Halex's avatar

Halex

  • USA
  • Joined Aug 18, 2013
  • ? / M
sort

A Certain... Index / Railgun / Accelerator - Watching Guide

This is an easy anime series to get into as it has a little bit of everything from comedy to action to slice-of-life; all wrapped up with an interesting setting with cool superpowers and everything is well executed in terms of pacing and development (specially if you watch without fillers).
1 A Certain Scientific Railgun

A Certain Scientific Railgun

This is an easy anime to get into as it has a little bit of everything from comedy to action to slice-of-life; all wrapped up with an interesting sci-fi setting with cool superpowers and likable characters. Everything is well executed in terms of pacing and development, especially if you watch without fillers, which contain a great amount of fan-service, and only serve to slow down the pacing to a halt.

Note: The dub is good for all iterations/seasons.

So this series its a side story to To Aru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index). Index is actually the main story while Railgun is the side story, but both series take place in the same universe and at the same time, interlacing with each other, just from different character perspectives. However, Railgun is the better story and since both are intertwined, I'm going to recommend to watch in the following order in order to avoid spoilers, which is partially based in the chronological timeline:

  1. Railgun Season 1
  2. Railgun Season 2 "S"
  3. Index Season 1 (Concurrent with Railgun Season 2 "S")
  4. Accelerator
  5. Index Movie
  6. Index Season 2 (Concurrent with Railgun Season 3 "T")
  7. Railgun Season 3 "T"
  8. Index Season 3

This is because Index spoils Railgun (which is the better story), while Railgun won't spoil Index. Furthermore, Index will continue the story after the events in Railgun.

And if you are like me and don't care too much about the slice-of-life & excessive fan-service, then I recommend you watch it without fillers

Filler Source:

WATCHING GUIDE:

  • Watch Episodes 1-2
  • Skip Filler Episode 3
  • Watch Episodes 4-12
    • (The events up to Episode 14 predate Index S1.)
  • Skip Filler Episodes 13-25 
    • Yes, the majority of Season 1 is just pointless slice-of-life & fan-service but the story gets better in the next season. That is why watching without fillers creates a much better story with good pacing.
    • Even if you like fan-service, I would recommend you come back to the filler episodes afterward, in order to maintain the pacing for the main story. The filler episodes are just side-stories, nothing important ever happens.
2 A Certain Scientific Railgun S

A Certain Scientific Railgun S

  • Watch Episodes 1-6 (25-30)
  • Skip Episode 7 (31)
  • Watch Episodes 8-16 (32-40)
  • Skip Episodes 17-24 (41-48)

3 A Certain Magical Index

A Certain Magical Index

Watch.

The whole season is canon. Ironically, Index doesn't have any fillers, but the story is told much better in Railgun, LoL.

Is it necessary to watch Index if you already watched Railgun?

No, but it's fun to watch the story from the perspective of the male main protagonist and you get to see other parts of the story that are not shown in Railgun, the same events are slightly different, Furthermore, the story in Index advances the plot further than in Railgun.  However, if you don't like it, then drop it at any time. Personally, I think Railgun makes Index worth watching, but not the other way around, if you are only going to watch one of the two, then you should only watch Railgun.

  • Index S1 Episodes 10-14 are the condensed version of Railgun S, you may skip them if you like. The same events happen slightly differently.
  • Index S1 Episodes 19-20 move the story forward, beyond Railgun S, and are relevant for Accelerator.

Does Index have the same story as Railgun?

Not at all, Index focuses on Magic and they are a completely different story, divided into many small arcs, but at some point, the plotlines converge and the story is the same just for one Arc of Index S1 (Episodes 10-14), which is the focus of the full season of Railgun S, so the story is better developed in Railgun and with better animation & action, hence the recommendation to watch Railgun first in order to avoid spoilers.

Railgun focus is on science (fiction), more specifically espers and their powers; and has many references to real science like Synesthesia and the moral use/abuse of clone technology.

