English: A Certain Magical Index
Synonyms: Toaru Majutsu no Kinsho Mokuroku
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2008 to Mar 19, 2009
Premiered: Fall 2008
Producers: J.C.Staff, Geneon Universal Entertainment, Square Enix, FUNimation EntertainmentL, AT-X, ASCII Media Works, Kadokawa Contents Gate
Source: Light novel
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 7.751 (scored by 131,261 users)
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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. =)~
"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. read more
The story is set in Academy City, a city with a 2.8 million population; 80% of them are students training to become an esper. The story is focused on Touma, who has an ability in his right hand called Imagine Breaker. One day, Touma meets a young English girl named Index who is a nun from Necessarius. Her brain is filled with 103,000 forbidden magical books.
There are 6 arcs for this season which is called "Index", "Deep Blood", "Sisters", "Angel Fall", "Three Stories" and "Kazakiri Hyouka". What do you get when you shove down 6 arcs in one season? A rushed out plot with plot holes. I admit, the story was ok but at the same time, it was very confusing. Every time an arc ends, it left me with a lot of questions. They should have focused on 2-3 arcs per season instead of 6 arcs. Each arcs were just rushed out and too quick. For example, the Sisters Arc which I absolutely loved in Railgun S was a disappointing arc here in Index. It only lasted for about 5 episodes whereas in Railgun S, it lasted for 17 episodes.
There are 2 sides in this show. The Religion side and the Scientific side. The religion side consists of people or sorcerers who use magics and believe in God. The Scientific side consists of espers who can use abilities. The anime shows both sides but is more focused on the Religion side.
The animation is ok. A bit choppy on some occasions and some character designs looks weird. Considering this was made back in 2008, I guess it's acceptable.
The soundtrack for this anime is mostly the same as the one I heard in "A Certain Scientific Railgun". I thought the soundtrack was great in Railgun so it's the same here. However, the opening soundtrack is not that great. The 1st OP was ok but the 2nd OP was horrible. The ending soundtrack is somewhat better. The 1st ED is horrible and the 2nd ED is a lot better.
The only section this anime was very good at. The characters. The characters were hilarious and each one of them had their own distinct personality that is likable. Each one of them also got a character development but it didn't take that long to actually know these characters. Now to introduce some of the MC.
Touma is the main protagonist of the show. He possesses an ability in his right hand called "Imagine Breaker" that can nullify any ability or magic that he touches. However, he is a LV. 0 esper.
Index is one of the main characters of the show. She is a nun from Neccessarius. She wears a uniform called "The Walking Church" that prevents her from getting injured. The Church implanted 103,000 forbidden magical books in her brain (not literally).
Misaka is also one of the main characters of the show. She is one of the seven LV 5 espers. Her ability is "Electromaster". Basically, she can emit or shoot electricity.
I enjoyed the first few episodes of the show but as the show progresses, it started to become a bit boring but later picked up in the 2nd half (4th-6th arc). The season finale was horrible. I only enjoyed the last 5 minutes of that episode. The season finale felt like it was rushed.
The anime had potential but they had to go ruin it by rushing the plot, leaving plot holes and shoving in 6 arcs in 1 season. I'll be watching the 2nd season soon and I just hope they don't rush the plot this time around. To be completely honest, I prefer Railgun over Index.
-Few funny moments
-Plot was rushed
-Way too many arcs in 1 season
-Season Finale was horrible (except the last 5 minutes)
the constable-like group that enforces law of those that has power is portrayed as efficient with their satellite and 24/7 watch, but I rarely see them when things go crashing and people trying to kill each other. There it is. There are many similar anomalies like this in the anime.
But as it may seem there are many plot holes, and overrated story lines, and complicated and long dialogues, why does the anime has 2 season, each composed of 24 episodes? Quite mysterious don't you think? I could only theorize about it and that is it gives a lot. A lot of music, a lot of action, nude scenes, ladies, damsels in distress. It was like a shotgun type, hoping to hit viewers with little aim needed. And there were no shame whatsoever. They would flaunt this fault via their character's dialogues, short of posting it on their cover. I have to note with the highest importance that the dialogues is the most unreal of all. They are long, embarrassing, lots of figure of speeches, and sometimes added unnecessarily.
== Story ==
there are arcs and in it, continues by episode. Uniqueness in this series is out of the question. The hero has a hero-scene fetish so he would save them. He is attending a summer class and during this period, encounters this sister of a church, hanging in his balcony, in need of food. This then triggers the start of the adventure of his life. Also, I forgot to mention since this is suppose to be his thing, he gets this misfortunes like tripping, accidentally punched or fall. A thing no hero shouldn't really possess with opponent that can move mountains, metals like magneto and send it to you as fast as a bullet, against his only power, to null those powers via touching them with his right hand. I really have no idea how he gets through with each death defying fights. I guess he talks them opponent's ears off and distracts them when they are about to defeat him and starts monologuing.
== Art ==
The art was a so-so. I could grade this as 80% good. The actions and motions were top-notch, since they need to compensate. The sister uses only one dress, another anomaly, so she's easily recognize. The characters attires where sometimes stupid like wearing this shirt like blankets. They are recognizable enough, in fact, better than average anime in this regard.
== Sound ==
If the dialogues sucks, they make up for the music and effects. They would add super cool music, with crickets and birds chirping, when fights scenes or events of big importance happen. The sound and art were good.
== Character ==
The hero is a es-per(?) student and I don't really know what happens to them if they graduate so it is a mystery. He is registered in this city composed of a big school of the world where the es-pers gather to learn. He is weak to girls in need of help. I notice he doesn't make advances to girls but opportunity always finds its way to him. He is thoughtful and caring. He lacks of emotions in terms of love and doesn't pursue to further his relationship to any of the girls he meet, another anomaly, I mean, what would you do? So I guess he's dull? Yes it seems he is.
== Enjoyment ==
I may say that the stories of the arcs where not so good but it was not the case at the start. It felt like it was going to lead at somewhere, then it got sidetracked. Okay, I should clarify this from the start that I'm all for story/settings that's already been done, since sometimes it somehow transforms to be interesting, but this was an exception. The dialogues were my problem along with the a fore mentioned. But to hell, I decided to continue and finish this to season 2 since little resolution was done on the first arc which got me hooked in the first place. It's like we are forced to see 2nd season.
