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Toaru Majutsu no Index: New Testament, is basically the same Index series with a changed title, which shows what happens just after the war ends. Both 1st and 2nd volumes are mostly focused on comedy and are a detailed prologue to the new arc. The story of both volumes takes place only within the Academy City.
Both Hamazura Shiage and Accelerator came back to Academy City, trying to start leading a "normal" life, without getting involved with the dark side. With the appearance of a girl, which leader of Skill-out was taking care of, it seems like they aren't able to stay indifferent after all and forget the past events.
Finally all other main characters becomes involved with the magic side and instead of doing everything on their own, they're forming a group (seems like with both Misaka Worst and Mikoto included) to face a new enemy in USA, who uses both magic and science... read more
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While HnG! is full of really funny comedy and most of the short stories ends with a hilarious gag, that doesn't mean that there isn't a slowly paced storyline going next to these. It usually resolves around troubles and feelings of the characters in unusual ways, where our indebted butler always gets into the middle of the events. There are also longer arcs, when new characters are introduced or author shows us their past. My favourite arc was the one with Hayate's past and a girl called Athene much later in the manga, it's definitely the most sad part of the manga, but it still manages to keep it's comedy form from time to time. In HnG! time passes very slowly and all these chapters covers only a few months of time, starting from when he became a butler. Even after over 300 chapters, it doesn't get repetitive and it's clear, that author of the manga is the type who has a bag full of ideas for the upcoming ones.
The art in HnG! is no less than perfect for that kind of manga, it adds an additional dose of humor through the backgrounds (where you can often see characters from the other popular shows in funny situations), emotions shown on characters faces and clever usage of "chibi moments". Needless to say, you can easily tell who is who, even when everyone starts cosplaying for some reason. Keep in mind that this manga is released weekly and while art is very good, it's not meant to look like Berserk or other serious mangas, where art is more significant.
Every character from the HnG! manga gets his own screentime(dont know if thats the correct word) and all of of those, who were already introduced stays in the manga and doesn't just disappear. Some supportive characters actually have almost the same ammount of screentime as the main ones, so it isn't only about a butler and his otaku lady. Besides our butler, who works 23h per day and a girl, who spends first half of the day playing games and the second half sleeping, there is a lot of other characters, where each of them have some kind of traits, which makes them differ significantly.
I've decided to read HnG! manga after watching the second season of the anime. In short - it was a right decision and my precious (lets say its precious ;x) time wasn't wasted. I've enjoyed every second of reading it and i can say it without a doubt - it's one of these manga's, which are trully funny.
Surprisingly resolved situations, a lot of funny ideas, developing feelings between characters and a plot that connects it all together. You can expect all of that from this manga and you won't be disappointed.
I can recommend Hayate no Gotoku! to everyone who likes a good comedy manga. If you will start reading it now, you may even forget about the world around you and passing time. That's how hilarious this manga is.
Story : 8
It manages to be what it is meant to be extremely well.
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Railgun side story is happening next to Index LN, at the same time and place. Many events are just going on next to each other and it's good to read both, since storylines are made by the same author and you can see protagonist of the light novel appearing here quite a lot, as he meets the magic side for the first time.
First 18 chapters are the material covered by the anime and they are mostly about dealing with aftereffects from experiments on espers. Since Kuroko, who is Mikoto's roommate works in Judgement (one of the groups maintaining order in the city) they get themselves involved in these dangerous cases and we get to know a little more about dark side of the city. The rest of the currently released manga chapters are about origins of the Misaka clones and level 6 experiment seen from Mikoto's point of view and it shows other people who were involved in the experiment. This part of the manga is much more serious, violent (Accelerator tearing limbs apart from sisters) and sad than the first chapters of manga. The ending is of course the same as the original, since it's the same story just shown from the other point of view.
Art: Not much to say here, besides that it is very good and well drawn. It keeps high quality level from the beggining and maintains it through all the chapters.
Characters: A tsundere-like girl able to create electricity and a thousands of her clones, a certain homosexual teleporter and her two friends, a badass guy controling vector and the protagonist from the parent story. They are the most appearing characters here. One of the groups from dark side of Academy City is also involved, if you've read the parent story - you'll see many of characters from science side from it appear here. Noone from magic side tho.
