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Posted 3/6/15
Hey guys, I was just wondering whether or not I should watch A Certain Magical Index first or if I should watch A Certain Scientific Railgun first. Also for A Certain Scientific Railgun should I watch the one without the 's' first or the one with the 's'?
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Godlyhaven456 wrote:

Hey guys, I was just wondering whether or not I should watch A Certain Magical Index first or if I should watch A Certain Scientific Railgun first. Also for A Certain Scientific Railgun should I watch the one without the 's' first or the one with the 's'?


Well.. Magical Index is the main storyline, while Railgun is the side story, and Railgun S is the second season of that side story.

Other than saying you should watch S after Railgun, I'm not sure what to recommend, though.. I saw Railgun before Magical, and still enjoyed both, since they focused on different characters and aspects of the world.
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Posted 3/6/15 , edited 7/11/15
A Certain Scientific Railgun is the first season. A Certain Scientific Railgun S is the second.

Anyways, so I actually tackled this series a couple months ago myself. I read online that Magical Index is a far inferior anime though, so I decided to watch both series together in chronological order so that I could intersperse them a bit. I think it was a good call because I did indeed much prefer Scientific Railgun to Magical Index. Index just kind of bored me a lot of the time.

I already had this written down for my own use. So here's the episode order if you're interested:

Scientific Railgun: 1-14
Scientific Railgun: OVA
Magical Index: 1-6
Scientific Railgun: 15-16
Magical Index: 7-9
Scientific Railgun: 17-24
Scientific Railgun S: 1-9
Magical Index: 10-14 / Scientific Railgun S: 10-16 (these episodes take place at the same time)
Scientific Railgun S: 17-20
Magical Index: 15-17 / Scientific Railgun S: 21-24 (these episodes take place at the same time)
Magical Index: 18
Magical Index II: 1
Magical Index: 19-24
Magical Index II: 2-7
Magical Index Movie: Miracle of Endymion
Magical Index II: 8-24

If you don't want to do something that complicated you could also just do broadcast order which would be: Magical Index season 1, Scientific Railgun season 1, Magical Index season 2, Scientific Railgun S.

Or you could do it in a much simpler semi-chronological order. That would be to watch: Scientific Railgun, Magical Index, Scientific Railgun S, and then Magical Index season 2.

Or finally you could just watch one series, and then watch the other. In which case you should probably watch Magical Index/Magical Index II and then Railgun/Railgun S. Because Railgun references things from Magical Index, whereas Magical Index does not tend to reference much from the Railgun storyline due to it being a side story.
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Posted 3/8/15
Thanks guys for clearing that up!
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