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To Aru Majutsu no Index III – 08


“Saint Breakout”


「聖人崩し」 (Seijinkuzushi)

The Amakusa Church Strikes Back

If Tatemiya thought he was going to motivate Itsuwa by giving her a harsh rebuke, little did he know that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned! I knew that she wasn’t a pushover but I was truly stunned that Itsuwa actually stood her ground against a Saint – a member of God’s Right Seat no less who individually exceeded the collective capabilities of the Amakusa Church. Her unwavering courage in the face of an unstoppable force pretty much consolidated her status as best girl in my books. That said, it wasn’t like the group mounted a suicide attack without a plan. It certainly helped that Itsuwa had the Saint Destroyer hidden up her sleeve. In Pokemon terminologies, it’s super effective! When she utilised it against Acqua, I initially thought that they’d managed to defeat him, given the shock and paralysis he seemed to suffer. Divine energy crackling furiously through the air, I was under the impression the Saint Destroyer was meant to mimic the Longinus Spear that pierced Jesus, since symbols pertaining to the death of Christ severely weaken Saints. And Acqua concedes that this is precisely the weakness Saints have, since such interference would chaotically throw off the balance of divine energies in their bodies, potentially resulting in self-destruction.

But it turned out that was rather wishful thinking. Acqua dispels the Saint Destroyer as if it was mere child’s play then proceeds to singlehandedly wipe out the Amakusa Church’s members by tearing a rift into Academy City’s quasi-reality. How is that fair? Admittedly that left me rather disappointed because the Amakusa’s best efforts were nevertheless futile. But it did set up the field for bigger players to make waves and there’s no doubt it was worth the wait.

Swordswoman of the East

Like me, you might have been wondering what all the rush for the past few episodes have been about. Why gloss over the events in Avignon? Why dedicate a mere half episode to the clash between the two strongest espers in Academy City? Well, it seems like the production team focused their efforts around this specific arc. Flaunting her 8.0 vision score, Kanzaki Kaori enters the scene, causing Acqua to back off from massacring the Amakusa Church to deal with the overwhelming threat she presents. The last time I recall Saints meeting in an anime, they got along really nicely and made quite the comedic duo. There’s clearly no love lost between Kanzaki and Acqua though, and the mere tension from their standoff charged the air with frenetic energy.

When Kanzaki finally drew her sword, all hell broke loose as the embodiment of opposing affinities clashed. East against West. Kanzaki’s fire against Acqua’s water. The katana, a killing instrument of deadly precision versus the mace, a mighty weapon exuding raw power. You could easily gauge the sheer weight behind each swing in their flurry of exchanges, an indicator of quality animation, and you better believe that their fighting spirits were fierce. But we end on a cliffhanger with weapons locked in a stalemate. The outcome of the fight is far from decided and it seems like neither combatant has taken to demonstrating what they are truly capable of. But next week promises to dive deeper into this epic confrontation between two saints, and I can’t wait to see them showcase the extent of their exponential talents.

Concluding Thoughts

To be honest, I’d been waiting for this moment where Index III would really pick up and deliver true on the promise shown by its predecessors many years ago. After a rough start, we’ve finally struck diamonds and the next episode looks to be absolutely crazy. Finally, we get a glimpse of the earnest potential within the source material that readers have been hyping about, and I hope that this episode proves to be the first in a line of sustained quality from this point onwards. While it would be nice to see the resolution next week, I’d be perfectly happy seeing this ordeal drag on for more episodes. After all, when the amazing moments arrive, it’s natural that people would want them to last for longer. Anyway, that’s everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading my post and see you next week!

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November 26, 2018 at 3:31 pm
10 comments »
  • November 26, 2018 at 4:24 pmRPG_Fanatic

    I am crossing my fingers that this arc is able to stick the landing. My favourite parts of this arc are coming up next, and I hope the scenes will be done justice.

  • November 26, 2018 at 4:53 pmsonicsenryaku

    Quality animation??? For a couple of weeks now, i feel like i’ve been watching a very different show from everybody else and it couldn’t be any clearer this week. Last week’s animation was absolutely horrendous and yet it seems like it mostly passed everyone’s radar: unfinished art, off-model characters and egregious in-between animations, amateurish digital compositing and rendering, uninspired storyboards, atrocious attention to spatial cohesion, unnecessarily close camera; the list goes on. This weeks episode wasn’t as ugly looking as last week’s but it was still lacking. This whole episode was the definition of cutting corners, once more featuring egregious camera angles and scene flow, mediocre effects animation, mediocre character animation, and shitty in-betweens. I really don’t know what’s going on but they didn’t save anything for this episode. It lacked visual fidelity just like every other episode this season. There’s a good possibility that most of the staff for index are focusing their efforts on making railgun 3 and the accelerator anime, resulting in less production effort being put into index 3 or a less experienced team handling the project

    • November 27, 2018 at 6:07 amBROOKLYN otaku

      FACTS!!! PREACH BROTHER, PREACH!

    • November 28, 2018 at 2:53 pmboingman

      Unfortunately, that’s the case.
      I’ll be happy if the rest of the series at least manages to keep the quality of this latest episode.

  • November 26, 2018 at 7:29 pmRenaSayers

    So Ituwa is the type to go easy when those she cares for are next to her and only gets serious when she is alone. At least we get to see Ituwa really put up a fight.

    https://randomc.net/image/To%20Aru%20Majutsu%20no%20Index/To%20Aru%20Majutsu%20no%20Index%20III%20-%2008%20-%2008.jpg

  • November 27, 2018 at 1:07 amBeedle

    Is that– is that Railgun blasting into battle? Dare I hope we finally see Science and Magic C L A S H ? ! Accelerator vs Roman Church please!

    Also, Devs… Acqua too OP. Please nerf. Thx.

  • November 27, 2018 at 4:54 amAex

    Honestly, I expected more from this episode. I was excited when Itsuwa was gearing up to the point of freaking out the Amakusa and loved when she jumped the gun because “talk-fu” isn’t her style, but the rest was just blah. To me it felt like Acqua sucked all the usual “Raildex” energy out of the entire fight by just being boring. Nothing working is one thing, but come on, this guy’s eyebrows never so much as twitched the entire fight even when Kanzaki stepped in. It’s like they’re saying Touma’s the only one that’s able to get a reaction out of his enemy, the rest are just window dressing until he gets there, and that’s dumb. Itsuwa and Kanzaki are both awesome and the Amakusa as a whole ain’t far behind, and for something that felt like it was supposed to be their moment to shine, things really fizzled out. At least let them make the bastard bleed a little instead of making their trump card a colossal dud!

    Itsuwa deserved better… she’s even awesome enough that when her shirt gets blown away she kept her tank-top in tact to provide perfect fanservice!

    • November 28, 2018 at 2:55 pmboingman

      Her losing her shirt looked like a mistake from the production team.

  • November 28, 2018 at 3:52 pmewok40k

  • November 28, 2018 at 7:17 pmIncognito

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