On the streets of Academy City, Mikoto is chasing after Touma and manages to corner him in an alleyway. When she uses her powers against him though, he protects himself with his right hand and then escapes. By the time Mikoto realizes that he’s gone, she runs into Uiharu and Saten. Back at her dorm room, Kuroko is preparing for a one-month anniversary with Mikoto and is devastated when Mikoto arrives back with the other two girls. In checking out the room, the curious Saten makes her way into Kuroko’s underwear collection and finds it all to be quite risqué, with the exception of the pair of Mikoto’s underwear that Kuroko has. The girls also look at Mikoto’s childhood photos and the secret photo book that Kuroko keeps of her. To make matters worse for Kuroko, Mikoto appears not to remember their anniversary and pays more attention to the other girls than to her. When Kuroko finally points it out, Mikoto reminds her that she forced her way into being roommates. Mikoto also isn’t happy when she finds out that Kuroko has bought an aphrodisiac for this occasion, and she tries to blast her with electricity. Kuroko teleports into the hallway to get away, and before a fight can really break out, the two are found by their dorm supervisor.
Because they broke the rules, the two are punished by being forced to clean the school pool. Kuroko sees this as an opportunity and has brought along a bottle spiked with some of the aphrodisiac, but Mikoto knows better than to drink it. While they’re working, they’re found by two of Kuroko’s classmates, and the two girls hit it off with Mikoto. This bothers Kuroko because she feels like she’s being left out of the conversation again, and she watches in horror as Mikoto accepts a drink from one of the girls and then accepts their help cleaning the pool. After those two girls go off for a bit, Mikoto notices Kuroko acting despondent, and Kuroko cries because she feels that she doesn’t deserve to be with Mikoto. Mikoto responds by reminding Kuroko of how, exactly one month ago, they were punished and had to clean the dining hall together, and Mikoto had actually bought a t-shirt for Kuroko as an anniversary present. This plus the fact that Mikoto considers them partners who’ll always be together makes Kuroko quite happy, and the two drink in celebration. Kuroko, however, accidentally drinks the bottle with the aphrodisiac, and because of it, she uses her teleport powers to steal Mikoto’s inner shirt and shorts, which have the same pattern as the t-shirt she bought. When the two girls from before return, they find Mikoto shocking a very happy Kuroko.
As expected, last week’s ED was the OP, and the actual ending sequence turned out to be a nice ELISA song that makes for a pleasant way to finish the episode. It’s hard for me to describe, but it’s definitely a different feel than the two IKU songs that Index ended with.
After the great start the series got off to, this was definitely not what I expected for a second episode. It certainly started out promising enough with Mikoto going after Touma, but the bulk of the episode turned out to be about Kuroko. That’s not to say that this was a bad episode because I definitely enjoyed all the humor, however if you were hoping for the story to get off to a fast start like I was (after having read some of the manga), then you might be a little disappointed. It doesn’t help either that I’m still annoyed by how Arai Satomi voices Kuroko. Also, because of her antics throughout most of the episode, I found it hard to take her seriously every time she was actually sad or crying, so it was that much harder to actually grow to like her character. Ultimately, what this indicates to me is that J.C.Staff is probably planning on a two-cour run for this show and is okay with adding in some extra character development and humor, and thus I should adjust my expectations accordingly.