Stiyl and Kaori are shocked when Index starts using magic against Touma since she isn’t supposed to be able to, but Touma knows that that was just a lie from the Church. He also reveals that the stuff about her not being able to survive if her memories weren’t erased every year was a big lie and that they can get rid of the need to erase memories if they negate the Church’s magic in her head. When Stiyl claims that he doesn’t need an unclear possibility and that he still supports erasing her memory if it means saving Index, Touma lectures the mage on his commitment to save Index and obtain the best happy ending. With Touma now losing his grip against Index’s magical onslaught, Kaori steps in to help by uprooting the floor mats so that Index temporarily loses her footing. This directs the magical beam of destruction through the roof, and it hits a satellite high above the planet. As a result of this, feathers start floating down from the sky, and Kaori identifies this as Dragon’s Breath. She warns that bad things will happen if they touch the feathers, and to make matters worse, Index gets back up and continues the magical assault. Fortunately for Touma, Stiyl summons Innocentius and uses it to hold off Index’s attack while Touma rushes toward her. He reaches her right as Innocentius falls, and by applying his hand to her forehead, he negates everything controlling her. Afterward, Touma picks up and holds Index in his arms, but he realizes too late that feathers are still falling around him, and one of them touches his head, causing him to collapse.
Sometime later, Index – who is now back to normal – is in the hospital talking with Touma’s doctor and has gotten a letter for Touma from Stiyl. She rips it open and reads it anyway, and inside, Stiyl explains that although the English Church wanted Index brought back immediately, they backed off to a wait-and-see approach after Stiyl and Kaori requested an explanation on being deceived. For the time being Index can stay with Touma, but Stiyl isn’t happy about this and promises to come back for her after getting some information and proper equipment. The letter explodes once Index finishes reading it, and she goes to see Touma in his room afterward. The doctor had earlier explained to her that Touma’s memories had been destroyed rather than lost because his brain cells were destroyed, yet Index is still shocked when Touma doesn’t recognize her. She tries to remind him of how she first arrived on his veranda, how he fought mages for her sake, and how she loved him, but he doesn’t remember anything. Right as Index is about to burst into tears, however, his manner suddenly changes and he starts laughing because it was all a joke. When she asks him about him forgetting everything, Touma claims that since the damage was from magic, he could use his right hand – now called the Imagine Breaker – on himself.
Index is relieved, but she also gets angry at Touma and stomps out of his room after biting him. She passes by the doctor who is on his way to see Touma, and the doctor asks Touma if that was okay. In truth, Touma really doesn’t remember anything and had only been pretending everything was fine because he didn’t want Index to cry. He doesn’t understand his own feelings, but he suggests that his memories might still be in his heart. Meanwhile, Stiyl pays a visit to a man named Aleister who is suspended upside down in a tube surrounded by a room of machinery. The two discuss the existence of something called Deep Blood and the confinement of a girl who has the ability to kill a certain living thing. The conversation then progresses to how mages are involved and how there’s a balance in the world between the science side and the magic side. Aleister mentions that he has something that is a natural enemy of mages, and Stiyl knows that he’s talking about the Imagine Breaker. Aleister wants Stiyl to team up with Touma, and though Stiyl accepts this, he questions if Deep Blood really exists. He knows that if it really does exist, then the certain living thing that it should kill also exists: vampires. Aleister finishes by wondering what the Imagine Breaker proves if Deep Blood proves the existence of vampires.
Well, unlike prior episodes, I thought this was relatively well paced, though it still had some time issues. For one, it amazes me how, while he’s being shot at with a hugely destructive beam of magic, Touma manages to find the time – a full minute even – to lecture Stiyl on saving Index. Also, did it really take Touma another minute and a half of running full speed to get across the room to reach Index? That was approaching levels of ridiculous because the room obviously isn’t that long. Having said that though, there was actually a good amount of action this week, and I really enjoyed the scene where Index thinks that Touma’s completely forgotten about her. This series could use more touching moments like that and less expositional dialogue.
Actually, it occurred to me while I was watching that the hospital scene could have served as a happy epilogue for the series in general, if for whatever reason it needed to finish here. I suspect that’s why the scene between Aleister Crowley and Stiyl was included – with the first arc over, it served as a prologue to get us interested for the next chapter of the story. I’m not quite sure what all the Deep Blood stuff was about, but it did make me wonder why it is that characters named Aleister Crowley (the other being DGM‘s) always seem to come attached with vampire-related stuff. In any case, here’s to hoping the next arc will be better than the first.