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Touma and Index have arrived at the beach after being advised by Komoe to leave the city. They’re on their own for the first day, but Touma’s parents and cousin are due to join them on the following day. Because of how he lost his memory, Touma doesn’t know his parents and is feeling unsettled. The first person to show up is his father Touya who brings Touma a souvenir, and he seems ordinary enough. What shocks Touma, however, is the arrival of his cousin Otohime and his mother Shiina. Otohime looks and sounds exactly like Mikoto, and his mother looks and sounds exactly like Index. Things start get even weirder when the innkeepers become Misaka and Stiyl, and Index now looks like one of Touma’s classmates. In addition, the hospital doctor is now a TV news anchor and Komoe is now a reporter covering U.S. president Kuroko. Touma finally concludes that something is very wrong when Otohime shows him a photo of herself and him, and the girl in it looks nothing like Mikoto.

While trying to figure things out, Touma comes across an oddly dressed girl, and when he tries to greet her, she pulls out a knife. Kaori and Touma’s other classmate Tsuchimikado Motoharu show up at this moment to stop the girl, and they reveal that they’re here to investigate a distortion. The girl, whose name is Misha Kreuzhev, turns out to be from the Russian church Annihilatus, and she’s intent on finding the mage responsible for this. Kaori and Tsuchimikado eventually explain to Touma that a certain mysterious magic which they’re calling Angel Fall is spreading around the world, and it’s causing the switching of people’s appearances. What’s surprising to Touma is that they claim that he’s at the center of this distortion, making him the main suspect, but Kaori and Tsuchimikado don’t believe that he’s responsible. Misha is less than convinced and has to test Touma’s Imagine Breaker with a water attack before accepting that it is keeping him from being affected by what’s going on. With that out of the way, Tsuchimikado thinks that there’s a good possibility that the person responsible is close to Touma, but what Touma is more concerned about is how Tsuchimikado knows all this, so Tsuchimikado reveals that he’s part of Necessarius.


Well that was unexpected. This episode started out so innocently like it was going to be a beach or hot springs episode with a bunch of fanservice, and then it became amusing and confusing when Mikoto and Index showed up as Touma’s cousin and mother (amusing because of Touma’s reactions), but by the end we’re knee-deep again in another magic-related mystery. I don’t mean that last part in a bad way either: the introduction of Tsuchimikado as a key character (as well as Misha) made things interesting, and they limited the pseudo-religious explanation of what’s going on, so it didn’t feel like unnecessarily long exposition. My current inclination is that Touma’s father is responsible since he doesn’t appear to be affected, plus he’s shown several times in the preview and his name is the title of next week’s episode. Even if it’s not him, he’s still got to be connected to this in some way.

On a different note, this is the third time I’ve seen something Barack Obama make it’s way into an anime. The first was the U.S. election episode of Yatterman, the second was the recent Minami-ke Okaeri commercial, and the third was Kuroko’s “Yes We Can” this episode. Talk about capturing the national imagination…

January 17, 2009 at 8:14 pm
  • January 17, 2009 at 8:21 pmSturmwind

  • January 17, 2009 at 8:21 pmXavier

    oh yeah the group of Lolis go to the beach !!!

  • January 17, 2009 at 8:33 pmMegas

    This episode was a mindfuck. It didn’t make any sense until the end. I don’t even feel like giving any spoilers but I do have to say that Index is really growing on me…I feel like killing Touma’s father; not to hint at any future events or anything. But atleast we know where Touma got his lolicon tendencies from. Poor Touma, first he gets a mind wipe & now this. I knew they was going to make this part of the novel into a joke, but this was way too much.

  • January 17, 2009 at 8:43 pmDmo

    Yes We Can!

  • January 17, 2009 at 9:01 pmTJ

    Kuroko as Obama FTW!!!

    The first 2/3 of the show was silly but funny. After that it kinda bogged down again with the magic lessons.

  • January 17, 2009 at 9:22 pmninja penguin

    I haven’t watched it yet, but it looks like a fun episode.

    Index: Touma…I am your mother!
    Touma: NOOOOOO!!!

  • January 17, 2009 at 9:48 pmnamcocentral

    Omni – Barack Obama has also made a cameo in the vastly under-rated Blassreiter.

  • January 17, 2009 at 10:12 pmStuff

    Oh yeah, Obama was in Blassreiter and he ordered for the nuking of Germany I think. lol

    anywho, this episode looks fun.

