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Nov 9, 2018 11:41 AM

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The latter half of the Magic God Othinus Arc involved Touma and Othinus becoming public enemies and running away from the entire world. Not only his face, but a good deal of coverage of his actions and how he resolved the incident were all broadcasted on television... So why is it that nobody (other than the author) even mentions that in the arcs after that? Sure, most people are ignorant and wouldn't care much for the news, but people who know him well just completely skip past the topic.

A couple of examples:
When his classmates saw Mini-Othinus, they immediately assumed that she was just some doll of some original character... Even though her face was broadcasted along with Touma.
Touma's school still insists on giving him attendance issues when it's fairly clear that it was due to things that were out of his control (for the most part). Even his teacher just skips past any reasoning for his absence.
'Aihana Etsu' describes Touma as some crazy guy who goes around punching people and getting girls (not entirely inaccurate), but I believe that something like 'the guy who became an enemy of the world and escaped unscathed' would've been far more fitting, taking the previous arc into consideration.

It's not exactly a plot hole or anything - just something I found rather inconsistent. It's as if the whole Othinus arc didn't happen, except when it's convenient to mention it. Is there any explanation given for this, or is it something that the author just conveniently skipped past?
Modified by DarthBob, Nov 16, 2018 5:41 AM
Aug 7, 2020 1:14 AM
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this is really late so sorry. I feel like the author wanted to avoid it because of several tropes in the light novel. Examples are that Touma's attendance is crap and how touma isnt really a stong guy (even though he obviously is) maybe it has something to dom with aleister preventing people im academy city from seeing this. idk though
Aug 17, 2020 7:16 AM

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it's possible that Aleister used the Archetype Controller to cover it up.
Oct 19, 2020 9:30 AM
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" She had worked alongside him at Tokyo Bay, exchanged blows with him in the snow of Denmark, and somehow found herself pushing him onward, but why had that Othinus person ended up on his side, why had he ended up running away from Mikoto and the others without telling them anything, and why had he ended up giving Othinus an emotional embrace on TV? She had never received an explanation for any of that.", Vol13 Chap1.
So Misaka watched them hugging on TV, but she couldn't bring herself to ask him about it (out of embarrassment).