“The Third Level”
Today in Touma’s Harem
Itsuwa is the best girl in this franchise thus far. Fight me. I’ve never seen another girl rescue Touma from drowning a river, knock out a teacher that was chasing him, cushion him from slumping onto the ground using her assets, cook dinner for him, drive him to the bathhouse AND try to protect him from an extremely powerful dude. Also, she’s extremely cute and adorable. Whereas other girls hit Touma for the accidents he can’t help, she simply gets flustered and doesn’t try to pin any blame on him. Does it get any better than this? I don’t think so. Though I have a really soft spot for Kanzaki Kaori and Fukiyose Seiri for… reasons.
Amakusa-Style Remix Church’s Doki Doki Quest
I have to say, I never expected this outcome when I began watching Index III. At first, I didn’t really like the members of the Amakusa-Style Remix Church. But every time they’ve appeared, following their introduction, they’ve never failed to demonstrate how fun and wacky they actually are. Tatemiya’s master plan this episode inspired by genius and insanity. Plus his obsession with Itsuwa’s boobs is something… I can vaguely relate to. And the way he captains the group’s plot to ship together Touma with Itsuwa has been extremely adventurous – even more so when they provoked the ire of Misaka Mikoto. Making a pass at the Railgun’s man is a surefire way to rattle her off, and you really don’t want to get on the wrong side of her!
The Melancholy of Misaka Mikoto
Speaking of Misaka Mikoto, it’s understandable that she’s really troubled by the fact Touma lost his memories. This means he doesn’t remember their pre-existing relationship, and most importantly, he didn’t bother to communicate these facts to her. If she thinks about it, she should realise he didn’t want to trouble her. But I understand that it feels bad. No one wants to be kept in the dark, especially where people they care about are concerned, even if there are best intentions at heart. I want to see how this plays into the overarching story, and whether she’ll eventually confront him about the memory loss to get clarification, or whether she’ll discover that Index has absolutely no clue herself.
Index Worst Girl?
Meanwhile, I don’t understand how Touma can constantly put up with this vile tempered chibi nun who does nothing but leech off him like a parasite. Index is a very unlikable character and at this point, despite possessing all the grimoires inside her head, she’s been irrelevant for most of the franchise. I’m sure I’m not the only one who dislikes her, get her out of here! Jokes aside, she isn’t entirely bad. The running gag where she bites Touma’s head does make me laugh, even if it always lowers my evaluation of her character, since most of the time it isn’t even his fault. So it’s not like she’s without redeeming qualities. As far as I can tlel, she’s received the short end of the stick, alongside that priestess girl from long ago, and it’s clear that the author doesn’t really care about them anymore. But tough luck for him – he did name the franchise after her, so he’ll definitely have to think of a solution sometime soon. Personally, I would like to see Index get greater character development. I’m sure with the conflicts between Academy City and the Roman Catholic Church reaching a global scale, it would definitely help to have organisations like the Church of England on Touma’s side via his association with Index. After all, the institutions have always been at loggerheads with each other since Henry VIII established the Church of England.
I’m sure we all had some kind of idea about Acqua’s abilities. After all, he brought a massive section of the ceiling down on Terra, eliminating a fellow member of God’s Right Hand in one fell swoop. But I’m sure we thought it would be closer. Apparently not – Touma was utterly stomped. Thinking about it, this is a terrible matchup for Touma. Our protagonist is used to facing against cocky people who don’t have a clue on how to take someone out once their supernatural talents are nullified. It’s hard to tell if Acqua is cocky so much as pious, but he looks buff as heck and possesses absolutely ridiculous martial prowess. For Touma, this isn’t a matter than can be solved with a justice punch, when the opposition can hit back with the physical force of a high speed truck. And if Itsuwa had any healing powers, apparently they were useless. So it’s safe to assume that Acqua took a trick out of Touma’s book, and the terrifying thing is that even the healing nullification is a mere drop in the ocean of what Acqua can truly do.
This might have been my favourite episode yet in Index III’s run, because it feels like the first time we haven’t blitzed through content. Additionally, they’ve introduced a new and mysterious villain, who presents a deviation from all the other ones that have come before Touma. He’s probably the most powerful enemy Touma has been seriously confronted by – by far. Of course, I have absolutely no clue how Acqua might be taken out, because he didn’t seem to exhibit anything that the Imagine Breaker could neutralise. There’s so little we know about Acqua’s powers, but we know enough to realise that they are beyond extraordinary. Maybe a Railgun here or a Sword Saint there could prove to be the solution? That said, he did crush Terra with impunity, so I’m not exactly optimistic that they could take him out on the assumption he isn’t caught off guard. I know that Itsuwa will stand her ground regardless, but at the end of the day, she’s most certainly no match for him. I hope that if Acqua gets defeated, or persuaded to take their side, that it won’t be an unjustified asspull. As for why, it completely undermines the story and greatly insults the audience’s intelligence. So here’s hoping that the arc resolution will be a satisfactory one.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading my post and see you next week. We’ll find out whether Touma will concede his right arm per Acqua’s request, or whether he’ll chose to go down guns blazing with one heck of a fight!