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「使徒十字(クローチェディピエトロ)」 (Shito Juuji (Kurooche Di Pietoro)
“Cross of the Apostle (Croce di Pietro)”

All the jostling between Touma and Stiyl this episode may not have been just to throw Oriana off, as our righteous protagonist (except when it comes to hitting girls) looked like he was purposely prolonging Stiyl’s suffering. It was rather hypocritical, given that Touma was telling Oriana to place more value on other people’s lives. I guess that doesn’t apply to the guy behind him swimming in a pool of his own blood. I try not to dwell on Touma’s preaching tendency since it’s a core part of his character, but he continues to amaze me with how much time he spends trying to get his point across. Granted, my understanding of what actually constitutes a severe wound may not apply to magicians, and Touma was well aware that Stiyl wasn’t in that bad of a state after taking three large icicles to the abdomen and curling over. Regardless, I think it’s fair to say that Stiyl wasn’t looking so hot, and it’d be shame if his final moments were spent listening to Touma try to reason with the big-breasted religious fanatic who put him in his miserable state instead of seeing him try to avenge him. In light of that, it’s good to know that Stiyl’s a good sport about it, cracking a smile when Touma finally knocked her out and thwarted the Roman Catholic Church’s plans by sheer luck.

Now I’m all for moments where protagonists are pinned against the wall and miraculously saved by some unforeseen event, but the sight of the festive fireworks lighting up Academy City’s skies felt like a huge cop-out considering the series we’re dealing with. After all the twists and turns this arc took with its plot feints, wild goose chases, and surprising lack of support from the Anglican Church, it doesn’t sit well with me to learn that Academy City saved itself and that Touma and his crew were just running around the city for the past six episodes. I thought to myself, “Really?”, and it sure didn’t help when Touma was rubbing it in to Lidvia like it was all planned from the very beginning. I’m willing to overlook the cheap humor when Stiyl tripped on a rock in the middle of an airfield, plus how Touma miraculously survived the explosion from Oriana’s trump card attack and mustered up some amazing willpower to stay on his feet — a scene that I just wasn’t feeling the emotions behind — however, I can’t say the same about how this conclusion made all the suspense I felt along the way feel pretty moot.

Much like the Stab Sword’s importance was played up, the lengthy expositions about the Croce di Pietro simply kept me thrilled in my mind in anticipation of something that never happened. It seems like there was never any intention to have its powers enacted in some form and have our heroes overcome it. Instead, we’re simply told about this major catastrophe that will upset the balance of magic and science in the world, only to find out that it was completely prevented in the end like it was a dud. Nothing that was mentioned and highly feared manifested itself on screen in any way whatsoever, and we’re only left with three scuffles with Oriana, who only served as a decoy in the end. The decoy part was like an extra kick while I was down, and seriously felt like the writers were mocking me. To put it into very crude terms, it’s as if I watched a series about a looming alien threat and never saw a single alien. “Croce di Pietro what now?”

I admittedly lost interest in the wrap-up for this arc after that happened, especially in light of how Lidvia turned out to be a much crazier than she originally let on. After the fireworks saved the day, the revelation that Stiyl tagged all the planes felt like another tacked on piece of plot with no prior build-up, and one I just couldn’t be bothered to get hung up on. The only thing I did take away was how ruthless the Anglican Church can be in response to the Roman Catholic Church’s actions, as Laura sent Lidvia flying out of a plane and more or less toyed with her while she plummeted to her death with the Croce di Pietro. In terms of plot, I just hope this means the “crazy bitch” is dead. Given how this arc went, I’ll have to retract my statement about it being nice not having Index as the focus for a change, because the goofy interactions at the hospital quickly reminded me that more screen time for her would’ve made things more enjoyable.

Generally speaking, I always feel this series has great production values, but it tends to suffer from plot progression too dependent on heavy exposition. While it may work well as a light novel since everything’s left up to the imagination anyway, the same can’t be said about overusing it in an anime as far as entertainment is concerned. This is one of the main reasons why I enjoyed Railgun a lot more. In any case, I’m just glad that we’re done with this arc and can start anew with the next one. Hopefully we’ll get to witness the upcoming problem in some form.

