The sports festival creates a chance to invade by magicians looking to use a magical artifact.
Well this wasn’t a bad episode for just showing how dangerous magic can be in the hands of a lunatic. Lidvia honestly was more of a psycho than I had ever thought. She seemed to be the more stable part of the duo, but in reality she was just insane. Someone like that having such power is definitely a horrifying concept. This is one of the few times I’m actually ok with Laura’s brutal way of doing things. Someone like that has to be stopped even if you need to go to the extremes. I mean blowing off the door to the jet and then using I assume the pilot to help kill her. Laura had to know someone like Lidvia would choose the hardest road and that guarantted Laura’s victory.
Anyways somehow Touma managed to win the fight. It was pretty close considering the hits that he took. Think it was a questionable move by Oriana to use all her spells for an explosive blast on Touma. Considering how many she had left could have just kept Touma busy until the time limit or until he collapsed. Instead gave him the chance for a last showdown and gave Touma the chance to punch his way to victory. Of course they would have been doomed if the fireworks hadn’t been scheduled at the right time. Probably would have been a good idea to check the schedule.
This arc did focus somewhat on the triangle of Mikoto/Touma/Index. Sure you have girls like Aisa who are interested in Touma, but think it falls down to Index and Mikoto for having a real shot. Clearly the girls are building up some animosity towards each other. Think Mikoto is at a disadvantage being a tsundere and easily embarrassed when it comes to a topic like romance. Thought Index had cracked on her biting habit, but seemed that she couldn’t shake it. Funny to see her getting embarrassed about it for a while. Of course I don’t expect anything to really get resolved during the second season when it comes to pairings, but some more speculation material.
On the topic of the girls, Mikoto has one energetic mother. She just couldn’t avoid teasing Mikoto when it came to Touma. I don’t get everyone being so shocked when hearing that she was Mikoto’s mother. I mean she didn’t look ridiculously young. One of my favorite parts was the little bet that Touma and Mikoto had running that was hard to deal with in the end since Touma got hurt. Of course after all the embarrassing thoughts Mikoto probably had about losing, it’s not a surprise that she got angry at the end.
This really was a case of magic and science interacting. The attempt to use the cross to place Academic City under Roman control was pretty dangerous. Although I’m still piecing together exactly how it would function. Was it just going to erase the city, mess around with memories so they didn’t realize they were espers, or just rewrite history and make everyone believe that was holy ground? Regardless it wasn’t going to be good and if they hadn’t realized it wasn’t a Stab Sword then the series would have had problems moving forward.
Of course you had the standard speeches from Touma that were kind of pointless since it the end it was settled via combat. Rough arc for Stiyl who got burned by that trap and then hit by some hard spells. Although can say the same for Tsuchimikado who definitely had a hard day. Goes to show how far the magic side will go to accomplish their goals. If it means a comrade suffers than that’s what has to happen and if it means putting their lives on the line that’s also what has to happen. Good attempts to keep Index out of things since that probably would have made the situation a mess although her info is usually helpful.
Guess we’ll see who gets punched in the face next arc.