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To Aru Majutsu no Index

Alt titles: A Certain Magical Index

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Touma Kamijo's right hand has the ability to nullify any form of supernatural power, whether it be magical, psychic, or divine; he lives in a city populated by students with these powers. Yet unfortunately for Touma, his arm also seems to nullify good luck. Despite his bad luck, the boy tries to stay out of trouble and just live out his life, trying to be the "good guy" whenever he can; but trouble enters his life one day when he finds a young girl hanging on his balcony. She turns out to be a nun of the Church of England, bearing the Index-Librorum-Prohibitorum - a collection of 103,000 forbidden texts, and as a result has a number of people after her. How far will Touma go to protect his new companion from her pursuers?

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun TV 2009 Side Story
To Aru Majutsu no Index: A Certain Magical Index-tan DVD Special 2009 TBD Short episodes on a bonus DVD for those who pre-ordered the DVDs.
To Aru Majutsu no Index II TV 2010 TBD
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OVA OVA 2010 TBD
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Specials DVD Special 2010 TBD
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun: Entenka no Satsuei Model mo Raku Ja Arimasen wa ne DVD Special 2010 TBD
To Aru Majutsu no Index II: A Certain Magical Index-tan DVD Special 2011 TBD
To Aru Majutsu no Index Movie Movie 2013 TBD
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S TV 2013 TBD
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S Specials DVD Special 2013 TBD
To Aru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki Special Other 2013 TBD
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S: Daiji na Koto wa Zenbu Sentou ni Osowatta OVA 2014 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
To Aru Majutsu no Indexchu   TBD
To Aru Majutsu no Index (Light Novel) 2004 TBD
A Certain Scientific Railgun 2007 TBD
To Aru Majutsu no Index 2007 TBD
To Aru Majutsu no Index SS (Light Novel) 2007 TBD
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun SS: Liberal Arts City (Light Novel) 2009 TBD
To Aru Majutsu no Index SS: Norse Mythology (Light Novel) 2010 TBD
To Aru Jihanki no Fanfare (Light Novel) 2010 TBD
To Aru Majutsu no Index SP (Light Novel) 2011 TBD
To Aru Majutsu no Index: New Testament (Light Novel) 2011 TBD
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun SS2: Shopping Mall Demonstration (Light Novel) 2011 TBD
To Aru Majutsu no Index: Road to Endymion (Light Novel) 2013 TBD
To Aru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki 2013 TBD
To Aru Majutsu no Index SS: Necessarius Special Entrance Exam (Light Novel) 2013 TBD
To Aru Kagaku no Accelerator 2013 TBD
Name Role
Yuichi TANAKA Character Design
Hiroshi NISHIKIORI Director
Maiko IUCHI Music
I've Music
Kazuma KAMACHI Original Manga Creator
Yasutaka KIMURA Producer
Nobuhiro NAKAYAMA Producer
Kazuma MIKI Producer
Satoshi FUJITA Producer

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To Aru Majutsu no Index KiraRin 6/10 Jan 23, 2010
A Certain Magical Index KiraRin 6/10 Jan 23, 2010

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Sakai Yuuji thought he was a normal high school student, until one fateful day when time stopped. Watching in horror, he witnesses a monster devouring the "frozen" people around him; but luckily for Yuuji, he is saved by a sword-wielding red-headed girl that calls herself a "Flame Haze". The girl informs him that he has been dead for some time now and that his current self is merely a replacement for the human that he used be while alive. He is, she says, merely a torch whose life will come to an end when the blue flame in his chest ceases to burn. After this rude awakening, Yuuji realizes that he is able to see the flames of life in other "torches"; and after discovering that a friend of his is also a torch -- and her life is burning out faster than his – he gains the courage to live out the rest of his life with meaning. Will Yuuji be able to find his place in the world before he ceases to exist?

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Useless boy - check

strange girl - check

great twists and turns - check

seriously, i think you'll enjoy both series. the stories are catchy and really interesting, involving both a more or less useless boy(main character) and a strange girl with supernatural powers. and yes, there is love, so be sure to watch them!


These series have a same feeling. This is especially when you hear the intro songs as they are from the same artist. Both series feature a "normal" boy who gets pulled into a strange and for him unknown world. Also the magic powers used in both series are somewhat alike therefore if you like the action in one of the series then you will definately like it in the other.


