“Teitoku Kakine (Dark Matter)”
Accelerator – Slightly Washed Up?
Four supernatural kids against five thousand soldiers. Who do you think would win? We all knew that prime Accelerator could defeat literal entire armies by himself. However, I think it’s been stated that his powers became limited following his close encounter with death. These days, he relies on a radio collar with 20-30 minutes of battery life that’s connected up with the Misaka Network, in order to generate under 50% of his original computation power. Obviously, he’s still a force to be reckoned with, alongside the rest of GROUP. But you wouldn’t be completely deluded for thinking that he’s a tad washed up, where his limitations were concerned. After all, MEMBER’s member managed to land a blow, even though he ultimately got exposed as a one trick pony at Accelerator’s mercy.
What exactly was the business of these 5000 mercenaries? This episode, they revealed BLOCK’s aim. By infiltrating the high security prison compound, they hoped to extract Musujime’s friends and use them as a bargaining chip to access the windowless building, if not leveraging the means of transportation through Musujime herself. But things were never going to be that easy. Even with the power suits mostly deployed in Avignon, Academy City’s remaining security forces proved no laughing matter. Three scientifically advanced helicopters did most of the work when it came to taking out the five thousand men. Even excluding factional in-fighting, I don’t think BLOCK stood a chance, although it certainly helped that their leader was incapacitated by his second in command. Fact of the matter is that barring some moments of difficulty when individuals from MEMBER showed up, GROUP casually dismantled BLOCK.
Aleister’s Disposable Pawns
The skirmish between the Aztec magicians posed little relevance or interest to me, so you’ll have to pardon me for skimming over it. But speaking of MEMBER, they got overconfident and thought they could take out the two strongest espers in Academy City at the same time. Instead of bringing down two birds with one stone, it rebounded off a tree and hit them directly in the jugular. I’m not surprised that they paid the price for such folly, resulting in utter decimation. Assuming they answer to Aleister Crowley like they claimed, I doubt that he honestly believed that they stood a chance. From my perspective, MEMBER could only have been pawns in his game of playing these organisations like chess. Aleister’s goal? I can hardly tell at this point. There are going to be a lot of disgruntled people with a bone to bite when it comes to him, and I’m not sure why it’s necessary for Aleister to continue provoking powerful factions. How is he meant to fight a war against the Roman Catholic Church if he pisses off Academy City’s most powerful espers? Perhaps he possesses ridiculous powers surpassing all prior precedent and likes messing around for the shits and giggles. Or maybe he knows that his boy Touma will have him covered, when Acqua of the Posterior decides to launch his invasion.
On the other hand, we finally discover Frenda’s fate. She took a beating from Kakine and unable to withstand the suffering, betrays ITEM’s location to him. After which he instantly makes a beeline towards their humble abode. Considering that Kakine remained unscathed from their prior encounter, while Mugino came out much worse for wear, I can’t imagine that things will go well for ITEM this time around. We’ve only seem him flex some white wings, but that’s enough to tell us that there could be an angelic nature to his powers. For those who can remember Angel Fall, that can’t be good at all. Mugino is in for a rude surprise and I’m trying to figure out how ITEM can escape from this situation. Given the handicap that Accelerator sustained, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kakine has actually surpassed Accelerator to become the strongest esper in Academy City.
For all my gripes about animation and pacing, I remain optimistic that JC Staff can live up to the hype where fights are concerned. Looking at the episodic previews, it seems like Accelerator will finally face off against Kakine. No doubt, the battle to determine Academy City’s No.1 esper ranks as one of the most exciting fixtures so far among this year’s anime, and I will be extremely excited to see the outcome. Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading my post and see you next week for what will hopefully be an epic confrontation!