Toaru Majutsu no Index Half Season Review 2
New tag: Rewrite History. This post was published on November 28th, 2010.
…I’m gonna rewrite history a lot in the next month ._.
Who says I can’t do multiple HSRs? Be thankful I’m not watching Conan.
DID I JUST SAY TIME?! WELL I HAVE NONE OK WHY AM I STILL WRITING THIS I GOT A HUNDRED PERCENT IN MATH
Oh, apparently magic uses mana too, which I forgot to explain last time. Mana is present all around the world… and not only from humans, but from nature too. OH AND FOR SOME REASON IT ISN’T REVEALED TO EXIST IN SCIENCE AS WELL EVEN THOUGH THE PHYSICAL MANIFESTATIONS OF SUCH A COMPOUND WOULD PRODUCE UNFORESEEN EFFECTS THAT WOULD UNDOUBTABLY HAVE BEEN PLOTTED OUT BY ANY HALF-WIT OBSERVING SCIENTIST
And espers are apparently people who can reject reality and replace it with their own. Somehow, Schrödinger’s cat gets involved right now even though that deals with PROBABILITY and not the REALITY, which is what espers change. How do you CULTIVATE a ‘skill’ of rejecting PROBABILITY and making it REAL? IT DOESN’T FUCKING MAKE SENSE, INDEX DOESN’T FUCKING MAKE SENSE JUST SAY IT’S ALL MAGIC ALRIGHT
I also forgot to explain that ‘Toaru Majutsu no Index’ means ‘A Certain Magical Index’, and ‘Toaru Kagaku no Railgun’ means ‘A Certain Scientific Railgun’. That’s why Tsuchimikado Motoharu (blonde hair) and that other kid (HE DOESN’T HAVE A NAME BUT HAS BLUE HAIR) attend ‘A Certain Highscool’, which only has one teacher (Komoe) and three students during ‘A Certain Class’. Index finds ‘A Certain Cat’ (who she names Sphinx). In ‘A Certain… Box’ ._.
I ‘Am Certainly Taking’ this too far.
BUT WHY IS THERE ONLY THREE PEOPLE IN THE CLASS YOU’D EXPECT IN THE WHOLE ACADEMY CITY WITH OVER ONE POINT EIGHT MILLION STUDENTS THAT MORE THAN THREE PEOPLE WOULD FAIL A SUBJECT (or rather, fail the make-up class for a failed subject), BUT STILL WOULDN’T IT BE MUCH BETTER TO CONSOLIDATE EVERYONE INTO A SINGLE CLASS?! OF COURSE IT WOULDN’T BECAUSE ACADEMIC AND SCIENTIFICALLY RATIONAL CITIES DON’T RUN LIKE THAT
I DON’T NEED TO LISTEN TO A YUKKURI
Anyways, Touma, Motoharu, Index, and that other kid are eating oil, grease, and sugar at the local MacRonall when they find a magician. Himegami Aisa is the Deep Blood referred to last time – the smell of her blood attracts vampires, who she then kills. Unfortunately, that includes her family because HER FAMILY WAS TOTALLY MADE OUT OF VAMPIRES AND AFTER THE BLOOD BANK RAN OUT OF BLOOD TO LEND THEY STARVED TO DEATH
Stiyl tells Touma of their goal – kill an ‘alchemist’, Aureolus Izzard (apparently a descendent of Paracleses wait what), who is really mean and does really mean stuff to aisa beacuse hes very mean and very mean people are very mean and very bad and very bad people are also very mean so he shouldnt be so mean and shuold be more nice to aisa beacuse bieng mean is very bad
Reimu’s life after the shrine collapsed
At Misawa Cram School, the place Aisa is held hostage (or something), they find a corpse of one of the Thirteen Knights of the Roman Catholic Church. A magical forcefield blocks out all activity from the magical ‘side’ to the public ‘side’ – basically, the Knight is part of the magical ‘side’, and people who are not on the magical ‘side’ cannot see it. People who are on the magical ‘side’ then cannot interact freely with the public ‘side’ – such as pushing an elevator button. Touma, Stiyl, Aisa, and Aureolus are all on the magical side.