Both anime have a very similar feel... of a powerless (relitively) main male character.. some harem humor, lots of Shonen action, and some Tsundere girls. 


To Aru Majutsu no Index and Shakugan no Shana have several similar elements to them. First and foremost, we have the guy with some sort of special, initially useless power, comming across a strange girl he teams up with. Then we have the magic, fight between the goodies vs baddies in an arc-based story and the half-friendly, half-hostile side characters with their own goals. If you liked one of these, definitely check out the other!


1) Girl into crashes guy's life? Mmhmm.

2) Boy's fate is irrecoverably intertwined with girl? Mmhmm.

3) Boy and girl fight enemies? Mmhmm.

4) Boy and girl aren't fully human? Sure seems so.

While watching the first 3 episodes of Toaru Majutsu no Index, I had countless Shana vibes. The female leads may be dissimilar in personality, but both stories involve plenty of magical battles, a male/female protagonist pair, and a bevy of enemies (both are J C Staff productions as well).

If you like magic battles and chance-meeting-turned-fateful-encounter stories with a male and female lead, add Toaru Majutsu no Index  or Shana to your list of titles to watch.


Both of the animes are made by JC Staff, involve supernatural powers and an underlying love story. They have similar senses of comedies and a harem theme around the male lead with plenty of action and a sense of mystery surrounding a main character in each.


Both series feature fighting with supernatural powers or abilities and a love story that develops.  Though in Shakugan no Shana it is built upon much more than in To Aru Majutsu no Index in which the viewer is never given a definite answer on the relationship between the characters.  Both series leave enough mystery about the characters to keep the viewer wondering as well as having similar styles of comedy and having some rather nice action mixed in.  As a bonus both are made by J.C.Staff.


These anime both have a pretty similar feel in their animation, characters, and music. Both were created by the same studio, and the OP's are both sung by the same person. if you liked one for one of those reasons then you will surely like the other.


Both To aru majustu no index and shakugan no shana are about guys with rather useless powers (IE magic canceling and unlimited existence) Trying to protect rather young looking girls from people they should have no chance of defeating.

They are also both mixes of slice of life with fantasy action. So if you're into that, go ahead


In both shows, the creators infuse magic into otherwise normal societies. The final products resemble eachother in that you have main characters that fight many evils that appear throughout the story. They both have overarching plots that drive the characters throughout the multiple seasons with the promise of an ending.

Shakugan no Shana is a much better show, overall. From the storyline to the characters, it feel much better built. Specially when you consider the first season of Shakugan no Shana (as the second one is not quite as good).

Neither show is perfect, but they can both be enjoyable to people who like fantasy and magic, as well as light, yet seemingly complex plots.


Both animes have extreme fights , romance, magic and action so if you like one you will like other for sure


Female main characters are both lovable and make you love at the same time. But you cannot consider this as the main point, which would be action. and if you ask me the fightstyles of those animes are quite alike and you really can enjoy them a lot.

Some twists throughout both animes make them even greater.

Finally one thing some people like about animes: at first the main male charakter seems quite useless but at second thought they can really prove their worth

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Asura Cryin'

Asura Cryin'

Three years after an accident that nearly left him for dead, Tomoharu Natsume is about to start his high school life. Though with a ghost named Misao following him around, Tomoharu is far from being an average teenager. One day a strange woman appears and gives him a trunk that contains a tremendous power. This power is known as an Asura Machina - a being that draws its strength from a human sacrifice - and the sacrifice within Tomoharu's Asura is none other than Misao. As the bearer of such a power, Tomoharu immediately becomes the target of various groups, including the Divine Guards, who want his power for their own. When Tomoharu befriends a demon called Kanade and she is captured by the Divine Guards, he joins the Dark Society in order to save her. Now, Tomoharu will have to fight alongside the Dark Society while he tries to find a way to save Misao and bring her back to life.

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The main protagonists just keep going into fights for the sake of their dear female friends. Both series has supernatural elements and wonderful art.


Both of these series have a mixture of "science" and occult happenings with a large cast and a great number of fights.


Both series feature a good mixture of science and things of the magical/supernatural element.  Granted that Asura Cryin' is a bit more about the fighting between mecha and To Aru Majutsu no Index is more about the fighting between individuals with special powers both series do a good job in keeping a good balance of action, comedy, and some romance. If you enjoyed one then your almost likely to enjoy the other.

