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Toaru Majutsu no Index
Magicalindex.jpg
Cover of volume 1 of Toaru Majutsu no Index, published by Dengeki Bunko on April 10, 2004.
とある魔術の禁書目録
Genre Action, Fantasy, Science fiction
Light novel
Author Kazuma Kamachi
Illustrator Kiyotaka Haimura
Demographic Male
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Original run April 10, 2004 – ongoing
Volumes 22
Manga
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun
Author Kazuma Kamachi
Illustrator Motoi Fuyukawa
Publisher ASCII Media Works
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Dengeki Daioh
Original run March 27, 2007 – ongoing
Volumes 4
Manga
Author Kazuma Kamachi
Illustrator Chuya Kogino
Publisher Square Enix
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Gangan
Original run May 12, 2007 – ongoing
Volumes 5
TV anime
Director Hiroshi Nishikiori
Studio J.C.Staff
Network MBS, tvk, CBC, AT-X, TV Saitama
Original run October 4, 2008March 19, 2009
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
TV anime
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun
Studio J.C.Staff
Network Tokyo MX
Original run October 3, 2009 – ongoing
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
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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[1] 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.[2]

Contents

Plot and characters

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.

Terminology

Power users
Also known as psychics or espers, they are people who can use psychic powers or supernatural powers. Most power users are born with supernatural powers while others are ordinary people who have the potential to develop them; participating in Academy City's Power Curriculum Program is one means of developing psychic powers for ordinary people with potential. Most power users are able to use their powers just by thinking. They are able to use magic, but due to their natural powers, they suffer extreme damage to their body if they do so.
Magic users
Magic was created by people who wanted to have powers just like their psychic counterparts. Although magic was designed so that most ordinary people can learn and use it, regardless of what type of magic it is, people with psychic powers are unable to use it without suffering severe injury. Likewise, magicians cannot use psychic powers without grievous harm. Once a path is chosen, one is stuck on it (there is one known magic user who gained an ability, however after doing so he was unable to use magic anymore without injury). European sorcerers have a magical name, which is a combination of Latin and a numerical code which serves as a power limiter as saying their magical name to their opponents will unlock their full powers.
Power Curriculum Program
The Academy's City Power Curriculum Program is a large-scale program designed to advance a person's psychic or supernatural powers. The program is a series of tests, studies, lectures, medicines, body simulations and hypnosis used to unlock a person's powers. Most students are Level 0, normal people with no powers but may have the potential to develop powers and are encouraged to participate in the program to help them train or acquire their powers artificially. While most students fail the program as they never had powers to begin with or failed to increase their power, some are able to advance theirs powers from Level 0 to Level 1 and possibly further. One of the program's success stories is Mikoto Misaka, as she started from Level 1 and worked her way up to Level 5; she is proof that with enough hard work and determination, anyone can become a powerful psychic.
However, unknown to the public there is a dark side to this program. Some of the scientists who research psychic powers try to increase a person's powers, especially those with unique powers, using other unethical methods, including dangerous drugs and experiments. Some of these methods achieve their desired results while others fail with trauma or injury to the participant or, in worse cases, death. In fact, some of the most powerful psychics in Academy City are the result of these dark programs. It is revealed that the board of directors of the city are aware of these experiments, but choose to turn a blind eye to them and in some cases even officially approve them as they allow those scientists to do what they want to do as long as the public does not know and it has achieved its desired result.
Psychic Rank
Every psychic has a rank that determines how powerful their powers are and how much they can control it. There are six levels, with level 0 being the lowest for no powers or having passive powers with no control over them. Those at level 1 have realized what their powers are and are learning how to control them, despite using a small amount of power. The users train to use their powers more under the Power Curriculum Program, and their level ranks can increase based on how much their control and use of their powers has progressed. There are no known level 6 psychics as according to the Super Computer Tree Diagram, it would take about 200 years for someone to achieve it under the Power Curriculum Program. As a result, Level 5 is currently the highest level. There are only seven known level 5 psychics, but only six have been disclosed in the series so far.
AIM (An Involuntary Movement)
An invisible energy field that espers involuntarily produce. AIM is very hard to detect without special equipment and the closest thing that AIM can be seen by the naked eye is Accelerator's powers, whose body is surrounded by a thin invisible shield of AIM which allows him to control vectors. AIM is very important as it shows how much an esper emits AIM shows how powerful his/her Power Levels are. AIM is also the reason why espers cannot use magic because AIM causes a negative reaction when it mixes with magic which explains why an esper's body gets hurt when using magic. The reverse is also true for magicians if they enter an area with a very high concentration of AIM, a feat that can only be achieved under certain circumstances.

Media

Light novels

The light novels have been published by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko label since April 10, 2004. As of March 2010, there are twenty novels and two short story collections.[3]

Drama CD

A drama CD was released as a mail-in order of Dengeki hp volume 48[4] 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[3] 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.[5]

Manga

The series has been adapted into two manga series. The one based on the novel's started serialization in Monthly Shōnen Gangan[3] 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[3] 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.

Toaru Majutsu no Index
No. Release date ISBN
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
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun
No. Release date ISBN
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

Anime

An anime adaptation of Toaru Majutsu no Index was produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori,[1][6] 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.[2]

Music

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")[7] 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")[8] 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.[9]

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.

Other media

Index and Mikoto are playable characters in the video game Dengeki Gakuen RPG: Cross of Venus for the Nintendo DS.

References

  1. ^ a b "Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novels Get TV Anime". Anime News Network. June 4, 2008. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-06-03/to-aru-majutsu-no-index-light-novels-gets-tv-anime. Retrieved June 4, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Light Novels' Anime Green-Lit". Anime News Network. March 18, 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-03-18/to-aru-kagaku-no-railgun-light-novels-anime-green-lit. Retrieved March 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Light novels at the series' official website" (in Japanese). http://www.project-index.net/works/novel.php. Retrieved November 28, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Drama CD available through Dengeki hp" (in Japanese). http://lightnovel.g.hatena.ne.jp/CAX/20071004/p2. Retrieved December 15, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Drama CD information at the series' official website" (in Japanese). http://www.project-index.net/drama_cd/index.php. Retrieved December 15, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Moonphase article on Toaru Majutsu no Index" (in Japanese). http://d.hatena.ne.jp/moonphase/20080607. Retrieved June 7, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Music section at the anime's official website" (in Japanese). J.C.Staff. http://www.jcstaff.co.jp/sho-sai/index-shokai/index-music.htm. Retrieved February 20, 2009. 
  8. ^ ""Chikaigoto: Sukoshi Dake Mō Ichido" single listing" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. http://www.amazon.co.jp/「誓い言~スコシだけもう一度~」-TVアニメ「とある魔術の禁書目録」新EDテーマ-IKU/dp/B001NOIJGE/ref=pd_sim_m_4. Retrieved February 20, 2009. 
  9. ^ "CD listing at the series' official website" (in Japanese). Square-Enix. http://project-index.net/item/cd.php. Retrieved February 20, 2009. 

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