A Certain Character Comparison

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Once again the huge variation in character design between the various media and characters of the “To Aru” franchise is the subject of analysis by fans – from left to right they are the original Index light novels, the Index manga, the Railgun manga, the Index anime and the Railgun anime.

The sexy comparison:

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    Avatar of DFC
    Comment by DFC
    11:32 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So many unknown characters!! Kuroko is still the best regardless of edition, also Frenda(blonde loli with black hat) is cute too :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:06 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haimura illustrations are the best, everything else is... meh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And here I thought it hasn't been discussed here... and sure enough, certain characters are there that if exposed to the rest of us here who only watch the anime, would already be a spoiler. Nevertheless the explanation work has been done.

    And I'm amused by that.

    Well, for the light novel readers, Haimura has a Pixiv account and recently he has started doing some fan arts of the series he's working for (Index, of course).

    15:17 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Blond loli with cap (Frenda?) looks so hawt and adorable.. <3

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    08:22 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The manga and index anime have the best art style imo

    I enjoyed all of the sexy versions though ;3

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm still ok with ma Uiharu

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:10 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why is that i like the first two versions a lot more than the remaining? It feels more...cool. i don't know. It's just better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:37 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    what chap is where biribiri appears naked from behind?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:48 27/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad Tsuchimikado and Kanzaki aren't there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 28/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Railgun version of Touma has quality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:40 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seems Saten went through a continuous grow spurth from her design to the manga to the anime.

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    Comment by CC
    08:47 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I quite like all versions of her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    since when was Saten in the original light novels?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:43 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Never, but that doesn't mean Haimura didn't design her

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:58 28/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wrong, she appears in the SS novels.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the bottom left is a level 5 and the others work with her, do not remember who they are but they are in the to aru no index manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by Reizo
    03:39 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who are those on the bottom of the second pic? Another level 5 what?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:15 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Spoilers follow:

    I haven't read about them in the novels yet, but in the Railgun manga, they appear to stop Misaka's rampage on the research facilities.
    They simply get hired by clients and do what they have to in order to get paid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:10 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like how Ruiko Saten is now described as level 4

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:10 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    mistake labeled as a lvl 0

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    Comment by Ken
    04:00 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's random from other anime as well!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:03 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Two of them clearly say level 4 and one says level 5. They're in the manga. I was hoping I would get to see them in the first season and was sorely disappointed that it was fillers for like half the series.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:55 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even as a corpse with everything below the waist 'meltdown'-ed?

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    Comment by MasterYuke
    06:33 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    whatever, all of them are sexy, no matter what form of media.

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    Comment by Night
    05:39 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are team ITEM, led by Shizure Mugino, the 4th level 5 in Academy City. In the anime there was no place for them yet, but they appeared in a random cameo.

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    Comment by motaku96
    04:51 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I read it in the manga, but they weren't in the anime were they?

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    Comment by Reizo
    07:16 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually I think I saw a cameo of them in Railgun, when they play the level upper in reverse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:42 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The one on the left is

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:48 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kuroko Mizugi FTW!! XD

    Comment by Schrobby
    04:08 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A bikini can't get much smaller than this. ^_^

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can only say that the hairstyles match with the other types of media... thats probably how i identify

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    Comment by denn
    03:52 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I find the light novel illustrations more appealing than the anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:18 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Was Kuroko even in the Index anime? I don't remember any episodes like that.

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    Comment by denn
    04:23 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    She was. When Touma met her at Misaka's dorm, and again in the last magician arc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:20 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    bottom from left to right

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Toaru_Majutsu_no_Index_characters

    Shizuri Mugino (麦野 沈利, Mugino Shizuri?)
    One of the seven Level 5 espers, ranking fourth after Mikoto Misaka, she is the leader of ITEM, which is at odds with SCHOOL. She looks down upon lower-level espers and does not mind eliminating people who get in her way or go against her, regardless of whether they are enemies or allies. Yet in the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga, she is shown to be kind to her teammates and even protecting them when they are in danger. Her ability is Meltdowner (原子崩し, Genshi Kuzushi?, "Atom Breaker"), which converts electrons into an unstable destructive matter. Her power can create multiple beams that can sear through objects, or she can defend herself by creating a shield of energy. Before the events of the 3rd novel, she and her group are hired to stop Mikoto from destroying the facilities involving the Level 6 Shift project. Her overconfidence eventually results in her defeat against Shiage. After the events of volume 15, she was treated by Heaven Canceler for her injuries where she loses her left arm and right eye but is able create a new left arm made of energy. Due to trauma and psychological breakdown, she develops a disturbing sense of twisted love for the man who scarred her and helps him escape Academy City but not before declaring to castrate Shiage as her sign of affection. She later becomes part of the Academy City Invasion force against Russia.

