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Kiss x Sis

Kiss x Sis

Kiss x Sis anime series cover art
Kiss x Sis

Overview

Kiss x Sis (キス×シス) is another ecchi, harem series. However this time around there are two main girls, and they just so happen to be the protagonist’s twin step-sisters. Aside from that though, it follows the same route that most ecchi, harem series do.

There are the obligatory beach episodes, obligatory hot springs episodes, obligatory pool episodes, etc. But Kiss x Sis isn’t an anime with ecchi in it, it’s a full-fledged ecchi anime, and sometimes feels like it should have just been a hentai.

In fact, some hentai actually have more a fleshed out plot than Kiss x Sis does. In this series the entire plot is that the protagonist is trying to study for entrance exams and his sisters are competing with each other for his love. That’s it. There isn’t anything else, which is why there’s so much room for ecchi content.

Ako and Riko Suminoe from the anime series Kiss x Sis
Ako and Riko Suminoe

This series is also split up into two parts, a TV series and an OVA series, each made up of 12 episodes for a total of 24. Usually OVAs are extra episodes that simply add on to the story of the TV series, but that’s not the case this time around. The TV and OVA series are all one “narrative.”

And watching this series isn’t as easy as watching the TV series, then the OVA, or vice versa. Instead you have to constantly swap back and forth, meaning a viewing order is necessary. So if you want to experience this gem of an anime, here’s the order in which you should watch:

  • OVA episodes 1-3
  • TV episodes 1-9
  • OVA episode 4
  • TV episodes 10-12
  • OVA episodes 5-12

Keep in mind that although I numbered the OVA episodes 1-12, technically they’re numbered 0-11. Either way, there are 12 of them so you’ll be able to figure it out.

TV vs. OVA

While it’s a bit strange for there to be both a TV and OVA series for the same anime that are combined in this way, what’s even stranger is that they have different tones. Since the TV series is meant for, well, TV it’s much more tame than the OVA series.

This is what I meant when I mentioned that it sometimes feels like it should have been a hentai instead of an ecchi series. While the TV series can definitely get pretty raunchy, it’s no match for the content of the OVA series. And for this reason, the OVA series is far superior.

Interestingly, however, even the OVA series isn’t actually uncensored. Yes, you will see a lot more, and the things you’ll be seeing are a lot more explicit, but it’s still censored. That said, the censoring isn’t done by either random beams of light or areas covered by shadow, so it still looks natural.

But if the OVA is still censored, then how is it really superior to the TV series? It all comes down to the types of things shown in the OVA series that make it so great. While the TV series is fairly tame, anything goes in the OVA series which actually makes it pretty funny.

From the situations the protagonist finds himself in to the scene composition, there’s a lot to love about the OVA series. And if you’re anything like me you’ll find yourself saying, “ah yes, I too have been in this situation many times.” I mean, who hasn’t had one of their classmates pee on their head? This series is full of relatable scenarios like that.

Characters

Keita Suminoe is our protagonist. He’s a third-year middle school student (the equivalent of 9th grade in the US) and is studying for his high school entrance exams. He doesn’t really have much personality (as is the case with any good self-insert character), but over the course of the series we see him get a bit more confident in himself.

Ako and Riko are Keita’s older, twin step-sisters. Ako is the one with shorter hair, while Riko has the longer hair typically put up in a ponytail. Aside from their hair, the only other difference in their physical appearances are their bust sizes; Riko is larger than Ako.

And while Riko’s physical appearance is more my type, she’s also better character-wise as well. Ako is the more mature of the two and is seen as the more reliable of the sisters. Riko, on the other hand, is the wild card who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it.

Now that we’ve established that Riko is the better of the two sisters, who’s the best other girl? Without a doubt, it has to be Mikazuki Kiryuu. While Ako and Riko are both one year older than Keita, Mikazuki is one year younger than him.

Much like Riko, Mikazuki is fairly straightforward about what she wants. She’s also definitely the cutest of the girls in this series both from character design and personality perspectives. Mikazuki also has an older sister of her own, Yuuzuki Kiryuu.

Mikazuki Kiryuu from the anime series Kiss x Sis
Mikazuki Kiryuu

Not only is Yuuzuki the older sister of Mikazuki, but she’s also the homeroom teacher of Ako and Riko. Yuuzuki sees Keita as a problem child who is corrupting the girls he comes in contact with, especially his own sisters. Little does she know that it’s actually all the girls who are corrupting Keita.

