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Gekota

Gekota mascot giveaway from Crepe Rablm as shown in Railgun episode 1

Gekota (ゲコ太 Gekota?) is a popular mascot found in merchandise marketed to children in the Toaru Majutsu no Index universe. A Gekota fan is called a Gekoer.[1] Misaka Mikoto is a huge fan of the franchise it belongs to, and much to her consternation gets her labeled as someone who is childish.

PrinciplesEdit

Gekota seems to belong to a cast of characters composed of frogs. Several characters have been revealed to exist in the franchise so far.

  • Gekota is an old man type of character who is known to suffer from motion sickness easily. Because he has a habit of saying geko-geko (ゲコ, ゲコ), the name stuck and he's been referred to as such ever since.[2][3]
  • Pyonko (ピョン子?) is a female frog from the same franchise. She wears a bow on her head and is pink in color in contrast to the usual green of the male frogs.
  • Unnamed Tadpole is another frog from the same franchise. He lives next to Gekota.[4]

MerchandiseEdit

The Gekota franchise is the most prominent one in the Toaru Majutsu no Index universe, and there has been a lot of various items that feature its characters.

ChronologyEdit

Toaru Majutsu no IndexEdit

Index ArcEdit

Main article: Index Arc

Gekota figures were used in the ritual in order to represent Tsukuyomi Komoe and Index.[8][9]

Academy City Invasion ArcEdit

Main article: Academy City Invasion Arc

Because Touma lost to Mikoto in their Daihaseisai bet, he was forced to do anything she wanted. Mikoto made Touma sign a pair contract with her in order to subscribe to a handy antenna service. A free pair of Lovely Mitten Gekota straps, featuring Gekota and Pyonko, were acquired by the two for subscribing to the service.[4]

Acqua of the Back ArcEdit

Main article: Acqua of the Back Arc

Mikoto headed to the 'Spa Resort Serene Springs' in District 22 in order to collect the 10 stamps needed to acquire a free out-of-bath Gekota strap.[12][24]

DRAGON ArcEdit

Main article: DRAGON Arc

Stephanie Gorgeouspalace had Gekotas hanging from her Light Machine Shotgun.[25][26]

World War III ArcEdit

Main article: World War III Arc

The straps acquired during September 30th were mentioned several times during the arc. The first instance of which was Mikoto staring at her phone with the strap on it, thinking about looking into the upcoming World War.[27] Lessar later on asked Touma about the strap when he saw it hanging from his pants pocket.[28] Mikoto later on saw Touma, with the Gekota strap in his pocket, on a broadcast about the situation in Russia.[29] This prompts Mikoto to head to Russia by hijacking a supersonic bomber, and meets Misaka 10777, who later inquires about the aforementioned strap. At the end of the arc, Mikoto saw Touma's torn Gekota strap at the coast.[30]

Homecoming ArcEdit

Main article: Homecoming Arc

Hamazura Shiage points out the torn string attached to Touma's phone, making him realize that the Gekota strap came off. Later on, Mikoto returns the strap she found to Touma, who reattaches it to his phone.[31]

Toaru Kagaku no RailgunEdit

IntroductionEdit

In the first episode of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun anime, a free Gekota strap was being given away by the newly opened stall, Crepe Rablm. The first 100 customers were given the strap for free, with Saten Ruiko being the last winner. She gave it to Mikoto, realizing how badly she wants it.[10]

Poltergeist ArcEdit

Main article: Poltergeist Arc

Mikoto, Kuroko, Ruiko, and Kazari went to the Academy City Fireworks Display together. At the night fair, Mikoto bought a Gekota mask from one of the stalls. She later used this mask when she attempted to infiltrate the Advanced Education Department.[16]

Sisters Arc (Railgun)Edit

Main article: Sisters Arc

Mikoto spent at least 10,000 yen on gashapon in order to acquire a Gekota badge.[11] She later gave it to Misaka 9982 who cherished it until her dying moments.

Mikoto was shown to be wearing Gekota pajamas on the night before she attempted to hack the Tree Diagram Information Receival Center.[14] Her phone was also revealed to be part of the Lovely Mitten Gekota line of mobile phones.[5]

Daihaseisai Festival Arc (Railgun)Edit

Main article: Daihasei Festival Arc (Railgun)

Mikoto wore the same mask she bought during the night fair in order to hide her face during the Balloon Hunter competition, after Misaka 10032 was dragged into playing the game in her stead.

On the second day of the festival, Hokaze Junko sees that Mikoto has a Gekota phone and reveals that she has one too. She says that she managed to acquire a rare mail order limited edition Gekota strap from that year's M-fes. She tells Mikoto that she will give it to her if she gives her all in the day's events. Mikoto becomes very excited for a moment, but then realizes that this is all a trap and that Junko is frighteningly skilled.[1]

Dream Ranker ArcEdit

Main article: Dream Ranker Arc

When Mikoto tried Indian Poker, she experienced a dream which involved multiple Gekotas, among other things.[32]

During the incident involving Kuriba Ryouko's doppelganger, Scavenger's Leader used Gekota-themed communication badges to communicate with Misaka Mikoto, and took a liking to it afterwards.[33][34]

Toaru Majutsu no Index (PSP Game)Edit

Main article: Toaru Majutsu no Index (PSP game)

In the unlockable Mikoto Route, Mikoto chases Touma around because the latter obtained Gekota Chocolate before she did, not to mention insulted the mascot character by calling it weird.[22]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 049
  2. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 12 Chapter 2 Part 4
  3. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 005
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 12 Chapter 2 Part 4
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 039
  6. 6.0 6.1 Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Episode 04
  7. Toaru Majutsu no Index II Episode 20
  8. 8.0 8.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index Manga Chapter 005
  9. 9.0 9.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index Episode 03
  10. 10.0 10.1 Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Episode 01
  11. 11.0 11.1 Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 021
  12. 12.0 12.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 16 Chapter 1 Part 8
  13. 13.0 13.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index II Episode 17
  14. 14.0 14.1 Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 034
  15. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun OVA 01
  16. 16.0 16.1 Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Episode 20
  17. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 046
  18. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Episode 22
  19. Toaru Majutsu no Index II Episode 06
  20. Toaru Matsuri no Triangle
  21. Astral Buddy Manga Chapter 005
  22. 22.0 22.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index (PSP game)
  23. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S Episode 19
  24. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 16 Chapter 4 Part 1
  25. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 19
  26. Rainbow Spectrum, Index Volumes 16-20
  27. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Between the Lines 1
  28. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 2 Part 1
  29. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Between the Lines 2
  30. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 22 Epilogue
  31. Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 02 Epilogue
  32. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 071
  33. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 090
  34. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 096