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A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 1

(とある魔術の禁書目録 [Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel] #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,154 ratings  ·  51 reviews
In Academy City, magic and science coexist in an unwavering power struggle. Toma Kamijo, an academically-challenged student in Academy City, wields the power of the Imagine Breaker in his right hand, which allows him to completely negate all supernatural powers - as well as his own luck. When he happens upon a mysterious nun named Index, whose mind has been implanted with ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by Yen On (first published April 10th 2004)
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Gervan Yen Press is releasing an official english translation on November 18th (you can order it now on BookDepository though)

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Lois Bujold
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: readers curious about light novels
Recommended to Lois by: tracking back from adaptations
I'd been curious for some time about the Japanese category "light novel", which seems to map, but not exactly, onto the American YA. The one prior example I'd read had been a work-for-hire spin-off of a more popular manga/anime, and pretty dire, so probably not a fair test. They are also much less translated into English than manga, but my library had these. So having just explored this series across two media, I though I might as well add the third, not least because this was the parent series, ...more
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found (in English translation by fans) here-

My spoiler-free review of volume 18 (more a review of the series) follows:

These are such incredible fun (in an almost 24 with theology and magic kind of way)! The Japanese light novel has much to teach the stunted and affectation afflicted young adult genre in English and it's a shame these are not more popular and are made available only through the gracious efforts of readers willing to translate them in their
Brandon Varnell
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. While I'm sure part of the reason is simply because of my love for Japanese culture, and anime and manga in particular, another part is because this light novel was just fun to read.

The first thing I noticed about this light novel was how easy it was to read. It had an easy to follow format and the translations were very well-done. Having read a number of Japanese light novels before this one, I can say that A Certain Magical Index is one of the better written tran
Mar 19, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointment
Do Not Finish at page 42. I'm so done. ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, manga
It was alright, but I feel like random things just kept happening to the main character that I didn't understand or that wasn't explained. Things just felt cut off.

I'm quite interested in the Church of Necessary Evils plot so I might read the next one or just watch the anime to speed things up a bit. Other than that, I hope the events are explained a little bit more because the character art is good, and I have a sense of their attitudes, but I hope the plot doesn't let them down.
Mirai Mizuki
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Mirai by: N/A
Shelves: own, a-certain-series
The short review:
In short, if you're looking for a book set in the near which excellently balances action with a bit of slice of life and romance and a well thought out story that stands out against previous reads, then this book is most certainly for you.

The longer, more detailed review:
A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 1 takes place in near future Japan and revolves around first-year high school student Touma Kamijou, a girl named Index and representatives from an organization who are sent to trac
Ine Airlcana
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very Imaginative Fusion of Magic and Science-Fiction

While the prose can seem dull at times and some character tropes are not that charming in this day and age anymore, I can’t deny the wonders the author packed into this series.
This volume briefly covers some side characters but primarily focuses on Touma Kamijou and Index, as well as the sorcerers Stiyl and Kanzaki, who are pretty well-rounded characters and the focal point of a cool twist at the end.

The First Star:
As someone who watched the or
I wouldn't say that I'm disappointed because I didn't have any high hopes of being amazed by this read since I wasn't amazed by the anime. I remember feeling bored and dropping it after watching the first few episodes. Anyway, it still wasn't anything near the incredible light novel people recommended me.

Things I didn't like:
- how the girl-ish side of Index is always highlighted. I should've wrote them while I was reading but there's so many of them... I don't know how to describe my unease but
May 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga-gn
About two thirds of the way through it got too heavy, convoluted and 'out there' for me and I skipped to the end. Not uncommon for me with edgy extreme reality variant stories. The, perhaps necessary, but to me, overly fluid world view; and more importantly the lack of consistent milieu and character rules pushes the story into an almost mythological or dream like state, where I lost engagement with the characters and the plot.
I find many writers fall into such traps(?) when they lose control o
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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kurogane shiroikaze
This is actually my 2nd rereading of this venerable series, can't believe it's been 15 years since it came out. The first book of the venerable Index series is definitely showing some signs of its age but overall it has stood up well enough.

Plot-wise, it's hard to have seen how far this series has gone to from this volume's content, revolving around the infamous Kamijou Touma with his most meta of powers. You have to admit that Kazuma Kamachi probably wasn't planning this series to last over 15
Manga Status: Completed
My Reading Status: Plan to Read
Published English Volumes/Chapters Read: N/A
Chapters Read Overall: N/A
Genre: Light Novel - Shonen
Current Overall Series Rating: N/A

Thoughts: I've seen the first 2 seasons of the anime years ago (maybe 2013 or so), but I never got the chance to read the original source material. I remember falling in love with the anime, and I can still remember a few things about the story but not much. I'm hoping to be able to read all the light novels befor
Tracy Poff
A boy called Touma Kamijou, whose right hand has the ability to nullify all abnormal powers, wakes one morning to find a girl called Index draped over the railing of his balcony. She is the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, retaining 103,000 forbidden books of magic in her eidetic memory, and she is being chased by two sorcerers who desire those books. Or so it appears.

Not bad, but it has the light novel style quite strongly.

This review is also available on Barba Non DB.
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wonderful introduction to the series, it has great characterisation for Touma and some hardhitting emotional moments towards the end. The world building is amazing, and the volume as a whole sets the standard for the entire series, with well structured plotlines and wonderful blends of both sci-fi and fantasy.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
no spoilers loved the book the ending bummed me out made me sad and mad. Must read the next one
Lively Sonia
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like Touma, I have soft spot for Index now :") ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: physically-own
hahaha my guilty pleasure series forever five stars in my heart
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
promising first volume, these really seem to be due for a fresh translation
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Certain Magical Index takes place in an interesting world with a thinly-veiled "secret world" of magicians and sorcerers. To the public at large, magic is not known of, but to those in the know, whether magicians, scientists who understand such things, and other researchers, there is a vast magical world out there.

