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To Aru Majutsu no Index II – 18

「検体番号(シリアルナンバー)」 (Kentai Bangou (Shiriaru Nanbaa))
“Sample Number (Serial Number)”

Another awesome episode the very next week? Who would’ve thunk it? There was a bit of foreshadowing with Hyouka showing up, but this was an otherwise lighthearted affair with Accelerator and Last Order joining in on the fun. Definitely To Aru Majutsu no Index at its finest (…at least for me).

I probably could have done without the extra fan-service since we’ve been getting it in pretty heavy doses lately, though I’m not one to complain when Kaori’s at the center of it care of some inadvertent hazing by Orsola. (Go sister!) She was the lone Japanese girl at the mercy of all the European ones, which would’ve been even better if Kugimiya Rie and Ise Mariya were brought in to voice some lines for Agnese and Lucia. Still, props out to Kaori for wearing her yukata the supposed “traditional style” without any underwear. Now that’s what I call a saint!

Less Mikoto, more Misaka Imouto. While I’m just as much of a fan of Biribiri’s interactions with Touma as the next person, Misaka 10032 was surprisingly cute when she wanted a ring and overreacted to animal donuts being eaten. Getting to see a girlish side in any of the Sisters is always a plus, given how indifferent they tend to be most of the time. I’d say it’s probably the next best thing to seeing it in Mikoto herself.

All things considered, this felt like an Accelerator character development episode with Yomikawa preaching to him a bit about opening up people, except it was kind of hard to see it as such when he and Touma took part in a child-swapping day of sorts. Most of my attention was on how Touma seemed to get the better end of the bargain since he didn’t have to feed Index and deal with her complaints and biting, and became the abuser instead of the abused for a change. I got a pretty good laugh out of that, as well as Accelerator’s “…the fuck?” reaction to the voice message Last Order left. In contrast, the end of this episode was heartwarming in a way, especially with the way Accelerator showed his concern for Last Order.

Judging from the preview, it looks like these past two episodes are the so-called “calm before the storm”. Accelerator’s kindness will probably be tested by one Kihara Amata (Fujiwara Keiji) from his past, with none other than Last Order to get him all riled up. Interestingly enough, we also see the return of Sasha Kruezhev since the Angel Fall incident in season one, and alongside her is the yet to be introduced Vassilisa who’s also a member of Russia’s Annihilatus. I don’t know what role they’ll play in this arc, but Vento is still floating around, so it’s probably safe to assume that Touma’s going to be targeted sooner or later.



February 12, 2011 at 3:32 am
  • February 12, 2011 at 3:41 ammegalith

    Wow… That preview… I’m tempted to catch up…

  • February 12, 2011 at 3:44 amoutcast

    What do the goggles do again?

    I can’t wait for the next episodes. (1 every time just isn’t enough)

    • February 12, 2011 at 3:54 amReddyRedWolf

      Mikoto’s clones are not Level 5 hence the googles help them see at the EM spectrum. At most they are Level 3 I think.

      • February 12, 2011 at 5:50 amYoruhime

        Aren’t the sisters Level 2 and Last Order being Level 3?

      • February 12, 2011 at 6:59 amMrRei

        From what I remembered the sisters are range from level 2-3, depending from clone to clone. And even if they did managed to get to level 4 or 5, they are not expected to see the in EM for some reason that they cannot match the original.

      • February 12, 2011 at 7:34 amSetsu

        Misaka WORST are lvl 4

      • February 12, 2011 at 8:49 amdrzero7

        Misaka clones started at LV2, but with over 10000 fights with Accelerator, they evolved into LV3s. Last Order started out as a LV3. (But for some reason, she can’t fight AT ALL, like Index) And yes, more moe Misaka Imouto. Unlike Mikoto, Imouto is actually honest, although we all know that romance story will go nowhere. ;_;

  • February 12, 2011 at 3:54 amHere24

    Image 36 looks like a captured loli exchange.

    • February 12, 2011 at 4:02 amjrj

      lol… for that I prefer the one further in the background because at least you don’t need to feed that one constantly XD

    • February 12, 2011 at 8:09 pmahelo

      Lol loli hostage.

