July 31, 2014
The good news is that Misaki (aka "Mental Out") doesn't show up again in the series except for a cameo in the last episode.
Which is good because in the canon she eventually does something really foul to Mikoto, which they didn't include in this series. I thought Mikoto would kill her for it, but I guess that's a step too far for Mikoto, who seems to be the only Level 5 who isn't a sociopath.
Misaki is a sociopath, and there's a strong implication that she is too old to be in middle school, but stays there by using her power to change everyone's memory, including administrators. (And if you think Misaki is a monster, wait until you see Accelerator.)
Her fawning cadre aren't that way because she's beautiful. She uses her power to rewrite their memories to make them that way.
The first 16 episodes this time are the Sisters arc, which is dark dark dark but has a good ending. The rest of the series (beginning ep 19) is the SIlent Party arc, which is great from start to finish.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thu Jul 31 10:36:58 2014 (+rSRq)
At least Naruto and Goku used the main character magic for good.
 (with the exception of a techer woman that seemed human)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thu Jul 31 14:38:26 2014 (RqRa5)
(*She tries (and fails spectacularly) to drug and presumably molest Mikoto at least twice...I mean good Lord, she's pretty much horrible. The only reason she's a "good guy" is because she feels personally invested in her identity as a Judgement officer, likes the power she gets from the job and is the vector for getting Mikoto and the others involved in the larger story. Yes she's comic relief, but.... )
However, I think Mikoto is pretty decent. She's not perfect but just the fact that she's fairly she's down to earth is a major accomplishment given that everyone else we've seen on her level is corrupted by their power and they do not seem to be discouraged from that.
She's also a "good guy" for the right reasons, as opposed to Kuroko who is on a power trip.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu Jul 31 16:46:37 2014 (DnAJl)
Railgun is about Academy City itself; Index sets it in a world that almost, almost justifies how monstrous it is. It's a shame that Railgun is just a much better show; by itself it's incomplete, but getting through enough Index to get the background means, well, slogging through Index...
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Thu Jul 31 18:33:28 2014 (zJsIy)
getting through enough Index to get the background means, well, slogging through Index... [/quote]
I was afraid of that.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu Jul 31 21:00:45 2014 (DnAJl)
Railgun S pretty much overlaps the first Index series in time. Ep 15 of Railgun S covers the same event as ep 14 of Index. (Though there's a bit of Rashomon difference in the telling.)
I watched the first Index series but didn't watch the second one. And I didn't have any trouble keeping up with events in either Railgun series.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thu Jul 31 23:37:57 2014 (+rSRq)
He's pretty much a walking relic, a saint. It's a hell of a thing to hang on a teen protagonist, aligning him with the original will of god. And people complain about "Jesus Yamato"!
Posted by: Mitch H. at Fri Aug 1 09:21:03 2014 (jwKxK)
By extension, Touma is either extremely powerful, OR his power just has a much easier time of it (because he's not really modifying base reality, just reasserting it or disrupting the modifications to it that are made by others). Difference between pushing the boulder uphill and pushing it down, maybe?
Of course, that might not be what's actually going on (and, frankly, it's not directly contradicting your theory either, just couched in different terms.)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Fri Aug 1 17:47:04 2014 (zJsIy)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat Aug 2 01:04:27 2014 (DnAJl)
Surprisingly, that verbal tic doesn't become ridiculously annoying.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun Aug 3 10:29:43 2014 (+rSRq)
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