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.
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 pacing 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.
I liked Magic Index I, thought Magic index II was OK. Magic Index III was TERRIBLE. There was WAY too many groups who motives I could not care less about, even when one of the characters declared the intention during their 3 minutes of fame. The authors really, REALLY liked anagrams & over used them ad nauseum. Even the spells had anagrams. Did the writers think that tons of groups with anagram names could make up for trash writing? One of the few anime’s I dropped. I dropped it at episode 6. Went to another anime I enjoyed, then picked this up again mainly to see what was happening with the character Accelerator, who was a tad more interesting in that crowded field. The story arcs seemed watery or perhaps there were so many I could not have given a fig less about them. Both the insane number of characters and arcs circled the viewer like confusing clouds of bats. Don’t get me wrong, I like a complex story line (I loved game of thrones), but here so many superficial arcs made for muddy garbage. It’s like the writers could not decide what to go with, so they put a little of everyone’s idea in, which was a really bad idea. I know, other folks said the light novels were good. I am not reviewing the light novels, nor did I read them. I should not need to read them to understand the anime. What is the point of an anime then? This season is garbage and I cannot recommend it unles you have read the novels FIRST.
there's no way to understand this without reading light novels first. That is a failure as an anime medium. Concepts and characters from previous seasons are fair game. This pulled new things from nowhere without explaining them. The first two seasons were predictable but satisfying, but this went off the rails. Skip this. It pains me to say it but after watching everything in the continuum before it this show will only serve to muddle waters and leave you dissatisfied. By far this was the worst offering this franchise has, even having watched all the previous content. You should not need to be a hard-core fan to understand. Businesses don't make money like that without a whale centric business model and there isn't one here. Index is dead, long live accelerator and railgun.
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