A Certain Magical Index I & II

Type: Religion vs. Science

Synopsis: Touma lives in a world where things like Magicians and Espers (psychics with superpowers) really exist. Both sides seem to really hate each other, so its sorta like the anime version of the Scopes Trial. Unfortunately for Touma, his ability to cancel any power plus his friendship with a cute magic library, a cute electric girl, her clones, and frankly a whole bunch of people, puts him smack dab in the middle of it.

Pros: The show’s real strength is its effective use of its huge cast. It does that thing that action anime does in introducing new characters regularly. But these characters reappear later on in a manner that feels organic.Even the protagonist is likable. Touma isn’t all powerful, but his analytic and deductive reasoning makes him a surprisingly competent hero. The fight scenes are also fun to watch, a crucial element in action anime. The show is organized by story arcs, some exploring different aspects of the world, or building on previous arcs. It manages to pull you into its world of magic and superpowers rather effectively.

Cons: Even though the arcs vary in story elements, they usually boil down to Touma punching the bad guy. Speaking of Touma, his fights tend to get repetitive. All his power is in his right hand, so he logically favors his right hand, but he does it to such an extreme that it makes his fighting style seem awkward. He also tends to make speeches during his fights, which can best be summarized as “Screw you, you’re Outlook on Life sucks!” There’s also that bit about him losing his memories that didn’t really seem all that necessary. Also, while neither the science or religious side are idealized, the Catholic Church is the most common antagonist, so….yeah.

Watch it?: Yeah. Its fun and should keep you entertained for a while. (3/5)

MVP: Misaka Sisters

“I know right?” He said with some surprise.

Best Episode: Ep. 17-18 “Penalty Game” & “Serial Number” (very fun)

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