-science cool magic lame
-last arc is incredibly terrible
-average art for 2009
-i guess good music
-9/10 of the characters are two dimensional heavily cliched borefests
-i have no clue why this has so much support
( i guess minor spoilers but only for the first episode )
Because I hate Wall of Text reviews, I'll spare some details and only really list details from the first episode.
If something has cliches, does that make the writing automatically bad? I think it's subjective, but personally if the show can play the cliches right they can easily be excused. Does Toaru Majutsu no Index have cliches? Hell fucking yes. Does it play it right? Hell fucking no. Right from the beginning of the episode, you've got your casual bland selfless protagonist. Well, maybe they can play his personality right. Araragi from the monogatari franchise is amazing even though he has sorta that selfless protagonist feel. Then, they start introducing powers that are explained with science. It was pretty cool and it gave the show a lot of potential. Having powers that actually are explained instead of just rushed along like the other stupid magic garbage in other shows. Then, started with the cliches. Turns out main character has overpowered ability that he doesn't know anything about, except how to use it. Then, the main character literally finds a loli sleeping in his balcony. As if things similar to this haven't happened countless times already, but whatever. Turns out the loli is hyperactive and eats a lot. Cue clothes ripping and main character blushing and averting his eyes and him getting abused for it. Turns out theres magic involved with the plot. Well, so much for explaining all abilities. The magic involved seems far from realistic and takes itself too seriously. For example, she says her magical name is Dedicatus545. For fucks sake, did they get their kicks from random MMORPGs? Skip the ridiculous conversation about her magical origins or whatever, and we're at a high school setting. Of course, our main protagonist is apparently stupid in book smarts and sits at the back left of the classroom and dozes off while looking through the window. Don't forget that he sits by two obnoxious comic relief perverts, and his teacher is a damn loli. Cue more stupid scenes, and there you've got your first episode.
Yeah, one episode had all of that.
Instead of focusing on the main interesting plot with Magic Vs Science, we get cliche after cliche, and ridiculous scenes. A lot of episodes follow the same formula, and although it feels like the show is improving, it just dramatically drops again. Ridiculous characters are introduced who seem to have two dimensional personalities- be evil, fuck up some people, get paid, ez money ez lyf- and worst of all, the show takes itself so seriously which makes it a laughing stock.
It's hard to give specific details without spoiling, but there are also tons of plotholes especially with the last arc. The last arc is so incredibly bad that many times I actually just had to pause the show and do something else. So many facepalms happened. Hyouka Kazakiri, who is introduced in this arc, is so one-dimensional and annoying that even Makoto from School Days can be considered as annoying as her. As much as I want to make a Wall of Text review and go on and on spoiling everything, I'll spare the details- she's a terrible character, even when she tries to be redeeming. Hell, that's one of the main reasons why she is terrible.
In short, potential. Magic vs Science? Hell yeah. The science side seems pretty cool. A ranking system, motherfucking Misaka Mikoto and accelerator, explained abilities, dark, how could this not turn out well? The show instead focuses pretty much only on Magic and how overpowered it is, without having a basis or any of the sort in it. FMA had the main basis with equivalent exchange- it wasn't just random WHO IS MAGIK OPER type of magic, it was how well the person used equivalent exchange to his or her advantage. This show? Haha, no thanks. Random magic, who has the more overpowered ability, and so on. Keep in mind, this show takes itself seriously. Damn, this is starting to sound like SAO.
Average 2009 art, I guess. Smooth animations for the most part.
The most redeeming aspect about the show. Good OP/ED, nothing extraordinary although it is opinion.
Pathethic at best, how much cliche you could jam into these characters is actually pretty skillful. In a nutshell, you got-
Touma, your typical selfless friendship masterrace Jesus-kun who fucks baddies up even though he can barely even fight (why accelerator why)
Index, your typical hyperactive loli who eats a lot and gets fucking kidnapped everyday cuz enemies xd(come on, the magic side is just so stupid)
Misaka, your typical powerful tsundere- worked hard to get where she was, highest esper rank, still gets fuckin rekt by a guy with 0 fighting experience cuz she doesnt know how to fist fight at all- actually, surprisingly one of the only characters I can bear in the show. probs cuz shit taste as i like tsunderes lelel
Accelerator, another character that i can at least bear, EVIL IS COOL AND I LIKE IT but not really in the inside ;c ;c tfw, deserves more dev, ridiculous and inconsistent personality. i get the whole point hes super evil and enjoys it (two dimensional personality) and he secretly has a soft side for lolis, but.. wait what?
Hyouka Kazakiri, shit in its purest form. Forget the thousands of plot holes surrounding her and her origin, she just serves as fanservice and is the dumbest damsel in distress I've ever seen. Sorry for potential spoilers, but she develops random super captain america acrobatics at one point and is completely useless. Did the writers ever stop and think, "wait guys... I think this character makes no fucking sense"? 10/10 would fap again
Magnus (fire guy), yee go evil, yee go fire heheh, btw im actually cool so dont worry about it
Himegami, i dont even know what to say about her. It's not like her personality is terrible, but she does absolutely nothing. She's just there.
Motoharu, oshino meme knockoff, acts 2coolforschool but when the twist happens, its not shocking at all
other characters aren't worth mentioning or are just unimportant
Enjoyment is entirely subjective, no matter what the hell elitists say, so me giving this a 3.5 means nothing to you really. I like the science side. I like Misaka (biased cuz i like tsunderes lelel). Sometimes the show is fun. Overall, though, the flaws topple the good- I could go more into detail about the writing flaws but wall of text syndrome and spoilers. In general, fights are super boring. Mostly due to WHO IS MORE OP fights and the enemies being terrible at fist fighting (really guys, it doesn't take someone who's super experienced with fighting technique to realize Touma is a pussy and sucks at fighting even though he can rek almost everyone.)
If you can handle cliches, characters with little motive and you're a fan of magic, this show may appeal to you. I never really liked magic all that much, so my enjoyment rating shouldn't affect you at all. If you like the science side so much but can't bear to finish this mess, you can just skip to Railgun. You don't need to know all that much about Index to watch it.
That said, I thought Railgun was pretty entertaining.
(TL;DR Version: Bottom paragraph)
In spite of the release order, i would in fact recommend visiting the alternate "Railgun" story prior to the "Index" one: as it begins by explaining Academy City's context, infrastructure and esper system more thoroughly. This could aid your ability to understand the extent of Toaru's genuinely captivating and morally driven premise. Nevertheless, i will treat this first installment of the "Index" story as the start of its own anime to avoid bias...
