Obsession and repressed feelings in Accel World

The central relationship in Accel World is that of Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime, it is a relationship marked by repressed feelings and the power that the Brain Burst programme has over them. They are a very odd couple, one that in many respects should not exist, largely because of the pressures that each place upon the other, and themselves. Kuroyukihime is clearly in love with him, even going so far as to confess right before saving him from the crazed Araya. For his part Haruyuki loves the idea of being close to her, wanting to stick by this girl who he idolises and considers her a goddess in human form. Read more of this post

Hiiro no Kakera First Impressions – Not quite the reverse harem that you might expect

I went into Hiiro no Kakera (roughly translated as Scarlet Fragment) with a few ideas as to what the series would be about. Firstly it is an adaptation of a Otome Game, with the protagonist Tamaki Kasuga surrounded by her own harem of bishounen. Now, in some ways this is the case and all the male protagonists are of the very handsome type, and yet it appears to have taken a slightly different route. Instead of our heroine fawning over all the bishounen surrounding her, there is a definite sense that, while she may develop romantic feelings, that is not necessarily a substantial part of the series itself.

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