Academy City stands at the forefront of scientific and technological progress, best known for their development of espers: those capable of wielding superhuman abilities that alter the rules of reality. The most powerful among them are the Level 5s, and the one known as Accelerator reigns supreme, even after being weakened by a severe brain injury. By his side is the young girl known as Last Order, whom despite his cold demeanor, he holds closely and vows to protect at all costs.
Though Accelerator may be recovering from his injury, the dark side of Academy City never rests, and so he finds himself unwillingly caught up in the midst of a new conflict. When a mysterious young woman approaches Accelerator in pursuit of Last Order, the highest-ranked esper is confronted by a venomous organization that has taken root in Anti-Skill, Academy City's peacekeeping organization. With dangerous forces on the move that threaten to put Last Order and her sisters at risk, the self-proclaimed villain prepares to step into the darkness once again.
Preface: The adaption of the Accelerator anime is a great improvement over the adaption of the Index 3 material, whether it was through improved scheduling or having a manga to base the artwork on, JC Staff has made a notable improvement in its adaption. None the less this adapt suffers from different issues, despite being a good adapt of the source material the series itself cannot be good if the source material itself is weak. This review will expand on why the anime was fairly average, and what fans of the Toaru series can expect from it.
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
The story for Toaru Kagaku
No Accelerator is largely a page by page faithful adapt of the source material with some extra flash backs, an anime only first episode, and skipping a few redundant scenes. This story takes place right after the head shot Accelerator experiences when trying to save Last Order in the original Index anime, in short it takes place fairly early in the timeline of the series during season 1 of index, and slightly after the events of the Sister’s Noise project in Railgun S. Accelerator is in the hospital still recovering and his head wound still bleeds if he moves around to quick, Last Order is taking care of him and he’s still his old edgy self. It is made clear in the first anime original episode that Accelerator is not at full capacity and is still prone to side effects of his headshot which will later on in the story explain why he keeps letting opponents get away or how he manages to get injured despite his ability. The story after the anime original episode is largely focused on several factions getting in Accelerators hair after he rescues a necromancer, Estelle, from pursuers because she may have a link to Last Order. The factions include one delusional siscon scientist and his imouto, a bunch of self-righteous comically stupid anti skill members who joined a cult, and some edgy teen girls who run an assassination squad. Most of the story is focused on him fighting these groups and making fun of them as he crushes them with relative ease.
Some issues are present in the story that make it worse and less enjoyable, the first reason is because Accelerator is far too overpowered for the actual story, he never has a challenge and sort of just pisses on every opponent he comes across in a very edgy way taunting them for how weak they comparatively are and then fucking with them for amusement. There are some stakes and serious moments, but they always involve side characters and the audience knows nothing bad will happen because Accelerator will protect Last Order for sure and that the fact that Index season 2 exists proves nothing bad will happen ahead of time. Now normally this could be done in a way that has entertainment value for example turning it into a comedic show where Accelerator is largely not caring about anything going on and turning the show into slice of life. However, sadly this is not possible because the show takes itself way to seriously despite the fact that the existence of the rest of Toaru in the continuity guarantees that no threat Accelerator faces in this spin off will ever harm him or his favorite loli.
Due to this the story is simply edgy, boring at times, has no real sense of tension for someone who actually follows the Toaru series, and is needlessly convoluted in explaining the final villain’s powers to somebody who has not seen the Toaru series. It is weak in exposition and as a thriller to both index fans and people new to the series alike so overall it cannot be said that this spin off has a good story.
Well the art isn’t bad at all and is significantly better than season 3 of Index in comparison, clearly JC staff actually scheduled things properly this time. The new character designs are amazing, last order and the Misaka clones look so rubbery and shiny and it is absurdly cute. The animation itself is a bit choppy and slow but that’s expected so it did not hurt the show to much as the backgrounds and character design made up for it.
However, there were 2 things that heavily lowered my score for the art this season, the first is fight choreography. This entire show was largely focused on action, so having low quality fights was a huge disappointment. The vast majority of the fights simply had Accelerator tank some attacks to show off and then 1 shot his opponents without any serious effort. The only fights where he had to expend some effort were full of bad, jarring and immersion breaking CGI that kept the viewer from actually focusing on the fight and instead looking in awe at how bad the special effects were. The second thing that hurt the art rating is the fact there were so many absurdly well animated shows this season, after seeing shows like Demon Slayer I cannot possibly even give the art score of Accelerator a 7, the standards for the industry have gone up and meanwhile JC staff is animating the Accelerator anime like its 2009.
