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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?
  • Awesome Music: The first ending, "unfinished" by KOTOKO.
    • Accel World uses heavy amounts of electronic music in the soundtrack, to ear-meltingly awesome effect. Two tracks in particular stand out:
      • The Chrome Disaster's theme, "Core". Also contains Ominous Latin Chanting in the form of repeated miserere mei, Latin for "Have mercy on me". Quite appropriate.
      • Black Lotus' theme, "Alert Sign", first heard in Episode 5. During her fight with Yellow Radio in Episode 11, it gains a kickass beat that firmly cements her reputation as one of the best Burst Linkers currently in existence.
    • The second opening "Burst The Gravity" by Altima.
    • Haru's theme, "Silver Wing". This theme is the immediate indication that Haru is about to mess you up, try asking Noumi... oh right you can't! He doesn't remember it anymore!
  • 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 eachother 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".
  • 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.
  • Game Breaker: Considers himself one of these in-universe after Dust Taker starts combining Silver Crow's flight with powerful ranged weapons.
  • Les Yay: Snow Black and Megumi. It's implied that Megumi seems to have feelings for Snow Black.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Being Taku is suffering."
  • 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.
  • Screwed by the Network: A variation. Reki Kawahara has gone on record stating that the reason there aren't any plans for a second anime season is because the studio (Sunrise), is too busy making Love Live!, which sells by the buckload. There is hope however, consider Kawahara (the author), his editor, the execs at Dengeki Bunko, the staff at Sunrise and of course, the fans ALL want another season to happen. So it may just be a matter of time.