It’s unfortunate that Mikazuki and Yuuzuki don’t get all that much screen time because I think they’d probably be the best characters if they did. Yes, even better than Riko which pains me to say.

The final, and worst, girl of the series is Miharu Mikuni. Her personality is bad, her hair is bad, and the role she plays in the series is bad. Basically she was put into the series for people who have a particular fetish, and while it’s funny because of the situations it comes up in, it’s not for me.

Mikuni is also the same age as Keita and is almost like the Tsubasa Hanekawa of this series. She’s the smart girl with glasses and big boobs. And if you know my feelings regarding Hanekawa, then my dislike for Mikuni makes sense.

Conclusion

Overall I’d give Kiss x Sis an 8/10, 7/10 for the TV series and 9/10 for the OVA. I know that those ratings might seem pretty high for a series like this, but it was extremely enjoyable to watch, especially since I was watching with someone else and we were commenting on it the whole time.

But regardless of whether you watch this series alone or with other people, it’s clear that the OVA is the standout portion of the anime as a whole. No matter what reason you have for watching this anime, the OVA will deliver better than the TV series every time.

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Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf anime series cover art featuring Holo
Spice and Wolf Cover Art

Overview

I think after 11 years of being universally loved, I can safely say that Spice and Wolf is a classic. However, I didn’t have high hopes for it when I began watching. I mean, it’s a series about a merchant teaching a wolf-girl basic economics, so how exciting could it really be?

As it turns out, all those people who loved this series over the past decade were onto something. Spice and Wolf isn’t really supposed to be an exciting anime, if anything it’s a cozy anime, and if I had watched it when it originally aired, I probably would have thought that meant it was boring.

Yes, there’s action at times, but I never felt that the action was all that important. What’s more important is the relationship between our main duo of Lawrence and Holo, and the suspense that’s generated due to the various situations they find themselves in.

The main draw to the series for a lot of people is probably the romance aspect between Lawrence and Holo. Over the course of the first season, which this post is exclusively about, the pair become near inseparable as they fill the void in each others’ hearts from years of living solo lives.

But, as I mentioned, there’s also a fair amount of suspense generated by the story even if there isn’t all that much actual action. Sometimes we’re left wondering how Lawrence is going to get out of some debt he’s incurred, and other times Holo is being chased down by the church for being a pagan deity.

Characters

This time around our protagonist’s name is Kraft Lawrence, and he’s a 25-year-old merchant. Honestly, when I learned that Lawrence was only supposed to be 25 I was shocked. I was sure he was supposed to at least be in his 30s if not 40s.

Lawrence is currently a member of a merchant’s guild and travels between various towns and cities with his wagon of goods. However, his true dream is to one day make enough money to open up his own store so he can settle down and truly begin his life.

Despite his apparent age, Lawrence is also highly skilled at his craft. He knows when to invest in certain goods, the differences in purity between all the coins from various cities, and they best ways to avoid being robbed; all skills a good merchant needs.

Holo and Kraft Lawrence from the anime series Spice and Wolf
Holo and Lawrence

However, it’s Lawrence’s unlikely companion who really pushes his ability as a merchant over the edge. Holo is a wolf deity who once watched over a particular village and helped its crops flourish. However, with the invention of new, more robust seeds, the people no longer have a reason to worship her.

So, she decides to return to her homeland in the mountains to the far North, and chooses Lawrence as her travelling companion. While he sees her simply as another mouth to feed at first, it quickly becomes apparent that Holo possesses unique abilities that will aid him in his quest for wealth.

Not only can Holo determine if people are being truthful, something merchants have to worry about on a daily basis, but she’s also an extremely sly negotiator. She’s able to talk vendors into decreasing the prices of their goods, or even convince buyers that Lawrence’s goods are higher quality than they really are.

Also, Holo is basically just an older, more tsundere predecessor to Raphtalia from The Rising of the Shield Hero. Her design isn’t quite as nice, and she tends to act more mature, but other than that they’re the same character as far as I’m concerned.

The third and final character I’ll mention is Nora. Nora is a young girl who works as a shepherd for the local church. However, because she and her dog Enek are so good at protecting sheep from wolves, the church believes she must be some sort of witch.

Ah, yes, the good old days when being good at your job meant you were a witch. Because of this fear, the church constantly sends Nora to graze her flock in the most dangerous regions where other shepherds dare not go.