  • February 12, 2011 at 4:01 amjrj

    so much fan service… but oh well… shouldn’t complain too much…
    I just love the character interaction here… though the pace is slow as normal for set ups…
    can’t wait for the big “storm”, and holy, accelerator is taking some serious beat down there :()

    • February 12, 2011 at 6:10 amfeal87

      Yeah, next arc should be pretty interesting if they adapt it faithfully to the novels!

      • February 12, 2011 at 1:25 pmSilentcid

        I haven’t seen them not steer away from what the novels displays.

  • February 12, 2011 at 4:20 amewok40k

    I want that bathtub from ss 01…

    • February 12, 2011 at 4:31 amznail

      With or without the wet babe in it? :)

      • February 12, 2011 at 6:02 amewok40k

        with water, babe and clothes :P
        we can dispose of the clothes later…

    • February 12, 2011 at 5:25 amKagekyuubi

      You take the tub and I’ll take the wet babe. Deal?

  • February 12, 2011 at 4:21 amChaos2Frozen

    In case anybody was wondering, Yes- This new Kihara is related to the previous Kihara(s), and just as sadistic as the others.

    You can consider the name ‘Kihara’ to be the Black Family of Academy City’s Darkness.

  • February 12, 2011 at 4:27 amNeep

    Did anybody notice at the end of the episode, when Last Order told Accelerator to hurry up, she didn’t speak in third person? I thought it was soooo cute <33 :D

    • February 12, 2011 at 5:51 amYoruhime

      LOL, I completely missed that. XD

    • February 13, 2011 at 3:54 pmShirt

      I totally didn’t notice! SO CUTE! C:

  • February 12, 2011 at 4:42 amKyzel

    Divine, you’re a real trooper, thanks for taking the time of ‘stitching’ those full-view shots. This is, imo, where Index’s strength lies, the fan-service now, and character build ups. The fighting and action really is lackluster, again imo. Also, I’ll be honest, I was tryiiing to wait out your post since you showed the full-view ones Divine, since 3am. <_< Yay.

    • February 12, 2011 at 6:11 amfeal87

      It does get better later in the novel, but yes, your point is true. Index without fanservice would be a big monologue by Touma. :D

  • February 12, 2011 at 5:54 amKarmafan

    Was nice to see Sherry again from season 1. I wonder if she will play a part in the upcoming Show Spoiler ▼

    as a good guy for a change.

    Glad to see Hyouka is back as well. I liked her character and her being friends with Touma and Index.

    • February 12, 2011 at 6:02 amGaze of Providence

      Not during this season sadly.

    • February 13, 2011 at 10:57 amAnonymous

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 12, 2011 at 6:46 amIncognito

    Today’s episode might as well be titled, “Misaka Imouto Ga Konna Ni Kawaii Wake Ga Nai” (Misaka Imouto can’t be this cute) with the way she latches on Touma… XD

    I don’t think Kaori ever wears undies even when in her usual clothes (asymmetrical tight jeans and tied white shirt). Her bath scenes from season 1′s Angel Fall arc also seem to imply this (and makes her portrayal in most Rule 34 fanart/doujinshi spot on). Nevertheless, the possibility of a Kaori x Orsola yuri pairing is welcome though. (The yuri goggles strike again…)

    And “Prince Ali” is the one voicing Amata Kihara? Knowing the bats**t insanity of the Kihara family members we’ve met so far and Keiji Fujiwara’s roster of villains, I’d say he’s a good choice for the role.

  • February 12, 2011 at 6:50 amelijah

    Glad to see you think so highly of these light-hearted episodes,Divine. Most of the other anime bloggers just want the show to get back to the plot-filled exposition episodes again.

  • February 12, 2011 at 7:01 amLero

    Mikoto is also an abuser, you know?

  • February 12, 2011 at 7:20 amznail

    Well, the Kaori fan service did something important too, it reminds us that she isn’t that old and a girl worth keeping an eye on.

    • February 12, 2011 at 1:28 pmSilentcid

      She’s only 18. How old did you think she was?

  • February 12, 2011 at 8:01 amAccelerator the Male Tsundere

    What a bunch of useless fan-service.

    Don’t get me wrong; it’s not like I want to see lighthearted episodes.

    • February 12, 2011 at 10:10 amMrTerrorist

      Well ain’t you a Tsundere. Do you want Index or Last Order?

  • February 12, 2011 at 8:14 amAvalanche

    I think I just might prefer the Misaka Imoutos over Misaka. I love Biribiri, but she seems to have little character development compared to them.

