Anime Sunday: Index 3 Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering the final Episode 01 Impression for the Fall 2018 Season. It’s my Index 3 Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot: This picks up after the end of season 2’s finale and deals with the growing tensions between Academy City and other world powers after Vento’s attack. If you’ve forgotten what has occurred in past seasons this is going to confuse you so I advise watching the previous two seasons of Index.

Characters: We don’t get to see many new faces, not exactly. That said we do get to meet a few, but I won’t name them due to spoilers.

Art: The art was incredibly well done, and I can only hope that the rest of the season keeps the same level of quality.

Music: The soundtrack is pretty great, not much more needs to be said.

Overall: A solid start to the final season of the first part of the Index series.

TNT: Upcoming Anime Adaptations of Light Novels

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with a quick look the towards future. It’s all about Upcoming Anime Adaptations of Light Novels!

Arifureta: Color me really surprised, but yeah Arifureta is getting an Anime. Hopefully it isn’t absolute crap, but the storyline is actually pretty amazing, and I’ve read the entire web novel and a bit of the after story. Whether the adaptation is any good will remain to be seen.

Shield Hero: Again I’m really surprised this is getting an Anime, considering the absolutely horrid things that occur to Naofumi in the first few chapters.

Sword Art Online Alicization Arc: Not surprised at all that this is getting an Anime, with how huge a hit the first two seasons were. I’ll admit I’m partial to the GGO arc of SAO, but the rest is a bit too lighthearted overall for me. Alicization though shouldn’t be that lighthearted and I fully expect it to take the entire two cour’s worth of episodes to animate the entire thing, if not possibly 3 cour.

Toaru Index Season 3: Once more a suprise announcement, it’ll happen sometime in the future. Eventually.

Shout outs go to both Overlord and Death March for their adaptations happening in the Winter 2018 season. Hopefully Death March’s won’t be absolutely terrible.

Wish List Adaptations I’d love to see happen in the second half of 2018, but incredibly likely that they won’t happen:

Fate/Strange Fake and Fate/Prototype Fragments: Both are really interesting series that haven’t really been translated yet, so I’d love them to get some love from my favorite studio ufotable. Of course I’d also like a Fate/Extra Caster Route with Hakunon by ufotable as well. Hell get everything Nasuverse related done by ufotable in the future TYPE-MOON! Seriously though, a match made in heaven.

That’s it for the first Translation Necessary Thursday of 2018, come back next week for a more regular sort of post.

Light Novel Thursday: To Aru Majutsu no Index/ A Certain Magical Index

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This is one of my favorite Light Novel series, and is one of the most popular ones in Japan. So I figured I’d do my first Light Novel Review on it.

Summary: A high school student named Touma Kamijou is living an somewhat peaceful life in the City of School, Academy City in Tokyo. He meets a strange nun and thus begins his life in the War between Science and Magic.

Plot: While each book is a separate story for the first few volumes, it quickly becomes necessary to have read the entire series to not get lost with all the different characters who show up. That out of the way, the series takes a great look at all the different myths from around the world and incorporates them into the story very well. It also takes into account pretty scientific theories, which while I’m not really that brainy, they all sound plausible to me.

Characters: Well to start with Touma is pretty fun to read about, but beyond him we get loads and loads of characters in this story with each new volume that expand the world building into new and unexpected ways. Needless to say It’s not all about Touma and by the end of the first half of the series we have 4 big heroes that the story follows, with one of them being one of my favorite female characters of all time, Misaka Mikoto.

Length Per Volume: Pretty short for me, at around 200 pages per volume this is a pretty short read for me.

For those who like: Mystery, this series has lots of weird stuff going on. Alternate world fantasy mixed with Urban Fantasy. Kick ass heroes, and an Author who never forgets anything.

Not for those who don’t like: Japan, Fantasy and battle scenes. Lots of death of random goons.

Read before you die?: Yes if you like anything I listed above.

Can’t stand reading, but like watching Anime?: Good news because this is one of the most critically acclaimed Anime Adaptations of a Light Novel series! It even has a spin off series on my favorite heroine, Misaka. The anime covers the first 13 volumes, but it ends on a pretty serious note, so if you are curious you totally should read the rest of the series.

How should I go reading it? Thankfully the amazing people at Baka-tsuki light novel project have you covered, you can download free english translations of the series in helpful .PDF files! Here is their project page for the series.