Yagate Kimi ni Naru 4 sets up a new surface plot, involving a student council stage show, an abandoned tradition which Yuu and Maki oppose, and around it continues the real story. It looked like it was going to be a little more of the same–Touko gets Yuu alone and comes onto her while Yuu tries to figure out her feelings, but this time they’re seen by Maki. Being a gentle show, he has no intention of telling anyone, except Yuu. It’s a nice sequence. We go inside Maki’s brain a little and learn, though an appropriate metaphor of a stage, that he likes helping from the sidelines and observing, to the point that when one of the people he once watched confesses to him, he walks away from it. I wonder if the show will give him another opportunity to star in his own love story? Anyway, he provides another little plot-push when he informs Yuu that he can see that she likes Touko, forcing Yuu to confront her feelings. Maki apparently likes to sneak onstage to meddle from time to time.
In episode 5 the student council plot stuff is put aside so we can have a “studying for midterms together” story instead. Oh, Maki pokes his nose in a couple times but that’s because he can’t help himself. At first it’s Yuu being nervous that Touko is studying with her, but things are switched around when the tests get nearer, the library is too crowded, and Yuu invites Touko to her house. Touko becomes a nervous wreck, and Yuu perversely takes advantage. That honestly surprised me. I didn’t think Yuu was capable of that, but maybe she’s just doing the same thing that Touko is, trying to know the other person better. At the same time, it’s become clear now that Yuu is actually the stronger of the two. Well, Touko has not kept her feelings hidden, and Yuu’s current inability to return those feelings might give that impression. A minor subplot involving Koyomi and the novel she’s written helps to reveal one of Yuu’s weaknesses: she feels she has no direction, no goal in her life. Koyomi wants to write, Maki knows at least that he belongs on the support staff of whatever he winds up doing; Yuu feels she is behind them.
Episode 6 came in moments after I wrote the above, so while I thought a break from these heavy, uncertain emotions would be good, I couldn’t resist watching it right away. Yes, the emotional twists are heavier than ever, but plot-wise we return to the stage show, where Yuu lies about knowing someone who could write a script, gets called out by Sayaka about it (that emotional subplot is still simmering away–Sayaka considers Touko’s hidden weaknesses her responsibility and resents Yuu taking her place). Meanwhile we get a Hyouka-type mystery about why the student council records are missing for one year, the one where they stopped doing the stage show, but the answer’s simple–Touko’s older sister was the SC prez but died tragically. Basically, Touko’s been imitating her sister ever since. Yuu won’t have it, she thinks it’s bad for Touko, but she won’t go back. In the end, in yet another sunset scene, the two sort of agree to lie. Yuu is lonely too and has decided to need Touko, because Touko’s the same, yet Touko is afraid of what will happen if Yuu finally falls in love. Episodes like these make you think the whole thing will end in tragedy, unless both girls wise up and knock off the over-thinking.
So let’s leave these confused, earnest kids trying to sort out their feelings and their futures together and return to Toaru Majiutsu no Index III, where the adolescents usually have super-powers, or at least guns, and aren’t afraid to use them for, er, whatever they’re up to. In episode 4 we learn about several “informal” groups of mostly villains, known as GROUP (Accelerator’s group), ITEM (those girls from Railgun 2), also SCHOOL, MEMBER, and BLOCK. SCHOOL hires a hitman to snipe Monoka, that nice old lady who got shot in ep1 but got better, I guess, but it fails. ITEM gets involved, chasing SCHOOL and its nasty killer kid around, while a member of GROUP infiltrates BLOCK, rather on the fly, to figure out what they’re after. Turns out it’s a telescope controlling a satellite which has an air-to-surface laser. So after a story arc with all sorts of magic, we now get one which is purely science and espers–but not a single look at Touma or Misaka, so it’s not all that fun, in spite of Accelerator. Well, we do get to see Dr. Frog …
Episode 5 is so confusing that I have no idea who is working for who anymore. We start with MEMBER making a move on two guys, Accelerator and that evil blonde guy. Both attempts don’t fare well. Meanwhile 5000 mercenaries are ready to attack either the satellite facility, or the prison where Awaki, or Move Point’s old comrades are being held. Turns out she’s the target because she can transport into the “Windowless Building” where Alesteir lives. Helicopters show up and kill a lot of mercenaries. GROUP goes into the reformatory, an Aztec magician shows up to fight what’s his name out of revenge, but her attempt to meld with a grimoire before undoes her. Awaki is almost done in by a soldier but manages to overcome her hangups over telporting, even when she finds her leg stuck in the concrete, and defeats her. So GROUP wraps things up. However, the evil blonde roughs up an ITEM member and gets the info as to where they can be found, so the story arc will go on awhile. I went to an Index wiki to try to figure this all out, and it seems we’re getting a very brief version of a much more complicated story. I suppose they can’t do all the stuff from the books, but it makes it more confusing to us. Oh well, it’s fun to watch something where you have no idea what’s going on, sometimes. Just give us familiar characters and that excellent BGM, please.
I’m such an idiot that while Last Order was babbling to Uiharu about the “lost child,” it didn’t occur to me that she was referring to Accelerator (says Peter, knocking himself on the head). But I’m also glad, because it made the episode’s grand climax much more powerful. Indeed, as fun as the confusing storylines can be, the show’s great power comes when it boils down to two familiar characters duking it out. We start with Hamazura, trying to protect Takitsubo from first Kakine (or Dark Matter) and then Mukino. This hapless, failed villain from Index II takes a lesson from Touma’s old speech and shows some gumption and care for another’s life. The confrontation with Mukino was effective; he stopped running and charged headlong at Mukino, and he deserved the victory.
But it’s almost forgotten when we switch to Kakine trying to find Last Order to draw out Accelerator, which indeed happens. Now it’s a battle between Accelerator’s vectors and Kakine’s dark matter, with lectures on the true nature of villainy laced through it. Accelerator has been going on about how no one is the villain he is, but I wrote it off as a comment on style. After all, he does his best not to hurt any of the people in the vicinity of this Level 5 on 5 battle. But when Kakine injures Aiho, who had almost forced Accelerator to calm down, Accelerator goes beserk and becomes an actual “villain,” that is to say, insane. Then comes Last Order’s great appearance. After some fruitless raging, Accelerator again becomes a villain in style, not of substance. Oh, there is some stuff in the end about Alesteir’s “Underline,” a nano-communication system in Academy City’s very air, but that’s while the credits roll. Good enough, I think everyone could use a rest now.