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Accel World

Alternative Titles

English: Accel World
Synonyms: Accelerated World
Japanese: アクセル・ワールド


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 2012 to Sep 22, 2012
Premiered: Spring 2012
Broadcast: Saturdays at 00:30 (JST)
Licensors: Viz Media
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Light novel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.531 (scored by 233,797 users)
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Ranked: #15452
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Popularity: #103
Members: 428,923
Favorites: 3,662


The story line involves the idea that you enter a world that is a virtual reality. They have similar art styles and the game play for the characters is different, but the real world repercussions are more drastic in one series then in the other, but they are still there. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
A great story, characters, and a very nice ending. It's also about a guy who fights in "another world". 
report Recommended by BigBoss0327
Futuristic? Check, Awesome? Check, Derpy protagonists? Check, Awesome female protagonists? Check, Rival childhood friends? Check, Awesome seiyuu? Check!! What else is there to list? Both animes are friggin amazing they even have same same seiyuu and both have ass kickin' OSTs what are you waiting for go watch it NOW! 
report Recommended by kahren
Also about computer's RPG game 
report Recommended by Pawel1205
Anti-social in the real world but a pro in the virtual realm, both series' main male protagonist makes a name of themselves in their perspective series. Both series adapts sci-fiction themes with a virtual world setting. And in that world, there are wonders that defies the laws of nature. Although the main male protagonists' personalities contrasts a bit from each other, their spirit of fighting have a similar taste. They are also joined by companions including a main female protagonist with elite skills of her own. I recommend both series for fans of gaming adventure and action packed drama. 
report Recommended by Stark700
A rather odd recommendation due to major differences in genre, but also maturity in content, there is a certain appeal regarding the characters which both series share. The characters aren't cardboard cut-outs of each other though, not in the slightest, nor are the plots. More of, same feel, but something majorly different, if viewers of one might give the other a chance. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
How to best explain the similarity? Dark times in a world where the characters play a game, forfeiting effectively something important in the process, yet they seek to find their humanity. The world outside of the game is light and airy, yet the wishes - the question of whether they are worth it and the price one pays crops up. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
The main setting for both Anime is a school. There are interactive avatars, more prevalent in one Anime then in the other. The main character is looked down upon in the real world because they happen to not have any ability that allows them to succeed in the real world, but once they get to the "game" they end up being important in some regard. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Gaming worlds with fun rules and creative concepts. '.hack//Sign' brings you a game where characters best each other for personal gain or other benefits. 'Accel World' puts effort into both the character development and exciting match modes for extra flavour. Friendship is an integral part of the series where nothing is impossible if you work as a team. 
report Recommended by ShanaFlame
QFT what the previous recommendation writer said. Feel free to hate on the protagonist of Accel World at the beginning for his pathetic attitude & look down on Ikki (Air Gear main protagonist) for his lackluster attitude at the beginning. However, they both will grow and expect their character development from ep 1 to the final ep. Both series are strong. 
report Recommended by Ani-Blast
The "other world" is a dark Gothic place filled with only a few places of light and bright colors. The "avatars" are other selves representing what one wants to throw away based on their human desires and scars. There is also a lot of action and the characters are in themselves interesting. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
The art styles of both Anime contain Gothic elements. The story lines are dark. The main characters are nobodies. Technology is in some manner involved. A game is involved that could leave one completely out of the game for good. Things slowly get revealed over time. They also have interesting casts of characters. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
While their world settings are different, both Accel World and Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai (Unbreakable Machine-Doll) involves with technology that contain main mysteries. Both series' main female protagonist are capable of fighting in their perspective worlds and also seems to have an affection towards their partner/friend. There is drama, comedy, and romance involved although the responses the main protagonist delivers to their female friend/companion greatly contrasts with each other. Both series also takes place at a school life setting where students learn more than just general academics. 
report Recommended by Stark700
Similarities: Both involves the characters getting in to the game. Both involves a 4 people protagonist. Dissimilarities: One is more of First Person RPG, while the other is sort of a MMORPG. In one anime the character can get out of the game either voluntary or if he/she got beaten in the game, while in the other anime the character is trapped in the game. The female lead in one anime is an 8 year old kid, while the female lead in the other anime is a year older than the MC.  
report Recommended by Nasty001
The "worlds" in both Anime share similar elements to them despite having different concepts. There is also the element of getting to come home and becoming a better person by fighting in these worlds to survive and the characters grow in maturity over time. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
.hack is one of the forerunners to the virtual reality genre, but in particular, this short .hack series and Accel World focus on main characters who are misfits of sorts even within the gaming world, yet who end up becoming heroes.  
