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Index Librorum Prohibitorum
Kinsho Mokuroku (Indekkusu)
Dedicatus545 - The dedicated lamb protects the knowledge of the strong
Nun in Training
Spell Intercept (,Kyōsei Eishō (Superu Intāseputo)?, lit. "Force Chant")
Novel, Manga, Anime, Audio and Game
Her name is based on the book with the same name, The List of Forbidden Books or "Index Librorum Prohibitorum" (禁書目録,Kinsho Mokuroku?) in Japanese. It is a list of publications prohibited by the Roman Catholic Church.
The avowed aim of the list was to protect the faith and morals of the faithful by preventing the reading of immoral books or works containing theological errors, although it also contained scientific works by leading astronomers, such as Johannes Kepler. The various editions also contained the rules of the Church relating to the reading, selling and censorship of books. It was abolished on 14 June 1966 by Pope Paul VI.
Index is small in stature, has a petite build, and, much to her chagrin, a flat chest. She has thigh length, silver hair, and large green eyes. She is also often seen wearing her Walking Church, a white, and modified nun's habit with gold highlights. It is an accurate replica of the Holy Shroud of Turin and offered Index ultimate protection from most attacks, however, it was destroyed by Touma's right hand. She still wears it, though safety pins are now needed to hold it together.
Much of Index's background is currently unknown because of the periodic memory loss that was brought upon her. Although, Index states that she was born and raised in St. George's Cathedral, there is not enough evidence to corroborate this, as Index as well is unsure of it.
It is not known if 'Index' is her true name or if it is a name given to her because she holds within her the 103,000 grimoires. It is confirmed that Index was specifically chosen as the vessel for the 103,000 grimoires because she has the ability to perfectly memorize things and also because she is unaffected by the books' debilitating effects. She possesses no mana and therefore cannot use the grimoires. She is accompanied by Stiyl around the world in order to memorize grimoires, from the Pataliputra ruins to the Vatican Library.
Later, after becoming the vessel of the grimoires, she was given partners as a means of protection. Three years prior to the start of the series, she was the partner of Aureolus Izzard, then a year later, Stiyl Magnus. Index's relationship with her partners is unknown because of her periodic memory loss, but it is implied that both Aureolus and Stiyl cared for her deeply. In Aureolus' case, he was Index's teacher during his time with her. It is confirmed that Kanzaki Kaori were best friends with Index before Index's memory was erased.
The church told lies to Kanzaki and Stiyl regarding the true nature of Index's memory being erased, as they planned to make the grimoires harder to access as well as because of their fear of Index betraying them or her apparently becoming a Magic God. The church implanted a Collar and a multi-layered program that would disable her from using the magic of grimoires, as such she cannot access her mana, and therefore use magic, normally. To complete this defense, the Collar made Index extremely ill, and required an annual erasure of her memories.
Laura Stuart was the one that came up with this plan, as the alternative was to cut off all of Index's limbs and lock her inside the Tower of London to ensure absolute safety of Index Librorum Prohibitorum's knowledge from magicians that would misuse it, and to prevent her escape.
Index came to Japan a year before the start of the series, although she had already lost her memories prior to arrival, and has somehow awoken in a back-alley with at least basic knowledge regarding her position in the magic side. This was done as part of Stiyl and Kanzaki's plan to keep Index away from magicians that would misuse her knowledge, as Japan was seen to be a place with little history of magic according to them. Both Stiyl and Kanzaki believed it was for the best if Index spent the year running away from magicians as opposed to living through a year full of happiness, as then it wouldn't be as painful (for both themselves and Index) when her memory had to be erased. Index eventually ended up in Academy City as she was being chased by Stiyl and Kanzaki, because it was once again time to erase her memories. Moving from rooftop-to-rooftop during Academy City's unforeseen power outage, she slips and falls, landing onto the apartment balcony of the ever-unfortunate Kamijou Touma.
Toaru Majutsu no Index
- Main article: Index Librorum Prohibitorum/Chronology (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
Being the main heroine of Toaru Majutsu no Index, Index has a large role in the events of the story, alongside Touma.
Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index
- Main article: Index Librorum Prohibitorum/Chronology (Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index)
Due to the story shifting focus from magicians chasing her down for her grimoires (though this is apparently still something that occurs occasionally) Index takes more of a backseat role for the GREMLIN Arc which opened Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index only reaching the role she had in Old Testament in the closing of the Arc. Though she takes her role as a main heroine again in the second overarching arc; the Fall of Academy City Arc, aiding Touma in battles and serving as someone he tries his hardest to protect alongside the Magic God Othinus.
Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index
- Main article: Index Librorum Prohibitorum/Chronology (Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index)
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun
Index only makes a small appearance in Toaru Kagaku no Railgun. Apart from her brief appearance in the 2nd opening where she was seen chasing someone (Kamijou Touma), she appears in episode 17 of the anime where she met Tessou Tsuzuri during her patrol. Here, she introduces herself as a sister and not a student and is seen fighting against a cleaning robot who "ate" her donut. She later appears in episode 19 when Touma is looking for her. Her appearance in this part is somewhat obscured though she is seen eating food prepared by the Tokiwadai Dormitory for their visitors, and it is implied that she is the glutton that Tsuchimikado Maika was referring to earlier in the episode.
She is last seen in the epilogue of the last episode of the anime where she is drinking a soda with Touma.
- Main article: Sisters Arc
While Touma was hospitalized, Index is seen running to the hospital and into his room.
Dream Ranker Arc
- Main article: Dream Ranker Arc
Index is seen looking for Sphynx and later finds him after he scares a crow into dropping the Indian Poker card that carried the Breast Upper in it.
Toaru Majutsu no Index: Love Letter Competition
- Main article: Toaru Majutsu no Index: Love Letter Competition
Bundled with Rainbow Spectrum Colors, the short story focuses on Kumokawa Seria's attempts on finding out a spy, by sending out a fake love letter to be delivered to Touma during a time when he is absent. This causes a ruckus with people who are familiar to him.
Index receives the blank envelope after Hyouka delivers it to Touma's address after it has done much travel. Index opens it up to discover that the envelope is empty.
Toaru Majutsu no Index: Road to Endymion
- Main article: Toaru Majutsu no Index: Road to Endymion
Index supports Touma throughout the short story. She is the first one to notice the strange spell set-up around the city, and is invaluable during their attempt to save as much information regarding the cabal that has infiltrated the city as they can. She aids Touma in the final battle as she analyzes the magic that is used by Ureapaddy Exica against him.
Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index SS
- Main article: Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index SS
Index is the primary protagonist of the short story. After being given money by Touma after solving several puzzles from a reward site using his account, she is determined to buy Touma a gift that can make her happy. Here, she meets Mikoto and Kuroko, infuriating the former with her antics, reuniting with Hyouka, as well as being aided by Maika on what she should buy for Touma, ending with a steam oven to be delivered to Touma’s dorm.
She later meets an Egyptian magician named the Priestess of Bastet, who has reconstructed a specific Book of the Dead in Index using various clues that only Index can notice, and wants to extract it from her. Here, Index shows her prowess against the magician without throwing a single attack, using her Perfect Memory, her incredible fast-paced analytical abilities, and backdoor tricks that magicians use to quickly subdue her opponent. However, it is her empathy that beats the magician, as after discovering her goal, she determines that all she wanted was to know more of the person she cared for through that person’s Book of the Dead that was completed using Index. Index has her voice transform into that of the woman that the magician cared for, and ending with the magician satisfied with discovering the person’s feelings.
When Index returns, Touma asks how her day was, ignorant of her adventure and confrontation with a magician. She then says that Touma is going to be happy because his “steam” is coming to the dorm for delivery. Not knowing what she meant regarding the steam oven, Touma becomes confused.
Toaru Majutsu no Index Movie: Miracle of Endymion
- Main article: Toaru Majutsu no Index Movie: Miracle of Endymion
Index is a central character in the movie, where she and Touma meet aspiring idol Meigo Arisa in the streets, and become fast friends. They later become embroiled in a struggle between magic and science sides wanting her. Index is later tasked on preventing the plans of Ladylee Tangleroad in coming to fruition along with Touma, as she would bring the world to destruction using the Endymion. She later comes before Ladylee, who is revealed to be 1,000 years old and is searching for a way to die, in her core room, and though she tries to convince Index as they are both "cursed by magic", Index says that she knows that Ladylee will not die using her magic. She later uses her knowledge of 103,000 grimoires to analyze and undo Ladylee's spell, who has become too weak and maddened to stop her, while Shutaura Sequenzia and Arisa merge back into one another to cause the Miracle of Endymion.
Touma later admits to Index that Arisa was not an illusion as his right hand did not destroy her, and along with him, later hears a song only the two of the could hear, believing it to be from their friend.
Toaru Majutsu no Index-tan
Toaru Majutsu no Index is subjected to J.C. Staff's parodying, like ‘’Shakugan no Shana’’, Index is turned to a miniature version of herself albeit with a strange marking on her left eye called Index-tan. In the first sketch Index-tan reenacts her meeting with Touma but is then taken away by a bird and is presumed to have been eaten. Index-tan is later seen eating on top of Touma's head a'la Shana-tan and then proceeded to imitate Shana-tan, Index-tan later urges people to buy the Shakugan no Shana DVDs. During the part where Touma insert his right hand inside Index-tan's mouth to disable the magic within her, Touma says "such misfortune" after being vomited upon by Index-tan. Finally Touma and Index-tan watch a commercial featured by Motoharu and Aogami Pierce, asking Index-tan to be quiet after her amazement.
In the second episode, Touma meets Index-tan again and instead of being taken by a bird she is taken by a cat. When Touma is waiting for Hyouka and Index-tan in a changing booth, he comments on how they are mumbling the song they are singing as to go around copyright laws. When Touma is in the hospital he is visited by Kuroko masked in black clothes (a play on Kuroko's name, as kuroko are black-wearing stagehands in traditional Japanese theatre) and Index-tan, who mistakes the antics of Touma's voice actor for his.
Index reprises her role as Index-tan in the third episode, however this time she appears as a homage to the title character of Shinryaku! Ika Musume. Touma's meeting with Index is redone but with Index-tan as a squid girl, moreover, after every sketch Index-tan shouts the word "Geso" loudly, as a reference to Ika Musume's verbal tic. The second sketch with Index-tan features a parody Ouma's capture of Index, here, Index-tan makes a social commentary regarding the youth and tradition, specifically, the Bon Odori, while Ouma plays melancholy tune in his lyre (previously his Azusa Bow) before Touma arrives. The final sketch with Index-tan features her with Touma and Agnese-tan with Angelene doing cute things, while she makes derisive comments and being harmful to Touma.
