Unfortunately, Accel World’s third episode proves a splendid remedy for insomnia as the idle chatter composed of incomprehensible jargon contained within is far more easily sleep inducing than counting sheep.
Within it’s first two episodes, Accel World had a pool of various delivery points – there were scenes of emotion, action, and much more. Indeed there was discussion, yet it wasn’t as dull as this. Lengthy conversations are by default lackluster – yet when properly executed, as per the likes of Ghost in The Shell and Nisemonogatari, it can be even more engaging than the finest battle scene. This episode consists near-exclusively of talking – and it simply utilized no techniques to make these extended moments of speech interesting.
There’s several reasons this episode as a whole simply fails to satisfy – and first of all, the topics being spoken of are ones which the series has pioneered itself and is seemingly making up as it goes along. To us, all that is being said is nonsense – a few items are being explained, a few aren’t, and considering how interdependent things seem to be within this series, that’s not something in its, or our, best interest to do. As result of the interactions revolving around alien subjects, one will find it difficult to keep their attention focused.
However, the unfamiliar topics are hardly the worst issue Accel World has when it comes to endless dialogue – a grander flaw is that unlike the many series out there known to have successfully executed scenes of such nature, Accel World’s long moments of monologue lack any activity to keep one entertained.
When properly done, this “entertainment” during lengthy periods of speech doesn’t simply give the viewer eyecandy to savor – rather, it foreshadows coming events, displays character traits, and hints at other points. In other words, as the characters speak and give information verbally, the visuals remain important as they too provide a separate story in themselves. Pictures tell a thousand words, if not more, although in the case of Accel World, they don’t say anything except the already known – the heroines are cute and the main character is overweight.
For a proper example of meaningful visuals accompanying a verbal exchange in another series of the season, look to Aquarion EVOL and take note of the character named Fudo, who even during the shorter of his ramblings, always plays with an item in hand or makes an expression which alludes to more.
As for this episode of Accel World, the camera shuffles between a few basic angles, and the characters don’t do anything aside the equivalent of twiddling their thumbs. The episode’s bulk is composed of conversation – yet the single few tidbits actually getting across are that the butterfly has apparently betrayed some group in hopes of becoming the highest power within the game which she introduced our hero to within the first episode. And secondly, she’s using him to fulfill her desire to become the top level one can be, level 10.
There’s apparently strong opposition after her – and they happen to be within the very school she and our protagonist attend, thus she needs his help. Whether she’s simply using him as a pawn, or she legitimately cares about this pig-like fellow is unclear – however what is obvious is that his energetic nekogirl friend is certainly considerate of him, yet he however isn’t nearly as so.
Being told by the butterfly that the energetic girl could be the one after her, this despicable lard of a protagonist decides to go to his childhood friend for all the wrong reasons. While she’s sincerely telling him some things on her mind, shedding tears even as she expresses her sadness over the fact that her pig of a friend is drifting away from her in favor of a random woman, he’s disgustingly just trying to check various files on her digital drive.
Essentially, he’s doing the bidding the of the butterfly – and all the while, he’s turned his relationship with the energetic girl into a hollow sphere of nothing. A friendship belittled for sake of a stranger.
Making for a conclusive twist of suspense, the chubby kid ends up finding a backdoor within his energetic female friend – a hidden entry point into a program which a third party can take advantage of to perform ill tasks, or more simply stated, a security breach. With nothing further to go on, there’s little to do but wait for next episode to see what follows with this discovery.
Intriguing indeed was the latter segment of the episode, despite being packed with actions detestable – however most of this third installment went to poorly executed scenes of speech, and that was definitely only good for getting a nap. Accel World overall hasn’t plummeted, however it’s now inching towards a danger zone which could result in calamity if not counteracted with more spectacular scenes in the episodes to come. This episode was barely around average – yet it did do well to leave on looking forward to the next.