“Holy Mother Veneration”
Amakusa Church vs William Orwell
When Acqua became serious, it turned out that Kanzaki stood no chance on her own. She gets smacked around the place, sent flying through buildings and can’t even land a single attack on Acqua. It was quite literally Angel Fall all over again. Something this one-sided is difficult to consider entertaining, and you would wonder how the weaker Amakusa Church managed to tango with him for so long. At first, you’d think that he didn’t take them seriously. But Kanzaki does manage to identify his greatest weakness – he contains so much divine quintessence that he is doubly weak to traditional saint weaknesses.
So why didn’t the Saint Destroyer work the first time round, if it’s meant to exploit said weakness by emulating the Longinus spear? If you notice, he touched the Saint Destroyer at the last second and modified its nature through the use of his own magic. Despite the fact he dispelled it, the Saint Destroyer wasn’t useless at all as it forced Acqua to go on the defensive. In conjunction with her epiphany of trusting her comrades to have her back, all this causes Kanzaki to call the Amakusa Church members to her side. Together, and with the timely appearance of Touma, they manage to take him down. With that done and dusted, there’s only one member of God’s Right Seat left to defeat.
Last Member Standing
The cogs in the wheel begin to turn as Acqua’s defeat sets a devious plan in motion. Fiamma of the Right is introduced as the leader of God’s Right Seat and he quickly shows us why he deserves the title even with a monster like Acqua in the mix. With no one left to stand up for the Pope, Fiamma takes matter into his own hands. Deeming the Pope to be an obstacle, Fiamma blows him aside, severely injuring the Pope while destroying parts of the Vatican in the process. Exhibiting a blatant disregard and contempt for the Roman Catholic Church with respect to his own ambitions, Fiamma ultimately defects in pursuit of his own agendas.
As far as I can tell, the Holy Right is a foil to the Imagine Breaker, with the ability to bring miracles being diametrically opposed to one which can destroy them. It’s hard to put a finger on such a power, but given how Fiamma claims that it’s mere peanuts in comparison to its fully realised potential, it isn’t hard to imagine that he could reach a point that far surpasses anything we saw from Acqua. Which is absolutely ridiculous to say the least, but I guess that’s what we’re dealing with here and I trust in Raildex to do a decent job of regulating power levels. It’s pretty ominous that he requires Index to complete his plans and I wonder why he’d travel to England when she’s clearly in Japan. Does he not know this? Well, we’ll see. I suspect that he’ll find a way of causing some ruckus that brings Index back home, which will allow him to finally complete his plans.
Somehow, Aleister Crowley is closely monitoring the situation with Fiamma. It’s hard to say what his objectives are, but given how he smiled, it’s safe to say that things are unfolding in ways that benefit his aims. With the Imagine Breaker having a 98% rate in determining the outcome, it’s inevitable that Touma will become caught up in this messy affair. Such misfortune.
Since the animation was significantly better towards the tail-end of last week when Kanzaki and Acqua were squaring off, this led me to believe that things could only get better. Apparently I’m a sweet summer child, because that relatively unfounded belief was both naive and wrong. God damn it. This week, everything took a nose-dive quality wise and I’m baffled as to how they managed to drop the ball so hard. Perhaps JC Staff didn’t have the resources to do the source material justice? It’s a shame really, because you can see the potential becoming slowly mired by implications of combat as opposed to actual combat. Kanzaki was also poorly drawn in a lot of the sequences and we didn’t even get to see her in the Fallen Angel outfit! Talk about disappointing. Not bad per se, but hardly living up to its expected potential.
At least Misaka finally got some time in the spotlight. Coming to terms with Touma’s amnesia and gaining her most notable character development, in which she transitions from tsun to full-on dere. It’s nice to see her finally acknowledging her own feelings and I hope she can put that realisation to good use by providing a more proactive role in supporting Touma. That was a pretty decent consolation to have even if it didn’t entirely compensate for the overall let-down.
Based on the preview, a couple of the characters might be headed towards England next. As a British citizen myself, I’m wondering how the royal family have been reimagined within Raildex’s universe. Here’s hoping it isn’t just about the royal family though because the UK’s history with religion and magic is so much more than that. Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading my post and see you next week!