Enjoyment: Just after few pages you can recognize the style of writing from the original, if you have enjoyed the main story, you will enjoy this and the same goes other way around. The Accelerator arc is really good, when Misaka finds out that someone has her DNA and uses it in the crazy experiments. At some point she meets her own self as an other person. There's quite a lot of comedy thrown between the events, usually Misaka having an argument with a level 0 esper.
Overall:For everyone who enjoyed the universe created by Kamachi Kazuma - it's a must read. What about the rest? A very good manga, maybe equal in terms of quality to the original, with the only difference in main characters and it being a manga instead of light novel.
8 for chapters 1-18, 10 for Acc arc.
On the side note - manga version of Index is much worse than the railgun one, since the author isn't the same. So if you think that the Index manga wasn't any good, that doesn't mean that Railgun is also bad.
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Does it mean the anime will be good ? – no..
If you’re just a casual watcher looking for a good anime, im afraid that besides comedy parts and fanservice or maybe some killing madness by Accelerator you wont find anything here, your impression of the second season could be marked with rating 6 or much lower
If you’re a fan of the light novel or the anime, your rating for the second season of Tamni will be 7 or even higher.
Third option, STRICT light novel fan or anime maniac, feel free to skip the anime or just watch it to be disappointed and add another average anime.
I would put myself between second and third option, while anime itself was just average, it was still the world I loved in the LN. Too bad the way it’s shown in the anime is just poor. The more I like LN, the less I like the anime adaptation, especially the second season.
Taking into account that you’ve already watched first season, your impression of second season depends a lot on how much you’ve liked characters from the first one, since like Index had 103.000 grimoires hammered into her head, the same thing can be said with the adaptation – 8 volumes were turned into 24 eps, which is really too much. What does it mean? The plot from LN is killed in the anime, facts that connect together and create something that would make sense, are just skipped or showed in the way that you can’t really understand what’s going on. Of course, when it comes to fanservice or comedy parts – it’s all there and what comes to my mind is other adaptation by J.C. Staff – Zero no Tsukaima, where every next season had more fanservice/ecchi crap. It’s maybe ok, but not when the part that was one of the best parts of original gets very simplified as a cost of it. So there isn’t even anything to get you into the show, unless you like the characters from the first season and you put tsundere moments/big breasts over the plot. Well, I cant say that I hate these parts, since some of them are really funny(misaka clones etc.), but it’s not supossed to be a main storyline of the anime. I felt like plot was an addition to all that, not the other way around.
What was the best part of the second season of Tamni? There was something that actually almost everyone will like and watch it more times than one.. too bad that im talking about the opening themes, the only part which is always good in animes produced by J.C. Staff and the part which most likely isn’t done by them.. “More Mami Kawada and less J.C. Staff !” I would like to say that, too bad that op themes are usually only 1.30 min long and the rest is mutilated version of the LN original.
Either they didn’t had money in the middle of making this anime, or people doing it changed – art at the beginning and last episodes is great, but it looks worse than the first season at some parts in the middle. Gotta say about the “static backgrounds” when it comes to action scenes, why in the side story To aru Kagaku no Railgun(which was better when it comes to art overall) there weren’t any of these and in the main story we don’t see those only in the last fight of the second season? Maybe a detail, but it feels like team A was doing side story and team B was doing the main and more important one or it was just rushed.
Right now I’m looking forward for Shakugan no Shana 3rd season and I’m happy that I don’t read the light novel original, since i would feel bad after watching the anime adaptation, the same as I do with Tamni.
What I want to add is that anime industry seems really poor for me right now, since most of the best light novels are picked and turned into crap by J.C. Staff(Hidan no aria, Zero no Tsukaima, Tamni), while other studios just picks something that will be either a comedy or one season anime and isn’t hard to turn into the anime. Why I don’t mention Toradora!, simple because the only genre where they actually doesn’t fail are romance series with some comedy in it and tsundere characters. I really like the idea of releasing 3 seasons or even more about one title with so long time gap between each of them.. yup, more long series with complex world. Talking about 3rd season, im almost sure you’ll see it in the future, since the To aru majutsu no index is the best selling light novel in japan right now. I would like to think it will be better, since story even in the original gets much better from that point, but that is just a false hope. I’m looking for a hero, ups.. i mean better adaptation of the next volumes.
