Anime Review: Accel World – 15
Like I’ve said before: Ash Roller gives zero f*cks.
Everyone is such a tool in this episode. Mainly Nomi and Haru, but everyone else had enough in them that it still seems valid. I’m sympathetic to Haru, though. It did bother me quite a bit that he was a one-trick pony up until this point, basically using his flying ability to decimate everything. If we weren’t seeing the story from his perspective and he wasn’t such a decent guy, he’d be an incredibly douchy pub stomper. Still, his whole pity party thing is really annoying to watch even if it is justified. But seriously, why NOT tell Taku? Nomi even admitted he needed more time to get ready, so it should be the first thing you do, you idiot. And Nomi is becoming the empty egotistical jerk that I worried he would become, but he’s just so easy to hate, I don’t particularly care anymore. It does still bother me, but combined with his more… outstanding traits, I can learn to blindly hate this dude.
The only person I did like in this one was Ash Roller. Before Niko, Ash was definitely the best personality in the series and I am so glad he’s back. And now that he’s buddy-buddy with our man Crow? So cool. I also love the fact that Ash’s parent is this refined classy lady in a wheelchair. Nothing new there and a bit overused, but I love it anyway. And her avatar’s name is Sky Raker? She needs to have some sort of Star Wars tie-in with a name like that. It would be way too easy, but like the whole Ash knowing Sky thing, I’d love it. Since the episode ends before anything really happens, I can’t help wonder where the conversation is going to go and what Sky’s power was that was so close to flying. I really want to see Haru get out of his stupid slump even though he’s in for only a little more than half an episode. Nobody wants to watch a Debbie Downer, not even fellow Debbie Downers.
The episode was not inherently flawed; it follows the classic story arc almost to a tee, so I can’t say there is anything technically wrong with it. But this show spends a lot more time transitioning from one explosive plot point to another, and it’s getting a little irksome. Especially when it ends right before something (probably) good happens to our hero. Better be worth it next week.
GO Rating: 2/5