Accel World continues to accelerate at an unstoppable speed, traveling faster than light into the depths of mediocre as the centric plot of the tale is amateur at best – and the rest is unsurprisingly asinine.
A nonsensical episode later, one will find themselves at the point where this spectacle starts – our porktagonist is feverishly hoping to face off against his friend, and apparently, current rival, whose visage implies drug abuse, to ensure that the stoner won’t lay his filthy hands on the butterfly which our leading chubby pig character loves.
This battle is ridiculous in its entirety for reasons which could fill a list lengthy – and then some. First of all, as the leading pig and the drug abuser have their obligatory pre-fight monologue, the pig justifies himself as superior over his friend with the reasoning that his friend is “a dumbass” – while that would work superbly in kindergarten, the leading pig is a highschooler, as shocking as that may be to even himself.
Secondly, in the actual midst of combat, the pig hypocritically begins yelling in lecture at his amphetamine overdose faced friend about how despite being the boyfriend of the generic side-character female childhood tomodachi, the drug user doesn’t understand her feelings at all. That’s not particularly credible a statement coming from someone who, overlooking past incidents such as ignoring attempts at communication or swatting away food, completely desecrated and took for granted her emotions when he used her as a tool an episode or so ago.
At this point, it’s becoming rather apparent that our protagonist isn’t overweight from genetics or indulging too deeply in a meal – rather, it seems he’s full of a certain four letter word synonymous with feces.
In any case, the drugpile abuser still mercilessly beats the pig’s metal “avatar” into pieces – yet he makes the vital mistake of not finishing him off. As he spared the pig, the pig conveniently found the butterfly peacefully in a coma of sleep right beside where he ended up after taking a pummeling.
As the story cannot progress otherwise due to its poor composition, the pig magically grows wings and begins to fly – infuriating many who depended on the relevant hyperbolic exaggeration to make their stances clear. Yet shattered adynata are the least of worries for the drug abuser – little did he realize, it is in fact when pigs fly that he won’t be able to beat the main character. Apparently, wings make the main character, as pathetic as he is, portrayed as if he were heroic – which he, unfortunately for himself, isn’t.
He grasps his drug abusing buddy and flies him thousands of feet in the sky – then the pig threatens him with digital death to admit that he’s inferior at the MMORPG they’re playing. Instead of questioning the relevance of that to anything, the drug abuser instead gives in to the pig – feeling that role-playing games are far too serious business to simply abandon. Apparently, RPGs are his foremost addiction before illegal drugs.
With that inane conflict settled, having accomplished little other than showing that the protagonist has a severe case of insecurity, the butterfly wondrously comes back to life from her coma to flashily show-off – almost like something out of a sub-par anime series with an RPG based theme and numerous plot fallacies. And from there, the episode trails off into some dull tsundere service “moements”.
It’s blatantly obvious – although allow us to needlessly state it, this series is horrible. And while that may seem harsh, it’s simply been on a commendable streak of awful ever since the third episode – indeed, it’s impressive how this series has, and still continues to wither in quality on a weekly basis. Sadly, Accel World is summing up to be no more than a fascinating subject for both ridicule, and research of animation characteristics to avoid.