Anime Review: A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun


I watched the two series together and in this order: Index, Railgun, Index 2, Railgun S.

I think it might have actually worked better if I’d watched Index, then both Railguns and finished with Index 2.

Overall rating: WATCH IT!
I really enjoyed both series and like both lead characters. The world is interesting and the mini-arcs work pretty well in Index but less so in Railgun.

Premise of both shows is that the world is divided between magic and science, the two are in a (sometimes not so) cold war and both have a dark side.

Touma Kamijou is the protagonist of Index and is, in a world of ‘espers’ ranked from 0 – 5 a zero. No powers to his name, he was sent to Academy City because everyone in his home town considered him a jinx. Touma has a secret though. In his right hand lives what is called the ‘Imagine Breaker’ and it can shut down ANY power: magic or science based.  This ability, and a desire to help pretty much EVERYONE around him that he sees being mistreated, gets our story rolling, when he saves a very young nun who’s apparently being pursued by some very powerful magicians. Despite the fact that Touma doesn’t know the girl, or that magic is even a thing he finds himself embroiled in a battle royale to save the strange nun. The “Index” series focuses mostly on the magical side of the world.

“Railgun” takes the opposite side and focuses on the science side of things, with the titular ‘Railgun’ herself; Mikoto Misaka the third ranked ‘level 5’ of Academy City. The first season is mostly slice of life but the second season focuses on ‘The Sisters’ story arc and is excellent.

I’m not going to go into details and ruin anything. All I’m going to say is, I wish Index had more Misaka and Railgun had more Touma in it. And I’d have LOVED to see the secondary Railgun series character’s reactions to the Sisters and what Misaka went through for them.

WATCH IT! ALL OF IT!

Index is 24 episodes long.
Index II is 24 episodes.
Railgun is 24 episodes.
Railgun S is 24 episodes.

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Quick Anime Reviews: Several

I’m going to be ULTRA QUICK on these and just hit a highlight(lowlight?) and a recommendation:

“I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to get a Job”:
Recommendation: Skip.

“Gamers”:
If it had an ending I’d recommend it, but it doesn’t have one, so:
Recommendation: Skip.

“Special A”:
Recommendation: If you like this genre, watch. Skipworthy otherwise.

“Fate/Kalied liner Prisma Illya“:(Season 1)
I thought this was going to be a silly carefree show. It is not. Way darker than I like.
Recommendation: Skip (Unless you LIKE seeing 10 year old girls put into mortal peril.)

“Mashiroiro Symphony”:
The main character DOES pick an actual girl out of the bunch. But WHY?
Recommendation: Skip.

“Ano Natsu de Matteru”:
Recommendation: Skip. (But it was close)

“UQ Holder”:
Recommendation: Do you like Negima?
Yes? Watch
No? AVOID!

“Bakemonogatari”:
Recommendation: Watch!
I really liked this one and I’m going to watch more of this series when I get the chance.

Quick Anime Reviews: My Hero Academia (1 & 2)

Title:
My Hero Academia (Seasons 1 and 2)

Rating: Season 1: 8/10
Season 2: 8/10

Episodes: Season 1: 13
Season 2: 25

Genre:
Action, Superheros, Battle School, Comedy, Shounen

Description:
For unknown reasons the world’s population is full of people with superpowers called ‘quirks’. Over 80% of everyone has a quirk and a new profession has evolved with the evolution of the human race, namely superheroes. They keep the peace and help out during disasters and emergencies. The strongest hero in existence is ‘All Might’ and he is the focus of our main character, Izuku Midoriya. Midoriya is the very picture of what you’d WANT a hero to be, he’s selfless, hard working, and can’t help but throw himself into bad situations to help others out, but unfortunately he is completely quirkless. Midoriya has had a pretty hard time going through school without a superpower of his own. Picked on constantly for his “infirmity” he none-the-less helps out where he can. Then one day he gets to meet his hero All Might and his life changes as the super hero has a secret. He can pass on his power to another person and he is LOOKIING for a successor. My Hero Academia follows the struggles of Midoriya as he tries to come to grips with this new found power that will literally destroy his body if he doesn’t learn how to use it quickly. The fastest way to learn is to join UA High where they train the next generation of superheroes, but can he even pass the entrance exam?

