Nerawareta Gakuen, literally 'Targeted School' had me feeling expectant for a few reasons- I'd just watched Kotonoha no Niwa, which was absolutely brilliant (see previous post); the art in this show looked fairly pretty; and finally, the summary seemed promising enough, mentioning a conflict between psychics and normal students for control of their school. Unfortunately it just didn't live up to its advertising. Major spoilers to follow since I'm not particularly happy with the show- you have been warned.
Fact: If there's one thing I enjoy about blogging- never mind that the term itself seems to have fallen out of vogue- it's that I give myself the opportunity to come up with the oddest, most peculiar, sensationalist, and yet strangely relevant titles I can think of. Except when I'm burned out from typing the entire piece and just want to click on the 'publish' button. For Kotonoha no Niwa though, I get the feeling that tacking on more words would be a disservice to the film. And no, in case you're wondering, I am not overcome by sloth. Not at the moment, at least.
I finally got myself to watch 'A Certain Magical Index II'- probably a year or more after completing the first season. I couldn't remember much about the plot of season one at all, apart from the bare essentials- that there was something going on between a scientific civilization and another dependent on magic. It's no surprise that I was completely scrambled, though my eyes didn't turn into kaleidoscopes like Misaka's (pictured above), when inter-church rivalry and samurai popes showed up on the scene.