Accel World is a Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by HiMA. It has been adapted into two manga series, both published in ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko Magazine. A 24-episode anime adaptation by Sunrise aired in Japan between April and September 2012. It will also be adapted into two video games for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable, The first of these, Accel World: Awakening of the Silver Wings, was released in Japan on September 13, 2012 for both PS3 and PSP.
Accel World is a 2012 sci-fi Japanese anime television series based on the light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by HiMA. The anime is produced by Sunrise and directed by Masakazu Obara with screenplay by Hiroyuki Yoshino.
Set in the year 2046, Neuro-synchronization, a technology system that allows humans to manipulate their five senses has become widespread where people can access the internet and enter virtual worlds with the current generation of humans implanted with neuro-linkers, a device that allows them to connect through the internet wirelessly. The series follows Haruyuki "Haru" Arita, a short, fat boy who has low self-esteem due to being bullied at school which Haru vents his frustrations in virtual world games. Haru fate soon changes when he gets the attention of Kuroyukihime, the Student Council Vice-President who invites him into the "Accelerated World" called Brain Burst, a program that allows users to make time appear to stand still in their surroundings by "accelerating" their brainwaves in the real world. But in order to gain more points to accelerate, Brain Burst users fight each other in a virtual reality massive multiplayer online (VRMMO) fighting game where losing all of your points means you can never use Brain Burst again. Grateful for helping him, Haru vows to help Kuroyukihime defeat the "Six Kings of Color", the leaders of most powerful factions in Brain Burst and gaining allies as well.
The anime's first two episodes pre-aired on Nico Nico Douga and officially aired in Japan on Tokyo MX and TV Saitama between April 6, 2012 and September 21, 2012. The series is licensed in North America by Viz Media, who are simulcasting the series on Hulu. For episodes 1-13, the opening theme song is "Chase the world" by May'n and the ending theme song is "unfinished" by KOTOKO feat. FripSide. For episodes fourteen onwards, the opening theme is "Burst the Gravity" by Altima while the ending theme is "Unite" by Sachika Misawa. An original video animation episode was released with the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable video game, Accel World: Ginyoku no Kakusei, on September 13, 2012, with another OVA to be released with the second game, Accel World: Kasoku no Chōten, on January 31, 2013.
Eight bonus episodes are included on BD/DVD volumes of the series.