「守る理由」 (Mamoru riyuu)
“A Reason to Protect”
Welcome boys and girls to the Index thunderdome. We’ve got the fights, the explosions, and the crazy smiles. Need some new random characters? Got that too. Fists to the face? We have you covered. A bit of levity to break the tension? Thought you’d never ask. Oh yes it’s all here this week, and if you thought it wasn’t enough never fear, because this episode was just a taste of the thunder fuelled shenanigans to come barrelling on down the pipe.
Part of the fun of the WW3 arc for me is the sheer chaos of it all. While the light novels were already ridiculous enough, the anime (in part thanks to that Usain Bolt level pacing) has taken it up a notch, throwing everything—including the Mil Mi-24—at us as quick as possible. Thought the random break to British (and Catholic) cuties beating on French heathens wasn’t random enough? Nothing a little Versailles blondie action cannot solve. Truthfully I was getting a bigger kick at the time out of Knight Leader showing Carissa to be a sub under that dom exterior, but hey, nothing beats a little flashy
lightsabre neon sword action when the going gets confusing. After all we’ve got Shiage and Acqua duking it out Saving Private Ryan style with inbred Tunguskas and Russian PMCs while Mugino gets ready for Level Zero beatdown round three: if you cannot find a bit of fun in all of this then I think you might need another stiff drink. Or three.
The real entertainment however lay with Accelerator and Touma, who faced off for a second time. This one of course was a little more anticlimactic than the Sisters arc (mostly down to the lack of context with Touma’s random appearance), but at least we got several minutes of glorious Accelerator villainous laughter to make up for the confusion. Oh and plenty fists smacking heads, but I think we all knew that was coming—and the inevitable outcome—once the One Punch Man made his appearance. Accelerator winning a tit-for-tat smack-a-thon with the world champion of right handed haymakers? Oh you sweet summer child, you haven’t been around these parts long enough. At least this battle has more or less solidified Accelerator’s development towards to good side, showing him all in on protecting Last Order and willing to look past previous transgressions in favour of a more peaceful future. He may think Touma to be insufferable and beneath his notice (somewhat), but there’s no denying the respect for helping out one of the most innocent girls of them all.
With the entire main cast now in play and a few more explosive pieces ready to make their appearance, Index is ready to get to the main act. The only question now is how Touma and friends wind up saving that titular damsel in distress.