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A first season image for To Aru Majutsu no Index

Last anime I watched before school started: two seasons of To Aru Majutsu no Index.

The protagonist, Kamijou Touma, is a Level O Ability User — that is, his ability is yet to be tapped. However, unknown to Academy City (where the whole show is set), his right hand possess the power Imagine Breaker. With it, he is capable of canceling whatever powers that come from supernatural sources — in other words, from other Ability users or Magicians. Yep, you heard me right. Magicians. One such magician is Index — a nun Touma finds sleeping in his dormitory balcony. Index is, technically, not a magician since she is not able to do magic. However, within her is 103,000 grimoires of magic books making her a target for various religious factions. Yes, in this show, religious people invented magic. Later on, other magicians make their way into Academy City, wreaking havoc in search for Index and her knowledge.

Personally, I would’ve preferred the spin-off to this one — To Aru Kagaku no Railgun. I think this show offered much promise but failed to fulfill most of them. There’s nothing I can say about the art — it’s absolutely wonderful. That is what got me in the first place. In terms of battle excitement levels, I’d go for Railgun. It’s quite disappointing how Index, during the course of the series, seemed to become a mere side character. There were characters the series seemed to forget as episodes went by. I mean, it’s fine if some characters get their own arcs such as Accelerator (the psycho-looking guy in the picture), that is a breath of fresh air after all. But of course, the development from the previous episodes shouldn’t be forgotten. I think the show tried to squeeze in too many characters without knowing what to do with them later on.

Well, I wouldn’t say I regretted watching it since there were a lot of fun parts in it after all. I just wished that they tried to develop it more — release a third season if need be. It had a potential but…oh, well. If you like spells and stuff, y’know, magic circles, maybe you can try Index. Your opinion might turn out different from mine.

(Credits to for the photo. Please don’t sue me.)


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