Video game appearances
Toaru Majutsu no Index (PSP game)
- Main article: Toaru Majutsu no Index (PSP game)
Index is featured as supportive character in the Toaru Majutsu no Index video game.
Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On (game)
- Main article: Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On (game)
Index is one of the playable characters in the Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On video game. Her associated Virtuaroid is IDX-10/3000 "BAL-RlooN".
Non in-universe appearances
The covers for Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01 and Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 08, which prominently feature Index, can be clearly seen in several episodes, as both Eromanga-Sensei and Toaru Majutsu no Index share the same light novel publisher, Dengeki Bunko. Index's Japanese voice actress also voices the mother of Sagiri in the series.
Shakugan no Shana
Misaka and Index on their shirts
Not really a hostile take-over
Index as shown in the game's website
Index as seen in Zettai Hero
Index appearing in Disgaea 4
Index as seen in Lunatia
In Shakugan no Shana S, one of the two of Yuji's friends was wearing a T-shirt with the face of Index on it. While another one was wearing a T-shirt with Mikoto on it.
Shakugan no Shana-tan Revenge
Index-tan makes a cameo near the end, inserting herself in one of the sketches Shana-tan performs. Here Index-tan remarks that she is hungry while Shana-tan demands Index-tan to go back to her own show, they argue on how Index-tan was only asked to appear on her show. It later pans out to one of the characters of Shakugan no Shana remarking on the appearance of Index-tan and that she is an amateur (referring to her voice actress).
Video game appearances
Dengeki Gakuen RPG: Cross of Venus
Index is an unlockable playable character in the game. Index joins your party after you defeat a fake Stiyl Magnus in the game, unlike many of the other playable female characters in the game, Index is more of support-type character using cards that are used in the game to aid the party.
Zettai Hero Project
Index appears as a boss character in her own dungeon in the game; defeating Index allows the player character to access her costume and allows the player to change their form into that of Index, her character class is "Sister".
Index makes a small cameo appearance in the game, when the players cast the Omega Heal spell. Her appearance in Disgaea 4 is actually drawn by Haimura Kiyotaka, the illustrator of the light novel.
Index and Index-tan are part of the NPC characters that will assist the player in the japanese version of the Korean MMORPG Lunatia.
The Japanese MMORPGLucent Heart developed by Gamania Digital Entertainment has disclosed that Index, along with Touma and Misaka Mikoto will be added as "selectable skins" for the players to use.
References in other media
- In Episode 5 of the anime Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai, a character named Maria (who has the same seiyuu (voice actor) as Index and is a sister) wears an outfit strikingly similar to Index's.
- Episode 13 of Mayoi Neko Overrun! featuring Umenomori Chise (who has same voice actress with Index) commenting how Takumi, the main character born with misfortune, and Fumino possess right hands that negate luck using a voice similar to Index's.
- In the fourth season of the anime Zero No Tsukaima, the female lead, Louise De La Vallière, as well as several other characters, wear an outfit that is similar to Index's. Also, Louise has a flat chest and a complex about it, is short, has very long hair, and is known to hurt the male lead, Saito, when angered by him.
Character Art Designs
As shown in the preliminary sketch for the first volume of Index, Haimura Kiyotaka drew Index with straight hair according to his own tastes. He later changed it after her description did not match her design, which not only includes her hair but her costume as well. As seen in the below illustrations, Index's gildings was originally designed differently, but was changed later as it looked too Incan.
A notable problem Haimura had was the body size that both Touma and Index, especially in regards to the body and head ratio. It was not until volume 2 that Index's body has been settled into its current form. In his drafts for her design for the manga, Haimura states that Index's design has become rounder and smaller as time went on, referring to his deformed artstyle.
Toaru Majutsu no Index
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English: A Certain Magical Index
Synonyms: Toaru Majutsu no Kinsho Mokuroku
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2008 to Mar 19, 2009
Broadcast: Sundays at 01:35 (JST)
Producers:Geneon Universal Entertainment, Square Enix, AT-X, ASCII Media Works, Kadokawa Contents Gate
Source: Light novel
Theme:Super PowerSuper Power
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
1 indicates a weighted score.
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
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Academy City, Japan, is at the forefront of science. Besides being 30 years ahead of the world technologically, more than three-fourths of this peculiar city's population consists of students developing their psychic abilities as espers in various institutions. Among these students is Touma Kamijou, a high school boy with the lowest psychic rank of zero, but with a mysterious power no scientist can understand: "Imagine Breaker," which allows him to negate other supernatural abilities.
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*to those who are too lazy to read and just want a quick summary, skip to the final paragraph*
One of the greatest battles that mankind has ever witnessed is the battle between science and religion, a battle that is still being fought today. So just imagine, what will happen if people with supernatural abilities existed and both these sides got hold of people whose special abilities that are nothing short of miraculous? So how exactly does this relate to To Aru Majutsu no Index? Well I suppose a short summary of the story is in order.
Now To Aru Majutsu no Index (which I would just refer to now as Majutsu no Index) is set in a world where both science and magic coexist. Kamijou Touma, you regular high school kid lives within a place called Academy City, the so called “utopia of science” as well as an utopia for a new type of people known as ESPers, people who can have supernatural abilities by controlling the laws of science. Kamijou Touma, being a student in the Academy City, has a strange power called “Imagine Breaker”, a skill which allows him to dispel anything magical or is a product of ESPer powers. On the other hand, there is Index Prohibitorum Librorum (or Index for short), a nun who has the superhuman ability to remember virtually anything and has memorized in her mind 103,000 grimoires concerning magic that is prohibited by the church or is otherwise just far too dangerous to be used. One day, Touma found a starving Index hanging in his balcony after being chased by mysterious men, begging him for food. This is where the story starts as Touma finds himself in the middle of all the problems concerned with letting a walking manual for destruction live in his house.
Now, you gotta admit, the idea of science and magic clashing against each other is a pretty freaking good concept, and a good concept always mean a good anime right? Well, Majutsu no Index had pretty much everything that a good anime has: a good concept, interesting premises, and a recipe for romance. Unfortunately, it failed to use its full potential as an anime because of certain mistakes made by the producers of this anime.
So let’s start off with the story. As I’ve said, Majutsu no index is set on interesting premises yet it failed to fully utilize all of its hidden potential. You see, one of the biggest problems here is, or the lack thereof, of a main antagonist because what happened is that the anime was split into two sides : the magic side and the science side.
The magic side is the side concerned with magic aspect of the anime. The plots concerning this side usually just revolves around people who are relentlessly trying to kidnap Index to learn the secrets in her head and wreak havoc upon the earth, those who want to save Index from her perfect memory, which they claim would kill her if they don’t brainwash her every year since she would remember every detail she sees and ultimately overload her brain, and the church which is responsible for pretty much all of Index’s problems. And obviously, it’s Touma’s job to protect Index which he usually does by talking and punching the said magicians into submission. Though that way of solving things isn’t really all that bad, what really makes the magic side so terrible is that it’s quite episodic when it comes to plot. The plot from one arc to another just doesn’t add up and that makes it quite terrible: the fact that it has no continuality.
The science side on the other hand, is a heck lot more interesting in terms of plot than the magic side. It revolves around the concept of leveling up ESPers. You see, the thing with ESPers is that they are ranked using levels, starting from level 0 (which is by the way, Touma’s level) and above. This is done in order to measure how strong an ESPer is with level 0 being weakest, virtually having no powers, and those with higher levels having stronger powers. The current highest level ESPers have been able to attain is level 5, a title which seven different people in Academy City hold. The story focuses on two of these level 5 ESPers, namely Misaka Mikoto, who was the ability to control electricity and is a friend to Touma, and The Accelerator, who can control and redirect vectors at will. What happened is that Academy City decided to create the first level 6 ESPer, and there are only two ways to do it: Either have a level 5 ESPer kill roughly 128 other level 5 ESPers, or to have a level 5 ESPer kill 20,000 level 3 ESPers. Seeing as they only have seven level 5 ESPers, they opted for the other method: have a level 5 ESPer, namely The Accelerator, kill 20,000 level 3 ESPers. Now the question is where do they get 20,000 level 3 ESPers?
If you haven’t noticed by now, yes, I am biased towards the science side of the story but there is a good reason for that. As I’ve said, what this series lacks is the presence of a main antagonist, and what the science side gives is just that, along with a solid plot. On the other hand, the magic side is, as I’ve mentioned, quite episodic in nature, jumping around from one antagonist to the other and having no clear goal as to where it would lead the story next after one conflict is solved. This is one of the biggest downfalls of Majutsu no Index and is one of the main reasons as to why it fails to live up to its potential. Another problem with this anime is that the magic and science side of the story almost never crosses each other, despite the fact that they should be two sides of the same coin. This is especially annoying from time to time because it causes quite a few plotholes in the story.
Another one of the problems with Majutsu no Index lies in its characters. I’m not saying that they are bad, it’s just that they are so cliché it hurts. We have Kamijou Touma, who’s definition of unlucky is seeing naked chicks and getting “in touch” with the ladies (gee, I haven’t seen that before), Index, who is your regular hyperactive loli, Misaka, nicknamed biribiri, who is your run-of-the-mill tsundere, and others who would take too long to mention. But of course, that isn’t the real problem, as cliché characters can still be interesting despite the fact that they are, well, cliché.
The real problem is that the makers of the anime desperately try to make Touma, the main character, look badass when in fact, he’s not. And for the sake of doing this, they pretty much confine most of the other characters to the sidelines. This becomes very apparent during the latter half of the show, when pretty much every problem ends up being solved when Touma punches the antagonist in the face.
But of course, not all of the characters are bad. Take Accelerator for example. Aside from being the main antagonist for the majority of the science side plotline, he is also the one of the few characters that received a noticeable amount of character development. As the story introduced him as an evil psycho who is willing to kill tens of thousands to gain power, he was later shown to have a softer side who cares for others more than he seems .Other than him, most of the other anime characters just receive minimal amounts of development, maybe aside for one more character though discussing her here could spoil the story.
So far, the only redeeming feature Majutsu no Index has is in its animation and music. The Art was just the way I like it, clean, smooth, and shiny just like most of the newer animes today, though there are times when the movements seem a little bit choppy but this is barely noticeable and doesn’t really affect the overall experience of watching this anime. The music on the other hand is just plain freaking awesome. The first and second openings, both J-pop songs, where sung by Kawada Mami which are in my opinion, just perfect for the theme of the anime: fast-paced and somehow had a futuristic tune to it.
