「統括理事会」 (Toukatsu riji-kai)
“The Governing Board”
Well if there’s one thing to say about Index it’s that it’s certainly willing to stick to its guns. A large and confusing array of characters and new developments just recently made their appearance with little explanation? Hey, why not double the trouble midway through? Sure it might leave half the crowd in the dust, but at this point I think those of us remaining are simply here to enjoy the ride.
As mentioned last week one of the joys of Index is the time it spends on its secondary cast. It’s not often arguably tertiary characters like Shiage for example get so much attention lavished on them, and even less when it comes to their desires and reasons for living. While annoying (for me at least) the amount of sappy, quixotic speech on light and dark and the travails of having to exist in the underbelly of society—seriously, the cringe doesn’t disappear after hearing it for the third or fourth time—I still get a kick out of watching poor Shiage try and do his best even whilst getting the crap beat out of him. The kid may be weak, he may stand no chance, but just like one Ruiko he’ll do what he can for the sake of his friends. It’s the sort of thing Accelerator continues to learn and display as time goes by, and although everyone’s favourite Level 5 may still be half psychopath with a taste for annihilation, don’t expect that front to hold up too long once he’s reunited with First Order. You know exactly how adorably hilarious that scene is going to be.
Once removed beyond the pleasantries of character actions though, it’s hard denying Index has gone full confusion. We have two plots playing out simultaneously, the first seeing Saiai facing off against one Stephanie Gorgouspalace out of revenge over this guy because, well, reasons—i.e. read the light novel for a better explanation. The second concerns the mystery of DRAGON, what it is, and why exactly everyone and their obsidian-wielding Aztec buddy is apparently after the same thing. Much like Saiai’s battle against the fem-Terminator there’s not much in the way of explanation to go with the political manoeuvring, municipal negotiations, and spontaneous fighting yet, but the one positive is that these events will make some sense in the greater scheme of WW3 things once the answers are forthcoming. Probably not enough to make up for the supersonic delivery up until now mind you—nothing is going to fix that underlying problem—but hey, we got to start somewhere.
After all the climax of Index III is quickly approaching, and if there’s one thing you can bet on it’s the show is going to take its time with that one. The fan base demands it.
ED2: 「終わらない歌」 (Owaranai Uta) by Yuka Iguchi