Watch op themes for your enjoyment, rest for you own risk. 10 for misaka network and ops.. 6 for the rest from me. After reading the same part in ln, i was just angry at J.C. One big fukou da.
Something that has a great base for a great show turns out to be little above average, just like most of the show J.C. animates.
For some reference check my light novel review.
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Review is a little long, since ive tried to write about everything you can expect to see here, without giving any major spoilers, that would affect your reading experience.
If you've already watched/read something with TaMnI universe, feel free to jump to the part marked as ---Storylines and pace of the novel---. If there are spoilers, they're mostly about early events in the novel.///
--- World shown in the light novel---
To aru Majutsu no Index is a light novel placed in alternative and surprisingly complex world written by a person under the pen-name Kamachi Kazuma. Many things, like names of the characters, places and even symbols are taken from the “real” world, so most of the time, typing characters names or places in wiki will lead you to a long wall of text about them. In the universe created by Kazuma, both supernatural powers, which people can be born with and/or develop them in special place called Academy City, and magic only usable by those, who aren’t gifted with superpowers and doesn’t develop their powers, coexists while balancing on the line. That line can easily start the war between both sides if it’s crossed. Superpowers can be described as a “natural” thing, but magic was created through religion, only as a countermeasure against those, so everyone who doesn’t have any hidden powers wouldn’t be overwhelmed by those who were lucky enough to have some powers to develop.
People, who has got some kinds of superpower, like being able to teleport, control electricity or even vectors, are all gathered in one place in the world – Academy City, and they’re called “espers”. Esper powers are ranked using measurement tests from time to time, from level 0(no supernatural powers) to level 5, that only 7 inhabitans of the city managed to reach. Academy City is separated from rest of the world with thick walls, so not everyone who wants to can enter it. In addition to being a place where people who has some potential supernatural powers can develop them further in special schools, it’s also a home to the most intelligent people from the world. Thanks to it being separated and filled with all those scientists, in the terms of technology, the city can be described as 30 years ahead of the rest of the world. Board of directors uses all available methods to keep the technology from leaning out from the city. Quite accurate picture of the future, city filled with windmills creating electricity, so it can exist independently. Advanced technology also leads to evil ideas, which has only one target: to move further in science. Human clones, experiments on espers, organizations working behind the scenes or even magicians hiding within the city, are just a little part of the “dark side” within the city, which most of students and teachers have no idea about.
When I’ve reached the point about things that are considered as a secret, it’s needed to say while everyone knows that people with supernatural powers exist, there aren’t many people, than knows about existence of magic, besides those already working on the magic side. Telling someone not connected with the side that magic, angels, and saints really exist, would just make him laugh. Some may take names of organization on the magic side as offensive, because those are closely tied with religion and their actions can’t be described as “holy”. Roman Catholic Church, Russian Orthodox Church and their branches like Neccesarius and Annihilatus are a few examples of the biggest organizations on the magic side. Military forces of these consist mostly of nuns with wide range of unusual weapons. Unusual weapons means few meters spears, explosive wooden wheels and even magical cards, you never know what to expect next from them. On top of these organizations are people with high status in Church, like bishops (women can be a bishop here) and pope. As the science side has strong espers, like those level 5 ones, the magic side has several people called saints and in certain circumstances magicians can even summon angel powers. But the most dangerous things that exists in the world of TaMnI are the books containing knowledge about magic, using one of these gives an immense power, but it often ends even with death of the one using it.
The fact that author of the ln explains everything regarding the characters, places and even abilities in a really detailed way, makes that complex world understandable and neither manga nor the anime can captivate everything from these over 7000 text pages.
