This was a powerful and exciting conclusion to what has been a thrilling arc from start to finish, and that’s something I don’t get to say about Index very often! But this second season has been on a roll so far. The previous arc was one of the anime’s strongest, but this arc took it even further! Despite the fact that it’s only two episodes, I actually would call this the strongest arc to come out of Index so far. The 2 episode time-limit made this a fast-paced, action-packed ride, but that didn’t detract from its strong story and intense characterisation. Being a science-side story, it was bound to be more interesting, but the fact that it built on from the Imouto arc of last season meant that the brief plot had a lot more weight. The characters all have a tangible backstory when it comes to the Tree Diagram and the experiments with Accelerator, especially Misaka! But, although it included Accelerator, Last Order, the Imouto-tachi, as well as a fascinating new character, it was interesting that this arc was mainly about Kuroko! Compared with the Railgun manga, she’s been criminally underdeveloped in the anime series, so this episode finally explores her brave, selfless, and righteous side! She’s not JUST a pervert. But she sure does have to suffer for her character development doesn’t she? I don’t think any Index character has been as beaten and maimed as Kuroko was in the last two episodes. For a 14 year-old she has a remarkable tolerance for pain!
Emotions were running high, which made for gripping viewing, and the teleporter vs teleporter battles were awesome to watch (especially the one this week). It seems that the use of esper powers is finally starting to reach an epic level. Biri-biri and Touma’s ambitious rescue of Kuroko was utterly amazing, and Accelerator didn’t hold back in dealing with Awaki in a destructive fashion. Awaki’s breakdown felt much more believable than the usual ‘ruination of the villain’ beats we get in Index, and it’s good to see that, like Agnes in the last arc, she remained a villain to the very end. And quite a good villain too – she’s fun to watch, and easy to hate (like when she pulled a gun on Kuroko!). The friendship between Biri-biri and Kuroko finally feels real in the anime, Accelerator is back and as dangerous as ever, the imouto-tachi are still around – I couldn’t be happier! Hell, we even got some fanservice thrown in! I just wonder if this arc can be topped now.