Academy City is introduced as a technologically advanced place in the future, where even magic is a reality; therefore filling the show with a notable sense of wonderment and limitless potential. The Index story begins by showing a clear division between science and magic, and so to sum up: it is not merely a one-dimensional good versus evil, light versus dark conflict... In essence, Toaru Majutsu no Index documents an all out war between science, magic, and morals: the simplified meaning behind this intense 24 episode series...
This broad, imaginative and inspiring premise not only sets up an interesting stage for a war of corruption - as is typical of humanity, but it also appeals to me as particularly refreshing due to the mentioned minimal limitations of the setup. The intricacies of Index as a whole, and the number of contrasting perspectives involved render it far from a carbon copy of the "magical power" driven stereotypes.
Onto the characters...
We begin by complimenting Index's genuinely interesting, and appropriately unrelatable world of fantasy, with a blank slate known as the comparatively typical Touma. He is the "unfortunate" as he claims, and rather generic male teen protagonist of the show, who serves as the audience's relatable perspective. This greatly helps to minimize the viewers' distance between the many characters, and it gives the show a personality point of reference which allows it to refrain from coming across as too context-reliant. He's not that interesting as a personality due to his predictability, despite how Index makes multiple attempts to define him better as a character. This is acceptable though, as he serves a critically important role in delivering the story in a more personal way to the viewers.
The word "unique" is often used quite loosely nowadays, though the many characters of Index are the true embodiment of the word. Their personalities all differ greatly, each of the characters have unique selling points, are genuinely interesting, far from generic, and all-over very charming. "Index" herself is a worthy example, as she bears a rather tragic background explained early-on, which compliments her apparent innocence as is shown by her cute, quirky and likable personality and aesthetics. Similar methods of development are used with a variety of other predominately female characters, and this really helps to convey their personal wars, perspectives and experiences. From here, Index becomes able to utilize the delicacy of these personalities, alongside the intense and often life-threatening events that occur throughout.
Having this interesting integration of character development as more of a context point, as opposed to a rigid "character development section" maintains the show's consistent intensity. This development brings about a whole world full of attachment values and emotions that generally add a lot more weight, substance, and meaning to the events that later unfold. This helps to reflect the integration of morals, and the personal journeys each character makes. I can't even begin to explain how necessary this was for giving Index a notable sense of power, and so the charming character department is indeed a strong suit.
Onto the content, and this department is certainly not lacking IN SCALE...
Alike the rest of the Toaru franchise, Index is a two-faced hybrid in the way that it incorporates cinematic and action based journeys, alongside more documentative SoL elements (explained above) to form the cohesion between morals, personality and plot. Often this is a dangerous mix, as it can result in "identity issues" becoming apparent, but Index uses both of these elements to its advantage. It therefore reflects the show's ability to add a lot of uniquely defining personality and delicate elements to an otherwise very event-driven/plot-biased setup.
There are many stories told within Index, though too-many if i'm perfectly honest. The initial story plight of "Index" as a character, which in turn incorporates a lot of character development, i feel is by far the best. In these first 9 to 10 episodes, Index really comes into its own... There is a genuine sense of passion in the presentation, which is reinforced by the passion induced in the hearts of the viewers as it manipulates their viewpoint and perspective really effortlessly. It allows for the viewer to associate with the goals of Touma, and adds overwhelming levels of intensity that make out very clear who the enemy is. Index then goes about shifting this perspective, to reveal the moral dilemma our "enemy" faced, and therefore the story is appropriately not nearly as simple or one-dimensional as it first seemed.
Onto the presentation...
Index uptakes a considered approach similar to that of "Railgun S" to emphasize "drama" and "dire situations". There is a lingering intensity present to keep the viewers at the edge of their seats, and so the presentation is particularly cinematic and vivid. When combined with the decent though mildly un-fluid visual presentation, and appropriately intense soundtrack, the audiovisuals are quite appealing.
If all of the stories were able to reach the high standard, and make the powerful impact that the initial "Index-oriented" one did, then we could potentially be looking at a "10", but unfortunately i feel as though Index crammed a bit too much content into 24 episodes. Granted that in immediate-presentation terms, Index is of a high standard; though the stories following episode 10 (and therefore the majority of the show) seemed a bit incomplete. They succeeded in delivering a range of perspectives and engaging story arcs that allowed for a good summary of Index's content, though they failed mostly in terms of fluidity.
Beyond "Index's" development story, the show began to pace too fast. The drama however was on par, which means that it all seemed a bit "hyper", and so the initial richness of the magical context and development etc. seemed to dissipate. It started to progress too fast for the audience to actually absorb and reflect on what was happening, due to the sheer scale of story content, and character development that had to been covered. My main problem with these later arcs is the way that they end very abruptly, and so this really dragged down the show's consistency aspects. Each of these seemed to spontaneously advance to another story, with little consideration of making seamless transitions. This meant that conclusions throughout the show were unclear, as there was not time for any reflection. This is likely to cause undue confusion for viewers, and i just found it disappointing how an anime that clearly showcases its expansive potential, would so blatantly sacrifice its fluidity, giving it an inconsistent flow, where sometimes detrimental episodic techniques such as fast conclusions are incorporated just to get through all of Index's content.
+ Premise full of wonderment and potential
+ Charming characters
+ Personality, weight and morals incorporated into the action
+ Very cinematic and dramatic
+ Rich story in the first 10 episodes
+ Decent audiovisuals
- Generic protagonist
- Rushed stories beyond episode 10
- Abrupt and unclear conclusions transitions between stories/arcs
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Bare in mind that this review is slightly biased, since Index is my type of anime; it has an interesting story line, comedy, light and bit of fan service and of course has a tsundere! *cough* Misaka Mikoto. Aswell as it was mainly focused on the plot.
The anime in set in a city called academy city, where one-eighth of the population are students. Its 30 years ahead than any other city in the world and is a highly developed city. These students study to become espers, but only a small amount of them are at least level one espers. Aswell as some can try so hard to bend a spoon that their brain fries up. Only 7 students in the city are level 5; this shows how hard it is to become a level 5.
Being a misfortune level zero esper,kamijou Touma is a average high school student that has a power that can obliterate any other power called the 'imagine breaker'.
