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A Certain Magical Index
Toaru Majutsu no Index light novel cover vol. 1.jpg
Cover of volume 1 of A Certain Magical Index, published by Dengeki Bunko on April 10, 2004, featuring the character Index.
とある魔術の禁書目録
(Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu)
Genre Action, Fantasy[1]
Light novel
Written by Kazuma Kamachi
Illustrated by Kiyotaka Haimura
Published by ASCII Media Works
English publisher
Demographic Male
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Original run April 10, 2004October 10, 2010
Volumes 24 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written by Kazuma Kamachi
Illustrated by Chuya Kogino
Published by Square Enix
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Gangan
Original run April 12, 2007 – ongoing
Volumes 14 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori
Written by Masanao Akahoshi
Music by Maiko Iuchi
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensed by
Network MBS, tvk, Chiba TV, CBC, AT-X, Teletama
English network
Original run October 4, 2008March 19, 2009
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
A Certain Magical Index II
Directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori
Written by Masanao Akahoshi
Music by Maiko Iuchi
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensed by
Network AT-X, Tokyo MX, Teletama, Chiba TV, MBS, tvk, CBC
Original run October 8, 2010April 1, 2011
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Game
Developer Kadokawa Games
Publisher ASCII Media Works
Genre Fighting game
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released January 27, 2011
Light novel
New Testament: A Certain Magical Index
Written by Kazuma Kamachi
Illustrated by Kiyotaka Haimura
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Male
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Original run March 10, 2011 – ongoing
Volumes 11 (List of volumes)
Light novel
A Certain Magical Index SP
Written by Kazuma Kamachi
Illustrated by Kiyotaka Haimura
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Male
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Published August 10, 2011
Volumes 1 (List of volumes)
Game
Toaru Majutsu to Kagaku no Ensemble
Developer Banpresto, Guyzware
Publisher Namco Bandai Games
Genre Visual novel
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP February 21, 2013
Manga
Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endyumion no Kiseki
Written by Kazuma Kamachi
Illustrated by Ryōsuke Asakura
Published by Square Enix
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Gangan
Original run February 12, 2013October 12, 2013
Volumes 2
Anime film
Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endyumion no Kiseki
Directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori
Written by Kazuma Kamachi
Hiroyuki Yoshino
Music by Maiko Iuchi
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensed by
Released February 23, 2013
Manga
A Certain Scientific Accelerator
Written by Kazuma Kamachi
Illustrated by Arata Yamaji
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Dengeki Daioh
Original run December 27, 2013 – ongoing
Volumes 1
Other

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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, which has been published by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko imprint since April 2004. Yen Press have licensed the novels in North America. A manga adaptation by Chuya Kogino began serialization in Monthly Shōnen Gangan from May 2007. J.C.Staff produced two 24-episode anime series between 2008 and 2011. An animated film was released in February 2013. The anime adaptations are licensed in North America by Funimation.

A side-story manga series, A Certain Scientific Railgun, began serialization in Dengeki Daioh in February 2007. A second side-story manga series, A Certain Scientific Accelerator (とある科学の一方通行 Toaru Kagaku no Akuserarēta?), began serialization in Dengeki Daioh in December 2013.

Plot[edit]

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?). They possess their powers from birth, but most only awaken them during the Power Curriculum Program. Those Espers who awaken their abilities without the aid of special scientific instruments, whether at birth or through meditation, 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 special books known as Grimoires (魔道書 Madōsho?) or by using mystical artifacts, though the existence of magicians is a secret to the public. While Magicians align themselves with ancient religions, Espers are aligned with scientific institutions. This leads to a power struggle between the magic and science factions for control of the world.

The story is set in Academy City (学園都市 Gakuen Toshi?), a technologically advanced city located in western 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 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 removed from circulation. 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.

The side-story A Certain Scientific Accelerator focuses on Accelerator, a teenager who can control vectors, known as the most powerful Esper in Academy City, and his encounter with a female magician name Estelle.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

A Certain Magical Index began as a light novel series written by Kazuma Kamachi, with illustrations by Kiyotaka Haimura. ASCII Media Works published 25 volumes between April 10, 2004 and August 10, 2011 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint; 22 comprise the main story,[2][3] while the other three are short story collections.[4][5][6] Yen Press has licensed the series in North America and will begin releasing it under their Yen On imprint in Q4 2014.[7] A sequel series of light novels titled New Testament: A Certain Magical Index (新約 とある魔術の禁書目録 Shin'yaku Toaru Majutsu no Index?) began publication on March 10, 2011;[8] there have been 10 volumes published as of May 5, 2014.[9]

Manga[edit]

The series has been adapted into two manga series. The one based on the novels is illustrated by Chuya Kogino and started serialization in the May 2007 issue of Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan. The first tankōbon volume was released on November 10, 2007 and as of February 22, 2014, 13 volumes have been published. Yen Press has licensed the series in North America.[10] The manga is also published in Italy by Star Comics and in Germany by Carlsen Comics. A manga adaptation of the film Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki, illustrated by Ryōsuke Asakura, began serialization in the March 2013 issue of Monthly Shōnen Gangan.[11]

A spin-off manga titled A Certain Scientific Accelerator (とある科学の一方通行 Toaru Kagaku no Akuserarēta?) is illustrated by Arata Yamaji, and began serialization in the February 2014 issue of Dengeki Daioh sold on December 27, 2013.[12] The first tankōbon volume was released on July 26, 2014.[13]

