March 2020 Anime Challenge: Accel World

Our challenge anime this month is Accel World. Accel World is a light novel series by Reki Kawahara, who also penned Sword Art Online. The light novel was adapted into an anime series in 2012 as a 24-episode anime by Sunrise. It is a suspenseful game/science fiction anime, just like anime like Sword Art Online and Btooom! It plays off in the game world and the real world. Some people think that it is an Isekai (in Isekai anime people are spirited away to another world) and anime like this may ‘feel’ it is, but Isekai is in the eye of the beholder.

Accel World tells the tale of Haruyuki Arita, an overweight middle schooler who is often bullied about his weight. He finds sanctuary in playing online games and he is the best there, it is the place where he truly shines. One day he discovers that all his high scores have been topped by Kuroyukihime, who just happens to be the vice-president of the student council and the most beautiful girl in the school. He is invited by her to the student council and she introduces him to the game ‘Brain Burst’ (The game allows gamers to accelerate their brain waves to a point where time seems to stop. It functions as an augmented reality game, and to help yourself to accelerate more you must win duels against other players to get more points. The catch: if you lose all your points you lose access to Brain Burst forever.)

Week 1 March 02 – 08 2020

Episodes 1 – 4

Konnichiwa Minna! Welcome to week 1 of our Accel World Challenge. As you know, Reki Kawahara, master mind behind Sword Art Online also is the light novel writer of Accel World. He was born on August 17, 1974. He always enjoyed playing games and is a passionate gamer, some of his favourites are Ragnarok Online, Star Craft 2 and World of Warcraft which were all MMO games, and his love for these games are reflected in his Accel World and Sword Art Online novel series. He entered the first Accel World novel into ASCII Media Works’ 15th Dengeki Novel Prize in 2008 and the novel won the Grand Prize. It is also interesting to note that Kawahara made voice cameos in several episodes of the Accel World anime series as Tin Writer.

Well, that is all for this week, minna. Our challenge this week is to watch episodes 1 to 4 of Accel World. Enjoy the anime challenge and have a super sugoi week.

Week 2 March 09 – 15 2020

Episodes 5 – 8

Konnichiwa Minna! Welcome to week 2 of our Accel World Challenge. Did you know that there is a fan theory that Black Lotus is the daughter of Kirito & Asuna from Sword Art Online, Reki Kawahara’s other series which takes place in the same world as Accel World? This theory is built mostly on the fact that Black Lotus’ design looks like a combination between the 2 characters. Could this be true? Curious…

Accel World has a stellar music soundtrack. Especially the two series openers. Chase the World, the first opening theme of the Accel World, is performed by May’n. It began in episode 1 and ended in episode 13. It was replaced by Burst the Gravity.

The second opening theme is Burst the Gravity performed by ALTIMA, replacing Chase the World. It began in episode 14 and ended on episode 24.

Well, that is all for this week, minna. Our challenge this week is to watch episodes 5 to 8 of Accel World. Enjoy the anime challenge and have a super sugoi week.

Week 3 March 16 – 22 2020

Episodes 9 – 12

Konnichiwa Minna! Welcome to week 3 of our Accel World Challenge. Here is a nice easter egg: Did you know that when Haru is looking for Clues, he looks up past models of the VR device they wear in the series. He finds a VR device called the NerveGear; this is the exact VR device used in Sword Art Online, Reki Kawahara’s other series.

Kuroyukihime (Her name loosely translated as Princess Snow Black) is one of Accel World’s lead main characters. She was known as the Black King after defeating the former ‘Red King’ and is the current leader of the Black Legion, Nega Nebulus. She aims to reach level ten and meet the creator of the Game Burst game. To reach that goal she has to defeat five level-nine players, ‘The Six Kings of Pure Color’. They just are the leaders of the six most powerful factions in the Brain Burst world. Kuroyukihime is voiced by Sachika Misawa in Japanese and Kira Buckland in English.

Well, that is all for this week, minna. Our challenge this week is to watch episodes 9 to 12 of Accel World. Enjoy the anime challenge and have a super sugoi week.

Week 4 March 23 – 29 2020

Episodes 13 – 16

Konnichiwa Minna! Welcome to week 4 of our Accel World Challenge. Accel World at its heart is a romance anime. A romance between an overweight underdog and the most beautiful girl in the school, Kuroyukihime. Romance in Science Fiction anime can be beautiful and pure like in the anime Eureka Seven, strange like the love between a robot girl and a human boy like Chobits or dark and twisted like the Game/horror anime Future Diary (Mirai Nikki). If you are a romantic at heart, here are three trailers of SciFi Romance anime to help you decide what romance anime to watch next, after finishing Accel World.

Disclaimer: The following videos may contain scenes of violence and may be more suited for mature audiences. Viewer’s discretion is advised.

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Eureka Seven

Chobits

Future Diary

Our challenge this week is to watch episodes 13 to 16 of Accel World. We hope you are enjoying the anime and will watch the rest of the anime, past the challenge episodes. Enjoy the rest of the challenge and have a super sugoi week.