  • January 17, 2009 at 10:13 pmPachi

    OK me voy por el raw y paso a mirar el resumen despues

  • January 17, 2009 at 10:43 pmAnonymous

    Obama was in Air Gear.

  • January 17, 2009 at 10:56 pmAmatsu

    lmao Yes We can!

  • January 18, 2009 at 12:11 amMoondoggiebuiscuit

    The culprit is…
    T!(whoa) The only other NORMAL person NOT affected by Angel Fall!(whoa)

    Yes! Obama was in AG. He met the head and former Pledge Queen of T3.

  • January 18, 2009 at 12:23 amSilver

    Woah! Tsuchimikado totally surprised me! Did not expect that he was part of Necessarius! Anyway, awesome that Kaori shows up again.

  • January 18, 2009 at 12:38 amdK

  • January 18, 2009 at 12:40 amfurinyue

    i think i saw two index , one girl and guy ??

  • January 18, 2009 at 12:51 ampuyomon

    I want a Biri Biri on top of me too! ;_;

  • January 18, 2009 at 1:09 amasdas


  • January 18, 2009 at 1:29 amDarco_emp

    I’m surprised at how closely this anime is following the main novel story line, in the same novel release order as well. This is prob one of my fav standalone arc for this novel due to the body change fun.

    Looking forward to the next 2-3 eps.

  • January 18, 2009 at 1:36 amXanathos

    For those who know this…
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 18, 2009 at 2:07 amcutemi2

    where’s the old man reading Shakugan no Shana manga

  • January 18, 2009 at 2:45 amAiras

  • January 18, 2009 at 3:20 amdK

  • January 18, 2009 at 4:28 amStafftrust

    If i’m not wrong, the all picture is a reference to the jewish kabbalistic tree of the ten sephiroth/sefirot.

    so cuute!:http://randomc.net/image/To%20Aru%20Majutsu%20no%20Index/To%20Aru%20Majutsu%20no%20Index%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2019.jpg

  • January 18, 2009 at 6:09 amMukizu

    Why the hell girl have boy’s name T_T

  • January 18, 2009 at 6:21 amaki-san


    lol…. that was a funny part of the show! the old guy and a kid reading shana-tan!

  • January 18, 2009 at 12:01 pmExia

    shana tan is SOoo Moee

  • January 18, 2009 at 12:26 pmcalde

    In fact that “boy’s name” stuff is part of this story, so I guess it would be a spoiler if you go too far with that.

  • January 18, 2009 at 2:17 pmMukizu

    oh, I see…

  • January 18, 2009 at 5:17 pmAnonymous

  • January 18, 2009 at 5:46 pmHuitzi

    Muy buen capítulo. esperemos siga así de bien

  • January 18, 2009 at 9:16 pmal

    to anonymous:

    not an EVA reference; the kabbalah is a part of Jewish mysticism, so many animes have ripped this image as a traditional magic insignia. 666satan had this as well as evangelion.

  • January 20, 2009 at 4:14 amGod~Knows~

    YES WE CAN!!

  • January 20, 2009 at 12:35 pmSpacyRicochet

    A knife? That thing is a frikkin saw! *votes for inclusion in the most awesome weapons for girls ever*

  • January 22, 2009 at 12:21 amROFLWAFFLELAWL

    Alright so I agree as well. His dad most likely has something to do with this whole thing. Since like you said, he isn’t affected by it. Also with the introductions of angels (man they’re bringing everything in now huh? This is becoming less of an anime/manga and more of a prophet) it brings me back a few eps to the introduction of deep blood (right before hime). That upside down hanging dude said “If deep blood proves the existence of Vampires then who’s existence does Toumas right hand (imagine breaker) prove). I’m starting to think that the answer is God. I do realize that the magicians believe in a God (more or less) because all magicians are from a church (Science=Espers Religion=Magicians/Magic). But maybe this proves that there is (on the planets) the physical life form of God. Or a ability/magic that is of a God’s level (Imagine breaker being one of them. Remember, it’s level 0 not because of how low the power is but because the power is infinite).

  • January 22, 2009 at 3:02 amW-General

    Obama/John Omaha showed up in the three most recent chapters of Air Gear.

    Japan must really love him.

  • January 23, 2009 at 7:24 pmsealouse

  • January 24, 2009 at 5:22 pmHaseo

    wow! SnS and Obama reference this serie is the best anime with a good plot that I saw on this season, Godd JOb OMNI!!

  • March 7, 2009 at 4:55 ambrianleung8912