A Certain Magical Index (とある魔術の禁書目録)
Yes, yes I love anime. Duh, geek and all. But I don’t like just any anime. When I started watching A Certain Magical Index I have to admit, I was worried a bit — first few episodes were a bit heavy on Tōma’s monologues. In fact, he talked way too much.
But the story line and visuals did compensate for that.
I don’t know many anime series where magic/esper-abilities are combined well with day-to-day living. Usually that subject deals with some middle-earth type of reality, or takes itself soooo seriously, it’s not even funny. But here there’s plenty of humor, there’s overall conspiracy that keeps the story line going, characters are likable and seem quite plausible. And it’s nice for a change to see main character that has anti-powers. I bet I’m missing something from the comic book world, so feel free to correct me. Standard “boy meets girl, then another girl, then they fight evil which may not be so evil after all” subplot is present, but not very annoying.
4 stars because a few episodes were slow and it took them a while to get the timing of monologues/dialogues right.
A Certain Scientific Railgun (とある科学の超電磁砲（レールガン))
So, I watched the whole set of Index (equipped with fast forward on a couple of slow episodes), and almost forgot about it. Except then I ran into A Certain Scientific Railgun. I got momentarily confused, as characters seemed familiar but the plot “didn’t match” what I saw before. Only around middle of first episode I’ve realized that this must be a prequel to the main events of Magical Index. And even though I know what will happen, it’s still nice to know the background stories and events that lead to main story’s plot lines. Plus, there’s still humor, same characters and enough fun.