WHICH MEANS THAT WE FINALLY HAVE PROOF THAT STAIRS ARE MAGICAL THINGS – NO WONDER IT KEEPS HAPPENING
Aureolus casts a spell that transports the public students into the magical ‘side’ – however, they’re espers, so they can’t use magic without suffering INTENSE PHYSICAL PAIN
As such the students suffer INTENSE PHYSICAL PAIN
Unfortunately, Aureolus has some suicidal tendencies.
He appears behind Touma and Stiyl and erases their memories because of his special ability. However, after regaining consciousness, Touma negates the effect with the power of his Imagine Breaker.
They appear at the cram school just to see the remnants of the Thirteen Knights attacking the school with a spell that needs three thousand three hundred and thirty-three monks to recite – at the same time.
Obviously it has some devastating effects, completely ripping a building in two – but Aureolus reverses that with his Ars Magna.
Apparently, the ultimate goal of alchemists is to model everything in this world – basically bringing out anything they’re thinking of into reality. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE NO BUT I QUOTED IT FROM THE ANIMU
Aureolus’s magical name is Honos628, and his ability is to bringing out anything he says into the real world.
SO SCIENTIFICALLY POSSIBLE AMIRITE
(He can probably make someone do that too)
Thus, he can erase memories; cause espers to cast magic; glue back buildings; and in general be a total badass.
Index gets captured by Aureolus, who reveals that HE LOVES HER and wanted her to become a vampire cause that’d make it more Twilight-y. In reality, it’s because he thought her memory problem would be overcome if that happened – when Stiyl regrettably informs him that
his dad is ded so who was phone Touma beat him to the chase, he gets pretty darn mad, attempting to kill everyone.
Unfortunately, it’s revealed – his true power isn’t in saying, but in /thinking/ – if he doesn’t think of something, and only of that thing, it won’t come to fruition. That’s why he likes to stab himself so much.
Anywho, Touma becomes a total scary zombie by braving the pain of losing his right arm and destroying Aureolus’s mental stability. His power now out of his control, it backfires, turning Touma’s severed right arm into a giant dragon.
…Aureolus’s head gets bitten off, Stiyl mercifully changes his facial structure so as to deceive the Roman Catholic Church, and he loses both his memories of the situation and ability to lose magic, before being released into the REAL WORLD
What’s the point of having triggers to the other eight guns, then
New arc begins as Touma begins to develop his observation skills (Rito’s mastered it, if ya get what I mean…), meeting Mikoto’s sister, who is engaged in a fight with some guy named Accelerator.
So ‘Tree Diagram’ is this giant floating satellite that monitors Academy City and grades all the espers by ranking, but Index destroyed it when she went all zombie-like. Accelerator’s goal (or rather, the scientists controlling him) is to become a Level 6 – he can only achieve this by killing 128 Level 5 espers, but there are only 7 Level 5s. Thus, using Mikoto’s DNA, scientists have mass produced 20,000 clones of her (all Level 3 espers). All the Misakas are connected by mind, BYPASSING THE EINSTEIN-PODOLSKY-ROSEN PARADOX (or imposing it?) because INFORMATION CAN’T TRAVEL INSTANTANEOUSLY
However, they must wear MILITARY GOGGLES so that they can see electro-wait wait what
WHAT IS THIS SHIT
Mikoto was TRICKED by the evil government, who used her DNA supposedly to cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy, but in reality to produce CLONES CLONES CLONES and MORE CLONES, as she is the only Level 5 who started out as a Level 1 and gradually LEVELED UP
The first Mikoto clone (we’ll refer to the clones as Misaka from now on) was Misaka #10032, who Accelerator try to kill. His ability is changing the vector values of everything he touches – wind, movement, temperature, light, bullets, electricity, even the BLOOD FLOW of a person. You’d wonder why he doesn’t control the vector values of time but that’d make it too hard for Touma to beat him.