It kind is like in the worlds of Harry Potter or Harry Dresden, except for two things. First off, the magic is intimately connected to religion and religious systems Christianity see
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Reading this book was a strange experience. I read the manga adaptation of this (index and railgun versions) and while I barely remember the index version I remembered enough to experience a weird deja vu feeling as I read this story. It was a rather uncomfortable feeling that ended up distracting me from the story.

But ignoring that this was a pretty action oriented read. There was magic, magic battles, esper battles, and lots and lots of blood. I'm not sure why Touma was so attached to Index,
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'll admit that I picked this up a bit by accident, thinking it was something else. (The Irregular at Magic High School, if you were wondering. I'm not sure how I made this mistake either.) It ended up being one of those happy mistakes because this really is a fun series so far.

Yen Press really has made a good decision in bringing this over because not only is this a good series, but it has a pretty wide appeal. Like magic? It has that. Like sci-fi? It has that as well. It all mixes fairly well
Cori Haws
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Certain Magical Index Volume 1 is the first instalment of my favourite Anime, of the same name. After watching the anime and its side series I had been waiting for an official English translation of the Light Novel for just over 2 years.

As expected, story was absolutely brilliant. The plot is interesting in way of incorporating two complete opposite ideas, science and magic, into one so that it works extremely well. For anyone who has watched the anime, volume 1 covers the Index story Arc, the
Sean O'Hara
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, j-lit
I think it took me five years to finish this book. Seriously, I've had the fan translation from Baka Tsuki on my Kindle almost as long as I've had a Kindle, but when I tried to read it I stalled out a quarter of the way in. When the official English version came out, I picked that up thinking it might be a better read, but I stalled out at exactly the same point (when Kamijou comes home and finds Stiyl waiting for him). Hell, I even tried the anime and got bored at that point.

There's just someth
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am obligated by the giveaway FTC rules (or whatever) to say I got this book, free of charge, courtesy of Goodread First Reads. Now with that out of the way, let's get on to the review.

I'll be up front, I can't tell if it's because this is the first book in the series, bad translation from Japanese to English, or whatever. But this book in certain parts really fell flat. The plot was actually decent. Not to mention, the main character himself isn't a complete douche, and hasn't already fallen 1
Jezreel Garcia
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've read all of the novels in this series (those that have been released), and it is without a doubt my favorite light novel series.

This is volume one and after reading it again I was satisfied and glad that I bought it when Yenpress released it. This novel is not the best in the series, but I do think it's a good start and not bad at all. Most people who complain about this say that it's poorly written or that they like railgun better or even say that Index isn't the main character... Touma is
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I like Kawahara's works (Sword Art Online, Accel World) for going so far into cyberpunk themes, but it's clear that his characters are written around the world, not vice-versa. Kamachi is more like Tanigawa (Haruhi Suzumiya) with his approach: protagonists Touma and Index drive the story forward, independent of the ridiculous world around them. It's actually ironic: 'A Certain Magical Index' throws a ton of worldbuilding elements at the reader, what with science-fueled espers and magic-using sor ...more
Shannon Luchies
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
It should be noted that I came to this series backwards, more or less. I saw the A Certain Scientific Railgun anime first, then read the Railgun manga, then looked up the Index anime and only THEN got the book. So my POV will likely be odd.

Saying that, I think I liked the novel better than the anime. Touma is more of a sympathetic character here, and I liked his slightly snarky tone. He's a bit like Kyon from Haruhi Suzumiya, but with powers. I also found Index more likeable, tho I remain rathe
When I started reading A Certain Magical Index, I was remarkably annoyed by it. The bold and italic text all over the place and the intensity of the self-consciousness of the story as a light novel drove me crazy. By the end of it, though, it became a book that I could read while being annoyed that AMC was out on a Sunday night and still be entertained. I like the characters, though they aren't the most interesting literary creations I've ever come across. Where this book does really well is in ...more
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Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Certain Magical Index is one of the most popular light novel series in Japan. Volume 1 of the series introduces us to Touma Kamijou, a 16 year old high school student with a right hand (named Imagine Breaker) than negates powers such as magic, along with Index Liborum Prohibitorum, a sister who has 103,000 grimoirs in her memory. It also introduces us to Academy City, a city filled with students and science, a bit over 40% of the population are espers, people who have abilities, such as a raig ...more
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Kamachi Kazuma (鎌池和馬 Kamachi Kazuma?) is a Japanese-born light novel author and the original creator of the Toaru Majutsu no Index light novel series and Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, its spin-off manga series.

Other books in the series

とある魔術の禁書目録 [Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel] (1 - 10 of 22 books)
  • A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 2 (Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel, #2)
  • とある魔術の禁書目録 3 (Toaru Majutsu no Index, #3)
  • とある魔術の禁書目録 4 (Toaru Majutsu no Index, #4)
  • とある魔術の禁書目録 5 (Toaru Majutsu no Index, #5)
  • とある魔術の禁書目録 6 (Toaru Majutsu no Index, #6)
  • とある魔術の禁書目録 7 (Toaru Majutsu no Index, #7)
  • とある魔術の禁書目録 8 (Toaru Majutsu no Index, #8)
  • とある魔術の禁書目録 9 (Toaru Majutsu no Index, #9)
  • とある魔術の禁書目録 10 (Toaru Majutsu no Index, #10)
  • とある魔術の禁書目録 11 (Toaru Majutsu no Index, #11)

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