Accel World Episode 1

So I don't really like the idea of covering two episodes at once, so I didn't watch the pre-air of this show. I'm a little late to the party, but I'm getting there. Basically, this show follows Arita Haruyuki, basically a loser at school who is constantly bullied and whatnot. It's set in a futuristic society where everyone has Neuro Linkers that allow them to mess with augmented reality as well as enter a virtual world. Haru meets the Kuroyukihime, the pretty girl in school that everyone idolizes, and she gives him a program that allows him to enter the Accelerated World.

The story starts out pretty .hack-esque, but I can't be sure until I find out the catch of this Accelerated World (there has to be a catch, of course). I guess I'm still having the same problem I had before I started watching the show. I'm not able to take the show that seriously just because of how comical his character seems. What's up with the childhood friend Kurashima Chiyuri too? She seems way too attached to him despite how idiotic he is about her kindness. The main heroine (don't know her real name yet) looks pretty interesting, though. Mayuzumi Takumi seems to be the character that Haru will aspire to become...the sorta cool, strong guy, I guess.

As I've said in another post, I'm not a huge fan of a protagonist given a special power unless he really deserves that power. So what qualifies this protagonist for this Burst Link ability? Is it because he's really good at video games? Is this show supposed to appeal to my escapist view of video games? Maybe it's working...maybe it isn't. I can't really tell. As for the opening theme of this show, it sounded really nice. I've only heard two songs from May'n, and I'd say this song was better than the opening for Hidan no Aria, but probably not quite as good as Phi Brain's opening. I'd say it's pretty close, though. I'm guessing we'll get a better explanation of everything next week, after Haru makes it through that battle he's currently in. I'm also curious to see what Kuroyukihime's flaws are...I know she has them. I have a bit of a soft spot for stories like this, so I'll stick with it and see where it goes.

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