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both main characters have been bullied by the world and have friends to save them when they are in trouble. The friends are really nice, but the main character sees it as pity and gets upset with them. In both anime the main character goes from weak to strong and encounters a beautiful woman as well in the process. 
report Recommended by _sagar
I haven't compared it to the storyline that much but fighting techniques are quite the same and artwork is same to that of accel world 
report Recommended by Ep1c1aN
Both have alternative worlds in it. Main characters are fighting in team 
report Recommended by starry_Sora
These stories involve the main characters having online avatars that are used online, only to find themselves negativly effected in the real world by what goes on in these worlds. The themes are also very dark. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
basically both anime is cool and have fighting of kings in them,and each kings hold a different color. 
report Recommended by brlyan
The stories revolve around a game that takes on a bigger meaning then just being a game. Real world friendships are formed and in the long run goals are formed as well. They also deal with digital worlds and getting away from reality, not to mention having abilities that can actually effect the real world in a positive or negative manner. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Though these two Sunrise series have greatly different settings, there are many surprisingly recurrent themes: A physically weak male lead who gains the power to create their ideal world. A contract with a mysterious girl with a potential hidden agenda. Strong production values and intelligent action. Most importantly of all, high entertainment value! 
report Recommended by batholemew
Rag tag group of friends try to solve problems in another world, but things which appear lighthearted end up not being so. Both the main protagonists end up building up their team of friends over a period of time - but beyond that, snap - spoiler alert. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both have a futuristic "Twenty minutes into the future" style setting that is mainly focused around a interconnected cybernetic world that at first appears to be a video game; but is later shown to be something else that has far more dangerous consequences and potential for abuse in the real world. Both shows also focus on the protagonist's circle of friends as equally as it focuses on him. 
report Recommended by YouAreAPirate
Both anime contains sci-fi themes involving the virtual world as well as elements of comedy, action, and romance. Both anime presents a game like setting where avatars are present inside and involved in conflicts. Additionally, the main protagonist forms a bond with the female protagonist. Also, there is a mysterious atmosphere like feeling that goes beyond the walls of the virtual world and the real world. 
report Recommended by Stark700
On the net there is another world, a world that people can dive into. What seems to be a game isn't one like the main characters think and their lives end up being turned upside down. The suspense also builds up. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both protagonists are in a way hapless? Hapless means not helpless, but simply unfortunate in their luck. The amount of unfortunate each experiences also ends up balanced out by another character who stands by their side. The journey each go through also isn't straight forward either. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
The world that the characters resides is not only competitive but dangerous. In both series, there is action created by a game-like scenario where the characters gets involved in. Winning is a key factor to ensure bragging rights and survival. However, the adversaries the characters faces in both series often brings forth new challenges to test their skills and abilities. In both series, the characters' age range are also similar but more so are their determination to win/survive in the world that they reside in such a game-like scenario.  
report Recommended by Stark700
This involves a kid who is not that popular in school but suddenly gets attraction by female protagonist. 
report Recommended by KingRyot
Mecha,willpower,nice plot,the protagonist is so motivational, the speeches too!! One of the BEST anime out there! 
report Recommended by SeraphimGRG
Casshern Sins and Accel world have both characteristics of humans, robots, and fighting. Yet both are completely different in story. Both have robots and fighting in another world-like place, yet Casshern Sins is more of the futuristic apocalyptic type, Accel World is more of the futuristic happy ending type . Accel World has more chicks while Casshern sins is sad and lonely. Either way both animes made me anticipated to see the next episode leaving me wanting more.  
report Recommended by Azixe
The main character's might be opposite, but they both have alternate dimensions were they can control robots in. 
report Recommended by J-Pop
both main characters are voiced by the same person, and both main characters have the same personality, also both meet a girl that change their lives, and end up being one of the best at what they do 
report Recommended by kirito1452
Both main characters have low self confidence in the beginning. They each have a female to accompany them. You a fan of characters with low self confidence and are weak ( in the beginning) then these are for you. Besides main characters they are completely different. 
report Recommended by Aired
Accel World and Overlord are the same genres. Just like Accel World x SAO/ Hack etc. - Both anime focus inside of a mmo rpg game, world. - Both have strong MC's - Both are after something. Both series are fun and keep you on the sit to watch.  
report Recommended by StarSlay
The main character of both stories have continuous fights with their own personality and have problens to confront new situatioms at first but try to overcome it. 
