What’s this, Pancakes popping up and blogging Index? That’s right boys and girls, since Zaiden has decided school is more important than anime for the next few months (utter blasphemy I tell you) I get the pleasure of covering the series’ titular chomper and her fist of justice sidekick. And what a point to pick the show up too. We all knew Index was rushing like a madman to get to the WW3 arc and now that pacing looks set to start paying off. From this point forward things are going to get serious.
Given how some of the previous fights have gone last season it was pleasantly surprising seeing how much attention (and orchestral soundtrack) was lavished on dealing with Carissa and her reverse tesseract swordplay. Damn near everyone got a piece of this action, from everyone’s new favourite maid Kanzaki to Knight Leader, Acqua, and even Miss Hungry herself. I got to say Queen Elizard takes the cake for me though, between that hilarious nonchalant attitude (which is still funny as hell the second time seen) and the Totally Not a Spirit Bomb conclusion that provides a decent idea how loved the monarchy still is in Britain today. Oh and of course Touma doing the thing as usual, but at this point I think we all know to expect the fist to the face—it’s just his signature trademark. I honestly think the bigger surprise was the kid not winding up in the hospital from his actions this time, because if there’s one thing defining Touma’s existence, it’s waking up to teeth on his arm and blushing girls in his face. Don’t deny, you know you want more maid shenanigans too.
Probably the biggest lack of surprise though rested with the truth behind this past arc. Carissa wound up being just another pawn in an even larger game, a decisive hothead manipulated into open rebellion for the sake of letting one new opponent stealthily acquire something important. Not that it’s unrealistic mind you: true patriots are often the first victims in any sort of geopolitical power plays, useful pieces who will do almost anything out of an honest love for their country and hardly question the reasons why. Carissa for example wasn’t wrong in her beliefs—i.e. a strong and united Britain will stand up to threats better than a seemingly complacent and lethargic one—but she never asked why Britain was under attack now and for what specific reason. Doing so could have led to different answers, different solutions, and a conclusion preventing destruction to a good swath of historical architecture. Sure the girl may have seriously wanted the throne, but there’s always more efficient ways to go about such goals, especially when faced with outside attack. Just ask Prince Charles—the guy is still waiting for his chance to be king.
In the immediate future though it’s off to Russia as Index is once again under threat and Touma will do whatever it takes to see her return to normal. It’s going to be an interesting fight considering what Fiamma has shown himself capable of, but if there’s one thing you can bet on it’s that the fist will be the thing ultimately saving the day. Get ready peeps, it’s about to get crazy.