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The best anime are the ones who know how to connect with its viewers, no matter how wacky their premise may be. That's how it feels when watching Accel World, the 2010 anime about a young overweight boy named Haruyuki "Haru" Arita, who's bullied at school for his weight. It's a scenario that anime fans can relate to, along with Haru using video games as a way to escape his pain. When the most beautiful girl in school, Kuroyukihime, asks for his help in winning an unimaginable virtual reality game, Haru embarks on a quest that will forever change his life. Sure, it's wish fulfillment, but one of sincerity. Everyone had a moment where they wished someone offered them a hand, and for Haru, the moment finally came.

Accel World is an amazing anime that analyzes human attachment with video games with real-life relationships. While Accel World may seem like a rarity, there are actually more anime out that explore similar topics in different ways. Not convinced? Take a look at the 13 best anime like Accel World and see for yourself.

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Log Horizon


Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like Accel World
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Anyone looking for a more in-depth video game world after Accel World will be thrilled with Log Horizon. Both shows focus on virtual reality games that offers the users the avatars of their dreams, but Log Horizon traps its online users in the same vein as Sword Art Online. While Accel World received criticism for its limited understanding of virtual reality, Log Horizon stays true to the MMORPGs that it's based on.

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No Game No Life


No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like Accel World
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No Game No Life, much like Accel World, is driven by the outcome of a game. Bored of their everyday lives, siblings Shiro and Sora find themselves in a mysterious world dominated by a game of wit. Despite their odd surrounding, the two siblings start taking over their new home with every victory they achieve.

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Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?


Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like Accel World
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If you're in the mood for a more care-free experience, then check out Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? It shares the same video game-like atmosphere of Accel World, but treats its fantasy land as the real thing. As the show engages in dungeon crawling fun, the lead, Bell Cranel, unintentionally woos all the women he encounters on his journey, such as the goddess Hestia.

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Re:Zero − Starting Life ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 13 Best Anime Like Accel World
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Subaru Natsuki from Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World is quite similar to Haru from Accel World. He was a forgettable gamer until he was transported to a video game-like fantasy world. While he lacks the power of Haru's video game avatar, he is able to cheat death by rewinding time, whenever he's with Emilia, a mysterious half-elf girl who possess great powers. 

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