Something is very inconsistent here. If Index knows that the knowledge of mages and magic can corrupt and destroy a human’s mind, why then does she still so eagerly tell Touma more of the Necessarius and the 103,000 volumes? Also, how does one person’s memorization of some knowledge can prevent that knowledge from becoming known to another?
It’s not like the show itself does not make fun of its own apparent inconsistencies. Right after Index tells Touma that knowing magic will destroy a human’s mind, she goes on to immediately ask him, “do you want to know more?” That’s like her asking, “you know pedophiles will burn in hell, so do you still want to touch me, father?” (Amazingly, we do get the following line:
But that’s beside the point.) Anyway, I, like Touma, also wonder why burning those damns books is not enough.
After last episode’s awesome inferno-meet-rain fight, this episode slows down to advance the plot forward. Stacking the inconsistencies mentioned above within the dialogs does draw out the viewers’ attention to look deeper than what is known to Index. Revealing the magic within the volumes as equations that can calculate action, reaction, and counter-reaction with mathematical precision also adds a whole new level of excitement on what we can expect upcoming fights to be like—surely, we have already seen that in last episode’s fire versus water, which is quite refreshing from most other shows where the victor is simply the one with the more energy, points, reiatsu, GN particles, or whatever that measures as a single quantity.
Of course, Index’s own character is becoming intriguing with her almost AI (artificial intelligence) like behavior. How does Index herself exists if these two worlds are not supposed to collide as she has said? In addition to that, Index’s own personality is poignantly felt through Touma’s own exasperation, unable to perceive the inherent sadness of not remembering her own past. Even the two other mages seem to have more of their interests on the person Index herself than on what is in her mind.
Speaking of the mages, boy, isn’t Kaori Kanzaki’s hot? I love how she wears those jeans. 🙂 And her personality seems pretty bad ass too. The episode ends with her about to have some one-on-one quality time with Touma. I am psyched about the next episode.