- Known as "To Aru Majutsu no Index (とある魔術の禁書目録)
A technologically advanced academic city located at western Tokyo which studies scientifically advanced superhuman students with powers, but is also set in a world where magic is real. Tōma Kamijō is a student in Academy City whose right hand, the Imagine Breaker, has the ability to negate any supernatural powers, but also negates his own luck. One day he finds a young girl hanging on his balcony railing named Index. She is a nun from Necessarius, a secret magic branch of the Church of England, and her mind has been implanted with the Index Librorum Prohibitorum—103,000 forbidden magical books the Church has removed from circulation. His encounter with her leads him to meet others from the secret world of science and magic and an adventure with his friends where science and magic collide. Tōma's unusual power places him at the center of conflicts relating magicians and science-based espers in Academy City. As Tōma tries to help and protect his friends, he learns the people he knows are not as they appear and begins to attract the attention of magicians and espers alike as they try to unravel the secrets of Academy City and Index. The side-story, A Certain Scientific Railgun, focuses on Mikoto Misaka, an electromaster who is the third most powerful of the seven Level 5 espers in Academy City. Set before and during the events of the novels, the manga tells the adventures of Mikoto and her friends during that time period from their point of view.
A 24-episode anime adaptation of A Certain Magical Index was produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori, and aired in Japan from October 4, 2008 to March 19, 2009. The anime was collected into eight DVD and Blu-ray Disc sets which were released from January 23 to August 21, 2009. In addition, four mini bonus episodes depicting Index super deformed, titled A Certain Magical Index-tan, were bundled with limited edition copies of the first and fifth DVDs of the first season, and the first BD/DVD release of the second season. The anime covered the first six novels in the series. Funimation have licensed the series in North America. An English language dub began streaming on Funimation's website in September 2012 and was released on DVD on December 11, 2012.The first season aired in North America on the Funimation Channel on January 21, 2013. A second season, titled A Certain Magical Index II, aired in Japan between October 8, 2010 and April 1, 2011, and was also streamed on Nico Nico Douga. The limited edition of the first BD/DVD volume of Index II, released on January 26, 2011, contained a A Certain Scientific Railgun mini-novel. A 24-episode anime adaptation of the spin-off manga series A Certain Scientific Railgun was also produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai, and aired in Japan from October 3, 2009 to March 20, 2010. The anime was collected into eight DVD and Blu-ray Disc sets which were released from January 29 to August 27, 2010. In addition, a short story series starring Kaori Kanzaki, titled A Certain Magical Index: Kanzaki SS, was bundled with every DVD release of Railgun. An original video animation (OVA) episode of Railgun was released on October 29, 2010. The series is licensed by Funimation and was released on DVD in North America on April 16, 2013. The first season aired in North America on the Funimation Channel on July 8, 2013. Universal Sony Pictures will release the OVA in Australia. A second season of Railgun, titled A Certain Scientific Railgun S, began airing on April 12, 2013 and is being simulcast by Funimation.
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