In 2046, many aspects of life are carried out on a virtual network. No matter how advanced the time becomes, however, bullying never disappears. Haruyuki is one of the bullied students. However, one day he is contacted by Kuroyukihime, the most famous person in the school. "Wouldn't you like to 'accelerate' and go further ahead, boy?" Haruyuki is introduced to the "Accel World" and decides to fight as Kuroyukihime's knight.
Basically, most fans who have only watched the anime will be perplexed upon seeing Infinite Burst. Bewildered. Wildly confused. And instead of taking the time to answer them, Infinite Burst rolls on without going any deeper than it wants to, just so that it can deliver something that resembles an ending to its own haphazardly cut-down story. A
Taking up fully half of the film's running time, the recap is badly paced, boring, and fails to do what a recap is supposed to do: 'What are the important things that has happened, and who were involved in it?' You could say that it covered
The Return of Black Snow Princess (henceforth Hime in this review for convenience, since we still don't know her real name) as well as the Scarlet Storm Princess, but you know what? It doesn't cover anything else!
If I was an anime-only watcher, I would be thoroughly confused by the following events:
* Fuuko regaining her legs
* The shrine maiden girl
* The unexplained alliance between Nega Nebulas and Prominence, two legions who are officially rivals but unofficial allies last we heard
* The identity of Ash Roller
* The new skills that Silver Crow demonstrates
* The ability for Scarlet Rain to now transform her Invincible Fortress into a freaking bus
* The cooperativeness of the Six Kings despite Black Lotus having murdered Red Rider years before
* The yellow pixie thing that apparently resides in Silver Crow's chest
* Black Lotus' transformation of her sword into a hand at the end
As a recap, it was the laziest of recaps. With cut-and-paste clips from the show being narrated by Sachika Misawa, it takes enormous patience to sit through all of that and not fall asleep. Apparently I don't have it, because I nodded off twice. The pacing was so poor that even if the recap was just to cover the anime, it did a great job covering Episodes 1-12 really well, skips 13-23 entirely and barely manages to sneak in a few shots from Episode 24 because they realised they were running out of time. Time is a commodity and the recap squandered it. In fact, you get the feeling that the show was meant to be Infinite Burst as a standalone feature and not a movie when you see a new title sequence and introduction at around 38 minutes again.
There's very little that's praiseworthy of the story. With zero knowledge of sixteen volumes of light novel content between the anime series and Infinite Burst, you'll feel like you just joined a clique that's far ahead in bonding and camaraderie that you haven't a clue about. The appearance of new characters confuses you, the change in some returning characters is perplexing, and all along you're left to stare and wonder about what you've missed. The new character has all of five minutes to herself in the limelight and then is conveniently locked away for a great deal of the film, only to reappear at the end. While I'm not insinuating that Risa Tsukiori is a flat character (appearance not withstanding), she has had so little time devoted to her that I as a viewer am not able to connect with her or the reasons she offers as to why she made the choices she took. I suppose Infinite Burst is basically a walking advertisment for the light novels and the new promotional story, Leaping To Infinity, at this point, because the only way to understand the movie is to have read most, if not all of the volumes in between. But wait, Accel World's been licensed by Yen Press, and we'll get Volume 7 in September! Hooray! Three down, thirteen more to go! It's not hard to wait for them to release the books, right?
What this film does shine at is Sunrise doing Sunrise things. The battle sequences are certainly thrilling and well-animated, and the huge size of the enemies in comparison to the duel avatars give a larger-than-life field. Whether you're watching Scarlet Rain do her best impression of a Macross Missile Spam, Aqua Current bust out the moves in what looks like a crystalline bikini armour, or Cyan Pile fire his pile bunker again and again into a never-ending stream of adversaries, you kind of get that this is supposed to be an exciting fight, but the arrival of three more Kings, the strongest players in Accel World (Oh? Was I supposed to know that without reading the novel?) leaves a certain kind of aftertaste as we're treated to sequences of them stomping the enemies by the hundreds. If this is what passes for good animation, I guess I'll take it.
Plasmic Fire was cool. But I didn't hear much of it because I was busy turning into bed. The rest of the film mostly reused tracks from the TV series to good effect, but nothing else stood out.
The hype was fat. The goods were skinny.
In the weeks leading up to the movie, some fans expressed their worries that the showing of One Piece on the same date would take away viewers from Infinite Burst. I disagree - Infinite Burst did not deserve any more viewers than what it got. It not only treats you to a shoddy recap, it slaps in your face unexpected event after event that all can be explained with the same, infuriatingly expensive answer: read the light novel. It probably suits one type of audience just fine: the whales who have bought and read every single volume of Accel World, flipped through every page, and then queued up first in line to buy tickets for this badly disguised OVA. For the rest of us, who have likely never seen more than 24 episodes of Accel World, I'm sorry. This does not deliver.
Dear lord, every time light novel is mentioned as a source for an anime i get a bad feeling about it and its for a reason. The latest in the trent of "read the light novel first" is here, Accel World: Infinite Burst. I wont be talking about characters and basics here since i figure you should know the stuff by now so i get straight to the point.
Accel World and the gap:
Accel World season 1 that aired back in 2012 covered the first 4 volumes of the LN material that began with "retun of the black king" and ended with "Dusktaker arc". After that
the series ended and the LN continues, from volume 5 to vol 20. After that volume it is here that Infinite Burst takes place, thats right, for the entire 16 volumes of content is lost, everything from new characters to new alliances and game mechanics is also lost. The "only anime viewers" wont have a chance in hell to understand what is going on. The main lead Haruyuki is much stronger and has new abilities but the movie does not care what so ever to explain any of it. You get the picture by this point.
