YMMV / Accel World

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Noumi. Was he always a nice guy with a whimsical side before getting corrupted by Brain Burst, or is his new personality a result of brain damage when he loses Brain Burst?
    • Also, was he always bullied by his brother, starting his descend into Jerk Ass, or did he only get bullied only after he installed Brain Burst?
  • Broken Base: There are some who disagree with Kuroyukihime, and feel that staying at Level 9 and refusing to risk it all for a prize that doesn't seem worth it is the sensible decision. This does get a bit easier to swallow once the negative effects of the Non-Aggression Treaty are revealed. Also, most of the other kings are secretly plotting against each other to reach level 10 anyway. Kuroyukihime is just the only one being honest and upfront about it. Haruyuki also has a monologue about how a game shouldn't go on forever.
    • Taku is either a Broken Ace who's lost his way or he got off easy. This is probably why he became a Butt Monkey later on.
    • Yen Press deciding to drop name suffixes from their translation of the novels. Some argue this affects characterization, specifically having Haruyuki refer to Kuroyukihime by name rather than just "Senpai".
    • The announcement of the new anime project "Infinite Burst". While some are happy the series is getting more animated material, many are disappointed this is not a direct second season to the first, instead being an original story (albeit penned by Kawahara) not featured in the novels. It's also jumping forward quiet a bit. Season one ended at the end of Volume 4. This new anime takes place after Volume 19. Western fans are feeling a bit left in the dust considering as of this writing, only up to Volume 5 has been released in English, and it'll take some number of years before they're caught up to Volume 19.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ash Roller is by far one of the most popular secondary characters.
    • Yuniko/Scarlet Rain isn't too far behind in terms of popularity.
  • Epileptic Trees: A pretty popular theory among the fandom is that Snow Black is Kirito and Asuna's daughter.
    • Which has repeatedly been debunked by the author, especially considering that Snow Black came from an unhappy, loveless family. Although many fans are convinced Kirito must've been involved in the creation of Brain Burst somehow. Fans have also begun to speculate that Graphite Edge may be the son of Kirito, considering he has even more similarities to him than even Kuroyukihime.
  • Fandom Rivalry: There's a relatively minor, but still significant one with Sword Art Online, due to both being written by Reki Kawahara. Accel World is usually considered to be better written overall, or that at least it's significantly better in the areas where SAO is considered most lacking. Namely, better main characters (specially the protagonist), more coherent plot and less Otaku pandering (although this doesn't mean it doesn't have flaws in any of these areas). Plus, SAO is massively popular (albeit extremely divisive), while Accel Wolrd only has a niche audience, so it has a bit of an underdog appeal. The fact that SAO is getting more support in the anime and merchandising areas doesn't help either.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Haru's speech about how it's better for a game to be completed, even if it means the end for all the players, than to let it languish unfinished while fans lose interest and move on to other things takes on an ironic twist given the Anime's incomplete status and the light novel's huge lead time between the english speaking world and Japan.
  • Les Yay: Snow Black and Megumi. It's implied that Megumi seems to have feelings for Snow Black.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Being Taku is suffering."
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Purple Thorn was the girlfriend of Red Rider, the King Black Lotus slew at the start of her rebellion. One would think that would paint an exceptionally big target on Silver Crow's back. ...Unless she's simply waiting for the right moment.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Chiyu's Fake Defector gambit to help her friends defeat Noumi once and for all arguably rescued her from the scrappy heap.
  • The Scrappy: Noumi aka Dusk Taker, that is all. He got better Post-Brain Burst, though.
    • Like stated above, Chiyu had scrappy status throughout the Dusk Taker Arc and only got better after the reveal of her Fake Defector gambit.
    • Haru, for some, is hated for being a whiny protagonist. Even though unlike a lot of whiny anime leads, he DOES grow out of it.
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