After being strucked from lots of misfortune at the last day of school Kamijou wakes up to more misfortune. Due to a power cut that a level 5 esper caused all his food goes rotten. After more misfortune occurs that in one point he sees a nun lying on top of his balcony, while airing his futon! 'Onakasuita' she repeats meaning 'im hungry'. After all that she claimes that she has all the 103,000 grimoires in her memory and that sorcerers are after her for it, aswell as she has to be returned to the Catholic Church immediately. Index was her name. She also claimed to have a power called the 'walking church' that was part of her golden embroidered nun suit. He didn't believe her 0.0000% until he used his imagine breaker on it. Her suit bursted to shreds causing her to become naked...
Being sorry, from then and on its up to Kamijou to protect her from these evils sorcerers.
The art was beautiful and well animated in my opinion. The establishing shots of academy city were outstanding. The sunny scenery made me feel calm and relaxed. Even though the art is like any other anime, the established art especially in episode 1 was truly stunning.
The opening and ending themes were unique and one of kind. Watching them strangely makes you think its a Sci-fi ish anime show and not magic. The soundtrack was spot on even though I believe the insert songs could have been slightly better. Overall the soundtrack was magical and scientific.
Each character was significant in the anime and has a spot light in the openings aswell as is unique. The main protagonist kamijou Touma is a chracter that has nothing but misfortune but can be awesome.
Index is a English nun that loves food and its always happy.
Misaka Mikoto is a average tsundere that tortures kamijou for eradicating her power using his imagine breaker. There are others but I don't have time to write them aswell as it may contain spoilers.
In my opinion character development is strong.
The anime was very hard to understand so reading the light novel is much more efficient, because it makes you understand the story line much more; its much more clearer. The anime had way to much arcs including the sister's arc and index that ruined it in my opinion and made it awkward to watch. In other words the story line was rushed alot and was too fast pace.
Its my type of anime. Good magic anime. Fun to watch and its worth watching but not as good as railgun. Definitely recommend it and the manga and LN of it. Yet again its the main storyline of the franchise. The main theme also is 'when magic and science collide! '
Do you think that the imagine breaker obliterated kamijous luck? Is luck even a power? I wonder. ..
Good story line
Brilliant character development
Outstanding soundtrack and openings
Each character is important
Focused mainly on plot
Too much arcs in one season
Hard to understand main storyline
Few annoying anime clichés (tsundere)
I rushed this review so I be editing it tomorrow so there might be some mistakes.
Arigatou for reading
As this is a Review for both seasons of Index, I will go on and give two scores for every category!
Story:To Aru Majutsu no Index or Index as I will call it for short, revolves around Kamijou Touma, a middle school student that lives in Academic City, a city solely dedicated to science development and Esper training. It is technologically advanced and around 80% of the people living there are students. In this city there are different ranks of Espers, telling their strength, going from Level 0, people that don't have any ability, up to Level 5, which are the 7 strongest ability users in the entire world. Our Main Protagonist Kamijou though unfortunately only is Level 0 and doesn't have any ability at all, except for one thing: His right hand can destroy any Magic or Ability! One day as he comes home to his apartment, he suddenly finds an oddly dressed catholic sister hanging on his balcony, muttering that she is hungry. After taking her in, she explains to him that her name is Index and she has memorized 103000 Grimoires in her mind. She tells him of the existence of Magic as well and that some kind of evil organization is after her.
The basic premise of Index is really interesting, featuring the earlier mentioned differences between the Church and science, but it's nothing that the show focuses on too long. While the enemies often are either from some kind of church or some evil scientific organization, it doesn't feel anything but a mere excuse to have a new antagonist. The setting still remains really interesting, but more for the reasons of Academic City being one of the coolest cities that I have seen in a Franchise so far, featuring underground organizations, a realistic set of population, meaning it is not perfect and a really interesting society where students are able to rule a lot. Also the whole Esper system is really well thought through and was a lot of fun to think about, even if it certainly is not the main point of Index.
Index Story itself consists of many arcs, bound together to an overarcing story, that is not too significant yet, but might get soon. Every single arc is built the same way, there is some light hearted fun going on, something bad happens and everyone freaks out. Then some Plot Twists happen, the bad guy is getting figured out, he fights Touma and everything ends. Of course for the most time it is not as easy as that and surely isn't as dull as it probably just sounded. What this show does really well though, is the pacing. It never feels rushed and never drags once it really got going. Even though it has a few difficulties getting into the arc at the beginning, as the light hearted parts often drag out a little. As the arc gets more story focused though, the show starts to throw in a good amount of twists before ending in a for the most amazingly climatic and epic fight, that basically consists of our main characters holding epic speeches and punching everyone in their face! Believe it or not, it is a lot of fun to watch! If the show really has one big problem though, than it is the getting into it! The first few episodes of Index are pretty hard to watch, not because the story is bad, but due to another reason...
Index II: 8.7/10
Characters:The characters of Index are by far it's weakest points! The first character is Index. Index is a catholic sister, with the ability of remembering everything she has once seen. This ability is getting used by the church, as she had to read 103.000 grimoires for the church and remember every single one of them. She now has to take care of them and keep people away from looking into it. Index rarely really gets active in the show itself and for the most part only is the reason for things to happen. If she starts acting on her own though, it often gets pretty cool and the power of the grimoires hidden within her mind is not to underestimate. The second main character is Kamijou Touma. He is your generic Light Novel Protagonist, being the guy that wants to save everything and holds epic speeches, why the antagonist is wrong. His catchphrase is the sentence "Fukou da" which in English means "Such misfortune", as he sees himself as an incredibly unlucky person. There is not a lot more to him though, as he is pretty blant. It takes a lot of time, to really get used to him, since at the beginning he is really annoying and only gets really likeable in the second season. It's not that he changes a lot, but the one thing that is different, is that he is a lot more badass later on and while not being a good character, he at least is really cool! In short, the longer the series goes on, the better the main characters get!
The character cast around those two characters is huge, introducing at least one new character every single arc (there are a lot of arcs...) and keeping most of them for use later on. Every single one of them though, especially those that are getting used more often, are really well fleshed out and are by far not as one dimensional as the two main character are. They are a lot more interesting than Index and Touma are and every new side character is a great addition to the already amazing cast of side characters. I am looking forward to getting more of those in the coming seasons.
