OP2: 「ROAR」by Maon Kurosaki
「独立国同盟」 (Dokuritsu gokudoumei)
“The Alliance of Independent Nations”
Gentlemen, what you’ve all been waiting for is finally here: World War III. Russians; ICBMs; global warming; new harem members; teasing out the ass—does it all start making sense now? Well, probably not (except for those fortunate light novel readers among us, praise be unto them), but you got to admit Index is now bringing all the cards to the table. It’s time for this series to start showing its stuff, and what stuff it’s going to be.
If there’s one defining factor amidst all the chaotic confusion that is big Catholic swords smacking little Russian churches in Index’s penultimate arc it’s the merger of magic and science. This has been the series’ defining trait of course (hell One Punch Man personifies the theme) but WW3 is arguably the point where both truly intertwine together. For the first time we have overt conflict between the two sides, with both effectively facing off to determine who will dominate the future. Will magic retain its historical primacy, will science finally ascend to its place as the one inherent truth, or will both come to some form of mutually agreed coexistence? Not an easy answer to determine, but considering the likes of Accelerator and Shiage are running headfirst into a side of life they barely considered (if ever) you can bet it’s one that everyone will have a say in. There’s a powerful struggle at work under all of Index’s visual flash, and it’s one finally coming to a head.
Having Index finally bring the thematic fight though doesn’t take away from the fact the show hasn’t changed on another front: pacing. No matter the amount of fun existing with Touma’s new girl Lessar and her less than skillful flirting—Schrodinger’s Panties comes up true in this case—seriously, just why is she with him right now exactly? Just what did the lady killer do to get a former enemy tagging along to Mother Russia? Also
best Princess Carissa and that French attack? Yeah I’m not going ask any questions, although I really really want to. While you can be reasonably assured answers at minimum will come regarding the importance of Sasha Kruezhev and Vento of the Front (Fiamma will certainly tell all at the appropriate time) for better or worse it’s another case of “light novels or nothing” here. Want a little bit of logic and explanation to go with your Last Order? Well too bad, we’ve got battles and fists to the face to get to. No matter how much it may be Index’s time to shine, it seems the strategy up until now won’t be changing.
It’s going to be a white knuckle ride until the end, but at least you can be assured it won’t be boring. After all, with one, erm, interesting girl set to make her debut, things are about to get quite tasty indeed.