The members of Judgment have been very busy with all of the graviton incidents, meaning that Kuroko and Uiharu have had little time for their friends. Saten in particular feels left out because of her own lack of abilities, and she jokes to Mikoto about using the urban legend Level Upper which supposedly increases ability levels. Seeing Saten like this, Mikoto suggests that all four of them go shopping together, but she finds out later that Kuroko is still too busy to come. Nevertheless, Mikoto, Saten, and Uiharu go out together, and unbeknownst to them, Uiharu’s Judgment armband is spotted by a certain someone who is constantly getting bullied and holds a grudge against Judgment members. Inside a store, Mikoto runs into Touma who is helping a little girl around, and the two part ways without any major incident. A short while later, Uiharu gets a phone call from Kuroko warning her that the next incident will be taking place at the store she’s currently at, so she and the others begin evacuating everyone. They succeed in doing so, but Mikoto runs into Touma again, and he’s lost sight of the little girl, so the two go back inside.
The pair arrives just as the little girl is passing to Uiharu a stuffed animal that was given to her by a guy with glasses. Realizing that something is wrong with it, Uiharu tosses the stuffed animal aside and tries to protect the little girl while Mikoto springs into action and attempts to use her railgun against it. Unfortunately, Mikoto fumbles the coin she was going to use, and an explosion envelops the area. Believing that he was successful, the culprit slinks off, happy with his success and power. Mikoto, however, had survived and now finds this culprit in an alleyway. She counters his power with her railgun, and when he starts yelling about the evils of people with power, she punches him. Kuroko arrives soon after and explains to the guy that even Mikoto started out as a Level 1 and had to put in a lot of work to get to Level 5. In the aftermath, Kuroko goes up to the scene of the explosion, and even though everyone thinks that Mikoto saved the day, Kuroko is confused at how Mikoto’s power protected the others. What Mikoto doesn’t tell anyone is that she wasn’t able to do anything back then, and it was actually Touma who had stepped in and used his right arm. When she runs into him again, she suggests that he could be known as hero, but Touma doesn’t care about anything like that as long as everyone is safe.
For the most part, I thought this was a pretty good episode. I loved Touma’s role and attitude here – I hate to say it like this (and I think I’m repeating myself), but he’s a lot more fun of a character to watch and cheer for when he appears in a limited fashion like this, without his annoying parts. The one thing I didn’t really understand though is how his power stopped the blast. I was under the impression that the Imagine Breaker could have stopped the reaction in the toy/spoon that caused the explosion, but once the explosion happened, he wouldn’t have been able to do anything against it (akin to a regular bomb going off).
Anyway, Mikoto was also fun to watch this episode because of the way she acted around Touma, but what I didn’t really like was the portrayal of the villain. I mean, I can appreciate the emphasis on power and the lesson that Kuroko and Mikoto taught the guy, but it seemed very stupid for him to be targeting Judgment instead of just going after his bullies. Plus he was just a really weak and whiny kind of guy in the first place, so there’s not much to be impressed by. The Level Upper, on the other hand, is more interesting story-wise, and it’s what they’re pointing to (perhaps a bit too obviously) as having powered him up. It also looks to be what next episode will be focused on.