So overall I’d have to say that To Aru Majutsu no Index is more or less an average anime. It’s an anime with a good concept and interesting premises, it just happened to have been unable to fully utilize its full potential. Still though, that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad anime. It does have moments where it shines and shows some pretty amazing scenes. Unfortunately, it couldn’t maintain that level of goodness throughout which becomes one of its downfalls. So this isn’t really something that I would personally recommend, but if you’re stuck with nothing to watch, or maybe you’re one those who have a liking for shounen animes with a little bit of romance here and there then why not give this a shot. Who knows, you might come to like it more than I did.
So to provide a quick summary, here are a list of pros and cons:
+ It has a good concept: Science against Magic
+The openings, both sung by Kawada Mami, were awesome J-pop songs
+The art was clean and smooth
+The Science side of the story had a good plotline
+The Accelerator is just a badass antagonist
-The anime was unable to use its full potential and due to half of the story, the magic side, being terrible
-The makers of the anime were trying too hard to make the protagonist of the story, Touma, look badass despite the fact that he was not
-The animation can get a little choppy at times, though this isn’t too noticeable
-The characters are quite cliché
~First and foremost, thanks for reading my review. If you have any comments regarding my review or just want to have a discussion, then leave a comment at my page. I will greatly appreciate it. =)~
To Aru Majutsu no Index (or TAMI for short) is the very definition of a generic anime. Theres nothing good here but its not necessarily bad. Some characters are likeable and entertaining but that makes up such a small percentage of the enormous cast that its just not worth it. TAMI is about a guy named Touma who lives in a city thats entire purpose is being a school for Espers (see: Psychics) although nobody actually reads minds and its more they all have a certain power. So nobody is psychic at all. Touma discovers a young girl hanging on his balcony whos a magician being chased and he helps her. They become friends and have adventures. Thats TAMI in a nutshell, they tried having some main story throughout the whole thing but nothing important was revealed and the series couldnt keep a story arc going past 3 episodes. And thats where this show really falls to mediocrity. By constantly changing the focus of the story to some new threat and introducing 1-4 new characters every 3-5 episodes you lose the whole point of this series.
The characters themselves are just so two dimensional and uninteresting that you dont care for their story at all. Not to mention they all have to have some gimmick to distinguish them from another character.
As far as genre goes TAMI is a shonen type action show but thats being too generous in my opinion. TAMI's action scenes never go past 1-3 actions before they have to talk for 90% of the fight about something that wont even matter once the conflict is resolved, and all the main character ever does is punch people.
TAMI isnt necessarily bad but its just so plain that you find yourself wondering why you're even bothering with it? It tries to be funny but always throws the same gags at you that you just dont care for them. I think theres some wasted potential here and thats a shame because I really wanted to like this show
"Then would you accompany me to the depth of hell?" - Index
"When magic and science crosses path, what will happen?" is how I would have liked to start this review. However the answer to that would have simply be "nothing" since, although both sides exists in the same place, there were hardly any interaction between them. So instead, I will begin by asking Index what she meant by accompanying her to the depth of hell. She was hardly present for half the show and during the rare occasions when she is in an episode, she gets sidelined and become a minor character with absolutely no impact to the story (beside biting Touma on the head).
So what happened to those 103,000 magical texts? With the exception of the first few episodes and the last episode or two, where Index as a character actually matters to the plot, there is practically zero reference to the 103,000 magical texts for 80% of the show. Granted the production studio (J.C. Staff) wanted to follow the novel as closely as possible (and they did a very good job at it), it is understandable for the abrupt ending to the story thus far. But it still makes no sense for the story’s centerpiece to be dangling here and there with no sense of purpose in the various story arcs.
If one were to ignore the problems mentioned above, then the overall production quality of Toaru Majutsu no Index is actually quite good. Decent animation from J.C. Staff (though sometimes the distant shots seem lacking in detail) plus a great cast of seiyu make this anime a pleasant watch to those who don’t really mind a poor storyline. Don’t get me wrong though, the mini arcs throughout the show which introduces and help create character developments are great in themselves. However, once the dust settles, it always makes me wonder what happen to the story that was suppose to center around Index.
Character-wise, most were introduced to compliment the particular story arc (with the exception of the main protagonists). Afterward, they will tend to “fade” to the back sometimes making a few seconds appearance here and there with no significance. In terms of character development, not much observable changes occurred for the male protagonist and Index which can be attributed to the faithful following of the novel (since there wasn’t that much matter to talk about at the time of the anime production). On the other hand the co-heroine/main protagonist, Mikoto, of the Railgun series (a spinoff of Toaru Majutsu no Index) did show considerable character growth which makes her shine like a bright star among the group of relatively static characters.
Those familiar with Shana will instantly ring a bell in their head as they watch the first OP of this series. If the OP does not make you go "OMG, this sounds similar to Shana’s OP!", then perhaps watching the daily interaction between Index and Touma will help ring some bells. To be more precise, one can even replace Index with Shana and voila, you have yourself Shakugan no Shana III. The point I am trying to make here is the similarities between the two anime.
1. From the same production company.
2. At least one of their OP theme is sang by the same singer (Kawada Mami).
3. Shana = Index, Yuji = Touma.
So what am I trying to say here? It means that if you enjoy watching Shakugan no Shana, feel free to give this anime a try. The magician (magic) vs esper (science) theme advertised by Toaru Majutsu no Index does have its selling points, but I just think it desperately need a sequel to really link the various bits and pieces together. I enjoyed the mini arcs (whether they are filler or not), those irrelevant mini stories were very entertaining and they help keep my mind off Index. But once I start thinking deeper into the character ties and relationships, there is just something missing about the purpose of Index. Perhaps a hopeful sequel will fill in the missing puzzles, but as things stand right now the story really hurts the show.
To Aru Majutsu no Index is an action, comedy set in a modern (or perhaps slightly futuristic) city called Academy City. The entire city is basically composed of several schools that teach the usage of Esper; a scientific kind of magic.
The story revolves around the protagonist Kamijou Touma, as he is caught between tensions and events involving conflicts between Magic and Esper (science). While the first few episodes were quite promising, hinting at a huge power struggle between two sides, with Touma being in the center of attention, the rest was quite the letdown. There wasn't any deep story. The main plot simply gets shoved into the background and To Aru Majutsu no Index becomes a somewhat repetitive, episodic 2/3 episode-per-plot anime. Despite the great entrance leading to an episodic series, however, I admit it was still enjoyable to watch. The plots are simple, but watching Kamijou Touma go through each challenge in his way was entertaining.
The art and sound are definitely the strongest points of To Aru Majutsu no Index. The art is simply amazing. Movements and actions flow smoothly, showing just how many panels the creators drew to create each episode. CG effects are wonderfully done; with the sun shining brightly and casting beams of light on Academy City. The opening songs fit the action theme of To Aru Majutsu no Index very well, and the relaxing ending songs tone down viewers' excitement after watching the episodes.
Characters were great and unique in terms of personality, but development was stagnant. Each character had a unique personality that you can identify and tag them with. Touma is a carefree, friendly guy who's always there to help out his friends, while Index is mischievous and spoiled on the outside, deep down she cares much about everyone around her. However, without much character development, they pretty much stay the same throughout the 24 episodes of To Aru Majutsu no Index. But overall, I think this can be overlooked, as once you become attached to them, development won't degrade the characters' uniqueness.
Overall, I enjoyed watching To Aru Majutsu no Index on a weekly basis. It was a good anime overall, despite the lack of a concrete central plot. Just watching how Touma deals with situations and interact with those around him is purely enjoyable. Definitely give To Aru Majutsu no Index a try!
A Certain Magical Index
Japanese light novel series
Cover of the first volume featuring Index
|Genre||Action, science fantasy|
|Created by||Kazuma Kamachi|
|Written by||Kazuma Kamachi|
|Illustrated by||Kiyotaka Haimura|
|Published by||ASCII Media Works|
|Original run||April 10, 2004 – October 10, 2010|
|Volumes||22 (List of volumes)|
|Anime and manga portal|
A Certain Magical Index (Japanese: とある魔術の, Hepburn: Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu)[a] is a Japanese light novel series written by Kazuma Kamachi and illustrated by Kiyotaka Haimura, which has been published by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunkoimprint since April 2004 in a total of three separate series. The first ran from April 2004 to October 2010, the second from March 2011 to July 2019, and the third from February 2020 to present.
The plot is set in a world where supernatural abilities exist. The light novels focus on Toma Kamijo, a young high school student in Academy City with an unusual ability in his right hand as he encounters an English nun named Index. His ability, which allows him to cancel other powers by touching them, and relationship with Index prove dangerous to other sorcerers and espers who wanted to discover the secrets behind him and Index, as well as the city.
A manga adaptation by Chuya Kogino began serialization in Monthly Shōnen Gangan since April 2007. J.C.Staff produced two 24-episode anime series between 2008 and 2011. An animated film was released in February 2013. A 26-episode third season aired between 2018 and 2019. Several spin-offs and other adaptations have also been made, including several video games.
After being rejected for the Dengeki Novel Prize, Kamachi was contacted by Kazuma Miki, an editor at ASCII Media Works who had him write several test novels. He got the chance to write a full series and decided to create it with the concept of exploring the rules of magic, rather than just having it exist, and the inclusion of science to oppose its elements. The resulting series has seen success with both critics and audiences, with critics praising the action and characters.
See also: List of A Certain Magical Index characters
A Certain Magical Index is set in a world where supernatural abilities are a reality. Individuals who possess special powers acquired via science are called Espers (超能力者, Chōnōryokusha). Those Espers who gain their abilities without the aid of special scientific instruments, whether at birth or otherwise, are referred to as Gemstones (原石, Genseki). Others, known as Sorcerers (魔術師, Majutsushi), gain their powers upon mastering the power of magic, either from obtaining knowledge from different mythologies or by using mystical artifacts, although the existence of sorcerers is a secret to the public. While Sorcerers align themselves with different beliefs, Espers are aligned with scientific institutions. This leads to a power struggle between the magic and science factions for control of the world.
The story is set in Academy City (学園都市, Gakuen Toshi), a technologically advanced independent city-state located in the west of Tokyo, Japan known for its educational and research institutions. Toma Kamijo is a student in Academy City whose right hand's power called the Imagine Breaker could negate any supernatural powers but also his luck, much to his chagrin. One day, Toma meets a young English girl named Index – a nun from Necessarius, a secret magic branch of the Church of England, whose mind had been implanted with the Index Librorum Prohibitorum – 103,000 forbidden magical books the Church stored in secret locations. His encounter with her leads him to meet others from the secret worlds of science and magic. Toma's unusual power places him at the center of conflicts between the Sorcerers and Espers in Academy City who planned to unravel the secrets behind Academy City, Index, and Toma's special power.