That was just a short introduction to the world shown in the light novel, time to write about the actual story.///
Ive mentioned that grimoires are very dangerous books, but there is one girl with perfect memory that was able to remember 103.000 of them, or rather all these books were forcefully hammered into her brain. One could say it’s a living library containing knowledge about the magic. If someone were to be able to use these grimoires, he would have enough power to distort the world as he pleases. Of course, no one from the magic side would let a person who possesses all that knowledge live without using special and exceptionally violent means, like memory erase, making her unable to recall what she was doing in the last year or putting a barriers inside of her, so she can’t possibly use magic herself and all that has a one purpose – to keep grimoires from falling into the wrong hands. Through certain circumstances that nun called Index Librorum Prohibitorum while running away from magicians, lands on the balcony of a certain room within Academy City, where one of the level 0 espers, Kamijou Touma, lives. In his case calling him level 0 isn’t quite accurate, since his power can’t be measured. The power that allows him to neutralize any esper power, and not only, when he touches them with his right hand. Too bad for him, that by having this right hand he is the most unfortunate in the whole world, because it also reduces his luck in life to nothing. Things that are almost impossible to happen for normal people, like breaking a credit card by stepping on it, or maybe even having a nun hanging on his balcony, are everyday bread for him. So finding a futon in form of silver-haired sister hanging on his balcony is just considered as an another unfortunate event by him. After arguing about whether magic exists and destroying her nun clothes with the touch of his hand, they finally say goodbye and it seems that it’s the end of their acquaintance. To his surprise, when he comes back from school, he meets almost dead nun laying on the ground with a red haired magician that was chasing after her, standing in front of his room. Within one day he gets to know about the existence of magic and builds up a resolve to protect her after hearing the dangerous truth. Starting from this day he gets pushed into the middle of the world which he had no idea about and thanks to his mysterious power in the right hand, he is able to change a certain person’s fate and to survive while playing a key role in the events that are yet to come. ///
---Storylines and pace of the novel---
At first it seems that Kamijou Touma is the only male main character in the story, but later in the show, without counting many chapters where main characters aren’t even involved, there are 3 main plotlines going on next to each other after over the half of the currently released volumes. Probably the most significant one is the one about Kamijou and Index. This is the only one main plotline that is directly connected to events on the magic side from the start, but it still has a lot to do with the science side. The other two are definitely much “darker” and in most part are about events that happens behind the scenes on the science side. As the story goes on, these two gets more significant and at some point all three storylines takes place in the same place and same time, when the open war between science and religion finally starts.
From the female characters, there isn’t an individual storyline going like these mentioned above, but Misaka Mikoto, the 3rd ranked 5 level esper is also counted as a main character. She usually have a less or more important role in the storyline with Index. As an addition there is also a side story manga, where she is the protagonist of the story and it is sometimes connected to events in the light novel. While manga based on the TaMnI light novel isn’t the best, the Railgun side story is definitely worth a look.
About the pace of the story, as the story goes on, the events and people introduced in the novel have more significant roles on either magic and science sides. That doesn’t mean though, that the first volumes aren’t important story-wise, since most of them are connected with the events in the future and skipping some of them may result in “wtf’s”, while reading pages of the later ones. “May” is a proper word here, since Kamachi Kazuma writes in the way, that someone who would start from the middle of the story, would still be able to understand most of what’s going on and the characters that doesn’t appear too often are reintroduced, so the reader doesn’t need to go back or just be left with a part that he doesn’t understand.
At first the main action takes place only in within the Academy City, but later it also happens in other countries, like Italy, England or Russia. While first 11 volumes are mostly arcs that are covered by 1 volume each, the second half of the novel is one bigger arc, which finally moves to the very important events that have a huge effect on the balance in the world and both higher-ups from science and magic side are directly involved in it.
---Comedy, romance and ammount of these---
What also is needed to be said, there is quite a lot of comedy, a very good one between all the serious things. If i would need to describe it, it's mostly your everyday random funny scenes, occuring because the people aren't ideal and their ways of thinking differs. It's not ridiculously stupid and forced comedy, it's simple and funny - we get a lot of it between "bigger" and very serious events and not too much or too little of it. Just when you think "i want the plot to move forward already" you get that 5 pages later.
