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The twelfth chapter of the Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator manga was released on December 27, 2014.
In the billowing dust and smoke the four Scavengers gather and look down upon Esther and Hasami. Sensing malice from them and the danger they pose to Esther, Hasami attacks and with one powerful kick separates Naru of the Scavengers from her other comrades. As Naru wonders about the fate of her comrades, Hasami presses her advantage but Naru manages to evade, smiling all the while. Naru attacks as well but Hasami is able to block her and counter her movements. Grabbing her, Hasami manages to throw her with great force, but still she endures. Pieces of paper rain upon the battlefield, and Naru remains unscathed, paper cushioning her fall, though states that the attack was a close call. Still smiling, she stands up again and takes the paper that protected her and compresses them into her furled umbrella. Immediately, Naru is able to close the distance between them, complimenting Hasami's skills and forcing her to jump away.
There her other comrades appear and note how it is rare for Naru to be praising someone. Hasami is by Esther's side as she wonders what the Scavenger's allegiance are. Here however Esther discovers that Hasami has been injured, though Hasami tells her to pay it no thought. The Scavengers then tell them that they are willing to make a deal: give them the bodybag where Misaka 10046 is and then leave, then they will spare them. Aiho, who jumps in front of Hasami and Esther, doubts that they could be trusted to keep their end of the bargain. She gazes upon Hasami and notes that she knows her face as it bore a resemblance to a corpse. Aiho then tells the two to leave the battle to her, an adult. Esther then asks who she is, though she doesn't answer, saying that if they are allies of Misaka 10046 then she is her ally as well. Aiho thinks to herself that it would make some people sad if anything were to happen to her. With that, Aiho tells them to leave.
Meanwhile, the girl in the flu mask looks at Aiho with a frown and recognizes that she is of Anti-Skill. The girl declares Esther as a Teacher's pet. The others note their disgust and decides to kill them. Naru volunteers and notes that she doesn't need help. Here, she uses her paper-controlling powers to strip herself of her clothes, which is actually paper, and create a large rabbit-themed Powered Suit-like armor.
- Hasami, Esther, and Aiho engage Scavenger.
By order of appearance:
No new characters were introduced this chapter.
- Necromancy - Esther Rosenthal
- Huotou-possessed corpse
- Psychokinesis to control paper - Naru, Level 3
No new abilities were introduced in this chapter.
No new locations were introduced during this chapter.
- Aiho references that Hasami looks similar to a corpse she knows shown in the first chapter.
No references to culture are shown in this chapter.
- What does Scavenger want with Misaka 10046?
- Aiho: "If you're her ally... then I'm your ally."―Aiho to Esther regarding Misaka 10046