Accel World 16
The Pros and Cons of the Incarnate System
With episode 16, we’re able to witness how the Incarnate System allows Burst Linkers to achieve what would be realistically impossible in the real world that Brain Burst simulates so closely. But there’s two sides to every coin and the Incarnate System is no exception. As much as it can provide impossible feats to be achieved like what Sky Raker has shown us with her wheelchair, there’s also the negative effects that can manifest from such desires and possibilities.
The abuse of using the Incarnate System or the thought of using it for much bigger, unrealistic feats can lead to the destruction of one’s self through greed, madness, obsession and desperateness that comes with the effort in trying to obtain those feats. Sky Raker wished to fly and went through the effort of destroying her legs to gamble on the possibility. In the end she failed and didn’t only destroy herself physically but mentally as well; living on knowing that she will never be able to fly.
As for Haru’s case, Sky Raker was able to put him back on the right track through teaching him about the Incarnate System. But the implication of teaching him the Incarnate System was to allow Haru to understand that even without his wings, the most important thing is to believe in ones self and break through the obstacles that are in front of you – never giving up. What’s more is that you can even say that while Haru was saved by Sky Raker, he did the same thing by carrying on her wish (which is implied through Sky Raker giving Haru her Gale Thruster). Though through balancing out both the positive side and the negative side, what does it all boil down to? Is the Incarnate System something that should be encouraged? Or will it only give birth to greed and destruction?
Rating: I’ve decided to give this episode 7 out of 10. The use of will power and the act of never giving up is a pure shounen tool that’s been used countless of times, but it’s only used countless of times because it works and in Haru’s case, I’m glad that Sky Raker was able to slap some sense (not literally) into the kid. What’s more is that I think it’s amazing how one episode alone allowed enough time for us to connect with Sky Raker and I for one want to see more of this awesome character. It would be beautiful to see her meet up with Kuroyukihime when she comes back and we definitely need more Ash Roller in this series. Next episode will be packed full of fighting from the looks of things but is that really it? Will Haru have gained enough strength to win against Nomi? What about the other characters in the OP? Are they for another arc later on?