|Toaru Majutsu no Index Season 2 Episode 13|
Disciple's Cross (Croce di Pietro)
|Part of the Daihasei Festival Arc|
|Name in Japanese||使徒十字 (クローチェ ディ ピエトロ)|
|Rōmaji Translation||Shito Jūji (Kurōche di Pietoro)|
|Original Air Date||January 7, 2011|
|Previous Episode||Astronomical Observatory (Belvedere)|
|Next Episode||City of Water|
Disciple's Cross (Croce di Pietro) (使徒十字 (クローチェ ディ ピエトロ) Shito Jūji (Kurōche di Pietoro)?)is the thirteenth episode of the second season of the Toaru Majutsu no Index anime adaption, and the thirty-seventh episode overall. It was first broadcasted on January 7, 2011.
Touma continues to attack Oriana under the scenery of sunset. However, Oriana still proves to him that she is much more experienced in armed combat. As Touma maintains the exchange of blows, Stiyl staggers to stand up and summons Innocentius at once. For some reason, Touma did not want Innocentius to attack Oriana directly, but that moment of chaos momentarily confused Oriana as well. Touma manages to land a punch, which was blocked by Oriana's arms.
Stiyl continues his selfish advance towards Oriana, but trips at the wrong moment. Touma tells him to sit this fight out, but the stubborn rune magician rejects this and summons a column of flame, that launches Touma towards Oriana. Touma's fist connects with Oriana's chest and she is forced back by the attack.
Touma and Stiyl continue of bickering at each other while rushing towards Oriana; the user of Shorthand, however finds herself in a situation where she cannot read her enemy's thoughts. She tries to fend them off using one of her spells, but it was swept away by Touma's right hand, and Stiyl's and his hand land of her jaw, knocking her down.
Oriana uses her mission - to create a clear-cut set of rules to make everyone happy - to stand up after the attack, and upon announcing her sorcery name, unleashes a rain of icicles at Touma and Stiyl. Touma is knocked away by Stiyl, and the rune magician falls to the ground after being hit by Oriana's spell. As Touma sees his ally downed, Oriana tells Touma to focus on her, since she wanted to end this as soon as possible.
Touma cannot accept Oriana's methods of acquiring what she wants; although he admits that he does not understand her means of fulfilling what she desires, he knows that putting Academy City at harm's way is unacceptable. Oriana shrugs away what Touma said and tells him that his ignorance does not give him a right to tell her what she should do.
Then, as Oriana unbinds the slips of paper that she uses to perform Shorthand, she declares that with her next attack, she will end their battle. The pieces of paper flutter and glow as Oriana calls forth a ball of energy from them, and she launches it into Touma. Touma manages to dispel the initial attack, but he discovers a core inside the orb he dispelled, which implodes and releases an enormous blast.
As Touma loses his consciousness, he remembers Seiri and Aisa, two people who had been involved in Oriana's attacks, and Stiyl and Tsuchimikado, who have been his allies in the pursuit. Using this to empower himself, Touma regains his balance and startles Oriana, who is preparing for a final strike, by landing a powerful punch to her face.
As Oriana stays motionless, Touma checks up on Stiyl, who then tells him to make Oriana reveal the location of the Croce di Pietro. However, a voice emanates from their surroundings... the voice of Ridovia Lorenzetti, announcing that the ceremony will end soon and any attempts to halt it will be futile.
Elsewhere, Ridovia prepares for the countdown to the activation of the Croce di Pietro. Touma wants to know more about Ridovia's plans, but he is interrupted by Stiyl. He wants Touma to focus more on looking for the Croce. However, Ridovia announces that it is impossible; the location of the Croce is actually in the Holy See, a 47,000 square kilometer area (within the Vatican). She also confirms that Oriana is merely a decoy, and the plan is going smoothly as planned.
Stiyl tells Touma to contact Tsuchimikado and ask him to perform the All-Around Reality Array while he performs tracing magic as well, but Ridovia advises them to stop their attempts...
...because it is only 107 seconds until the activation of the Croce di Pietro.
Touma tries one more time by contacting Tsuchimikado, asking him about the maximum boundaries of the effective area of the Croce di Pietro. Tsuchimikado tries his best, but Ridovia announces that it is over, and the spell will activate shortly.
As Touma laments over failing to protect Acedemy City, a startling event unfolds: the Night Parade. Touma then stands up, and as Ridovia stutters to the sudden development, he explains that the Night Parade happens at 6:30 PM sharp (local time), and that the light produced by the event is enough to block out the light of the stars.
And with that, Touma announces that he and Ridovia Lorenzetti shall perform one last activity to dictate the fate of the Croce di Pietro: an athletic game between him and Ridovia.
That night, Touma stays in the Frog-Faced Doctor's hospital, where he finally explains everything to Index, much to her annoyance. As Mikoto and Kuroko visit Touma, they witness Index's teeth burying themselves into Touma's scalp. Soon, Mikoto reveals to him the results of the school standings for the Daihaseisai: Tokiwadai becomes victorious, and so Mikoto wins the punishment game, and Touma has to do what Mikoto wants, even in his injured state.
Meanwhile, aboard a private plane, Ridovia pities what happened to her decoy Oriana, only to be interrupted by a voice. It is, in fact, Laura Stuart, talking to her through one of Stiyl's runes pasted on the hull of the plane where Ridovia is boarding. Laura comments to how real Ridovia's expression becomes when she is cornered, and Ridovia simply comments that the feeling of fulfillment becomes more imminent the tougher the challenges faced.
It is there that Laura decides to test that mentality.
