The Greatest Anime of All Time 03Posted: October 17, 2009
So when’s the last time you saw a slice-of-life show so good?
Oh, that’s right. Never.
Contrary to popular belief, I actually liked To Aru Majutsu no Index for something other than Greatest Anime Goddess to Ever Grace My Computer Screen, and that was the different powers that everybody had. Aureolus could turn thoughts into reality, Magnus (fun fact: Stiyl Magnus is actually 14 years old) could control fire, and Touma was good with his right hand. In any case, the idea of “wow, I wonder what they could do next?” just excited me, especially after seeing Accelerator’s godmode ability (seriously, changing vectors? …wow). And what’s more… it was all in a slice-of-life context, meaning that each and every power was almost commonplace, and could show up at any time, giving a sci-fi feel that hyped up my inner sci-fi fanboy.
This episode continued that trend. Invisibility is one nasty power, and it was interesting to see it in action without disrupting the slice-of-life comedy feel (using that wimpy thing on Mikoto? Hah!) that the previous two episodes have set up. Nowhere along the line did I feel that the action intruded upon the comedy, or vice versa. Both aspects were in perfect equilibrium throughout the entire episode, something that Index completely failed at (that show became “action arc + random non-funny Index headbiting with a random, albeit awesome, filler half-episode”).
tl;dr This episode was awesome, and I’m going to go take some Tylenol now, because I am still very sick.