Accel World Episode 19: How to Train Your Dragon

Summary

The monster attacks the area, and Black Lotus goes out to find a yellow avatar, Sulfur Pot wrecking havoc, having tamed a legend he calls Nick. Together with Crikin, she tries attacking the creature but fails to get very far; even after Crikin uses his Enhanced Armament to damage Nick, it still takes him out with a combo of gunpowder and flames. Just when things seem bleak, Megumi somehow appears on the battlefield, forcibly changing the terrain and thus changing the tide of the fight.

Impression

There’s a lot going through my mind after an episode like that, so I think I’ll take it one step at a time, the first thing of which is Megumi’s appearance. Putting an extra cable link on the table is like inviting her into the Unlimited Field, and she did just that – which was very confusing indeed. Her random appearance was, to say the least, random, and she disappeared as soon as she came, in a magical girl-style avatar. Having an avatar in the first place pretty much confirms that Megumi was a Burst Linker at one point, though she doesn’t have those memories right now, possibly temporarily regaining them when she entered Accel World. Whether those memories were shut out voluntarily or by force I don’t know, but it would be easy for the program to do so seeing as the entire system works through manipulation of the brain. It was very confusingly animated, which left it open to interpretation but too much so.

My hunch about the yellow avatar controlling the monster (now called Nick) was right, and it was indeed him behind everything. Despite an Enhanced Armament (like Sky Raker’s Gale Thruster) doing the work in taming the beast for him, it’s still impressive that he managed to get the reins onto the dragon in the first place. The gunpowder plus flame combo was also clever, but nothing too special given that Burst Linkers often use these tactics to get an advantage in their matches. Given that Okinawa was a location with a grand total of 3 linkers, why Sulfur Pot wanted to grab their attention by hauling a huge green dragon around was beyond me, but it was probably something illegal that didn’t seem too important to get in detail. Side characters are side characters, after all.

I’m willing to bet that Crikin knew Scarlet Rain at some point in time. Other than the fact that they’re both red and have tiny avatars, being able to summon giant weapons of mass destruction is a common point between them that was far too obvious early on. Granted, Crikin’s at a lower level and arguably much less insane than Niko is, but if he wasn’t in Okinawa he’d be pretty high ranked in Prominence, the Red Legion. If he was a bit more prepared, I don’t see why he couldn’t have dealt with Nick himself with those missiles. Or at least cut the reins. He looks too much like a freaking Gundam in that suit for me to take him seriously xD

Anyway, amidst some confusion over Megumi, the satisfaction we got in knowing that Kuroyukihime got a butterfly necklace and the end of a side story, I’m still waiting for some KYH fanservice that I was expecting this week. I can’t believe I’m saying that either, what with the massive fanservice quota many shows need to fill. With next episode featuring sad Chiyu, powered up Dusk Taker and an angry fat pig, who knows how things will turn out next Friday?

Vantage

I love cute things.

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4 Responses

  1. Train says:

    Crikin has a freaking MEGAZOOOOOOOOOORD LoL( needed to say that haha).
    I liked this week’s episode, it had a lot of action, and was probably the best of this AW’s season, Crikin was inside with his zord and the missilles, but was it just me who found Nick’s Killer move gauge way too broken? I mean, he just spammed his ultimate move a lot of times. Anyway, Kuroyukihime seems to have a lot of hidden abilities also, like that Overdrive( that hinted that there was various “types” for it).
    I thought, though, that Crikin, Megumi, Mana and Ruka would somehow join Black Lotus’ Legion, but i guess that still can happen at some point( i mean, the other legions seem to have a huuuuuge amount of Burst Linkers into it, while the Black Legion has just 3(4 if you count Chiyu).

    Looks like maybe next week, Haruyuki will think of using that fancy armor of his, that he got a hold of in the end of the season 1. What worried me was the burst link points reaching 0 in the preview ;;

    • Vantage says:

      I’m suspecting that Kuroyukihime has various ties or alliances with other Burst Linkers that may make up the Black Legion even though we’ve only seen 3 members – they do have territory to defend within Tokyo’s various areas. KYH is an Accel World celebrity after all xD

      Hahahaha Haruyuki using the Chrome Disaster armour would have the slight problem of turning him into a mindless beast, as cool as that would be to see. I think the preview showed the duel time running out instead of loss of burst points, since I don’t think we’ve had points displayed visually before. The huge angry pig-Haru is beyond me, though.

  2. Train says:

    Yeah, as you say, she may have various acquaintances and alliances in other places, what would explain why the other legions seems so big in comparison to Kuroyukihime’s.( the other usually appear in a big group or something.

    Now that you point it out, that really seems to be the duel time running out, thanks for that. The huge angry pig could be a nightmare of his maybe(?). And as dangerous as it looks like it could be, without Kuroyukihime coming back, or Nico somehow making an appearance( it is time already right? She shows up in the opening with her second-in-command(or so i’ve heard) afterall), he really seems to need to pull something up to defeat Nomi, like the Chrome Disaster’s armour. Or maybe he will think of something else though, the armor seems like it would probably be best used later anyway.

    Ah, now that i remember, the “gang” KYH was talking about may be lead by Nomi( We kind of see him and two other Burst Linkers hinting it in the opening, so maybe.). Also, Vantage, do you think this anime will just be two cours or think it can have more/other seasons as well?

    • Vantage says:

      Yeah someone told me that it’s Scarlet Rain and her 2nd, Blood Leopard in the OP. They’re showing all the new Linkers in the OP, so they should turn up too.

      It might have other seasons, because like SAO the novels have many other volumes. It’s certainly popular enough, and I’ve already seen Kuroyukihime figures around when I went on holiday.

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