A Certain Magical Index

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3.6
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  • 5 out of 8 people found this review helpful:
    Good but it's no Railgun!
    I really liked this series when I first watched it, but it always struck me as incomplete, bot from the story as well as the characters and their backgrounds.

    The spin-off, Certain Magical Railgun to me is much more fulfilling.

    Still, if you are any type of anime fan at all you'll like them both!
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  • 7 out of 13 people found this review helpful:
    Not as good as Railgun
    The characters are fun but bland. They pretty much all fall into one of the anime character tropes.

    That being said, this show does bring front and center one of the best anti-heroes in anime. Imagine a character who wields the power of god -- the ability to change the momentum and vector of anything -- but gets beaten by a level zero (the weakest rank in Academy City). He gets everything ...
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  • 4 out of 7 people found this review helpful:
    Generic shounen protagonist but everyone else is awesome
    I won't lie, I much more prefer every character that isn't Toma Kamijo or Index. Every other character is great, except the main two. They are just so anime, especially Kamijo. Have you watched any amount of shounen anime? Boom, you have now know what Kamijo is like. All the other characters are very well done, my personal favorite is Accelerator (and I would say he is probably one of the ...
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  • 3 out of 7 people found this review helpful:
    Main character sucks but everyone else A+
    Loved this show sad no new seasons came out once it started getting good finally. The main character is the worse thing about the show... he's welll plain generic and boring... It's showcased even more in the show when they actually make jokes comparing him to other Anime protagonists.
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  • 14 out of 22 people found this review helpful:
    Honestly it's just ok to watch
    The thing I found about this anime is literally EVERYONE else in the series is more interesting than the two main characters. Like others are saying Railgun is much better and it's main character is much better as are the supporting character who actually bring something to the table
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  • 19 out of 26 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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  • 9 out of 12 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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  • 9 out of 14 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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  • 7 out of 9 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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  • 0 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Better than 2nd season
    it's better than 2nd season due of re-hashing everything all over again with tons of plot holes (read the manga)

    this has to be a seen first before railgun to avoid confusion. also just be ready for your usual generic anime tropes and harem. it's an Okay anime
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