This spin-off series is akin to A Certain Scientific Railgun: it parallels the main story but is not directly part of it. Its first episode is also set sometime in early September, so it takes place early during the second season of A Certain Magical Index happens; hence you do not need to have seen the most recent season in order to understand the events going on here.
I’ll be frank: of the four main protagonists featured in the A Certain Magical Index franchise, Accelerator is easily my least favorite. Even so, I can understand his appeal: a cocky, slightly reformed Bad Boy whose nasty side is tempered by the soft spot that he has developed for Last Order (aka the last – and only underaged – Mikoto clone) and his regrets over having been involved in the Level 6 project. He also has the irrepressibly cute Last Order to play off of and look out for. Hence him getting his own long-running manga spin-off – and that now getting adapted into an anime – is only natural. Based on the first episode, I don’t see him losing any of his fanbase here.
The production team involved was some cause for concern, as the director’s previous lead outing was the woeful Big Order and person behind the series composition only has limited prior experience with the franchise. However, the end result is a production whose artistry and style points are every bit in line with previous installments in the franchise. Action scenes are crisp and dynamic, with lots of impressive effects and character quirks are portrayed exactly the same; even the franchise’s habit of giving characters annoying speech mannerisms (the villain here entirely overuses “radical,” for instance) unfortunately remains intact. The overall production looks at least as impressive as the best episodes of the third season of the main series, and the music by the returning Maiko Iuchi is at least as strong as ever.
In terms of actual plot, whether or not the business with the stolen weapon is actually connected to any greater scheme is unclear, but this seems like an independent effort. The bigger plot will spin off of the necromancer-like girl shown in the episode’s epilogue. The episode is also significant for marking what I believe is the first chronological meeting between Yomikawa Aiho and Accelerator. Overall, it’s a sharp enough addition to the franchise that it should not disappoint any established fan of the franchise. You can also free Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator anime watch online and free anime download.
The ever expansive Index franchise has led to numerous adaptations in the form of full seasons, spinoffs, OVAs, and even movies. Accelerator, the strongest level 5 Esper in Academy City, should be no stranger to anyone who is familiar with the franchise. Yet, spinoffs can be risky to pull off. Considering a character like Accelerator, that really is no understatement.
Written by the brainchild of the Index franchise, Kazuma Kamachi made this piece of work as an original spinoff. Its emphasis revolves around the dark side of Academy City. Unlike Railgun, the show takes on a darker storytelling route although the overall style will feel familiar. Be aware that if you plan to watch this, it is recommended to at watch Index season 1 or at least the episodes dealing with Accelerator’s role and his encounter with Last Order. Otherwise, the experience of watching this spinoff can be less exhilarating.
If I said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times. A Certain Scientific Accelerator deals with the science side and the darker elements of the Index franchise. You should certainly expect the main story to chronicle Accelerator’s role as a protagonist despite his character being more of anti-hero. And that’s something to keep a tabs on. Accelerator is somewhat of a niche character, meaning that it has a target audience. He’s always had this ‘bad boy’ image painted over him and his actions speaks louder than words. In fact, some episodes from this spinoff gave me flashbacks from the original seasons. In particular, his fights reminds me of the encounters with Hound Dog feels similar to Index Season II. With his ever sadistic personality, Accelerator is by no means a noble protagonist. The only soft side he shows towards is Last Order, a young girl he devotes to protect from researchers and assassins. In contrast to Touma, Accelerator often resorts to violence to solve problems rather than words. By the time this show ends, you’re going to lose count the number of bodies dropping on the floor.
Storytelling wise, the spinoff itself surprisingly doesn’t contain much background plot about Accelerator himself. The original series revealed more of his past so like I mentioned before, watch the previous seasons to understand his character. On the other hand, this spinoff does reveal more background about the DA (Disciplinary Action), a controversial group of Anti-Skill with their own mission to deliver justice in Academy City. Another new character named Esther also gets her own background storytelling. She was originally part of DA but defects after encountering Accelerator and Last Order. With a friendlier personality and value in human life, Esther is sort of the anti-Accelerator. Unfortunately, the darker side of Academy City isn’t going to be a place of salvation for her or anyone else. Throughout the show, the plot is somewhat loose but always carry a sense of darkness. This is extended to organizations such as Scavenger, a mercenary group who shows no value of human life. If you don’t believe me, watch as how they dispose of those who gets in their way, even including their own allies.
Like most people, you probably decided to watch the spinoff because you’re curious to see how this anime stands out on its own. Whether you find Accelerator likeable or not is a different story. Considering the original main characters (Touma, Misaka, Hamazura) are absent, there’s a lot of emphasis put on Accelerator to carry this show. Unfortunately, he doesn’t. Well, he doesn’t really carry this anime with his over the top antics or personality. To be honest, Accelerator serves better as an anti-hero than a heroic protagonist. While his actions aren’t always noble, the anime wants to make him look like a hero at times. This is mostly shown with his ways of protecting Last Order. However, there’s not much character development for either character. Their relationship remains relatively the same and it mostly chronicles their daily life together. Whether it’s going out for simple meals or having small talks, it’s pretty much as straightforward as it can be. With the addition of Esther, it adds small rooms for character dynamics between the trio but not much to praise about. In other words, do not expect your mind to be blown this season with masterful character study. It’s more of average characterization dedicated to the Index franchise to bring more content for its fan base.
Thanks to the voice of Accelerator, he returns to bring the character we all remember. Being that way, this spinoff doesn’t truly commit on changing anything different about him. The Index franchise itself has been an expansive universe and this is just one part, the darker side of Academy City. In essence, this spinoff is just average being that it represents what it is but you’re not going to come out of this show being mesmerized.