A Certain Magical Index: The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion

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A Certain Magical Index: The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion
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Directed byHiroshi Nishikiori
Produced byKazuma Miki
Kentarō Hattori
Nobuhiro Nakayama
Satoshi Fujita
Yasutaka Kimura
Written byHiroyuki Yoshino
Based onA Certain Magical Index
by Kazuma Kamachi
Starring
Music byMaiko Iuchi
CinematographyShingo Fukuyo
Edited byShigeru Nishiyama
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • February 23, 2013 (2013-02-23)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box officeUS$4.7 million

A Certain Magical Index: The Movie – The Miracle of Endymion (劇場版 とある魔術の禁書目録 エンデュミオンの奇蹟, Gekijōban Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu: Endyumion no Kiseki) is a 2013 Japanese animated fantasy action film based on the A Certain Magical Index light novels by Kazuma Kamachi.[1] It was directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori and written by Hiroyuki Yoshino. The film's story focuses on a threat against the once peaceful Academy City that could lead to its destruction.

Plot[edit]

The Spaceplane Orion crash lands without any reported casualties among its 88 passengers, being reported as a miracle. Three years later, shortly after the Remnant incident, as Academy City nears completion of the Space Elevator, Endymion capable of bringing people into space without the need for spacecraft, Tōma Kamijō and his friend Index meet a singer named Arisa Meigo, who is also a Level 0. While hanging out with them, Arisa learns she has passed an audition to be the campaign girl for Endymion. Later that night, they are suddenly attacked by Marie Spearhead, Mallybath Blackball and Jane Elves, a group of magicians led by Stiyl Magnus. After Arisa dispels Stiyl's flames to rescue Tōma, a group of mechanicals robots known as the Black Crow Unit led by Shoutaura Sequenzia arrive to fight against Stiyl and his allies, forcing them to retreat with assistance from Stiyl's partner Kaori Kanzaki, leaving Tōma with a cryptic message that Arisa could bring about a war between the magic and science sides.

Shoutaura warns Tōma not to get involved with Arisa. Tōma and Index later offer to let Arisa stay with them in his dorm until her performance. With Tōma forced to take supplementary lessons, Mikoto Misaka and her friends accompany Arisa to a promotional performance at a shopping mall, where they are made into backup dancers. During the performance, Tōma witnesses a battle between Shoutaura and a mysterious male automaton who destroys the stage. Escaping the performance, Tōma learns from Shoutaura that she is unable to process music and does not believe in miracles. Later that night, Arisa explains to Tōma how she has no memories from before the past three years. While Tōma meets up with his classmate Motoharu Tsuchimikado and Kaori, who believes Arisa is possibly a Saint, Stiyl and his group kidnap Arisa, battling Shoutaura and the Black Crow Unit as they try to escape. As Tōma arrives, Stiyl explains that Endymion is actually a makeshift Tower of Babel which, if combined with the power of a Saint, could be turned into a magical device. Shoutaura takes Arisa and retreats, bringing her to the Orbit Portal Company's president, Ladylee Tangleroad.

When Shoutaura learns that Ladylee killed her father Daedalus Sequenzia, the only person who died among the Miracle of 88 as Arisa had taken his place, Shoutaura stabs Ladylee, only for Ladylee to remain alive and have her two automatons capture Shoutaura. As Arisa is forced to sing in Endymion in order to activate a large magic circle above Earth, Tōma and Index travel to space with assistance from Kaori, with Shoutaura also making her way up there after being rescued by her comrades. Shoutaura confronts Ladylee, who seeks to use Arisa's power to break her own curse of immortality, but the ensuing battle with her automatons causes a crack in the space station which will inevitably lead it to collapse and fall towards Earth. While Arisa sings her songs to protect the citizens on board, Shoutaura attempts to stop her but is met by Tōma. Meanwhile, Index confronts Ladylee while Mikoto, Stiyl and Accelerator destroy some explosive bolts in order to purge Endymion from the ground. As Tōma uses his Imagine Breaker on Shoutaura, she remembers that Arisa was born out of her wish to save everyone on the plane, even at the cost of those important to her. Together, Arisa and Shoutaura sing a song that, combined with Index's work, breaks Ladylee's spell, stopping Endymion from falling onto Earth, the two merging into one as a result. In the aftermath, Tōma and Index can hear Arisa's song off in the distance.

Voice cast[edit]

Character Japanese English
Tōma Kamijō Atsushi Abe Micah Solusod
Index Yuka Iguchi Monica Rial
Mikoto Misaka Rina Satō Brittney Karbowski
Ruiko Saten Kanae Itō Brina Palencia
Kuroko Shirai Satomi Arai Alison Viktorin
Uiharu Kazari Aki Toyosaki Cherami Leigh
Stiyl Magnus Kishō Taniyama Robert McCollum
Kaori Kanzaki Shizuka Itō Morgan Garrett
Motoharu Tsuchimikado Anri Katsu Newton Pittman
Pierce Aogami Yoshihisa Kawahara Scott Freeman
Aisa Himegami Mamiko Noto Lindsay Seidel
Seiri Fukiyose Ayumi Fujimura Skyler McIntosh
Komoe Tsukuyomi Kimiko Koyama Jad Saxton
Mitsuko Kongō Minako Kotobuki Jamie Marchi
Kinuho Wannai Haruka Tomatsu Kristi Kang
Maaya Awatsuki Yoshino Nanjō Tia Ballard
Heaven Canceller Yutaka Nakano Cole Brown
Misaka 10032 Nozomi Sasaki Brittney Karbowski
Yomikawa Aiho Yūko Kaida Martha Harms
Last Order Rina Hidaka Brittney Karbowski
Accelerator Nobuhiko Okamoto Austin Tindle
Laura Stuart Ayako Kawasumi Carli Mosier
Aleister Crowley Toshihiko Seki Chuck Huber
Arisa Meigo Sachika Misawa Megan Shipman
Shoutaura Sequenzia Yōko Hikasa Whitney Rodgers
Ladylee Tangleroad Ayane Sakura Maxey Whitehead
Marie Spearhead Asami Seto Maeghan Albach
Mallybath Blackball Megumi Han Haley Esposito
Jane Elves Risa Taneda Sarah Wiedenheft
Daedalus Sequenzia Atsushi Ono Jarrod Greene
Crow 7 Nobunaga Shimazaki Josh Grelle

Production[edit]

The film was originally announced in October 2011 during the Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival.[2] It was announced in June 2012 that the film had been delayed to be released in February 2013, along with a confirmed cast list and staff for the film's production. New characters were also revealed with designs from Haimura Kiyotaka.[3] Tickets for the film were released on July 14, 2012 with first buyers receiving Toaru Majutsu no Index merchandise.[4] A nearly two-minute long preview was later shown during Comiket in August 2012, which featured scenes of the new characters, and new mechs, as well as Stiyl Magnus fighting alongside witches, Kuroko still in her wheelchair, and the appearance of Accelerator.

Reception[edit]

The film grossed US$4.7 million at the Japanese box office.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Certain Magical Index Film Slated For February 23, 2013". Anime News Network. January 13, 2013.
  2. ^ "Toaru Majutsu no Index Film Green-lit". Anime News Network. October 3, 2011.
  3. ^ "Toaru Majutsu no Index Novels' Haimura Draws Film's New Characters". Anime News Network. June 8, 2012.
  4. ^ "Tickets on sale on July 14". Project-Index. July 11, 2012. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "Japan Yearly Box Office 2013". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 11, 2015.

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