To Aru Majutsu no Index II – Daihaseisai Arc

The sports festival creates a chance to invade by magicians looking to use a magical artifact.

Impressions:

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.

2 thoughts on “To Aru Majutsu no Index II – Daihaseisai Arc”

  1. 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?

    It’s more closely related to your third point of “rewriting history and making everyone believe it was holy ground”. To crudely summarize how the St. Peter’s Cross functions, it is a tool that manipulates the balance between good and bad fortune. It forcibly changes the physical (and magical) aspects of any land that it is erected in and makes everything that happens on that land biasedly beneficial to the Roman Catholics. Er… If you’d like a more detailed explanation, here’s a shameless plug from me:
    http://byakuya.wordpress.com/2010/12/14/index-ii-episode-10/
    I gave a crude description on it in one section of my review and there’s quite a bit of discussions in the comments as well, mainly using examples to better illustrate how the Cross actually works.

    Anyway, on to the episode… Yeah, I used to have a hard time imagining how the scenes played out in the novels but after watching this episode, it’s very clear to me that either Touma is one heck of an extremely lucky chap or that he’s too ridiculously tough. That final magic attack from Oriana was actually pretty brutal in that it used magical gravity to suck all the debris in their surrounding into it and once it was negated by the Imagine Breaker, everything reversed and exploded out like bullets fired from a shotgun and Touma was still able to stand up from that attack despite being unable to negate real physical objects that are not created by magic. Moreover, he had enough strength left to KO Oriana although granted, Oriana was pretty exhausted from using magic, running around and fighting all day. I also felt really sorry for Stiyl and Tsuchimikado in how they often get the short end of the stick just to allow Touma to always deliver the final blow to the antagonist.

    All in all, it was a pretty *facepalm* resolution to the problem at hand. You’d think the good guys would get off looking pretty cool if they had actually solved the problem with their own methods but it’s really funny how the antagonists’ plans just plain FAILed because of their own carelessness. Since the fireworks were meant to happen and planned from the very beginning anyway, one can’t exactly see it as an actual solution. It was more like a fortunate accident than anything else.

  2. @Keiri
    Thanks for the explanation on how the cross worked. I’m somewhat glad they didn’t overdo the explanation since it slows things down, but also happy to know how it all works.

    You’d think after surviving a blast like that and being able to throw a finishing blow that Touma should never say he’s unlucky again. Though he probably is way tougher than the average person with his ability to stay standing. Does make the other guys look bad at how they go down while Touma is able to keep moving. I mean was even able to keep chatting after the fight was over.

    The good guys really did just win by pure luck this time around. They didn’t even interfere with the schedule of the fireworks to help themselves win. It was just because the enemy was too stupid to read the schedule of events that they won. But guess the saying is true that sometimes you have to be lucky to be good. They’ll take the win even if they had nothing to do with the fireworks. I suppose it’s fitting on some level since their attempt to attack Academy City and not respecting it lead to them not checking the events.

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