Index > Railgun
I never watched the first season of *insert long title here* Index, and I absolutely hated *insert same title here* Railgun, as discussed in previous posts. So I initially had no intention of checking out the second season of Index. But Updatedude wormed his otaku tentacles around and coerced me into checking out the first episode of the second season. He wanted to see how someone who hadn’t seen the first season would react to this episode. I obliged and entered into his one person experiment.
I kinda dug it.
The one thing I liked about Railgun was the world. It hinted at this elaborate, well-constructed world with psychic powers and future tech and all sorts of other interesting shit, and its primary sin was neglecting that world and focusing on inane everyday girl shit. Right away Index avoids all of that. We get thrown into an ordeal where a “magician” with a cool hand crossbow artifact magical thing is trying to kidnap Index. He wants stuff from inside of her library-like mind or whatever and is willing to do bad stuff to get it. The conflict in the episode does a pretty decent job of establishing the world’s rules (for the most part) by showing off all sorts of magical shit and getting into how Index is so special and giving the main dude a chance to show off his negating powers. Toss in a few “mysterious” scenes hinting at stuff to come and this one episode has already done a hell of a lot more with this cool world than the five or six episodes of Railgun that I suffered through last year.
So yeah, way to actually use this world and play off of all this cool stuff. You get a gold star for today’s lesson, Index.
As for Index herself, I don’t get why people don’t dig her. Almost every review of the first season that I read went on and on about how annoying she is. I’m not seeing it. She isn’t an instant favorite or whatever, but I like the fact that she’s basically a magical girlfriend type that’s more than a little “incompetent.” She’s far from being the perfect, immaculate type that these characters tend to be, but she also avoids being some lame tsundere stereotype that berates the main dude. She’s something of a space case that’s more interested in getting her belly filled and playing with her cat, which I figure is one way you could go about trying to worry about the fact that you’re a vessel for an entire collection of Necronomicons. Maybe she’s the type of character that grates on you after a while or something, but at first glance I kinda like her.
Doesn’t hurt that she’s a nun (Or at least dresses like one.). Nuns > maids, catgirls, and every other moe girl stereotype. Aww yeah.
The main dude is pretty decent as well. Typical “hero” type with a bit of snark to him. Nothing special, but at least he has a personality. And he’s not afraid to kick a little ass, even if he gives a cheesy “you don’t need to fight” speech at the end of the episode.
Yep, this looks to be a decent little series. I might have to check out the first season sometime to see what’s up. Still won’t watch the rest of Railgun though. God that series was painful.
You go, Sphinx! Scratch her face off!