Finished watching "Toaru Majutsu no Index II".
What a ride!
There are 6 story 'arcs' in this season of Index and the good news is that it seems there will be yet another season somewhere down the track.
In the first episode and first story arc, someone kidnaps Index in order to access the grimoires in her head.
The second story arc starts with the second episode.
A book, called 'The Book of the Law' has been stolen.
The 'Book of the Law' is apparently written in a special code and only one person can read it, Orsola Aquinas, who has been kidnapped.
Touma is forced into helping Stiyl rescue Orsola after Stiyl 'kidnaps' Index.
The third story arc starts with episode 6.
The MISAKA sisters make an appearance!
The 'Remnant', a piece of the 'Tree Diagram' program that was made to increase Misaka's power by forcing her to fight her 'sisters' has been retrieved from it's hiding place.
Kuroko is injured trying to recover the 'Remnant' from the 'enemy'.
Eventually the 'Remnant' is destroyed by an interesting person.
The fourth story arc starts with episode 8.
Once a year, Academy City hosts the "Grand Champion Star Festival", a huge competition between all of the schools in the city. During this time visitors from outside the city are allowed.
Two groups of magicians have decided to use Academy City as a meeting point to trade an important artifact, the "Stab Sword", which is said to be able to kill a Saint.
The fifth story arc starts with episode 14.
Touma wins a draw for a trip to Italy, but everything is not as it seems.
They run into Sister Orsola and various people from previous episodes and things happen.
The sixth and last story arc starts with episode 17.
This part of the anime jumps around a bit.
It has a little slice of life and a lot of action.
Last Order, the last of the MISAKA sisters is taken by a group of people. Accelerator, of all people sets out to rescue her.
Touma unknowingly helps Accelerator in his quest.
This anime is interesting in that it's really the first time where they use religious entities to 'power' a story line.
We have the 'Roman Catholic Church' vs the 'Church of England' and an imaginary church, called the 'Amakusa Catholics'.
Some people may be offended by this, but remember this is an anime!
The characters are well drawn, with Sister Orsola Aquinas coming across as the very picture of what a Nun should be.
The other characters in Index II have grown up a bit.
Touma seems to be a little more confident, Index looks a little taller, Misaka looks to have developed a crush on Touma and Kuroko seems to have filled out a bit, which is good, she was very skinny in the first season, the extra weight looks good on her.
There are a lot of things going on in Index II, with many new characters being introduced and all of the old ones from the first season appearing.
Touma, of course, gets into situations where he gets slapped, zapped and bitten for accidentally seeing things he shouldn't and there is one time in Italy where he pulls a double whammy, but only gets it from one side, but he gets a very nice view of Sister Orsola. Who knew Sister Orsola was *so* cute under her Nun's habit?
There is what looks to me to be a blatant reference to 'Samurai Champloo' in Index II.
If you have seen SC, then you will remember "Mugen" the 'western swordsman'.
The 'temporary pope' of the Amakusa, Saiji, is a dead ringer for Mugen, right down to the hair and the way he holds his sword on his right shoulder at times.
Is this season of Index as good as the first?
Hell yes, in a number of ways it's better than the first season.
If you have seen the first season, watching this season is a must.
Edit: forgot to mention that all of the new ladies are interesting in one way or another.
Last Order is.... Mini-Mikasa! Cute in the way little girls are cute.
Mikasa Misuzu. Mikasa Mitoko's MOTHER. An older, hotter version of Mitoko, for me any way.
Oriana Thomson. Large breasted magic user, who has a little book of papers that she uses to cast spells. Has a 'naughty' attitude, with a body to match.
Agnese Sanctis. Leader of the "Roman Catholic Church's" 'Battle Nuns'. A fierce, piece of work, wears a habit with a short skirt, exposing her legs. Wears tall platform shoes to increase her height.
Vento. A member of 'The right seat of God', apparently part of the RCC. Strange looking lady with what looks like multiple piercings, the most strange one being a double pierced tongue, from which a chain with a cross hangs.
There are others, but these are the ones that stuck in my mind.