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According to the anime and manga, Mikoto has a "muzzle velocity" of 1030 m/s: In contrast, the US Navy's railgun has a muzzle velocity of 2520 m/s (~5600 mph or ~7.5x the speed of sound), with a muzzle energy of 10.64 megajoules (10.64 million joules). Which is probably comparable to the amount of energy in an average-sized car moving at 250 mph. ...


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Having just watched them out of order (accidentally), I highly recommend watching them by order of release date, including the movie. The original and spin-off series were produced by the same company. (The same team as well I believe) and never aired at the same time. This makes the recommended order: Index season 1 Railgun season 1 Index season 2 Index ...


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Electricity can move the water: The wiki says that Misaka can generate 1 billion volts. (even though some sources states 5 billion volts, lets be MODEST <grin>) If she charges the coin, the rapid transfer of charge from the coin to the water would cause repulsion between the coin and the surrounding water, propelling the water away from the pool. The ...


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I take the position that Accelerator cannot control the magnitude of vectors. Indirect textual evidence The Japanese for Accelerator's "vector manipulation" ability is: 向き【ベクトル】変換. The two fundamental properties of a vector are magnitude (大きさ) and direction (向き). If we ignore the furigana on 向き, Accelerator's ability translates as "direction changing" or "...


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User /u/urban287 on reddit proposes an interesting non-conventional viewing order for watching the entire Raildex series: Railgun season 1 Railgun season 2 Index season 1 Index season 2 Index movie His reasoning is rather compelling: Watching the Sister's Arc first in Index absolutely ruins the emotional impact you get from seeing it from Misaka's ...


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The "canonical" order in which to watch Raildex (i.e. production order) is correctly given in Builder_K's answer. However, there are alternate viewing orders that are also feasible, since Index and Railgun are only loosely coupled to one another. Persons who enjoy Railgun but not Index might wish to watch in the following order: Index season 1 (...


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The magic names are Latin and they are chosen to represent the wishes of the magic user. The numbers at the end serve as unique identifiers in the case that the term has been used previously as a magic name. This is a quote from Tsuchimikado from page 112 of volume 4 of the Yen Press translation of A Certain Magical Index: "Sorcerers-particularly the ...


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Judgement is a term used to refer to Academy City's student-based disciplinary committee. They are composed of students of varying grade levels and power, and along with Anti-Skill, they are tasked to maintain peace-and-order within the school system. Judgment members can be recognized by the armbands they wear over their right sleeves, which are green with ...


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It is very possible that you have seen it several times in the anime ( even in the game), it is a gekota Gekota (ゲコ太 Gekota?) is a popular mascot found in merchandise marketed to children in the Toaru Majutsu no Index universe. A Gekota fan is called a Gekoer. Misaka Mikoto is a huge fan of the franchise it belongs to, and much to her consternation gets ...


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The two have met before Index, in Toaru Kagaku no Rērugan (A Certain Scientific Railgun) Misaka encountered Touma and his ability to nullify her attack with his Imagine Breaker in his right hand. When Misaka asked how Touma did it he says he doesn't know yet Misaka doesn't believe him. This annoyed Misaka because she's one of the strongest Espers in the ...


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The first place is the Asahi Beer Hall (i.e. the Super Dry Hall, スーパードライホール). (cf. Google Street View) The second is Saw, Sawing, an art installation by Claes Oldenburg located at the Tokyo International Exhibition Centre (aka Big Sight). (cf. Google Street View)


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I've read the first ten novels from the series and I'd say the content is pretty much the same, i.e. the anime follows the novels pretty well, but of course, the novels are much more detailed, for example more explanations during the fights, small additional scenes or more detailed explanations on certain (pseudo-scientific) concepts regarding the story. ...


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You can read the Wikia article on Academy City: In the novel series, there are only a handful of residents who know about magic, either due to encountering it or being part of the magic side themselves, such as Kamijou Touma, Index, Accelerator, Hamazura Shiage, Aleister Crowley, Heaven Canceller, Tsuchimikado Motoharu, Himegami Aisa, Etzali, Xochitl, ...


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For whatever reason, Toma Kamijo's Imagine Breaker ability is not considered an esper power, so according to Academy City's ranking system he's a level 0 esper with no known abilities. It's also not seen as a magic ability so he's not considered to be on the other side of the technology/magic divide. The true nature of the power hasn't been revealed. Its ...


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Level 0s have undergone the Power Curriculum Program, so even if someone ranked at Level 0 doesn't happen to exhibit any observable powers, their brains have still been fundamentally rewired. All espers, including Level 0s, are unable to use magic without suffering severe backlash damage because of incompatibility issues. But it's not necessarily the case ...


