Watching this anime is very painful.
Back in 2016 I've heard, that Toaru Majutsu no Index is very good light novel, so I've decided to watch the anime adaptation .After watching first two seasons of TAMNI I was wondering "this is at most decent, why is it considered a very good light novel?", so I've decided to try and read it. I don't regret this decision. Toaru Majutsu no Index is the best light novel I've ever read. And I'm not overrating it, I loved almost everything about it. Besides La Regina del Mare Adriatico Arc, even in light novel it isn't good. I've read whole
OT in about a year, and then started NT, which in my opinion is worse than OT and I never ended it.
After I heard that there will be 3rd season of Toaru Majutsu no Index I was scared. I know J.C.Staff very well and I was sure that they will ruin it. But this is even worse than I imagined. But let's start from the beginning
Even if it is executed poorly, it's still the story that I love so much.
After I heard about 3rd season I thought that it will have similar art to that in Railgun S. Wrong. It's even worse than in previous season, but maybe a bit better than in first. The fights could have been epic, but they aren't. I thought about rating it even lower, but I've seen anime with worse art than this, so I won't do it
Soundtrack is good, it fits this series and I like it. After it comes out on youtube I'm sure that I will add it to my playlist "Favourite Music"
Inner thought of characters from light novel are cut off. Because of that the characters lack depth and I can't identify myself with them. And I'm not only talking about supporting characters, even the main trio is bad. I really liked Hamazura in light novel, I felt he is very similar to me, but I don't feel the same in anime. I hate this anime because of it, characters were the strong point of TAMNI light novel series, but in anime adaptation they're the bad point.
As I writed in the beginning. Watching this anime is painful. It's so painful that every episode I think about dropping it. But I'm still watching, only because I still had hope in J.C. Staff, that maybe when one of the best arcs in the whole series starts up, it will be adapted properly. But after watching episode 6 I think I'm done with it. I'm dropping this series.
Good job J.C. Staff, you ruined one of my most favourite series. I wish that season three would never come up, or that other studio would animate it properly. You had very good source material, how could you fuck this up. I'm done with you, it's my last time I ever watched something made by you. To the people who are only anime viewer - read the light novel, I'm sure you won't regret it. But do it before you watch the anime, because it will spoil the best of it in the worst way possible.
Keep in mind this is only related to the anime adaptation and slightly targeted towards the Battle Royale Arc that just ended:
While I want to keep this short, there is something I just want to get off my chest, after having waited so long for an adaptation, since I am more willing to watch an anime than read a Light Novel (I did read most of the summary and wiki entries however), I couldn't have been more happy to finally see all these scenes animated with good visuals.
Sadly, this is where my heart just breaks down now, what is this J.C. Staff? What have you
done to Index! Why were you breaking the rule of 24 ep to make 26 ep instead, only to disappoint us with more cuts? I was expecting that this change was made to include "more", not "less". I've been a long on going fan of the series, I was heavily biased even towards it, but this, this just does it.
"Points that led to me dropping the series:"
- Significant Character plots are cut out, especially for new characters
especially during Episode 5, where we are suddenly introduced to more Dark Side Groups without any proper introduction for them, I couldn't feel anything for these guys. And in Episode 6 where a certain Level 0 is capable of doing something amazing without explaining why he is capable of this in the first place, then the fact they cut out a very important quote and metaphor of said character, which would have helped in developing the character further.
- random dying everywhere without knowing who was/is who
- changes that technically ruin and/or change future lore in the anime
Overall you can see where this is going already. After having finished The Battle Royale Arc I had enough of it, I felt sad, betrayed.
Index and Index II, while being not the best adaptation either, still sticked towards the LN and atleast made sense, leaving the important plot in. Watching this however just hurts.
Thankfully I already currently have most of the English translated Light Novels of it from Vol 1-16 in my hands, so I will stick to these.
Thank you J.C. Staff for having ruined my most favourite Anime ever. I don't think I will be able to watch Railgun 3 and Accelerator with such a direction right now.
Poorly adapted so far, only highlights and fights so far
I'd say it is decent enough but the budget definitely changed, several effects we were used to see like in Index II, the Movie and Railgun S are not present anymore and replaced with downgraded effects.
Not much to say about Sound, the only thing that takes me off was the sound change of Imagine Breaker "again", like, why change it in the first place? Why can't we just keep the same sound from Index, it was changed in Railgun once, in Railgun S they went back with the original sound, now Index 3 all of a sudden changes it again? Seriously, what the fuck.
Totally butchered, the characters can't even develop the way J.C. Staff adapted this.
*see part about important plot points being cut out*
What's there to enjoy when after several years, this is what you get.
Overall I don't recommend watching "this", but I do recommend reading the Light Novel or possibly reading the Manga of it. These are much much more faithfull (duh, the Light Novel is the original after all).
So yeah, any Anime only watchers should probably get acquainted with the Light Novels now instead, if they want the enjoyment they desired. Index 3 is not gonna give you that with the way it is handled.
I'll be brief. This particular adaptation failed. Hard.
Either they tried to adapt everything in a short timetable, or the opposite, but J.C.Staff cut too much of the novel content in the process. I would prefer it if they decided to animate less in this season, but with better detail, instead of rushing through the story abandoning valuable pieces left and right. Story 4/10.
Characters' inner thoughts are omitted, some characters were not even introduced and just appeared with no backstory. As a result, their motivation is unknown, their actions seem irrational and forced. Even an off-screen narrator would do, like when Touma narrates about his situation.
Why not give Hamazura the same opportunity to introduce the viewer to his situation? 5/10.
And it's all too rushed. We should have had 4-5 episodes dedicated to ITEM alone before Fre//nda happens. Because like this we feel nothing, it just doesn't faze us. The constant jumping between POVs is also not appreciated, not with THAT pace.
Art is passable (6/10), but fights are pathetic. Special effects are just... total trash. Accelerator vs Dark Matter was supposed to be epic. It was instead a short sequence of bad choreography mixed with garbage CG (especially Accelerator's attacks - wtf is that black thing?). And then... the conclusion of the fight happens off-screen on top of that. Other fights are also bad. Mercs and drones that shoot bad CG lines of yellow and never can hit any named characters (who stand still and scatter only AFTER the shooting starts), constant speaking in the middle of the fight, characters teleporting (not via ability, but through scenarists' oversight) all over the city...
The sound is not praiseworthy either. Touma's canceling sound was changed from glass breaking to... something. It just doesn't suit the situation. Music is fine but nothing fantastic. The rest is normal. 5/10.
While original story and characters are good, in this adaptation we can't see any of that. Enjoyment 3/10.
this will be my first quick review into the series, i have read the Light novel all the way to its recent released.
Story: 7, Story now revolves around Touma, Accelerator, and now the recent one named Hamazura who is a level 0 like touma but with no powers whatsoever. The anime will be changing perspectives as the plot moves forward regarding the full on war with the science side and magic side.
Art: 7, Way better than the last 2 seasons but not on par on Railgun S i think. the fight scene with Accelerator and Dark Matter was really well done though, and hoping
future fights will be done like that.
Sound: 7 they change touma's imagine breaker sound when he touches anything magic related or esper related powers but you''ll get used to it i hope. sounds when characters fight is still top notch with their futuristic edm style (?).
Characters: 8, With more characters getting included, it may be a mess trying to switch to some of them to get in screen time but ill hold on it atm. Im really interested in how Hamazura will play out.
Enjoyment: 9, I love this series tbh, with its setting, plot, and the characters interacting in this world of magic and science society. how will they react to the others sides powers?
Overall: 8, a good series but is not for everyone since it can get convoluted at times. will update later on