As a part of my anime-marathon craze during the onset of summer vacation, I’m about four episodes into Accel World. So far, the concept of escaping reality into a virtual world isn’t something I haven’t seen before nor is the story itself impressive, but it has a strong start in regards to presenting the setting in an understandable way and isn’t a bad show by all means. The animation is top-notch and there hasn’t been anything I have any particular problems with so far.
Right now, I’m rather enjoying it overall. One aspect of the anime that has impressed me so far is the fact that the main character, Arita Haruyuki, is not only shown to be a withdrawn character with low self-esteem, he is drawn in such a way that makes his situation more believable compared to other “bullied” characters (albeit in an exaggerated way) — he is short, round, and fat, as opposed to some of those melodramatic bishies that are prominent in Japanese media. It’s this fact alone that led me to trying out the anime in the first place.
Kuroyukihime is awesome. ^^