What it’s about: Touma Kamijou is a student at a school for “espers” (psychics and telekinetics) in Academy City. With little native talent of his own, he does have one ace up his sleeve – he’s naturally gifted with the unique ability to nullify supernatural effects simply by touching them. One day, a young girl appears on his balcony claiming to be the inheritor of an entirely different and unknown branch of the supernatural, one that practises true *magic*. She’s on the run from a group of magicians who pursue her for unknown reasons, and it’s not long before Touma is dragged into the mess, too.
Why you should watch it: It’s a very more-ish urban fantasy action series; it’s all too easy to keep going for episode after episode to discover where the story is headed next. It’s got a very strong central concept behind it – science vs magic – and explores both sides of the conflict. The animation and soundtrack is solid but not exceptional – it’s the *world* that sells the series, more than anything else.
Caveats: The characters are a little bit cookie-cutter, derived from the standard anime tropes. The story suffers a bit from having no well-defined central antagonist to tie the two halves of the show together. If you do enjoy the show, the correct order to watch the rest of the To Aru series is “Index S1, Railgun, Index S2”.