Besides its manga adaptation, the series also has four spin-offs focusing on other characters. One of them is A Certain Scientific Railgun, which focuses on Mikoto Misaka, an Electromaster and the third most powerful Esper in Academy City. The second, A Certain Scientific Accelerator, focuses on Accelerator, a teenager capable of controlling vectors and the most powerful Esper in Academy City. The third, A Certain Scientific Dark Matter, deals with the second most powerful Esper in Academy City named Teitoku Kakine and his past. The fourth, A Certain Scientific Mental Out, follows the fifth Level 5 Esper and most powerful psychological psychic named Misaki Shokuhō in her election campaign for the next president of Tokiwadai Middle School's student body.
Kazuma Kamachi started his work with A Certain Magical Index when he received a call from Kazuma Miki, the light novel editor, after his submission was rejected at the 9th Dengeki Game Novel Prize (now Dengeki Novel Prize) in 2002. Miki began to train him in writing multiple test novels, including a story about a girl sister and a boy with a mysterious arm which became the basis for his light novel.
In his essay titled If It's Interesting Anything Goes: 600 Million Copies Printed—The Day in the Life of a Certain Editor, Miki stated that the light novel was originally called Last Memory (ラストメモリー, Rasuto Memorī) but he chose the current title because the word "Index" left a "strong personality in the sense and direction" upon his reading of the manuscript. Kamachi revealed that Index's name was derived on the "Kinsho Mokuroku" (禁書目録)kanji he found from looking on the encyclopedia since he wanted a name that would "stand out for the character the story was centered around". He avoided using difficult kanji for Toma Kamijo's name to help readers able to read it but he kept the meaning behind the character's epithet ("The One who Purifies God and Slays Demons") a secret for now.
When it came the time to write the story, Kamachi investigated the terms "sorcerer" and "real" online for him to build the world of magic and the magicians' existence in his light novel. He also realized that most other Dengeki Bunko novels had magic as a main theme, however, none of them actually invested much into its inner-workings. As such, he decided to use this as the premise for the series. In setting up the world of science, Kamachi "needed some kind of power to oppose" the magic side. This helped him to create the idea of Toma Kamijo's known power, the Imagine Breaker, and set the stage for the world-building of Academy City "where science, espers, and magic would gather".
Upon the release of the first volume of the light novel, Miki stated that "(to be blunt) it sold like crazy. Shortly after the official release date, we had to do a reprint half the size of the original printing. It was on a Monday. I still remember it now. It was quite an achievement for an unknown newcomer". After the success of the first volume, the second volume was completed in 17 days. Subsequent volumes were also completed quickly, with the story for the ninth volume completed before the release of the fifth volume.
See also: List of A Certain Magical Index light novels
A Certain Magical Index is a light novel series written by Kamachi and illustrated by Kiyotaka Haimura. ASCII Media Works published 25 volumes between April 10, 2004 and August 10, 2011 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint; 22 comprise the main story while the other three are short story collections.Yen Press has licensed the series in North America and began releasing it under their Yen On imprint in November 2014. On May 4, 2021, all volumes were free to read for one day in the Dengeki Novekomi app developed by Kadokawa Corporation.
A sequel series, titled A Certain Magical Index: New Testament (新約 とある魔術の禁書目録, Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu), began publication on March 10, 2011 and concluded on July 10, 2019 with the publication of its 23rd volume. On May 4, 2021, they began to be published in the Dengeki Novekomi app. A third light novel series, titled A Certain Magical Index: Genesis Testament (創約 とある魔術の禁書目録, Sōyaku Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu), began publication on February 7, 2020.
Kamachi wrote short novels exclusively for Haimura's three artbook collections. The first short novel, titled A Certain Magical Index SS: Love Letter Competition, was included in the release of Kiyotaka Haimura Artbook rainbow spectrum:colors on February 28, 2011. The second short novel, titled New Testament: A Certain Magical Index SS, was included in the release of Kiyotaka Haimura Artbook 2 rainbow spectrum:notes on September 9, 2014. The third short novel, titled Genesis Testament: A Certain Magical Index SS, was included in the release of Kiyotaka Haimura Artbook 3 CROSS on May 9, 2020.
The bonus novels that Kamachi wrote for the series' Blu-ray/DVD releases are compiled into two volumes titled A Certain Magical Index: Apocrypha Archive (とある魔術の禁書目録 外典書庫, Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu: Gaiten Shoku) to commemorate the 15th anniversary of his debut, which began publication on June 10 and concluded on August 7, 2020 with the publication of its 2nd volume.
See also: List of A Certain Magical Index chapters
The series has been adapted into two manga series. The one based on the novels is illustrated by Chuya Kogino and started serialization in the May 2007 issue of Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan. The first tankōbon volume was released in Japan on November 10, 2007. As of October 12, 2021, 26 volumes have been published. Yen Press has licensed the series in North America and has been publishing the manga since May 19, 2015. The manga is also licensed in Italy by Star Comics.
The other manga adaptation based on A Certain Magical Index: The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion is illustrated by Ryōsuke Asakura and began serialization from February 12 to October 12, 2013. Square Enix published the first volume on August 27 and the second volume on October 22.
Main articles: A Certain Scientific Railgun, A Certain Scientific Accelerator, and A Certain Scientific Railgun: Astral Buddy
A side-story manga series illustrated by Motoi Fuyukawa, titled A Certain Scientific Railgun, started serialization in the April 2007 issue of Dengeki Daioh. As of October 2020, 16 volumes have been released. Its spin-off, titled A Certain Scientific Railgun: Astral Buddy, was serialized in Dengeki Daioh from April 27, 2017 to July 27, 2020. It was published in four volumes. A second side-story manga series illustrated by Arata Yamaji, titled A Certain Scientific Accelerator, was serialized in Dengeki Daioh from December 27, 2013 to July 27, 2020. It was published in twelve volumes. A third side-story manga series illustrated by Nankyoku Kisaragi, titled A Certain Scientific Dark Matter (とある科学の未元物質, Toaru Kagaku no Dāku Matā),[b] began serialization from August 27, 2019 to March 26, 2020, the same day ASCII Media Works published the first volume through their magazine Dengeki Daioh. A fourth side-story manga series illustrated by Yasuhito Nogi, titled A Certain Scientific Mental Out (とある科学の心理掌握, Toaru Kagaku no Mentaru Auto),[c] began serialization in Comic Newtype website on July 27, 2021.
See also: List of A Certain Magical Index episodes and A Certain Magical Index: The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion
A 24-episode anime adaptation of A Certain Magical Index was produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori, which was aired in Japan from October 4, 2008 to March 19, 2009. The anime was collected into eight Blu-ray and DVD sets, which were released from January 23 to August 21, 2009.
A second season titled A Certain Magical Index II began airing in Japan from October 8, 2010 to April 1, 2011 and was also streamed on Nico Nico Douga. The second season's eight volumes of Blu-ray/DVD sets were released from January 26 to September 22, 2011.
An animated film titled A Certain Magical Index: The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion (劇場版 とある魔術の禁書目録 エンデュミオンの奇蹟, Gekijōban Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu: Endyumion no Kiseki) was released in Japan on February 23, 2013. It is based on an original story written by Kamachi and features the main characters from both Index and Railgun anime series, along with the new ones designed by Haimura. The Blu-ray/DVD set of the film, which was released on August 28, is included with a bonus anime titled A Certain Magical Index-tan the Movie: The Miracle of Endymion... Happened or maybe not. The 26-episode third season titled A Certain Magical Index III aired in Japan from October 5, 2018 to April 5, 2019. The third season's eight volumes of Blu-ray/DVD sets were released from December 26, 2018 to July 31, 2019, with episodes 6 and 7 of the bonus short anime parody titled A Certain Magical Index-tan, which depicted Index in her chibi form, included in the first and fifth limited edition releases. The third season was originally planned to be a reboot but it was later decided to be a sequel instead.
Funimation licensed the series in North America. An English language dub began streaming on their website in September 2012 and was released on DVD on December 11. The first season aired in North America on the Funimation Channel on January 21, 2013. The series was released in Australia by a partnership between Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures. Funimation has also licensed the film in North America and released it at theaters in the United States on January 12, 2015.Animatsu Entertainment released the series in the United Kingdom. In Southeast Asia, Muse Communication licensed the series and broadcast it through i-Fun Anime Channel and their YouTube channel.
See also: List of A Certain Magical Index video games
A 3Dfighting game titled A Certain Magical Index was developed by Shade for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and published by ASCII Media Works on January 27, 2011. Heroz developed a socialcard game for Mobage titled A Certain Magical Index: Struggle Battle, which was published by ASCII Media Works on December 25, 2012. The game was updated to A Certain Magical Index: Struggle Battle II, but was later announced the end of its service on March 30, 2018.
Guyzware and Namco Bandai Games announced on June 8, 2012, a collaboration project for a game adaptation of the series, which revealed to be a crossover visual novel game for PSP between A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun franchises titled A Certain Magical and Scientific Ensemble. The game was released on February 21, 2013. Heroz also developed an actionpuzzle game titled A Certain Magical and Scientific Puzzdex, which was published by ASCII Media Works in 2014.NetEase Games developed a massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on the series with supervision from Kadokawa Corporation, which was released to the Chinese market in 2017.
On January 4, 2019, Square Enix released a teaser trailer that announced their game titled A Certain Magical Index: Imaginary Fest, which was released on July 4. Fuji Shoji, a Japanese company known for their pachinko and pachislot products, released a teaser trailer on August 24, 2020, for the series' pachinko, which was later launched in November. Sun Electronics adapted it into a mobile game and launched it on December 17, 2020.
See also: List of A Certain Magical Index albums
Maiko Iuchi of I've Sound is in charge of music for the series' three seasons. The first opening theme music, used in episodes 1–16 of the first season of A Certain Magical Index, is "PSI-Missing", while the second one, used in episode 17 onwards, is "Masterpiece", both performed by Mami Kawada. The first ending theme music, used in episodes 1–19, is "Rimless ~Rimless World~" (Rimless 〜フチナシノセカイ〜, Rimless ~Fuchinashi no Sekai~), while the second one, used in episode 20 onwards, is "Oath ~Just a Little Once More~" (誓い言 ～スコシだけもう一度～, Chikaigoto ~Sukoshi Dake Mō Ichido~), both performed by Iku. The opening theme music for A Certain Magical Index PSP game is "Answer" by Maon Kurosaki.
