“The Document of C”
Taking on Terra
At the last supper, Jesus poured some wine and called it his blood, then tore some bread and called it his flesh. This important belief is known as transubstantiation, and acts as the basis of Terra’s light execution technique, working on the assumption that bread is constituted of flour. Although flour sounds like an underwhelming medium to channel magic, the way Terra leverages it to interact with reality makes it extremely potent. Even then, it seems like God’s Right Hand doesn’t seem to have anything on Touma’s right hand. Initially, Terra gave Touma and Itsuwa a lot of trouble. Yet he was quickly unraveled once they figured out how to work around his powers. It’s a causation power along the lines of ‘X happens, Y happens’, and if you can prevent the X from happening, then Y doesn’t take place. Once they realised that the precedent could be interrupted, by introducing a variable into the mix that had not been named, Touma negated the outcome with a shotgun and wallet before swiftly bringing down Terra with two justice punches.
Shoutouts to Tsuchimikado, who was definitely an unsung hero. He stalled Terra and also held back the armoured suits, allowing Touma and Itsuwa to accomplish their mission. And it seemed like Accelerator served as insurance policy for guaranteeing the document’s successful destruction. While he came a bit too late to the party, at least his intervention to focus on destroying the Papal Palace prevented innocent lives from being lost, sparing those who hadn’t been evacuated in time.
During the confrontation between Touma and Terra, Terra dropped intriguing hints suggesting that there was potentially more to the Imagine Breaker than we all knew. In spite of this factual morsel, it didn’t distract me from what looked like the series painting everything black and white in terms of characterisation. Touma seemed to be the only one pointing out how Terra’s actions were messed up, and I wondered why the Roman Catholic Church approved of such heinous conduct. Well, turns out they didn’t approve. They also really disliked the fact that Terra carelessly used innocents to advance his so-called salvation — and this culminated in Acqua killing him off (with blessing from the Pope to boot). And who wouldn’t be fed up if they had to work alongside a psychopathic nutcase? I appreciate this turn of events, because the factional in-fighting spiced things up, and it showed that the Roman Catholic Church wasn’t morally bankrupt to the core. Even if an important figure crosses the line, it doesn’t seem like they’d tolerate such transgressions, swiftly meting out divine providence.
Now that the Documents of C have been dispelled by the Imagine Breaker, I have to questino the exact purpose of this mission. If it was to prevent the Roman Catholic Church from manipulating truth to turn the world against Academy City, our scientific institution might still have dug out a hole for themselves. They launched an unwarranted attack, an absolute no-no from a global perspective, onto foreign soil. Consequently, I’m getting the impression that Touma’s efforts to prevent global conflict were for naught — the state of global politics in the Raildex universe is heavily veering towards a cataclysmic war between magic and science. We have only been back for three episodes, but things are already becoming extremely crazy. Honestly, who wouldn’t be excited?
Given how we’ve seen Academy City launching a politically unjustified invasion of Avignon, we currently have these two morally grey institutions squaring out to gain an upper hand against each other. Which begs the question – what interest is so vital that they need follow high risks to take each other out? Meanwhile, Touma and friends get caught up in the middle of this conflict. You know, I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up being third party arbitrators, if not an outright trump card in the hands of Academy City. Aleister Crowley is clearly playing 400 IQ 5-dimensional checkers, and I’m personally curious to see if there’s any figure on the magic side who can match up to his keen intellectual prowess.
Incidentally, I’m glad we got a glimpse of Acqua’s powers. Seeing how the members on the Right Seat of God can’t use normal magic, these folks were starting to look like a bunch of one trick ponies, who had no alternative course of action once their abilities were countered. But I can’t imagine that Touma and Co will steamroll the remaining two members. Acqua looks extremely powerful, and even though the faction has lost a significant portion of manpower, they are still proceeding with the invasion without a hint of hesitation. Such confidence could only suggest that either the Roman Catholic Church have another trump card up their sleeves, or both Acqua and Fiamma wield wield incredible powers far beyond what Vento and Terra exhibited. But can they prevail over the Imagine Breaker and friends? Now that matter would be rather contentious. They might seem stupidly strong, but who hasn’t Touma managed to overcome? Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. Thanks for reading my post, and see you next week for some more Raildex goodness!
Note: This episode cut out a lot of content from the novel. Here’s a list of useful explanations behind certain moments in the episode, courtesy of u/Razorhead!