Touma wins a trip to Italy and is dragged into a crisis surrounding Agnese.
Nothing like a trip to Italy to remind Touma that nothing really changes. I have to say his bathroom disasters really are just as much his fault as anyone’s. Though to be fair why does no one lock doors in this universe? Not sure why Touma feels he has to use tactical thinking about which door is a trap. Just knocking would save him so many troubles it’s amazing. Still when someone like Index opens the door herself and decides to bite Touma it makes me wonder if she isn’t just some rabid animal instead of the titled character.
It wasn’t bad to reintroduce some characters like the Amakusa church, Orsola, and Agnese. I didn’t think we’d see Agnese again though when we did it seemed fair that it’d be a redemption arc for her. While Agnese didn’t fight that much it was still good for her to show some positive qualities. She made that crazy order during the last fight it was good to see that she cared about her fellow Sisters and was willing to make a sacrifice in order for them to escape. Of course considering the target of that weapon it wasn’t like anyone could leave it be. Good that she’ll be bunking with Orsola and Kanzaki for a while.
But wow Academy City really is the target of destruction quite often. Though it makes sense with the magic and science sides not really liking each other at all. It’s just amazing that nothing huge has successfully happened yet. I’m sure though that Touma is just going to be dragged into more troubles from here on out on this topic. Considering someone pretty much forced the pope to put Touma under surveillance to see if he’s a threat that needs to be eliminated or not, it seems like times are going to get tougher.
The fights weren’t that insane in this arc. We had the goofy ice guards that weren’t too tough to take down and finally Touma vs. Biagio. It was interesting to go up against a guy who just kept using crosses in different ways. Probably the most effective tactic was forcing Touma down with a heavy weight and then attacking. Though it makes you wonder what the heck Touma is made out of to keep getting up after something like that. Even more impressive is just forcing two fights between them into the same episode. Though it’s possible when you make them both short and hurry things along in the middle.
Can’t forget the towel strategy from the Amakusa girl and the odd maid moment from Kanzaki. She doesn’t show up very often, but does get some interesting moments like that. She should probably give up on it though with the crazy competition after Touma already.