You have got to be kidding me.
I can’t be the only one, can I? After this whole arc being about Haru and Taku finding their own strength and beating Noumi without relying on Kuroyukihime, she shows up and saves them just as they’re about to get their asses handed to them – I can’t be the only one who finds that to be shockingly anti-climactic. I mean, really, what was the point of the whole arc, then? Why make us suffer through the whole thing (though the last couple of eps and the Sky Raker cutaway were quite good) if Snow Black was going to literally ride in and save the day? I feel cheated, to be honest.
Another thing that sort of bothers me, aside from the whole dependence on Snow Black thing, is that it’s apparently OK to cheat if your opponent cheats. I mean, she certainly wasn’t supposed to be part of the duel as agreed. Yes, of course Dusk Taker cheated too, by bringing in Black Vice (Tobita Nobuo) – but Dusk Taker is a Scooby Doo villain who’d be twirling his mustache when he laughs maniacally if he wasn’t 13 years old – of course he’s going to cheat. Maybe it’s asking too much to have truth and justice triumph over evil without copying its methods, but the whole thing just feels kind of deflating to me.
As for little Noumi, he continues to rack up personality points, not just sneaking in a ringer but torturing Chiyuri (I pity the neighborhood squirrels on his block) when the going gets tough in his battle with Taku. But you knew there had to be a back story coming, and it’s Noumi’s nasty big brother, who beat him up and stole his burst points from him and generally made his life heck. I’m not sure where we’re supposed to go with that information, but in terms of sympathy for Noumi I think that train pulled out of the station a while ago. It does make sense given the rules of the game that Noumi’s RL would have to have been pretty unpleasant for him to get an avatar like Dusk Taker, but I think it was obvious from his personality that the elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor.
Well, I can’t really see any way this arc can end now in a way that will feel satisfying, which is a shame because after the last two episodes I had a bit of hope. We all know how it’s going to turn out, so I vote we get it over with next week so at least the series can go out with a one-shot that hopefully covers some different ground. For all that eps like this one frustrate me, Accel World has been pretty good a decent percentage of the time, and it really deserves to go out on a better note than anything Noumi-related seems likely to provide.