Ani-nouto dings me for misjudging Kuroyukihime’s character in Accel World. And he’s probably right. Since I wrote my original post some things have happened that show her in quite a different light.
Which is a good thing. I greatly prefer it if a story isn’t too easy to predict. Accel World, while sticking to the basic framework of a shounen fighting anime, is showing an admirable amount of creativity. At this point it is one of my two favorite shows of the season. (The other is Kids on the Slope.)
And for those who dismissed Haruyuki as a whiny coward–he still has some self-esteem issues but he’s clearly starting to blossom into a true hero.