Toaru Majutsu no Index ;; Druaga no Tou: The Aegis of Uruk ;; White Album ;;

Toaru Majutsu no Index

Kamijou Touma is a student living in Academy City, a highly advanced place in terms of technology. Despite being gauged as a level zero esper (no powers), he possesses on his right hand the Imagine Breaker, an ability that negates any power whatsoever. Touma finds a young girl named Index who is trying to run away from Necessarius, a powerful magic organization that she is member of. Blessed with the skill of memorizing any sort of information, she holds 103,000 forbidden magical books within her head. As science and magic cross paths, Touma must face several dangers amid espers and magicians who appear at the exciting scientific town.

Once I learned that the “walking church”‘s name is Index I thought the anime will mostly revolve around her and the other main character, Touma. To my surprise though, after her “arc” in the series, she doesn’t really appear all that often. Mostly it shows Touma’s adventures.

Touma is a simple guy and a super nice one at that. One thing he seems to live by is to help when others are in need without judging. When people are stuck in a sticky situation, no matter what, he feels almost obligated to help out. With that kind of thinking, the hospital became almost like his second home. I don’t really think you can hate him because he’s just…. so nice. Other females in this series definitely took notice and softened up to him because of that.

Index is a pretty innocent character. Her voice and her actions seem more childish. Her main concern, really, is eating. If she has food in her she’s a happy girl. When she is in danger something else takes control of her and she speaks in a different tone – no longer the childish one. It automatically helps her sort through the books in her head and help her solve the problem in order to keep the books safe.

The series is pretty good. I don’t think the viewer would get tired of it that quickly because they do have a couple stories instead of one long one. Every time they solve a problem – which usually lasts a couple episodes – another one will take over so it kept me entertained throughout the whole series. The one thing I still don’t really like is how it’s named after index but it doesn’t really talk about her much. I want to know what happens to the walking church. Maybe they’ll talk about her in the second season??

Toaru Aru Majutusu no Index stresses the difference between science and magic a lot. Although they coexist relatively peacefully that isn’t to say there aren’t trouble between them at all. An esper (science) cannot use magic without hurting him/herself and vice versa. An esper is sorted into levels with 0 being the lowest (the level Touma is in) and level 5 currently being the highest. A magician, if he or she decides to reveal his or her magical name, it would release their power to the fullest. The line between the two worlds seem to be crumbling though so I’m curious to see how much longer things will be peaceful between them.

3.5/5


Druaga no Tou: The Aegis of Uruk

The Summer of "Anu": In a summer once every five years, demons in the mysterious Tower of Druaga lose their powers due to the magic spell cast by a god named "Anu". King Gilgamesh, ruler of the kingdom Uruk, uses the appearance of demons as an excuse to invade the tower and find out the construct's secrets. As 80 years passed, the Uruk army managed to fight back the demons and built a fortress city and safe haven on the very first floor of Druaga - Metz Kier. Thus begins the story of a warrior named Jil who, finding companions along the way, embarks on a quest for the fabled Blue Crystal Rod, a powerful artifact rumored to be in the highest floor of Druaga. However, other competitors, including the kingdom of Uruk itself, want the treasure, all for their own reasons.

The story revolves around the character Jil who was blessed by the God and makes it his mission to defeat Druaga. Since the summer of Anu was approaching, Jil took this time to create a group to make their way up the tower.

The first episode actually gave me a bad impression of the series as a whole. It did showcase the comedy aspect of the anime which is very apparent in the series, but I think they took it a bit too far. The whole first episode was a “fake” one and it was all Jil’s imagination. Since it was his imagination everything was exaggerated and I was actually debating if I should drop it. Usually I watch one episode to see how it is and use that to base my decision on whether I should keep watching or not.

Jil, just like the anime above, is a super nice guy. To the point where he’d throw himself into a messy situation that he believes is wrong, just so he can right it. I’m not sure why, but I find it a little bit more annoying than Toaru Majutsu no Index’s Touma. It’s almost like he’s a little bit too innocent. He truly believes that he will be able to make it to the top to defeat the demon Druaga. However, he is still a noobie (in fact, a first time climber) and because he has too much confidence in himself, he ends up getting hurt right from the start leaving his teammates to clean up the mess instead.

