The inter-school sports carnival frivolities have taken a back seat to this arc’s storyline, which makes for an episode that’s heavier on the action and soft on the fanservice (in fact there’s virtually none). This follows the fundamental arc structure that Index has always lived by: 1-2 episodes of messing around and ecchi occurrences, followed by 1-2 episodes of getting down to business for some fighting and drama. The difference now is that getting down to business involves leaping into battle or giving chase, instead of a wave of expository dialogue (plus the ecchi moments are a lot more potent!). So, while this isn’t nearly as engaging a story as the previous Misaka/Kuroko-based arc, it has a pretty good pacing which didn’t give me the opportunity to be bored. Kami-yan (It’s catchy, come on!), Steyr and Tsuchimikado make a pretty fun team, and Kami-yan’s Imagine Breaker ability was put to really good, stopping a continual bombardment of attacks! The animation supported the action sequences very well, and the direction gave some good layouts and angles. Daisuke Tokutsuchi was credited with storyboard and direction, and I think he did a great job. Even if it was a plot-heavy episode, it still found the time to be amusing with gags like Tsuchimikado “Kami-yan dive” and the return of the blushing, flustered Misaka! This arc has done a good job at establishing the romantic dynamic between Touma and Biri-biri, and their physical encounter this week had some chemistry. I love that Misaka, in a haze of embarassment, thought Touma was trying to kiss her and submitted so easily! It was a solid episode overall!