“List of Prohibited Books (Index)”
You know at some point I expect future generations to marvel at the speed Index is pushing. The rush through time, the cleaving of material—there’s just something impressive about the rate at which story and development both offer themselves on the altar of adaptation progress. Well, that or the staff having lost their minds in the name of making up for seeming lost time, but I’m a positive man. Someway, somehow, I expect it all to make sense in the end. Hopefully.
While we’ve received the full meal deal of key character highlights before, this week truly went all out in throwing everything (including the kitchen sink) at us. Not only did we get the ultimate showdown of ultimate epic-ness between Touma and Fiamma (more on that below), but we also got Shiage proving third time is indeed the charm against Meltdowner while Misaka does, well, Misaka things. Does any of it make sense? Hell no. Is it great to look at? You’re damn right. I’m pretty sure no anime-only viewer for example can reasonably explain just where Mugino popped out from—let alone how to make her appearance mesh with the events of last episode—but hey, never doubt the impact a crazy face can have on the proceedings. As Lessar shows sometimes it’s not as much about the impact you have as the role you serve, and in Index’s multivariable cacophony of crazy all it often takes is a little lighthearted playfulness to properly to stand out from the crowd. After all I’m still trying to figure out just where that ridiculous (yet eerily alluring—giggidy) devil tail accessory specifically originates from.
On the side of actual story developments though we got the most movement (and confusion) with Touma’s and Fiamma’s duel. I think the biggest thing here wasn’t so much Touma actually losing his arm in a fight (frankly the kid was overdue for a bit of challenge for once) but the fact is just magically grew back after Fiamma absorbed the damn thing into his three clawed horror of an accessory piece. Sure I can get behind some pseudoscientific or hand waving magical reason for deus ex Touma rising to the occasion yet again (albeit it without the signature fist to the face, sniff), but dammit I want the reason explicitly laid out so I’m not forced smashing the square story peg into the round logic hole. You expect major developments like these to actually broker a mention after all similar to Fiamma’s horribly cliché (yet no less amusing) raison d’etre, but in Touma’s case? Zilch nada. Of course we may find out these things next week after One Punch Man confirms his name again, but right now I’m just left scratching my head the same way poor Misaka finds herself trying to get into the action. There’s a story here just begging for a bit of additional fleshing out, with the only question being how far Index wants to take it before wrapping the proceedings up.
Personally I’m expecting the head scratching insanity to ratchet up some more before the answers (and happy reunions) finally make their appearance.