4 A Certain Scientific Accelerator

A Certain Scientific Accelerator

Watch.

This is a continuation of the events of both Index S1 & Railgun S (S2), from the perspective of Accelerator.

The First Episode is filler, but you would want to watch it as its the intro to this series.

Do you need to watch Index/Railgun first?

Yes for both, but you could start with Railgun S (S2) which is where the character of Accelerator is more relevant and introduced much better than in Index, then you could just watch Episodes 19-20 from Index S1, which are the relevant episodes that develop the story further than Railgun S.

5 A Certain Magical Index Movie: The Miracle of Endymion

A Certain Magical Index Movie: The Miracle of Endymion

Watch.

Chronologically, the movie happens between Index S2 Episodes 7 & 8, so between The Remnant Arc (which will explain the injuries to one of the characters), and before The Daihasei Festival Arc. But since its just a side story, you could watch it anytime between Index S1 & S2 or at the end of Index S2.

6 A Certain Magical Index II

A Certain Magical Index II

Watch.

Continuation of Index S1 and Railgun S (Season 2). And starting with The Daihasei Festival Arc (Index S2 Episode 8 (32)), the events happen concurrently with Railgun T (S3).

7 A Certain Scientific Railgun T

A Certain Scientific Railgun T

Watch.

At least up to Episode 65 everything is canon. I'll update the guide as new information is available regarding fillers.

8 A Certain Magical Index III

A Certain Magical Index III

Watch.

9 A Certain Scientific Railgun OVA

A Certain Scientific Railgun OVA

Optional.

It's average filler comedy & slice-of-life with fan-service.

10 A Certain Scientific Railgun Specials

A Certain Scientific Railgun Specials

Skip.

Just random comedy sketches.

11 Toaru Kagaku no Railgun: Entenka no Satsuei Model mo Raku Ja Arimasen wa ne

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun: Entenka no Satsuei Model mo Raku Ja Arimasen wa ne

Skip.

Unless you like fan-service, this is just a beach episode.

12 A Certain Scientific Railgun S: All the Important Things I Learned in a Bathhouse

A Certain Scientific Railgun S: All the Important Things I Learned in a Bathhouse

Skip.

More fan-service.

13 A Certain Scientific Railgun S Specials

A Certain Scientific Railgun S Specials

Skip.

Random comedy sketches.

14 A Certain Scientific Railgun T: Motto Marutto Railgun

A Certain Scientific Railgun T: Motto Marutto Railgun

Skip.

Unaired episodes included in the 1st and 5th BD/DVD volume releases of A Certain Scientific Railgun T.

I haven't seen these and I don't plan to, given the quality of other specials.

15 A Certain Magical Index Movie: The Miracle of Endymion Special

A Certain Magical Index Movie: The Miracle of Endymion Special

Skip.

Chibi comedy related to the Index Movie.

16 A Certain Scientific Accelerator Special

A Certain Scientific Accelerator Special

Skip.

I haven't seen these and I don't plan to, given the quality of other specials.

17 A Certain Magical Index-tan

A Certain Magical Index-tan

Skip.

Chibi comedy related to the Index Series.

18 A Certain Magical Index-tan II

A Certain Magical Index-tan II

Skip.

Chibi comedy related to the Index Series.

19 A Certain Magical Index-tan III

A Certain Magical Index-tan III

Skip.

Chibi comedy related to the Index Series.

20 A Certain Magical Index 10th Anniversary PV

A Certain Magical Index 10th Anniversary PV

Optional, but recommend skipping.

It is really just all characters mash together into a J-Pop music video.

'Well it's a short animation to celebrate Kamachi Kazuma's work as a novelist (it features characters from his different series)

I think it was pretty enjoyable! (And I got to see Othnius *^*)' -SogiitaGunhaGUTS

Comments

You must be logged in to leave comments. Login or sign up today!