The first opening theme music of A Certain Magical Index II is "No Buts!", while the second one, introduced in episode 17, is "See Visions", both performed by Kawada. The first ending theme music, used in episodes 1–13, is "Magic∞World", while the second one, used in episode 14 onwards, is "Memories Last" (メモリーズ・ラスト, Memorīzu Rasuto), both performed by Kurosaki.
The ending theme music of A Certain Magical Index: The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion is "Fixed Star" by Kawada and the single was released on February 20, 2013. The first opening theme music of A Certain Magical Index III is "Gravitation", while the second one is "Roar", both performed by Kurosaki. The first ending theme music is "Eve of a Revolution" (革命前夜, Kakumei Zenya), while the second one is "The Never-Ending Song" (終わらない歌, Owaranai Uta), both performed by Yuka Iguchi. Kurosaki performed the opening theme music of A Certain Magical Index: Imaginary Fest titled "Junction".
A radio drama was broadcast in Dengeki Taishō, narrating the story of an encounter with the mysterious self-proclaimed "former" sorcerer by Toma Kamijo and Index in a family restaurant after Mikoto Misaka decided to go back due to urgent business. It was later released as a drama CD, which was included in the mail-in order of the 48th volume of Dengeki hp. The drama CD, which contains a new story about Misaka and Kuroko Shirai with their "urgent business" and a duel request by a Level 3 psychic girl from Tokiwadai Middle School, became available for purchase in December 2007.
Geneon Universal Entertainment (now NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan) released four audio dramas for the first season of Index under the title A Certain Magical Index Archives from March 25 to August 21, 2009. The same enterprise released another four audio dramas for the second season from May 25 to August 24, 2011. A drama CD for A Certain Magical Index III was released as a bonus for customers who purchased the limited edition volume sets of the series via Amazon's Japanese website.
As a collaboration with Sega's Virtual On video game franchise, Kamachi wrote the crossover light novel titled A Certain Magical Index x Cyber Troopers Virtual-On: A Certain Magical Virtual-On (とある魔術の禁書目録×電脳戦機バーチャロン とある魔術の電脳戦機, Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu x Den'nō Senki Bācharon: Toaru Majutsu no Bācharon) with mecha illustrations designed by Hajime Katoki, which was released on May 10, 2016. One of his light novel works, titled Apocalypse Witch, crossed over with A Certain Magical Index under the title A Certain Magical Index x Apocalypse Witch Collaboration SS (とある魔術の禁書目録×アポカリプス・ウィッチ コラボSS), which was released in May 2020.
A manga adaptation of A Certain Magical Virtual-On began publication on ASCII Media Works' Monthly Denplay Comic magazine from March 10, 2018 to June 26, 2019, with a total of three tankōbon volumes.
The series is featured in Dengeki Gakuen RPG: Cross of Venus for the Nintendo DS, with Index appearing as a supporting character. The series was also adapted into Bushiroad's Weiß Schwarzcollectible card game, which was released on April 24, 2010. Index also makes a cameo appearance in the Oreimo PSP game. Sega's Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax brings Mikoto Misaka as a playable character, while Toma Kamijo and Accelerator are assist characters. Sega and Dengeki Bunko later collaborated to develop A Certain Magical Virtual-On for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, which was released on February 15, 2018. Square Enix's A Certain Magical Index: Imaginary Fest held a crossover event with KonoSuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World! Legend of Crimson from September 1–14, 2020. Square Enix later announced on April 28, 2021 a collaboration event with Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139... and Nier: Automata from May 1–11.
The light novel series has consistently ranked in the top ten light novels in Takarajimasha's guidebook Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!. Notably, the series ranked first in 2011, while also ranking in the top three in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2017. In 2020, the series was inducted into the hall of fame, thus barred from ranking in future years. Kamachi, Haimura, and several of the series' characters have also ranked in the guidebook, notably with Mikoto Misaka winning the award for best female character nine times in ten years.
In Kadokawa Shoten's Light Novel Award contest held in 2007, A Certain Magical Index was a runner-up in the action category. The series also ranked in Kadokawa Light Novel Expo 2020's top light novels in the infinite passion category.
In May 2010, it was reported that A Certain Magical Index became Dengeki Bunko's number one bestseller and it became the first Dengeki Bunko series to sell over 10 million copies. Later that year, it became the fifth best-selling light novel in Japan, beating other popular series such as Full Metal Panic! and Haruhi Suzumiya. It was reported in October 2014 that the entire franchise, including the light novels and manga, had sold over 28 million copies. It was reported in August 2017 that the light novels have sold over 16.35 million copies. In July 2018, the series was reported to have sold over 30 million copies. It was reported with the release of Sorcery Hacker >> Divulge the Magic Vulnerability that the physical sales of the series had reached 18 million copies. As of May 2021, it was reported that the light novel, manga, and spin-off series reached 31 million copies.
Matthew Warner from The Fandom Post rated the first volume of the light novel an "A", calling it a "fantastic start". Sean Gaffney from A Case Suitable for Treatment also praised it, calling it a "solid beginning", while also noted that it can be a bit slow at times. Theron Martin from Anime News Network also praised it for the concept, as well as for keeping Toma Kamijo balanced, while also criticizing the illustrations.
Richard Gutierrez from The Fandom Post praised the premise of the manga, but criticized the execution due to the lack of background it provides. Leroy Douresseaux from Comic Book Bin praised the volume he reviewed, stating the art by Chuya Kogino fits the series perfectly. However, Erkael from Manga News was more critical, specifically for the artwork, but he did praise the story and concept.
Chris Beveridge from The Fandom Post praised the anime adaptation, calling it a "fun series" and "pretty engaging". Ian Wolf from Anime UK News also praised the series, specifically for the action, while calling the music "[just] okay". Like Beveridge and Wolf, Carl Kimlinger from Anime News Network also offered praise to the series for the characters and action, while criticizing for being a bit generic at times. Like Kimlinger, Theron Martin from the same website also praised the action and characters, while criticizing it for feeling preachy at times. André Van Renssen from Active Anime called the series "a decent show", comparing it to Shakugan no Shana for its action. Despite that, they also criticized the series for being too violent at times.
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A Certain Magical Index (TV)
Director: Hiroshi Nishikiori
Series Composition: Masanao Akahoshi
Screenplay: Masanao Akahoshi
Hideki Tachibana(OP 1-2; eps 3, 10, 18)
Hiroshi Nishikiori(ED 1-2; 5 episodes
eps 1, 4, 6-7, 12)
Kazuo Takigawa(ep 16)
Kunihisa Sugishima(ep 20)
Masahiko Komino(ep 13)
Minoru Ohara(ep 19)
Noriyuki Nakamura(ep 4)
Satoshi Iwataki(ep 2)
Satoshi Kuwabara(ep 7)
Tamaki Nakatsu(eps 9, 15, 24)
Tetsuya Yanagisawa(4 episodes
eps 5, 8, 11, 21)
Yoshitomo Yonetani(ep 23)
Yuuichi Nihei(eps 14, 17, 22)
Hideki Tachibana(OP 1-2)
Hiroshi Nishikiori(ED 1-2)
