Toaru Majutsu no Index is actually a series which I didn’t become involved with until recently. A few weeks ago I was reading a bit about the second season and thought that it seemed like a show I would enjoy. I then proceeded to marathon my way through the first season, as well as Railgun over the next week or so. I’m a pretty big fan of the series and am definitely looking forward to seeing where they are heading with season two.
Episode 10 continues with Touma and friends chasing down skank-chan from the Roman Catholic Church. One thing I like about Index is that the plot always seems to be moving forward; usually with only a single filler episode between story arcs (which often times sets up the premise for the following arc). Having disarmed the counterspell which Oriana had set up, Stiyl is free to use magic to search for her location. They manage to find her once again, only to have her escape on a magically controlled bus. Honestly, the fact that Touma managed to see through those windows makes me wonder about him. I’m beginning to think he’s developed x-ray vision in addition to his Imagine Breaker.
The bus is promptly destroyed by one of the runes which had been pre-placed on the buses by Stiyl. Like any good, skanky antagonist, Oriana just laughs it off and throws out some fanservice. As per usual, Tsuchimikado is rendered useless, leaving Touma to battle alone. Touma proceeds to recklessly, but effectively force Oriana into a retreat (after a healthy helping of fanservice has been served, of course).
We find that this sword they have been after this entire time is not actually a sword at all, but the cross of St. Peter. This puts even more pressure on the trio, for if the cross is planted in Academy City the entire city would be assimilated into the Roman Catholic Church. More fanservice… there’s been a lot of this since Oriana showed up.
One thing I’ve noticed… and maybe it’s just me, but for some reason it seems that the animation quality of the characters is a bit lower than it was for Index/Railgun. It’s not bad at all, but sometimes it seems that the characters don’t quite look like themselves.
Anyways, the remainder of the episode is spent with Index/Misaka (yay!). I love how their parents ended up meeting up. This last part of the episode was actually the highlight of it for me and I had several laugh-out-loud moments during it.
In the end, it was an enjoyable episode which did it’s job of furthering the plot. Personally, I think these episodes could use a bit more Misaka… but maybe I was just spoiled by Railgun. Honestly, the fight scene formula is getting a bit old at this point. MAGIC! Touma dispels it. “What? How can he do that??” MAGIC! Touma dispels it. “What? How is he doing this?”. I think the show could use some more fights like the one with Aureolus, the alchemist, in the first season. I’m just picking though. I’m still enjoying the show a lot, and though it’s not perfect, it’s perfectly entertaining.