Continuing on the heels of the previous episode, the 5th episode of To Aru Majutsu no Index II supplies ample amounts of action, providing what might be the best overall battle scene so far in the second season, combined with even more of the luscious nun service the show is known for.
The scene of the Anieze battle nuns self-mutilating themselves en masse to defeat Index’s Sheol Fear at the end of the previous episode was enough of a sight to be worth repeating, both in this new episode and here:
Orsola / Ursula, over there on the left, is still the driving force behind the episode.
The mid-episode battle with the cute, platform-heel wearing nun Agnese Sanctis is definitely the highpoint of the episode.
All but a few medium-distance establishing shots are animated in the high quality JC Staff has been putting into the pivotal scenes for its top-billed shows like Toradora!, Index, and Railgun.
The choice of tsundere queen seiyuu Rie Kugiyama for Agnese suits the character perfectly – see her facial expressions:
Sadly, that’s as high as the skirt rides up in this shot.
Touma continuing his usual role of functioning as punching bag.
Agnese’s staff licking makes for great screenshots, as evidenced below:
Innocentius for the first time in nearly two years, long enough that it may take a few moments to remember just what exactly this thing even is.
The lens flare makes these screenshots look more blurry that they actually appear in the episode, but Index’s fire and flame effects are as good as ever.
Plainclothes Church of England quasi-nun (technically more of a saintly sorceress) Kanzaki Kaori makes an appearance as well.
Her seiyuu, Shizuka Ito, has a substantial, near decade-long catalog of work behind her, mostly focusing on supporting roles, excepting her roles as Okami-San’s Ryoko, Amagami SS’s Haruka, and Sekirei’s Benitsubasa.
Kanzaki’s spoken line for the above frame deserves a caption:
“脱ぎません！ (I will not undress!)”
Stiyl appears to travel between Britain and Japan fairly quickly…
The commericals for the Tokyo MX broadcast happened to include this one, showing some of the extras from the December issue of Shonen Gangan:
Index and Hyouka Kazakiri.