Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator Review: The reluctant hero

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Last Order wants a holiday

Step back, everyone, and make way for edgy science. In case you need something to tide you over until the third season of Railgun comes out, here’s a story about Accelerator. I may have mentioned it before, but I’ve always had trouble getting into the story of Index. I guess I tend to prefer the slightly more grounded stories of Academy City. That being said, I will begin this review with a slight warning. This series really isn’t a standalone and arguably relies on background from Index and Railgun.

Accelerator recovers from his injury

As evidenced by the title, this series follows Accelerator, the strongest esper in Academy City, as he recovers from being shot and attempts to protect the Misaka clone known as Last Order. Haunted by his role in the Misaka project, he takes on a somewhat anti-hero role, using his callous personality and his vector powers to do some good. From what I’ve heard, the series is based on a manga, but I haven’t heard the greatest things about the source material. I think that the adaptation is fine, though.

Accelerator has good taste in light novels

My overall impression of the series is that it has a somewhat split personality. It’s somehow lost between two overarching stories, and I only ended up liking one of them. That’s largely because the story seems to go down a familiar road closer to the end, with the main villain attempting to yet again create a Level 6 esper.

These fools can't comprehend

On the flip side, the lurking story throughout much of the first half of the series centers around a rogue division of Anti-Skill calling themselves DA. Unlike the organization as a whole, DA is composed of disgraced officers who will resort to extreme action to discipline espers. To me, this was always the more intriguing story, about a group of regular people trying to impose their sense of justice on people with abilities.

Predicting the villain's movements

As a whole, I think that the series might be trying to do too much. I think it tries to make Accelerator seem more “cool”, but giving him less screen time. He often ends up swooping in to save the day, but I would have liked to see more from him. The necromancy part also seems to detract from the setting. Still, I thought the series was enjoyable overall, and I didn’t have trouble watching it to the end. Also, the opening song is great.

Overall Score: 7/10

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