Their thought process is that if she comes back safe, she must be a witch, but if she dies, then she wasn’t a witch, but also isn’t their problem anymore. It’s a classic case of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”

Nora joins Lawrence and Hollow on their travels after she successfully leads them through dangerous territory multiple times safely. But, Holo isn’t exactly fond of Nora both because she’s a shepherd and because she thinks Lawrence will fall for her.

Conclusion

The first season of Spice and Wolf is a solid 8/10, which isn’t something I really expected from the studio Imagin. I’ve seen one anime they’ve produced, Alderamin on the Sky, and that was bad, so I wouldn’t have expected a series animated by them to be much better.

The second season is animated by two different studios I’ve never heard of before, so it’ll be interesting to see what differences there are between that season and this first one. Stay tuned for a review of season two in the eventual future.

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One Piece (Thriller Bark)

One Piece (Thriller Bark)

One Piece anime logo
One Piece Logo

Overview

Thriller Bark is the fifth saga of the One Piece anime and follows Water 7. Right from the start, I want to say that Thriller Bark is the best saga in the anime up to this point, which should really come as little surprise considering each saga seems to be better than the last.

So why is Thriller Bark so good compared to everything that came before? Is it merely that the story is better than the previous four sagas?

While I did enjoy the story, I don’t think this is actually the case. What Thriller Bark really had going for it was its length. This saga only contains one main story arc, with filler arcs both before and after it. So, not only is it the only saga with one main arc, but it’s also the shortest saga so far.

In my Water 7 review I mentioned that the major issue I had with that saga was that it was too long and drawn out. For comparison, Water 7 was 110 episodes long while Thriller Bark is only 45. This means that the story is able to progress forward before the content gets stale. If the Thriller Bark saga was another 110 episodes, it wouldn’t have been nearly as good.

Filler Arcs

Before getting into the main arc of the saga, let’s take a quick look at the two filler arcs that come with it.

The arc before Thriller Bark is the Ice Hunter arc in which the Straw Hat Pirates find themselves traveling through a winter pass that’s home to a bounty-hunting family. Not only does this family hunt pirates who happen to stray into their territory, but they steal their jolly rogers and keep them as trophies.

The leader of the family is a large man who has a devil fruit power which allows him to heat up anything he touches. While this power is fairly effective against Luffy, there are other, more versatile, powers which can do the same thing, such as Ace’s fire and Eneru’s electric.

The filler arc after Thriller Bark is the Spa Island arc in which our favorite pirate crew, the Foxy Pirates, make a reappearance. This time, however, the Foxy Pirates are only three members strong, after losing all of their members in the Davy Back fight.

Spa Island is an island spa, as the name suggests, and on it there are two girls searching for a secret treasure. Their father disappeared while searching for it, and so now the girls are attempting to find it in his place. In the end, the treasure turns out to be a 360 degree rainbow which holds the secret to manufacturing jewels.

Of these two arcs, I found the latter to be the better one, but this may mainly be due to the fact that it was the shorter of the two. It was also more obviously filler, which means it’s easily skippable if you’re so inclined.

Thriller Bark

And now, onto the main arc of the saga. Unlike the rest of the main story arcs since entering the Grand Line, Thriller Bark doesn’t actually take place on an island. Well, sort of. Thriller Bark is actually a giant pirate ship which happens to be carrying a piece of an island from the West Blue.

The captain of the ship is one of the seven warlords of the sea, Gekko Moriah. Moriah’s devil fruit power allows him to steal, control, and physically manipulate shadows. He typically uses this power to steal the shadows of passing pirates, and then having his ship’s doctor implant them into corpses to create zombie crewmen.

The Straw Hat crew find their ship trapped within the walls of Thriller Bark, and have no choice but to go “ashore” once Nami, Chopper, and Usopp go missing. Unlike the rest of the islands the crew has gone to so far, there isn’t really a point to them going onto Thriller Bark considering it doesn’t even interact with the log pose.

Because of this, the entire arc revolves around the Straw Hats regrouping to leave the island ship. However, a number of the crew also get their shadows stolen by Moriah, and so they need to defeat him and retrieve them before they can leave. This is because anyone without a shadow will be burned up by the sun.

Luckily, Thriller Bark is currently located in a portion of the ocean which is covered by thick fog, so the sun isn’t an immediate threat to anyone whose shadow is stolen. But, leaving this region and continuing on their journey without their shadows would be nearly impossible.

