Accel World – 07

Aqua Current teams up with Haru to help him get back above fifty burst points by entering a tag duel with higher-leveled linkers: Nickel Doll and Sand Duct. After their victory, Aqua threatens to take all of Haru’s points, but he won’t fight her, and she admits she wasn’t serious. She then wipes all memory of her from his mind and disappears. Meanwhile, Kuroyukihime challenges Taku to a duel and calls him out for refusing to face his crimes by simply over-atoning for them. He convinces him not to throw away the possibilities of the Brain Burst game. Back in the real world, he transfers to the same school as Chiyu and Haru.

There were some nice ideas in this episode: how to survive against superior foe in a tag match; how to work together properly in a team, a bodyguard-for-hire who wipes your memory when her business with you is done, and, of course, the idea of Taku quitting everything, throwing away one’s accomplishments, and uninstalling the game from one’s head, all as self-inflicted punishment for betraying Haru and hurting Chiyu. Unlike Haru, we weren’t ready to unquestionably trust Taku, but this week seems to confirm he’s redeemed himself in the eyes of those closest to him, so it’s good enough for us.

As for Haru’s duel, while the ideas are nice, the execution is somewhat uninspired. Every time the action picks up, it grinds to a screeching halt so what’s happening can be explained in detail. We don’t mind the talky scenes of this series, but we wish there wasn’t so much real-time explanation and self-critique during the duels…plus Haru and Aqua’s opponents were kinda dull, as foes-of-the-week are wont to be. But all’s well that ends well, as Taku stays in the game, the rough patch between the trio of friends is behind them, and Kuroyukihime is out of the hospital and ready to continue her crusade.

Rating: 5 (Average)