The last problem in the character section that Index has, is the character interaction, which the comedy relief scenes are focused on. The problem is that while the interactions are funny when seeing Index biting Touma the first time, as she seems to be doing it second episode, it gets boring really quick. The two characters are way too boring to produce anything amazing outside of fights and most of the side characters can't really safe that either. There were some points when I simply had to laugh out loud, but those were pretty rare. The comedy itself was just something that was overused to a point that I was not able to do anything but facepalm at times.
Index II: 7.6/10
Art:Index for the most part doesn't look too amazing. The Slice of Life comedy scenes look pretty generic and there is nothing standing out at all. When it gets serious though and they start to animate fights, they do a pretty good job at it! There are not too many stills and the animation itself is pretty fluent and while it still is not too amazing it certainly is above average! The Animation quality gets better in the second season, but still is in comparison to other Anime of that time nothing to noteworthy. The backgrounds often look pretty good though, especially when being the Academic City itself, surprising with a good amount of details. At some points the lighting is something that pleased me as well, even though that was rather rare in the show itself and happened more in the movie. The CGI though, looks pretty bad and that doesn't get better in the second season either. Unfortunately they use exactly that CGI for the backgrounds as well. It's not as clearly noticeable then though.
Index II: 7.5/10
Sound:The Soundtrack of Index was composed by I've, a Japanese techno sound production group. The Soundtrack itself is what I consider to be rather average. There are some tracks that are pretty cool and those are the ones that either show up as soon as some kind of mystery accures or as soon as people start fighting. In the more quite parts of the show though, the soundtrack was pretty generic and couldn't quite match up to the ones of others. The Openings on the other hand were all pretty much amazing! Every single one of them had more of a techno vibe to them. Every single one was sung by Kawada Mami, which did a really good job at it! They did a good job at preparing you for what was to come in the Anime itself, while getting you hyped if the last episode ended on a cliffhanger. In total the RailDex Franchise has amazing Openings. The endings were all quite good, but definitely skippable. They were nice to hear once or twice but after that, there was no real need to listen to them any more. The Voice Acting was splendid and leaves nothing to be desired as far as the emotions go. As my Japanese is not that good, I will refrain from saying more than that!
Index II: 8.1/10
In total To Aru Majutsu no Index is really good show, that has it's only big fault in it's main characters, but even that is something to get used to after a while. It convinces with a good story, a huge but likeable character cast and simply the amount of fun you have watching Touma punch someone in his face. It has amazing pacing and a skill to climax it amazingly well, making every arc somewhat epic!
Now as I calculated the scores I gave To Aru Majutsu no Index and it's second season (Story, Characters, Art, Sound and my personal Enjoyment), I came to a score of 7.94/10 for the first season and a score of 8,14/10 for the second season. Both are amazing even though they are flawed. The pure fun watching them turns around a lot! As it stands now the first season of Index has been licensed by FUNimation, but the second has not been picked up yet. The first season is also available on the FUNimation Website for legal streaming.
And with that, I hope you enjoyed this Review of Index and I see you next post!
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Before I start, I'd like to adjust the rating of this anime according to what I saw. I'd rate it an average PG-13 anime. There's not much of violence or profanity in it to rate it a R-17.
The whole anime is about espers and sorcerers in Academy City, a city of espers/students. I can't really say it's got one storyline since the series is divided into arcs each having it's own story. So, you can say it's kinda like Naruto or One Piece when it comes to different stories/arcs. If I were to give a major storyline I would say it's about the life of an esper and a sorcerer and some of their esper and sorcerer friends who fight bad guys together or separately, whatever the case may be.
Sci fi isn't as sci fi as you'd think. They just put esper powers in sci fi since the Academy City deems those powers scientific and capable of improvement using science. As for the magic part, there are the magicians/sorcerers. Sometimes the arcs would be based on sci fi and sometimes they will be based on magic. That's how the series is.
Almost every arc ends with a fight. Yeah, that's pretty much what the anime is. It's not bad, it's pretty good. While watching some episodes, I didn't realize how soon they ended. They were pretty damn neat. And the story doesn't get you bored, it's all good.
Decent artwork. Nice animation. Just what you'd expect from a 2009 anime. The graphics and animation give the feeling of a good old anime. Nothing too distinct, it's just good.
I think I liked a few songs in the series but not so much that I'd download their full versions.
Firstly, let's talk about the protagonist, Toma. Failure of a student, unique ability, good looking and your typical good guy. Will stand in front of evil if it's to protect someone. Will give good dialogues when the situation is down. "Never give up" spirit. Funny and a bit of an accidental pervert. You pretty much get the idea what he's like. Since he is the focus of the whole anime, you really get to know him well. There aren't any holes in his story or past. All the info needed to know is given.
Second comes Index. A nun/magician who lives/freeloads with Toma. Her meeting with Toma is an accident and she is also one of the big reasons Toma gets into those magic troubles. Her story is explained quite well in the first arc. So, she concentrates more on the magic side of the anime.
Then there are friends, enemies and some other guys who help progress the series. Misaka Mikoto holds importance as the sci fi side of the anime. The characters are divided into magic and sci fi and they hold more importance depending on which type of story arc the anime is in i.e. magic or sci fi.
The anime is enjoyable at times and sometimes it's just passable. The sci fi side was my favorite and I found myself eager to watch those arcs when they started. As for the magic side of the anime, it was sometimes good when my favorite characters showed up but otherwise it wasn't that good. But you do get some eye candy but very rarely which is a bit of a let down given the awesome characters.
Overall, I think this anime is good for a long series since it's got a sequel. A nice story and good action. Some romance possibility is there too but that's mostly up to the fan's imagination.
For me, Misaka X Toma FTW!!!
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! read more
Much like most anime that I have gripes with, my main two issues are the story and the characters. Let's begin with the story: in a single word, I would describe it as disjointed. The story is split into several small arcs that feel like they have very little to do with one another; in addition, none of the arcs are particularly interesting (aside from the one that featured the MC from Railgun). The "magic" side of the show feels generic and offers absolutely nothing new to anyone who has ever seen any show like this. Overall, most of the episodes failed to keep my interest.