Maiko Iuchi(I've Sound)
Original creator: Kazuma Kamachi
Original Character Design: Kiyotaka Haimura
Character Design: Yuichi Tanaka
Keiichi Sano(eps 7, 12)
Satoshi Iwataki(ep 2)
Shigeki Kimoto(4 episodes
eps 13-14, 19, 22)
Shinya Hasegawa(6 episodes
eps 4, 8, 11, 16, 20, 23)
Tetsuya Kawakami(4 episodes
eps 6, 13, 17, 21)
Yuichi Tanaka(ED1; 7 episodes
eps 1, 5, 9, 12, 15, 21, 24)
Yuu Yamashita(5 episodes
eps 3, 10, 13, 18, 23)
Asuka Shimizu(ep 13)
Aya Kichiji(ep 7)
Fusako Nomura(4 episodes
eps 9, 15, 21, 23)
Hiroshi Ishiyama(ep 13)
Kazuo Tomizawa(ep 7)
Keiichi Ishida(ep 20)
Masakazu Yamazaki(eps 4, 11)
Naoko Nakamoto(ep 13)
Naoto Nakamura(eps 8, 20)
Naoto Yoshida(eps 12, 21)
Satoshi Iwataki(eps 2, 13)
Shigeki Kimoto(ED2; 12, 14, 19, 23)
Shigeru Chiba(ep 16)
Shinichi Wada(ep 13)
Shinya Hasegawa(ep 12)
Shunryō Yamamura(ep 22)
Souichirou Sako(eps 20, 24)
Tetsuya Kawakami(4 episodes
eps 1, 6, 17, 24)
Tomoaki Kado(ep 5)
Yeong Beom Kim(ep 16)
Yoshiko Nakajima(eps 13, 23)
Yuichi Tanaka(OP1-2; ED2)
Yumiko Kinoshita(ep 13)
Yuu Yamashita(eps 3, 10, 18)
Sound Director: Yasunori Ebina
Director of Photography: Shingo Fukuyo
Akiko Isohata(ep 10)
Akio Kitahara(eps 13, 15)
Atsushi Ooniwa(eps 15, 18, 21)
Ayumi Tsukamoto(ep 8)
Chang Hee Won(ep 7)
Chikara Sakurai(ep 10)
Dai Ōhara(ep 6)
Daisuke Saito(eps 15, 23)
Eiji Kaneda(ep 15)
Ena Nishikawa(7 episodes
eps 1-2, 6, 10, 12-13, 18)
Fusako Nomura(eps 9, 24)
Hidetaka Kaneko(ep 7)
Hiroko Yasutome(6 episodes
eps 6, 9, 12, 14, 18, 21)
Hisatake Hayashi(林央剛; 7 episodes
eps 6, 9, 12, 17-18, 23-24)
Ikuko Satou(eps 10, 24)
Kanako Hiroo(ep 23)
Kaori Yamada(ep 22)
Kazuhide Kondo(ep 8)
Kazuma Uike(ep 2)
Kazuya Nakanishi(ep 23)
Keiko Sasaki(7 episodes
eps 1, 3, 10, 12, 15, 17, 24)
Ken Katou(ep 23)
Ken Sugita(杉田建; 4 episodes
eps 9, 14-15, 18)
Kenji Shibata(eps 10, 15)
Kou Nishimura(ep 20)
Kyōhei Ōyabu(ep 2)
Mai Matsuura(ep 9)
Maki Ando(eps 2, 23-24)
Makoto Washizuka(ep 7)
Mariko Aikawa(ep 23)
Mariko Matsui(eps 20-21, 23)
Mariko Wada(ep 2)
Masaki Tanigawa(ep 10)
Masumi Hoshino(ep 21)
Mayumi Funakoshi(ep 22)
Mayumi Nakamura(ep 8)
Mayumi Okamoto(ep 10)
Mayumi Ueda(eps 17, 24)
Megu Otsubo(ep 20)
Miho Ogawa(小川未帆; ep 15)
Miho Sekimoto(関本美保; 4 episodes
eps 2, 21, 23-24)
Miki Yoshimoto(ep 20)
Mitsuzumi Yoshino(ep 2)
Naoko Hayashi(ep 22)
Naoko Koyama(ep 2)
Norifumi Shiro(ep 1)
Rie Kawai(eps 6, 18)
Risa Suzuki(鈴木理彩; ep 2)
Sachiko Oniwa(eps 6, 9, 13-14)
Seiji Masuda(eps 15, 20)
Shingo Andō(ep 21)
Shintaro Tsubota(ep 21)
Takanao Takahashi(ep 7)
Takao Sano(ep 21)
Takeshi Oda(ep 10)
Tatsuya Ikeda(ep 20)
Tetsuya Kawakami(ep 2)
Tomoko Mori(ep 2)
Toshiyuki Satou(eps 18, 20, 23)
Yoko Ito(6 episodes
eps 1-2, 6, 10, 12, 23)
Yosuke Imakubo(eps 2, 14)
Yu Murakami(9 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 12, 19-21, 24)
Yūgo Yasuda(ep 20)
Yūichi Karasawa(ep 2)
Yukiyoshi Shikiji(ep 19)
Yūsuke Nakamura(ep 2)
Yuu Yamashita(ep 10)
Animation Check: Mao Yamazaki(ep 5)
Animation Production Producer: Shinitirou Kashiwada
Assistant Chief Animation Director: Yuichi Tanaka(ep 4)
Assistant Director: Hideki Tachibana
Assistant Music Producer: Yumi Suzuki
Ayako Suenaga(ep 6)
Makiko Yamanaka(Studio Road; ep 5)
Masato Takagi(ep 16)
Maya Matsunaga(eps 8, 10)
Mayumi Tanahashi(ep 19)
Miho Kimura(eps 14, 18, 23)
Syouko Mori(eps 12, 15, 21)
Tomomi Andō(6 episodes
eps 1-2, 9, 13, 20, 24)
Tomomi Kato(4 episodes
eps 4, 7, 11, 22)
Yukiko Itou(eps 3, 17)
Color design: Tomomi Andō
Color setting: Makiko Yamanaka(ep 5)
Crayon Drawing: Haruhito Komori(ep 16)
Editing: Shigeru Nishiyama(Real-T)
Editing Assistant: Hitomi Sudō
Effects: Ayumi Kamo(ep 5)
Effects Animation Director:
Nozomu Abe(ep 23)
Satoshi Iwataki(eps 2, 13)
Akiko Uchida(ep 15)
Hajime Satō(佐藤はじめ; 4 episodes
eps 4, 7, 11, 22)
Masato Takagi(ep 16)
Maya Matsunaga(eps 8, 10)
Maya Muranaga(ep 6)
Mayumi Tanahashi(eps 19, 21, 23)
Miho Kimura(5 episodes
eps 14-15, 20-21, 24)
Syouko Mori(6 episodes
eps 12-13, 18, 20, 23-24)
Taeko Mizuno(Studio Road; ep 5)
Tomomi Andō(8 episodes
eps 1-2, 9, 15, 18, 20-21, 23)
Yukiko Itou(5 episodes
eps 2-3, 6, 17, 23)
Illustration: Kiyotaka Haimura
Akifumi Tsutsuki(ep 12)
Arisa Matsuo(18 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12-15, 17-21, 23-24)
Ayano Fukahori(eps 7, 22)
Ayano Komatsu(ep 16)
Chisa Shibata(柴田千紗; 16 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12, 14-15, 17-21, 24)
Daisuke Terakado(ep 16)
Ena Nishikawa(ep 17)
Eri Uchiyama(14 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12, 14-15, 17-19, 24)
Hiroki Sato(eps 7, 11, 22)
Hiromi Nakagawa(17 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12-15, 17-21, 24)
Hiromi Takada(14 episodes
eps 1-3, 8-10, 12, 14, 17-21, 24)
Kaori Yamada(山田香織; 9 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12, 14)
Makiko Inoue(14 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 9-10, 12, 14-15, 17-19, 21, 24)
Makoto Washida(ep 7)
Makoto Washizuka(ep 4)
Masahiro Yamaguchi(eps 7, 22)
Masanobu Uchida(15 episodes
eps 1, 3, 6, 8-10, 12-15, 17-19, 21, 24)
Mayumi Yamamoto(山本真由美; 14 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12, 14-15, 18-19, 21, 24)
Mitsuhiro Nanbe(ep 16)
Miyuki Kawasaki(15 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 9-10, 12, 14-15, 17-20, 23-24)
Risa Takai(14 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12, 14-15, 17, 19, 21, 24)
Ruka Sawano(16 episodes
eps 1-3, 8-10, 12-15, 17-21, 24)
Satoko Mizoguchi(ep 7)
Shinya Kouno(4 episodes
eps 4, 7, 11, 22)
Shiori Shirosaki(eps 3, 9-10, 12)
Suk Hee Seo(eps 4, 11, 22)
Taeko Shimizu(ep 7)
Takae Yamaguchi(15 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12-14, 17-19, 21, 24)
Takehito Yamada(4 episodes
eps 4, 7, 11, 22)
Tomoko Kameyama(10 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12-14)
Yasuna Kobayashi(15 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12-15, 19-21, 24)
Yu Suzuki(17 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12-15, 17-21, 24)
Yūki Kōrai(17 episodes
eps 1-2, 6, 8-10, 12-15, 17-21, 23-24)
Ayano Komatsu(ep 16)
Ena Nishikawa(9 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12, 14)
Hiroki Okamoto(18 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12-15, 17-21, 23-24)
Hiroki Sato(ep 4)
Kaori Yamada(山田香織; 8 episodes
eps 15, 17-21, 23-24)
Makoto Washizuka(eps 7, 11, 22)
Mao Yamazaki(ep 5)
Nobuko Hagino(ep 1)
Nobuko Ogino(17 episodes
eps 2-3, 6, 8-10, 12-15, 17-21, 23-24)
Takako Kōno(18 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12-15, 17-21, 23-24)
Tomoko Kameyama(8 episodes
eps 15, 17-21, 23-24)
Yoko Ito(9 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12, 14)
Yu Murakami(15 episodes
eps 1-3, 6, 8-10, 12, 14, 17-21, 24)
Aika Kawasaki(ep 8)
Akemi Kitamura(Studio Giants; ep 7)
Aki Kumada(Studio Wanpack; eps 4, 16)
Akihide Muraji(eps 2, 21)
Akiko Matsuo(ep 24)
Akira Tabata(OP2; eps 13, 21)
Akisa Karino(ep 21)
Arihiro Gotou(後藤有広; ep 16)
Asami Watanabe(ep 5)
Asuka Shimizu(ep 20)
Asuka Shinbo(ep 5)
Atsuko Sugawara(ep 12)
Atsushi Iino(ep 7)
Bomin Kim(ep 8)
Chikara Sakurai(OP1; ED2)
Dai Nishino(ep 2)
Daiki Handa(ep 9)
Daisuke Endo(ep 5)
Daisuke Saito(eps 13, 21)
Eiichi Asada(ep 22)
Emi Honda(ep 5)
Ena Nishikawa(ED2; eps 9, 15, 24)
Erika Kimura(ep 12)
Fujio Suzuki(eps 10, 17, 24)
Fumiaki Kouta(OP 1-2)
Fusako Nomura(4 episodes
eps 1, 3, 15, 21)
Fuyumi Toriyama(ep 18)
Gou Suzuki(eps 3, 17)
Hajime Matsuzaki(ep 9)
Hideaki Tsukioka(5 episodes
eps 2, 9, 15, 21, 23)
Hideki Tachibana(OP 1-2; eps 10, 18, 23)
Hiroaki Ikeda(Studio Wanpack; ep 4)
Hiroaki Iwata(Studio Wanpack; ep 4)
Hirofumi Suzuki(ep 18)
Hiroki Saito(斉藤弘樹; ep 22)
Hiroko Saito(斎藤博子; ep 21)
Hiromi Naitō(ep 5)
Hiromi Ogata(OP1-2; eps 1, 10, 24)
Hiromi Takasaka(eps 15, 23)
Hironori Tsukada(ep 2)
Hiroshi Itō(ep 17)
Hiroshi Kawashima(ep 2)
Hiroshi Tomioka(ep 20)
Hiroto Yokote(eps 13, 21)
Hiroyuki Shimizu(eps 13, 23)
Hisatake Hayashi(林央剛; 4 episodes
eps 2, 13, 15, 19)