Dislikes:
I do not understand the aims of the villains yet. I hope it doesn’t drag on for years and years like other popular shounen shows have.

Likes:
This is one of the best examples of the shounen genre I’ve seen. I like it a LOT more than Naruto or Bleach and I liked those shows a good bit early on in their runs. This series will need a third season and more to get anywhere NEAR enough episodes to show us all of Midoriya’s (and his friends too!) story and I hope to see it all.

Recommendation:
WATCH! It’s really fun.

Extra:
Who would of thought that a tournament which is so typical it’s cringworthy would still be so much FUN in season 2!

Quick Anime Reviews: Saijaku Muhai No Bahamut

Title:
Saijaku Muhai No Bahamut

Rating: 5/10

Episodes: 12

Genre:
Action, Harem, Ecchi, Mecha, Battle School, Fantasy

Available On:
Other sources

Description:
Lux the seventh prince of the previous empire, helped overthrow his own country because of how corrupt it was. He now serves as an odd-jobs man for whoever asks for help. Things happen and he ends up in a girls school for learning to become ‘drag-rides’ (mecha). [Me:Why is this a girls school?] {Also me:I don’t know!}. Other men are seen flying these mechas all over the place, but dammit this is a girls school and they are going to make Lux go there, so every girl there can fall all over him. Yes, the rating on this one is going down as I type this out and remember it. Basically ecchi/harem in spades try not to think about it.  Action sequences ticked this one up a notch to ‘average’.

Dislikes:
Been done before, will be done again. Count on it. Story idea isn’t bad but the writing and plot is. Why is this an all girls school again?

Like:
The action sequences are actually pretty good. The girls are cute.

Recommendation:
Skip. Unless you just want some more harem in your life, skip.

Extras:
I put the genre in order of importance to the show.

Quick Anime Reviews: Konosuba Season 2

Title:
Konosuba Season 2

Rating: 8/10

Episodes: 10

Genre:
Adventure, Comedy, Magic, Fantasy, Another World

Available On:
CrunchyRoll

Description:
Season two finds our misfits falling back into misfortune as Kazuma is declared a terrorist in league with the demon lord and no one will stand up for him. Well, no one competent at least. If you’ve seen the first season you know what to expect, if you haven’t, GO WATCH THE FIRST SEASON!!

Dislikes:
At one point I DID think I was going to burst something from laughing so hard. The last ‘arc’ was a bit weak compared to the earlier bits.

Likes:
If the first season’s humor works for you, this one has it in spades. They REALLY let you get some fun out of Darkness this season too! That girl ain’t right! I’ll laugh my guts out if it turns out that ‘cool guy’ that the parents were trying to hook up with Lalatina ends up being the demon lord or something like that!

Recommendation:
Watch. If you liked the first season watch this SOOO HARD. If you didn’t like the first season skip this as it’s more of the same (also what is WRONG with you!?? :p )

Extras:
I’ve not heard anything about ANOTHER season but I really hope it happens.

Quick Anime Reviews: Dragonar Academy

Title:
Dragonar Academy

Rating: 4/10

Episodes: 12

Genre:
Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Battle School

Available On:
CrunchyRoll

Description:
Fantasy world where ‘Dragonars’ form bonds with various types of dragons and defend the kingdom from all threats. Our main character, Ash Blake, has three things that mark him as different from the other riders. One, he has the dragon’s mark, and in fact his is HUGE compared to everyone else’s, but no dragon has come forward for him. Second, he can mysteriously ride ANY dragon, even though dragons don’t let ANYONE but there bonded human touch them. And thirdly, when he DOES get his dragon parter it’s in the form of a young human girl instead of an actual dragon. This show ends up with a romantic triangle between Ash, his dragon, and a princess.

Dislikes:
Typical ecchi/shonen type show. Nothing to make it stand out. I’m forgetting it even as I type this review.

Likes:
Probably a fun light novel, but this one is just to ‘typical’ of the fantasy/ecchi/shonen type ‘battle school’ format to keep my interest.

Recommendation:
Skip. Just…skip.

Extra:
It’s REALLY close to a harem show, with the student body president just a half step away from trying to get in on the action. Since she didn’t, I’ll leave it as ‘Romance’ instead of ‘Harem’….barely.