The sound: 8
The opening was a hit and is something I will constantly replay as it is in a playlist of openings that are worth listening to, and the soundtrack is pretty intense and even compensated for the awful fight choreography and lack of tension at times. The index series has never had a bad soundtrack or opening, that is one thing that has never let me down.
Accelerator is Accelerator and if you enjoy watching Accelerator you will enjoy the characters in this show as the show is largely focused on Accelerator. Outside of that, Last Order is as cute as ever, the Academy City students got some screen time with Uiharu and Saten, the side characters like Estelle and her corpse doll were fun to watch and misaka clones are always hilarious.
Some weaknesses however were the villains, all of them were idiots and quite cringey to watch, cant even blame JC Staff on the characterization here, the antagonists were also delusional idiots in the manga as well. Some cops with a completely detached from reality view on justice which was bordering on religious fanaticism, some edgy girls who really hated teachers, and a delusional siscon scientist made up the antagonists. It is clear that the author meant for them to be either throwaway characters or fodder for level 5 espers like the teenage girl assassination squad.
I actually did enjoy this spin off, and if you enjoy anything Toaru I think you won’t hate it either. There is much to be desired, that this anime lacks, but the additions to the world building and power systems of Toaru in the final 2 episodes, create more than enough reason to watch the anime for any fan of the series. I would not recommend watching this anime stand alone but with context from either the novels or the index anime. Overall I did have fun watching this anime and its worth checking out.
I give this show a 7, it was fairly average and most of my list consists of 7 ratings as unless something is really bad I will not rate anime lower than this. It is worth a watch if you are a Toaru fan, and if you can overlook the flaws in the show. Despite all the flaws that were pointed out in this review, the show itself is enjoyable and a decent spin off for the Toaru series as a whole.
The ever expansive Index franchise has led to numerous adaptations in the form of full seasons, spinoffs, OVAs, and even movies. Accelerator, the strongest level 5 Esper in Academy City, should be no stranger to anyone who is familiar with the franchise. Yet, spinoffs can be risky to pull off. Considering a character like Accelerator, that really is no understatement.
Written by the brainchild of the Index franchise, Kazuma Kamachi made this piece of work as an original spinoff. Its emphasis revolves around the dark side of Academy City. Unlike Railgun, the show takes on a darker storytelling route although the overall style will feel familiar.
Be aware that if you plan to watch this, it is recommended to at watch Index season 1 or at least the episodes dealing with Accelerator’s role and his encounter with Last Order. Otherwise, the experience of watching this spinoff can be less exhilarating.
If I said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times. A Certain Scientific Accelerator deals with the science side and the darker elements of the Index franchise. You should certainly expect the main story to chronicle Accelerator’s role as a protagonist despite his character being more of anti-hero. And that’s something to keep a tabs on. Accelerator is somewhat of a niche character, meaning that it has a target audience. He’s always had this ‘bad boy’ image painted over him and his actions speaks louder than words. In fact, some episodes from this spinoff gave me flashbacks from the original seasons. In particular, his fights reminds me of the encounters with Hound Dog feels similar to Index Season II. With his ever sadistic personality, Accelerator is by no means a noble protagonist. The only soft side he shows towards is Last Order, a young girl he devotes to protect from researchers and assassins. In contrast to Touma, Accelerator often resorts to violence to solve problems rather than words. By the time this show ends, you’re going to lose count the number of bodies dropping on the floor.
Storytelling wise, the spinoff itself surprisingly doesn’t contain much background plot about Accelerator himself. The original series revealed more of his past so like I mentioned before, watch the previous seasons to understand his character. On the other hand, this spinoff does reveal more background about the DA (Disciplinary Action), a controversial group of Anti-Skill with their own mission to deliver justice in Academy City. Another new character named Esther also gets her own background storytelling. She was originally part of DA but defects after encountering Accelerator and Last Order. With a friendlier personality and value in human life, Esther is sort of the anti-Accelerator. Unfortunately, the darker side of Academy City isn’t going to be a place of salvation for her or anyone else. Throughout the show, the plot is somewhat loose but always carry a sense of darkness. This is extended to organizations such as Scavenger, a mercenary group who shows no value of human life. If you don’t believe me, watch as how they dispose of those who gets in their way, even including their own allies.
