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For the airship used in the Total Human Cyborg Replacement Project, see Total Human Cyborg Replacement Project#Facility, Staff and Airship.
Academy City Airship

Airship from the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T anime.

The Academy City airships (飛行船 Hikōsen?) or Blimps are lighter-than-air aircraft that can be steered and propelled through the air using rudders and propellers or other thrust mechanisms. It is one of the most recognizable features of Academy City, probably second only to the Three-bladed Propeller wind turbines



Hand drawn airship from the first Toaru Majutsu no Index season, note the lack of television screen.

The third Toaru Majutsu no Index light novel where the airship first appears does not give a detail description of the airship's physical appearance. The first actual visual depiction of the blimp is in the 11th chapter of the Toaru Majutsu no Index manga, showing an ellipsical balloon, a gondola at the bottom, flanked with rudders, and a screen on the side.


A computer generated airship from the second Toaru Majutsu no Index season.

It is not until the advent of the Toaru Majutsu no Index anime adaptation that the look of the airship is finalized. Here the airship retains its elliptical shape but tapers at the back where the tails is, under it are the gondola and two propellers, and on the top is another rudder. The screen on both sides of the airship, though originally it did not show that it was screen and it was as if the skin of the balloon projected the images itself, though the anime would rectify this. The airship is colored beige and would later become incorporated later in both Index and Railgun manga.



The blimps use solar power to heat carbon dioxide with a heater for lift and spin a large motor for thrust. As such, it is an ecological craft that does not need fuel.[1]


According to Kamijou Touma, the Academy City Board of Directors wanted to have the students be more aware of current events.[1] As such, the airships often broadcasted news, current events, weather reports, and announcements through its television screen and sound system. In the narrative, its purpose is to foreshadow or add backstory to the plot unfolding in the story, like the airships announcing that several research institutes related to muscular dystrophy have shut down, referring to Misaka Mikoto's actions behind the scenes during the Level 6 Shift prior to Touma's involvement.[1]

The airship can apparently be either be borrowed or rented for private use, as seen when Kiyama Harumi's students decided to broadcast their birthday greetings to her.[2]

The airships are apparently being tested to be used as part of an emergency air communications network through the use of the few antennae installed on them. The airships could sent out when normal towers were brought down in a disaster. This technology was developed from the Handy Antenna Service.[3]

The airship gondolas contain a large hotel and 5-star restaurant, intended as a flying luxury hotel giving a view of Academy City at night.[4]


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Check OT/NT arcs for notable cases

Toaru Majutsu no Index[]

Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index[]

Christmas Day Arc[]

Main article: Christmas Day Arc

On Christmas Day, Anna Sprengel brought down an airship over School District 7 during her battle with Kamijou Touma, rupturing and igniting its gasbag from afar.[5]

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun[]

Poltergeist Arc[]

Main article: Poltergeist Arc
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Kiyama watches her students' birthday greetings for her using an airship.

Following the resolution of the events surrounding MAR and the Poltergeist incidents, Kiyama Harumi's reawakened students used one of the airship to broadcast their birthday greetings to her in hospital.[2]

Toaru Anbu no Item[]

Honey Queen Arc[]

Main article: Honey Queen Arc

On August 5th, one year prior to the main story, after having their hideout blown up by Honey Queen, Mugino Shizuri booked Item into one of the luxury hotels housed in one of the airships' gondolas.[4] However, the shaking caused by strong crosswinds from the approaching typhoon led Kinuhata Saiai and Takitsubo Rikou to convince Mugino to switch to another place on the ground (namely a cottage in School District 21).[6][7]



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Academy City
Inhabitants Faculty and Staff Students
Factions and Organizations Board of Directors (Board Chairman) • JudgmentAnti-SkillCooperative InstitutionsUseful SpiderSkill-Out
Locations School Districts School District 1 (Administration) • School District 2 (Military & Law Enforcement Training) • School District 3 (Outsider Accommodation) • School District 4 (Food) • School District 5 (Universities and junior colleges) • School District 6 (Recreation) • School District 7 (Middle & High Schools, Student Accommodations, Hospitals) • School District 8 (Faculty Accommodation) • School District 9 (Industrial and fine arts) • School District 10 (Reformatory, Nuclear Research, Cemetery) • School District 11 (Goods transfer) • School District 12 (Theology) • School District 13 (Kindergarten and primary schools) • School District 14 (Overseas Students) • School District 15 (Shopping & Mass Communication) • School District 16 (Commerce) • School District 17 (Industry) • School District 18School District 19School District 20 (Sports and athletics) • School District 21 (Water storage & Observatory) • School District 22 (Underground development) • School District 23 (Aerospace)
Other Notable Locations School District 7: Windowless BuildingHeaven Canceller's HospitalA Certain High SchoolKamijou ResidenceSchool Garden (Tokiwadai Middle School)
Other: Imaginary Number DistrictReformatoryExternal Connection Terminals
Power Curriculum Program Esper (Level 0Level 1Level 2Level 3Level 4Level 5Level 6 (SYSTEM)) • Personal RealityEsper AbilitiesAIMSystem ScanLevel 6 ExperimentsParameter List
Notable Technology Tree DiagramHikoboshi IIBankAirshipCleaning RobotSecurity RobotWind TurbinePowered SuitNanodeviceSupersonic Passenger PlaneHard Science
Events (Timeline) Regular DaihaseisaiIndependence DayIchihanaransaiSummer City Flood Prevention ProgramAnti-Crime Orientation
Other 0930 IncidentInterceptor ShowAvignon Cleanup OperationWorld War IIIDecember Heatwave48 Hours to Restore OrderEvacuation of Academy CityOperation Handcuffs
Other ScienceExperiments and ProjectsChild ErrorMagic-Science TreatyAcademy City Military
See also: Dark Side of Academy City