Accel World Season 2 Speculations: Accel World fans have their reasons to demand the series’ continuation. What began as a Light Novel series written by Reki Kawahara, first published by ASCII Media Works in February 2009 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint, was ultimately picked up as an anime series by Sunrise which aired in Japan between April and September 2012. It was directed by Masakazu Obara, while the screenplay was written by Hiroyuki Yoshino of My-HiME fame. The widespread success of the series subsequently resulted in an English-language version, which began streaming on Viz Media’s Neon Alley service from April 2013.
The prospects of the series continuation have been widely speculated by fans worldwide. Accel World concluded its airing on September 27, 2013; it has been three years since, and no official word has been heard about a Season 2. However, some instances have led fans to believe that Accel World Season 2 is inevitable.
Accel World, Background and Story: The story of the anime series is based on Kawahara’s award-winning Light Novel series of the same name. 19 volumes of the novel have been published in Japan till date, and the English language versions are still ongoing. American publishers Yen Press are responsible for the novel’s publication in English, and the last volume to have appeared in English came out in March 2016. Two more volumes are lined up for release this year, which will bring the total number of volumes published in English to 8 by the end of this year.
The anime version based on the novels have been highly praised by critics, who have compared it with Reki Kawahara’s other work, Sword Art Online, but with better etched out characters. While the series has attracted criticism for its weak ending and Kawahara’s lack of insight about virtual reality, it has nevertheless been successful with viewers for its relatable characters, especially Haru, and also its strong storyline.
The anime follows the story of the first 4 volumes in the Light Novel series and is set in the year 2046. The futuristic setting allows for a new technology that has the ability to completely engulf people into the world of virtual reality when they connect to the internet. The central character of the series is Haruyuki Arita, who is a young, overweight boy who has to put up with a lot of bullying at his school. As a result of all the torture he faces at the hands of the bullies and the pity he arouses in others, he suffers from serious self-esteem issues. However, he excels at playing squash at the school’s virtual world network where his scores remain unbeaten until Kuroyukihime, one of the most popular girls at school, comes along. She introduces Haru to Brain Burst, a virtual role playing gaming program which engulfs its players into its virtual platform, and at the same time, accelerates the brain’s activities immeasurably. Burst Linkers, or gamers within Brain Burst, must battle each other for points which can then be redeemed for acceleration points. Being indebted to Kuroyukihime for putting an end to his painful days of being bullied, Haru decides to team up with her to help her win the coveted Level 10 of Brain Burst under his virtual identity of Silver Crow.
However, there is a flipside to the game. If a player’s score goes down to nil, the game is erased forever. But successful advancements will reward them with added experience along with new powers and opportunities within Brain Burst.
Accel World, Season 2 Release Date:
The anime series was continued for 24 episodes which spanned the first four volumes of the novel, which left the series open-ended. Fans of the show have been dying to know how Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime’s virtual adventures will turn out, and if they will ever meet the creator of the game who will then explain the purpose behind his creation.
In terms of material for a fresh season, there is an abundance, as till date 19 volumes of the novel have been published by Kawahara till date. This means that the show has enough material to thrive on for several seasons with 15 more volumes of storyline readily available.
In another significant instance in 2014, Reki Kawahara was reported as saying that he would love to see Accel World, Season 2 go through. According to this Reddit post, both Kawahara and the show’s producer had said that they’ll try to push for a renewal of Accel World, but Sunrise having been busy at the time with other shows, fans may have to wait a while. While this sliver of hope was announced two years back, the producers have certainly not forgotten or dropped the story from their minds. Recently, a new anime film based on the series, titled Accel World: Infinite Burst, was released by Sunrise in Japan in July 2016.
Going by these events, we may have the chance of hearing something official about Accel World Season 2 soon. There’s a lot of plot at the producers’ disposal which is begging to be made into a series continuation. As 2016 already saw the release of the Accel World film, we should hear an announcement by next year.