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A Certain Magical Index
A Certain Magical Index
Toaru Majutsu no Index light novel cover vol. 1.jpg
Cover of light novel volume 1 featuring Index.
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(Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu)
GenreAction, fantasy[1]
Light novel
Written byKazuma Kamachi
Illustrated byKiyotaka Haimura
Published byASCII Media Works
English publisher
DemographicMale
ImprintDengeki Bunko
Original run -
Volumes22 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written byKazuma Kamachi
Illustrated byChuya Kogino
Published byGangan Comics
English publisher
DemographicSh?nen
MagazineMonthly Sh?nen Gangan
Original run - present
Volumes23 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Nishikiori
Produced byKazuma Miki
Nobuhiro Nakayama
Satoshi Fujita
Yasutaka Kimura
Written byMasanao Akahoshi (I-II)
Hiroyuki Yoshino (III)
Music byMaiko Iuchi
StudioJ.C.Staff
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, Teletama, Chiba TV, MBS, tvk, CBC
English network
Original run -
Episodes74 (List of episodes)
Game
DeveloperKadokawa Games
PublisherASCII Media Works
GenreFighting game
PlatformPlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP: January 27, 2011
Light novel
New Testament: A Certain Magical Index
Written byKazuma Kamachi
Illustrated byKiyotaka Haimura
Published byASCII Media Works
DemographicMale
ImprintDengeki Bunko
Original run -
Volumes23 (List of volumes)
Light novel
A Certain Magical Index SP
Written byKazuma Kamachi
Illustrated byKiyotaka Haimura
Published byASCII Media Works
DemographicMale
ImprintDengeki Bunko
PublishedAugust 10, 2011
Game
Toaru Majutsu to Kagaku no Ensemble
DeveloperBanpresto, Guyzware
PublisherNamco Bandai Games
GenreVisual novel
PlatformPlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP: February 21, 2013
Manga
Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki
Written byKazuma Kamachi
Illustrated byRy?suke Asakura
Published bySquare Enix
DemographicSh?nen
MagazineMonthly Sh?nen Gangan
Original run -
Volumes2
Light novel
A Certain Magical Virtual On
Written byKazuma Kamachi
Illustrated byKiyotaka Haimura
Hajime Katoki
Published byASCII Media Works
DemographicMale
ImprintDengeki Bunko
PublishedMay 10, 2016
Game
A Certain Magical Virtual On
DeveloperSega AM3
PublisherSega
GenreAction
PlatformPlayStation 4
Released
  • JP: February 15, 2018
Light novel
Genesis Testament: A Certain Magical Index
Written byKazuma Kamachi
Illustrated byKiyotaka Haimura
Published byASCII Media Works
DemographicMale
ImprintDengeki Bunko
Original run - present
Volumes1 (List of volumes)
Other
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A Certain Magical Index (? (), 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. The plot is set in a world where supernatural abilities exist. The light novels focus on T?ma Kamij?, a young high school student in Academy City who has an unusual ability, as he encounters an English nun named Index. His ability and relationship with Index proves dangerous to other magicians and Espers who want to discover the secrets behind him and Index, as well as the city.

Yen Press have licensed the novels in North America. A manga adaptation by Chuya Kogino began serialization in Monthly Sh?nen 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 26-episode third season aired between 2018 and 2019, licensed by Funimation. The 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, began serialization in Dengeki Daioh in December 2013.

Synopsis

Setting

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 (?, Ch?n?ryokusha). Those Espers who gain their abilities without the aid of special scientific instruments, whether at birth or otherwise, are referred to as Gemstones (, Genseki). Others, known as Magicians (, Majutsushi), gain their powers upon mastering the power of magic, either from obtaining knowledge from different mythologies or by using mystical artifacts, though the existence of magicians is a secret to the public. While Magicians align themselves with different beliefs, Espers are aligned with scientific institutions. This leads to a power struggle between the magic and science factions for control of the world.

Plot

The story is set in Academy City (?, Gakuen Toshi), a technologically advanced city located in west of Tokyo that is known for its educational and research institutions. T?ma Kamij? 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, T?ma meets a young English 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 stored in secret locations. His encounter with her leads him to meet others from the secret worlds of science and magic. T?ma'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 T?ma's own special power.

Besides its own manga adaptation, the series also has two manga series which are side stories focusing on other main characters. One of them is A Certain Scientific Railgun, which focuses on Mikoto Misaka, an Electromaster and one of the most powerful Espers in the city. The second, A Certain Scientific Accelerator, focuses on Accelerator, a teenager who can control vectors, known as the most powerful Esper in Academy City.

