Accel World

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Accel World
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First light novel volume cover
アクセル・ワールド
(Akuseru Wārudo)
Genre Action, Cyberpunk, Drama
Light novel
Written by Reki Kawahara
Illustrated by HiMA
Published by ASCII Media Works
English publisher
Demographic Male
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Magazine Dengeki Bunko Magazine
Original run February 10, 2009 – ongoing
Volumes 16 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written by Reki Kawahara
Illustrated by Hiroyuki Aigamo
Published by ASCII Media Works
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Dengeki Bunko Magazine
Original run May 2010 – ongoing
Volumes 5
Manga
Axel World
Written by Reki Kawahara
Illustrated by Ryuryū Akari
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Dengeki Bunko Magazine
Original run May 2010 – ongoing
Volumes 3
Manga
Accel World / Dural: Magisa Garden
Written by Reki Kawahara
Illustrated by Ayato Sasakura
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Dengeki Daioh
Original run January 27, 2012 – ongoing
Volumes 3
Anime television series
Directed by Masakazu Obara
Written by Hiroyuki Yoshino
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
Hanabee
MVM Films
Network Tokyo MX, TVS, CTC, tvk, TVA, MBS, AT-X, HBC, RKB, BS11
English network Neon Alley
Original run April 6, 2012September 21, 2012
Episodes 24 (+ 2 OVA episodes) (List of episodes)
Game
Accel World: Ginyoku no Kakusei
Developer Banpresto
Publisher Namco Bandai Games
Genre Fighting game
Platform PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable
Released September 13, 2012
Game
Accel World: Kasoku no Chōten
Developer Banpresto
Publisher Namco Bandai Games
Genre Fighting game
Platform PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable
Released January 31, 2013
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Accel World (アクセル・ワールド Akuseru Wārudo?) is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by HiMA. The series began publication in ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko imprint from February 2009 and is licensed in North America by Yen Press. Two manga series began serialization in Dengeki Bunko Magazine from May 2010, with another series beginning serialization in Dengeki Daioh in January 2013. An anime adaptation by Sunrise aired in Japan between April and September 2012. An English-language version began streaming on Viz Media's Neon Alley service from April 2013. Two video games were released for the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 on September 13, 2012, and January 31, 2013, each containing an original video animation episode.

Plot[edit]

Haruyuki "Haru" Arita is a short, fat boy who is constantly bullied at the Umesato Junior High School which results in him having exceptionally low self-esteem. To escape the torment of real life, he logs onto the school's Local Network where he always plays squash by himself, and his innate skills bring him the attention of Kuroyukihime, the school's popular and attractive female Student Council Vice-President.

After helping him against some bullies, Kuroyukihime introduces Haruyuki to Brain Burst, a secret program that is able to accelerate the human cognitive process to the point at which time appears to stop. Haruyuki soon learns that Brain Burst is more than just a program, but a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online (VRMMO) Fighting Game where people fight each other in fierce duels in order to obtain Burst Points which can be expended for acceleration abilities in the real world.

Kuroyukihime then enlists Haruyuki's help in reaching Level 10 within Brain Burst by defeating the "Six Kings of Pure Colour" and ultimately meet the creator of Brain Burst to learn its true purpose. With every challenge they face in the Accelerated World, Haru and Kuroyukihime, under their aliases "Silver Crow" and "Black Lotus", gather trusted allies, confront treacherous enemies and their bond grows stronger while working to attain their ultimate objective.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Accel World began as a light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by HiMA. Originally, Kawahara entered the first novel in the series into ASCII Media Works' 15th Dengeki Novel Prize in 2008 and the novel won the Grand Prize.[1] The first novel was published by ASCII Media Works on February 10, 2009 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint.[2] As of February 2014, 16 volumes have been published.[3][4] At their Japan Expo USA panel, Yen Press announced the rights to publish the light novels in English.[5] The first volume is scheduled to be released on July 22, 2014.[6]

