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「開戦前」 (Kaisenmae)
“Before War Breaks Out”

Other than the conclusion to the Fuze Kazakiri at the very beginning, this episode felt like a precursor to an all-out war between science and magic. It also came off as the calm before the storm with Touma inadvertently unhooking Himegami’s bra and eating sukiyaki with all this classmates, which was a little odd considering that next week is the finale. It’s as if the producers aren’t concerned about wrapping up this sequel and are content with bridging arcs in expectation of a third season. The opening scene between Touma and Hyouka with IKU’S “Pray ~Inori” insert song probably should’ve been included at the end the previous episode for added effect, while Accelerator getting “recruited” into an underground organization called GROUP serving as the actual start to this next arc.

The episode title itself was more telling than the actual events that took place, as questions surrounding GROUP quickly became the primarily focus. Familiar faces popped up in the Aztec magician still posing as Unabara Mitsuki, i.e. Etzali (Kishio Daisuke), whom Touma defeated back in episode eighteen of season one, as well as Musujime Awaki (Sakurai Harumi), whom Accelerator left in a bloody mess back in episode seven of this season. What came as a surprise was Tsuchimikado’s involvement, as I don’t recall it ever being explicitly stated that he’s been blackmailed into doing the Board of Directors’ bidding. In any case, that is the purpose of GROUP, who’s been ordered to handle internal affairs by taking out Skill-Out’s leader Komaba Ritoku (Miyake Kenta).

From what I gather, the finale will quickly conclude around stopping Academy City’s armed group of Level 0′s, whom viewers of Railgun will probably remember from the arc on Mii and Big Spider. Suffice to say, not quite the direction I was anticipating after hearing Acqua’s talk with fellow member of God’s Right Seat, Terra of the Left (Ootsuka Houchuu), followed by Heaven Canceller’s disagreement over Aleister’s actions. Misleading episode titles are nothing new to Index, but those two scenes did have me eagerly looking forward to the outbreak of war between Academy City and the Roman Catholic Church that never came about. Judging from the progression here, I am somewhat optimistic about getting a glimpse of that next time though. It would be the farthest thing from a conclusive ending, but it would fulfill it’s purpose of building up demand for a third season.

With so much going on story-wise, the lighthearted stuff was a refreshing change of pace as usual, particularly when Seiri’s talking about front-clasp bras as if they’re a deterrent to unhooking them. (More like an ambitious adventure.) I also loved seeing Index’s beastly appetite when it comes to meat, and Tsuchikimado’s priceless reaction to Touma’s new-found determination to learn English. Touma sure has his priorities right. Why fight in a war when you can be a mediator instead! (Granted, he wasn’t even considering that.) Anyway, I still can’t shake the feeling that the series is slated to conclude at a huge crossroad, but I’ll reserve judgement about how it’s done when I actually see it.

 

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March 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm
68 comments »
  • March 25, 2011 at 9:39 pmRedEyesFan

    looking at Index gulping down the meat…

    OMG.

    f yeah on drunk Misaka mum on next episode with Acclerator

    • March 26, 2011 at 7:09 amSilentcid

      Yes that is Misaka’s mom in the next episode.

    • March 26, 2011 at 8:34 amboingman

      She was cute when was all going “meat, oh meat, meat oh meat.” :D

  • March 25, 2011 at 9:48 pmFOA

    Himegami looks like she has elf ears in miniature version of pic 20

    • March 25, 2011 at 10:09 pmGaze of Providence

      That’s Seiri you silly goose.

    • March 26, 2011 at 4:21 pmLectro Volpi

      Don’t pick on Seiri!

  • March 25, 2011 at 9:50 pmFOA

    also in scene in pic 29, i though that guy’s face was going to melt or something when Accelerator pushed him against the wall, looked weird

  • March 25, 2011 at 9:53 pmthe_custard

    theres going to be a third season right! luv the rub the back really fast to unhooked the bra lol

    • March 26, 2011 at 7:10 amSilentcid

      I don’t see why not.

    • March 26, 2011 at 11:26 amchris

      Not that easy to unhook a bra. Buuuuuuuuuuuut if you remember she has to wear walking church undergarments, touma might have broken the enchantment, just like with index.

  • March 25, 2011 at 9:56 pmZangkin

    What a nice uptake to the series. It had a little comedy and action mixed together. Good episode overall along with Fukiyose coming into the spotlight again. Loved both parts when Touma offered some potatoes.

  • March 25, 2011 at 10:00 pmmegalith

    I shouldn’t be saying this again but.. That quality… A couple of times I can see something off with the picture.

    I hope the next episode is better.

  • March 25, 2011 at 10:03 pmGaze of Providence

    Tsuchimikado is a triple agent, and it would not unusual for him to work for Academy City.

