To Aru Majutsu no Index II – 18
「検体番号（シリアルナンバー）」 (Kentai Bangou (Shiriaru Nanbaa))
“Sample Number (Serial Number)”
Another awesome episode the very next week? Who would’ve thunk it? There was a bit of foreshadowing with Hyouka showing up, but this was an otherwise lighthearted affair with Accelerator and Last Order joining in on the fun. Definitely To Aru Majutsu no Index at its finest (…at least for me).
I probably could have done without the extra fan-service since we’ve been getting it in pretty heavy doses lately, though I’m not one to complain when Kaori’s at the center of it care of some inadvertent hazing by Orsola. (Go sister!) She was the lone Japanese girl at the mercy of all the European ones, which would’ve been even better if Kugimiya Rie and Ise Mariya were brought in to voice some lines for Agnese and Lucia. Still, props out to Kaori for wearing her yukata the supposed “traditional style” without any underwear. Now that’s what I call a saint!
Less Mikoto, more Misaka Imouto. While I’m just as much of a fan of Biribiri’s interactions with Touma as the next person, Misaka 10032 was surprisingly cute when she wanted a ring and overreacted to animal donuts being eaten. Getting to see a girlish side in any of the Sisters is always a plus, given how indifferent they tend to be most of the time. I’d say it’s probably the next best thing to seeing it in Mikoto herself.
All things considered, this felt like an Accelerator character development episode with Yomikawa preaching to him a bit about opening up people, except it was kind of hard to see it as such when he and Touma took part in a child-swapping day of sorts. Most of my attention was on how Touma seemed to get the better end of the bargain since he didn’t have to feed Index and deal with her complaints and biting, and became the abuser instead of the abused for a change. I got a pretty good laugh out of that, as well as Accelerator’s “…the fuck?” reaction to the voice message Last Order left. In contrast, the end of this episode was heartwarming in a way, especially with the way Accelerator showed his concern for Last Order.
Judging from the preview, it looks like these past two episodes are the so-called “calm before the storm”. Accelerator’s kindness will probably be tested by one Kihara Amata (Fujiwara Keiji) from his past, with none other than Last Order to get him all riled up. Interestingly enough, we also see the return of Sasha Kruezhev since the Angel Fall incident in season one, and alongside her is the yet to be introduced Vassilisa who’s also a member of Russia’s Annihilatus. I don’t know what role they’ll play in this arc, but Vento is still floating around, so it’s probably safe to assume that Touma’s going to be targeted sooner or later.