The espers of Academy City are classified into six levels, where "Level 0" lacks power while "Level 5" possesses an overwhelming amount. Of the several million espers residing in Academy City, only seven of them have attained Level 5, and ranked highest among them is the one known as Accelerator.
Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator focuses on the strongest Level 5 after he protects the cheerful Last Order at the price of much of his power. Recovering at the hospital, Accelerator has led a relatively quiet life until he ends up saving the life of Esther Rosenthal, a mysterious girl carrying a photo of Last Order. Unfortunately, Accelerator now finds himself dragged into a new conflict in the form of a sinister organization called Disciplinary Action which plots to use Last Order for a dangerous mission. Now that they have set their plan into motion and are in pursuit of the young girl, it's up to the world's most powerful esper and his newfound companion to protect Last Order and defend Academy City in the process.
I don't know if it’s just me but this feels so much more watchable then Toaru Majutsu no Index III so good job getting your stuff together J.C staff and A.C.G.T who by the way both don't have great track records.
Story: 8 Its taken straight from source material and so far has been adapted faithfully with J.C staff not pushing any filler content into the show, Accelerator still is the fantastic edge lord that he is (now with loli) and is just a joy to watch as he gets pushed into the random situations that occur in Academy City. Also for those who have never
seen this series before I would recommend watching Toaru Majutsu no Index I 1st just to get a good idea of our main characters back story.
Art: 8 As stated before, it seems a lot better than Index III. Accelerator's facial expressions though subdue are on point and I like all the lighting in the scenes so far. Also the powers don't look absurdly awful which makes the action much more enjoyable.
Sound: 9 Only thing that was on point in Index III and it’s still on point here. The sound effect of Accelerator's powers is a pleasure to hear. All the other character's voices are what you expect them to be, and nobody seems out of place. Also don't worry too much about our main's loli's voice, if it annoys you know (at least from my memory) she isn't too involved in the story.
Character: 7 I still love the edgy, maniac of a character that is Accelerator and his voice actor makes sure to keep this image quite well, the laugh and all. Other than that, the side characters are a bit bland, but they really aren't the main focus of the series, (This whole series came out because fans just wanted to see more Accelerator content from the author).
Enjoyment: 8 If you hated Index III then let me give you a litter more hope in that this adaptation doesn't seem like absolute garbage, hopefully the story won't get rushed, as there really isn't that much to cover so J.C can take it steady.
Overall: 8 I liked the manga and the adaptation for now doesn't disappoint, if you wanna see more Accelerator in motion then this is your anime. For those who haven't seen this character before you that you probably won't enjoy this as much as Accelerator is a bit of an outdated but still fun to watch character. If I had to describe him it would be a teen Alucard.
Let's be real, not a lot of people have a lot of expectation going into this anime. We were just done with the massive trainwreck that is Index 3 (and this is after 8 years, people. 8 years for this to come out); the manga is not well-like among the community (despite that 7.8 score on MAL), and, you know, it is J.C.
Remember OPM2? Remember (again) Index 3?
So, how did they do with this?
You know, I never really understood Index as a franchise. The side stories are done much more spectacularly than the main story; crisper animation, clearer story-telling (though that may just be because
of Index's fundamentally difficult-to-grasp storytelling involving a lot of religions). This is one of those cases.
Without getting in too much of spoiler territory, A Certain Scientific Accelerator is chronologically after Accelerator's surgery from Heaven Canceller (back when he was shot in the head by Amai Ou (I think that's the name?) back in Index 1), so pretty far back in the story. It features his first event back into the dark side of Academy City, and features one of his first real interaction with magic (specifically necromancy).
Episode 1, however, is a completely anime-original episode. It does not ring a good bell, does it?
Absolutely genius is what I can only say.
Viewers are already saturated with his figure wearing a cold jacket on a train in Russia, and the event features his head being shot was 9 years ago. Having something to remind the viewers of what happened (especially 10 years ago) is absolutely encouraged. This episode itself is really well-done, remind us that there are people out for Accelerator's head after the defeat at the L0's hand, while showing that there definitely exists batshit insane people out there in the City.
