Comic Newtype has announced that chapter 19.5 of the ongoing spinoff manga of A Certain Magical Index, A Certain Scientific Mental Out, is now available in Japanese for free.
This chapter is a brief detour of the main narrative, as it features a flashback of Misaki and the central protagonist of A Certain Magical Index, Touma Kamijou. This meeting here is quite significant for those who know of the special relationship these two have, but you’ll all eventually find out when New Testament’s light novels officially begin receiving English releases starting this December.
A Certain Scientific Mental Out focuses on Misaki Shokuhou, the fifth-ranked Level 5 of Academy City, one of the franchise’s central locations, a hub of Espers. In this city, youths undergo the Power Curriculum Program, which allows them to gain supernatural abilities. Of the roughly 2.3 million students who reside here, each is ranked from 0 through 5, with one’s Esper ability adequacy denoted by those rankings. Level 0s are mostly powerless, while Level 5s possess the power to rival world militaries.
Misaki’s ability is Mental Out, comprising various techniques to seize the human mind, such as mind control and reading people’s memories and thoughts. She attends Tokiwadai Middle School and is known as The Queen of Tokiwadai/Queen Bee because she possesses the largest clique and influence there. Further, she and Mikoto Misaka, the third-ranked Level 5 who attends the same academy, are seen as rivals.
Misaki plays a pivotal role in certain arcs throughout A Certain Scientific Railgun, and integral facets of her character are revealed in A Certain Magical Index New Testament, notably her history with franchise protagonist Touma Kamijou.
New chapters are released on the last Tuesday of every month.
A Certain Magical Index originated as a light novel series before expanding into several other media, such as video games and manga adaptations. In fact, entire spinoffs have been birthed from Magical Index, including the significantly more popular A Certain Scientific Railgun.
Regardless, the Magical Index light novel is still ongoing, as it’s in the midst of its third series, Genesis Testament. The three seasons of the anime have adapted the first light novel series, known as Old Testament. As of now, the second light novel series taking place right after the first, New Testament, has yet to receive an anime adaption.
- Every Opening for the A Certain Magical Index Anime Adaption
- Every Opening for the A Certain Scientific Railgun Anime Adaption
- Every Opening for the A Certain Scientific Accelerator Anime Adaption
- An Omnibus by Yen Press containing the 24 light novel volumes of A Certain Magical Index’s Old Testament series is launching later this year.
- The Full Vocal Song Collection for the first two Seasons of the Magical Index anime has been officially uploaded.
- A Certain Magical Index New Testament has been licensed by Yen Press
While countless events and developments occur, A Certain Magical Index primarily follows protagonist Touma Kamijou, a high schooler residing in Academy City, a locale full of Espers. He is a Level 0, those whose Esper abilities are the lowest of the low.
However, Touma is different from the rest of the city since he seemingly has no latent Esper ability at all, instead possessing a mysterious power known as the Imagine Breaker in his right hand, which negates all supernatural phenomena. After meeting a young girl named Index, Touma ends up entangled in various plots involving the Science side and veiled Magic side of the world.
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