The 5th episode of To Aru Majutsu no Index II delivered decidedly less service than some previous episodes, but still managed deliver some choice images of a buxom nun being abused and Index‘s first use of her powerful crowd control ability, Sheol Fear.
This point in a series (a full third into a cour, or three-month cycle) is the time when some TV series might begin to show significant lapses in production quality in contrast to the early episodes, which are usually given the best attention possible to draw in new viewers, but as might be expected with a top-tier series like this, JC Staff is still doing a commendable job.
The overall static nature of the episode (with relatively few location changes) might be partly responsible in helping stretch the episode’s budget, but whatever the reason, screens like these scenery-heavy ones came out looking excellent.
Some viewers might (perhaps) find themselves recalling a walking scene with Kyon and Nagato here, if it wasn’t for Stiyl – also ignoring the fact that Nagato is an android and not a nun…
The aforementioned nun abuse, which understandably constitutes a good percentage of screencaps taken for this episode:
Given that they share the same seiyuu, comparing angry Agnese’s voice to Zero no Tsukaima’s Louise in tsun mode makes for an interesting contrast.
Agnese’s platform shoes take a heavy toll on poor Orsola (aka Ursula)’s chest…
What these screenshots do not show is how well animated all of these shenanigans are; the animation for the action bits is a step-up from last episode’s, and Orsola’s body appears to be quite supple indeed.
The above screen could possibly carry the hope that an eventual disc release might reveal a bit more detail in the darkened abyss between the nun’s thighs, but given the series’ overall atmosphere, that cannot be seen as a certainty.
Stiyl’s pyrotechnics are as impressive as ever.
What is missing here is the highly fluid oppai animation for this spear-twisting scene, as in the classic “Gainax bounce” that became peculiarly famous among foreign otaku over a decade ago.
Itsuwa’s spear scenes are fun enough to earn her a second screenshot:
Index getting mobbed by angry battle nuns, a prospect which doesn’t sound nearly as distressing as it perhaps should.
Cute little Index, who is actually one of the series’ most powerful characters but is normally unable to use most, if not all, of her abilities, finally gets to unleash her “Sheol Fear” area-of-effect ability.
A good amount of the following minute of the episode is taken up by these pretty anime-style sparkly effects, like so:
Index does look quite lovely here – though the poor nuns might disagree:
Angelene fortunately is around for a few moments, although her freckles seem to be camouflaged here.
These last shots should make sense to novel-readers, or those who have also seen the entertaining episode.
A CM aired during the episode advertised this tempting December issue of 電撃大王 / Dengeki Daioh, which includes a certain moe phone-strap treasure inside: