To Aru Majutsu no Index II – 11

Oriana certainly took the sluttiness to a new level this week, graduating from her sexy jungle explorer look to some kind of “Princess Jasmine if she were a hooker” ensemble.

All in all this was shaping up as a pretty harmless episode with lots of comedy, starting with the interaction at the cafe. Mikoto’s mother seems quite the character, and the jealousy between Biri-biri and Index is heating up to a full boil. That led to a painful misunderstanding afterward involving an unusual method for measuring waist size and a turnabout of Touma’s “Falcon Punch”.

All the while the ep was playing out like a kind of high-speed chase, with Touma, Stiyl and Tsuchimikado using various forms of public transport and magical spells to try and catch up to Oriana. After kicking Tsuchi’s ass (again) she literally bumps into Komoe and Himegami in the park – and that’s when things take a sudden and pretty shocking turn.

I’d be lying if I said that bloodbath didn’t catch me off guard. Oriana is a cold one, no doubt, but Himegami was a complete innocent bystander – more concerned with shyly pursuing Touma than St. Peter’s Cross. So to see her practically murdered over a misunderstanding (her Celtic cross) was quite effective as a twist. Stiyl is going to put his considerable skill towards helping Komoe save her so I expect she’ll pull through, bu we’re no closer to a resolution of the arc and frankly, it doesn’t look like we’ve found anyone who can go toe-to-toe with the slutty wizard. Could this be a cue for Accelerator to make another entrance?

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