This special of accel world was very dissapointing, i waited it to have some real action in it and good animation as the anime itself had. I watched the whole 8 epiosdes just 'cause they were so short and i had nothing to do at that time and i must say, this special was made 100% with humor and had nothing to do wit the main plot from the anime. I wouldnt say this is the worst thing ever but i prefer not to watch this if you dont like chibi cartooney things. But if you actually like a little bit childish humor and chibis
you could watch this.
Episodes 2-7 need a warning label: You CANNOT Unwatch
Specials are often comical imitations of the real show, and I don't think anybody typically has an objection to that. Occasionally it is nice to have some light-hearted humor after a particularly deep or "heavy" series.
To be honest, though, it didn't work here. Perhaps, the largest reason it didn't work was a result of the way they began the specials. The first episode was full-length and had anything you would have come to expect from the Accel World series, albeit almost entirely detached from the main plot-line. It wasn't especially good but definitely met the standards
of the original series, and I would have enjoyed the rest more if it had continued that way.
But then, for some strange reason, the creators decided to take what could have been a fulfilling group of sequels to Accel World and turn it into an ugly amalgamation of poor humor and characterization. I'm not an expert on anime (far from it), but I personally think it's a bit stupid to switch to "children's book animation" (because I don't know the damn word for the art style) when you've laid groundwork for a solid set of episodes.
Considering this is likely the last thing we see of Accel World, I'm extremely disappointed that the high-tension, extremely emotional chaos will be replaced by cutesy crap forever in my mind. What aggravated me the most was Lotus/Hime's portrayal as being both arrogant and fairly stupid. Anybody who saw the original series knows that Black Lotus is perhaps the most epic character. How a writer could sit and replace that perfectly seductive yet shy, wise yet absent-minded, and stubborn yet humble girl with such a gross parody will forever amaze me.
I recently finished watching the first Accel World series and Accel World EX. I really liked the EX specials, so I decided to move on to the other specialseries based on Accel World: Accel World Specials. However, I dropped Accel World Specials after watching just 2 episodes. Why you ask? I'll explain.
First of all, the artwork. As many of you know, Accel World is nicely animated and has a huge variation of colours and drawstiles gathered within it (good visible when watching in HD). The 2 Accel World EX episodes were made the same way.
However, Accel World Specials is drawn in a way that
you would expect to find in an American cartoonserie for people aged between 4 and 6. It's completely ruines the artwork reputation the original Accel World series has.
Second, the storyline. Except for the characters and some basics from the Accel World series, it has nearly nothing to do with the original series. these 'Accel World Specials' follow a complete different storyline, and to my opinion it's also a very dumb storyline. Especially someone who just finished watching Accel World I'd strongly recommend NOT to watch Accel World Specials. It will completely ruin your idea of the Accel World Universe.
And when we are speaking about the worse points in these series, lets not forget the characters. Even due most voice actors (in the japanese spoken version) seem to be the same, the scriptwriter sertainly isn't. The characters are doing things the characters in the real Accel World series would never do. Their feelings and characters are also completely messed up. Even due every special in this epic storyline is just a couple of minutes long, the characters will drive most of the Accel World fans crazy (in a negative way).
Lets see.... Is there anything I forgot? Oh yeah, the enjoyment.
People with lame humour and no sence of good artwork and storyline (not ment in an offending way) will probably enjoy Accel World Specials. Any other person, especially those that have seen Accel World and/or know something about anime, will almost sertainly drop these series after just 1 or 2 episodes.
Overal it's one of the worst anime specials I've ever seen.
However, I do recomment you guys to watch at least 1 episode of it. Not because it's fun, but because then you will probably perfectly understand what I'm talking about in this review.