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Magical Powered Kanamin, the title character.

Magical Powered Kanamin (超機動少女カナミン Chō Kidō Shōjo Kanamin?, lit. "Super Mobile Girl Kanamin") is an anime which airs in Academy City, dealing with the adventures of a young girl with magic powers on the run from the Roman Catholic Church witch hunters. Index is a big fan of it.

EtymologyEdit

Magical Powered Kanamin's name is a pun based off Mobile Suit Gundam's kanji (機動戦士ガンダム), which literally means "Mobile Warrior Gundam". Her name has furigana for the Magical Powered part, but the kanji is 超機動少女カナミン or "Super Mobile Girl Kanamin".

BackgroundEdit

According to Index's review of the show, Magical Powered Kanamin disguises herself as a student to avert the attention of the Roman Catholic Church Albigensian Crusade witch hunters who are after her. Index surmised that she carries around a plastic replica of the Lotus Wand (Agnese Sanctis' weapon of choice) even though Kanami's staff is actually different in nature.[1] Kanamin has a yet to be named antagonist who wears a very revealing black attire, who later joins the protagonist midway through the series.[2]

The anime and the main lead is quite famous in Academy City. In the School District 7 Underground Shopping Center, a customer can cosplay her costume. She is also featured in magazines[3] as well as posters.[4]

Rumor has it that the original voice actress for Kanamin is no longer able to reproduce the original voice.[5]

ChronologyEdit

Toaru Majutsu no IndexEdit

Three Stories ArcEdit

Main article: Three Stories Arc
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Magical Powered Kanamin being aired on television.

During the 31st of August, Index gets to watch Magical Powered Kanamin on Touma's television while he does his homework, though she is later interrupted by Touma who ask her to turn down the volume of the television.[1]

In the Toaru Majutsu no Index anime adaptation, Index is seen watching the show twice in the same day, once with Touma trying to escape Etzali,[6] and then later the above scene with Touma struggling with his homework.[7]

Kazakiri Hyouka ArcEdit

Main article: Kazakiri Hyouka Arc
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Aisa and her magical stick

During a visit to the Underground Mall, Index gets to cosplay as Magical Powered Kanamin along side with Hyouka who cosplays as Kanamin's rival. They later decide to take pictures together in a picture booth, however, they are soon interrupted by Touma's misfortune, as he accidentally sees them changing.[8]

At the end of the arc, Aogami is reading a magazine which features Kanamin, and tells Himegami that she should mimic the pose, a request which Aisa complies.[3]

Academy City Invasion ArcEdit

Main article: Academy City Invasion Arc

Vassilisa pointed out Kanamin's existence, adding that she obtained a Kanamin outfit just for Sasha's personal use. [9]

Acqua of the Back ArcEdit

Main article: Acqua of the Back Arc

While Itsuwa is cooking, Index references the existence of the show Magical Powered Kanamin Integral (超起動少女カナミンインテグラル Chō Kidō Shōjo Kanamin Integral?). this is probably either a sequel or a spin off from the original Magical Kanamin show, however details about the series weren't disclosed as Kamijou Touma gave Index other tasks, preventing her from watching the show.[10]

Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no IndexEdit

One of the girls in the Kamisato Faction, Sawai Olivia, cosplays as the original Kanamin,[11][12][13][13] making use of science and magic to recreate her gimmicks[12][5] and mimicking her voice, which the original voice actress was rumored to no longer be able to reproduce.[5]

Toaru Kagaku no RailgunEdit

Poltergeist ArcEdit

Main article: Poltergeist Arc

As Uiharu is wiping Haruue's face at one of the night stalls, Saten appears to be holding a prize with the title character of Magical Powered Kanamin.[14]

Sisters ArcEdit

Main article: Sisters Arc

When Mikoto goes to infiltrate the Higuchi Pharmacology Laboratory 7, one of the security workers were watching Magical Powered Kanamin on a portable TV. Mikoto disabled all the machines using electricity which resulted in Magical Powered Kanamin to lose connection.The security worker banged the TV and luckily Magical Powered Kanamin came back on. What he didn't know was that Mikoto enabled the TV back on.[15]

Other appearancesEdit

Side StoriesEdit

Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index SSEdit

Main article: Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index SS

When Index is being attacked by Leep, reference is made to an earlier conversation between her and Touma regarding Kanamin back at the dorm. Index had remarked how Kanamin was on top form but mentioned how she couldn't stand how the number of decorations on her waist were sometimes going up and down, leading Touma to wonder if she might be memorizing and examining all thirty frames of animation each second.[16]

Video game appearancesEdit

Toaru Majutsu no Index (PSP game)Edit

Main article: Toaru Majutsu no Index (PSP game)

The Magical Powered Kanamin costume is an available alternate costume for Misha Kreutzev, likely referencing Vasilisa's once trying to dress Sasha up with the costume.

Character Art DesignsEdit

Design evolutionEdit

Magical Powered Kanamin's design is retained throughout all her appearances. Her coloring is apparently based off a Gundam. Being introduced in the Dengeki hp short story, Haimura was forced to change her size in order to fit in with the light novel illustrations.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Magical Powered Kanamin is an obvious parody of the Magical Girl sub-genre of anime and manga.
  • If one looks carefully at Aoagami Pierce's magazine near the end of the 24th episode of the Toaru Majutsu no Index anime adaptation, one can see pictures of Magical Powered Kanamin as well as her rival, to which the latter apparently has shoulder-length red hair.

ReferencesEdit

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