To Aru Majutsu no Index thoughts and character ranking

I breezed through Index S1 and S2 (while avoiding Railgun, since I’m actively reading the manga .. and it’s just a sidestory anyway) this week. The series is pretty good. It doesn’t have quite the same edge as Shakugan no Shana, but the two really showcase the whole novel-serialization bit. That is to say, there isn’t really a continuous, ongoing plot.

Index is broken up into pretty discrete arcs, and the religious uh, ‘overtones’ are a bit overdone. When I think about churches and stuff going crazy against science and everything, I think of political intrigues … not a bunch of superhumans firing laserbeams at each other.

I’m kinda confused as to why the series is even called ‘A Certain Magical Index.’ The titular character rarely does anything and hasn’t shown any real development over two seasons (equivalent of 14 novels), so it’s a shame that this peculiar, but interesting title is wasted on such a character.

I do like the fact that the main character, Touma, has a more passive ability that can really only be used to defend, but it really doesn’t lend well to animated ‘battle’ scenes. If you pit him against anybody that doesn’t actually use magic or abilities, he’d probably just get outclassed since all he can do is street brawl. Speaking of which, I find it humorous that like 3 out of 4 enemies he encounters in the series is a female and, irregardless of age or size he ends fights with a crippling punch to his opponent’s face. I was particularly entertained when he clocked Sister Agnese, who is about as loli as you can get for an antagonist.

If there’s something that’s done very right, though, it’s the music. The ops are killer and really set the mood, especially S1’s first op.

Considering that this is one of the most popular LN series in Japan, I’d be really surprised if they didn’t close it out with the 3rd season. I’m just glad they decided to work on Shana S3 before getting to it.

Character Ranking: To Aru Majutsu no Index (S1 / S2)

  1. Kuroko Shirai
  2. Misaka Mikoto
  3. Accelerator
  4. Misaka 10032
  5. Last Order
  6. Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  7. Kamijou Touma
  8. Tsukuyomi Komoe
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