Okay, its true that Guilty Crown and Accel World have similarities, the most obvious being the main character’s voice actor…
First of all, I like the background illustrations because they looks very well done from vivid everyday life to the dark accel world battles, but perhaps the best defining thing and the greatest selling point of the anime is that it panders so well on the underdog spirit of the the viewer. The protagonist who is a short, fat kid who is always bullied and has given up on reality and then he discovers a whole new world which is the accel world (which is a virtual reality MMO) where for once he has the chance to excel with the help of a beautiful sempai. It is the perfect tool to play on the underdog spirit of the viewer, especially otaku viewers. I also liked the idea of an MMO avatar being created as a result of the player’s insecurities, which is really pretty neat on my opinion. I’m also very interested in the world of Brain Burst because looking at Brain Burst from a purely gamer perspective, I like how Brain Burst is a skill based MMO from the looks of it.
Though with all the good I’ve said about it, I imagine that there will be a few people that will hate the main character, because he’s kinda reminiscent of a certain Shu.
This anime has got me because it appeals so well to the underdog spirit of the viewer, and I want to watch how will the main character deal with his insecurity issues. I think this will be a good watch for otakus. Who doesn’t love the underdog?