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TL;DR
A Certain Magical Index Season 1 (2008)
とある魔術の禁書目録 (Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu)

Synopsis

The story is set in Academy City (学園都市 Gakuen Toshi), a technologically advanced city located in the west of Tokyo that is known for its educational and research institutions. Tōma Kamijō is a student in Academy City whose right hand, the Imagine Breaker, has the ability to negate any supernatural power, but also negates his own luck, much to his chagrin. One day, Tōma meets a young English girl named Index – a nun from Necessarius, a secret magic branch of the Church of England, whose mind has been implanted with the Index Librorum Prohibitorum – 103,000 forbidden magical books that the Church has stored in secret locations. His encounter with her leads him to meet others from the secret worlds of science and magic. Tōma’s unusual power places him at the center of conflicts between the Magicians and Espers in Academy City who try to unravel the secrets behind Academy City, Index, and Tōma’s own special power.
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Visual
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Overview

A 24-episode anime adaptation of A Certain Magical Index was produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori, and aired in Japan from October 4, 2008, to March 19, 2009.

A Certain Magical Index is set in a world where supernatural abilities are a reality. Individuals who possess special powers acquired via science are called Espers (超能力者 Chōnōryokusha). Those Espers who gain their abilities without the aid of special scientific instruments, whether at birth, are referred to as Gemstones (原石 Genseki). Others, known as Magicians (魔術師 Majutsushi), gain their powers upon mastering the power of magic, either from obtaining knowledge from different mythologies or by using mystical artifacts, though the existence of magicians is a secret to the public. While Magicians align themselves with different beliefs, Espers are aligned with scientific institutions. This leads to a power struggle between the magic and science factions for control of the world.

Alternative title

– Toaru Majutsu no Index
– とある魔術の禁書目録(インデックス)
– 魔法禁書目錄
– คัมภีร์คาถาต้องห้าม อินเด็กซ์
– Historia pewnego magicznego Indexu
– Toaru Majutsu no Kinsho Mokuroku
– Индекс Волшебства
– Некий магический индекс
– То ару маджіцу но Індекс
– 魔法禁书目录

TL;DR Review

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.

The animation is sharp and the colors are vibrant. The action scenes convey a dynamic and energetic weight to them.

The world building for the series is excellent. It makes you really want to learn more about this world, but at the same time can drown you with an overload of information. There are a lot of talking and expositions.

One main complaint I have with this series introduction is the character design. I don’t mean just their lolita aspect, but how some of them act in a way that seems absurd. You have Toma and Index irrational instant bonding. Toma constantly put himself in danger for strangers, which all happen to be girls that will, of course, fall for him. We get no sense of his background that would drive him to such length.

I think the character Accelerator make a much more intriguing protagonist. His story arc was much more impactful and engrossing than the rest of this season plot.

Here’s how most story arc goes. Toma meets some cute, possibly lolita type, girl. Butt in to help her when wasn’t asked. Saved her with his unique power. She’s so grateful that she’ll fall in love with him but he’s too thick to notice.

Did I mention this anime has a lolita complex? If you enjoy seeing and hearing little girl voice saying Toma over and over, then this is the anime for you.

Despite my complaints, I still enjoy the series. The first time I saw this anime was back in 2008, and I recall liking it. Rewatching it now, I think my taste has changed as I get older, and hence I am nitpicking it more. I think the issue is how every characters’ actions and reactions are very childlike. The main draw (pun intended) for this show is the gorgeous animation and fluid combat.

I recommend this anime to fans of action genre with a more envelope world framework. 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 Season 1 (2008)
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “PSI-Missing” by Mami Kawada (eps 1-16 original, eps 1-14 in DVD)
– “Masterpiece” by Kawada (eps 17-24 original, eps 15-24 in DVD)

Closing Theme

– “Rimless (Fuchinashi no Sekai)” (Rimless 〜フチナシノセカイ〜, lit. “Rimless (Rimless World)”) by Iku (eps 1-19)
– “Chikaigoto (Sukoshi Dake Mō Ichido)” (誓い言 ~スコシだけもう一度~, lit. “Oath (Just a Bit, One More Time)”) by Iku (eps 20-24)

Insert/Image Theme

– “Ame” by Kawada Mami (ep 12)
– “Jellyfish” by Kawada Mami (ep 23)
– “Arigato no Keikenchi” by Iguchi Yuka
– “Hisoyakana Yokubou: Misaka wa, Hasseisase masu” by Sasaki Nozomi
– “I Intersect” by Asumi Kana
– “Salvia Farinacea” by Itou Shizuka
– “Shuuen wa Dochira” by Noto Mamiko
– “Snap Out of it!!” by Kawada Mami, Kurosaki Maon
– “Under The Cry” by Taniyama Kishou
– “Watashi Rashiku Aru Tame no Pledge” by Satou Rina
– “Where I Belong… Zutto” by Kawada Mami
– “Zero kara no Gyakushuu” by Abe Atsushi
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A Certain Magical Index Season 1 (2008)

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