This is a short review of the anime adaptation of A Certain Scientific Accelerator. I will not mention the manga as I have not read it.
The spin-off series puts itself haphazardly after the events in Index where Accelerator was recovering at a hospital from brain damage due to trying to save Last Order.
Overall, the anime adaptation is decent but there were numerous issues you can explore from different perspectives.
One perspective I just realized after reading my notes and comments in the discussion thread (http://animevice.boards.net/thread/13634/certain-scientific-accelerator-anime-discussion) was how the spin-off series itself was a poor imitation of Index I. There were a lot of parallels.
Touma and Accelerator are both male protagonists whom confront a female character who is the heroine of the arc. They get involved whether by consent or not to help her out. While I don't know how Accelerator's manga series develop after this arc, Touma's series in season 1 behaves like a harem series with the same formula. Unlike Touma's, Accelerator has a diminished role in his own spin-off series which is another huge factor in why the spin-off disappointing. On top of that, because of the writing and forcing it to the timeline, it forces Accelerator to not develop his character as his biggest character development occurs in Index III anime adaptation which aired before Accelerator's anime, making his involvement and this story very filler like and insignificant. Most spin-off series are successful when putting it as a prequel such as Magi: Sinbad's Adventures, Soul Eater Not, or Fate/Zero or outside of main events timeline like Railgun and Gun Gale Online Alternative.
Speaking of successful spin-offs, there were a very lack of fan service to the main series in Accelerator anime. What hurts Accelerator from being his own character, he is often in the shadows of Touma and Misaka who are very tied to his character due to the events of Sisters arc where Accelerator was first introduced. Last Order barely has any screen time only to serve as fan service and comic relief as the "jealous girl" who admonishes Accelerator from looking at girls whom often don't care of being naked or barely dressed in front of Accelerator. One of the Misaka clones has a role in this anime season but it wasn't enough as she and Accelerator don't get much closure.
What's interesting is the ecchi content. Index is known for having a lot of ecchi such as gainax bounce, male gaze, skinship, and panty shots, but Accelerator was pretty tame. If you were an ecchi fan, you wouldn't have much enjoyment. Otherwise, non ecchi fans will find this series a relief for them.
I always had a hard time with the villains in the Index series. Accelerator's spin-off series is no different. The first organization kept hammering justice to an annoying extent while the final villain was born through a forced connection with the main character in order to make it personal. Even with the additional coverage on the tragic siblings death and Esther's backstory, it felt a forced contrived connection to involve Accelerator with the late mention of using the memory of 10,031 clones which coincidentally fulfill an arbitrary condition. The odd mixture of mythology and science hasn't been great in this regard.
Overall, the anime spin-off doesn't get far with its main character not getting much significant values or its characters appearing again in meaningful and productive areas as Index III anime's redemption arcs for Accelerator out-shadow the irrelevant plot lines of this spin-off series. I felt no emotional investment in the characters themselves. It was harking Accelerator's "badass I'm a villain" charm and supposedly "dark/mature take." However, Railgun and Index out-shadows this series's edgy darky tone with much more subtle mature, dark tone.
My recommendation is to avoid watching this anime spin-off series whether you are a new fan or an established fan from the previous anime series, light novels, manga. The anime spin-off oddly isn't confusing so it doesn't hurt new fans. From a new fan's perspective, they wouldn't know much about Accelerator. The spin-off series ironically doesn't involve any characters from the main series so it's streamline for new fans.
You can watch the anime if you haven't watched Index I, II, and III or Railgun I and II. That way, you are going to watch the worse anime first and then move on to better anime properties of this franchise if this spin-off series manage to invoke interest in a new fan.
Last Edit: Jan 1, 2020 5:48:59 GMT by Taka: new fans details below edit mark
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