To Aru Majutsu no Index II – 19
「木原数多（けんきゅうしゃ）」 (Kihara Amata (Kenkyuusha))
“Kihara Amata (Researcher)”
With Accelerator at the complete mercy of the researcher who apparently helped develop his powers, this may have been the first time I was looking to Touma to deliver a swift right fist to someone’s face at the very onset of an arc. Thus far, Accelerator been one of those characters that everyone seems to like despite his horrible personality, but it wasn’t until now when he put Last Order’s well-being above his own that I finally started seeing him as a “nice guy”. He’s always been one of those badasses that seem to care but never show it, except now he’s proven to be a bigger softy than even he probably wants to be after Yoshikawa’s little lecture, and someone who I want to see helped.
Be that as it may, “odd” is probably the only way I can describe seeing Acceleration pleading in his mind for someone to come in and save Last Order as he laid on the ground in a bloody mess, as it had me hoping the two guys who tried to kill one another in episode fourteen of season one would team up to lay the beat down on Kihara Amata (Fujiwara Keiji) and his Hound Dogs. From the look of things, the story is working towards that with another Index/Last Order swapping; however, I was admittedly a little disappointed when Index showed up without Touma. In hindsight, it was worth it since I got a good laugh out of how she claimed Accelerator is nicer than Touma, which to me was probably one of the biggest inadvertent insults ever. If only Touma realized who she was talking about, his reaction would have been even better.
For what I consider to be the actual start of this arc, this episode seemed to have it all from production quality levels seen in the first half of this sequel to tons of vector reversal action at Accelerator’s expense. It’s definitely one of the better starts that I can recall, considering that Vassilisa’s (Honna Youko) talk with Sasha about how Archangel Gabriel was summoned into her seems to tie in as some foreshadowing on Vento and Aleister’s little conversation at the very end. I was impressed and pleased with what I perceived as rather straightforward yet promising beginning, which I’m inclined to attribute to a better balance between science and magic this time around. I’ll reserve judgement until I see how the rest of it plays out, though I’m already a bit psyched about seeing how Touma and Accelerator get along after Index and Last Order bring them together. There was mention of Fuse Kazakiri, so it looks like we’ll be seeing more of Hyouka soon enough too.