Key points for Anime Recommendation – A Certain Magical Index
- A Certain Magical Index impresses with its detailed world-building, showcasing Academy City’s advanced technology and a war between supernatural and scientific abilities.
- The series, spanning 74 episodes, features notable characters like Touma, Index, Misaka, and Accelerator. Touma’s unique memory loss adds depth to his character, contributing to a compelling narrative.
- While the animation and art style may be average, certain character and weapon designs stand out. The soundtracks, apart from a few openings, are not particularly remarkable, but the engaging plot compensates for these aspects.
I watched this series quite a long time ago, and I think it is fair to say I didn’t appreciate just how detailed this series was back then. Looking back at it now, it is kind of amazing just how much world-building has been put into A Certain Magical Index.
Now, I am well aware that not everyone is going to like this series. And you know, that is fine. But I want people to give this series a try at least. Because it has a really good plot supplemented with some crazy world-building.
So yeah, welcome back to another edition of our anime recommendation series. Today we are talking about A Certain Magical Index and its cousins. So let’s start.
A Certain Magical Index and its spin-offs, A Certain Scientific Railgun and A Certain Scientific Accelerator are based on the LNs of the same name. The LNs are by Kazuma Kamachii and illustrated by Kiyotaka Haimura, they started serialization all the way back in 2004. As for the anime, A Certain Magical Index has 3 seasons and a total of 74 episodes. And it is made by JC Staff.
Most of the series is set in Academy City. A city that is 30 years ahead of the rest of the world in terms of technology. 3/4ths of the residents of the city have developed psychic powers as espers under different institutions. Our MC Touma has a mysterious power to cancel out all other abilities with his left hand, and scientists fail to understand this ability. Still, though, he spends his life as an average teenager before one day, he stumbles on a girl called Index.
If I boil it down to basics, the overall plot of the series is basically a war between supernatural (magical) and scientific abilities, and both factions fighting for supremacy. But that is an oversimplification. There is so much more nuance and detail in all of that. The world-building is really good as well. This anime has one of the best-written power systems in my opinion just because of how detailed it is.
Over the course of 74 episodes, you will meet a lot of characters. Some of them are expanded in the spin-offs as well. But in the main series, Touma, Index, Misaka, Accelerator, and a few others stand out to me in particular. Touma gets an incredible amount of character development in the series. He loses his memory early on in the first season so it is interesting to see him interact with everyone with a “clear slate”. And at the same time, we already kind of knew the Touma before memory loss, so it is interesting to see the subtle differences.
Animations and Soundtracks
The animations are pretty average across the board. The art style isn’t too good either. The character designs and the weapon designs for some character though definitely stands out. Some locations are really cool as well. As for the soundtracks, aside from a few opening themes, nothing really stands out, once again.
Why should you watch A Certain Magical Index?
- Awesome plot
- Great world-building
- Good characters
- Really cool fights
That is all for now!
Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here, got lots of stuff to work on! See ya!
Also, check out my first impressions of The Eminence in Shadow Season 2 here!