 

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January 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm
79 comments »
  • January 7, 2011 at 8:50 pmaloneinwonderland

    Screencap 30: Not Mikoto’s finest point.

  • January 7, 2011 at 8:51 pmBluance

    “Regardless, I think it’s fair to say that Stiyl wasn’t looking so hot”
    lol I see what you did there.

  • January 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm♕Croosboy♕

    Touma and stiyl’s fight style = randomness

    the fireworks that stopped the ritual was quite good show

    Man that sister is crazy.

  • January 7, 2011 at 9:07 pmrasone0104

    Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust
    The Vampire Slayer’s Crim… “trips”

    ~epic fail

  • January 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm0927123

    Himegami is fine! yay!

  • January 7, 2011 at 9:17 pmChaos2Frozen

    You’re not even a tiny bit interested that they’re going to Italy next? =p

    • January 7, 2011 at 9:27 pmChaos2Frozen

      …Personally I like the conclusion and that it was sort of poetic justice that their plans to screw the Daihaisensai were thwarted by the Daihaisensai itself.

      • January 8, 2011 at 2:45 pmTalbot

        i suppose, but at the same time it gave the whole arc a certain sense of pointlessness because the Catholics ended up not being thwarted by Touma and the hero brigade, but by their own incompetence.

        in fact, arguably Oriana won.
        she successfully delayed them until Lidvia could do her thing.

        the Catholics were thwarted by poor planning on their part.
        essentially the plan never would have worked to begin with…

      • January 8, 2011 at 7:26 pmMichael Chandra

        They could still use the same trick, but since the fireworks would last 1.5 hours, her choice was to either give up or get caught in a chase and get busted with her ass handed to it. That’s what the end pretty much was.

  • January 7, 2011 at 9:19 pmadgettin

    this show is starting to get annoying all the arcs are the same …science and magic fight ..Touma gets in the middle ..religion ppl hurt ppl close to Touma..Touma gets mad and punches a chick…lilo nun bites him ..arc over

    • January 8, 2011 at 9:57 amSilentCid

      Maybe you shouldn’t watch it then since this will be a recurring theme in this series.

    • January 8, 2011 at 2:46 pmblackwings89

      I wish Touma would not preach and be like alright Falco punch there lets go home.

  • January 7, 2011 at 9:27 pmNinja Penguin

  • January 7, 2011 at 9:30 pmruthie

    i want more index (the nun)! the final part of the ep was my favorite, since that’s what i love most about toaru majutsu…the fun and endearing interactions between the characters. the first ep of the second season i enjoyed because there wasn’t TOO much build-up, and index and touma were cute as always. when touma gets to be by himself he gets too long-winded. here’s to hoping that the next arc will feature more index and less monologue :f

  • January 7, 2011 at 9:38 pmcshin9

    More Falcon Punch.

  • January 7, 2011 at 9:40 pmMinase

    What an exciting end to the arc.

    SPOILER:

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    • January 7, 2011 at 9:52 pmDivine

      I recommend using the Preview Comment function to check that you have the spoiler tags correct in the future.

  • January 7, 2011 at 10:10 pmLee

    This episode has completely reminded me of the only two things that made the show worth watching: BiriBiri and Accelerator. I’m probably gonna drop the show entirely if they don’t get some attention soon :P

    • January 8, 2011 at 3:05 amRickyMack

      i’m awaiting the double eye-lidded “hot napkin” girl =)

    • January 8, 2011 at 9:59 amSilentCid

      After this next arc you are going to get a lot more of both.

  • January 7, 2011 at 10:43 pmShirt

    Anytime story is hold because Misaka is good time. 8D

  • January 7, 2011 at 10:54 pmGrima

    • January 8, 2011 at 2:43 pmblackwings89

      Synchro Time!!

  • January 7, 2011 at 11:17 pmoliviaven

    Why does Touma always get the face = =.
    You don’t see stiyl punching her in the face, must be a fetish of his

    • January 8, 2011 at 12:46 amGaze of Providence

      A strong punch to the face can cause a concussion.

