Today I went to the preview of the new film “Accel World: Infinite Burst” scheduled to be released this summer in Japan!
“Accel World” is a light novel series written by Reki Kawahara, who is very popular as the standard-bearer of entertainment novels. The first “Accel World” novel won the Grand Prize for ASCII Media Works’ 15th Dengeki Novel Prize, and the whole series published by Dengeki Bunko has sold over 5.7 million copies in total. It’s been four years since its anime TV series started, and it’s finally coming back as a new anime film now!
The author wrote a new original sequel for this anime film, and it is going to be about the events happening in the near future. The television anime staff returned to animate it including the director, Masakazu Obara and the scenario writer, Hiroyuki Yoshino. Studio Sunrise worked very hard to create the evolved 《accelerated world》. Don’t miss the future “Accel World” presented with animations with higher quality by the great staff and cast who especially returned for this project!
《Brain Burst》 is a virtual reality massive multiplayer online (VRMMO) Fighting Game. The players are called 《Burst Linkers” and they have been enjoying the game in a world where brain activities are a thousand times faster than in the real world. Haruyuki Arita, a student of the Umesato Junior High School, is one of them. He belongs to the 《Nega Nebulus》 legion, whose base is in Kouenji. He was fighting a territory battle with the 《legion leader, Kuroyukihime in Shibuya area when a 《Transition》 changed the stage with a pitch black huge tornado and got disconnected. This mysterious phenomenon wasn’t supposed to happen, but it started invading the 《accelerated world》. They learned that they couldn’t 《accelerate》 their activities in the areas surrounded by the tornado.
What is happening to the 《accelerated world》? Haruyuki and his friends have to face the black tornado to find the cause!
The preview was held at a preview room in Warner Bros. Japan LLC, the film distributer.
Here is the photo of the venue.
It may not be clear from the photo, but it is well-equipped like a theater for a comfortable preview. I enjoyed my perks as a writer of MANGA.TOKYO.
Now, please go on to read my report!
To sum it up, I really don’t want any anime fans overseas to miss this film. It is a top level film in every respect.
If any friends of yours ask you what Japanese anime is like, please show them this film.
This film consists of two parts, “TV anime series omnibus” and “New story”.
The first half omnibus has a sense of speed, literally like the “accelerated world”, while almost making me cry only at several minutes in. It is very well-edited with a lot of key scenes and the setting and the world view of the show are easy to understand. You can definitely enjoy it even if you haven’t watched the TV series.
It’s a great series, so you can choose either watching the whole TV series first before watching the film, or watching the film first before watching the TV series. I think either has its benefits, so it’s your call to choose which.
The last half with the new story is also speedy with the development of the the story, but hits the bull’s-eye. I can’t really tell you the details because I don’t want to spoil you, but it has a real exciting development waiting for you. It also has enough rewarding scenes for female character fans.
The characters are cute and the sharp avatar designs, scenes about the adolescence and the battle scenes in the accelerated world, warm and comfortable, exhilarating feeling, hot development. Its well-modulated variation and the story development that wastes no moments kept me immersed. Now that I think about it, it’s amazingly full of content and makes me wonder how all this could fit in. It even makes me believe that I must have been accelerating myself (rather seriously).
Let me point out the excellent parts of the film.
First of all, the animation quality is extremely high.
It makes great use of CG animation all through the whole film. Especially the animation of the Red King is the highlight of the film and shown relatively long. The events in the virtual reality dimension make you feel very real as if you could see the “texture” of the materials. Feeling real is very important to increase your immersion. This feeling is scattered around in the film, and it is perfect in that respect.
The designs are also high quality, including the Red King. The character designs, the avatar designs, the background scenery at Brain Burst, and all got really cool designs. The avatar designs have a surprisingly wide variety such as Miko (Japanese shaman) a Western knight, a clown, a ghost-rider with an American bike, and so on. They keep you excited all the way wondering what kind of avatar will appear next.
The background music supports the great atmosphere of the whole film. Its soundtrack is very nice overall, but my favorite is the exciting EDM at Brain Burst. This film and its world view and the “accelerated world” just match perfectly with EDM. It also uses solemn, elegant, and majestic strings based pieces of music effectively for each scene to give depth to the story. I’d love to buy its soundtrack.
It may be a bit too maniac, but its representation of AR is very advanced and amazed me with their imagination. You might understand it if you have an experience of VR and AR with a VR headset like Oculus Rift and such. It just amazed me to the point that I thought those who actually came up with this idea must have a completely different brain from mine. (I’m sorry but you really have to watch this film to get it.) Anyways, it describes the interfaces of the future, so please make sure to check that part too.
Story and characters
The key word for the both omnibus and the new story is “believing”. It is about believing in yourself, believing in your potential, believing your friends and trusting them to leave things to them. Their strong belief generates their fighting power. Their connection promotes their growth and opens a new path. It is a generic story, but it encourages the viewers.
The best thing about this show is that the characters are basically all good people. This setting that you lose your memory once the Burst Point is lost implies the ephemeral youth in life when everyone shines. It spices up their sense of solidarity or friendship between those who live in the same period. There’s more than just one eccentric character and other team members are enemies, but all characters live their current lives with all their might. They make the foundation of the story and the story is exceptionally captivating, maybe, because of them.
The film was released on July 23rd in Japan. Dear all the anime fans overseas, please come to Japan to watch it or wait until it gets broadcasted/streamed in your country!
Kurokyukihime: Sachika Misawa
Haruyuki: Yuuki Kaji
Takumu: Shintarou Asanuma
Chiyuri: Aki Toyosaki
Original author: Reki Kawahara (Dengeki Bunko)
Original illustrator: HiMA
Directer: Masakazu Obara
Scenario: Reki Kawahara, Hiroyuki Yoshino
Character design and Animation Director: Yukiko Aikei
Avatar design and Action Director: Yousuke Kabashima
Animation Studio: Sunrise
Production: AWIB Project
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan
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