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.)