Media

Light novels

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 began releasing it under their Yen On imprint in November 2014.[7] A sequel series of light novels titled New Testament: A Certain Magical Index ( ?, Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu) began publication on March 10, 2011[8] and concluded on July 10, 2019 with the publication of its 23rd volume.[9] A third light novel series, Genesis Testament: A Certain Magical Index ( ?, S?yaku Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu), began publication on February 7, 2020.[10]

Manga

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 Sh?nen Gangan. The first tank?bon 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.[11] 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 Ry?suke Asakura, began serialization in the March 2013 issue of Monthly Sh?nen Gangan.[12]

Anime

A 24-episode anime adaptation of A Certain Magical Index was produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori,[13] 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 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.[14][15][16] The first season aired in North America on the Funimation Channel on January 21, 2013.[17] A second season, titled A Certain Magical Index II, aired in Japan between October 8, 2010 and April 1, 2011,[18] and was also streamed on Nico Nico Douga.[19] 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.[20] The first season of the English dub was released in 2012 while season 2 was released in 2014.

An animated film titled A Certain Magical Index: The Movie - The Miracle of Endymion (? ?, Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endyumion no Kiseki) was released to Japanese theaters on February 23, 2013.[21][22] 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.[23] Funimation has licensed the film in North America to be released in 2014.[24] The film was released in North America on January 13, 2015.

The 26-episode third season of the anime series aired from October 5, 2018 to April 5, 2019.[25][26] Funimation has licensed the third season of the series for North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand;[27] meanwhile, Crunchyroll has licensed it for the rest of the world, except Asia.[28]

Video games

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.[29]

Namco Bandai Games and Banpresto produced a crossover title, Toaru Majutsu to Kagaku no Ensemble (?, Toaru Majutsu to Kagaku no Ansanburu, A Certain Magical and Scientific Ensemble), for the PSP.[30][31] The game, which takes place a few days before the events of the film, was released on February 21, 2013.[32] Index also makes a cameo appearance in the Ore no Im?to 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 was released in March 2014 which brings together characters from light novel series published under Dengeki Bunko imprint. Mikoto Misaka is a playable character while T?ma Kamij? and Accelerator are assist characters.[33]

Music

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 ?, lit. "Rimless (Rimless World)")[34] by Iku, and is used for the first 19 episodes. The second is "Chikaigoto (Sukoshi Dake M? Ichido)" ( ~~, lit. "Oath (Just a Bit, One More Time)")[35] by Iku, and is used in the subsequent episodes. A single for "PSI-Missing" was released on October 29, 2008.[36] A single for "Masterpiece" was released on February 4, 2009.[37]

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.[38] The second opening theme is titled "See Visions" by Kawada and was released on February 16, 2011.[39] 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" (, Memor?zu Rasuto) by Kurosaki and was released on March 2, 2011,[40] 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 main theme song of the film A Certain Magical Index The Movie: Endymion's Miracle is "Fixed Star" by Kawada and the single was released on February 20, 2013.[41] 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".

The first opening theme song of A Certain Magical Index III is "Gravitation" by Kurosaki, and the first ending theme song is "Kakumei Zenya" (?) by Yuka Iguchi.[42] The second opening theme is "Roar" by Kurosaki, and the second ending theme is "Owaranai Uta" (, lit. "Never-Ending Song") by Iguchi.[43]

Other media

A drama CD was released as a mail-in order of Dengeki hp volume 48[44] 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 Taish? and starts with an encounter with the mysterious self-proclaimed "former" magician by T?ma Kamij? 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.[45]

Weiß-Schwarz has adapted Index and Railgun into a playable and collectible card game.[46] 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.[47]

As a collaboration with Sega's Virtual On video game franchise, Kamachi wrote the light novel A Certain Magical Virtual-On (?×? ? (), Toaru Majutsu no Index x Denn? Senki Virtual-On: Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On) released on May 10, 2016 with mecha illustrations done by Hajime Katoki.[48]Sega AM3 and Dengeki Bunko later collaborated to develop the video game adaptation for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita[49] released on February 15, 2018.[50]

Reception

In Kadokawa Shoten's Light Novel Award contest held in 2007, A Certain Magical Index was a runner-up in the action category.[51] 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,[52] ninth in 2010,[53] and first in 2011.[54] Between the 2010 and 2014 issues of Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!, Mikoto Misaka was voted the No. 1 ranked female light novel character five times in a row, a feat not achieved by any other light novel character.[53][54] T?ma Kamij? was voted the No. 1 ranked male light novel character in the 2011 issue.[54]

Upon release of the first volume of A Certain Magical Index, according to editor Kazuma Miki, "(to be blunt) it sold like crazy. Shortly after the official release date, we had to do a reprint half the size of the original printing. It was on a Monday. I still remember it now. It was quite an achievement for an unknown newcomer".[55] In May 2010, it was reported that A Certain Magical Index became Dengeki Bunko's No. 1 bestseller and it became the first Dengeki Bunko series to sell over 10 million copies.[56] 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.[57] It was reported in October 2014 that the entire franchise including the light novels and manga had sold over 28 million copies.[58] It was reported in August 2017 that the light novels have sold over 16.35 million copies in Japan.[59] As of July 2018, the series was reported to have sold over 30 million copies.[60]

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