Hmm what’s that, you thought Index last week was the epitome of inexplicable? Well do I have an episode for you. Aztec shenanigans; random artificial angels; polar vortices—oh did I mention magical melting beams of crazy? Oh yeah darling we’re going places. Interesting places. Frankly I’m not sure even dedicated light novel readers can keep up with Index’s Olympic 100m dash style right now, but I don’t know whether it’s too important at the moment. With all leads now pointing to Russia, you know perfectly well what comes next. Well, you better.
While confusion and returns from the dead were Index’s du jour this week—seriously Mugino, just where the hell did you come from all of a sudden?—it was quite nice seeing Shiage (and Accelerator) catch a break amidst the tumult of magic gone off the rails. Level Zeros may be Academy City’s piñatas for all manner of esper fun and games after all, but even they deserve a bit of happiness every once in a while. Having Shiage actually get the girl and escape (more or less) into the sunset? Yeah, that’s an ending I can get behind. Considering the hell the poor kid has gone through for the sake of simply living I dare say he deserves knowing he managed to save someone he deeply cared about. Might be a little cliché, but hey, hard to deny that moment was satisfying to see (take a hint Misaka, that’s how you get the Level Zero boyfriend). Likewise watching Accelerator with Last Order left a smile on my face, for while the whole scenario may be slightly nonsensical thanks to dat pacingTM I have to admit it’s a joy seeing the kid actually show the level of care and affection hiding under the surface. Index’s world may be a complex tale of multiple intertwined storylines, but its key characters always find a way to shine through in the end.
As for Index’s story, well, little explanation required. DRAGON as it turns out is an artificial angel project—i.e. Aiwass—related to everyone’s favourite upside down frown turned around mastermind Aleister, which barring the AI-esque rebellion and discussions on assassination makes about as much sense as surviving a six inch hole through the chest right now. Or you know, is a plot line I’m certain we’ll learn more about at a later date. Definitely. Alright snark aside there’s no question the disparate pieces of the Index puzzle are starting to come together, with Aleister effectively being placed at the centre of a struggle clearly linked with that of the magic troubles Touma and Index find themselves involved with. We have a battle for supremacy between magic and science on our hands it seems, and with all the major players making their way to Russia, it’s obvious we’re looking at a showdown in the not too distant future.
We may not know how the upcoming duel of the philosophies may play out, but you can bet the results will prove entertaining. With seemingly everyone important in Index’s world coming together, it’s time for this series to truly find its stride.