Also, the entire Thriller Bark ship is essentially a Halloween island, which was fairly interesting. Unlike the other islands we’ve seen so far which all seem to have a theme based on where they’re located or the specific properties of the island, Thriller Bark’s Halloween theme appears to be due to Moriah’s personal taste.

Characters

To save time, I’ll just be going over the two major characters of this saga: the new Straw Hat member, Brook, and the antagonist, Moriah.

Brook is a living skeleton who the Straw Hats found on a “ghost ship” which was wandering the seas. It turns out that he and all of his crew mates had been killed in battle, but Brook had the powers of the revive-revive fruit and so came back to life.

Unfortunately for him, his soul was unable to find his body, and by the time it was found, he had completely decomposed and been reduced to nothing more than a skeleton. Of all the devil fruit powers, this has got to be one of the worst, because although it grants the user a second shot at life, it’s not really helpful otherwise.

Yes, Brook got to come back from the dead, but all of his friends didn’t, which means he was left alone. Further, during both of his lives, the only inclination that he’s even a power holder is the fact that he can’t swim. So, in that regard, his power is just a massive debuff.

That said, it seems that the fact that Brook is now a skeleton actually makes his power useful. It’s unclear if it’s even possible for him to die again, and because he’s so light, he can even run across water, making his inability to swim less of an issue.

Brook’s role in the crew is as the musician and a swordsman. While he’s not as powerful as Luffy, Zoro, or Sanji, he’s probably about as strong overall as the likes of Franky, Robin, and Chopper. He’s at least stronger than Nami and Usopp.

Gekko Moriah is the primary antagonist of Thriller Bark and as such is supposedly extremely powerful. However, he didn’t actually seem all that strong to me, as even the likes of Crocodile, and especially Eneru, would have been able to defeat him.

Of all the weird devil fruit powers we’ve seen so far, Moriah’s is my least favorite solely because although his ability has to do with shadows, that’s not how shadows work. In fact, almost nothing about his ability makes sense.

I think the real issue though, is that Moriah’s shadow power had to be extra strange because Blackbeard already has dark power, and the two would have overlapped too much otherwise. So just what about his powers don’t make sense?

First of all, shadows are not the souls of humans. Even if you were able to implant a shadow into a corpse, that wouldn’t do anything because corpses already have shadows of their own. Also, on a similar note, even Moriah’s shadow had a shadow, which makes no sense whatsoever.

Second is the idea that not only do shadows mimic the appearance of the body, but the body mimics the appearance of the shadow. Moriah demonstrates this by compressing a shadow into a ball, and so the zombie attached to it is compressed into a ball as well.

The issue here is that, again, this isn’t how shadows work. If this were the case, then in the middle of the day when the Sun is exactly overhead, you would be a small circle, because that’s what your shadow looks like at this time. Likewise, during sunset when shadows are stretched, you would be elongated as well.

And, along with this same point, Moriah’s shadow is able to break up into hundreds or thousands of pieces and move independently, but this has no effect on his physical body whatsoever. There are just too many inconsistencies with his ability, which is why I disliked him.

Gekko Moriah (powered up version) from the Thriller Bark saga of the One Piece anime
Gekko Moriah (powered up version)

Conclusion

Overall, the Thriller Bark saga is the first 7/10 in One Piece. The combination of the story, length, aesthetic, and new character (Brook) made for this to be better than any of the previous sagas. And, as a bonus, the whale Laboon made a reappearance!

You may recall from my review of Water 7 that I though Laboon was going to make a reappearance at the end of that arc, but it was actually the Merry. Well, we finally came full circle, or at least half circle, with Laboon, because it turns out that Brook was a member of the pirate crew which Laboon was waiting for at the entrance to the Grand Line.

It’s said that “Oda never forgets,” and I think this proves that to really be the case. Also, I’m fairly certain that one of the minor, supporting characters from Thriller Bark, Lola, is going to come back in an important way in the far future. Those who are all caught up with the series should know what I’m talking about.

So what are your thoughts on the Thriller Bark saga? Do you think it’s as good as I do? And, if you’re farther into the series than I am, do you think any of the future arcs are better than it? Let me know in the comments.

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To LOVE-Ru

To LOVE-Ru

To LOVE-Ru anime cover art featuring Lala Satalin Deviluke, Haruna Sairenji, and Rito Yuuki
To LOVE-Ru Cover Art

Overview

To LOVE-Ru is an ecchi, harem, comedy series which comes in both censored and uncensored varieties. The particular version I watched was the uncensored one, but honestly it’s not like there’s any significant difference between the two other than some conveniently (or inconveniently) placed flashes of light.