The characters are my other biggest problem, or more specifically the character motivations. The main character is basically copy-pasted from any other superpower harem anime and he has a martyr complex to the point of attempting to sacrifice himself every chance he gets for a character (usually a girl) that he literally just met. And of course, on the other side of this, every girl he meets ends up inexplicably developing feelings for him because he seems to care so much and because fuck it he's the main character. Almost none of the characters are developed and the majority of them are not interesting.
This series ultimately serves as a far inferior complement to the much more enjoyable and well-written A Certain Scientific Railgun. If I hadn't enjoyed Railgun so much I likely would've dropped this fairly quickly. Although an anime doesn't need to have complex/interesting characters to be enjoyable (see: Hataraku Maou-Sama!), nor does it need to have a particularly original story, not having either ends up only further exposing the flaws of the show. And this show certainly had many flaws exposed. read more
It's funny, really. In a way, Toaru Majutsu no Index is deceptive. The first few episodes promise you a really intriguing (if not epic) story. The presentation is phenomenal; the opening is great, events that unfold in episode 1 already get you hooked and there are already some interesting characters whom you want to know more about. Hungrily, you venture onwards for more.
Throughout the episodes after the terrific first impressions, however, you start to notice a few things. First, it's only minor details that go unexplained, but you start to worry when it does not stop there. Before long, the show refuses to explain even more about certain events or characters. Soon, the story is all over the place, and with its failing ability to present itself properly or consistently, you begin to lose interest gradually over the course of the entire ride.
Remember the meal I mentioned before? The potatoes are just fine, the vegetables are okay and the wine is actually quite good. The meat, however, tastes awful. When you (try to) cut through it, you realize that it is far from done. The meat is pink, and the two or three pieces you try to chew on end up spat out on the floor.
While the side dishes were okay, the main meal was plain bad. In a way, Index is the same.
Before anything, let me just say that in its core, Index is probably a very good show with regards to the story. However, there is one thing with this story that damages the show badly - the way it is presented. And I'm not exaggerating things, because it really is that severe. The concept of the entire show (Science vs Magic) is really interesting, and the sides shown of both parties are sometimes genuinely good. All things considered though, nothing actually ever happens between them until the last one or two episodes. Index, the main heroine of the anime (I think?), carries surprisingly little importance to the plot for the most part. Mostly forced into a few scenes purely for the sake of comic, what is revealed about her at the very start of the show (which is supposed to carry a lot of weight in the actual plot) is never mentioned until, again, almost the very end of it all, and even there it doesn't matter as much as it should. These are just some of many examples of things the show presents but forgets to handle or elaborate on.
Moving on, the entire show is split into several arcs, each handling its own sub-story and characters. While a minority of these arcs are quite decent, the rest of them remain uninteresting, and some even make you question what importance they actually hold to the main plot. The main problem with the arcs is, yet again, the fact that the show forgets to handle everyone and everything that happens in a proper way. Characters who're just being given some depth are suddenly wiped out of existence (figuratively speaking) with the coming of a new story or arc. Events remain unexplained, both within themselves and how they connect to everything else, until you simply start to not care anymore. Simply put, while everything has a potential of being great and interesting, the show treats its contents with little care, telling us many stories and presenting us to a lot of different characters, only to barely tie the knots on not more than a select few of them.
The art of Toaru Majutsu no Index is, truth be told, very good. While everything is coated with a simple style and charm, the liveliness in both characters and places is presented excellently through not too extreme methods of drawing. Colors come out nicely and blend together in a pretty way where they should, nothing or no one looks too deformed or incomplete, even from a distance. While a flaw can be spotted in the art here and there, it's nothing that will deviate you from the rest of the anime.
The music fits in the moment, so to speak. While the tracks of the show give the right effect to all events that occur and set the mood right most of the time, there's nothing here that'll stick with you once the moments have passed. The music, while good, is often forgettable, but it serves its purpose in the show. As for the two openings, they are actually epic. They set the tone right for what's to come, and as standalones in an MP3-player, they're still a pleasure to listen to. The endings are also decent, though not on par with the openings. Finally, sound effects. Everything sounds like it should, whether we're talking about explosions, footsteps, laughs or anything else. Nothing bad, yet nothing exceptional.
Considering how I bashed the story section of this show, it may come as a surprise that the characters are being given a (significantly) higher score. However, while they were presented dreadfully together with the story, you actually cared for what you knew about them. Save for a few characters (including Index herself, ironically), most of them made you laugh, feel emotions, or care enough to finish watching the show altogether. Yet, it was rather frustrating when the show kept blowing away characters after their stories were told, since you really want to know more about some of them.
Back to the low scores. Index had every opportunity to become a good show. Most of the characters were interesting, the plot and setting were fresh and intriguing, and even the background details such as art and sound pleased. Nevertheless, thanks to the catastrophical presentation and handling of everything, what cound've been an epic experience was lost.
All things considered, even if the main plot failed, the show wasn't impossible to finish. The several stories, for what it's worth, were decent sometimes, and other elements such as nice characters helped carry me through the ride. In the end, however, it truly is a shame. I really wanted to like what Index truly was trying to tell, but it was impossible considering the scattered everything was.
Even if the main meal failed to deliver, the side dishes were okay. Even if the meat wasn't even close to edible, you could leave the table knowing that at least the rest of the food pleased you. It is possible that the chef might have learned from his or her mistakes, and maybe, just maybe, the next dinner will be a winner. read more
A Certain Magical Index is the exact type of anime, that sucks you in like a black hole in the starting episodes...and then leaves you hanging.
The setting is great, the future, an academy city full off students, robots everywhere, people with supernatural powers empowered by science and on the other side there are bona fide sorcerers wielding magic that stems from a religious background (Christianity to be exact). There are HUGE possibilities in this setting for really intriguing stories and characters to emerge. And the starting episode sets the story up incredibly well. There is just one problem...
Sadly, the whole series devolves into a confusing mess quickly. The protagonists who had the chance to be well-rounded leaders of the story, turn out to be simple tropes hastily thrown together (in the wrong mix). The support characters are initially very interesting, but turn out to be nothing but one dimensional plot devices and most of them are only there for one episode, never to be seen again.
Toma, the main protagonist seem to change personalities from episode to episode (and from scene to scene), sometimes being an indecisive dunce and in the next scene he is the assertive badass of the century. Index, the second protagonist is even more confusing, being the damsel in distress, the tragic heroine with immense power, the tsundere and the comic relief moe all in one, also changing personalities from scene to scene. It feels like the producers of the series wanted to create complex characters with many sides, but ended up with a schizophrenic mess of personality traits and tropes that just don't match and end up conflicting each other at every step.
