Toaru Majutsu no Index
A Certain Magical Index
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Toaru Majutsu no Index

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Synonyms: To Aru Majutsu no Kinsho Mokuroku
Japanese: とある魔術の禁書目録
English: A Certain Magical Index
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Volumes: 22
Chapters: 133
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 10, 2004 to Oct 10, 2010
Genres: Action Action, Comedy Comedy, Fantasy Fantasy, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Super Power Super Power
Serialization: None
Authors: Kamachi, Kazuma (Story), Haimura, Kiyotaka (Art)


Score: 8.421 (scored by 95909,590 users)
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Ranked: #2002
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Popularity: #574
Members: 30,004
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Volumes: /22
Chapters: /133


Despite 80% of its 2.3 million population being students, Academy City is far more advanced than any other nation worldwide. Its residents awaken something akin to a supernatural ability inside them, which is then ranked from Level 0 to 5. Along the lines lies Touma Kamijou, a powerless Level 0 esper. While his abilities are recognized as useless, he possesses a mysterious phenomenon known as "Imagine Breaker," which allows his right hand to nullify any supernatural powers upon coming in contact with them. Despite that, he claims to have rotten luck due to the misfortunes that frequently happen to him.

One day, a girl calling herself Index Librorum Prohibitorum mysteriously lands on Touma's balcony and explains to him that she is being hunted down by magicians. This leads the powerless boy to discover a whole new world—one where magic exists. With Touma facing the problems that arise from both the scientific and magical sides of the world, how will he resolve them?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


As a series, Toaru Majutsu no Index has appeared numerous times in the Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! rankings under the best light novel category; 1st in 2011, 2nd in 2012/13, 3rd in 2014, 4th in 2015, 7th in 2016, 3rd in 2017, and 9th in 2019.

The series was published in English as A Certain Magical Index by Yen Press under the Yen On imprint from November 18, 2014 to March 24, 2020.

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Jul 1, 2011
STORY: story of To Aru Majutsu no Index is long and complex. While at first it will look like every volume is a completely different story with little to no relations to another, later on all plot threads will slowly be put together and you will be surprised just how far into the future the writer planned certain plot threads.
Also, expect a lot of Scientific Exposition and Religious (especially Christian) symbolism.

ART: with this being a Light Novel, there is not much to say about the art tough most of illustrations are pleasant to the eye.

CHARACTERS: there are many characters in TAMNI, ranging from overpowered Espers ...
Jun 20, 2016
*There may be some minor spoilers that do not affect the reading experience*

To Aru Majutsu no Index is a fairly typical shounen series - The main character is a rather bland 'hero because it's the right thing to do' archetype, there is very little killing of villains, lots of random female characters and ecchi scenes... the list goes on. But what is it that sets TAMnI apart from the rest of these mediocre shounen titles? The answer to that question is - complexity. The depth of both the plot and the characters are a lot more than what it initially seems like. I'll explain it ...
May 26, 2016
This was one of the first light novels I read, which is why I was able to finish it in the first place. I don't really remember the details since I read a while ago, so I'll speak mostly of my impression.

The first 13 volumes of this novel are pretty dull (well, except for sister's arc). The author sets up a magnificent stage where magicians and higher technology coexist, but emphasizes only the magic part until about volume 16 for whatever reason. I'm fine with him writing about what interests him, but personally I find the science side to be much more interesting. He ...

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