Accelerator's anime is built upon his relationship with Last Order (or MISAKA 20001), his growth in the relationship with her, as well as his struggle to find the aim of himself. Villain? Hero? Protector? Who knows?
Story: 9. Much better than the manga, necessary additional and omission of details really help with understanding everything going on, though there are definitely misses, especially those that involved robots.
Art: 6. What were you expecting?
Sound: 9. Good OST, typical Index stuff.
Character: 8. I never really like Estelle as a character, so that dampens the score down.
Enjoyment: 10. Honestly, for all the shits I have been giving Index 3 and almost Accelerator, it is still 8 years, man. Let this boy enjoy his stuff.
Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator is an anime that flew under the radar from most "to-watch" anime lists which initially scared me away from watching this. In a sense; I was afraid it was going to be as bad as 'Toaru Majutsu No Index' was. However, after you start watching this anime, you'll be strangely attached to it.
Note: Toaru Majutsu no Index henceforth referred to as 'Index Series'
The story is built on the foundation of the Index Series which means that stuff such as abilities, levels of those abilities and characters are already well established. Same goes for the main character 'Accelerator'. He is one
of the strongest in the Index Series, or rather one of the strongest in 'Academy City'. In the main-line series, he's the antagonist who was tasked to become the first level 6 ESPer. However in this series, the perspective has changed into his; and he is now the protagonist. Due to the fact that the anime has just started; the plot isn't established very well as of now, so changes might occur.
The art; now holy crap, this is the part that has surprised me the most. The Index Series are somewhat notorious for being awfully drawn, animated and built. This series turns it all the way around; the art is extremely good. The fighting scenes are amazing and everything looks lively, colorful and most importantly: animated. The city looks and feels urban enough to be passed as a real city, and the characters are also drawn extremely well, facial expressions, hair colors, character design are all amazingly done. And this is in general, because the main-character and co. are also done extremely well, the way the eyes, the hair and the body language of the main-character are animated goes way beyond what J.C. Staff has ever done.
All characters are somewhat enjoyable, but the best character in this series is the main-character by far. Due to the fact he's already well established in other animes by J.C. Staff means they couldn't do a lot wrong, and they haven't. Like noted before: the main-character is extremely lively and extremely interesting.
Overall I would give this anime a solid 8/10 and if the plot develops more (and better) this anime could turn out to be a 9/10. Kudos to J.C. Staff and A.C.G.T.
Story: What story? I mean I wish I had time to get to know the story. Sadly, more than half the episodes run time is the main character ignoring dialogue and fighting. Character development should honestly be thrown out the window; Since they change like two parts into it. I would throw some points if it was shonen, but it is not.
Also, they pulled a fairy tail, where the fight scenes are the characters standing still while things move around them for the most part. No intelligence to it, just "whose dick is bigger contest." Lots of "hahaha no im actually even stronger"
will likely continue for the next 8 episodes.
Art: Absolutely Phenomenal. J.C. Staff has never disappointed when it came to art. It isn't the Death note or Gundam of it's time. But it is good.
Sound: *Megumin voice* EXPLOSION! Like constantly, I had no idea dry wall and wind were so fucking loud.
Charactes: We got your pro-typical under-aged relationship of a pseudo reverse harem. Then we've got your dumb American blonde, and hot Japanese guy who is far too cool to engage in character dialogue. Although, it sure would be nice to know a little more about the characters beyond "this is my job to do this."
Overall, my enjoyment was middle of the lane. This anime would've been a hit literally any other time this year. This anime has some STEEP competition unless you have unlimited hours and A+ student attention span. The dialogue isn't emotional (yet). The fight scenes are unprecedented, unexpected, and sometimes unnecessary. My review is based on three episodes, a rule in the anime community. I'd be lying if I said I will not finish it. But the acting isn't very good so I will wait for the dub.