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  • Alternative 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 Jerkass, or did he only get bullied only after he installed Brain Burst?
  • Broken Base: Volume 6 of the manga skips over the vast majority of Volumes 3-4 of the novel (the second half of the first season of the anime), except for Chiyu becoming a Burst Linker, as Haruyuki recounts the events that happened when Kuroyukihime was away. Some people are furious that one of the most exciting parts of the series was glossed over in such a rushed manner, while others are glad that the manga is moving on to events that haven't been adapted into the anime yet.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Ash Roller is by far one of the most popular secondary characters, with fans loving his boisterous hamminess and his gratuitous swearing.
    • Yuniko/Scarlet Rain is another fan-favorite due to being a little girl with psychotic bloodlust on the battlefield.
    • Graphite Edge, due to the possibility he could be Future Kirito.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • A pretty popular theory among the fandom is that Kuroyukihime is Kirito and Asuna's daughter. This has repeatedly been debunked by the author, especially considering that Kuroyukihime 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 is Kirito himself, considering he has even more similarities to him than even Kuroyukihime. This is heavily teased in the crossover Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight, where Kirito notices several things about Graphite Edge that seem familiar like his swords, his dual wielding style, and how he's dressed in black. However Graphite Edge keeps insisting it's all coincidence. To top it all off his voice actor is credited only as "???" and has a heavily modulated voice, but closely listening to his voice it has a striking resemblance to Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (the voice actor for Kirito).
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  • 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 by fans, or that at least it's significantly better in the areas where SAO is considered most lacking. Namely, better main characters (especially 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 World only has a niche audience, so it has a bit of an underdog appeal. Another important thing is that critics have given mixed reviews for the first light novels in the Accel World series. The fact that SAO is getting more support in the anime and merchandising areas doesn't help either.
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  • "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 novels' huge lead time between the English-speaking world and Japan.
  • Les Yay:
    • Kuroyukihime and Megumi. It's implied that Megumi seems to have feelings for Kuroyukihime, and Kuroyukihime says Megumi's essentially her anchor in the real world.
    • Fuuko and Kuroyukihime:
      • They had a very close friendship before their estrangement, which gradually recovers over the course of Volume 5, and is kickstarted by Kuroyukihime calling out to Fuuko that she "needs" her. They're also quite familiar, with Fuuko calling Kuroyukihime "Sa-chan" and Kuroyukihime using Fuuko's first name without honorifics (by comparison, she uses "-kun" on Haruyuki, so she's a bit more formal with him).
      • When Fuuko sees Haru with Kuroyukihime, she gets jealous of Haru, and even manages to troll Kuroyukihime in the resulting scene, which indicates a level of closeness above and beyond most of Kuroyukihime's other friends.
      • There's also how Fuuko came to decide on her Child, since most people only have one attempt at giving someone else Brain burst (success or failure) and it can only be used on a "child" who shares a close bond with the "parent." She describes certain people in terms of how much she was compelled to make them her Child- Haru had a score of 100, Utai had a score of 200 and Rin/Ash Roller, Fuuko's actual child, had a score of 1,000. Fuuko then says that if Kuroyukihime hadn't already had Brain Burst installed by the time they met, she'd have scored 100,000 points.
    • Fuuko and Rin. While Rin is a fairly distant second to Kuroyukihime, the two have a fairly close bond in real life, and Rin even calls the former "Master Fuuko." During the school festival, Fuuko chides Rin for getting closer to Haruyuki.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Chubby characters appeal to bara fans, so Haru has a fandom amongst gay people. It helps that he has a pig form, which appeals to gay furries.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Being Taku is suffering."
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • As if his bullying of Haruyuki wasn't enough for Araya, him trying to run Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime over with his car over getting him expelled before put him way beyond the point of redemption.
    • White Cosmos crosses this by tricking her younger sister, Kuroyukihime, into thinking that Red Rider was plotting to put the other Kings at his mercy by establishing the nonaggression pact, thus causing Kuroyukihime to kill him.
  • Popular with Furries: Due to being a piglet, Haru's avatar form is this.
  • 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.
    • Haru, for some, was used to be The Scrappy for being a whiny protagonist. Unlike a lot of whiny anime leads, he DOES grow out of it.
  • Ron the Death Eater: A lot of fans judge Kuroyukihime harshly for killing Red Rider, not considering that she suffers crippling guilt over doing so. Some fans who've only watched the anime don't realize that Kuroyukihime's own sister (who, as Kuroyukihime's parent, is someone she trusted implicitly) manipulated her into thinking that Red Rider was plotting something, and she only realized the truth too late.
  • 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, as a possible means of seeking Revenge by Proxy. Of course, if Silver Crow hadn't cleansed the Armor of Catastrophe in time, she'd have the perfect pretext to go after him.

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