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Summary:

Tsuchimikado admits to being not only a mage, but also a spy sent to Academy City because science is the enemy of magic. However, as a result of the esper curriculum, he lost the ability to use magic. Regardless of this, because they suspect that the person responsible for Angel Fall is close to Touma, Kaori, Tsuchimikado, and Misha decide to stick with him. They join Touma’s family at the inn, but Tsuchimikado stays out of view because the spell he and Kaori cast on themselves to prevent themselves from being affected by Angel Fall wasn’t perfect – the people who have switched bodies still see them as someone else. In Tsuchimikado’s case, it’s a famous singer, and in Kaori’s case, it’s Stiyl. Upon hearing this, Touma points out that Tsuchimikado shouldn’t be able to use magic, so Tsuchimikado shows the injury he got from doing so, and he knows that he risks death if he does it again. Tsuchimikado then advises Touma not to use the misfortune phrase that he often says in front of Kaori because she’s sensitive about her own good fortune. Kaori holds great power and is the leader of an organization by birth, but she can’t forgive herself for what she’s been blessed with.

Kaori then comes looking for Touma because she wants to take a bath, but the fact that everyone sees her as Stiyl forces her to use the men’s side. She makes him guard the men’s bath, but Touma isn’t able to stop his father from going in, and they catch Kaori naked. She chases them out, though afterward, Tsuchimikado scolds her for not being more gracious to Touma since he saved Index. Touma and his father meanwhile run far away, and as they’re catching their breath, Touma realizes that the look of his father right now is really that of a stranger. This causes him to stare wistfully at the sky, and his father comments on how he resembles his mother. Touma’s father then notices that Misha is standing by herself in the nearby woods, and he urges Touma to go talk to her. Touma tries to joke with her, but when she doesn’t respond to that, he just offers her some gum. She carefully takes it from his hand, and because he asks about Angel Fall, she explains that it’s incomplete. If it were complete, a great disaster would occur, so they have to find the person responsible before that.

The next morning, Touma’s mother realizes that she forgot to lock the front door and heads home to do it. Misha volunteers to go with her, and in trying to figure out why, Touma’s father points out how Misha had avoided touching Touma’s right hand last night. Combining this with how Misha had known about Angel Fall being incomplete, Touma begins to suspect her. He and Tsuchimikado decided to take a taxi to his house after getting a map from his father, and they manage to get there before the train that his mother and Misha are taking. The house is full of various items his father has brought back from his travels, but Touma notices in particular a set of photos of his father and mother. What’s strange about it is that although his mother looks different, his father looks the same in the picture as he does right now, meaning that his appearance never got changed by Angel Fall. Since the only other unaffected person should be the one who cast the original spell, that means that Touma’s father is responsible. At this moment, however, Touma’s mother and Misha arrive back, and Misha immediately notices the picture. She rushes off to go kill Touma’s father, leaving Touma no choice but to head back to the inn as well.

Touma beats Misha there by getting a ride from a truck driver whose appearance got switched with Himegami’s. After filling Kaori in on what’s going on, he insists on settling this himself and goes to confront his father on the beach.

Preview

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That was a pretty good episode, though much of what I liked was due to the comedy and not necessarily the plot or the Kaori fanservice. As I suspected, Touma’s father is the one behind this (or so it appears right now), but we still don’t know his motivation for all this. My guess is that it might have something to do with his travels or the items he brings home, otherwise there’d be no reason for them to keep pointing those out. Because of the comedy though, I have a hard time right now seeing him as a bad guy and am more inclined to think that there’s something else at play here. Conversely, I still see Misha as a suspicious character because of how much she knows and how her appearance seems not to have been changed by Angel Fall – is that why she didn’t want to touch Touma’s right hand? Regardless, she and Touma’s father look to be the major players in the preview for next week.

I’m also curious about that random bit about Kaori’s background this episode. I’m not complaining about her getting more character development, but this would seem to imply that either she or something related to her past is going to play a big role in how this arc ends, or it’s setting up for something in a future arc.

January 25, 2009 at 2:31 am
25 comments »
  • January 25, 2009 at 2:37 amGollyzilla

    Ichigo, IN MY TO ARU MAJUTSU NO INDEX!?!?!?

  • January 25, 2009 at 2:57 amJaJapan

    KAORI!!!

  • January 25, 2009 at 3:21 amX

    Doesn’t this screenshot make Misha the villain of the arc:
    http://randomc.net/image/To%20Aru%20Majutsu%20no%20Index/To%20Aru%20Majutsu%20no%20Index%20-%2016%20-%20Large%20Preview%2002.jpg

    This also means that Touma’s father isn’t the suspect, since just like Touma he might have the imagine breaker power as well (just my theory).