For the most part, if you’ve seen one ecchi, harem, comedy series, you’ve seen them all. However, I found the first half of season one (the season this review is looking at) to be a cut above the competition due to its use of comedy.

Comedy isn’t uncommon in ecchi, harem series, but To LOVE-Ru’s comedy was often in the form of the characters being surprisingly accepting of the crazy situations in which they found themselves, as well as simply the absurd situations themselves.

And no, I don’t simply mean your standard ecchi, harem series absurd situations. I mean situations like an alien knight being defeated by a space squid and space lobster while trying to fight off a space octopus in a classroom. These scenes in which nothing makes sense were, in my opinion, the best parts of the series.

Unfortunately, while the latter half of the series continued to have comedy centered around the characters’ reactions to the situations in which they found themselves, the situations themselves became more generic.

Obviously an ecchi, harem series is going to have all the obligatory episodes such as the beach, hot spring, pool, etc., but I don’t need episodes in which the protagonists go to an undiscovered part of the world with dinosaurs, King Kong, and an Amazoness tribe.

While that sort of episode may not necessarily be generic for this genre, although the Amazoness tribe kind of is, it’s very generic for TV series in general.

Okay, but what if you’re not watching To LOVE-Ru for the comedy? What if you’re watching it for the ecchi scenes?

From what I can tell, the later seasons of the series are much more ecchi, especially the uncensored versions, but unfortunately for you, this first season doesn’t really have much to offer in that department. I’d say that there are a decent amount of “scenes with ecchi,” but virtually no “ecchi scenes” if that makes sense.

Characters

The protagonist of the series is Rito Yuuki, your typical high school student who just so happens to accidentally get engaged to an alien princess who teleports into his bath. However, despite becoming engaged to Lala, Rito is actually in love with one of his classmates, Haruna.

I get it, Haruna is a pretty good choice, but is she really better than Lala?

Since Rito is just your average Earthling high schooler, there isn’t really anything particularly special about him. This causes Lala’s father, King Deviluke, to not approve of him, and demand he first become the “greatest man in the universe” before he can have Lala’s hand in marriage. Over the course of the second half of the season, this is Rito’s primary goal.

The female lead of the series is Lala Satalin Deviluke, the first princess of the Deviluke royal family. She initially came to Earth after running away from home and using one of her many gadgets to teleport herself to a random location, which happened to be Rito’s bath.

Speaking of her gadgets, they often explode, remove her own clothing, or remove everyone’s clothing upon use. They aren’t meant to do any of those things, but you can expect that something’s going to go wrong when she pulls one of them out of her back pocket.

Overall, Lala is a carefree girl who likes to have fun with her friends on Earth. Oh, and as a an alien from the planet Deviluke, she has a tail.

Lala Satalin Deviluke in a hot spring from the anime To LOVE-Ru
Lala in a hot spring

The other female lead is Haruna Sairenji, the girl from Rito’s class whom he has a crush on. We learn that Haruna also has a crush on Rito, but the two of them are too shy to actually tell each other how they feel. Rito thinks Haruna is out of his league, and Haruna thinks Rito loves Lala.

Next we have Golden Darkness, an alien who was sent to Earth to assassinate Rito. She’s able to turn any part of her body into a weapon, and typically either turns her forearms into blades or her hair into fists. Even after her mission to assassinate Rito is voided, she still keeps up appearances by threatening him.

There are more members of the harem, but they aren’t as important as those three, so now let’s move on to two of the male supporting characters, Zastin and Kenichi Saruyama.

Zastin is the leader of the Deviluke royal guard and serves as Lala’s advisor and bodyguard. He wears armor which resembles that of Ainz from Overlord, and wields a glowing, green sword. Although he’s a competent warrior, he’s not the smartest guy around.

Finally, Saruyama is Rito’s best friend from school. He serves as Rito’s foil character when it comes to interacting with the various girls in the series. While Rito is easily embarrassed and doesn’t want to see the girls in provocative situations, Saruyama embraces his good fortune.

Conclusion

As I mentioned, if you’re looking for a good ecchi series, from my understanding the latter seasons of To LOVE-Ru will give you what you want, but this season falls short in that regard. However, if you’re looking for a slightly above average ecchi, harem, comedy series, then this is definitely for you.

