Toaru Majutsu no Index (とある魔術の禁書目録(インデックス), lit. “A Certain Magical Index”) is a Japanese light novel series written by Kamachi Kazuma and illustrated by Haimura Kiyotaka, which has been published since April 2004. A manga adaptation by Kogino Chuya began serialization from May 2007. Two 24-episode anime series followed between 2008 and 2011 and an animated film was released in February 2013.
The plot is set in a world where supernatural abilities are a reality. While some individuals known as Espers (超能力者, Chounouryokusha) possess special powers gained via the Power Curriculum Program, others, known as Magicians (魔術師, Majutsushi), gain their powers upon mastering the power of symbolism, either from obtaining knowledge from special books known as Grimoires (魔道書, Madousho) or by using special magic artifacts.
While Magicians align themselves with ancient religions, Espers are aligned with scientific institutions. This leads to a power struggle between the magic and science factions for control of the world.
The story is set in Academy City (学園都市, Gakuen Toshi), a technologically advanced city located in western Tokyo that is known for its educational and research institutions. Kamijou Touma, a student in this city, has a special ability in his right hand – the Imagine Breaker -, being able to negate any supernatural power, but also negating his own luck.
One day, Touma meets a young girl named Index – a nun from Necessarius, a secret magic branch of the Church of England, whose mind has been implanted with the Index Librorum Prohibitorum – 103,000 forbidden magical books that the Church has removed from circulation. His encounter with her leads him to meet others from the secret worlds of science and magic. Touma’s unusual power places him at the center of conflicts between the Magicians and Espers in Academy City who try to unravel the secrets behind Academy City, Index, and Touma’s own special power.
What could await our heroes in an adventure like this? Hints in the AMV below!
One of the main points that drew my attention in this series was its awesome animation quality: it’s a real pleasure to watch the fighting scenes effects!