“Sky Bus 365”
Every female characters solidly increased in likability. Whether Itsuwa panicked at how she could outdo her Priestess, or whether Misaka enters some kind of circuitry overload, they all had their endearing moments. And for all the misfortune that right hand brings to him, it’s pretty evident that Touma’s ability to charm the opposite gender is as potent as ever. You win some, you lose some. What a lucky guy! Not to mention he’s captivated the heart of Kanzaki Kaori, who is a very difficult lady in many respects. And it looks like he would have stiff competition if he chose to pursue her. She seems to have the Knight Leader vying for her affections. I can’t say that man isn’t a strapping fellow. He looks mighty fine! But unfortunately, there’s little Knight Leader can do to contend with Touma’s natural charms. But thanks to the Knight Leader’s vivid imagination, we were at least able to receive a juicy morsel I thought we’d missed out on. Fallen Angel Kanzaki was a feast for the eyes. Other than my quibble about questionable female anatomy, I take back my complaints from last week, JC Staff. You really outdid yourselves this time!
But if these three girls were the angels, well… there has to be a devil who’d fall within the same category. That devil… we do not speak of their name around these parts. But they weren’t so bad this episode and I was pleasantly surprised at the character development they received. Ditching that nun’s habit certainly helps. But even with Index becoming more tolerable, Touma just can’t catch a break. His dinner shopping gets reduced to cinders, he drops all the instant noodles into the sink (that one hurt my soul), and then he gets gassed by one of his best friends before finding himself on a plane to Great Britannia. All that within the space of 2-3 hours? That’s pretty rough. And like always, his penchant for attracting misfortune knows no bounds, following him into airspace as incident after incident unfolded on the aircraft.
Murder on the Express Flight
So after opting out of the supersonic plane, Touma and Index book seats on a commercial flight to the UK. Little did they know that this very plane was to be the target of a terrorist plan. If I had to guess, Fiamma’s plan is being set into motion where he’s manipulating events behind the scenes to cut off the UK from the rest of Europe. The English Church was even accounted for, with magic interference from Scotland preventing them from readily shaping the outcome in their favour. However, I don’t think he could have counted on Touma to interfere. And wading into messes is exactly what Touma does best.
I really enjoyed this attempted plane hijacking, because it demonstrated that Touma is more than capable of fending for himself without using the Imagine Breaker as a crutch. We usually see him go up against supernatural entities relying on nullification as a trump card. This time, these terrorists were armed with violence, guns and a grenade. There’s nothing for Touma to nullify, so he went in there fists swinging, putting himself in some real danger of being stabbed or shot. After some back and forth altercations, he took out one of the terrorists in a single punch, before reaching a stalemate with the last one in the cargo hold. However, with some help from Stiyl, our final terrorist is incapacitated and the crisis is averted.
A shady person trying to separate the UK and the EU? Sounds familiar to me. I doubt that the author could have possessed… such foresight. Yet I can’t help but feel impressed that the Index novels kind of predicted the future all those years ago. Even if you think my opinions are quite a stretch, these depicted events aren’t too far from our reality. There always seems to be a powerful interest attempting to pull the strings from the background. Given the shared history, this could easily be a parallel universe where magic and science advanced side by side.
The plan to isolate the UK from the EU is in motion. With that in mind, let’s look at our world’s existing timeline and try to predict the upcoming events in Raildex’s world. There will be internal struggles and an attempt to break allegiances with Europe. With the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement likely to lose out when political figures voice their disdain, the solution has suddenly become apparent to me. The UK should be trying to negotiate an alliance alongside trade settlements with Japan! Well, that’s my prediction for Index at least. Once things go by the wayside, I fully expect England to form an alliance with Japan through connections between Necessarius, Amakusa Church and key players in Academy City. Other than Knight Leader, we have yet to see anyone from the UK side of things so it will be interesting to see who will be involved. But if the previews are anything to go by, the reimagined royal family are looking rather dapper, and I expect them to be more than just some token figurehead. At least compared with the UK in our universe.
Anyway, that’s about everything I had on my mind. As always, thanks for reading my post and see you next week as we land in England to meet the royal family!
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