When Touma questions why Index came back, the red-haired mage suggests that she might have forgotten something like her hood. The mage claims that it wasn’t him who hurt Index and that someone named Kanzaki didn’t intend for this to get bloody, but Touma is nevertheless still angry. All the mage cares about though is recovering Index – specifically, the 103,000 magic volumes inside of her mind. He explains that Index has the ability to permanently memorize whatever she reads, and since those books are dangerous, he’s here to protect her before she can be kidnapped by someone who can use magic. Touma gets so pissed with all this that he tries to punch the mage, but the mage dodges and introduces himself as Stiyl Magnus – mage name Fortis931. He uses his fire powers to try to incinerate Touma, but Touma negates the magic with his right arm, and that forces Stiyl to employ a more drastic measure. Stiyl summons a fire creature called Innocentius, and no matter how many times Touma tries to use his arm’s ability on it, Innocentius remains.
To Touma’s surprise, Index suddenly starts talking and explains that there are runes in the area that need to be erased before Innocentius can be defeated. Stiyl is confident that Touma can’t destroy all the runes, but Touma uses the opportunity to escape to a lower floor. There, Touma sees runes printed on pieces of paper that are taped all over the walls and floors. He barely has any time to think about it before Innocentius attacks again, and while running away, Touma accidentally falls off the side of the building and onto the bike canopy below. He’s relatively uninjured, and he realizes afterward that Innocentius can only exist in areas with the runes. He wants to call the authorities, but he decides to go back for Index instead and starts by activating the building’s sprinkler system. Stiyl thinks that Touma is trying to extinguish Innocentius with water, but Touma is actually using the water to wash off the ink from the pieces of rune paper. This allows him to use his right arm to get rid of Innocentius, and he finishes the fight by punching Stiyl in the face.
In the aftermath, Touma takes Index away from his apartment building and decides against bringing her to the hospital because of the potential problems. Index regains consciousness during this time and suggests that they just have to stop the bleeding. She even knows the magic to heal injuries, but it’s impossible for Touma to help because his power would get in the way. Specifically, it’s not the fact that his right arm can negate magic but rather the fact that he has a supernatural ability. Magic was created by people without special abilities because they wanted to do the same things as the people who had special abilities. The only person Touma can think of who doesn’t have such abilities is his teacher Tsukuyomi Komoe, so he brings Index to her apartment. She’s not prepared for visitors, but Touma forces his way in and lays Index down. Before Touma can explain what’s going on, Index starts glowing and talking about her bleeding and something called John’s pen. In an emotionless voice, she claims to only have 15 minutes before her life ends, and she wants them to follow her instructions. Knowing that he can’t help, Touma entrusts Index to Komoe and follows Index’s suggestion that he leave because his ability would negate the restoration magic. Unbeknownst to him, there is a girl with a sword who is keeping watch of everything from the top of a skyscraper.
Well, after this week’s episode of Toradora, I was afraid that J.C.Staff would breeze through this fight, but they actually spent most of the episode on it, and the visuals were pretty spectacular. The contrast of blue and red color schemes along the with all the flames is very similar to what was done in Shana, but this looked better in most every way. They even did a good job making Komoe as cute as she could be. Hopefully, the production staff will be able to keep up with this level of quality (which is admittedly doubtful, but not impossible).
This episode also had the appearance of Kuroko, which I assume means that there might be some change to the story or at least to the order of it since I’m pretty sure she’s not supposed to show up yet. Then again, we’re quickly approaching the point where I stopped reading the manga so as not to spoil myself for the anime, so I’m probably not one to speak on this. This also means though that after next week, everything story-wise will be fresh for me, and I’m looking forward to that. On a related note, Kuroko is voiced by Arai Satomi, and all I could think of was Sayoko from GEASS when I heard her speak. She has a much more distinct voice than I realized.