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A Certain Magical Index Movie (2013): The Miracle of Endymion
劇場版 とある魔術の禁書目録 エンデュミオンの奇蹟 (Gekijōban Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu: Endyumion no Kiseki)

Synopsis

On the day Tōma Kamijō and Index see Academy City’s space elevator, Endymion in the distance, they meet a Level 0 girl with an amazing singing voice, Arisa Meigo. As the three enjoy their time together after school, magic-user Stiyl Magnus suddenly attacks them. His target: Arisa. Why would a girl from the science side be targeted by someone from the magic side, Tōma wonders? In the chaos of Stiyl’s attack, he tells Tōma, Index, and Arisa that she might cause a war between the magic side and the science side.
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Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

Character design
Combat/Action
Music
Visual
World building

Cons

Character design
Character development
Dialogs
Fetish
Plot

PROs CONS

Overview

A Certain Magical Index (とある魔術の禁書目録インデックス Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu) is a Japanese light novel series written by Kazuma Kamachi and illustrated by Kiyotaka Haimura since April 2004.

A Certain Magical Index: The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion was directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori and written by Hiroyuki Yoshino. The film’s story focuses on a threat against the once peaceful Academy City that could lead to its destruction. The movie features the main characters from both Index and Railgun along with new ones designed by Haimura.

Alternative title

– Gekijouban Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki
– A Certain Magical Index the Movie: The Miracle of Endymion
– 劇場版 とある魔術の禁書目録[インデックス] エンデュミオンの奇蹟
– 극장판 어떤 마술의 금서목록 엔디미온의 기적
– Index Movie

TL;DR Review

A Certain Magical Index: The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion (劇場版 とある魔術の禁書目録 エンデュミオンの奇蹟 Gekijōban Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu: Endyumion no Kiseki) is a 2013 Japanese animated fantasy action film based on the A Certain Magical Index light novels by Kazuma Kamachi.

The animation is as gorgeous as can be, with the combat scenes incredibly satisfying.

The plot, however, is as by the number as can be, and overly convoluted. Introduce new cute idol character, check. Toma and Index randomly meet this idol, check. Idol just happens to be in the middle of some conflict, check. Bring in existing and new characters that start the fight with no explanation, refusing to explain or expand on why they attack in order to escalate the issue further, check. Toma intervenes in conflict and preaches his naive belief, check. Throw in some random slice-of-life to get us invested in the new character, including bath and nude scenes, check.

Toma is as preachy in the movie as in the anime. Every time I listen to his philosophical debate, it always comes off as some naive kid who imposes his own view over logic and as if he’s talking down to them.

I won’t spoil the plot, but it has me scratching my head even after two viewings. It didn’t make much sense why everyone fighting everyone else, other than to get those cool combat scenes into the movie. The combats are definitely the highlight of the movie if nothing else grabbed you.

I am glad Accelerator at least get a scene in the movie. He’s the only character in this series that had evolve and developed. Everyone else is just repeating the same routines since season one.

I recommend this anime to fans of action genre that don’t mind a little ecchi-ness. A Certain Magical Index contains graphic violence, nudity, tobacco consumption, and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

A Certain Magical Index Movie (2013): The Miracle of Endymion
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Closing Theme

– “Fixed Star” by Kawada Mami

Insert/Image Theme

– “Over” by Hikasa Youko, Misawa Sachika
– “Telepath: Hikari no Tou” by Misawa Sachika
– “Ashita, Hareru ka na” by Misawa Sachika
– “Atarimae no Kyori” by Misawa Sachika
– “Brand New Bright Step” by Misawa Sachika
– “Gloria” by Misawa Sachika
– “Shining Star – Love Letter” by Iguchi Yuka

Credits

Photo

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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