English: A Certain Scientific Railgun
Synonyms: To Aru Kagaku no Choudenjihou, Toaru Jihanki no Sonzai Shoumei, A Certain Vending Machine's Proof of Existence, Toaru Jihanki no Fanfare
Published: May 27, 2007 to ?
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SynopsisWelcome to a world where mysticism and science collide, and supernatural powers are derived from either science or religion. At the heart of this world is Academy City, an advanced metropolis whose population is comprised mostly of students The majority of students are enrolled in the city's "Power Curriculum Program," where they must learn to master their latent psychic powers. Out of several million students, only seven are deemed powerful enough to have Level 5 status.
Meet Mikoto Misaka, the third most powerful Level 5 esper in Academy City. Together with her best friends Kuroko Shirai and the other members of Judgment, a student-run law enforcement agency, Mikoto delves deep into the dark heart of the scientific sprawl she calls home, and uncovers secrets she wishes she hadn't!
(Source: Seven Seas Entertainment)
The special edition of the 5th volume includes the mini-novel Toaru Jihanki no Fanfare.
Related MangaAdaptation: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S
Parent story: Toaru Majutsu no Index
Side story: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun SS, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun SS: Dasoku, Mata wa Toaru Jiken no Shuusoku, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun SS2, Toaru Jihanki no Fanfare, Toaru Majutsu no Index SP
Other: 4-koma Koushiki Anthology: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun x Toaru Majutsu no Index
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Both series center around high leveled esper girls. While Mikoto is one of Academy City's seven Level 5's, The Children are the only Level 7's in Japan. The Children start off as 10-year-olds but eventually become middle school students like Mikoto and friends. ZKC can be more lighthearted than Railgun, especially in the beginning, but it has its serious, dramatic moments as well. Esper cloning has also been recently introduced into ZKC's story.
Well both focus on elite ESPers who have tremendous power. While Kaoru has telekinesis, Misaka has electrokinesis. Both of them have relatively short tempers and tend to fly off the handle a bit, though Misaka is a bit more mature in a number of respects. Overall though, they both focus on a world trying to grow accustomed to the introduction of people with abnormal powers that can do things normal people can't. Both sets have good support groups who manage to not seem like complete lackies to the main character and manage to do things right.
Both are really rare kinda shonen titles with little Slice of Life side on them. Both have many main characters and story developing in many different point of view. The City plays big part in both mangas. Atmosphere is really similar, characters are extremely likeable, story is actually great unlike many typical shonen titles and both are really enjoyable to read.
I see it impossible to not like the other when liking the another.
A premise based on characters with special abilities. Yozakura Quartet and Railgun are about characters with superhuman powers beyond normalcy. There's a slice of life feeling on some cases but also story development involving our characters as revelations are unraveled.
The main female character is tough and independent. She is also dedicated with her duties and loyal to her friends. And on a more technical note, both series' action features clash of super powers.
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