  • January 7, 2011 at 11:35 pmCronus

    Reading the novel, I think it ended the way it did because the author wanted desperately to equate the festival to the normal and free lives of the people in academy city.

    He wanted to end it in such a way to show that what we, the viewers, considered insignificant in the fight (hard work of people like Seiri in making the festival, desire of normal people like Himegami to just have fun, the parents wanting to see their children etc.)is what actually beat the villain. Something like a karmic twist for people like Orianna and Lidvia whose plan was to basically ignore the sentiments of the normal people (kind of what the viewers did when they expect the hero to solve everything).

    • January 8, 2011 at 4:54 pmSuppa Tenko

      I was hoping for a complete ass pull by having Touma find the location of Croce di Pietro and have Mikoto railgun it… It would have been totally aweshum… like what happened in Transformers.

  • January 7, 2011 at 11:43 pmKaris

    if Kamijou left the bad guys alone, they would fail anyway; what irony that Academy City was in the brink of danger, while actually saving itself.

    I didn’t even need to watch the subs what was happening too.

    I hope they intoduce Itsuwa soon; she’s the one reason why I keep coming back for this series.

    • January 8, 2011 at 10:01 amSilentCid

      Trust me you will see her soon.

  • January 8, 2011 at 12:13 amGaze of Providence

    Irony in it’s greatest form; personally I think Aleister Crowley knew all along that the Night Parade would cover the the sky and prevent the Croce di Pietro from activating, and purposely left Touma (as well the guy working for him and Stiyl) to challenge them.

    • January 8, 2011 at 10:12 amSilentCid

      It’s more like he wanted his greatest weapon Touma to get more experience in battles. Kind of what he was saying towards the end where says something about the Image Breaker is developing nicely yet still unstable. He has a keen interest in Touma and will use him in any way possible. As for Stiyl and his people back in season one. Aleister Crowley wanted magicians to be involved otherwise it would break the balance of truce that everyone sort of has right now. You can reference back to season one beginning of the deep blood arc.

    • January 9, 2011 at 1:26 amKinny Riddle

      Besides Touma being turned around in circles by Aleister and Laura, the same can be said for Lidvia, as she had no idea she was being goaded by them into executing such a plan, not knowing she was merely a pawn used to level up their most powerful trump card – Touma.

      Otherwise I cannot think of why Lidvia would not have anticipated the fireworks when setting the activation time for the Croce di Pietro.

  • January 8, 2011 at 12:15 amGaze of Providence

    In Index if you assume something, you’re probably wrong.

  • January 8, 2011 at 1:02 amKandur

    The adventures of the women-beater continues.

  • January 8, 2011 at 1:19 amShiden

    “it’s as if I watched a series about a looming alien threat and never saw a single alien”

    Signs?

  • January 8, 2011 at 2:10 amCommiE

    one day a scene like this will happen

    ~styl gets injured by random antangonist~

    Touma says to antagonist “I hate seeing people hurt etc etc”
    Antagonist says ” I have a goal to accomplish no matter what etc etc”

    10 mins of monologue later

    Touma says to antagonist ” I will end you here! etc etc”
    Antagonist says ” your friends dead btw”

    Touma yells “styl NOOOO!!!”
    ~Touma falcon punches random antagonist and proceeds to another 5 min of monologue of how he could have saved Styl

    End of Ep XXXX

  • January 8, 2011 at 2:13 ambanzemanga

    This series started good but it ended up like horrible. They dragged the episodes too much like Haruhi’s endless eight. And they made Toma use too many cliche lines over and over again and yet hardly was able to convince the message (although we already knew the message).

  • January 8, 2011 at 2:45 amEldaron

    It was an interesting episode, but why the hell did she do that http://randomc.net/2011/01/07/to-aru-majutsu-no-index-ii-13/, i mean she had the clearly advantage, and should have figured out by now how the power of Touma works = its pointless. Given how it all ended it wouldn’t had made any difference if Touma had lost ( as if :) or time were running out.
    I don’t like it when Touma or any protagonist wins because of the stupidity of the enemy.

