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Runes are a type of character used for both writing and as magical language by Germanic tribes before the adoption of the Latin Alphabet, and used by various magicians in order to cast spells.
Runes can be inscribed using a variety of mediums and surfaces, including carvings, ink, ice crystals, water and blood among others. One particular rune magician, Stiyl Magnus, makes use of mass-photocopied and laminated rune cards in order to cast his magic.
Due to the fact that a single rune can have multiple meanings, different spells can be produced from one rune, even more so with combinations of multiple runes. Multiple copies of the same rune can also be used to bolster the effects of a spell, though in a battle of runic magic, quality can top quantity. If one can read the runes, they can identify the effects of the spell, and if they can erase or interfere with the rune, they can alter or cancel the spell.
As with most languages, runes have changed depending on time and location, and there exist several different runic alphabets with varying numbers of characters, with 24 making up the Basic Futhark. There is also a special Final Rune, said to only be known to the chief Norse god Odin and is a key component in the completion and empowerment of the spiritual item Gungnir.(Learn more...)
(November 10, 2015) Joker vs. Joker. Imagine Breaker vs. World Rejecter The 14th Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index has been released with Academy City and Touma sill reeling from the aftermath of High Priest's rampage is informed of a new impending foe. A normal high school boy that you could find anywhere, Kamisato Kakeru clashes with Touma. These two who have similar existence's, but yet they are polar opposites that are about to collide.
(November 8, 2014) The Story begins again for a new audience. The first Toaru Majutsu no Index volume has now been released in English by Yen Press as part of their Yen On imprint program with more volumes to follow in the coming months.
The night after the clash between two boys whose right hands can surpass even gods. Kamijou Touma and Kamisato Kakeru, with unyielding thoughts in their hearts, glare at each other, with a menu on one hand, inside a school cafeteria!?
Let's explain this carefully. After the Magic God High Priest destroyed Kamijou's school, in order to keep him from becoming a repeater, he begins attending a different school. There, alongside an unusually unreliable "minimum" Student Council President called Fidgety Rabbit (Bikubiku Usagi-san) is his fated opponent, Kamisato...!? (Learn more...)
It's the first day of a new semester in Academy City. The day a mysterious transfer student appears at Touma Kamijou's school. The day Index makes her first friend. The day Mikoto Misaka meets Index for the first time and, caught between them, Kamijou again meets with misfortune. The day Kuroko Shirai witnesses the entire incident and becomes rather jealous of Kamijou. It's also the day Academy City is attacked by a certain magician. Transfer students, friends, and magicians--as magic and science clash and Academy City declares a state of emergency, Touma Kamijou's tale truly begins! (Learn more...)