Accel World Weekly Update – Episode 23

Regardless of the flaws of the episode, thankfully for fans of Accel World and action, there are some great fight scenes. The battle between Taku and Noumi is of particular note, and has some excellent animation that out does the rest of the series. They fervent motions are fluidly captured, and the bright palette gives the setting and designs some pop. It’s a fantastic spectacle that rewards viewers that have stuck with show. I don’t know if that’s enough. This series will need a strong finish to be worth the price of admission.

Let’s just skip to the ugly…

I know that this episode was to be gripping, sentimental, exciting and moving. I know this intellectually. But for the series to hit all these notes some sort of emotional investment needs to be made from me, the viewer. An investment that I haven’t made yet because of the lack of quality characters and well executed storytelling. If Accel World could follow up on each of its promising elements and build on them from day one then this series would have received a lot more love from me.

As the episode started, I realized that Noumi and Haru’s big fight would finally be commencing. I wasn’t excited even though the first fight they had was really great and was punctuated by a fantastic cliffhanger. The scene before, a tepid reunion of Haru, Taku and Chiyu, didn’t really build the tension or create any pre-match drama to reel me in.

While were on the subject, I wasn’t surprised to see Chiyu run back to her friends. All things considered, I wonder why she even left in the first place, or put up an act in front her two best friends. Her betrayal seems like it was all for naught. When Kuroyuki comes back, she should smack her upside the head and say, “Damn… you’re dumb”.

Speaking of when Kuroyuki’s return, guess who showed up in the final moments of this outing, the Black Lotus herself. Apparently, she  rides a flying horse all the way from the Unlimited Space near Okinawa to the one near Tokyo. I wasn’t the least bit surprised to see her come back at the last possible moment to wreck Noumi. There was a sense of inevitability in this showdown. I always had a feeling in the back of my mind that this would be the case. It hurt Noumi’s credibility as a villain, as I always knew, no matter what he did to  Haru, the Black Snow princess would appear to drop the hammer on him.

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