|Toaru Majutsu no Index|
Cover of volume 1 of Toaru Majutsu no Index, published by Dengeki Bunko on April 10, 2004.
|Genre||Action, Fantasy, Science fiction|
|Original run||April 10, 2004 – ongoing|
|Toaru Kagaku no Railgun|
|Publisher||ASCII Media Works|
|Original run||March 27, 2007 – ongoing|
|Magazine||Monthly Shōnen Gangan|
|Original run||May 12, 2007 – ongoing|
|Network||MBS, tvk, CBC, AT-X, TV Saitama|
|Original run||October 4, 2008 – March 19, 2009|
|Toaru Kagaku no Railgun|
|Original run||October 3, 2009 – ongoing|
Toaru Majutsu no Index (とある魔術の禁書目録（インデックス） Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu , translated as A Certain Magical Index of Prohibited Books (shortened to A Certain Magical Index) is a Japanese light novel series written by Kazuma Kamachi and illustrated by Kiyotaka Haimura; the series is published by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko imprint. The series was made into a manga, beginning serialization in May 2007, and an anime which aired between October 2008 and March 2009, containing twenty-four episodes. A side story manga series, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun (とある科学の超電磁砲（レールガン） Toaru Kagaku no Rērugan , lit. A Certain Scientific Railgun), began serialisation in March 2007 and was later adapted into an anime, which began airing in October 2009.
Toaru Majutsu no Index is set in Academy City, with scientifically advanced superhuman students, but in a world where magic is also real. Tōma Kamijō's right hand, the Imagine Breaker, will negate all magic, psychic, or divine powers, as well as his own luck. One day he finds a young girl hanging on his balcony railing named Index. She turns out to be a nun from the Church of England, and her mind has been implanted with the Index Librorum Prohibitorum—all the magical texts the Church has removed from circulation. His encounter with her leads him to meet others from the secret world of science and magic and an adventure with his friends where science and magic collide. Tōma's unusual power places him at the center of conflicts relating magicians and science-based espers in Academy City. As Tōma tries to help and protect his friends, he learns the people he knows are not as they appear and begins to attract the attention of magicians and espers alike as they try to unravel the secrets of Academy City and Index.
The side-story, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, focuses on Mikoto Misaka, an electromaster who is the third most powerful of the seven Level 5 espers in Academy City. Set before and during the events of the novels, the manga tell the adventures of Mikoto and her friends during that time period from their point of view.
A drama CD was released as a mail-in order of Dengeki hp volume 48 and was released later in November 2007. There are two parts of story, the first part originally aired as a radio drama in Dengeki Taishō starts with an encounter with mysterious self-proclaimed "former" magician by Tōma Kamijō and Index in the family restaurant after Misaka decides to go back due to urgent business. The second part involves around Mikoto Misaka and Kuroko Shirai with their "urgent business", and a duel request by a Level 3 Psychic girl from Tokiwadai.
The series has been adapted into two manga series. The one based on the novel's started serialization in Monthly Shōnen Gangan in June 2007. The first bound volume was released on November 10, 2007 and there are currently five volumes of this manga. Even though the manga follows the novel's storyline, it skips the events of the second and fourth novels.
The side story entitled Toaru Kagaku no Railgun (とある科学の超電磁砲, A Certain Scientific Railgun) started serialization in Dengeki Daioh in May 2007. The story tells of the events before and during the time of the novels from a different perspective from the main character, Mikoto Misaka and her friends. Currently, four volumes have been released.
|1||November 10, 2007||ISBN 978-4-7575-2157-5|
|2||June 10, 2008||ISBN 978-4-7575-2299-2|
|3||November 22, 2008||ISBN 978-4-7575-2427-9|
|4||March 21, 2009||ISBN 978-4-7575-2512-2|
|5||October 27, 2009||ISBN 978-4-7575-2677-8|
|1||November 10, 2007||ISBN 978-4-8402-4107-6|
|2||June 10, 2008||ISBN 978-4-0486-7146-0|
|3||February 27, 2009||ISBN 978-4-0486-7719-6|
|4||October 27, 2009||ISBN 978-4-0486-8169-8|
An anime adaptation of Toaru Majutsu no Index was produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori, and aired in Japan between October 4, 2008 and March 19, 2009. The twenty-four episodes covered the first six of the light novels. An anime adaptation of the side story manga series Toaru Kagaku no Railgun began airing in Japan since October 3, 2009.
Maiko Iuchi of I've Sound was in charge of the music in the anime. Four pieces of theme music are used for the episodes: two opening themes and two ending themes. The first opening theme is "PSI-Missing" by Mami Kawada, and was used for the first sixteen episodes during the television broadcast, but was changed to the first fourteen episodes in the DVD releases. The second is "Masterpiece" by Mami Kawada, and is used in the subsequent episodes. The first ending theme is "Rimless: Fuchinashi no Sekai" (Rimless 〜フチナシノセカイ〜, lit. "Rimless: Rimless World") by Iku, and is used for the first nineteen episodes. The second is "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, and is used in the subsequent episodes. A single for "PSI-missing" was released on October 29, 2008. A single for "Masterpiece" was released on February 4, 2009.
The anime adaptation of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun has five pieces of theme music, two opening themes and three ending themes. The first opening theme is "Only my Railgun" by fripSide, and the first ending theme is "Dear My Friend: Mada Minu Mirai e" (Dear My Friend －まだ見ぬ未来へ－, lit. "Dear My Friend: Toward a Future We Haven't Seen Yet") by Elisa. The song "Smile: You & Me" by Elisa, which uses the same tune as "Dear My Friend: Mada Minu Mirai e", is featured as the ending theme of episode twelve. The second opening theme is "Level 5: Judgelight" by fripSide and the third ending theme is "Real Force" by Elisa.