Anime[edit]

A 24-episode anime adaptation of A Certain Magical Index was produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori,[14] and aired in Japan from October 4, 2008 to March 19, 2009. The anime was collected into eight DVD and Blu-ray Disc sets which were released from January 23 to August 21, 2009. In addition, four mini bonus episodes depicting Index super deformed, titled A Certain Magical Index-tan, were bundled with limited edition copies of the first and fifth DVDs of the first season, and the first BD/DVD release of the second season. The anime covered the first six novels in the series. Funimation have licensed the series in North America. An English language dub began streaming on Funimation's website in September 2012 and was released on DVD on December 11, 2012.[15][16][17] The first season aired in North America on the Funimation Channel on January 21, 2013.[18] A second season, titled A Certain Magical Index II, aired in Japan between October 8, 2010 and April 1, 2011,[19] and was also streamed on Nico Nico Douga.[20] The limited edition of the first BD/DVD volume of Index II, released on January 26, 2011, contained a A Certain Scientific Railgun mini-novel.[21]

Film[edit]

An animated film titled Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endyumion no Kiseki (とある魔術の禁書目録 エンデュミオンの奇蹟 A Certain Magical Index: Endyumion's Miracle?) was released to Japanese theaters on February 23, 2013.[22][23] It is based on an original story written by Kamachi and features the main characters from both Index and Railgun along with new ones designed by Haimura.[24] Funimation has licensed the film in North America to be released in 2014.[25]

Video games[edit]

The world of A Certain Magical Index is featured in the video game Dengeki Gakuen RPG: Cross of Venus for the Nintendo DS. Index appears as a supporting character, while Mikoto is a playable character which can be made accessible through playing the game and Accelerator is featured as a boss. A fighting game titled A Certain Magical Index, developed by Kadokawa Games and published by ASCII Media Works for the PlayStation Portable (PSP), was released on January 27, 2011.[26]

Namco Bandai Games and Banpresto produced a crossover title, Toaru Majutsu to Kagaku no Ensemble (とある魔術と科学の群奏活劇 Toaru Majutsu to Kagaku no Ansanburu?, A Certain Magical and Scientific Ensemble), for the PSP.[27][28] The game, which takes place a few days before the events of the film, was released on February 21, 2013.[29] Index also makes a cameo appearance in the Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai PSP game, being another game based on a light novel series published by ASCII Media Works. A 2D fighting game developed by Sega titled Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax will be released in March 2014 which brings together characters from light novel series published under Dengeki Bunko imprint. Mikoto Misaka is a playable character and Tōma Kamijō is an assist character.[30]

Music[edit]

Maiko Iuchi of I've Sound was in charge of the music in the A Certain Magical Index 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 16 episodes during the television broadcast, but was changed to the first fourteen episodes in the DVD releases. The second is "Masterpiece" by 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)")[31] by Iku, and is used for the first 19 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)")[32] by Iku, and is used in the subsequent episodes. A single for "PSI-Missing" was released on October 29, 2008.[33] A single for "Masterpiece" was released on February 4, 2009.[34]

The first opening theme song of A Certain Magical Index II is titled "No Buts!" by Kawada and the single was released on November 3, 2010.[35] The second opening theme is titled "See Visions" by Kawada and was released on February 16, 2011.[36] The first ending theme song is titled "Magic∞World" by Maon Kurosaki and the single was released on November 24, 2010, and was used for the first 13 episodes of the season. The second ending theme is titled "Memories Last" (メモリーズ・ラスト Memorīzu Rasuto?) by Kurosaki and was released on March 2, 2011,[37] and is used for the subsequent episodes of the season. Iuchi is once again in charge of music direction and composition for Index II. The ending theme of Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endyumion no Kiseki is "Fixed Star" by Kawada and the single was released on February 20, 2013.[38] The opening theme for the A Certain Magical Index PSP game is "Answer" by Kurosaki, the B-side song included on her single "Magic∞World".

Other media[edit]

A drama CD was released as a mail-in order of Dengeki hp volume 48[39] and was released later in November 2007. There are two parts to the story: the first part originally aired as a radio drama in Dengeki Taishō and starts with an encounter with the 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 is about Mikoto Misaka and Kuroko Shirai with their "urgent business", and a duel request by a Level 3 Psychic girl from Tokiwadai.[40]

Weiß-Schwarz has adapted Index and Railgun into a playable and collectible card game.[41] An official visual book of A Certain Scientific Railgun was released on July 24, 2010, bundled with a DVD containing a five-minute bonus episode.[42]

Reception[edit]

In Kadokawa Shoten's Light Novel Award contest held in 2007, A Certain Magical Index was a runner-up in the action category.[43] The light novel series has ranked three times in Takarajimasha's light novel guide book Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! published yearly: fourth in 2009,[44] ninth in 2010,[45] and first in 2011.[46] Between the 2010 and 2014 issues of Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!, Mikoto Misaka was voted the No. 1 ranked female light novel character, now five times in a row, a feat not achieved by any other light novel character.[45][46] Tōma Kamijō was voted the No. 1 ranked male light novel character in the 2011 issue.[46]

In May 2010, it was reported that A Certain Magical Index became Dengeki Bunko's No. 1 bestseller.[47] Later that year, it became the fifth best selling light novel in Japan, beating other popular series such as Full Metal Panic!, Shakugan no Shana, and Haruhi Suzumiya.[48] The Mainichi Shimbun reported in November 2010 that the novels have sold over 10 million copies.[49]

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