Hitoshi Miyajima(ep 16)
Ho Se Lee(ep 20)
Jun Nakai(ep 2)
Junko Matsushita(eps 12, 19)
Kana Miyai(Studio Wanpack; eps 4, 11)
Kanae Komatsu(ep 8)
Kanako Abe(阿部可菜子; ep 12)
Kaori Itou(伊藤香織; eps 1, 10, 17)
Kaori Komori(ED2; eps 9, 15, 24)
Kaori Yamada(Studio Wanpack; ep 11)
Kaoru Sekiya(ep 6)
Katsunori Shibata(eps 2, 8, 24)
Katsushi Sakurabi(eps 2, 20)
Kazufumi Takano(eps 12, 18)
Kazuhiko Abe(ep 13)
Kazuki Ito(eps 1, 12, 24)
Kazuko Shibata(ep 18)
Kazunori Iwakura(ep 2)
Kazuo Tomizawa(ep 7)
Kazuya Morimae(ep 14)
Kazuyuki Yamayoshi(ep 20)
Keiichi Ishida(eps 6, 18)
Keiichi Sano(OP1; eps 2-3)
Keiichi Sugiura(Studio Wanpack; ep 4)
Keiji Gotoh(ep 8)
Keiko Ichihara(eps 12, 19)
Keiko Sasaki(ep 21)
Keiko Takano(eps 13, 21)
Ken Katou(7 episodes
eps 2, 9, 13-14, 18, 20, 24)
Ken Mori(ep 14)
Ken Sugita(杉田建; eps 2, 20)
Ken'ichi Hamazaki(OP1-2; 5 episodes
eps 1, 3, 10, 17, 24)
Kenji Yokoyama(ED2; eps 6, 18, 23)
Kimiko Yashiro(八代きみこ; ep 12)
Kiryou Iwamoto(Studio Wanpack; eps 4, 11, 22)
Kōji Kataoka(ep 16)
Kōsuke Yoshida(ep 16)
Kouichi Kimura(ep 1)
Kouichi Sugitani(eps 9, 15)
Kouji Ogawa(eps 6, 20)
Kouyou Kimura(Studio Wanpack; ep 11)
Kozue Matsui(Studio Wanpack; ep 11)
Kumi Ishii(ep 8)
Kumiko Katou(ep 5)
Kumiko Kawahara(ep 13)
Mai Matsuura(eps 1, 15, 19)
Maki Aoki(ep 16)
Manabu Shioda(Anime R; eps 7, 13, 21)
Manabu Yasumoto(eps 14, 20, 23)
Manamu Amasaki(天﨑まなむ; ep 5)
Mao Yamazaki(ep 5)
Marie Yukiko Miyano(ep 8)
Mariko Aikawa(ep 6)
Masaaki Yamamoto(ep 16)
Masaharu Morinaka(ep 14)
Masakazu Yamazaki(Studio Wanpack; ep 11)
Masaki Tanigawa(ep 18)
Masami Ohta(太田雅三; ep 10)
Masaru Hyodo(OP2; ep 15)
Masaru Shindō(OP2; 新藤優; eps 8, 24)
Masato Hagiwara(ep 22)
Masayasu Yoshida(ep 16)
Mayumi Okamoto(eps 6, 17)
Mayumi Ueda(ep 10)
Megu Otsubo(ep 14)
Megumi Ueda(上田恵未; eps 9, 15, 23)
Mi Young Lee(ep 5)
Michiko Takahashi(ep 8)
Midori Yoshii(Studio Wanpack; eps 11, 22)
Miho Tanaka(Studio Wanpack; eps 11, 22-23)
Mika Takazawa(ep 16)
Mineko Ueda(4 episodes
eps 1, 3, 10, 24)
Misaki Okayama(ep 22)
Mitsuzumi Yoshino(eps 6, 20)
Miyuki Goto(4 episodes
eps 1, 10, 17, 24)
Miyuki Honda(Studio Wanpack; ep 4)
Moriyasu Taniguchi(ep 9)
Mutsumi Sasaki(ep 5)
Naoaki Houjou(ep 16)
Naoko Hayashi(Studio Wanpack; eps 4, 11)
Naomi Shiozaki(eps 13, 21)
Naoto Nakamura(OP2; eps 8, 24)
Naoto Yoshida(eps 2, 6, 21)
Nobuhiko Kawakami(OP1-2; ED2; 6 episodes
eps 1-2, 9, 14, 18, 23)
Nobuhiro Arai(ED1; eps 10, 20)
Nobuhiro Okazaki(岡崎伸浩; ep 16)
Nobuyuki Iwai(ep 12)
Noriko Takahashi(高橋紀子; eps 13, 21)
Noriko Tsutsumiya(ep 5)
Nozomu Abe(OP2; 5 episodes
eps 2, 9, 14-15, 24)
Reika Hoshino(Studio Wanpack; eps 4, 11, 22)
Rie Kawai(eps 2, 23)
Risako Yoshida(ep 8)
Rumi Miyata(ep 21)
Ryosuke Kimiya(ep 13)
Ryou Kodama(eps 1, 21)
Ryouko Kandabayashi(ep 22)
Sae Nishino(Studio Wanpack; eps 4, 11)
Sato Tominaga(ep 19)
Satoshi Harayama(ep 2)
Satoshi Iwataki(OP1-2; 8 episodes
eps 1-2, 9-10, 13, 17-18, 21)
Satoshi Sakai(eps 6, 18, 23)
Sawako Hazama(ep 22)
Seiji Masuda(6 episodes
eps 6, 9, 13-14, 21, 23)
Seo Gu Kim(ep 7)
Shigeki Kimoto(OP1; ED2; eps 10, 14, 19)
Shigemi Aoyagi(ep 16)
Shin Komatsu(ep 17)
Shingo Adachi(eps 1, 9)
Shinichi Iimura(eps 6, 12, 19)
Shinichi Wada(ep 13)
Shinji Yamamoto(eps 6, 21)
Shinobu Mori(ep 3)
Shintaro Muraki(5 episodes
eps 6, 14, 16, 19, 23)
Shinya Hasegawa(ep 20)
Shoko Takimoto(ep 10)
Shōsuke Ishibashi(ep 8)
Shou Sugai(ep 17)
Shunryō Yamamura(Studio Wanpack; eps 4, 11)
Soichi Higuchi(ep 6)
Soichiro Matsuda(ep 13)
Sono Kato(eps 1-2)
Sorato Shimizu(ep 21)
Souichirou Sako(7 episodes
eps 1-2, 6, 14, 17-18, 20)
Taeko Oda(ep 16)
Takaaki Aritsubo(Studio Wanpack; eps 11, 22)
Takaomi Higashino(ep 16)
Takashi Iwao(ep 12)
Takashi Kojima(eps 8, 24)
Takashi Tanazawa(棚澤隆; eps 20, 23)
Takashi Tsuda(ep 13)
Takenori Tsukuma(ep 23)
Takeo Ōhira(ep 20)
Takeshi Morita(ep 13)
Takeshi Oda(4 episodes
eps 2, 12-13, 19)
Takuya Kajitani(梶谷拓哉; ep 22)
Tatsunori Sakamoto(Studio Wanpack; eps 4, 11, 22)
Tatsuo Koshizaki(ep 24)
Tatsuya Ikeda(eps 12, 19)
Tatsuya Shiraishi(ep 2)
Tenkichi Maekawa(ep 20)
Tetsuya Kawakami(OP1; 5 episodes
eps 1, 6, 15, 17, 24)
Tetsuya Koshizaki(eps 18, 23-24)
Tetsuya Wakano(Studio Wanpack; ep 4)
Tomoki Kōda(ep 12)
Tomoko Fukunaga(eps 12, 19)
Tomoko Ishida(ep 5)
Tomoko Kagawa(Studio Wanpack; ep 4)
Tomoko Kawauchi(ep 1)
Tomoko Kusuki(eps 22-23)
Toshinori Watanabe(eps 12, 19)
Toshiya Washida(ep 6)
Toshiyuki Komaru(ep 8)
Tsubasa Ito(ep 15)
Tsunenaka Nozaki(ep 20)
Tsutomu Matsuura(eps 1, 3)
Tsuyoshi Mutō(ep 3)
Wataru Abe(阿部渡; ep 8)
Yasue Fukamoto(ep 16)
Yasuhiro Saiki(ep 8)
Yasuko Tada(ep 14)
Yasunori Matsuki(Studio Wanpack; eps 11, 22)
Yeong Min Choi(ep 7)
Yoko Ito(ep 9)
Yoko Sakurai(櫻井ようこ; ep 9)
Yoshie Kimoto(ep 16)
Yoshifumi Nakamura(Studio Wanpack; eps 4, 11)
Yoshiharu Fukushima(ep 23)
Yoshihiro Nakamura(Anime R; ep 7)
Yoshihiro Ujiie(ep 23)
Yoshimi Iwata(岩田芳美; Studio Wanpack; 4 episodes
eps 4, 11, 22-23)
Yoshimi Katsumata(Studio Giants; ep 7)
Yui Ushinohama(牛ノ浜由惟; ep 22)
Yuichi Hirano(eps 12, 19)
Yuichi Nakazawa(ep 23)
Yuji Hosogoe(ep 1)
Yuji Shibata(ep 12)
Yuki Tsugihashi(Studio Wanpack; eps 4, 11)
Yukie Akiya(秋谷由紀恵; ep 8)
Yuko Yamamoto(ep 2)
Yumi Maeda(eps 17-18)
Yumi Shimizu(ep 1)
Yurie Kuniyuki(ep 21)
Yuriko Ikehara(4 episodes
eps 9, 15, 21, 23)
Yūsuke Nakamura(ep 3)
Yuu Yamashita(eps 3, 18)
Yuuhei Ueda(ep 13)
Zenjirou Ukulele(ep 3)
Logo Design: Norihiko Nezu(G-Square)
Music Performance: Masayuki Okamoto(Bassoon)
Music producer: Jun Nishimura
Hatsune Tomidokoro(eps 3-24)
Hidenori Manaka(eps 3-24)
Kazuya Iwai(eps 3-24)
Minako Kakiya(eps 3-24)
Shingo Fukuyo(OP1-2; ED1-2; eps 1-24)
Tomokazu Nakanishi(eps 3-24)
Emi Kashimura(5 episodes
eps 1, 3, 10, 17, 24)
Hanako Akiyama(ep 7)
Kenji Sasaki(eps 4, 11, 22)
Kenkō Takemura(ep 5)
Mariko Komatsu(eps 12, 19)
Masafumi Mokuya(ep 16)
Masakazu Watanabe(ep 8)
Nobuyuki Umeki(eps 13, 21)
Ryoji Maru(ep 5)
Ryuuichi Mizuno(eps 14, 20)
Shōji Muratake(eps 2, 6, 18)
Takahiro Ishikawa(石川貴弘; ep 18)
Yukie Kawaguchi(eps 9, 15, 23)
Production Collaboration: Isao Ishikawa
Production manager: Ryoji Maru(ep 5)
Prop Design: Satoshi Iwataki
Recording Adjustment: Hiroyuki Suzuki(鈴木裕幸)
Recording Assistant: Nobushige Mashiko
Series Key Animator:
Sound Effects: Takuya Hasegawa(Sound Box)
Sound Production Assistant: Rika Ishibashi(石橋利香)
Ayumi Katō(ep 5)
Yoshihide Mukai(eps 1-4, 6-24)
Theme Song Arrangement:
Theme Song Composition:
Theme Song Lyrics:
Theme Song Performance:
Visual Art: Yoshihide Mukai(eps 1-24)
Atsushi AbeasToma Kamijo
Akeno WatanabeasSherry Cromwell
Anri KatsuasMotoharu Tsuchimikado
Kana AsumiasHyouka Kazakiri
Kimiko KoyamaasKomoe Tsukuyomi
Kishō TaniyamaasStiyl Magnus
Mamiko NotoasAisa Himegami
Misato FukuenasMaika Tsuchimikado
Nozomi SasakiasMisaka's Younger Sister
Rina HidakaasLast Order
Rina SatouasMikoto Misaka
Satomi AraiasKuroko Shirai
Shizuka ItouasKaori Kanzaki
Tomokazu SugitaasAureolus Izzard
Yuko KaidaasAiho Yomikawa
Female student(eps 8, 12)
Shop Clerk(ep 8)
Ao TakahashiasResearcher(ep 5)
Ayako KawasumiasLaura Stuart(ep 24)
Daisuke KishioasMitsuki Unabara(ep 18)
Hitomi YoshidaasPublic Morals Committee Member(ep 22)
Kenji NomuraasTouya Kamijo(eps 15-17)
Kikuko InoueasShiina Kamijo(ep 17)
Kiyoto KawanoasDelinquent(ep 19)
KoutarouasSphinx(eps 7-12, 21-24)
Megumi TakamotoasFemale student(ep 8)
Mitsuru TakakuwaasHead clerk(ep 15)
Rina SatouasOtohime Tatsugami(eps 15-17)
Rinko HayashiasLandlady(ep 15)
Male student(ep 8)
Shiori IzawaasKindergartener(ep 15)
Shizuka MinamoriasDoctor(ep 12)
Shizuka OkohiraasDorm Supervisor(eps 11, 18)
Shun TakagiasAnti-Skill(eps 22-23)
Takuya OoshioasAnti-Skill(ep 11)
Tatsuhisa SuzukiasAo Amai(eps 19-20)
Toshihiko SekiasAleister Crowley(eps 6, 21, 24)
Pierce Aogami(8 episodes
eps 1, 7, 10, 15-16, 18, 21, 24)
Shop Clerk(ep 22)
Yumi ToumaasKikyou Yoshikawa(eps 19-20, 24)
Yuriko YamaguchiasHahaoya Himegami(ep 9)
Female announcer(ep 6)
A Certain Magical Index: What Is It and In What Order Should I Watch It?