    • January 8, 2011 at 2:52 amEldaron

      • January 8, 2011 at 3:35 amGaze of Providence

        Oriana actually had Touma cancel that ball of light just so it would cause a backlash effect (as is the reason why he is reluctant in touching magic related stuff if someone other than himself is involved, like Stiyl and Seiri being affected by the counter-spell in the 9th episode) and explode all over him, you can obviously see Touma nearly fainting because of this and with Oriana going in for the kill.

      • January 8, 2011 at 4:46 amEldaron

        I wasn’t clear enough sorry, i meant i don’t understand why she sacrificed all her “magic note” for a final attack. No one would do that (except in anime i guess). She had the upper hand (whit Stiyl down) so why risk everything?
        What you said makes sense tho, i knew Oriana planned him to use imagine breaker there, but i thought the explosion was an other spell. (she is like a mesmer in Guild Wars btw xD)
        Anyway i was just pissed of how little effect it had on Touma, and so it seemed kinda pointless to sacrifice everything.

      • January 8, 2011 at 11:59 amEbisu

        Maybe she didn’t have more MP? It’s quite amazing how the magicians cast one spell after the other without getting tired.

      • January 9, 2011 at 1:22 pmGaze of Providence

        The simplest answer to that is Touma broke her illusions, by explaining to her that she gave up on bringing a perfect world to people by allowing someone else (Roman Catholic Church) to force their own standard of a perfect world.

        Basically, she was pissed at herself and probably didn’t want to fight anymore.

  • January 8, 2011 at 3:15 amahelo

    so when will mgic and religion cross? As much as I love this series, Im getting tired after this many episodes…. I just hope something better happens and Mikoto is actually used as a main character or something. Looking at the comments from the LN readers it doesnt seem that she’ll ever stand side to side with Touma when fighting.

    • January 8, 2011 at 3:44 amGaze of Providence

      Magic and religion? Don’t you mean magic and science?

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    • January 8, 2011 at 4:37 pmSuzushina Yuriko

      For the last time, Mikoto is not a main character in Index. That’s what Railgun’s for.

      This entire season is for building up tensions between the magic and the science side.

      • January 9, 2011 at 1:28 amDa5id

        Actually, she is. She’s a protagonist from the science side, otherwise we wouldn’t be getting both sides. And why would someone who isn’t a main character in Index even be allowed a spin-off if that were the case?

      • January 9, 2011 at 3:14 amMitsud

        ^ True fax. For your Mikoto fix, go watch Railgun. She’s a major character but not THE main character. She will appear only 20%-40% of the time tops in Index season 2.

  • January 8, 2011 at 4:52 amewok40k

    With friends like those, who needs enemies… Touma getting into the way of Styil’s Innocentius, wasting time on speeches, WTF?
    Oriana’s spell implosion bomb was nice touch.
    Double falcon punch for the stubborn enemies who refuse to yield to oratory?
    As much as Catholics were remorseless in their attempt to conquer Academy City, I think Laura out-matched them with final plane sabotage. In real world such actions would lead to brink of the war, BTW…
    And it seems Mr Crowley is out to make Touma’s Imagine Breaker into something even more powerful.
    It seems post-action antics of the haremettes was most fun part of the episode. And it does speak volumes in the words of such fighting action scene addict like me.
    2 words: Love bites!

    • January 8, 2011 at 7:15 amReddyRedWolf

      Styil made it clear there would be a blood bath. Face it Touma is Superman with Batman’s no kill policy. Unlike A Certain Accelerator. Touma also having a Spiderman sense of responsibility. He doesn’t have a ambition to save the world and such but he’ll protect those around him and for those asking help. Various organizations are assessing Touma as threat not only with his hax ability to render the super natural moot but also the allies and friends on both sides he is gathering.

  • January 8, 2011 at 7:09 am1Lau

    Wow another great episode.

    I’m curious what actually happened at the end when the plane exploded.