One of the runes located at the main door activates, dislodging the door and causing the wind outside to fill the cabin and pull Ridovia out of the plane. As Ridovia plummets, Laura offers her a deal: to abandon the Roman Catholic Church and lick her feet in exchange for her life. As a devout Roman Catholic, Ridovia rejects the offer.
However, upon seeing the pilot of the plane and the Croce di Pietro, Laura forces a choice in Ridovia: save the most powerful magical artifact, or save the pilot. Laura declares that Ridovia has put herself into this challenge by challenging Laura, and as she plummets to the ground, Ridovia outstretches her hands for the pilot...
In the Windowless Building, Aleister comments on the development of the owner of the Imagine Breaker, and wonders if a certain item might be needed to intervene.
The next day, Aisa wakes up from her hospital bed and discovers Index sleeping beside her. Index asks her if she is alright and the reason for her melancholy expression. Aisa tells her that she can go home within the next two days, and she asks Index instead of a certain reckless boy has been doing stuff again.
Index confirms this, and Aisa realizes that he is just the kind of person who help everyone, no matter who it is. Aisa feels somewhat down because of this, and thinks that she shouldn't have been helped by Touma, but Index disagrees. Index and Aisa then overhears Seiri arguing over Touma changing while she visits.
Aisa asks Index why Touma fights. Index is not sure of what to answer, but the last time she did hear from Touma about fighting is because it is for himself, and to him, that is his happiness.
A smile emerges from Aisa's lips as a certain high school boy opens the door to her hospital room.
- With the efforts of Stiyl Magnus, Touma is able to defeat Oriana Thomson.
- Daihasei Festival's Night Parade illuminates Academy City skies and foils Oriana and Ridovia's plans on activating the Croce di Pietro and taking over Academy City for the Roman Catholic Church.
- Ridovia falls into Laura Stuart's trap.
- Touma loses the bet with Mikoto.
By order of appearance
- Kamijou Touma
- Oriana Thomson
- Stiyl Magnus
- Fukiyose Seiri
- Himegami Aisa
- Tsukuyomi Komoe (flashback-only)
- Ridovia Lorenzetti
- Tsuchimikado Motoharu
- Kamijou Shiina
- Kamijou Touya
- Shirai Kuroko
- Misaka Mikoto
- Laura Stuart (voice-only)
- Aleister Crowley
No notable characters were introduced during this episode.
- Communication Spell
- Several unnamed spells
- All of Symbol
- Fire magic - Stiyl Magnus
- Rune magic - Stiyl Magnus, Necessarius
- Communication Spell - Laura Stuart
- Croce di Pietro (failed to activate) - Ridovia Lorenzetti
- Unnamed spell used to slow down falling - Ridovia Lorenzetti
- Unnamed spell used to dampen impact - Ridovia Lorenzetti
No new locations were introduced during this episode.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Aleister Crowley's Blasting Rod.
- Kuroko is shown that she has fully recover different from the light novel.
- Touma gets a flashback from episode 8 with Seiri and episode 11 with Aisa, as well as with Motoharu being injured in episode 12 before defeating Oriana.
- Both Mikoto and Touma reference the Penalty Game they agreed upon back in episode 08.
- Index references Touma's answering that he is fighting for himself back in episode 14 of the first season.
- The episode features the Blasting Rod, a rod that was supposedly owned by Charles Henry Allan Bennett, a good friend of the real world Aleister Crowley during his time with the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The rod was said to have been used by Charles Bennett on a non-believer of it's power, rendering the person unconscious for fourteen hours.
- Aleister Crowley's smile is stock footage which was first used in episode 6 of the first season.
- Are Ridovia and the pilot still alive?
- What happened to the Croce di Pietro?
- What kind of Punishment Game is Mikoto going to give him?
- What is Aleister Crowley going to do about this Croce di Pietro incident?
- What is Aleister Crowley's plan with Touma and his Imagine Breaker?
- Stiyl: "Die together!" - Said while using innocentius to finish off Oriana.
- Oriana: "A basis, I need an absolute basis. Clear rules, so that no one else would suffer misfortune because of differences in values. A perfect world... That's why I have to win. I'll win and reach an answer. My name is, my name Basis 104."
- Touma: "The issues you're having are things that everyone feels. Everyone fails, and sometimes they fall. But if you fall you can just stand back up! Even if you look miserable, if everything doesn't go as planned, you have to stand up! Don't just throw someone else's life! Which will you choose, Oriana Thomson? Just because you failed once, are you going to let others do things for you? If they failed, are you going to lend those failures a hand?" - said to Oriana regarding her beliefs.
- Touma: "Everyone... They were all trying to protect the present. That was the mark of my determination, and I'm just going to let that all go to waste? Like hell!"
- Touma: "You're right, it's the end. If this is the end, then it's over for me. Hey, don't you think so Ridovia? I couldn't even keep the promise I made with my classmates, even if I destroyed your illusion." - said to Ridovia, right before the start of the Night Parade
- Touma: "No matter where you are, you lost to the light that everyone protecting the Daihasei Festival created. You should have figured out who the main character of the Daihasei Festival is."-said to Ridovia.
- Laura: "The greater the challenge, the greater the satisfaction once you trample over me, the creator of the challenge, right?" - said to Ridovia during her fall from the sky.
- Ridovia: "I will trample... over that unreachable flower, as much as I want!" - said to Laura before attempting to rescue the pilot.
- Aisa: "I see. He (Touma) didn't care who it was. He will help anyone that's in trouble. Even if it isn't me. Maybe I shouldn't have been helped. I might only be trouble to everyone." - internal monologue.