Video games are on the verge of becoming an important part of everyday living. People are making carriers from playing games competitively and broadcasting their experience on the internet, causing the creation of a new world full of people who live and die by the game. Accel World takes place in a world where being good at a video game can make you the most powerful person on earth.
Accel world takes place in a world where technology has advanced to the point where humans can wear personal computers around their necks and can choose live vicariously through online avatars to play games. The main character Haru is a young boy who is known as a master at video games, and when he opens a spam email sent by a girl in the year above, he downloads a program called “Brain Burst” that allows him to access the “Accelerated World”.
In this world, players battle it out to be rewarded points that allow them to perform superhuman feats in the real world, as well as become stronger in the game. It’s not long before Haru is pulled into the internal conflicts between the kings of the world and has to fight for what he believes in.
The story is fairly cliché, having the socially awkward teenager turn out to be one of the most powerful players in the game and having every female character fall in love with him, but none of that really bother me. Sure it’s simple and lacks any proper character development, but if you take a step back to see what Accel World really is, you’ll see it’s a jolly good time.
The biggest draw to Accel World is its primary focus on action. The writer Reki Kawahara (famous for his other work Sword Art Online) shows his famous writing techniques of having a self insertion lead protagonist and two dimensional female characters who are there only to fall in love with the lead, but doesn’t focus on them as much as he has in his other works. Instead, Accel world focuses on kick ass action and high octane battles that make the show an enjoyable mindless romp.
Character development is practically non-existent throughout the series, minus a few moments when good guys become bad and vice versa, and it’s quite cringe worthy when you can clearly see the show wanted you to care about a character who was a complete arse up until the moment the show wanted to get sad.
However the show doesn’t always try and force feelings down your throat as most the time it’s too busy having two robots blowing each other apart for your pleasure. The battles in the Accelerated World are by far the most entertaining aspect of the show, and watching these wonderfully designed characters duke it out with flashing lights spinning as they yell out their super moves fills you with a feeling of satisfaction and joy.
Musically, Accel World does its job and little more. The wubstep soundtrack keeps the fighting interesting, but the ost itself is completely forgettable. The openings and endings are typical anime tunes with techno beats getting you pumped for the show, while giving a small hint as to what the themes of the show are. The dub is surprisingly enjoyable, considering the main leads are rather new to the anime dubbing industry, and it also reads out emails in English when characters are on the internet, so that’s an added bonus.
Accel World surprised me by being a reasonable enjoyable show. It’s not the best thing out there, nor will it prove to the world that Kawahara can write a compelling and well rounded story, but it will satisfy those looking for awesome fights between cool looking robots while giving SAO fans their fix of poorly written romance. While I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to watch Accel World, it’s a show that would be a great time if you caught it on TV.
+ Entertaining death battles
+ Good pacing within each arc
+ Mindless action
– Mindless action
– Kawahara really can’t write deep characters
– No ending, just stops mid way through story
? What’s with all the sexual advances? I get that Kawahara wants to insert himself into his stories to be cool, but naked underage girls is a little ridiculous.
Thanks to MVM for supplying a review copy