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Watching order for "Toaru Majutsu no Index" and related anime

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....
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Watching order for "Toaru Majutsu no Index" and related anime

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 ...
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Watching order for "Toaru Majutsu no Index" and related anime

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 ...
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Why those "magical names" sound so much like forum handles?

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 ...
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Why Touma is considered only a level 0 esper when he's clearly so powerful and was able to defeat the most powerful level 5 esper?

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 ...
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How different are the Index light novels from the manga/anime?

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 ...
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Do the citizens of Academy City know about magic?

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 ...
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Why are level 0 espers considered espers if they have no powers at all?

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 ...
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Where is it mentioned the Accelerator's Vector Transformation works on all 11 dimensions?

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, ...
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Why those "magical names" sound so much like forum handles?

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 ...
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Where to continue from the manga after two seasons of "A Certain Magical Index" and "A Certain Scientific Railgun"?

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 ...
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Why does Accelerator need a necklace to use his powers?

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 ...
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How could Misaka 10032 be measuring Touma's life signals while holding his right hand

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 ...
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What does Touma say to the "Replica" Sorcerer with the Obsidian Blade?

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 ...
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Is Academy City really an educational city? What is its purpose?

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 ...
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Why didn't Accelerator get sunburned after losing his vector shield?

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 ...
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How does Mugino Shizuri's Meltdowner beam work?

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, ...
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Why was Misaka Mikoto chosen as the candidate for the Sister's project when she was just a normal child when they asked for her DNA map?

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 ...
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Why nuns, bishops and catholics have magic powers in A Certain Magical Index?

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 ...
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Watching order for "Toaru Majutsu no Index" and related anime

This is how i came up with the watch order for "Toaru Majutsu no Index" whole seires: Index Season 1 Oct 5, 2008 to Mar 19, 2009 Index tan 2009 Railgun Season 1 Oct 3, 2009 to Mar 20, 2010 MMR + ...
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Mikoto started at Level 1. Is she a Gemstone or a kid with 'idiosyncracies', or neither?

No, she is not. She has been recognized by the system as someone with high potential, and as such was given funds and research to develop her powers all the way up to level 5. Also, Mikoto's own ...
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What's the meaning of the 'Out' suffix in "Mental Out" and "Skill Out"?

Looking at the kanji name of the 'mental out' attack,'心理掌握,' a literal translation could be something like 'mind arrangement manipulation grip' (source). So where did the 'out' come from? Presumably, ...
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How is Misaka's railgun so destructive?

You guys are all forgetting the basic fact that the 1030 m/s measurement was taken while firing into water. The effects of drag on the coin fired into water are far greater in magnitude than the ...
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How is Misaka's railgun so destructive?

It is also worth noting that (insofar as I recall) the 'psychic' powers of the type Misaka has are loosely based on the ever-popular, fantastic, double-misinterpretation of the Schrödinger's-cat ...
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Why does Last Order state her name twice?

Last Order isn't just saying her name twice. She narrates herself, like all the SISTERS, but she is doubling her dialogue tags (quoting herself twice) in her narration. This isn't just simple ...
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Is Academy City really an educational city? What is its purpose?

Academy City, also known as Academy City of Science and Technology, is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the Tokyo Metropolitan Employment Area. As ...
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What does Touma say to the "Replica" Sorcerer with the Obsidian Blade?

“I have promised to protect Mikoto and her around.” When Touma helped Kuroko, he said so, in Volume 8 of the original novel. And perhaps in Volume 11 of the manga.
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Is Academy City really an educational city? What is its purpose?

I'm sorry, but Ayase Eri's answer is completely wrong. Misaka did not have powers before coming to Academy City. Espers who acquire their Abilities without the help of Academy City are called ...
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What does reversing a person's bioelectricity do?

Reversing a person's bioelectricity would result in that person's death. Accelerator has demonstrated his ability to manipulate bioelectricity several times in canon. My first example is in volume 5 ...
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Why those "magical names" sound so much like forum handles?

Well, I assume that this particular system is to prevent name clashes. The church probably has a registry of names; a magician chooses​ a Latin word that fits their ideals and a number is added on ...
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