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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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.
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.
Overlord bears a strong resemblance to Accel World in setting and character. Similar to Accel World's Haru, Momonga from Overlord uses the video game world of Yggdrasil to escape from his mundane life. When Momonga is trapped in the online game as his powerful wizard character, however, he uses this opportunity to rule over his guild and the NPCs that have now come to life.
It's impossible not to recommend Sword Art Online to anyone that loved Accel World, considering how similar the two are. Sword Art Online and Accel World both focus on online virtual reality games, but the former portrays its fantasy game as a death trap for players. Similar to Accel World's loving relationship between Haru and Kuroyukihime, the relationship between Kirito and Asuna drive Sword Art Online forward.