No. Title Japanese release English release
1 Kuroyukihime's Return
Kuroyukihime no Kikan (黒雪姫の帰還)
February 10, 2009
ISBN 978-4-04-867517-8
July 22, 2014[6]
ISBN 978-0-316-37673-0
2 Crimson Storm Princess
Kurenai no Bōfūki (紅の暴風姫)
June 10, 2009
ISBN 978-4-04-867843-8
November 18, 2014[7]
ISBN 978-0-316-29636-6
3 Dusk Robber
Yūyami no Ryakudatsusya (夕闇の略奪者)
October 10, 2009
ISBN 978-4-04-868070-7
4 Flight Towards the Blue Sky
Aozora e no Hisyō (蒼空への飛翔)
February 10, 2010
ISBN 978-4-04-868327-2
5 Floating Bridge in Starlight
Hoshikage no Ukihashi (星影の浮き橋)
June 10, 2010
ISBN 978-4-04-868593-1
6 Sacred Fire Shrine Maiden
Jōka no Miko (浄火の神子)
October 10, 2010
ISBN 978-4-04-868969-4
7 Disaster Armor
Saika no Yoroi (災禍の鎧)
February 10, 2011
ISBN 978-4-04-870276-8
8 Binary Star of Destiny
Unmei no Rensei (運命の連星)
June 10, 2011
ISBN 978-4-04-870550-9
9 Seven Thousand Year Prayer
Nanasennen no Inori (七千年の祈り)
October 10, 2011
ISBN 978-4-04-870954-5
10 Elements (Side Stories)
Elements
December 10, 2011
ISBN 978-4-04-886241-7
11 Carbide Wolf
Chōkō no Ōkami (超硬の狼)
April 10, 2012
ISBN 978-4-04-886521-0
12 Red Emblem
Aka no Monshō (赤の紋章)
August 10, 2012
ISBN 978-4-04-886795-5
13 Waterside Beacon
Mizugiwa no Gōka (水際の号火)
February 10, 2013
ISBN 978-4-04-891330-0
14 Archangel of the Tempestuous Light
Gekkō no Daitenshi (激光の大天使)
June 7, 2013[3][4]
ISBN 978-4-04-891608-0
15 Beginning and End
Owari to Hajimari (終わりと始まり)
October 10, 2013[8]
ISBN 978-4-04-866005-1
16 Snow White's Slumber
Shiroyuki no Madoromi (白雪姫の微睡)
February 8, 2014[9]
ISBN 978-4-04-866320-5

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation titled Accel World illustrated by Hiroyuki Aigamo began serialization in the May 2010 issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko Magazine. The series has been collected in five tankōbon volumes, released between July 27, 2011,[10] and February 27, 2014.[11] A four-panel comic strip manga titled Axel World. (あくちぇる・わーるど。 Akucheru Wārudo?) illustrated by Ryuryū Akari also began serialization in the May 2010 issue of Dengeki Bunko Magazine. Three tankōbon volumes were released between July 27, 2011,[12] and October 26, 2013.[13] In February 2014, Yen Press announced they had licensed Accel World for English release in North America.[14] The first two volumes are scheduled for release on September 23 and December 16, 2014, respectively.[15][16]

Anime[edit]

An anime TV series adaptation aired in Japan between April 6, 2012 and September 21, 2012.[17] The opening theme until episode 13 is "Chase the world" by May'n and the ending theme is "→unfinished→" by Kotoko. From episode 14 onwards the opening theme is "Burst the Gravity" by Altima and the ending theme is "unite." by Sachika Misawa.[18] Warner Home Video, ASCII Media Works, Namco Bandai Games, Sunrise and Genco were involved in the production of this adaptation. Viz Media announced the streaming of the anime on Hulu as of April 6, 2012.[19] An English-dubbed version premiered on Viz Media's online streaming service, Neon Alley, on April 19, 2013.[20]

Video games[edit]

Two video games based on the series were developed by Banpresto and published by Namco Bandai Games for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.[21] The first of these, Accel World: Awakening of the Silver Wings (アクセル・ワールド ─銀翼の覚醒─ Akuseru Wārudo -Gin'yoku no Kakusei-?), was released in Japan on September 13, 2012. The second one, Accel World: The Peak of Acceleration (アクセル・ワールド ─加速の頂点─ Akuseru Wārudo -Kasoku no Chōten-?), was released in Japan on January 31, 2013. The limited edition versions of these games include an original video animation of the anime series (Blu-ray Disc for the PS3 version, DVD for the PSP version).[22] In Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman for PSP, Silver Crow is an unlockable Costume.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "第15回 電撃大賞 入賞作品" [15th Dengeki Bunko Prize Winning Works] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ "アクセル・ワールド1" [Accel World 1] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "アクセル・ワールド (14) ―激光の大天使― (電撃文庫)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "アクセル・ワールド14" [Accel World 14] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Yen Press Adds Sword Art Online, Accel World Light Novels, More Madoka Magica Manga". Anime News Network. August 23, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Accel World, Vol. 1: Kuroyukihime's Return". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Accel World, Vol. 2". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "アクセル・ワールド (15) ―終わりと始まり― (電撃文庫)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ "アクセル・ワールド (16)" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ "アクセル・ワールド01" [Accel World 01] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ "アクセル・ワールド05" [Accel World 05] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ "あくちぇる・わーるど。(1)" [Axel World. (1)] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  13. ^ "あくちぇる・わーるど。(3)" [Axel World. (3)] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Yen Press Adds Accel World, Übel Blatt, Barakamon Manga". Anime News Network. February 14, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Accel World, Vol. 1 (manga) (Accel World (manga))". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Accel World, Vol. 2 (manga) (Accel World (manga))". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Accel World, Natsuiro Kiseki, Zetman, Dusk maiden of Amnesia Premieres Listed". Anime News Network. 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  18. ^ "Accel World Future Teen Light Novels Get Anime". Anime News Network. October 1, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Accel World Viz Media to stream Accel World anime". Anime News Network. April 6, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Neon Alley Announces "Accel World" English Dub Cast". Crunchyroll. March 20, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Accel World, Sword Art Online Light Novels Get Games". Anime News Network. October 2, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Accel World: Ginyoku no Kakusei Game's 2nd TV Ad Posted". Anime News Network. July 6, 2012. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 

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