July 12th, 2016

smirk by geekilicious

Book 74

A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 1 (manga)A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 1 by Kazuma Kamachi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this one. I know it's the manga adaptation of a very popular light novel series and adaptations can be tricky. This one has a strange pace to it, trying too hard to explain the world building. I also have fears that this could quickly become another shonen style manga that is little more than a few lines of plot and the rest is 'must train to get stronger' ala Bleach and Naruto. That's not necessarily a bad thing but I'm bored with that.

Touma is a young man, a remedial student in Academy City where they train, in fact force, superhuman powers on them. Touma has almost no abilities other than bad luck. The whole first chapter was him fighting bullies and the girl he saved from the bullies (she reappears later to challenge him again hence my fear this is going to be a fight, fight, fight manga). the story picks up when he finds a girl, a nun, draped over his balcony. Her name is Index and it turns she has magic, something he doesn't believe in (which seems to be exactly the same thing as the super hero powers only it does sometimes require chants/spells)

Index has an eidetic memory and has been forced to memorize thousands of magical grimoires which could be terrible in the hands of the villains. Touma finds himself drawn into helping her after she's gravely injured (revealing some of her secrets). He is actually well suited to it because one of his hands can disrupt any ability. However, it's just the one hand. Hit Touma anywhere else, he's going to get hurt.

It's an interesting idea and I'll get the next one just to see how it shakes out. However, the story was choppy and the art, while good, isn't anything special either. Both have a lot of potential. However at the cost of these manga, I'm not sure I will keep buying it. It might be good to see if the library has it.

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