Accel World’s sixth unadventurous endeavor isn’t anything monumental in caliber, yet it’s not something too worthy of ridicule either – a relatively decent episode with the usual faults still in place, but managing.
Now don’t take this mistakenly, this is definitely an episode ridiculous enough one can point out a slurry of specifics and unforgivingly poke fun at them and how poorly they were done or implemented – yet this spectacle is, however, at least not as wretched as the one prior.
Sustaining a fair pace till the final few minutes, the episode starts and quickly eases into the theme of the hour – pigboy and his friend apologize to the insignificant side-character female, and not too surprisingly, she’s been angry ever since. She clearly knows nothing about the game “Burst Link” however – and with little effort, she allows the situation to slide with an arbitrary act of repentance to satisfy her gluttony, a hefty assortment of ice cream flavors, ultimately accepting her “friends” yet again before even finishing all the ice cream.
Turning to a more relevant matter, pigboy and his friend seem to have come to terms – and the two are working together to achieve a goal which, from the series launch till now, hasn’t been specified, though nonetheless, we’re shown mild progression. Pigboy and blueman fight as a team, the purpose being to aide pigboy in gaining points as needed to level up – in not much time, they get there, however leveling up presents a problem for pigboy.
Pigboy is illiterate and he doesn’t take his friend seriously – so when simultaneously presented with a confirmation window and frantic yelling from his friend, both warning him of what he’s about to do, pigboy does it anyways, making himself level two. By leveling up so early after becoming eligible, he has effectively made himself susceptible to something worse than death – losing an RPG game.
His mere pittance of points remaining means any to assault and defeat him will have him expelled from the game for good – a tragedy which would mark the end of our protagonist’s life as it’s not as if he lived for anything besides the MMORPG he’s obsessed with.
His untrustworthy friend proposes a solution, though pigboy turns him down – whether for reasons of trust or otherwise, it should still remain apparent to anyone that a one time antagonist with such a suspicious background could still be susceptible, or rather, contemplative of the worst. In fact, we’re shown that the blue man still keeps in touch with what is apparently a crew of terrible evildoers who put him up to his horrible, RPG playing deeds.
Much time wasted later, the two decide to cheat – despicably resorting to real-world trading to solve the pig’s problem that he’s a failure at an RPG title. A bodyguard is hired who specializes in protecting losers, and she ends up generically meeting the pigboy – it’s hard to understand where oppai fondling became a staple of Japanese animation, although it seemingly has. Pigboy dawdles in his thoughts about how the bodyguard is a girl, and various other meaningless tidbits – all the while, his friend is called to the hospital by the butterfly.
It looks that he’s been ambushed as the butterfly goes into “Burst Link” mode upon his arrival – apparently, suspecting him of something. In any case, it’s yet another ending with an artificial sense of suspense – and better yet, the previous one never went satisfied.
The butterfly’s name was never shared even thought it went hyped by the end of Accel World’s fifth episode – now one can merely only hope this conclusion’s storyline isn’t abandoned to purgatory as well.