There are some light romance parts, but dont expect that these are one of the most important parts in the novel, since most of them goes together with comedy - if you want to see characters developing feelings for each other quickly, you will be disappointed. You will see these quite often, but nothing that can be considered a major relationship until the story goes much further. ///
That may seem a stupid way of naming a part of a review, but it is indeed something that needs to be said as a separate part. Namely, the novel can be read in different ways. You can just read it straight like a shounen-like manga or try to understand every aspect of it. Actually there is a lot of explanations like "how does vector control power work?", "how supersonic bombers can fly at 7000km/h?", "why did he survived?" and many, many others like that. It feels like you're reading some kind of scientific book sometimes. So what i exactly mean is, that you can try to understand every supernatural or invented by the author effect, because he wrote about everything very closely, or just focus more on the plot and dont pay big heed to these parts.
There are some parts, where dialog is 1/10 of the text and the rest is about how something happened, or what does the person thinks or feels. It can both be good or bad thing while reading something, but here it's the first option (good) - the way author of Tamni writes, builds up the tension and gives even more for your imagination to experience. So you see, there is actually a reason, why the anime series could cover so much material, without skipping many parts. It's really hard to show everything from LN in it's adaptation, since it mostly require gestures or even a narrator wouldn't be a bad decision for a very close adaptation:o ///
Writing that the most of the characters in TaMnI starts as the “bad guys” has some truth in it. At least that’s how we see them from protagonist’s point of view when he meets them, but on the closer look there aren’t any genuine evil characters in the novel. Everyone acts on their own beliefs and the basic concept is not to only defeat or sometimes kill your enemy, but also to change their way of thinking. It sounds a bit too lovely tho, because usually it takes a big shock or near-death situation to change someone and not every situation turns this way.
About all the supporting characters, there aren’t two characters that have the same personality. By the way of speaking, you can recognize most of the characters, since the more important ones usually like to add "their" lines sometimes. For example, Accelerator will walter very often and give a certain feeling that he is a badass guy in every aspect, othe character likes to often add word "super" to her sentences, just like that, many characters have their own way of talking and there isn't even a need to write who is talking.
Kamijou Touma – a lot was already said, but not much about the protagonist’s personality. He is of course one of those positive characters from the start. Later in the novel it’s clear that he is the kind of person that would jump into the fire for not only someone he cares about, but also for a stranger he just met, which together with his misfortune creates some unexpected happenings. The other two main male characters and their separated plotlines, are actually an effect of his actions. While he is quite good at fighting with his body, he doesn’t stand a chance when it comes to people who are trained in these aspects, but his right hand, which is able to deal with the powerful magic is often a key to win against the antagonists. Ultimate misfortune can sometimes be a blessings, but he is very cautions when it comes to something based on luck only. While I’m writing about all these “unlucky” parts, they’re mostly a comedy and being unlucky doesn’t mean the same as being clumsy. In terms of the actions he takes, he can be described as the perfect hero, that doesn’t hesitate to go forward. Someone later in the show describes him that he does what he thinks is right, instead of doing what is good, which is what people think based on his actions.
Index – despite her name being in the title, the most important roles for her are only at the beginning and the end of TaMnI first novel series, otherwise she is mostly there to connect the events in the novel and she herself as a person doesn’t have much role besides what I’ve already mentioned. People from the magic side usually occurs with her being their destination, or rather for the knowledge she possess and the one who usually has to deal with these problems is the one mentioned above her. Later in the show you'll see that there are people who also desire to protect her and they were in same situation as the protagonist, but she just forgot about them after her memory erase.
Misaka Mikoto – one of the seven strongest espers in the Academy City, she uses every kind of electricity as her power and is nicknamed “Railgun”, same as her special attack that uses coins and electricity. She is called “biribiri” which can be translated as a Shocker by Kamijou. After the 3rd volume, which is about her fight with Accelerator, that gives us some hints about her past(in Railgun manga the same part of the story is shown more from her view, than it is in the novel and it shows what happened before) she starts to have more important role in the story, than just being there to chase the protagonist with an intention to fight him, because she lost to him before. She is one of those positive characters from the start, besides her first appearance where she is trying to fry the protagonist. She started as level 1 and only thanks to her work she was able to reach level 5 reserved only for the strongest ones, despite being a 3rd strongest esper, she doesn’t take pride in it like the other ones does. Her DNA was taken for creating clones without her knowing about it, only for the purpose of being slaughtered in the process of creating level 6, which became her nightmare later and she was even ready to sacrifice herself to stop the experiment.
