Toaru Majutsu no Index Half Season Review
Why’s everything late? ;~;
Here’s a “quick” (cough cough three hours), actual non-Screencap Collection/Alternate Storyline post, just cause Index has an actual plot to worry about.
So this here guy, Kamijou Touma, is a normal guy, living in Academy City. Academy City’s supposedly the west side of Tokyo, where 80% of the population (so around 1,840,000) are students. Here, ‘scientifically advanced’ espers are trained – people with supernatural powers. The espers are grouped by rank, with Level 5 being the highest (there are only seven), and Level 0 being the lowest (meaning, you’re just an ordinary guy).
Touma’s a Level 0. However, he has the power of the Imagine Breaker – his right arm negates all magical and esper effects, at the cost of negating his own luck too.
With this horrible luck, he meets Misaka Mikoto, the third strongest Level 5 in the city. She tries to kill him, but fails because of his Imagine Breaker and instead causes a blackout in the entire city.
PLEASE TO BE STOP BULLSHITTING ME*
Suddenly, he then meets a young nun on his balcony, Index-Librorum-Prohibitorum (or Index for short). Apparently, she memorized the 103,000 grimoires (Alice sure does write a lot) prohibited by the Catholic church (Pope Paul VI DOESN’T EXIST HERE). Index reveals the existence of magic as well.
Magic was created by jealous fools who weren’t espers, but wanted to blow stuff up too. In a sense, magicians and espers are, hrmm, I dunno how to put it, EXACTLY THE MOTHERFUCKING SAME because both of them don’t have ANY FEASIBLE EXPLANATION and blow stuff up all the same. Oh, and magicians can’t use psychic abilities because that’d hurt them a lot (somehow), and espers can’t use magic because that’d hurt them. WHICH MEANS THEY’RE STILL EXACTLY THE SAME
Knife Bob is happy.
Anyways, two magicians, Stiyl Magnus and Kanzaki Kaori, reveal that their goal was to erase Index’s memory every year. 85% of her brain is used to memorize those grimoires, so only 15% can be used for other stuff – coupled with her photographic memory, this causes her to die if her memories go untouched after a year.
Touma doesn’t care! He beats up Stiyl.
Stiyl reveals (because everything must be revealed) that his magic name is Fortis931, and saying your magic name will kill your limitations making you stronger and such. He then summons a giant fire beast that can’t go away unless Touma erases all of the runes posted on the walls.
Touma doesn’t care! He beats up Stiyl.
Well that’s a pretty big head
But now Index is dying because Kaori stabbed her in the chest or something for some reason. Touma brings her to Tsukuyomi Komoe, his loli-teacher, because only non-espers can cast magic, which will save Index (Dedicatus545)
She explains (cause revealing is so last paragraph) that the Church of England is magical, and she belongs to a secret sect, the religious Necessarius (Church of Necessary Evil), that Stiyl and Kaori belong to too.
First person to find the hidden picture wins.
Touma meets Kaori (Salvare000), who cheats using carbon nanotube to cut Touma up.
Touma doesn’t care! He beats up girls too.
I guess that means she’s… not wireless.
Anyways they have a truce and let Touma try to solve Index’s problem without erasing her memories.
Touma sticks his finger up Index’s throat and voilà, the problem’s solved.
“Preparing to deploy… Expression Sign [Scary Face]”
However, Index now resurrects as an evil religious zombie demon floating angel person thing, and casts a bunch of spells, including one where if you touch a feather you’re doomed.
NONE OF THE FEATHERS ARE TOUCHING HIM I GUESS INDEX MODE WAS TOO EAJI
…Then he touches one and loses all his memories.
…Two weeks later, Stiyl talks to the most influential person in Academy City, Aleister Crowley, who reveals that a girl (“Deep Blood”) with the power to kill vampires, has been imprisoned.
To restore the status quo, Aleister instructs Stiyl to partner up with Touma to… do something. I’m not really sure.
SIDNET – he really is upside-down.
…Ohhhhhhhhh this animu is AWESOME.
Praiseworthy art, fluid animation (J.C. Staff always does stuff right), NO OVERPOWERED MAIN CHARACTERS, probably good music but I don’t know cause I watched this three months ago, and above all, a pretty badass setting and plot. I can see this turning into something very, very big. Actually, it probably /has/ turned very, very big, with it having a second season and all.
About that second season – apparently, the anime club at my school was watching it, and when I was asking my friend what they watched, he remarked ‘Oh, it was that anime with that guy that had the MAGIC IN HIS RIGHT HAND’. Funny enough, that’s recognizable as Index immediately.
The Railgun OVA was also released, so you’ll see me watching that soon. As well as Railgun. And the second season of Index. Can I finish half season reviewing the last half season of the second season on time?!
…Probably not ._.
I understand this is Academy City, but could you let off the puns a bit?
Funny enough, this doesn’t have the “too many characters!!” feeling of other anime (such as Yakumo), because all these characters /matter/, and they’re not all introduced at once. What’s more, they’re actually somewhat memorable – not just faces and names, but actual characteristics, developed over such a short period of time. Whoever wrote these is a true genius.
Really, it’s hard to say much about good things, and easy to elaborate into bad. Let me say first, though, that Index is FUCKING AWESOME.
I’M A DRAGON
There is still, really, one main problem. They still try to explain things with science.
Look at SWOT. It tried to explain things with science. It failed. Hard.
This world has MAGIC. You can’t EXPLAIN stuff in a world with MAGIC. These science stuff are even weirder – it’s not ‘science’ if obviously no laws are being put into consideration here! You can’t extract unlimited energy, you can’t instantaneously teleport, you can’t fire a bloody coin to kill someone with just your own energy, even if you’re really really fat. We’re all just bunches of ATOMS arranged in some kind of order to make us seem human, but at the end we’re just ATOMS. We can’t do these things. You can’t explain it with science. I’d rather this be an epic of orange magic and purple magic (D&D time?) than science and magic. Why? Cause the very concept is contradictory.
And here I start rambling.
It’s Sirius, and it’s Black. What more do you need?
LAST TIME I CHECKED SIRIUS WASN’T A PLANET. OR A STAR. IT’S TWO STARS GODDAMMIT
* Really, the only important thing Fleming made that may have been even the least bit helpful in railgun and electromagnetical technology was the thermionic valve – used in televisions, not to accelerate particles. He did nothing to do with momentum. Furthermore, borrowing’d mean you’d have to return it – the energy values involved are extraordinary, and there’s no feasible means an average human could do that. What’s more, railguns operate on rotating magnetic fields – there’s no way one would accelerate a particle to such a speed instantaneously and with such a short runway. Consider the length of a mass driver. Now think about this more.
It seems to me that Biribiri’s power is more on creating one large pushing force towards the target than constantly rotating and creating an upwards force forcing the target away. That’s not a railgun, mmkk.
In Episode two, approximately 20 and a half minutes in, Index says “If this current state continues, according to a conversion through London clock tower’s international time, in approximately 15 minutes I will lose the minimum amount of life energy required for survival and expire.”
GUESS WHAT TIME DOESN’T FLOW FASTER IN LONDON THAN JAPAN LAST TIME I CHECKED OH EM GEE HOW’S THAT POSSIBLE
PLEASE INDEX STOP IT WITH THESE SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATIONS I’VE HAD ENOUGH THIS IS A CERTAIN MAGICAL INDEX NOT A CERTAIN… scientific… railgun or WHATEVER MMKKK SO MORE MAGIC LESS SCIENCE THANKS OR ELSE I’LL