report Recommended by JohnGaltMG
In Accel world the "Burst Linkers" get the various abilities that give them advantages in everyday life but have to compete to keep them. In Accel world the penalty is losing the game while in Gantz it's death. In Gantz the stakes are higher but the same idea as the people live their everyday lives and are teleported to an area to play a "game". In Gantz the incentives are weapons and a superhuman suit but in Gantz they are trying their best to get out of the game. They are very much alike so if ya liked one check out the other. 
report Recommended by Aired
Both of the animes are incredibly similar to reality to some degree. Both of the main characters in these series are losers one a NEET and the other a fat chubby kit in middle school who gets bullied a lot. Though the part I find unrealistic is the fact that a beautiful girl would pursue these men. They both have an alternative reality to turn to in accel world the video game and in welcome to the nhk Satou has his apartment. Would make this a top priority as I absolutely loved both of these series! 
report Recommended by Aired
Both are action-packed romances in which the male lead swears to protect and serve the female main character. Both female leads are incredibly powerful but often lose control of themselves and it is their respective love interests who keep them in line. 
report Recommended by crescentson
Both of the main characters have a childhood friend female character who you will hate very soon. 
report Recommended by kappasan
When it come to SAO II and Accel Word - -Both are created by the same person!! -Both exist in the same world. -Both have virtual reality games. -Both have a system where they can dive into the online network. -Both enter voluntarily. -Both have the same genre that is - action,adventure,roman and shounen. - And Accel world is 20 years after SAO II and Accel world has tons of references to SAO II!! And lastly, Both definitely worth your time to watch!! >.<  
report Recommended by NajSuarez94
Both protagonists face obstacles and depression that hinders them from their happiness and goals. They also have people who help them realize that they can achieve their goals. However, Accel World has way more action and fight scenes and Shitgatsu wa Kimi no Uso has way more emotional impacts. 
report Recommended by Soratinite
the same plot where it involves a MC whose life is full of shit, and an opportunity that has arrived in a cyberworld that given them a chance to be somebody. The differences, in Accel World, the plot was more of a sci-fi and cyberpunk, while Mahou Shoujo site has that dark magical girl theme in it.  
report Recommended by Whoahoho
-In both the world is like in a game -The both MC are weak at start -The both MC meet a girl who will chenge their life 
report Recommended by Diaboliqq
If you enjoyed the action in Accel World The female fighters in Claymore The plot of Evangelion The weapons of Guilty Crown and Infinite Stratos And a bit of harem Freezing combines all of those into one new anime 
report Recommended by akira-t-wang
This anime is what most moved me, who loves and is anime fan is obligated to attend. Put only one, but all animes of my list are great, there are those who even declined in its other seasons but may assist yes, you will not regret it. I add skyp andresjuchem, face andres Juchem. some games lol wow dragspeed DragSpeed Smite DragSpeed. Thank you so much. 
report Recommended by dragspeed
Both anime tell story about The adventure in Virtual World MMORPG Similarity : + MC lack confidence against itself + From friends become lover + In some fight scene, MC fighting in group not alone + Half of the story about MC learn about leveling his/her avatar Different : + Gender Bender (//hack) + Harem (Accel World)  
report Recommended by Shunaria
Similarity : + Action-Adventure anime set in Virtual MMORPG Different : + In webdiver player using mecha unit to fight enemy + In accel world player avatar is equipment with armor-like mecha to fight other player  
report Recommended by Shunaria
Similarity : - Have transformation scene - MC fighting using unique armor - MC is school student Different : - Accel World set in Virtual world / Symphogear set in real world - In Accel World MC not require specific item to access his skill / In Symphogear MC must singing a song to activate his ability 
report Recommended by Shunaria
In both Angel Beats & Accel World the main character is put into another world either by force or by owns free will for a reason. -Both include alternate world where you fight for survival. -The male MC in both "Accel World" & "Angel Beats" follows a female leader. -In Both animes the life is said to be "Unfair". -The MC in both series helps the other cast members overcome certain problems they face and to move on. 
report Recommended by Miyuki_Kotone
We have both protagonist who are generic losers who had their precious big metal thing lost and they are sad without it. Now they try their hardest to get back their precious big metal thingy. The male protagonist is also very similar to female loli protagonist in Lance N' Masques. They're short, kawaii ~ and has nice big round faces; making them the most likable/lovable characters you'll meet in anime history. 
report Recommended by Jsnoob
The protagonist, who is far too kind (kinda negative), teams up with someone strong to defeat enemies. Both are male and have a popular female fellow student as a partner who teaches him new things. Accel World and the Holy Grail War are both settings in which the main characters have to fight and win to gain something. 
report Recommended by Ziafung
Games that people can play. The virtual world and the real world are mixing together. The technology of the neuro linker allows people to play an online game- Brain Burst. Which takes place in a virtual realty. Here they compete with one another.  