    • March 26, 2011 at 1:54 amRickyMack

      not this time. Tsuchimikado tells Accelerator: “we both have important people we want to protect.” in other words, they’re using Tsuchimikado’s sister to black mail him into cooperating.

      • March 26, 2011 at 7:15 amSilentcid

        In the SS book when it goes into Tsuchimikado thoughts it not black mail it’s more that his sister that he loves lives and works in Academy City. The last big battle is what pushes him to side more on the Science side than the magic side.

      • March 26, 2011 at 7:51 amGaze of Providence

        Indeed, but here, I’m giving a rational explanation based on the anime alone without the aid of the novels to anime watchers.

  • March 25, 2011 at 10:12 pmZeta

    Toma: Would you like a potato?

    Sexy boobs chick: *suspecious glare* SO MOE!!

    I lol’d my ass off. Good episode, too bad the next episode is the finale. D;

    Need a 3rd season!!!

  • March 25, 2011 at 10:23 pmahelo

    no biribiri- BOO
    yes GROUP with awesome Accelarator- CLAPS

  • March 25, 2011 at 10:24 pmElviscelerator

    A little less conversation

    A little more action

    All this acceleration ain’t satisfactioning me

  • March 25, 2011 at 10:30 pmKarmafan

    For sure we are gonna be left with a very unsatisfying conclusion to this season and everything as a setup for a 3rd season. I would not be surprised if it even ends on a cliffhanger with some of the lead characters in peril.

    • March 26, 2011 at 7:17 amSilentcid

      I know the answer to this but I guess we just have to wait and see when the last episode comes out…

  • March 25, 2011 at 10:37 pmgawrshness

    hey what happened to Last Order? D:

  • March 25, 2011 at 10:39 pmNhelraios

    Hmmm. I can only hope they make a 3rd season or at least extend the episodes to conclude this “all out war”.

    Nice to see old faces here and this so called GROUP. Did anybody else notice that thing attached on Iwaki’s nape? Seems like she suffered heavily from that fight with Kuroko and had to use something like that of Accelerator’s.

    Also new character at the last episode?

    • March 25, 2011 at 10:59 pmGaze of Providence

      Yes, he becomes very important after his “baptism” by Touma.

    • March 25, 2011 at 11:56 pmLonghaul

      “Did anybody else notice that thing attached on Iwaki’s nape?”
      Show Spoiler ▼

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 25, 2011 at 10:46 pmTehJawknee

    Seiri talking about the front clasp bra seemed more like an invitation than a threat to me.

    • March 25, 2011 at 11:20 pmDivine

      This is what I was getting at.

    • March 26, 2011 at 7:20 amSilentcid

      To me it was telling Touma that his trick to rub someone’s back after giving a potato to only unbutton someone’s bra was rejected.

  • March 25, 2011 at 10:52 pmdthiswhtuseek

    For what it’s worth i really hope that they make season three 4cour there’s just too much to squeeze in other wise, frankly season two would have made much more sense and would have had less pacing issues if it had been a 3cour series. In all seriousness if they screw up what made To Aru Majutsu popular, i don’t know what I’d do. Oh and hurray for Hamazura.

    • March 26, 2011 at 7:21 amSilentcid

      I didn’t see pacing issues with season 2. This was exactly how it was in the book.

  • March 25, 2011 at 11:07 pmDan

    Was I the only one who immediately remembered Terra for his role as Whitey in Arakawa?

    • March 26, 2011 at 12:41 pmSuzushina Yuriko

      Holy crap, I knew that voice was familiar!

    • March 26, 2011 at 3:16 pmDivine

      Jiraiya from Naruto is whom I immediately associate Ootsuka Houchuu with.

  • March 25, 2011 at 11:10 pmRasone0104

    T.T why does all good things have to end so fast….
    Now Everyone has to wait for the next seasons or an new Ova….

    I was reading the LN translation and I really wanted this scene to be animated…..

    Show Spoiler ▼

    cudos to baka tsuki XD

  • March 25, 2011 at 11:37 pmDude

    GROUP members consists of

    T- Tsuchimikado
    E- Etzali
    A- Accelerator
    M- Musujime Awaki

    Should call them TEAM instead lol.

    • March 26, 2011 at 5:53 amFirefly

      Brought this up last EP, everyone ignored me.

      • March 26, 2011 at 10:22 amdo_ob

        It was funny.

  • March 25, 2011 at 11:59 pmOni

    who is on the preview with blood all over?

    • March 26, 2011 at 12:17 amLonghaul

      Shiage Hamazura, someone who becomes important later.

      • March 26, 2011 at 7:08 amOni

        thanx for the info thought it was Tsuchimikado

  • March 26, 2011 at 1:36 amxcswmboy

    I found the existence of GROUP to be really weird as they are all made of handicapped people. Accelerator limited to 30minutes+gun skills. Musujime has trauma. Tsuchimikado can’t use magic offense without killing himself. Unabara is…useless.

