Hmm what’s that, you wanted the Index WW3 arc? Well too damn bad, it’s Academy City time! Magic and associated shenanigans can wait, we obviously haven’t had enough of spec ops Accelerator and the unfortunate
drug mule Shiage who no matter that growing heart of gold still winds up with the crap jobs. It may be back to “side”-story galore as the likes of confusing acronyms and Academy city underground make their second appearance, but never say a bit of Schroedinger’s panties ever went amiss.
While Index is pretty much predicated on a magic-science dichotomy playing out in real time, the series for me honestly works best when focusing on the science of Academy City and its various practicing denizens. The show may be rushing like a madman with more names, plots, and spontaneous developments than even the most prolific of light novel readers can handle, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t fun at a base level. Maybe it’s Accelerator pulling the (anti)hero with his newfound sense of purpose, maybe it’s the likes of Saiai finally receiving a bit of the personal attention previously lavished on Mugino and Frenda, but in practice? It’s a setting which simply works. No matter the issues with Index’s current love of getting through as much material as physically possible, the attention lavished on arguably minor characters is a treat to see, especially when the personalities are so different from everyone so far seen. It may be plot-induced whiplash from here on out, but hey, you cannot deny it’s fun in its own right.
As for that Mach 3 speed story we’re currently witnessing, well, I imagine there won’t be too many surprises. Much like with the previous (and just as ludicrously paced) Battle Royale arc, small group organization politics and shenanigans are the name of this game, with the remnants of everyone’s favourite SCHOOL, ITEM, MEMBER, and associated partners being put on the case of yet another terrorist bunch who naturally have nefarious plans in mind. Or, you know, something actually dealing with the director board, a thing called DRAGON (and Spark Signal), and one Stephanie Gorgeouspalace who we’ll soon find out has one specific reason for taking on her appointed task. It’s pretty much the same format as previous Academy City arcs, but when scenes like this keep making an appearance, I don’t think I’ll be growing bored any time soon. There’s a lot of battling yet for our ragtag teenagers to engage in before the dust settles (and we return to the magical Chomper and her Fist of Justice), but you can bet the results will be a blast.
After all, when it comes to Index, there’s never a moment to sit back and smell the roses.