Part of me wonders whether there’s any reason why after two seasons of this show I firstly still like it and secondly am still watching it. Basically, while the plot continues to become yet more convoluted in the jargon they like to babble at the audience, every incident is resolved much the same way with Kamijou eventually punching whoever is responsible and destroying whatever mystic whosit they were chasing by touching it before getting somehow knocked out or injured to the point where the next time we see him he’s waking up in hospital, again.
Yet, the answer to the question of why I am still watching A Certain Magical Index is actually pretty clear. While this formula is repetitive, it is great fun and when accompanied by the music and the general intensity all of the characters put into climactic scenes, it is difficult not to get swept up even if we are just waiting for the right hand to nullify everything and call it a day.
The other reason is that this show continues to bring back ideas from each of its previous stories and continues to build a fairly complex (if at times nonsense) kind of world. This opening act delivers that beautifully with Misaka’s return as a reoccurring character and while it was nice in the first two episodes to see her hounding Kamijou yet again, the phone conversation that she overheard where she finds out that he has in fact lost his memory (something that I kept hoping someone would realise much earlier on) kind of brings things nicely together. We also get a return from Accelerator that really doesn’t add anything to Kamijou’s story but helps with world believability because even after his injuries he’s still pretty much a weapon of mass-destruction.
So while A Certain Magical Index has done nothing to address its problems, three seasons in there’s probably little inclination to fix them because more than enough people are on board with the story as it is. There’s a lot of fun to be had with this cast and the overblown nature of everything is just par for the course.
Although, one of these days it would be nice to meet a villain who isn’t a complete psycho.
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DRAGON QUEST 25TH ANNIVERSARY MONSTER ILLUSTRATION BOOK
- Episodes 1 + 2 – That Time Something Happened to Kamijou
- Episode 3 – More Jargon More Punching
- Episode 4 – Ditch the Main Cast and Go For A Ride
- Episode 5 – I’m Glad I’m Not The Only One Confused
- Episodes 6 + 7 – A Certain Villainous Laugh and a Meandering Plot Line
- Episode 8 – A Fight Between Saints Should Be Exciting, Right?
- Episode 9 – The Moment You Know The Magic Is Gone
- Episode 10 – Exposition on A Plane With Index and the Terrorist
- Episode 11 – Dropping A Certain Magical Index