Accelerator – the strongest esper, ranked 1 within the Academy City. He is able to control any kind of vectors with his powers and is the antagonist in the 3rd volume, using Misaka clones as a test subject in the experiment of creating a level 6 esper(invincible). He plays one of the most important roles in the LN and even later keeps calling himself evil. Unlike the protagonist of the story, he doesn’t really care about strangers and doesn’t hesitate to kill someone. The level 6 experiment had more effect on his mentality than it had on Misaka, since he killed thousands of sisters just to hate himself for doing so.
Hamazura Shiage – the main character introduced the latest from the ones mentioned. Like Kamijou, he is level 0, but he doesn’t have any secret power, he is just an ordinary person working on behind the scenes in the one of organizations in the city. Like other level 0 espers that are members of Skill-Out, their target is to keep together and struggle on the dark side against those with power. Later, after the fight with Kamijou, he joins other organization and finds someone he wants to protect at all cost.
The only character from the main ones that belongs directly to the magic side is Index, but despite that, the novel isn’t 1/5 about the magic side and 4/5 about the science. Actually there are more chapters, where magic side is more important than the science one. ///
Illustrations in To aru Majutsu no Index are very well drawn, the draw style changes after first few volumes and then keeps the same. It’s almost the same like in the TaMnI anime, where some points that characters looks somewhat thin. Illustrations are usually placed when someone new is introduced or on the more important parts. Just like the writing style the author uses, the illustrations are meant to be viewed if you want to fully experience it.///
---Enjoyment & overall---
If I would need to tell which genders TaMnI belongs too, list would be quite long, since it’s in the sci-fi world that even includes magic in it. Besides serious events, there is a lot of good comedy and even some (mostly one-sided) romance. 24 volumes+2 volumes of the new series seems quite long, but despite it’s length it doesn’t get boring, bah, the truth is it actually gets better as the new characters are introduced and things gets really intense later in the novel.
I didn’t had any dilemma about the final score (Im right now at 22 volume) and even after saying it somewhere before, it needs to be pointed again – both anime and manga aren’t nearly as good as the TaMnI Light novel is and saying that they’re cut down version of the light novel has a lot of truth in it. If you’ve watched the anime, you’ll notice that even the dialogs that were shown in it, are slightly different and longer in the LN. About the side story – Railgun manga, I recommend reading it aswell, even if you’ve watched the anime. Since the manga is something more than filler about 4 cute girls, like the anime was.
Ratings for each part of the novel:
Comedy parts : 10
Story: 9 (8 for the first half, 10 for the rest strating with vol 13)
Character :9,5(i still feel that Index's role or at least past should be more significant, right now she is just a key needed to start new events in the novel series, besides that, no complains)
Light novel manages to deliver a lot of tension to the reader and the situations where life is at stake, really feels like that. Comedy parts are good to the extend, that i think the author could write a very good comedy novel or manga. You’ll love the characters as they’re able to throw away everything for someone’s else sake at some point and they change themselves after time, while keeping their own ways of thinking and talking. Everyone here, whether he can be described as evil or good, just does what he beliefs at the time.
But the thing that is the most impressive about the LN is the world created by Kamachi Kazuma, which is really huge and rich. It's probably the major factor why ive enjoyed this novel this much, the way it's build is thoroughly thought and with all those detailed descriptions it really becomes something great. With Kamijou Touma we get to see the magic side, and with Accelerator and Hamazura we go deep into the dark side behind the scenes.///
Some of my personal thoughts about reading it:
I thought at first that it's a damn lot to read, but when ive started i could actually read a full volume at one go and start reading the next one. Maybe nothing special, but reading on cellphone browser or other electronical thing isn't even a bit comfortable like reading a "paper" book. After these few thousand pages i am not even a bit bored while reading it and instead i enjoy it more and more, as i get further into the novel and everything is slowly exposed.
Big thanks to people who were translating Tamni at some point, you all did a great job. read more
2 of ? episodes seen
So in short, first episode of this OVA is comedy+fanservice maintaining FT atmosphere. People, who were expecting to see some epic fights will be probably disappointed. Ft gets better with the time and these additional eps simply proves that. 8 for the lulz i had while watching it. read more