Ranked #962

Toaru Majutsu no Index

Alternative Titles

English: A Certain Magical Index
Synonyms: Toaru Majutsu no Kinsho Mokuroku
Japanese: とある魔術の禁書目録

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2008 to Mar 19, 2009
Premiered: Fall 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Light novel
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 7.741 (scored by 137,155 users)
Ranked: #9622
Popularity: #80
Members: 257,090
Favorites: 3,380
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Synopsis

Kamijou Touma is a student living in Academy City, a highly advanced place in terms of technology. Despite being gauged as a level zero esper (no powers), he possesses on his right hand the Imagine Breaker, an ability that negates any power whatsoever. Touma finds a young girl named Index who is trying to run away from Necessarius, a powerful magic organization that she is member of. Blessed with the skill of memorizing any sort of information, she holds 103,000 forbidden magical books within her head. As science and magic cross paths, Touma must face several dangers amid espers and magicians who appear at the exciting scientific town.

(Source: ANN)

Background

Toaru Majutsu no Index is the anime adaption of a series of light novels created in the year 2004 by Kazuma Kamachi, illustrated by Kiyotaka Haimura, and published by ASCII Media Works. The anime produced by J.C. Staff aired in Japan from October of 2008 to March of 2009 and used the first six light novels as the source material. It was later licensed by Funimation for release in North America and has since produced a second season, Toaru Majutsu no Index II, and an animated movie, Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kamijou, Touma
Kamijou, Touma
Main
Abe, Atsushi
Japanese
Abe, Atsushi
Librorum Prohibitorum, Index
Librorum Prohibitorum, Index
Main
Iguchi, Yuka
Japanese
Iguchi, Yuka
Misaka, Mikoto
Misaka, Mikoto
Supporting
Satou, Rina
Japanese
Satou, Rina
Accelerator
Accelerator
Supporting
Okamoto, Nobuhiko
Japanese
Okamoto, Nobuhiko

Staff

Kawase, Kouhei
Kawase, Kouhei
Producer
Nishikiori, Hiroshi
Nishikiori, Hiroshi
Director, Storyboard
Ebina, Yasunori
Ebina, Yasunori
Sound Director
Kawabata, Takashi
Kawabata, Takashi
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(4/24)

Episode Title Aired
1 Academy City
Gakuentoshi (学園都市)
Oct 5, 2008
2 Innocentius (The Witch Hunter King)
Innocentius (魔女狩りの王[イノケンティウス])
Oct 12, 2008
3 Necessarius (The Church of Necessary Evil)
Necessarius (必要悪の教会[ネセサリウス])
Oct 19, 2008
4 Perfect Memory Ability
Kanzen Kioku Nouryoku (完全記憶能力)
Oct 26, 2008

Opening Theme

#1: "PSI-missing" by Kawada Mami (eps 1-16)
#2: "masterpiece" by Kawada Mami (eps 17-24)

Ending Theme

#1: "Rimless ~Fuchinashi no Sekai~「Rimless~フチナシノセカイ~」" by IKU (eps 1-19)
#2: "Chikaigoto ~Sukoshi Dake Mou Ichido~ 「誓い言~スコシだけもう一度~」" by IKU (eps 20-24)



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JustinNateal
Mar 13, 2013
*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 read more
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KAMIOPPAI
Nov 10, 2009
"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 read more
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gdavge2003
Mar 24, 2009
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 read more
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midgarmerc
Mar 26, 2009
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 read more
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Both are set in a world that is quite normal on the first look (one is a bit more futuristic though) but involve supernatural occurrences, like magicians or people with abnormal powers.
The atmosphere is quite similar, though the plot of Shakugan no Shana is a lot darker/heavier at the start of the show. 
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It wouldn't be surprising to see 'Strike the Blood' popped up in people's minds if they had previously seen 'Toaru Majutsu no Index'. In terms of superiority, 'Toaru Majutsu no Index' is the master while 'Strike the Blood' is the apprentice in a world filled with various supernatural beings. Both these series demonstrate that with teamwork and perseverance, battles can be won by either single-handedly overpowering your opponents or having support beside you in the most dire of situations.

'Toaru Majutsu no Index' draws upon different perceptions from various characters not to mention multiple main ones who could form a connection with the viewers  read more 
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Anime: Guilty Crown
A boy meets a special girl and finds himself dragged into a world of danger that he previously didn't know existed. Both boys, Touma and Shu, find themselves fighting against an enemy to protect something. Great art, great characters, great music.
Both worlds have a similar feel that draws you in. As they say: "when science and magic meet... They will beat the crap out of you."
Although I'm not sure if there's magic in Guilty Crown yet.  
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Anime: Dantalian no Shoka
Cute little girl = magic book directory; she's in the care of a male who doesn't know much about 'that sort of thing' but accepts his new lifestyle.

The above is the most importiant element of both series's, however the simalarities end there...
Dantalian features the two amins traveling together, meeting unusual people and solving obscure mysteries.
'Index is an action series which features a case of familiar shounen character types. 
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One of the main things that makes them similar is a whole super power thing.
In both series we have a girl who can teleportate and a guy who can nullify any of those attacks. 
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Anime: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
Mahouka Kouka no Rettousei features a fusion of magic and science where magic has been made into a science. In Toaru Majutsu no Index, it features a similar fusion of magic and science, although admittedly its more of a science vs magic thing.

Personally, I find both fun and entertaining to watch because of that combination ^^ 
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