Accelerator in his true form (SIDNET)
At the very end, Touma is seen trying to plot a possible solution to Mikoto’s problem, ending with the words “To stop the experiment, I must let them realize that nothing good will come out of the experiment.”
IN OTHER WORDS HE MUST MAKE RATS APPEAR BECAUSE RATS ARE NOT GOOD
Anywho, bunch of other characters are introduced (or rather, reintroduced), and it’d be weird to insert them into the story cause they DON’T FIT AT ALL STUPID ANIME
Tsuchimikado Maika is the siscon Motoharu’s half-sister, and she’s a maid because THERE HAS TO BE A MAID IN EVERY ANIME NO MATTER HOW POINTLESSLY POINTLESS IT IS. SHE STUDIES AT A MAID SCHOOL WHERE YOU LEARN TO BE MAIDS IN ACADEMY CITY WAIT WHAT MAID SCHOOL DO THOSE EVEN EXIST I’M PRETTY SURE SHE’S JUST A NORMAL PERSON SO WHY’S SHE IN THIS CITY IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE
A WILD NARRATOR APPEARS
Another member of Tokiwadai Middle School (along with Mikoto, who she lives with), Shirai Kuroku (a Level 4) can teleport and is SO AWESOME NORMAL PEOPLE EXPLODE BY SEEING HER
Finally there’s this DOCTOR GUY who must be SORTA IMPORTANT or else he wouldn’t APPEAR TWICE
What do I have to say. I HAVE TO SAY TOO MUCH I’VE GOT FIVE MINUTES TYPING NINJA HUNTER GO GO GO
First off THERE ARE NO LITTLE KIDS IN ACADEMY CITY
Secondly EVERYONE’S HAIR COLOURS ARE DIFFERENT. I mean, sure I’d get white hair, yellow hair, and black hair, but RED HAIR?! GREEN HAIR?! BLUE HAIR?! YOU’D EXPECT THEM TO MAKE SOME SORT OF CATHODE RAY TUBE DISPLAY WITH THAT SORT OF POWER
OR MAYBE SOMEONE’S A HAIR-STYLIST ESPER!
Seriously though, I still hate it when anime try to be more scientific than they can. Shiki’s a brilliant example of how not being scientific still works (of course, I only watched up to what episode 11; expect HSR) – there’s scientific blasphemy and crap, but they don’t explain how vampires exist. Why? THEY CAN’T THAT’S WHY
In this scenario, having someone being struck by a lightning bolt and thus able to control electricity is about the same as having someone able to control quantum probabilities. Which has nothing to do with actual matter. Though, I suppose it’d be easy to justify Biribiri’s ability, but it’d require some imaginative author to conjure up why Accelerator can control vectors… (maybe he was struck by a vector bolt)
Also, going back to the previous HS, why did Touma lose only his memories? With such a vague description as ‘you’re doomed’, you’d expect his brain to be, y’know, blown out or something. And also, didn’t Komoe say that there are multiple parts of the brain for everything? How did he lose just his short-term, 2-week memory, but not his motary functions, knowledge, understanding of culture, and personality? Doesn’t make sense. Here’s where explaining it /would/ help – just saying ‘oh you’re doomed’ isn’t good enough. Just saying ‘oh you’re healed and only lost your memory of the past two weeks’ isn’t good enough either.
I’d be more eloquent in my schpiel but little Mushy’s past his beddy-bed time. I’ll cover two subjects in a latter HSR – morality of cloning and self-criticism. Yeah, those are pretty big subjects.
FINALLY AISA AND INDEX ARE LIVING WITH TOUMA AND HE ONLY HAS ONE BED
HERE IS THE RESULT