spying, dangerous bug, data virus, but it turned out to be just a standard fighting to be the best in the game with popular beautiful chick as partner in the story.
One lesson that I got from this series, If you're just a normal unattractive guy with no special talent in so many subjects, just keep playing game to escape from your horrible reality, until a beautiful popular girl come and bring you some drastic good changes in your life.
Overall, there's nothing special about Accel World, but I guess this series is okay for teenage casual anime watchers. read more
May 8, 2012
Putting an obese protagonist in a show isn't done much. And I didn't expect shounen shows to have a fat ass, who hates his life, as a main character. Don't get me wrong though, I don't mind how the main character usually looks, but if the personality is this annoying, I'd rather have someone punch him out and end the show in one episode.
So our main character hates his life a lot, the reason is unknown because his life is not suicidal bad. He acts alone, unloved, he complains and he cries, he just hopes that he dies. Yet he has two friends, one who makes lunch for him and an "obviously-soon-to-be-enemy-for-one-battle" friend. But of course the male friend also cares for this fat ass, emo, main character. His name is "Haruyuki" and we're supposed to feel sad for him. Really now. His bitchy complaining and bitching about his life pisses me off. He doesn't have to keep repeating pathetic shit because I got it the first time. He's depressed. I don't feel sorry for him, I want him to die (Just drawings, I'm not like this to real people).
Alright then. So we have a Teenage boy who goes to high school. He has one friend who will obviously go against him for a while and a female friend who he obviously likes. Just your average emo kid who gets bullied here. But then a girl comes along.....
What the hell is fuckin wrong with these people? In anime, whenever there's a high school boy with a pathetic personality, a GIRL COMES ALONG AND GIVES HIM POWERS! Yes again. But why? Why must there always be a girl that grants him magical powers? I'm getting pissed off with the amount of "Magic girl gives boy powa" shitty anime going around. An example would be Guilty Crown or Sacred Seven.
Accel World takes place in a world where everything's high-tech. So you can log in to some virtual world in your school area and virtually "chill". Or you can virtually exercise like our fatty does. Pretty smart ain't he? It's like Wii Fit without the movement, amazing technology. There's also a new way of communicating with someone. So there's this cord. You connect one side of it on your neck, and the other side with the person you want to talk with. Then you send thought-like messages to each other. You can also check their data. Are these people humanoids? Honestly what the fudge. I'm quite sure no one wants robotic parts installed in them, especially ones that others can easily install a virus or a tracking device in. Hell if they can check your memories, then WHAT THE FK IS WRONG WITH YOU? WHY WOULD YOU NOT CARE ABOUT THIS STUFF? What if they look at what you do in the bathroom broski.... And also by "wiring" with someone, I'll call it "wiring" because I forgot what it is, people see you as a couple. It's like kissing but with cords that attach to your neck.
Let's cut this short. Haruyuki met a girl in his virtual tennis game who liked him for beating her score. She then invites him to lunch with her and gives him a magical power. With this magical power he can go into the virtual world of the real world and fight against others. It's like Street Fighter, you just fight someone and win. If you lose, you get kicked from the game and you can't go back because you only had one coin. But if you win, you get experience! YAY! And your main goal is to be the best in the game, even though you will win nothing.
There's too much moe. Moe is fucking disgusting. Character designs are the same as those other ones that reflect light like a mirror does, with their skin. Everyone looks the same, there's nothing new and unique here at all. Expect the big guy. Fight scenes are extremely lame. For some anime with no story at all, and only focused on a virtual game based on fighting, I EXPECT GOOD PEWPEW MATCHES YOU PATHETIC WRITERS!
Accel World is about shiny people playing an Action MMORPG. They will go into detail to explain it to you, even though you're just watching the crappy show, and not playing the game. read more
May 14, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
Both story and plot basically revolves around Virtual Reality computer games - Whole Accel World is basically a mecha-styled combat game focusing on duels, so it follows the pattern found in dozens of RPG's (Role Playing Games): as the story progresses, main characters becomes stronger, meets new allies and faces more powerful enemies and it the end confronts main antagonist. This doesn't make it bad per se, both successful and unsuccessful games followed exactly same patterns and players mostly didn't complained about lack of uniqueness of the story, so I won't complain about the story there either.
It is, however, a bit worse with characters:
„Fatman, princess and a psycho.“
Haru, the fatman. Not only we have loser and pathetic weakling as main male character, he is also a dwarf suffering from morbid obesity. I wouldn't really mind that, but c'mon, it is absolutely unnecessary design choice no matter to what audience you aim your show! In addition to that, Haru, main character is obviously suffering from depression, it's not only his general behavior, but way he clings to main female for psychical and emotional support. (People suffering from depression often behave in similar way).
What authors wanted to achieve by making character like this?
On the other hand, main female character, Hime, is a exact opposite. Popular, beautiful and self-assured girl. She chooses Haru as partner ingame and …dnd here comes the romance! I know opposites are attracted to each other, but this is certainly an extreme! But, nevermind, your choice... Hime, whatever floats your boat, you know.
To add to the mess, we also have Chiyu, Haru’s childhood friend, character which didn’t made any sense to me. If she is really attracted to Haru, why she’s dating someone else? If she is dating someone else, why the hell she is so jealous when she sees Haru together with Hime? If she is not into Haru, fine, but why she’s making such effort to ruining the game for Haru? Maybe she’s just a psycho.
As for art and sound, I usually don't comment that in my reviews, but I will make a exception there. Characters are mostly nicely drawn, except, once again, main male character. He is drawn in so simple way he doesn't fit in most scenes.
Mecha-styled combat scenes in virtual world in are made in rendered computer graphic style. Most people won't mind that, but it's not my cup of tea, sorry.
As for the enjoyment and overall rating, show can be entertaining, but also frustrating in some moments. But I managed to watch the show to the end, which I usally can’t stand in shows I consider a crap and it was enteraiting enough to not stop watching, but barely. read more
Nov 5, 2012
I was going to write a review on the other subjects but i don't think its necessary for this review
Character: This is what made this anime absolutely horrid too watch. The characters in this show are just stupid. The fat whiny main character is the worst main character i have ever seen in my life. This is essentially the reason why this anime sucked. He is a whiny bitch and at the end of the show i really wished it was him who would have lost and no longer had friends.
The other supporting characters are just as bad, no way would hot chicks ever be interested in some fat little dweeb who spends his time crying and playing video games.
Unless you are some uber fat nerd who enjoys living in his own dream world you will not find this anime the least bit enjoyable.