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In a nutshell, Accelerator went through almost 10K sisters indoors. As a result of this, he was able to efficiently kill many sisters. Assuming he "works" for 12 hours, killing a sister every 8 minutes on average, he would go through 9800 sisters in 4 months. Source: http://toarumajutsunoindex.wikia.com/wiki/Level_6_Shift It is unknown how long the ...


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In To Aru Majutsu no Index light novel volume 6, page 57, it is explained how teleporters use the 11th dimension to move objects: [...] Though the phrase “to teleport within space” sounded simple, the theory behind it was to get away from the three dimensions, find her position in the eleventh dimension, and then calculate the vectors to teleport. [...] ...


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I've read up to volume 11 of the manga of A Certain Scientific Railgun and volume 5 of the manga of A Certain Magical Index. As of volume 5 of Index, the manga has not caught up to the conclusion of the anime. For Railgun, the Sisters Arc concludes in volume 7. A new arc also begins in volume 7, so that's the one you'll want to start with that, chapter 40, ...


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This is explained in the fourth novel (angel fall arc; chapter 2 part 5) by Motoharu: “The term ‘magician’—especially the modern magicians that were established in the tenth century, will carve their wishes onto their souls. This is the magic name. Carving the reason why they want to learn magic or give up their entire lives for the one goal by writing it ...


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So, Accelerator's ability requires a ton of calculation and mental power in order to function. Seeing as how Accelerator himself possesses extremely high intellect, he was able to perform these calculations by himself no problem. However, once he got shot, his frontal lobe was greatly damaged. He lost many of his motor skills, including the ability to walk. ...


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Quote from the 6th novel, Chapter 1 Part 8 (Credit for the translation goes to Baka-Tsuki): All the students in Academy City had a scholarship they could claim, and the money would be automatically banked into their accounts like a salary. On first glance, it was a system that was worth being envious over, but basically, it could be considered a ...


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It wasn't explicitly stated, but the collar has three states: Active, Passive and Dead Battery. In Active mode, Accelerator can use his vector transformation powers. In Dead Battery mode, Accelerator can't walk or talk, he can barely think logically, until the battery is recharged or the source of electromagnetic disruption is removed. In Passive mode, ...


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「——yjrp悪qw」 Volume 15 (Old Testament), chapter Dark_Matter, section 4 (p. 320). 悪 (あく / aku) means "evil". The surrounding letters don't appear to gain any additional meaning in Japanese - they're probably just gibberish.


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As the power of Saints is based on the Idol Theory (humans are replicas of God so they can reproduce a fraction of his power - Saints are just humans who are "better replicas" in this sense), it seems to be something innate and defined at birth. Brunhild's backstory in the Kanzaki SS also confirms the Saint status is something one is born with.


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Manga volume 11, chapter 64, page 15 The full quote was: "That’s right, it's a promise. This promise is to protect Misaka Mikoto and the world around her. This is my agreement with a certain nameless person who fell in love with her so quickly." He explains this to Shirai Kuroko regarding his promise with Etzali from Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel ...


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So to start off, a disclaimer: I don't have any qualifications in physics whatsoever, but I have taken elementary physics courses up to quantum mechanics, so I have an amateur interest in the topic, being an Index/Railgun fan myself. As the OP noted, the to aru wiki gives a very vague explanation about the Meltdowner ability and they claim it has to do with ...


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Imagine 5 years old Misaka Mikoto living not in Academy City, but in "normal" city. Misaka touched her friend. Friend got electrified. Misaka was surprised. Friend still electrified. Misaka don't now how to stop. Friend got fried. That is just one example. Another would be Shirai Kuroko using her teleport power but left her hair and thus shows up bald at ...


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This isn't much of an answer, but as the question does specifically ask about whether there is a difference between the light novels and the other versions, here are my findings: In Yen Press's English translation of A Certain Magical Index: Volume 3, which hand of Touma's that Misaka 10032 is holding to her chest is unspecified. Here's the quote: Lastly,...


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If I recall correctly, an explanation for this is hinted at by Mugino later on in S, although it is addressed in more detail later on in the novels. In short, Misaka was selected because of something called the Parameter List.


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As with most fiction, it's because the world is different. In the simplest way, ours doesn't have magic while the Index world does, and magic must be incorporated into the history of the world and its religions. In our world, the occult in Christianity and Catholicism does not hail from God, and magic is an unnatural force disturbing the world, and is ...


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