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To Aru Majutsu no Index III – 16

「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 Sequence

ED2: 「終わらない歌」 (Owaranai Uta) by Yuka Iguchi


January 26, 2019 at 10:15 pm
  • January 26, 2019 at 11:09 pmYou know, for kids!

  • January 27, 2019 at 4:14 amboingman

    While Shiage doesn’t have an OP power like Touma’s Imagine Breaker, he already got a girlfriend.

  • January 27, 2019 at 6:33 amBROOKLYN otaku

    Man, i dont even know what the hell is going on in this show anymore!!
    Its funny how a show i used to anticipate each episode airing, turns into a show i have a backlog of 3-5 episodes and have to will myself to click play on.

    Sad times, but on the brightside that only means there are more interesting things on the plate.

  • January 27, 2019 at 9:06 amRPG_Fanatic

    With what is remaining to be covered in this volume, I am not sure if it could fit in one more episode, even with the rushed pacing. Regardless of the many problems of this season, I am glad we can at least see the growth that Accelerator and Shiage have gone through as this series has gone on.

    Next episode is DRAGON. I hope they can nail that scene like they did with Last Order coming in to calm down Accelerator.

  • January 27, 2019 at 11:23 amRenaSayers

    Season 3 of Index has a lot of material added to the story and most of which are half baked giving the audience a bit of everything like a tasting menu in season 3.

    I keep forgetting Hamazura’s pupose in this season. I keep thinking he just gets in the way of the story.

    At this point it feels like the producer is trying to make an Avengers Infinity War out of Index 3 by mashing every character and group together weaving their outcome togeather into one cohesive story.

    • January 27, 2019 at 11:50 amPoring

      It’s really disgusting what they did, people waited nearly a decade for continuation of the series in anime form, they come up with this and everyones making excuses “it’s for the novel readers” i don’t give a fuck about novel, it’s called ADAPTATION, novel readers got their fucking novels god damn it, and we get this rushed out shit.

      • January 27, 2019 at 2:52 pmRenaSayers

        I feel you…

  • January 27, 2019 at 5:31 pm1993espada

    They will not slow down for the finale …

  • January 29, 2019 at 9:12 amewok40k

    mercenaries, organised and ronin espers, factions within governing board, aztec magicians and forces yet unknown (here be the DRAGON) – this is a bit too much for me
    at least Hamazura gets a griflriend, feat which places him way above and beyond hapless Touma, always desired but never taken… such misfortune!