The art and animation aren’t always the best, but if you’re familiar with this genre then you should already know to expect that. In the end, To LOVE-Ru is a fairly solid 6/10. The first half of the season was better than the second, and so this score is an average across the whole thing.

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A Certain Magical Index

A Certain Magical Index

A Certain Magical Index anime cover art featuring Kamijō and Index
A Certain Magical Index Cover Art

Overview

A Certain Magical Index is the primary story in the franchise known as RailDex which also includes the side story, A Certain Scientific Railgun. I believe the watch order for these series is Index, Railgun, Index II, Railgun S, then whatever Index season 3 is going to be called, but I watched Railgun first. Whoops.

Index takes place in the same Academy City as Railgun, and features many of the same characters, except this time Kamijō is the protagonist instead of Misaka. It also focuses more on magic than science, as the title implies.

The first arc in the series annoyed me a lot. Index, the female lead, is named such because she functions as an index for 103,000 volumes of magical text. Now, this alone isn’t annoying, but just about every other sentence in the first arc is reminding us of these 103,000 volumes.

Just typing out those sentences about the 103,000 volumes of magical data is triggering flashbacks, so that’s the last you’ll hear about them from me. After that beginning arc, the series does get better, but it still has its issues.

The main issue I think I had with the series was the over-saturation of religious references. Sometimes I found them to be fine such as the use of golems by one of the mages, and other times I found them interesting such as how different religions can be used to counter each other, but most of the time that wasn’t the case.

Typically the characters would just ramble on about something while throwing in religious terms or phrases without making any real sense. I think these scenes were supposed to be confusing because we’re understanding everything from Kamijō’s perspective, but it was a bit much.

This is the type of gag I expect the show to pull once or twice, but it became less of a gag and more just a part of the show. Every episode has this kind of thing happen multiple times; more times than is acceptable for a running gag.

Characters

Tōma Kamijō is the protagonist for this series. He’s a student in Academy City, but doesn’t appear to have any psychic powers like most of the other students in the city. On the other hand, he also doesn’t appear to have any magical ability like the sorcerers he meets during the series.

Instead, Kamijō has an ability which seems to fall into neither of these categories. His (right?) hand is able to completely stop both magic and psychic powers simply by touching the power, or the person using the power.

I recently saw a video which mentioned him and said that his power was boring because having a power that cancels out the powers of others is overdone for anime protagonists. However, I can’t think of another protagonist with this ability, so I wasn’t bothered by it in that sense.

That said, I do think that the ability to nullify the abilities of others simply leads to uninteresting fights.

Think of it like this, we all know that Naruto is going to resort to using the shadow clone jutsu, but at least he can use that in conjunction with other jutsu or strategies. Kamijō on the other hand just has to touch his opponent or whatever ability they throw at him, and the battle is essentially over.

Index is the female lead of the series, not Misaka from Railgun. She’s a member of the English Puritan Church and is in possession of a large number of grimoires (see how I didn’t say the number?) which are stored as memories in her head.

Misaka is still in this series, however, but plays a more supporting role. She also had 20,001 clones of herself running around Academy City, but I don’t even want to get into that.

This may be an issue I have simply because I watched Railgun first, but I felt that Misaka wasn’t the same character who I was used to seeing in Railgun. I can’t pinpoint what was different about her exactly, but her personality wasn’t the same.

Komoe Tsukuyomi is one of Kamijō’s teachers who is neither an esper or a magician. Her role in the series is mainly to be the stable adult figure since most of the other characters are teenagers. However, her appearance is that of a small child for whatever reason.

The final character I’ll mention is one of the antagonists for the series, an esper known as Accelerator. His psychic ability allows him to freely control any vectors, which he typically uses to reflect any attack that comes at him back towards the user.

Accelerator is the strongest of the seven level 5 espers in Academy City and is part of an experiment to make him the first level 6 esper.

Kamijō and Index from the anime A Certain Magical Index
Kamijō and Index

Conclusion

At first I didn’t like A Certain Magical Index as much as I liked A Certain Scientific Railgun, but by the end of the season I’d have to say they’re about the same. Because of that, I rated A Certain Magical Index at 6/10.

I’ll have to watch the second seasons of both shows before I can really decide which one I liked more, but for now I’ll say I’m leaning slightly more toward Railgun because it made more sense.

The first OP for A Certain Magical Index is available here.

My review of A Certain Magical Index II is available here.

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