    Frenda (フレンダ, Furenda?)
    Member of ITEM with blonde hair and wears a cap. She feels bossed around by her leader a lot yet in the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga, she is shown lovingly worshiping Shizuri just like how Kuroko worships Mikoto. She is skilled in close combat and has hidden knives in her shoes. She and the rest of ITEM are hired to stop Mikoto from destroying the last two facilities and is the first line of defense. She makes use of a tape of whiteout and an electronic device to create a fuse that can cut through various objects. Usually the fuses are connected to dolls with explosives within them. She betrays ITEM and tries to go to SCHOOL, but Shizuri Mugino catches her and she is executed.

    Saiai Kinuhata (絹旗 最愛, Kinuhata Saiai?)
    Member of ITEM. According to Teitoku Kakine, Saiai was a former subject of Project Mayday of Darkness (暗闇の五月計画, Ankoku no Satsuki Keikaku?), whose aim was to create a personal version of Accelerator's ability by using a similar pattern of ability operation. Though the details are not mentioned, she only succeeded in creating a low-level self-defense capability. Her ability is the Level 4 Offense Armour (窒素装甲, Chisso Soukou?, "Nitrogen Armour"), which she uses to control the nitrogen in the atmosphere and create a few centimeters barrier of nitrogen that she can use to attack and defend.

    Rikou Takitsubo (滝壺 理后, Takitsubo Rikou?)
    Member of ITEM. Her ability is called AIM Stalker (能力追跡, Nouryoku Tsuiseki?, "ability tracker") which she uses to track down espers by memorizing their AIM fields. Her ability also allows her to steal other espers' abilities by memorizing their AIM, potentially allowing her to become the eighth Level 5 esper in Academy City. The downside of her powers is that she cannot activate it by herself therefore she takes a special drug in order to activate her powers. However, using too much of the drugs can cause a strain on her body and even kill her. She suffers from brain damage after fighting Teitoku Kakine; as a result, she can no longer use her esper abilities.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:40 28/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's nothing that I want more than good translations of the light novels.

    It's a bit bothersome to see how much the characters were changed in the manga vs. the original material.

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    Comment by hALOTOO
    05:25 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Crossing my finger for Railgun second season

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    Comment by Night
    05:46 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They light novel illustrations look pretty neat, especially for Last Order and Frenda.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:53 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Toaru_Majutsu_no_Index_characters#ITEM

    IIRC there are two dorm mistresses

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i hope index season 2 has the same quality as the first, not the crappy one railgun had, also that it doesnt get the filler treatment j.c staff is so mcuh known for, railgun already got it.

    Comment by Anonymous

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    16:40 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    このやろ。。。

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:45 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    悪いが…

    お前は本当に日本語出来るのか?それとも、日本語のことばただ一つや二つだけ知って、この英語のサイトに使う。 何のためにこの事したんだ? 誰かに「あっ! この人日本語出来そうなんだ!すっごい! かっこいい!!O.O」って聞きたいってか? 

    ここにたくさんのみんなは英語しかわかってねえんだからいい加減止めとけ。きもいだえだ、お前は

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:06 28/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anon 12:08 27/04/2010
    Thank you for understanding me.
    Being very tired, we tend to be harsh to others. It can't be helped^^;
    As for ''trying to be superior'' thing,
    I read his profile just now, and I found him a guy who used to live in Japan.
    So, it's no wonder he used Japanese words, and maybe there was no intention of ''trying to be superior'' in his mind.

    @ Anon 12:08 27/04/2010, ShiraYuki619
    Since you are here, you guys must be fans of Index and/or Railgun.
    Then, we all are friends in a sense.
    Of course I like Index and Railgun too, as well as Miku and Dragon Ball ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:08 27/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 00:36,

    I wrote that right before I went to sleep, because I'm dead tired and caffeine level in my blood was over 9000...

    I was just thinking at the time, "Sure this is an otaku-centric website, but typing in Japanese characters in a site that mainly uses English with so many frequents cannot understand anything OTHER than English, has a hint of trying to be superior(elitist)". I don't give a damn about my own ego most of the time, even as people call me 'fag' or 'troll' or 'basement dweller'(safe to say I'm NOT the latter. I have a job and I pay tax annually), but behaviours like that pisses me off. And I saw him did the same in other articles, although this is the first time I actually typed something to him.

    If ShiraYuki619 honestly does that out of pure habit, then the apology's from me. However, I'd like to point out that since it's the Net, by displaying such a behaviour, he must understand that he is exposing himself to the scrutiny that EVERYONE will face, as I have -and thoroughly accept and respect- from you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:36 27/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 22:45 26/04/2010
    You're saying too much...

    Apparently, you and ShiraYuki619 are both non-Japanese.
    Please be nice to each other.
    I love the way you write Japanese, unless they are offensive...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:47 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *きもいだけだ

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    Comment by acesofthesky
    23:21 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I felt have to reply in Japanese too but the comment below put it harshly enough.

    And that's ... looks like...




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