    I guess it’s the overcoming the handicap that makes for good story telling.

    Shiage’s turn.

    • March 26, 2011 at 4:09 amKakarum

      unabara is extremely adept at disguising himself , accelerator becomes Show Spoiler ▼

      , and the other 2…..pretty much well….handicapped…yea…

      • March 26, 2011 at 7:24 amSilentcid

        They are resourceful in their own little way.

    • March 26, 2011 at 7:58 amGaze of Providence

      Fake Unabara being useless…

      Oh wow, an Aztec magician sent to kill the Imagine Breaker and destroy his faction, is called useless. I wish there was a third season because if there was, you would be told so hard they’d rename the show as Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 26, 2011 at 3:44 amWant some candy?

    Why does Accelerator have that thing around his neck?
    Can anybody tell me?

    • March 26, 2011 at 6:41 amDacasa

      He lost his ability to make calculations thanks to the headshot he got a few episodes back. That thing around is neck is a connection to the MISAKA network, who does the calculating for him instead.

    • March 26, 2011 at 8:46 amGaze of Providence

      Did you just pick up this anime in this exact episode?

      Show Spoiler ▼

      • March 26, 2011 at 6:45 pmWant some candy?

        Thanks
        I just lose track of things quick

  • March 26, 2011 at 3:47 amWardragon115

    the world war 3 arc will fall to movie…

    • March 27, 2011 at 2:47 pmSilentcid

      Anything that’s ahead of the anime needs to be spoiler tagged.

  • March 26, 2011 at 6:37 ambear

    Of course, Touma needs to learn English. Right now he can only give his boring speeches to people who know Japanese ;).

    • March 26, 2011 at 9:35 amkabayongtao

      I’m actually rooting for his preach in English version. :))

      Is there an English dub out there?

      • March 26, 2011 at 10:19 amdo_ob

        in progress

  • March 26, 2011 at 6:44 amDacasa

    IS it just me or are the alliances a bit confusing. Aleister stated that the doctor is actually his enemy, and now he’s out killing level 0 espers. I’ve got a feeling there’re going to be 3 alliances. The magic side, the Aleister side and the side with the doctor. And i think Touma will join the last one. Offcourse these are all specualtions because i haven’t read the manga.

  • March 26, 2011 at 7:08 amSilentcid

    Yes To Aru Majutsu no Index SS book! I remember the start of the last arc if some of us thought it was either going to end on volume 13 or maybe SS. I think we had Gaze of Providence that SS was going to be ova. Glad we got to see this one too for a season finale.

    • March 26, 2011 at 7:54 amGaze of Providence

      That’s because I would have never predicted JC Staff to cram one of the longest novels along with one of the shortest ones.

      I should’ve expected this since they crammed volume 8 (Tree Diagram Remnant Arc) into two episodes.

      I mad.

  • March 26, 2011 at 7:19 amoutcast

    what… i don’t even… This episode was all over the place. Usually i have some misaka to calm me down but that wasn’t the case this ep.

    • March 26, 2011 at 7:26 amSilentcid

      This comes from the SS book. Some people say the SS stand for side stories but to me that means something off the main story. So I believe it’s Short Stories which doesn’t have a huge arc in them but are part of the main story. So you have many of these go by quickly.

  • March 26, 2011 at 8:02 amamado

    I like how GROUP is brutal, a nice change from touma’s “save everyone” view.

  • March 26, 2011 at 12:50 pmSuzushina Yuriko

    The change from volume 13 to SS felt really abrupt, and there was even an insert song at the beginning that felt out of place. SS isn’t a good place to end the season and would have been better off as an OVA, but I suppose it’s necessary to introduce Hamazura Shiage.

    Hamazura, the guy in the preview, Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 26, 2011 at 4:04 pmOmega

    So, what’s next after Index II? Railgun II? And what are the chances for Index III?

    • March 26, 2011 at 9:54 pmdo_ob

      Its 50/50

      • March 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm0927123

        Shana III.

  • March 26, 2011 at 4:24 pmLectro Volpi

    Seiri in this episode? Win for me! 10/10.

  • March 26, 2011 at 6:29 pmSilver

    Oh shit is that Himegami punching Touma?! That’s awesome! Now we all know you shouldn’t mess with her either and it’s funny to know another emotion from her.

    • September 20, 2011 at 4:35 pmKaydence

      This piece was a lifjeacket that saved me from drowning.

  • March 26, 2011 at 11:52 pmcode fanboy

  • March 27, 2011 at 12:53 pmいらはーさま

    lol Tsuchimikado’s reaction was priceless… Index’s part was awesome too at sukiyaki place.