Biri-Biri Anime

A flyer has announced that an anime adaptation of To Aru Kagaku no Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun), Motoi Fuyukawa’s manga spinoff of Kazuma Kamachi’s To Aru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magic Index) light novels, has been green-lit. More details will be announced on the official website. To Aru Majutsu no Index has already been made into an anime last October. The To Aru Kagaku no Railgun manga has been running in ASCI MediaWorks’ Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine since the April 2007 issue, and three compiled volumes have been published.

Source: ANN


But god. I hope it’s not the same staff as Index…. although I have a pretty damn good feeling it will be.


  1. Bambi Said,

    March 18, 2009 @ 7:36 pm

    Ohh wow, they really will animate Railgun, more Biri-Biri, more Kuroko … :P

    But what you mean by “not the same staff as Index”? It is spin-off manga, so same city, same environment, same abilities etc etc, only difference is that Railgun focus on Misaka, Kuroko and Judgment stuff (esper delinquent cases) and there are no signs of magic (I red 3 volumes, don’t know if there are more). One big plus for me is that appearance of haxx0r Touma is minimalized :)/

  2. du5k Said,

    March 18, 2009 @ 8:17 pm

    As long there’s more Rina Satou… =D

  3. Dakkar Said,

    March 18, 2009 @ 9:28 pm

    I guess the “staff” referenced here is the part of J.C.Staff which is working on Index. Or should I say the one which fails in animating Index? :)

  4. Tokkan Said,

    March 18, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

    Nishikiori Hiroshi and Akahoshi Masanao, the people responsible for Index’s anime adaptation, do not work for JC Staff. They are freelancers. The only thing that Nishikiori did for JC Staff before Index was Azumanga Daioh.

  5. man0warr Said,

    March 18, 2009 @ 10:08 pm

    They have been much more faithful to adapting the novels than some of their other flagship light novel series

    Hell so was Toradora (although the person doing series comp is same as Kodomo no Jikan/Vampire Knight, two anime that have stuck to their source pretty well).

    Compared to Shana/ZnT it’s night and day.

  6. wah Said,

    March 19, 2009 @ 6:24 am

    isn’t the normal index anime already about sparky

    I mean it certainly isn’t about Index that’s for sure :v

  7. Maggeh Said,

    March 19, 2009 @ 7:53 am

    More Misaka?

    This gives me a reason to watch To Aru now.

  8. TJR Said,

    March 19, 2009 @ 8:32 am

    I thought they did a fairly good job adapting a set of crappy novels. I’d dare say that the anime is a tad better than the source in most places.

  9. TJ Said,

    March 19, 2009 @ 8:44 am

    Oh really wow… yes we can always use more Biri-biri!!! Don’t know if there’s enough content in the manga to make a whole series though…

  10. Sorrow-kun Said,

    March 19, 2009 @ 10:30 am

    More Biri-biri is all well and good, but I, for one, would like to see more Himegami!

  11. man0warr Said,

    March 19, 2009 @ 11:39 am

    Index isn’t actually in alot of Index novels after vol 4 or so, though she starts to show up more later on.

    The Railgun manga focuses on Misaka and Judgement :p

  12. lord_jagganath Said,

    March 19, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

    Is anyone glad that Touma will be more GAR…. (because we don’t have to listen to his whiny monologue..) and we get to see more “NEEESAN” Action!!!!

  13. Ailieron Said,

    March 19, 2009 @ 7:12 pm

    Hmm.. Nice, But I really do wonder what Judgement really does in their free time… Hmmm.

  14. Sniperk Said,

    March 19, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

    I just hope they don’t turn the thing into some sorta episodic anime. That would be a major let down.

  15. Dakkar Said,

    March 19, 2009 @ 8:52 pm

    Well, they might be faithful to the source, which might be not all that good, but still… Even putting aside all the nonsensical elements which are probably the books legacy, the show has terrible pacing, not to mention that half an hour talk during intense fights looks out of the place, to say the least. And it’s often hard to see why they talk at all, like during that fight with Misha, where Misha was silent and obviously didn’t care…
    The flow doesn’t look smooth either, with transitions between the scenes often being sort of abrupt and forced. This might be related to the source as well, but come on, they should understand that on the screen it looks way worse than on paper…

  16. man0warr Said,

    March 19, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

    That problem is evident in the source material, characters and organizations pop out of nowhere in the earlier novels and get explained on the fly in big chunks of exposition, the anime is too well adapted in that regard.

    I assume they only did it this way because they plan to animate the other 10-11 novels in the future, and less explanation will be needed.

  17. TJR Said,

    March 20, 2009 @ 12:23 am

    Pacing is an issue, but again, the novels are comparatively worse than the anime. At least you don’t have to wend through half a book of nonsense to extract bits of story.

    Throw away the junk and there’s barely a story to tell, which is likely why the anime writers had so much trouble.

  18. avexmode Said,

    March 20, 2009 @ 10:20 am

    Yay moar Judgement

    Also biri-biri

  19. FieryAeon Said,

    March 20, 2009 @ 11:52 am

    yesh, more tsundere biri-biri (which amusingly means sheep in the Malay language lol)

  20. Glo the Legend Said,

    March 20, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

    I never heard of To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, but I already can’t wait, as I think that To Aru Majutsu no Index is awesome, and I would love to see a spinoff. Mai Otome was a great spinoff to Mai HiME, which I loved, so I’m expecting sort of the same thing here.

  21. yooN Said,

    March 21, 2009 @ 7:03 am

    I hope they incorporate Touma into the new show, I’ve gotten kind of attached to that character, and to axe him out would be like …. Kei from Onegai Teacher -> Onegai Twins.

  22. Mentar Said,

    March 21, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

    Oh, Touma WILL play a significant role in Railgun too. But there, he won’t be annoying-preaching, but rather pretty cool, helpful and reasonable. Perfect to rile up Mikoto ^_^

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