In 2004, the light novel, A Certain Magical Index was released. Within 6 years, 22 volumes have been released to date. In 2008, the light novel got an anime adaption and it spanned a spin-off series as well. Today in License This, I will be talking about A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun.
A Certain Magical Index is set in Academy City, a technological advanced city that most of its population is made up of students with superhuman abilities. The interesting thing is, these abilities are viewed as the next step of human evolution and that magic does not exist. The story follows Toma Kamijo, a regular high school student with no superhuman abilities. But he has a secret ability in his right arm its called imagine breaker, the ability to negate all other abilities.
The story begins when Toma discovers a cute nun hanging from his balcony, her name is Index. Her mind was implanted with the Index Librorum Pronibitorum, 103,000 forbidden magical books that the church removed from circulation. The thing is, there are magical users who want to kidnap Index and the only one who can stop them is Toma.
This type of anime, I can clearly see both hardcore and casual anime fans picking it up. It has great action, the story is intriguing, and the girls are pretty cute. There is one flaw to this anime, it's really wordy. Sometimes, an entire episode is nothing but talking and explaining what is going on in an episode.
A Certain Scientific Railgun is a spin-off to Magical Index. The story covers the events that happen before and during Magical Index from a different perspective of Mikoto Misaka and her friends. There are 2 major arcs full of action in this series but the rest is filler. The filler episodes are a hit and miss because some of them are entertaining, while others are boring. But in the end of it all, it is satisfying.
This series is targeted to only the hardcore otaku and it totally shows.
The one company I do see picking up this anime is FUNimation. They can first license Magical Index and market it to the casual fans. Then after 6 - 9 months, they can release Scientific Railgun as if its a continuation to Magical Index. So, watch are your opinions on these 2 anime series?