The same goes for the storyline....or the lack of one. The first few episodes introduces the world and the buds of a great story that starts to gain momentum, but then turns around and throws a monkey wrench in it. And then a box full of monkey wrenches. The story keeps throwing seemingly random tropes at the viewer, to the point, that I spent more time exclaiming "what?", "huh?" and "why?" at the screen than actually enjoying the anime. Characters emerge from nowhere, do something incredibly important to the story and then vanish forever. Things happen that are never explained or even hinted at before or after the fact and even the characters gain and lose powers without warning, totally unexplained, acting only as mere plot devices. Furthermore, even the main characters doesn't seem to have arcs or any character development whatsoever, they just lurch into the next episode like zombies. Not that anyone would notice with that lack of coherent personalities. It all feels like the creators had a bunch of different stories written up and the characters are nothing but mere afterthoughts, vessels for these stories, without any soul. This fact alone makes it incredibly hard to like any of the characters, even the protagonists.
One thing I can praise beside the great setting is the art direction. Everything looks beautiful, the character designs are great (however they do feel like each of them was stolen from different anime) and the backdrops, the scenes, the settings and the animation quality are all top notch. Too bad the story and the characters are so messed up, this could've been a really unique and engaging series. read more
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
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Story focuses on fight between science and magic. What I enjoyed in this anime is a large world with lots of details. World is really original. There are a lot of magic organizations, each with their own goal and act in different way. Magic side has a large variety of powers, all of them bases on different religion, legend, or mythology (author of light novels make researches to create interesting and specified spells and items). Science side is basically focused on Academy City, where some people have scientific superpowers, there are also secret organizations and projects which are part of so called "dark part" of Academy City. I think this anime has the largest world presented. Every event matters (except few filler-like stories) sometimes showing aftermath way later in the series. It has interesting mysteries which keep you asking questions and make you find out more about this world. (like the identity of Imagine Breaker, or what was the true purpose of creating Academy City).
Superpowers are not just about pure strength. During fights, characters have to actually think and find opponent weak point. First (or first two) episodes will give you general idea on how it works.
What I think is wrong with plot is that it involves harem ecchi genre. The problem is that those scenes just doean't fit to the story and in my opinion it just wastes time slowing down the progress of actual plot.
Despite original world, Kamijou Touma is generic main character. Till the end of second season he doesn't get a major change in personality. He just goes into fight with villains to protect others no matter what. On the other hand he doesn't make anything that would make him an annoying character. Also there's an event that somehow explains why he acts like that.
Index may look import at the start (she's in the title after all) but after a few episodes she turns out to be useless and appears in the show for funny scenes that I didn't like at all since all of are repeatedly the same joke. Sometimes she is the reason for plot to go on and sometimes she actually becomes useful.
So basically those two characters don't make a good impression, yet i rated them so highly. It's mostly because of level 5's (the strongest espers in Academy City, there are seven of them). This anime shows only 2 of them, yet all scenes that involved them were really enjoyable.
Misaka is epser who controls electricity. She seems to to be generic tsundere girl, but since she has superpower, she is useful. She is not sure about her fillings towards main character, and you may think "how boring, saw it million times". Well, I don't think so. Watching her raging at Touma was actually fun. And it gives a nice break from serious moments or scenes involving Index.
Accelerator is the strongest esper. His ability is to control vector (something like telekinesis but way better and sound cool). One of my favorite characters and the one that has the biggest character development in this series. First he appears as psychotic villain, and he is amazing at this point. What happens to him next kept me watching next episodes.
Nothing special. First opening is great, sounds good and perfectly describes the whole show. I skipped every next opening since they seemed to be like from different anime. Some soundtracks became memorable like the one at the end of the first season -Jellyfish.
If you like superpower thing, you will probably enjoy it. If you want a show, where everything is for some reason, without plot holes, and nothing happens "just because", then it may be something for you. If you watched few first episodes and you're not sure if you want to continue, skip episode 7-9 and go to episodes 10-14 which are basically the part, where series starts to become really interesting.
Also keep in mind, that if you will actually end up watching 2 seasons in 4 days. last episodes give you more questions than answers, and you may want to read light novel. So it's not a good choice if you wan to see anime that has actual ending. read more
I liked the story, I've come across similar themes in anime before so it wasn't to original for me, but it was still fairly decent. One of the things that kind of stuck out was that it had elements of theism, but it wasn't necessarily the only major story component. It did have kind of a drama / fan service kind of feel to it which I feel doing away with could of made for a better storyline though.
Art was good enough
Sound 6/10 I actually recognized a few of the voice actors / actresses, the sound overall was good to fair.
Characters had a bit more depth than some other animes, but not so much that it would get a higher rating. They more leaned towards cookie cutter molds of character profiles that we see used in causal animes that just follow a trend to make a buck rather than try to make something new and original.
It's good if you want to keep it in the background to watch as I did, but not so good that I'd actually only watch it. I mean I did like it, just it wasn't that good overall.
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Academy City, the Mecca of Science, is where most of it's denizens are student that have been scientifically engineered to be espers, or wielders of certain unique abilities: manipulating electricity, teleportation and controlling natural forces.
Touma is a student in the Esper Development Program, with very unique skill, the ability to negate supernatural powers, like the ones manifested by other Espers. This, of course, nullifies his good fortune as well: vending machines devour his yen, his cellphone crushed into silicon fragments by his foot, and he has to attend extra classes during the summer.
But fate isn't done with Touma, ready to twist the string of his destiny around it's cold slender fingers. Enter Index, hanging to dry from Touma's balcony, a church sister being hunted by... magicians. The plot has an interesting hook, the conflict between science and magic. The first four episodes prove to be interesting, serving as a prelude to what would be a plot line epic in proportions. But Toaru Majutsu no Index [no Index] quickly shifts gears, abandoning an expansive story, for smaller three to four episode arcs surrounding the various characters. It's amusing but for the most part leaves you asking: Why does this matter?. Though the last episode does give some hope, hinting at a conflict between science and magic, that's about to build, brim and explode.
