「天罰術式」 (Tenbatsu Jutsushiki)
“Divine Punishment Technique”
Even for To Aru Majutsu no Index, the number of punches to the face was off the charts in this arc’s conclusion. Accelerator was on the receiving end for a good chuck of them when his battery died, so there was no shortage of his face getting smashed in. Touma on the other hand got the job done with a single right once the opportunity presented itself, much like he always does. Good ‘ol Imagine Breaker. It’s so reliable it’s worth laughing over.
Amazingly, Touma’s preaching felt so warranted this time because Vento’s grudge against science is so messed up. It’s pretty hard to sympathize with her when she’s blaming the inventors of the amusement park ride for not making it safe enough, and the doctor who couldn’t save both her and her brother because there wasn’t enough blood for two transfusions. That’s some seriously misdirected hate that turned her into the crazy person she is today, so I was completely on board with Touma about beating some sense into her. Crazy and stupid in fact, as she never made the connection about how using her magic was killing herself within Academy City’s AIM field.
Incidentally, Kihara’s psychotic nature made Vento out to be the more understandable villain. As far as I’m concerned, he was only eclipsed by our Accelerator becoming unbelievably creepy when he rose up like a zombie gasping for air. The only thing missing was Accelerator biting Kihara after he pulled out his hair and grabbed his leg. He seemed to be built like an undead too. I was pretty impressed by the absolute thrashing he was able to endure, seeing as he’s supposed to be fairly weak without his Vector Change ability. I gather that changes now that he busted out some semi-evolved form with black angel wings and finished Kihara off. Level 5.5?
For me, there were some inadvertent lighthearted moments amidst all that, namely when Index thinking of a way to counter the virus in Last Order that’s manipulating the AIM Dispersion Field to create Fuse Kazakiri, and completely fazed out the sound of Accelerator dying right behind her. I don’t know if that scene was intended to be funny, but I was pretty amused by how she totally ignored him and Kihara. As for the wrap-up itself, the use of a prayer to remedy the virus was relatively brief, which has me thinking that all the Fuse Kazakiri, Last Order, Testament stuff in combination with the major players in this arc, God’s Right Seat and the Hound Dogs, will be a bit of a garbled mess to anime-only viewers. I know I had to cross-reference a few things to make sure I was understanding everything correctly.