The stakes are higher than ever before. Academy City and the Roman Orthodox Church are at each other's throats, and several independent groups are ready to take advantage of the chaos. Meanwhile, Toma is busy dealing with a very hungry Index and the deadly members of the Right Seat of God. Will Toma's luck improve, or will his right hand be his undoing? The time is nigh to put Imagine Breaker to the test.
The Right Seat of God
The Document of C
The Dark Side of Academy City
The Third Level
Holy Mother Veneration
Sky Bus 365
I am surprised to be the first one to add a review and no I am not ashamed to review before the anime ends, there is no need to wait. Its...not that good. Especially for somebody who really likes the original novels, manga and anime before. What happened? I think every problem this series have is pasting issues. They simply try to fit so much stuff in to the episodes which forces them to cut needed character development. It also forces them to put exposition more in to dialog and Touma looks more stupid and boring then he does in the light novel, by far. They are faithfull to the material, but lacklaster. It all feels like just "make it as it is written, don't think about it much, just do it... first take and let's move to some bath scence!" What they did change, or rather cenzure was the moment: SPOILERWhen Misaka realizes that she loves Touma. It happened generaly very similary, except Touma wasn't tired looking, but covered in blood and brusies, he was barely not passing out with electrotes from the hospital machine still on his head. When she saw him she didnt went completly dere, she was worried, confused and then as he left she figure it out, LITERARY changing her personal reality. For those who don't know that is what makes her ESP powers work and changing that can change the ability! That impactfull... did it feel like that i the anime? Not by a long shoot.
The first two series were pretty decent, and I enjoyed both of them. Index III is a tangled mess that should have never been made, at least not in this form. It could not be more obvious that they tried to adapt far too much material while keeping the episode count as low as they could. The result is a confusing, incoherant plot that seems to skip many necessary details that would have at least let someone who has not read the full series follow along. Characters are introduced and then dropped with little explanation, and most of those that stick around don't really get any actual characterization. The series goes from the Touma-show to the Touma, Accelerator, and other guy show; and while I like Accelerator as a character, the series never really gives a reason to empathize with the other guy so the multiple plotlines just makes it all feel bloated. And I do have to question why they decided to change the sound effect when Touma's right arm cancels out a power or magic. It seems a needless change and makes it inconsistent with the two series that came before. This may seem a silly thing to nitpick when the series has so many other flaws I could write about, but it genuinely bothered me in all 26 of the episodes when I heard it. Surely there were more important things they could have focused on to make this series more... well, more? Viewers who enjoyed the previous two series should watch this only if they have fully read the remainder of the light novels; maybe then they could get some enjoyment from it. If not, they are liable to finish the series feeling confused and disappointed; this franchise deserved a better ending than this.
I really loved previous seasons, both original and railgun spin-offs. And saying so, this is not what I expected from this anime. !!!There might be minor spoilers in the review!!! What has gone wrong? It's been about five years since the previous season and after watching the beginning of the newest one, I caught myself thinking that there are lots of things I don't remember. And as it may be true, the problem lays within the anime itself. For about the first half of this season I couldn't comprehend much. And only then I started to understand characters' motives and the general plot. There are several problems which bother this series' season: Multiple plot threads at once - you can't really understand much at the very beginning, when you are introduced with several fractions (Aztecs, Academy City groups, different religion branches) fighting eachother, with every one of them having their own unclear goal to achieve. The escalation problem - while previous season took place mainly in the Academy City, this one is constantly shifting characters between countries, taking the conflict to an international level. And also there's more magic than science, which I personally didn't like. It's anticlimactic - as I mentioned earlier, this season takes place everywhere but the Academy City. And even if there's something to happen in the city, there is a strong focus on travelling through France, Britain and Russia. I really enjoyed the futuristic high-tech experience that I wasn't given now. What is good? After you've watched half of this season, the plot becomes clearer and it is actually starting to make sense. You slowly regain that watching experience you were used to in the previous seasons. The ending is actually quite satisfying, maybe not the best, but still. Overall As bad as this season might seem at first, I highly recommend watching it just to pass through several episodes and start enjoying it. There is also a high implication that there will be the next season that I'm willing to watch. I hope it to be back on tracks.
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