「天使の力(ガブリエル)」 (Tenshi no chikara (Gaburieru)
“Angel’s Power (Gabriel)”
It may be confusing, it may be inexplicable, but never say Index doesn’t know how to put on a show. Islands in the sky; crazy archangels; France and Britain working together in synchronized harmony—yeah this series knows how to keep the juices flowing. I may not know what the hell is going on half the time (at the best of times), but I cannot deny the ride is a pleasurable experience.
As is often the case when villainous plots reach their climax we start getting answers for the general state of affairs, and Fiamma’s little adventure through the skies is no exception. Summoning via Sasha the archangel Gabriel (who is neither female nor male, but I digress), Fiamma’s ultimate goal is apparently to become greater than God, which as we all know is pretty much the goal of all truly evil individuals these days. Of course realizing that objective is proving a hassle for our main boss, because while materializing a whole island complete with monorail (you’re not the only one stumped Touma) is apparently simple enough, the critical piece of the puzzle for wholesale global domination is missing. And where is that piece you may ask? Why in the hands of an equally confused Accelerator of course. Yeah, you know exactly where this story is heading next. If you thought random
sons daughters of God and flustered Orthodox nuns was inconceivable enough already best pepper that angus, because some twerp protecting esper shenanigans are next up to the batting block.
Outside of this arc’s main players though we also got some choice developments on the part of the secondary cast who in their own way did not disappoint. Shiage for example finally succeeded in resuscitating Rikou and unlocking the happy ending, but of course could not follow through because something something rescuing innocent villagers (alright, it’s an honest thing to do). Then comes the fun and games with best princess Carissa and her French counterpart which besides still lacking any sort of half decent explanation for the anime-only crowd, now apparently jumped half a continent to start doing battle outside the big bad floating island in the sky. How did two cutie pies wind up in Russia all of a sudden? Are these cutie pies even inside Russia? And why is hiding things in the best of locations even a bad thing? Hell if I know, but at least the action acrobatics are making up a cohesive narrative. At this stage there’s just too much going on in the world of Index to truly keep track of every little thing, but with the WW3 endgame upon us and every major character set for their debut, the results likely won’t prove disappointing.