There have recently been several attacks on espers by a group dubbed Skill-Out, and even Kongou Mitsuko is a victim. She, however, is saved by a stranger wearing a leather jacket who also has a spider tattoo on his back. This leads Judgment to suspect a group called Big Spider which has been procuring illegal weapons and has been growing for the past two years. Their leader is supposedly a man named Kurozuma Wataru who also has a spider tattoo on his back, and Mikoto and Kuroko decide to go investigate. In the run-down part of town, they encounter a bunch of thugs, but they are then helped by a man in a leather jacket who’s also carrying a carton of milk. After he beats up all the thugs, the two girls follow him to a quiet rooftop with a good view of the city, and he reveals that he hasn’t been here for two years. He also explains that, for the Skill-Outs, a special ability is like the blue sky that they can’t reach.
Kuroko and Mikoto aren’t able to get anything out of him though about Big Spider or Kurozuma Wataru, and so they decide to look around some more. By chance, they come across some thugs beating up another kid, and this time they use their own powers to win the fight. They’re able to subsequently use one of the thugs to find the Big Spider base and meet the man who calls himself Kurozuma Wataru, but he uses a special sound system against them which plays a noise that disrupts the use of their abilities. Luckily for them, the man with the milk carton from before shows up again and unplugs the sound system. He recognizes the leader of the thugs as Hebitani and proceeds to beat up all the men, though Hebitani himself escapes. In the aftermath, Mikoto and Kuroko figure out that the milk carton man is the real Kurozuma Wataru, and to their shock, Konori Mii arrives on the scene and is well-acquainted with him.
This new fripSide song isn’t quite as catchy as only my railgun, but it’s still a pretty good, super fast-paced song. The ED is also a fast-paced song and is still growing on me, but my first impression of it wasn’t as favorable as it was for Dear My Friend. At least the images that went with it were nice, and the expression on Mikoto’s face on this one reminded me of the same cuteness of Last Order. Speaking of which, the opening sequence had a lot of interesting stuff in it, including an Index sighting, Konori using her power, and the lady I assume to be the villain for the final story arc.
I didn’t expect much of this episode, and it turned out a little better than I thought it’d be. Certainly it doesn’t match up to the scope of the previous arc yet, nor the emotional impact, but it still had a decent amount of mystery, action, and interesting characters. I’m mainly intrigued by how this all involves Konori Mii because I’ve been curious about her ever since episode five several months ago, and the real Kurozuma seems to be the big brother type who used to take care of her when she was younger. This episode also had a few nice moments, in particular the scene that contrasted Saten and the Skill-Outs (she seems to be getting all the good scenes lately), and I had chuckled too at how surprised Mikoto and Kuroko were at the very end. All in all, it was a decently entertaining episode, and I’m really hoping they do something good with Konori’s character.