The characters are likable, if somewhat cliched. Touma is the can-do hero that attempts to save 'everyone'. Misaka is a shining star in somewhat average cast. Her love/hate relationships with both the lead and her friend Kuroko coupled with her superiority complex is amusing. One of the plots faults is the harem that is accidentally formed. Harems cause symptoms of shallow character interaction and plots driven by mindless love polygons. Shades of these indicators are found in no Index, but hopefully the 'harem factor' won’t be a crutch for the plot in the future.
The animation and the art is excellent. The palette is bright and vibrant, painting Academy City alive. Cool silvers and grays are layered on the natural colors woven in between the streets. Action scenes are fluid and are filled with some intense scenes on this backdrop. Character models are drawn well, the magician's being the most interesting of the bunch. Kiori and Stiyl seem otherworldly in their outlandish clothing. There were irritating bits of fanservice unappealing because the heroines, for the most part, were flat chested.
The music was engaging, a techno flare that fit the whole scientific motif. Neither opening was exceptional, their upbeat chords danced about, setting the appropriate mood. The voice acting wasn't noteworthy, though some of the voices became grating. Index's voice had an annoying timbre that scratched at the senses.
Watchability and Enjoyment
The structure of the show made my enjoyment of the program, mixed. Some of the chapters were splendid, balancing humor, drama, and action while others made me want to drop the program all together. I have hope for the second season, which promises a return to the whole conflict between magic and science, which intrigued me in the first few episodes.
The ambition of the plot quickly disappears and what remains is a cast of likable characters, great art, and a promise. Hopefully Toaru Majutsu no Index will deliver on that promise. The small gems of story telling give me confidence that there is still hope for the exploration of the main theme presented. We can only hope. read more
I don't really understand all of the criticism this show gets.
Many argue that the story is deceptive in the fact that everything goes downhill after the first story arc. In defense, it is a Light Novel adaptation, so it's got a lot of information and description to thrash out. I personally consider the first book (first 6 episodes) to be a story in itself, with the rest of the television series to be a couple of extensions for fun.
Not sure what it is about this anime in particular, but a lot of really great things click together to my preferences. You've got an entire world of science vs. magic and a distinctly-unique world comparable to that of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth. In the midst of the confusion, I love the fact that the main character is some dimwit below-average guy without any special powers at his utility. Throughout the show, he uses his brain and good morals to counter both witchcraft and confusing situations. The best part is: every battle involves him using his right fist alone, knocking out every villain in his path.
Gender Equality punch go!
Overall, this series can get you lost in all of it's details if you aren't one for paying attention to details. However, if you find yourself appreciating the characters, I guarantee you won't get lost. I personally really enjoyed it and I honor it's bravery in an industry filled with harems and power-up scenes. I'm anticipating the release of a third season!
Overall - 9/10 read more
I suppose if I had to decide which is the lesser of two evils I would pick Index, but that’s not to say that it isn’t gut-wrenchingly awful. After the first few episodes I would involuntarily flinch every time Touma opened his mouth. Half of the series’ running time must be him flapping his lips about friendship, which he defines as the relationship between a man and whatever half-baked moeblob he bumped into 5 minutes earlier. Touma is as impressionable as a newly-hatched chick; over the course of the show he risks near-certain death to save a young girl he met earlier in the day (several of these actually), a man who claims to be his father but is a complete stranger to him, a tsundere who he has every reason to believe hates him, a living puppet that he is explicitly told is only an extension of a higher consciousness and has no mind of its own, and an undying simulacrum of a human being who is some kind of manifestation of another dimension. All but the first on that list tell him outright not to interfere, but as a main character in a shounen story he gives no fuck and imposes his childish will on everyone around him.
Possibly the most embarrassing part of Index is the creepy way Touma has of accidentally stalking Misaka and completely dominating her with his presence. He just happens to have the ‘bad luck’ to run into her everywhere, and every time they meet she ends up completely losing her cool and being humiliated. I plan to talk about tsundere at length in the future and when I do Index will be exhibit A; it really showcases the coercive nature of tsundere relationships. More to the point, it just looks ridiculous. We’re constantly told that Misaka is insanely powerful, she even gets her own spin-off series, but she never actually gets anything accomplished because Touma always shows up and causes her to melt into a puddle of moe.
It might seem hard to actually go downhill from a start like that, but To Aru Kagaku no Railgun manages with ease. As the image at the top of this article suggests, Railgun is the retarded love child of Index and K-on!, a plotless mess of a show about four highschool girls who giggle and chatter and are as moe as they are incompetent (the title of the picture reads “A Certain Club’s Teatime” if you were wondering). By the end of the first episode of Index Touma had learned of a secret society of magicians and had picked a fight with a fire golem; by contrast we’re almost ten episodes into Railgun and all the main characters have done is arrest some petty criminals. Index was not without its filler, but in Railgun the plot, such as it is, rarely takes up more than a few minutes of the episode. When things do get “serious” they’re still a pale imitation of the events of the first season. The current ‘level-upper’ arc deals with the same theme as the Accelerator arc from the first series but instead of a dangerous lunatic the opponents are a bunch of hopped-up punks. The most dangerous challenge they’ve faced was protecting a child from an exploding teddy bear, and guess what: Misaka fumbled and had to be rescued by Touma.
In fact Railgun spends at least as much time tearing down Misaka’s character as Index did building up Touma’s. Scratch the surface of the first series’ main character and you find nothing; he’s as boring a lead as shounen has ever seen. Hell his special ability is to suck the fun out of everyone elses’ magical powers. He acts like a hero but he’s a shallow and one-dimensional character. Meanwhile in the second season Misaka is revealed to be all too human; I’ve lost count of how many times her underwear has come up in conversation. She’s riddled with insecurity and is repeatedly portrayed as having an immature streak, favoring childish pajamas and cartoon frog characters. I’ve already mentioned her pathetic little collapses around Touma, but seriously watch episode 4 of Railgun and see how she just keels over and blubbers when she can’t hurt the guy. Saten wonders when she meets Misaka if she’s really the titular Railgun, and I sympathize. For all the hype, Misaka is a pushover.
The To Aru series take a promising little scifi premise and shit all over it. For every neat little physics trick the shows offer there are 3 speeches about camaraderie, 2 pantyshots, and a pratfall with Index that ends in her biting Touma. Despite its technical quality the franchise is soulless and cheap; frankly if you’re tuning into Railgun every week in hopes of more wacky underwear antics you are what’s wrong with anime.
To bring my review to a conclusion after heavy analysis I recommend you don't watch this :)