Saturday, May 12, 2012

Accel World - 06

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Things slowed down quite a bit this week, but after the emotional histrionics of the last couple of episodes, it was a welcome change.

I’m still not sure whether I trust Taku, though he seems sincere enough in his contrition.  What’s absolutely clear is that Haru (who can’t seem to resist talking about Taku’s backdoor) desperately wants to believe he’s sincere.  You can’t blame Haru, given that Taku seems to be the only male friend he’s ever had – and there’s no denying that Taku was a big help in getting Haru enough points to level up via tag-team matches against star-struck opponents eager to lose to the “Winged Avatar”.  Unfortunately Haru is so excited by his time with Taku that he prematurely uses up all but eight of his points to upgrade right away – a rookie mistake if ever there was one, though Haru should certainly have warned him first.

There are a couple of different threads to follow here, the personal and the global, and this episode – while not terribly exciting – was nicely split between the two.  The larger question of right and wrong in the Accel World is largely on the back burner, but it’s an interesting one – is Snow Black’s determination to destroy the artificial m”Level 9 Peace” the right way to go?  It would help to know the intentions of the game designer, of course, but my sympathies are inclined to be with her.  She’s clearly decided that Taku can be some direct use to her, and he’s still got problems within his own clan, apparently, judging by his encounter with what appears to be the Blue King (Takahiro Sakurai).

We also have the matter of the romantic quadrangle, of course – though for now, Taku is apparently still with Chiyuri, freeing Haru to focus on Kuroyukihime.  I don’t expect that one to stay that simple.  The main concern for now is that Haru – too proud to accept pity points from Taku (or too suspicious to risk a “fixed” duel, knowing that if Haru betrayed him his career as a burst linker would be kaput) has only 8 points and is this under extreme risk of termination at any time.  Taku’s notion of hiring a bouncer – inspired by a flavor of ice cream the boys brought Chiyuri as a peace offering – leads Haru to a meeting with the secretive “Aqua Current” – who acts as a bodyguard for endangered avatars despite being a Level One herself.  And yes, Current is apparently a she (though I have my suspicions about that), much to Haru’s surprise, after his clumsiness leads to an encounter that was supposed to have been only virtual. 

I can’t say there was a whole lot in this ep that compelled me, but it was obviously very much a bridge to more important events to follow.  Sakurai-san voicing a character certainly means they’ll be important, and Aqua Current apparently will be too, at least in the short term.  There’s also the matter of just what Taku is up to (he quite kendo too, which is also suspicious for me), but the real interest is in the mechanics of the Accel World – they’re more interesting for me than the personal stories at this point.

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6 comments:

  1. The Royal Guard and the Blue Knight's appearance is surprising since they won't appear till volume 6 which the anime won't cover. Though it fits with Taku's changing (but still questionable) allegiance. And Kawahara is at the voice cast(though he said he won't appear again) so he may be supervising this to have it changed.
    This part is a sidestory from volume 10 which fits chronologically in the story. This is going the same as the manga with the meeting between Aqua Current and Silver Crow. This won't take long I think. Then off to the next arc which is really good.

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    1. I'd guess the Blue Knight and company were put in to give some cool Accel World visuals this episode (and some Taku character building). If it's canon that Taku was a member that got removed/booted, then it makes some sense.

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    2. If i get what you are saying it is 1 volume per 1 episode??

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  2. There's a joke about "Always read the pop ups in a system you don't know". Hehe. Hopefully this resolves itself next episode and we can keep moving on.

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  3. My take on Taku quitting kendo was that he wanted to

    A.) Focus on helping Haru and not be distracted OR
    B.) He felt guilty because he only got as far as he did by cheating with Brain Burst OR
    C.) Both of the above.

    I didn't really read the move as suspicious at all. I personally think he's sincere, but maybe I just think that because Haru believes it so much.

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    1. I don't discount the possibility - I'm just not convinced either way yet.

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