Might as well have read Anime’s No. 1 heroine for 2012. Anyway not sure of the full context of the magazine or even which one it’s from but man do some characters just kind of have it all going. Not only do many consider this to be the most attractive character out there in 2012, but also one of the most interesting, bravest, coolest, craftiest, most cunning and most capable too meaning it was rarely a dull moment whenever she was on camera. She’s also the flat out best at everything the show is about too but unlike Kirito in SAO she totally gets away with it and doesn’t have to face the Mary/Gary Stu accusations that Kirito got. Is she just that above that sort of thing in viewers eyes? Kawahara Reki’s universe just seems so unfair at times, maybe there’s need for a change of venue. If there’s ever an Accel World appearance in Super Robot Wars (please let this happen Bamco! You put Tekkaman Blade, Orgun, Virtual-On and even Heroman in there so I’m sure this is doable) Char Aznable can recruit her into his army (you know he’d totally want to for more than one reason 0.0) and along with Haman Khan they can go off and try to conquer the world together and she can learn how to be second best at some things.
Anyway Accel World was one of those shows I saw last year that just sort of completely caught me and I think a lot of people off guard and become one of the surprise hits of the Spring season. Truth be told I personally think it had no business being as enjoyable as it was when I think about it’s overall premise and cast of characters, but something about Sunrise Studio 8’s adaptation just seemed to elevate it, possibly above the level of the narrative that Kawahara Reki came up with because I just can’t see myself enjoying such a story as much without all the visual queues (boy were there some gorgeous battle scenes), music (I genuinely find this soundtrack has more variety and style than Yuki Kajiura’s SAO soundtrack) and art direction (see any scene involving a character monologue and the sequences that went with them) that went into this. To borrow a term from the Kyoani fan playbook (May have to kill myself later for this but we’ll see) the attention to detail was more than one might expect. And of course there was Kuroyukihime who basically stole the show and everyone knew it but just kind of let it happen cause what are you gonna do I suppose.
It also seems that post-SAO and the disappointing fallout from what many now seem to feel was a weak adaptation of decent material a lot of people are discovering this show which kind of got overshadowed by all the SAO hype and I see a lot of arguing that Accel World’s adaptation is significantly better and thus makes the whole experience a lot more enjoyable. I don’t know if things would have been different with SAO had Sunrise taken that one too, but I suppose sometimes it’s nice to dream about what have been. I just can’t help but think that much as I usually appreciate Sunrises efforts most of the time that something that is imagined in ones head always seems better.
So yeah…..if people are looking for an overall point to this article there isn’t really one. I’ve just felt like musing about Accel World for a bit and simply needed a point of relevance to jump into it on. I honestly couldn’t recommend this show enough if you’re a fan of mecha, light novels (it’s the first Light Novel adaptation I’ve ever liked to any significant degree), fighting games or really just good fun action and character development in general. It rarely disappointed me ever which isn’t something I can say for a lot of shows these days and even changed the way I thought about moe and it’s appeal if ever so slightly, which is another thing that caught me off guard.