A Certain Magical Index

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3.7
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  • 11 out of 14 people found this review helpful:
    Not as good as Railgun but still Good
    This is the show that started it all. True its not as good as its spin off, Railgun, but it still has its moments.The main characters are sometimes eclipsed by the side characters. Which is the reason for the spin off. Overall its a pretty decent anime. Just because its not a good as Railgun does not mean this is not a 5. It is capable of standing on its own. The second season is where this anime ...
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  • 7 out of 7 people found this review helpful:
    Magic Meets Pseudo-Science
    A fun action comedy that most anime fans should enjoy. It is about a girl (Index) who has memorized thousands of prohibited magical books and has escaped from the Church of England. She is found and protected by the main character (Touma) who has the ability to neutralize any magic or ability with his right arm. Set in an academic city of "Science" (Mostly telekinetic type superpowers), magic is ...
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  • 3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    A decent show that is worth a look
    A Certain Magical Index takes place in a world where supernatural abilities are commonplace. The world is divided between science and magic. The protagonist lives in Academy City where students are trained to scientifically develop latent abilities and become espers. Each esper has a single ability (like teleportation) and a corresponding level indicating how powerful that ability is. The ...
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  • 3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    Not as good as the 2nd season but still fantastic.
    While i personally enjoyed the 2nd season more this first season was still a treat to watch, especially the sisters arc which was tolled and explored better in railgun but index 1 is still a great entrance way into the a certain franchise. Probably my biggest problem with this show is the rehashing of plot elements which does stop towards the end of index 2. While index 2 and railgun are better ...
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  • 3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    A very enjoyable watch
    I would normally give this anime 4 stars, but I feel like some of the others are being a little unfair in their reviews. I've never seen railgun, so I went into this anime without any sort of preexisting bias. I'm only on episode 12, but have found it highly enjoyable so far: it definitely stands on its own as an anime.
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  • 5 out of 7 people found this review helpful:
    Watch it for the background for Railgun :)
    The show is very formulaic (loser student hero with secret power). That said a lot of the background story of the setting is useful and will add to your experience when you move on to watching the spin-offs Railgun and Accelerator.

    And for a pleasant diversion the series is worth watching since it does have decent production quality and does throw in a bit of slice of life humor.
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  • 5 out of 7 people found this review helpful:
    Despite common opinion I prefer this over Railgun
    Despite the not so interesting plot and overall storyline I honestly prefer this over Railgun. Railgun kind of feels like a filler series to me but I suppose it's because I watched this first. Index is annoying but I like Toma and I like Misaka's character in this series because of the interactions she has with Toma. I wouldn't go as far as to give it a 5/5 but it definitely isn't that bad and the ...
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  • 3 out of 4 people found this review helpful:
    Has some good ideas, but can't implement them well
    While A Certain Magical Index has many many awesome ideas and cool characters, it seems to take its time showing you all of its crappy ones and just brushes the cooler bits. Some episodes of this series are really good. Some are not. The biggest problem the show has is not understanding its strengths. While the techno-nonsense of this show is really cool, with the espers stealing the spotlight ...
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  • 2 out of 2 people found this review helpful:
    cant compete with the novels but still great
    Toaru majutsu no index is an adaptation of a novel. complete with good humor lovable characters and a brilliant world. the story takes place in a dystopian city of academy city.

    a kid considered to be powerless by the city despite welding the power to negate almost all powers our first protagonist touma takes us on a fantastic adventure with incredible heros and villians, as well as those ...
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  • 3 out of 5 people found this review helpful:
    A Spot-On Example of Modern Anime
    Gratuitous fanservice, overt anime trope usage (without subversion or reflection), an unlikable main character, shallow writing, with strong art and solidly executed action sequences. Shows like this get a lot of love, and are the best example of why many people dismiss the medium altogether.
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