You want to know more about the anime series and movies of A Certain Magical Index? Let me share a short dialogue with you:
‘Hey dude, you should watch A Certain Magical Index, it’s a pretty good show with some catchy songs for the intros.’
‘Oh neat, yeah, I think I’ve heard of this show before. But I don’t know anything about it, can you tell me without spoiling lol?’
‘Well, it’s about magic and science and the main guy has a pretty OP power and he doesn’t look strong but he basically punches everyone lolol.’
That was the transcript of my friend recommending me a new anime to watch about eight years ago. It was high school, and I’d just gotten into anime recently, and he was all about helping bring new anime series to my attention.
He had a pretty good record with recommendations for Fullmetal Alchemist, Code Geass, and Gundam Seed so far (although I still disagree with him on Gundam Seed: Destiny), which meant I felt like I had to give Toaru Majutsu No Index, otherwise known as A Certain Magical Index, a try.
I started enjoying it immediately. The story and the universe piqued my curiosity. I thought the main protagonist’s power was incredibly unique, and the music used in the openings was so catchy. There were no English translations of the light novel that the series was based on at the time, so the anime was the only way I’d experience it.
TL;DR: The list with the proper order to watch the series is at the end of the article.
Where A Certain Magical Index Gets a Little Confusing
After the first season of the anime, an anime adaptation of its spin-off manga, A Certain Scientific Railgun, began. While the first season of that serves mostly as a prequel, events from later in the source material occur at the same time as its parent story. Possibly a little confusing, but nothing too much to worry about.
Once the second season came out for each show, it became an exponential issue. The second season of Railgun was fully treading in the waters of the first season of Index, running parallel while also showing some events from different perspectives (and with better animation).
Newcomers to the series who were confused because of the differences between A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun were only further confused about the order in which they should watch the series. The announcement of an anime-only movie and another manga spin-off called A Certain Scientific Accelerator only furthered the confusion.
What saved it was the massive break the animated series took after the second season of Railgun. From 2008 to 2011, there were two seasons of Index and one of Railgun that aired alternatively. Railgun S (the second season) and A Certain Magical Index: The Movie The Miracle of Endymion aired in 2013. It would be seven years of fans asking ‘Index Season 3 when’ after Index II finished that an anime adaptation would air.
And now there’s also the currently running Railgun T to add into the mix. Even though it takes place during the middle of Index II, it’s a little intimidating to see the third season of a series taking place during the second season of another.
Did I also mention that the aforementioned Accelerator spin-off received an anime adaptation as well? It’s enough for those familiar enough with the series to scratch their heads, but if you’re not familiar with the series, you might be extremely confused about all the different versions.
Let’s take a step back and briefly explain (in a mostly spoiler-free way) each series before we get to watch orders.
The Premise and Characters of A Certain Magical Index
The first series of the Index franchise we need to talk about is the one that started it all, A Certain Magical Index. The series follows Kamijou Touma, a student in the technologically advanced Academy City. His world is turned upside down after a chance encounter with a nun named Index. From this point on, he finds himself pulled into the darker web of magic and psychic users.
And that’s the ultimate focus for the Index series. Touma and Index find themselves in the middle of a struggle for power between various magic-using factions. Usually it’s over the latter, but the unique power of the former catches the eyes of many of their enemies. There are plenty of Espers (people who are evaluated with holding powers thanks to science) in the series, but the majority are Sorcerers or other magic-users.
Kamijou Touma: Although he believes himself to be the most unlucky person in the world and is ranked as a Level 0 Esper (someone showing little to any power), he actually has an extremely unique ability that allows him to negate any psychic or magic power. Evidently, this also comes to mean that his own power is what negates his own luck. He’s selfless and more than willing to face off against opponents far stronger than him.
Index: A young nun who holds 103,000 grimoires in her mind, possibly thanks to her photographic memory. This also allows her to easily identify particular types of magic and unknowingly cast strong magical attacks. She’s normally calm and polite, but when around Touma is quick to assume and occasionally acts childish.
Stiyl Magnus: The first antagonist that Touma meets, and a former friend of Index. He is an expert in fire magic and runes. His appearance, attitude, and penchant for smoking make him seem older than he looks.
Kanzaki Kaori: A friend of Stiyl Magnus and Index. As a saint, she has natural superhuman abilities on top of incredibly powerful magic. Although she’s very cold and serious when she’s first introduced, she does begin to show a softer side as the series progresses.
Aleister Crowley: The founder and ruler of Academy City who works to sabotage those on the magic side. He stays in the background and sets grand plans in motion that affect the other characters.
The First Side Story: A Certain Scientific Railgun
A Certain Scientific Railgun is the first manga spin-off and follows Misaka Mikoto, the level 5 esper also known as ‘Railgun’, in her own adventures, separate from her involvement in the Index series. Her story focuses more on the Esper side of things and takes place before and during the events of Index.
It’s also the only series so far to have filler arcs in it. Both Railgun and Railgun S (the second season) have secondary filler arcs, while Railgun T has so far only adapted canon material.
Misaka Mikoto: A main character in the Index series, and the titular protagonist for the Railgun series. Her status as a level 5 electromaster esper is enough reason to gain attention, but she comes to learn that events from her past carried more weight than she’d ever known.
Shirai Kuroko: One of the protagonists in Railgun, and the best friend and roommate of Misaka Mikoto. She’s a level 4 Esper with the ability to teleport herself and other objects. She works with Uiharu in Judgement, the student-led discipline committee in Academy City.
Uiharu Kazari: A supporting character and a level 1 esper. She works alongside Shirai Kuroko in Judgement. Although she’s not much of the fighting type, she supports Judgement with her excellent computer skills.
Saten Ruiko: One of the supporting characters and a level 0 esper. She’s a friend with Uiharu and meets the other characters through her. Even without being gifted in terms of powers, she does whatever she can to help those in need.
The Miracle of Endymion
Thanks to the popularity of the series, an anime-only movie called A Certain Magical Index: The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion would come out in 2013. Although it would follow a mostly self-contained story about a girl who could possibly bring about a massive war within the city, small references would be made to it (visually at least) in Railgun S.
Bad Guy Turned Good in A Certain Scientific Accelerator
The final spin-off is A Certain Scientific Accelerator. It follows the character known only as ‘Accelerator’ and his own separate adventures from the Index series. Like Railgun, it focuses more on Espers within Academy City. The series takes place after the first season of Index and during the seven episodes of Index II.
Accelerator: The top ranked Level 5 esper. He’s originally introduced as an antagonist with the Index and Railgun series, but progresses into a protagonist in the former as well as the titular protagonist in Accelerator. At times he can seem especially sadistic and unhinged, especially when fighting strong opponents.
Last Order: The final ‘sister’ of Misaka Mikoto. She stands out the most among the sisters due to being a ten-year-old, whereas the others are the same age as Misaka. She comes into the care of Accelerator, forgiving him of his past actions and allowing him to forgive himself.
In What Order to Watch the Anime Series
I’ve definitely seen people give watch order recommendations that splice episodes of different series together. Personally, I think that’s way too complicated, and instead, I’m going to recommend two well-known watch orders. The first of them is to simply follow the broadcast order:
- A Certain Magical Index
- A Certain Scientific Railgun
- A Certain Magical Index II
- A Certain Scientific Railgun S
- A Certain Magical Index: The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion
- A Certain Scientific Accelerator
- A Certain Magical Index III
- A Certain Scientific Railgun T
One of the biggest reasons for fans having preferences on watch orders is because of a very important arc that is first shown in the first season of Index that was greatly expanded upon in the second season of Railgun. Some believe that seeing the arc for the second time in Railgun can have less of an impact, as you generally know what’s going to happen already. This is what has led to the equally popular Railgun-first watch order:
- A Certain Scientific Railgun
- A Certain Scientific Railgun S
- A Certain Magical Index
- A Certain Magical Index II
- A Certain Scientific Accelerator
- A Certain Magical Index: The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion
- A Certain Scientific Railgun T
- A Certain Magical Index III
I’d argue that this is a pretty acceptable watch order as well. In a way, it’s a bit more of a chronological watch order, and thanks to the mostly self-contained stories of Railgun and Accelerator, it shouldn’t ruin anything from its parent story. A real chronological order would be splicing episodes together from all around, so this is a lot easier for newcomers.
Where to Watch A Certain Magical Index
If you’re interested in giving the series a shot, then there are thankfully a lot of options for you! I’d certainly recommend it, even if there are some weaker parts. Here’s a list of each series and where you can watch them.
- A Certain Magical Index – available on Crunchyroll with the Japanese dub and on Funimation with the Japanese and English dubs, although the latter typically requires a subscription. The movie is available as well on Funimation, but you’ll need a subscription to watch it with either dub.
- A Certain Scientific Railgun – available on Crunchyroll with the Japanese dub and on Funimation with the Japanese and English dubs, although the latter typically requires a subscription.
- A Certain Scientific Accelerator – available on Crunchyroll with the Japanese dub and on Funimation with the English dub.
A Certain Magical IndexA Certain Scientific AcceleratorA Certain Scientific Railgun
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