Like most people, you probably decided to watch the spinoff because you’re curious to see how this anime stands out on its own. Whether you find Accelerator likeable or not is a different story. Considering the original main characters (Touma, Misaka, Hamazura) are absent, there’s a lot of emphasis put on Accelerator to carry this show. Unfortunately, he doesn’t. Well, he doesn’t really carry this anime with his over the top antics or personality. To be honest, Accelerator serves better as an anti-hero than a heroic protagonist. While his actions aren’t always noble, the anime wants to make him look like a hero at times. This is mostly shown with his ways of protecting Last Order. However, there’s not much character development for either character. Their relationship remains relatively the same and it mostly chronicles their daily life together. Whether it’s going out for simple meals or having small talks, it’s pretty much as straightforward as it can be. With the addition of Esther, it adds small rooms for character dynamics between the trio but not much to praise about. In other words, do not expect your mind to be blown this season with masterful character study. It’s more of average characterization dedicated to the Index franchise to bring more content for its fan base.
Thanks to the voice of Accelerator, he returns to bring the character we all remember. Being that way, this spinoff doesn’t truly commit on changing anything different about him. The Index franchise itself has been an expansive universe and this is just one part, the darker side of Academy City. In essence, this spinoff is just average being that it represents what it is but you’re not going to come out of this show being mesmerized.
<LA hears Nobuhiko Okamoto's cackling Accelerator sound>...TIME FOR THE ANTI-HERO's main story!
Accelerator getting his own story set before Index III?..Sign LA up! and guess what it's GREAT...seriously why does To aru spinoffs seems much better than the main line Index anime series?
So what's the plot to To aru Kagaku Accelerator?...well Accelerator become embroiled in a conspiracy with the Antiskill renegades with the DA who have connections to the higher ups of Academy City, where one of the higher ups being a researcher finding his own way of making Level 6 Espers using robots and the dead, it's not until Esther Rosenthal voiced by Yurika Kubo
wants Accelerator's help in stopping this where he comes in...and we see a harem forming because of course.
For what's it's worth it feels like what the main villain is wanting to achieve is what Accelerator's past goal of becoming Level 6 is in which Accelerator is now wanting to stop, as the main villain using necromancy to "make" a level 6 which compares to Accelerator killing the 20,000 Level 4 Misaka clones in order to achieve the same thing, but for an artificial Level 6 doesn't compare to a original Number 1 Level 5 Esper. LA actually really likes this and makes like Accelerator once again righting wrongs by stopping someone else from doing what he wanted to become.
Heck the new character Esther is interesting as her own backstory to the entire ordeal with the artificial level 6 necromancy has thematic links to Accelerator's dark past and her ALSO wanting to right wrongs caused by her power. Esther being the deuteragonist also gets major development as to how she was swept up into the Level 6 Shift project and lured in with friendship, also Esther's beliefs on being a necromancer is tested as Esther believes that being a necromancer can be used for good, something that Accelerator is learning from both in the plot and thematically as well and because of this Esther was a brilliant new addition to the anime and the To aru universe.
To this end, if Railgun showed the slice of life and slightly dark sides to the scientific side of Academy City...then Accelerator shows the utter dark side of Academy City scientific side and they go into the deep end, you know what with the Antiskill's dark secret with the DA, an experiment finding low leveled espers at the end of their ropes and KILLING them and using their power for the level 6 experiments can be some...blatant examples and considering the narrative focus IS on Accelerator...makes sense makes sense and with all that it allows more world bulding to Academy City in terms of the science's deranged dark side.