    Deidara would have said:”Katsu!” xD
    http://randomc.net/image/To%20Aru%20Majutsu%20no%20Index/To%20Aru%20Majutsu%20no%20Index%20II%20-%2013%20-%2017.jpg

  • January 8, 2011 at 7:19 amcaramel_cod

    I can’t decide whether I’m still enthusiastic about this series or not. On the one hand, Touma’s typical cliched shonen-speak is rapidly approaching unbearable levels; on the other hand, he channels this energy into hilarious punches that make me believe the series’s writer/director has serious wifebeating fantasies.

    So, is annoying dialogue and pointless exposition worth sitting through for the chance to see an angsty teenager wallop more bitchy women?

    • January 8, 2011 at 10:19 amSilentCid

      Touma is a role model to all the pimps on what they should do if a woman talks back to you… What is there not to like?

      • January 8, 2011 at 5:37 pmbanzemanga

        No, if you go back to all the earlier episodes; Touma never used cliche lines until here. Touma is supposed to be the “I don’t care, i will do what is right” type of person who speaks less and do more. The wizard woman was supposed to be way stronger than Touma like Accelerator but it didn’t fell like that. Rather, it felt like Touma got weaker. And unlike the fight with Accelerator, Touma punches are comboless and wimpy and only using his right fist here when he should be using strategy.

  • January 8, 2011 at 8:51 amoutcast

    Wait what happened to the pilot-oh?

  • January 8, 2011 at 10:49 amOmega

    Pic30: Vampire Mikoto-chan?

    *cleans neck*

  • January 8, 2011 at 11:34 amApple

    • January 8, 2011 at 5:23 pmDXHK

      Nureru~~~~~~~~~~!

  • January 8, 2011 at 12:23 pmLectro Volpi

    Touma just wants to see Styl bleed, I know it! and to be honest I’m not much a fan of Styl myself… hate the “If you make her cry I’ll beat you” type of characters.

    Poor Oriana but she earned it. Just stay still biatch!

  • January 8, 2011 at 12:24 pmCannibalTree

    Lidvia is probably still alive (and very happy).

    If she was able to create a Holy See by stabbing the pilot with the Croce di Pietro in free fall, it would have changed the territory in question (a corpse falling at 55 m/s) to be beneficial to the Roman Catholic Church both spiritually and, more importantly at the time, physically.

  • January 8, 2011 at 12:31 pmsaco3

    Whats going to happen to Oriana Thomson? did Touma just add here to the ally list??

  • January 8, 2011 at 2:24 pmDorian

    The problem with the Night Parade is that we only got a foreshadowing that it could happen because of Himegami. Now, unless I missed it in the past episodes, there was no indication that the Night Parade was a bunch of fireworks. If that had been stated at any point, and perhaps a few more hints of what it was about, then I think the ending for this arc would’ve been acceptable.

    And I’m kinda disappointed that they didn’t animate Touma and Miss Festival Breasts having the girl walking in on the naked guy scenario. I like her and want her to have more screen time.

  • January 8, 2011 at 2:40 pmblackwings89

  • January 8, 2011 at 4:26 pmSuzushina Yuriko

    Really, I’m not even going to try and attempt to convince people to change their minds because they’ll always be complaining about SOMETHING in Index. Even though I know the last arc will be incredibly awesome, I’m sure people will complain about it then as well.

    I thought this was an excellent arc that ended great. I liked the irony that the Daihaseisai they were wrecking ended up thwarting their plans in the end. Lidvia got her just desserts even if Touma didn’t punch her – I think being thrown out of a plane and being forced to choose between saving a magical artifact of immense power and saving a life is a pretty just punishment.

    The only thing I didn’t like is that they used Stiyl’s runes for the plane scene, and even that I can overlook.

    • January 8, 2011 at 4:56 pmSuppa Tenko

      Wait… so did she save the Cross or did she save the pilot? Because it seems to me she caught the sword… yet I heard a splat.

      • January 9, 2011 at 6:15 amGaze of Providence

        Her intention was to save both, since Laura pretty much challenged her that she could not save both the cross and the pilot. This is because she also has this fetish where she desires greater obstacles to face her, as she delights in conquering that said great obstacle.

        Splat effect is an exaggeration, though completely justified since the cross pretty much very hard and could apparently crack through concrete.

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    • January 9, 2011 at 2:39 amLectro Volpi

      I was like that with High School of the Dead.

