Accel World has become rather interesting, not necessarily in regards to the plot’s content, yet in that while the story remains ridiculous, it’s at least going somewhere now – making progress, whether silly or not.
The protagonist unit determined they’re going to help the yandere loli – yet they don’t head out for that till the latter half of the episode, nearing the conclusion. Till then, much of it is spent on a variety of other subjects – each serving to be more preposterous than the last. One of such items of discussion is whether or not to make the short-haired side-character girl a member of the RPG which the leading characters are so compulsively obsessed with.
Conversing about it in the same tone one would speak of life and death, the matter of inviting the girl to the game is pondered aloud – with it being mentioned that a success could bring her closer to the former drug abuser, yet a failure would be as tragic as one would expect it to be for someone to live a life incapable of playing an MMORPG.
Let it be noted that everything to be said regarding “Burst Link”, up till now, and for the remainder of the episode, will sound laughably absurd in its entirety if attempting to consider it on a realistic, or standard logic scale – though there’s two details regarding that. First, these seemingly senile verbal exchanges make relative sense as per the “Accel World” reasoning. The same issue of the RPG talk being farcical was present earlier on as well – yet at that point, Accel World hadn’t well-articulated itself whatsoever, and so indeed, it was all drivel.
However, the second specific to note is this, around the time of the introduction of the yandere loli, Accel World begun to develop itself more before diving into anything further – and as result of that simple slowdown and reassessment, the story hasn’t become any less trivial, yet one can now recognize the direction at which the characters are approaching it.
And thus, we arrive at the second encounter – later into the day, back at home, the pig speaks with the loli on quite a personal level. As he asks her a random inane question, fitting of his lack of cognitive abilities, the loli switches to the softer side of her yandere credentials – proclaiming how she loves the black butterfly, before then delving into other RPG nonsense.
Yet the most significant lines spoken are those regarding becoming “level 10″ – it’s rumored that achieving such results in a conclusion of the game. The loli admits herself that “Accel World” is packed by a vast populace of people with nothing better to do in the real world – and of course, the ending certainly seems a fine method to exile them back to their reality, if nothing else.
There exists a debate however as to what exactly would be the most appropriate route of going about the game’s ultimate purpose of becoming level 10 – seeing as not everyone wants the same fate. Though no matter, the chat then shifts into the topic of uninstalling the game – something which one should already know from past episodes of this series, is far worse than death, especially considering most “Burst Linkers” don’t have a life to begin with, effectively rendering them in a purgatory of uselessness, assuming they’re not in such already.
In any case, the pig is determined to do whatever the butterfly ordains – and thus, skipping along, the moment of action finally comes to execute the plan to take out the comrade of the red loli. Basic steps are made – they venture ever slightly into the “Accel World”, with a few comical interactions between butterfly and loli, yet the episode halts unsurprisingly. The crew only advances a short distance before finding themselves facing a yellow clown creature who acts as the tool for what is supposed to be a suspenseful ending – results of such varying per viewer.
Nothing particularly spectacular, yet not much is worth of ridicule which hasn’t been already – a decent episode.