The first volume of A Certain Magical Index light novel series has been released on November 18, 2014, and I’m really glad that more of these light novels are being released here in the USA. I got myself a copy today.
The art style of the illustrations certainly look different from its anime counterpart, though that is expected. Overall, it looks pretty nice. This volume covers the first arc of the first season of A Certain Magical Index, which lasts about six episodes. It is a pretty easy read so far. There are few minor pet peeves that I have encountered, such as silence (“……”) taking up a couple of lines at certain instances. However, my reading experience has been enjoyable so far. It’s definitely fun reading the lines as their anime counterparts with Monica Rial as Index and Micah Solusod as Touma.
I’m really glad more official English releases of light novels are happening here in the US. The manga market has always been a big part of the industry, but very few light novels have been released until recently. Maybe, it’s the ease of reading a manga compared to a light novel that contributes to an abundance of manga being released compared to its light novel counterparts. Now, with more anime being adapted from light novels, we are starting to see more official English releases of these light novels. Starting with Haruhi Suzumiya in the 2000s and continuing with the popularity of the Sword Art Online franchise, the light novel market can only grow from here.
A Certain Magical Index is certainly one of the most popular light novel series in Japan. This is the first of at least thirty volumes, and the second volume isn’t going to be released until February 2015. Hopefully, the sales of A Certain Magical Index light novels can convince Yen Press to release these volumes on a more frequent basis. If not, I’ll break that illusion of theirs, then.