Oct 26, 2022
Right... This was a nice surprise for the depressed styil fans after GT4
At least, were stories with ups and downs... A good deal of information about the mafia and magical control is given to us, and with Kamachii's great writing, this is amplified to a supernatural level of conspiracy, like the alien aleister crowley.
Initially, some magical fights here, although with great acting and good comic timing, occur very suddenly and unnaturally, with quick asspull surprises without much build behind, just the front right after overcoming your battles.
At least, the main magical theme being Norse and its fire spells, after a while, really work like construction,
failing only at the beginning, or first 50 pages, where mainly for Styil, the repetition of magic works as several gaffes and openings. created for verbal and physical attack, and the same goes for your enemies, such as using the deflection of a larger fire as an explosion to disappear amid the rumblings and prepare the next attack.
With all the flow of information gathered in whimsical and laughing theories as they are so creative, it becomes a spectacle for mythological lovers... Probably the irritating feature here is the wizards' talking point, which ends up standing out a little in the dialogues. during the battle and his injuries, but honestly, I can forgive this kind of thing as it comes from the rank itself.
So, the negative points of Styil's story here would be the lack of a strong and crude philosophy, with only light and little powerful subtleties in its complexity constitution, which in the end, are cliché and generic philosophies thrown in the air, complex only by the magical factor involved, without much resolution in its intent to question
Explaining to us even more about the magical origins and their curiosities in the background of the origin and how they corrupted or forgot certain values to the point that they are trying to fix the misunderstanding until today, becoming one of the most comical supremes of the conspiracy theory, where even the work itself makes fun of such political indecency
It was also cool and comical to see how the manga comics synthesized with the seriousness of the action scenes, separated into completely different lines and formats, as if the idiocy and seriousness were completely separated and showing us how even silly things affect Index's script. ... Not that it means much here, but it's just fun to read. In addition, other shorter extra stories are shown, such as Mark Space, Kamijou Touma and Uiharu Kazari.
Marks Space in the main series seemed bland, but here it takes on a much more elegant and comedic form than I thought, and its own play between arcana was even better with the battle twists, as they were already worked-in magical themes. Still conspiring about Anglican magic and precepts, it became a very nice way to explore more about magical politics with decency..... Patricia had 0 charisma around here and her appearance is 10 times better in the NT
For Kamijou's part, it was minimally funny, but as for its seriousness, I don't think it really should be taken seriously. It's just some corny philosophies and lines with little writing power, some interesting battles, but in the end, a loop of clichés and predictability. At first I thought it would just be a kind of parody, but when it all really started to get serious, it was just a superficial one with silly and hypocritical questions, which even with the script itself realizing this, doesn't improve the fact in any way. It felt much more like a certain preparation for NT6 (practically a work of art) than something serious.
Oh, and we got to the railgun part...... It's ridiculous, zero creativity, zero character exploration and a shitty connection with the previous facts of the other extra stories. I found it just an unnecessary and extremely irritating volume to read, where it put together all of the worst parts of each extra story and made this literary disgrace. Not that I hate the characters here, but that they're good because of Index, not the pathetic railgun, especially after the philosophical and symbolic masterpiece that was GT5
In the end toaru SP is an obvious decline in quality, with a genuine surprise at the beginning and an abysmal disappointment at the end. I'm not saying this because I'm almost a railgun hater, it's just a clear lack of content without a concrete ending in these extra stories
Reviewer’s Rating: 6
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