Mikoto gets involved with Skill-Out who have increased their attacks on espers in the city.
Anti-Skill really needs to make a call to Skill-Out and borrow their stuff. I mean that Capacity Down is the perfect thing for them. Forget guns and riot shields. Use something like that and you will have no problem subduing espers of even the highest levels. Even Mikoto had troubles using her ability there. It might not eliminate them, but without control they are far less dangerous. Isn’t it kind of sad that a bunch of delinquents are better equipped to deal with espers than the official police force of the city?
Anyways this arc gets started and we dive a bit more into the uglier side of Academy City. It might look pretty, but it still has the same grime and poor sections like any other town. No surprise that those without abilities would just be ignored in that one part of the city so they could focus on the espers that really are the whole point of the city. Put some effort into level 0’s but in the end the higher levels will get more attention since they can give some results.
It’s nice that they will develop Konori a bit more with this one. Giving the secondary characters a bit of focus never hurts. While it’d be nice to have more Touma moments we just have to work with what is there. Besides by now the first arc of Index should have passed and those who saw Index know what that means.
No surprise but Kuroko seems to be the one who keeps getting beaten up. Mikoto is the star so I suppose someone else has to take the punches for her. I will give this Kurozuma guy credit though. Unlike a certain Index protagonist he can stand up to a gang of thugs picking on a girl and actually beat them up. Goes to show the power of milk I guess.
This episode was nice for moving into a new arc and showing the realities of that city. There are people unhappy and willing to take violent action to vent their rage. We also got to see the normal level that Anti-Skill usually has to deal with. Itâ€™s a lot easier to handle pretty weak espers who can just levitate rocks and knock people back.
Should be good to see where this situation goes. Can’t see it lasting for too long since there doesn’t seem to be much more of a purpose than to flesh out Konori and explain the background of Kurozuma.
In terms of the new OP and Ed I liked them. The OP could use a bit more punch in terms of the song, but it was still nice to listen to. Think the new ED should be fitting if the series keeps a serious tone to the end.