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With Halloween just past, this month's Featured Article concerns the artificial parasitic lifeform known as Sample Shoggoth.
Named after a type of protoplasmic monster from the Cthulhu Mythos, Sample Shoggoth is an amorphous black mass with colored bubbles that are not quite eyes or suckers, capable of swiftly shifting, extending and hardening into various shapes. It dissolves the body fats of its host and slips into the vacant space, taking over the functions normally carried out by the fat such as the distribution and storage of nutrients, effectively holding the host's life in its tentacles. Though it isn't contagious and won't usually leave its host completely, it will partially emerge in order to attack potential threats. Attempting to extract it risks it lashing out and tearing its host apart, or leaving them a skin-and-bones shell close to death.
(August 10, 2016) Phew! What a scorcher!: Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 16 is released. An abnormal 50 degree heat wave has brought Academy City's infrastructure to a standstill and the city is infested by mysterious life forms known as Elements. In the middle of this crisis, Touma fights together with his classmates to gather water for their school, and joins the swimsuit girls of Tokiwadai Middle School for a counterattack against the threat.
(May 10, 2016) When magic, science and Virtuaroids cross paths...: Celebrating 20 years of the arcade game Dennou Senki Virtual On, Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On is released. In the midst of the Virtual-On craze in Academy City, Touma has an unexpected encounter, beginning an unprecedented incident.
As the heatwave disperses, Academy City enters a recovery stage. The communications infrastructure in the city is still down from the chaos, causing the city to fall into lawlessness as Anti-Skill, among other groups, lose their grip on the situation. Thus, the girls who still believe that Kamisato Kakeru can come back, the Kamisato Faction, laid waste to the city as they pleased!
Touma continues to escape the wrath of the girls who hunt him down with with everything they can. On his side is the only member of the Kamisato Faction that has decided to follow him, the UFO girl Fran. (Learn more...)
Seven days have passed since the start of the Daihasei Festival, one of the biggest events of Academy City. Everyone is participating--Seiri Fukiyose is helping coordinate the games, Komoe Tsukuyomi dresses for the part as she cheers for her students, and of course, famous Mikoto Misaka is blowing away the competition. Even Kamijou has appearances!