To Aru Majutsu no Index – 19
Although he’s no longer considered the strongest in Academy City, Accelerator can still handle a group of thugs with ease. He feels, however, that something has changed. On his way home one night, he finds himself being followed by a girl wearing only a ragged blanket, and she calls herself Misaka. More specifically, she’s Misaka No. 20001, code named Last Order, and she claims that because the experiment was stopped, she got thrown out of the incubator. She wants Accelerator to contact the researchers for her, and though he doesn’t want to, she follows him all the way to his apartment. Even when they find his place trashed, Last Order wants to stay there anyway because she wants to be with someone. The next day, Accelerator takes her to a family restaurant because she’s hungry, and while they’re there, he spots a scientist named Amai Ao outside. When Amai recognizes Accelerator, he speeds away in his car, and Accelerator doesn’t give chase.
With Last Order enjoying her meal, Accelerator questions how she can be so calm with him if she knows what he did to the other Sisters. Last Order responds by explaining that each Misaka’s life is worth something, so they feel that they can’t die any more, and they’re grateful to Accelerator because it was thanks to the experiment based on him that they got souls. She also theorizes that he didn’t really want to do the experiment and points to how he talked to the other Misakas in order to scare them and make them not want to fight. Getting tired of this, Accelerator leaves her in the restaurant even though she appears sick. He then heads to a scientist acquaintance of his named Yoshikawa to get a manual and equipment for adjusting the Sisters’ bodies. Yoshikawa is surprised because, just a little earlier, she had discovered a virus inside the Sisters. She explains that Last Order was never intended to be part of the experiment and is instead the command center of the Misaka network.
Someone has put bad code into Last Order, and to defend against that, the girl escaped from the lab. The virus is set to activate at midnight, and if it does, Sisters will go berserk and likely attack humans . Yoshikawa then reveals that the suspect is Amai Ao, and although she’s working on how to stop the virus, she gives Accelerator two options right now: capture Amai Ao and get him to explain the virus, or protect and return Last Order to the incubator. Accelerator chooses the latter.
This episode was okay, but the story in general is back to being slow to develop. A lot of it is spent on introducing Last Order – who’s incidentally quite cute – and on why Accelerator’s not really a bad guy, and things don’t get going until the end. I guess they do a decent job presenting Accelerator in a positive light, but given that the entire episode followed him without our main protagonists Index and Touma, I don’t give them too much credit because I think it’d be hard to just continue hating him the entire time (someone will prove me wrong I’m sure). The moral of all this is obviously that young girls are the solution to reforming villains, and again I point to Sesshoumaru and Rin from InuYasha.
I’d be actually interested in seeing what happens if the virus does manage to activate and the Sisters did start attacking everyone, but I doubt that’s going to happen. Instead, it looks like Accelerator will protect Last Order, maybe grow a little as a character, we’ll find out what Amai Ao was up to, and that’ll be that. In short, I’m not expecting much.