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Toaru Majutsu no Index (Novel)

Toaru Majutsu no Index

Alternative Titles

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


Type: Novel
Volumes: 22
Chapters: 133
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 10, 2004 to Oct 10, 2010
Authors: Kamachi, Kazuma (Story), Haimura, Kiyotaka (Art)
Serialization: Dengeki Bunko Magazine


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Set in a city of not only scientifically advanced superhuman students, but in a world where magic is also real. Kamijyo Touma's right hand, the Imagine Breaker, will negate all magic, psychic, or divine powers, as well as his own luck. One day he finds a young girl hanging on his balcony railing. She turns out to be a nun from the Church of England, and her mind has been implanted with the Index Librorum Prohibitorum—all the magical texts the Church has removed from circulation.

(Source: Wikipedia)


Toaru Majutsu no Index got 1st place on the Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! ranking under Best Light Novel category in 2011.

The series has been published in English as A Certain Magical Index by Yen Press under the Yen On imprint since November 18, 2014.

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Jul 1, 2011
STORY: story of To Aru Majutsu no Index is long and complex. While at first it will look like every volume is a completely different story with little to no relations to another, later on all plot threads will slowly be put together and you will be surprised just how far into the future the writer planned certain plot threads.
Also, expect a lot of Scientific Exposition and Religious (especially Christian) symbolism.

ART: with this being a Light Novel, there is not much to say about the art tough most of illustrations are pleasant to the eye.

CHARACTERS: there are many characters in TAMNI, ranging from overpowered Espers read more
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Manga: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
- Magic and Science are exist in both novels, with the only difference is that in MKNR both aspect are supporting each other, while in TAMNI they are just simply coexist.

- Protagonists from both novels are considered weak (both Tatsuya and Touma) by their respective society(Tatsuya for being unable to use magic properly and Touma for being unable to display any Esper power).And despite being weak, both of them possess unusual ability. 
reportRecommended by Curry-kun
Manga: Mitou Shoukan://Blood Sign
And by extension shinyaku as well, both written by Kamachi, both have heros fighting against incredible odds to bring smiles to other people's face and both series have villins that are so powerful they can never be truly defeated or thwarted. 
reportRecommended by ap1001
Manga: Fate/Zero
Both are pretty dark and have alot of characters that are morally grey. 
reportRecommended by Eliahpari
Manga: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei: Nyuugaku-hen
-Magic and Science. But TAMNI seratates them, MKNR unites them.
-Academy. It's a school life i mean.
-Harem. The protagonist somewhat becomes so popular. 
reportRecommended by Ciu
Manga: Campione!
Both titles are comedic and interesting at times! But the biggest similarity is that both use mythology as a big basis for spells and enemies!

Those who enjoy learning mythology while reading light novels will surely enjoy this! :D 
reportRecommended by Flamyuki
Manga: Zettai Karen Children
Both medium of work involves the concept of espers, beings who are capable of performing supernatural feats through their abilities. The main characters from both series gets involved with events that tests their abilities to their limits.

And as both stories progresses, theories and evolutions progresses involving experimentations. The main characters faces off against powerful adversaries while also discovering more about their own potentials. 
reportRecommended by Stark700

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