The animation done by JC Staff and A.C.G.T was actually pretty great, from the derpy and rather lacking animation from Index III, Accelerator takes the character designs to give itself a much more crisper, sharper and updated look to them and it's easy to see the updated animation. The battles were great as well to show off Accelerator's destructive capabilities and even the backgrounding helped show Accelerator or certain characters moods and feelings even in the bustling Academy City and even the gorey elements has been heighten due it being Accelerator and all. Nonetheless great job JC Staff and A.C.G.T
The voice cast was awesome and like LA aforementioned at the start of there view, Nobuhiko Okamoto brings in Accelerator crazed cacklings even more into Accelerator's own main story and it's glorious, the returning cast are great to from Rina Hidaka as Last Order, Nozomi Sasaki as he Misaka clones and Yuuko Kaida as Aio Yomikawa. Due to some new characters to the heaping pile from the To aru universe, come sin Yurika Kubo as Esther Rosenthal, Aoi Koga voiced by Naru who is playing against the type from her previous role of Kaguya Shinomiya from Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen to the same with Akane Fujita as Leader. Really the entire voice cast be it new or old are great and it's to be expected the voice cast was gonna be great either way.
By the final episodes, Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator goes full out crazy with it's premise but epic in some ways, something Index III tried to do but failed and yet Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator did it in fewer episodes...huh. Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator got awesome by the end as the scaling and build up of the major villain and plot twists took a turn for the better and again with the thematic developments of Esther and Accelerator leading up to the major villain in all this just made this finale worth it.
Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator is just another great installment of the To aru universe and cleanses LA's palette on the rushed and almost confusingly derpy Index III, here's hoping To aru Kagaku no Railgun III will have the same treatment as Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator...
A Certain Scientific Accelerator (Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator) is a Japanese manga series, which was written by Kazuma Kamachi (Heavy Object) and illustrated by Arata Yamaji. An anime television series adaptation by J.C.Staff and A.C.G.T aired on July 12, 2019. The final episode aired on September 27, 2019.
Accelerator is considered the most powerful psychic in Academy City and one of a few able to shift to the level 6. He, however, now lives a peaceful life and tries to recover from the past injuries. His rest is interrupted, when a rogue group within Anti-Skill called DA that is obsessed with bringing justice to Academy City
so much that it would even opt for kidnapping and experiments on humans, causes pure havoc in the city. While Accelerator does not like to be bothered and hates problems, Disciplinary Action, or DA is enough of a threat for Accelerator to take actions, mainly because of the fact that the rogue group, for some unknown reason, is trying to kidnap The Last Order. Now only Accelerator can save the Academy City and The Last Order from the zealous fanatics, working in DA.
While A Certain Scientific Accelerator is not a direct continuation, or prequel to any of the series, you will need to watch A Certain Scientific Railgun to understand what is going on in the series, otherwise it will be somewhat difficult to interpret the story-line. You might also watch Toaru Majutsu no Index to get a full understanding. With that being said, the main villain of A Certain Magical Index franchise finally gets his own TV series. While many might hate him for the person he is, attentive viewers and readers will understand his motives. It was nice for him to get a personal TV series that will show the viewer more about Accelerator. In addition to this, just like in Toaru Majutsu no Index, Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator unites magic and science and the end result of this is quite of a mystery that is not only breathtaking, but also disturbing sometimes. And when it becomes disturbing, it will make you feel hella uncomfortable. No spoilers, though.
Animation wise, it is, without a doubt, an absolute masterpiece: characters design, backgrounds, action scenes, facial expressions; absolutely beautiful. Sound wise, if there is an English dub one day, I would still highly recommend you to watch it subbed; there is only one Accelerator and it is Okamoto Nobuhiko.
As for the characters, there is only one new protagonist that is worth mentioning, Rosenthal Esther. Let us omit the type of magic she practices and just say that she is a magician that wants to meet Accelerator to inform him about the upcoming events. She is a very easy-going individual, who, in reality, possesses a terrifying power. Anyways, A Certain Scientific Accelerator has a pretty nice character cast, including supporting character, as well as villains.
All in all, A Certain Scientific Accelerator is a great addition to the franchise. As mentioned before, it might be difficult for you to understand the plot of A Certain Scientific Accelerator without watching other TV series, but it will still be enjoyable, so it is up to you to decide.
9 Misakas/10, says Misaka Misaka trying to hide the fact that the whole review is nothing but fangirlism, but actually giving it 9 Misakas, instead of 10, hiding her attitude towards the said series.