      “There is too much fanservice” You were warned beforehand.
      “Characters behave in an unrealistic way” really? in “live movies” they act as if they never saw a freaking zombie movie/book/legend before! “He was attacked by a zombie. We must try to heal him and keep him close to us!”. At the very least in HSOD they are like “It is like in that movie/book/manga”.

      But I realized I was a whiner myself with my: “Why you don’t you like it? it’s the best show!” kinda thing.

    • January 9, 2011 at 6:07 amGaze of Providence

      One cannot please all, that is human nature after all.

      Anyway, loved this arc to death, ESPECIALLY the massive trolling by Touma (in essence it was Aleister’s doing) on Lidvia, Laura on Lidvia and of course the author on the readers.

  • January 8, 2011 at 5:25 pmVoid

    Has anyone else noticed that despite the whole “Science meets Magic” premise that they mention in eery preview, the ONLY character that we have ever seen interact with both science and magic is Touma? Not once have we seen Misaka vs a magician, or kuroko, or the sisters, or for that matter Stiyl vs anyone with an ability. We’ve basically got two separate casts with a small overlap of one character in action. The closest we have seen Misaka or Kuroko or anyone with an ability to anyone who’s a magician was that funky dodgeball game, and it’s not like she knew what it was, she was just there. I want to see Kuroko or one of the sisters have an embolism because they are seeing magic, but it can’t exist, etc. Or Anti-skill getting their asses handed to them by a mage, having no idea how this is happening because the person isn’t in the ability database.

    • January 9, 2011 at 11:04 amLurker

      Last arc of 1st series, Sherry’s Golem vs Kuroko (who gets saved by Mikoto) scene… then later anti-skill gets owned by Sherry.

  • January 8, 2011 at 6:05 pmMike

    quote
    “The only thing I did take away was how ruthless the Anglican Church can be in response to the Roman Catholic Church’s actions, as Laura sent Lidvia flying out of a plane and more or less toyed with her while she plummeted to her death with the Croce di Pietro. In terms of plot, I just hope this means the “crazy bitch” is dead. ”

    That was the only part I totally enjoy in this entire arc, crazy bitch deserve to die, I totally hate religious frantic like that, saying they act in the name of god, trying to change ppl when no one as them to, what give them the right to change how one live their lives. If I have a say in how this end I would have made laura humilated her more and toy with her even more just to rub it in her face.

  • January 9, 2011 at 2:01 amdeafvader

    For all you peeps who are against the Falcon Punch…

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  • January 9, 2011 at 5:30 amKimberly

  • January 9, 2011 at 11:25 amhaseo0408

    Well, this was a good for really long arc (especially because Himegami is fine after all) and I´m looking where the series is heading next.

  • January 9, 2011 at 1:53 pmsealouse

    Isn’t the Roman Catholic church based in Italy? I sure hope the next arc is better than this one.

  • January 10, 2011 at 7:36 amWilfriback

    @DIVINE: “Given how this arc went, I’ll have to retract my statement about it being nice not having Index as the focus for a change, because the goofy interactions at the hospital quickly reminded me that more screen time for her would’ve made things more enjoyable.”

    Didn’t Touma and Stiyl avoided to spend the whole night chasing the Amakusa (first arc) because Index knew about the spell only works on midnight and told them to not do so? This time was the same situation and Touma showed how much of a idiot overprotective guy can be over Index.

    Still, I can’t understand why Japan loves to throw us their annoying festivals as if they were something new when every anime series has them. This was the sports festival. I fear the cultural festival :S.

  • January 12, 2011 at 12:52 amshinai

    it’s kind of lame that while watching the whole thing, at the back of my mind, i already know that the fireworks would end up saving everyone. felt like a waste of time. i wish they could have shortened this one and made the misaka/sisters arc a bit longer. :(

    • January 12, 2011 at 4:39 pmWilfriback

      What?
      Sisters arc ended with the defeat of Accelerator…. the previous season.

  • January 12, 2011 at 11:11 am[SiNaN]

    I laughed a lot while reading the first paragraph. It was a great read, thanks Divine!