by R.C. Samo
In 2046, humanity and virtual reality have been intertwined. Using something called the “Neuro-linker,” people can no longer separate the virtual world from the real one, even bullying cannot be avoided.
Haruyuki Arita is a fat, 13-year-old loser who is constantly picked on. Even in his virtual life, his avatar is a piglet. One day, the most popular girl in school, Kuroyukihime, invites him to the senior class lunch area and invites him to join the virtual game Brain Burst, an accelerated world where one second moves at the rate of 100 milliseconds. Now that Arita is linked, his cannot escape the Brain Burst fighting game, the more he wins, the smarter, faster and stronger he becomes. If he loses all his lives, he is expelled from the game and never allowed into the accelerated world again.
The story is a classic tale of searching the hero within and being greater than the limitations one sets for oneself. Fantastic fight scenes, a great coming of age story and truly a warrior’s journey, Accel World Set 01 will make you beg for the second series. All 12 episodes were watched as two day marathon, that’s three hours of straight Anime in two sittings without a bathroom or Mountain Dew break!
The bonus features include a Character Art Gallery, Clean Opening & Ending credits, the trails and other Anime that VIZ Media will be releasing.
Remember, this is Anime, so just because the characters are cute, there is foul language and not a story for your kids who are you hoping won’t start learning curse words until the sixth grade.
The Blu-Ray and DVD are out now!