  • February 12, 2011 at 8:35 amFot

    Service, service everywhere

  • February 12, 2011 at 9:59 amcode fanboy

    I makes me wonder if Touma had ever given the thought that Misaka was like Last Order in her youth. If he does think about that, then I’m sure that would shock him. How did such an energetic young girl turned into a tsunedere.

  • February 12, 2011 at 10:06 amTehJawknee

    LOL You shall not pass!

    I love how MISAKA got all possessive in front of Mikoto. And queue Last Order to join the fun.

    Accelerator repenting for his actions after the fallen Sisters, that alone lifts my opinion of him that much further. Great work Divine. I also thought this was the best episode so far.

  • February 12, 2011 at 10:13 amSadamitsu

    I am glad they will introduce Vasilisa in next episode. Nothing like a super strong otaku character lol

  • February 12, 2011 at 10:17 amrasone0104

    Show Spoiler ▼

    • February 12, 2011 at 10:59 amDa5id

      Or next season, if there is one.

    • February 12, 2011 at 11:43 amRickyMack

      true but consider that that’s where the novels are at. though Railgun was great filler, having to wait for a novel to finish is a lot more painstaking than waiting for an anime with the source material done, i.e. haruhi. when that happens you have studios “experimenting” with shit like endless 8.

    • February 12, 2011 at 1:30 pmSilentcid

      spoiler tags? what happens later should be spoiled.

      • February 12, 2011 at 4:29 pmrasone0104

        not really a spoiler.

      • February 12, 2011 at 8:03 pmDivine

        It’s definitely a spoiler. Edited.

  • February 12, 2011 at 10:56 amLinkSoul

    I noticed someone mentioned the name Vasilissa!

    I do not know who that is or what kind of character she will be ( i assume its a she).

    I assume that because Vasilissa is a Greek word which means Queen = Vasilissa ( Βασίλισσα)!

    Yes i am a Cypriot. A Greek Cypriot to be exact.

    I just love that anime in general use SO MUCH GREEK elements like names, legends and historic facts from the Greek History.

    It just makes me proud man. I am crying as we speak….( not really). But still….go Greece and Cyprus!

    Thats all. Thank you!

    • February 12, 2011 at 11:25 amMrTerrorist

      Here’s the good news and bad news.

      The good news, Vassilisa is a she.

      The bad news, Vassilisa is Russian.

      Sorry to destroy your dreams.

    • February 12, 2011 at 11:34 amSadamitsu

      She is also one of the strongest right up there with God’s Right seat members. She is a very playful character, but can get serious.

    • February 12, 2011 at 1:54 pmGaze of Providence

      Vasilissa’s name is derived from the Russian folk tale Vasilissa the Beautiful.

  • February 12, 2011 at 11:56 amewok40k

    hmmm i wonder about the
    Show Spoiler ▼

    • February 12, 2011 at 1:32 pmSilentcid

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    • February 13, 2011 at 9:55 amKinny Riddle

      Laura must truly be a devout believer in the “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” maxim. Even though she’s also from the Magic side and is supposed to be opposed to everything related to the Science side.

      The fact that the Administrator of Academy City Aleister Crawley is an ex-magician himself helps her fostering this “unholy alliance” as well.

    • February 13, 2011 at 10:29 amAnonymous

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  • February 12, 2011 at 12:29 pmOmega

    Heck, scrap the name Last Order. From now on, i’m gonna call her Mini-Misaka. Sounds much more better that Last Order.

  • February 12, 2011 at 1:03 pmLectro Volpi

    Index Fan service is top quality (the series, not Index the character)

    Serious business next week? if that is the deal I will enjoy this week’s episode.

  • February 12, 2011 at 3:28 pmScience

    Oh boy! So basically this episode is touma, accelerator, index and last order aimlessly walking around and talking? Great. Thanks for watching it Divine so I don’t have to ;)

    • February 12, 2011 at 8:08 pmSilentcid

      Sets up what is going to happen later.

  • February 12, 2011 at 3:54 pmkaon

    thanks¡¡¡ very good¡¡

  • February 12, 2011 at 5:41 pmRailgun

    Last Order is so cute =3

    Next episode seems nice (for now). Can’t wait for that.