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
Not really the look but the feel of the anime. This is what .hack//L.O.T.T should have been more like. 
report Recommended by spinky
One Piece is the ultimate adventure story whereas Accel World isn't as bold or ambitious with the scope of its world, it does successfully characterize adventure and villains nicely. With regards to style and plot line not much is the same. Although accel world does have similar humor, a funny main character, and is largely about the bonds of friendship overcoming hardships. Accel world develops its characters adequately within a timely manner but always leaves a question about their past to be answered at a later date so that you can be kept questioning, similar to certain situations in One Piece anime and manga.  
report Recommended by HawkeyeMihawk924
The game's adventures of Accel World, are similar to the Akame ga Kill!'s battles. The shows provide several epic fights, with many cool powers and twists. too. The main girl is almost the same, and the group of heroes has to struggle against many various enemies. 
report Recommended by Disillusion
The main characters fight in "another world".  
report Recommended by moeichi
Gaming nerd boy gets stuck in something bigger, where his gaming skills come in handy. 
report Recommended by ZettaiRyouiki
Matrix style series and a whole new world on the other side. 'Zegapain' isn't solid in terms of storyline but you are able to connect with a few of the characters and in the beginning, it's pretty much hack and slash in mechs but halfway through the series, more plots will be revealed and the enjoyment would pick up from there. 'Accel World' deviates almost entirely from 'Zegapain' concept except for the fact that the characters are able to go to another world. Romances and battles are what makes this series very delightful to watch. Sure people who dislike the MC at first due to  read more 
report Recommended by ShanaFlame
The style is in a modern Gothic where a lot of shadows are used in contrast to bright colors. The cast of characters are wide ranged and there is a mystery that they are forced to solve. A school setting is involved but the characters do go other places. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
The anime deal with the issue of bullying, how people deal with bullying and the characters growing up in the adversities of being bullied. Those who have been bullied may relate. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
In both of these series has a character that has a personality which allows them to interact with freely with people without worry. There is also the element of "doing without" which I won't go into more detail lest I give spoilers for either series. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
The main character happens to be in a relationship with his senpai that helps him to grow up. The story is dark and both characters have to deal with childhood friendships that have problems to the relationships. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
both have mech and very interesting characters.  
report Recommended by LaLaLuffyx3
The stories feature an alternate reality that is reached via means of sci-fi. They go two different routes story line wise, but the main characters have similar personalities. There is also the good fight to be something more then the "loser". 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both involve a Mecha type transformation and a secret group of people that no one should speak or reveal to anyone other then inside the group. And action filled ! 
report Recommended by Mizhuki
What does medieval-themed anime has in common with futuristic teenage show? The answer is simple: quality of art. Animation and music fits so well with the proposed setting that you will believe you actually traveled through time, be it forward or backwards. 
report Recommended by sagesan
Dealing with virtual crisis and reality is never easy. In both of these series, the protagonist deals with 2D and 3D issues that arises in their life. Well, more or less. There is romance, comedy, and action in both series as well as emotional drama. Supernatural elements also exists in both series. 
report Recommended by Stark700
Similar concept of having to fight opponents and gain their experience to level in a virtual reality world. 
report Recommended by BluMeino
There's a similar vibe between these two anime stories where the male character meets a beautiful female, and join a mutual partnership. Furthermore the male characters help and are guided by the female into creating a new world.  
report Recommended by Mr_DaftPunk
Accel world is similar to Infinite Stratos 2 because of mecha type , but not fully mecha also ecchi and One Hero Basis . 
report Recommended by OneandonlySunny
-Both Of Protagonist Throw His Reality World -Delusion 
report Recommended by --Sunclaudius
Both settings feature a world full of augmented reality interactivity, placed in future. 
report Recommended by the_DW
The concept of fighting in other worlds is similar, with just a small difference. Characters "Wave in" or "Burst Link" themselves to a world that mirrors the real world, while being something completely different that masks their identities while in the other world. Not only is there a similar world concept, but fighting each other is present as well as gaining unique abilities from battling experience or even from each other. 
report Recommended by GigaSPX
+Both have Sci-Fi, Shounen ,School. +Both have Main character design different from others . +Both main characters have cute girls around them. +Both Anime have advance technology. +Both anime have similar feeling while watching them. 
report Recommended by TrOjAnHoRsE
in both the main character is at first weak and then gain a "sacred" or rare power in accel world its his wings and in maken ki its his uncontrollable power. next their patrons both are girls who are widely known and are very powerful, in both animes the girls are in love with the main character. 
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