40 minute recap:
I have seen a lot of anime but never things like this, the entire movie is around 120 minutes and 40 of those minutes are spent upon recap from season 1. It does a very bad job of it, it does not explain everything, the first 12 episodes are covered but not the second half where the incarnate system is explained, are you for real?. This is lazy, why would anyone watch this movie unless they are new to the franchise is beyond me.
A side story:
This entire movie is pointless to the overall plot of the series, it deals with a new burst linker that is not explained well at all, in fact she is shown only for a couple of minutes and then its all forgotten untill the last 15 minutes of the movie. This entire movie does not add anything except for confusion and hatred for Reki and what he has done to this movie. To be frank, why does this even exist is something that i cannot explain either.
Light novel and Reki Kawahara:
AW:IB is everything that is wrong with LN and anime combined, Reki has an great idea for the overall plot but fails to carry it out. The original goal was to defeat the six kings of pure color and reach lvl 10 but at this point, who cares?
When you watch this movie, you will see that all of the kings from season 1 and after 15 volumes of LN are still allive, so what has happened during that time? the answer, nothing. Reki introduces new characters constantly but without doing anything with them. I read the LNs until volume 12 and then i lost interest. It is clear that Reki simply writes for the sake of writing instead of having a plot. He is simply doing this in order to sell a LN and if the cover is sexy with all the girls from the show it will sell but the overall goal is lost.
The only redeeming quality of this show is the music and visual presentation but this is sunrise so its not a big suprise.
Accel World: IB is simply a waste, LN readers may enjoy it but the anime only viewers wont and after this retarded movie, i simply dont care about their goal anymore. I allways said that i considered AW a better show than SAO but that does not say much. Everything that is wrong with LN and anime transitions is here, new characters that is not explained at all, new powers, plot devices that is not explained at all.
Reki Kawahara cant write even if his life depends upon it.
This movie was great all in all, very sunrise style I guess you could say. There was a lot of re-cap as the other review claims, however there is more than enough original content to split it evenly. cough (unlike SAO extra ed) cough.
Dis-cluding the re-cap the story for this movie was great, it did lack character depth (except main chars), but the story worked out and flowed smoothly none the less. The movie's original content was not long enough to be an entire arc, nor was it short enough to be an OVA, so it was more of an Extra Part for
those who wanted to see more of Accel World. Honestly, I believe that sunrise is just trying to say Accel World is not over with this yet.
Good art, good color, good background, it's all expected of sunrise, especially with the robotic/mecha-ish parts of Accel World since it's right in Sunrise's natural art styles. No 3D/CG almost at all which makes this a awesome work compared to all the terrible 3D/CG works destroying other anime out there.
New OST is introduced, and they do make good use of the old ost's. Rather steady use of sounds and ost so the movie does well there.
This is where I will be explaining the lows of the movie. (Spoilers) The character this movie essentially revolves around lacks depth extremely. This seems to be Reki Kawahara's flaw as he does excellent depth with the main character(s) but completely skips out or skims other characters. Compared to SAO and it's insane lack of char depth, Accel World does come out on top, but still lacking the depth here in this movie. But either Reki Kawahara is brilliant or he coincidentally writes stories that somehow flow almost naturally without all the characters with no background.
Personally, I could not get one of those awesome Kuroyuki Movie Tickets, nor get to Japan but I was able to enjoy this in 480p online which is rather depressing since this is the fastest, I have EVER seen a movie be leaked / pirated online. So I was able to skip around 30-40 minutes of re-cap and enjoy another 40 minutes of solid content. Basically half recap / half content which explains why this isn't an arc nor an ova story.
Although I expected and assumed that they would be confirming a Season 2 at the end of this movie after the credits, I don't believe it did. You can see that Warner Bros is sponsoring or is affiliated with this movie in some way, which we have been seeing lately with Universal and Warner Bros. This may possibly lead to a Season 2, who knows but if you are a fan of Accel World this is definitely worth watching.
There were some questionable scenes (confusing not erotic/messedup) since they introduced a "character" thing, that was part of the light novels. I have not read through the LN series but spoiled myself on the wiki so I know for a fact that this movie is intended to take place some time after the 1st season. If a 2nd season is made then this movie will most definitely be farther ahead in the timeline.
Climax was a standard anime episode climax, basically a short part of 20 minutes, so it did feel rather short, but in 40 minutes of content, it's pretty amazing how they were able to get this created.
This movie was leaked/pirated almost a week after it's release which is absolutely insane. I have no clue whether this is intentional or not (why would it be) but this is crazy. The movie was finished full with subtitles (not english) in 480p and it is 100% clear this is NOT a cam recording but an actual copy of the original film. This may be a major blow to Sunrise as I can guarantee the production of this movie wasn't from their pocket change, and the fact that they included so much recap will not help at all.
I love accel world, and I gotta say this was awful. The recap imo was completely wasted on the fact that the story doesn't even start where the recap leaves off but rather several volumes past the anime. It would have been better if they gave a two minute recap of the anime and fill in the blanks between the anime and movie with the rest of the 35 minute recap. Otherwise how are people expected to know how Sky Rakker got her legs back or who Ardor Maiden is? Or they could have just made the whole Hermes Cord volume into a movie which
would have been much smoother from start to finish. Terrible subbing aside I feel the story for the second half of the movie felt rushed and half assed (gee I wonder why...). I felt like there was no real threat going on at all and it's all based on the fact that the gymnast girl (didn't catch her name, not worth going back) used unlimited burst instead of physical burst (an ability all level 4 bust linkers have. It increases conscious thought by 10 fold in real time in your real body). Using physical burst she could have landed properly, avoided injury and possibly get a do over due to faulty equipment.
Accel World is my favorite anime/light novel series and seeing how poor this whole movie project turned out I fear it ruined any chance at a second season. I am truly disappointed.