  • January 25, 2009 at 4:02 amciq666

    Touma’s dad can’t have the imagine breaker because he still sees the people as what they actually are instead of the switched images that Touma sees.
    Misha does look like she might be the one behind Angel Fall.
    I wonder if Touma’s imagine breaker could neutralize Kaori’s godly luck as it did his own (hinted in the first episode).
    So far Index has only been a connector between mage characters. I really want to see a clash between psychic powers and magic; they seem like the same to me – both supernatural.

  • January 25, 2009 at 5:07 amAnonymous

    “Touma’s dad can’t have the imagine breaker because he still sees the people as what they actually are instead of the switched images that Touma sees.”

    Is it? He seem to have recognized Kaori as Stiyl…

  • January 25, 2009 at 5:48 amDarkreign

    The reason that Toumas dad wherent affected by the spell could also be that he is the one who casted it. If Toumas dad was the one who casted it, it could be because of toumas mother,

  • January 25, 2009 at 5:50 amciq666

    That’s what I meant. Touma’s dad sees Kaori as Stiyl, but he couldn’t have if he had imagine breaker.

  • January 25, 2009 at 7:43 amcutemi2

    where’s Index-Tan anyway here at Random Curiousity

  • January 25, 2009 at 8:59 amRinkun

    Tsuchimikado lie because…
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 25, 2009 at 12:26 pmsealouse

    Man I wonder if everyone is going to remember everything after all this is over cause switched-index (the guy) is getting treated horribly.

  • January 25, 2009 at 3:28 pmJDW67

    So how many episodes of this series is there gonna be? 24,25,26? 50,51?

  • January 25, 2009 at 5:47 pmShadow_Strider

    I believe it has 24 episodes.

  • January 25, 2009 at 7:22 pmKei

    Mmmmm. Loli Misha yum. Omochikae-*Gets shot*

  • January 25, 2009 at 8:00 pmAmatsu

    yippi big jugs

  • January 25, 2009 at 9:36 pmBAKABAKASHI

    misha’s collar reminds me the chicks from anime DEARS….

  • January 26, 2009 at 11:47 amsniperz

    Seems like Touma’s dad is half affected by the Angel Fall technique or such that’s why he has part of his consciousness in between? And it’s true that Misha is part of the culprit as you see from the Preview they are gonna put an end to this.

  • January 26, 2009 at 4:15 pmOmiruk

    Wait, i don’t understand something. Kaori looks like stiyl, but there already was stiyl in ep 15.
    Also, If touma’s mother recognized tsuchimikado as this idol-whatever-his-name-is, then anyone who knows eg. index should see touma’s mother as index. Or i’m not understanding something. Magic is strange ;o

  • January 26, 2009 at 6:32 pmJaxag

    Just a wild guess – isn’t Misha that fallen angel?
    (so she is pissed on the Touma father)

    By the way, Misha is a boy name in Russian, abbreviation of “Mikhail”. Female counterpart is Mishka.

  • January 26, 2009 at 6:45 pmJaxag

    Ahh, sorry. I’m taking back my previous sentence “Female counterpart is Mishka”, it is not correct. Mishka is a diminutive of Misha, so it is still ‘male’. My own language is quite similar to Russian but it is a little bit confusing…

  • January 26, 2009 at 11:48 pmlabel

    Jaxag, that’s correct, and that’s why Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 27, 2009 at 1:09 amHuitzi

    Muy divertido el capitulo.
    Ojalá haya una 2da temporada

  • January 28, 2009 at 12:59 amwinternight119

    Awesome, thanks for the prompt review. =) Your website is really extensive and amazing, and was inspiration for me. Perhaps I should find some more writers, though haha. It’s kind of hard to do anything to maintain so many series not being so open to translating RAWS myself so I generally wait (due to knowing barely enough to make out your “つづく”), I’m jealous. ^^” Anyways, this looks interesting. I’m gonna take a look at it ASAP.

    ~Night

  • January 28, 2009 at 7:50 pmBobzorxD

    http://randomc.net/image/To Aru Majutsu no Index/To Aru Majutsu no Index – 16 – Large Preview 03.jpg

    really, i mean come on…whats up with that face lololol

  • January 30, 2009 at 11:57 pmDarkfate

    rofl at the himegami truck driver

  • January 31, 2009 at 8:16 pmDiabolikul

    the new opening rocks!(ep 17)