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Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

Darker Than Black - Kuro no Keiyakusha

A giant wall looms over Tokyo, shielding the city from a dangerous otherworld called the 'Hell's Gate'. Within the city, things are no less terrifying because Contractors, psychopathic killers with phenomenal powers, have started to appear. These killers are compelled to pay a price every time they use their powers, often in the form of a meaningless or painful task. As their deadly habits rack up a gruesome death toll, Kirihara Misaki and her team from the Foreign Affairs Public Security struggle to solve the cases and bring the Contractors under control. Their task is further confounded by the interference of a masked individual they title Messier Code BK201, a man with abilities that allow him to fight and defeat the Contractors. Who is this BK201? How can the Contractors be stopped permanently? And what does the appearance of the Hell's Gate mean for the people of Tokyo?

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If you liked To Aru Majutsu no Index for it's action, character development and dark sides of the story, I'm sure you'd also enjoy Darker Than Black. Both shows feature fighters with some sort of superpowers and have an interesting, slightly dark storyline.


Darker Than Black is basically a more grown-up and darker version of Index. Both play in a slightly futuristic setting and involve special powers. It does have the occasional humoristic scene but in general is more serious about the topic.


Both series contains interesting supernatural abilities of usersMajutsu no index divided supernatural ability users in two types Espers and magicians who are trying to overtake each other while in Darker than black contracters(supernatural ability users) are doing different interesting missions

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Dragon Crisis!

Dragon Crisis!

In the world, there are those who hunt down rare and powerful items known as Lost Precious, including Ryuuji Kisaragi’s own parents and cousin Erika, who’s been studying abroad for the last few years. But when Erika suddenly returns, the boy finds himself in the middle of the action when she drags him along to intercept a special treasure from the nefarious Fang organization. What’s more, the duo soon discovers that this Lost Precious isn’t a jewel or trinket, it’s a rare dragon girl who instantly bonds with Ryuuji! Now, Ryuuji and Erika must help teach this dragon - who they name Rose - about the world, while keeping her safe and meeting other new friends and dragons along the way.

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In To Aru Majutsu no Index and in Dragon Crisis! we see a misterious girl with superpowers coming out of nowhere in the hands of a young boy again with strange and rarely seen powers. Both girls like eating and both of them are persued by the "bad" people. Both boys start to protect the girls and the story continues.


Each of these series mix together magic and the present. Each series starts with the main character, who happens to be very unique, having a young girl fall into his lap. The young girl in each case happens to be very powerful. Madness insues. If you like interesting worlds with magic and fighting, these series go well together.


In both series we get a young man who has an encounter with a young girl who has unique in some fashion or another.  Also in both cases the male lead ends up protecting the girl from the various forces that are after her.  Add to that the fact that each series the male lead ends up creating a harem for himself without even realizing it and these two series could almost be mirrors of each other.  Though that being said there are enough differences between the two that both stay interesting and don't seem like you're watching the same thing all over again only with different characters.

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Fate/stay night

Fate/stay night

The Holy Grail War is a battle between seven magicians who each summon a mythical hero to fight for their cause. Shirou, a twice orphaned high school boy, had so little magical talent that his foster father did not bother teaching him about the war and its meaning. Thanks to that lack of foresight, Shirou finds himself in a bit of a pinch when he accidentally summons a hero of the strongest class, and is sucked into the fray. The Grail grants the winner any wish they have. But driven by an unyielding sense of justice and self-sacrifice, for what will Shirou fight?

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Both series revolve around the main protagonist, a seemingly powerless guy, and his desire to save those around him. While both characters are at their core, very different people, the reason that drives them is similar, and in that sense, both characters and their conflicts are similar. Also, both series make use of magic and other supernatural powers as part of the plot and story.


The main similarities between these series is the back story- the fact that magic is an unknown aspect of life, even though it makes large differences in day-to-day activities, and the main character always tries to save others, even at the risk of his own life. Also, this isn't really a similarity, but every time the main character in FSN began to "image" something, I couldn't help but think of Touma saying that he'll just have to break that image before he defeats an opponent.


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To Aru Majutsu No Index and Fate/Stay Night both feature a seamingly powerless protagonist trying to protect women with much greater powers. However the females in both series are both powerful and fragile at the same time. Both shows have lots of action but they also focus on the developing relationships between the characters.

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