Welcome to Anime of the week number 34. Do you like accelerating at accelerated speeds? This anime is for you! The anime is Accel World.
Aired: April 7, 2012 to September 22, 2012 (Spring 2012)
Haruyuki Arita is an overweight, bullied middle schooler who finds solace in playing online games. But his life takes a drastic turn one day, when he finds that all his high scores have been topped by Kuroyukihime, the popular vice president of the student council. She then invites him to the student lounge and introduces him to “Brain Burst,” a program which allows the users to accelerate their brain waves to the point where time seems to stop. Brain Burst also functions as an augmented reality fighting game, and in order to get more points to accelerate, users must win duels against other players. However, if a user loses all their points, they will also lose access to Brain Burst forever.
Kuroyukihime explains that she chose to show Haruyuki the program because she needs his help. She wants to meet the creator of Brain Burst and uncover the reason of why it was created, but that’s easier said than done; to do so, she must defeat the “Six Kings of Pure Color,” powerful faction leaders within the game, and reach level 10, the highest level attainable. After the girl helps Haruyuki overcome the bullies that torment him, he vows to help her realize her goal, and so begins the duo’s fight to reach the top.
The story of the anime adaption isnt the best as it skips a lot, but for the ammount that it has in it, it is pretty good. The animations really make up for it as the fight scenes are really good looking. The characters are honestly really loveable and hateable at the same time. They are so full of emotions and life. Everyone that I talk to always say that they dont want to watch it because the mc looks weird compared to everyone else. Ignore them. Haru is a really good character and has deep emotional scars. He ends up hurting those he loves because he hates himself the most. The soundtrack is pretty nice. Its not my favorite, but its not bad at all. I have rewatched this three times. My third time was right before I started to type all of this out. It is one of my favorite anime honestly.
Seasons & Episodes:
1 Season – 24 Episodes
Thanks for reading, see you on the next anime of the week! 🙂