  • February 12, 2011 at 9:39 pmAllanx

    Damn, Accelerator. You a pimp!

    Index II Episode 18, a.k.a. “Accelerator and his pimpin’ cane go for a stroll”, a.k.a. “Accelerator calls Index a shithead”.

    Accelerator = god tier.

    • February 12, 2011 at 10:00 pmFlamingYu

      Accelerator = god tier.

      • February 12, 2011 at 11:27 pmNom

        for the sake of moving the plot accelerator agreed to tone down his godliness and let himself be beat otherwise all would explode in his presence.

      • February 13, 2011 at 9:52 amKinny Riddle

        To (mis)quote from himself earlier on

        “Just because I’ve been nerfed doesn’t mean you’ve become stronger.”

        Nuff said.

      • February 13, 2011 at 1:45 pmAllanx

        Oh, that? He’s just taking a quick lie-down before he hands out his next gargantuan ass-whuppin’. I mean, hell. Even Cordell Walker was blindsided by an oar to the head. That doesn’t make him any less godlike.

  • February 12, 2011 at 10:45 pmMinase

    In my opinion, this is a waste of an episode. I can understand having just one filler episode, but two in a row is just….aaargh

    • February 13, 2011 at 3:06 amGaze of Providence

      >He thinks it’s filler.

      • February 13, 2011 at 11:08 amSilentcid

        To Aru Majutsu no Index has no filler which makes it great. You can’t always have no stop fighting.

    • February 13, 2011 at 5:46 amahelo

      Research your stuff first cus that ain’t filler. Or maybe your saying its filler in a sense that there’s no plot yet. If that’s the case then I love fillers in Index.

      • February 13, 2011 at 3:41 pmShirt

        Same here. If these were fillers, they are the best I’ve ever seen. I absolutely love easygoing humorous episodes like this. Hope to see more of ‘em. <3

    • February 14, 2011 at 7:46 pmMichael Chandra

      Yeah, uhm, I read all these scenes you know. Filler my tail. You need introduction and character development. Besides:
      Show Spoiler ▼

      So no, no filler. Not at all. Pretty much required even.

  • February 13, 2011 at 12:18 amSnicket

    I can see why Touma bailed on Index. I’ll take feisty (untrue to her feelings)Biribiri,or her cluster of monotone clones over that any-day. Sorry index, but if you didn’t b**** and eat so much. More people would want to hang out with you.

    Episode wise, anything with Mikoto or her clones. Is already a good one. Add some plot and development, then we got something really good.

    • February 13, 2011 at 9:50 amKinny Riddle

      You can almost see how relieved Accelerator is to finally be rid of her to know how annoying she can get sometimes. I mean, just look at how he enthusiastically whacks Last Order on the head – his way of affection. lol

      (I believe Accelerator is what you would call a “male tsundere” – people not being honest with their feelings towards people they like is not a female privilege. :) )

    • February 13, 2011 at 8:43 pmWilfriback

      Yeah, but the point is… you are not Touma and you will be more annoyed if you find on a third Index season (if there is one) how much fond of Index is Touma.

      Also in this series:
      Mikoto =/= Plot development. Just only teases but no more.

  • February 13, 2011 at 9:40 amKinny Riddle

    As if the interesting character interactions couldn’t get any better from last episode, this episode tops it up. Definitely the most enjoyable Index episode so far for a non-plot-moving episode, I found myself laughing from beginning to end.

    Kaori’s traumatizing experience with the washing machine is up there with the best comedic moments from Railgun. LMAO

    And just when I wondered whether Touma and Mikoto has ever met Last Order, in she comes introducing herself to them, with Misaka Imouto thrown in the mix as well. And they even have Index badgering Accelerator for added fun and intrigue. Pity Touma and Accelerator didn’t end up meeting, or maybe Kamachi Kazuma intends for them to fight each other again in the future.

  • February 13, 2011 at 3:42 pmShirt

    MISAKA’s bold fanservice made my heart skip a beat. <3

  • February 16, 2011 at 2:32 pmZetribe

    Nice episode. I have been waiting for Touma to finally meet Last Order and this was handled well. The interaction between Misaka Imouto and her Onee san ‘biri-biri’ was fun as was the pained look on accelerators face having to shepherd Index around.

    I am now looking forward to the day that Touma and accelerator get to compare notes on who suffers the most misfortune.!