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.
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?