A Certain Magical Index II: Episodes 8 and 9

So we start a new story arc, with Stiyl, Tsuchimikado, and Touma trying to stop a transaction which would give an item known as the  Stab Sword to an agent of the Roman Catholic Church.  These two episodes mainly deal with their chase after one of the two magicians involved, Oriana Thomson, whom Touma finds by accident when his Imagine Breaker reacts to her when he shakes her hand.  Most of the second episode deals with the three trying to break a spell she has set up which is preventing Stiyl from performing any magic within academy city.

There is so much wrong here, it's almost hard to know where to begin

There is so much wrong here, it's almost hard to know where to begin

We got some information about what the Stab Sword is – it’s a magical item, apparently held by the Anglican Church, that is harmless to most people, but can slay a saint with a single stab.  This makes it equivalent to an item that could neutralize another nation’s nuclear arsenal in ordinary military terms, thus giving whoever had the item a supreme advantage – such an advantage that by even having the advantage, a religious war could break out.

Oriana hasn’t really shown much yet other than a bit of craftiness and the fact that she pre-planned some countermeasures, but we haven’t really seen the full force of what she’s capable of yet, I don’t think.  At least Touma is being useful in that he can easy cut through magical counter-measures without slowing the trio down.

As for other characters, we get a lot of red-faced Mikoto, but that’s about it.  We also get a lot of hungry and lonely Index, though that’s nothing really new, either.  The primary secondary character so far has really been class rep Seiri Fukiyose who seems to be paying a lot of attention to Touma, and ends up getting zapped by one of Oriana’s spells at the end of episode 9.

I have a feeling this arc will go to the end of the fall season for this show (which would be episode 12) since we’re not even done dealing with Oriana, and we haven’t even been introduced to the other half of the transaction yet.