Most of the episodes show their day to day life of going through the tower so there isn’t much of a plot. There are some hints that are dropped to lead the viewers to believe there is something much more bigger going on than just Jil reaching the top. The actual plot though isn’t shown in the first season until the last episode. It’s not until the last episode that we start to see the story start to lead to the climax. I guess the more exciting points are all going to be in season 2. Takes too long for my liking. They should’ve just made it 20ish episodes instead of separating it into two seasons. I’m not sure that many people would follow the anime that long to realize something will happen.

3/5


White Album

Touya Fujii is a young university student who juggles two part-time jobs with his studies so that he can afford to live. The most important thing in his life is his girlfriend Yuki, but since she is an up and coming idol they barely get a chance to talk, let alone see each other. With her managers keeping a close watch on her and attempting to prevent their relationship, it seems that Touya and Yuki will simply have to make the most of their fleeting moments together. However, they do have one person fighting in their corner: Yuki’s friend - the famous idol Rina Ogata.

White Album is totally a harem anime (an anime where the main male character is surrounded by female characters). Touya has a best friend in the series, but he’s barely seen. This is one of those animes where pretty much all the characters piss me off. SOO IRRITATING!! They all seem like idiots or selfish arses. I think if everyone in the world were like the characters in White Album, we’re all off better alone.

Touya finds it hard to keep his relationship with Yuki alive. As Yuki slowly rises in popularity she has less and less time to meet him. On top of that, her management does not approve of their relationship together. It seems like everybody and everything is against them being together. The only person that seems to be on their side is Rina, Yuki’s senior in the company.

The reason why I find it really irritating is because I feel like all the characters’ actions are bad ones. They’re all asking for the bad outcome. Touya moping about wondering when he’ll ever get to see Yuki. You would think he was a very dedicated boyfriend, but a couple words from Yuki’s manager sent him wavering. Why not discuss with Yuki about the problem?? I guess maybe he didn’t want to put the stress onto Yuki so he kept it to himself to make a decision, but all I wanted to do was punch him in the face. I don’t really pity him. If my friend had a boyfriend like him I’l tell him to get the eff out.

Yuki, probably one of the only innocent characters in the anime. She was a pretty innocent character and wants to be a singer in the industry. Her personality isn’t as outgoing and she’s very humble, but it doesn’t mean she doesn’t want it as much others. She shows that she will put all that she has to make sure she succeeds. I am still frustrated with her too though. When she knew her relationship is having a hard time she made it worse by promising herself to not speak or see Touya…really? You already saw him only twice? once? last year and now you want to make this sort of promise???

Rina, the president of the company’s younger sister. Also a singer – Yuki’s senpai. She’s a straightforward person and isn’t afraid to berate others when they do something wrong against Yuki. Rina knows her worth and her importance and shows it quite often when she doesn’t listen to her manager or keeps the studio staff waiting while she’s out chatting, but one thing can’t be denied and that’s the fact that she will get her job down and done right too. I’ve only watched the first season (couldn’t finish the two season in a row.. it’s just so irritating) and it’s a little bit unclear to me why she’s helping out Yuki so much. Does she have a thing for Touya? Does she not want Yuki to just become a toy to her older brother like she is now??

Touya’s best friend Akira is pretty much a jerk, at least to me. He is deeply in love with Misaki (their senpai at school), but is too afraid to confess to her his feelings. The worst part is, even though Touya tries to create situations that could get them closer, Akira gets angry with him. In fact, he just tells Touya to forget about it altogether. Dude.. grow the hell up and shut up. It’s either you take Touya’s help or get over your feelings then because you just stare at her from afar and make angry comments when she’s not all over you. Really Akira? Really?….. Get out!

Misaki, their senpai at the university. Misaki also seems to be a nice character who is always there to help people out. I’m not sure if she knows about Akira’s feelings for her but she doesn’t reciprocate it. In fact as the audience sees in episode 1, she seems to have a soft spot for Touya. Although she seems kind of innocent, there’s a bit more to Misaki than we were originally shown.

Haruka, just like Akira, is a character that’s kind of there, but you don’t really understand why. It’s almost like they thought, well we have like all the other types of girls in this anime, why not add an athletic one? So here comes Haruka. She lost her brother in an accident and ever since then she stopped playing tennis – a sport that both of them played together, I think. She constantly goes to Touya’s apartment and rings his doorbell and insists he goes out jogging with her which really meant she’s going to be riding her bike while Touya jogs alongside. Haruka always just says Touya is her oniisan (brother), but is he really?

3/5

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