- This article is about the manga. For the title character and ability, see Yuuri Senya.
Astral Buddy (アストラル・バディ Asutoraru Badi?), formally known as Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Gaiden: Astral Buddy (とある科学の
The series began serialization on April 26, 2017 and has completed serialization with 4 published volumes on October 26, 2020. Seven Seas Entertainment later acquired the license to localize the manga.
The events of the manga feature Hokaze Junko, a prominent girl in Shokuhou Misaki's clique previously referred to as the ringlet curl girl, as the main character as she gets involved in an incident that takes place alongside the Dream Ranker Arc in the parent series.
The manga's announcement coincided with the 10th Anniversary of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga. It was also announced alongside 5 other new series including a new Kino no Tabi -the Beautiful World- manga.
Chapters and Volumes
|Astral Buddy Manga Volume 01|
|First Part of the Astral Buddy Arc|
|Release Date|| November 27, 2017|
February 19, 2019
|ISBN-13||ISBN 978-4-04-893434-3 |
|Number of Pages||172 pages|
|Shokuhou Misaki's clique is, of course, made out of only middle school girls from Tokiwadai.
The ringlet curl girl of Shokuhou's clique—Hokaze Junko. This girl is the owner of the Level 4 ability Rampage Dress...
|Astral Buddy Manga Volume 02|
|Second Part of the Astral Buddy Arc|
|Release Date|| September 27, 2018|
July 23, 2019
|ISBN-13||ISBN 978-4-04-912050-9 |
|Number of Pages||194 pages|
|The number 2 of Shokuhou's clique, the "Ringlet Curl Girl", Hokaze Junko, has her body possessed by the ghost girl and played around with her all day.
Meanwhile, Shokuhou Misaki is chasing after the disturbing event happening in Tokiwadai Middle School under the surface. However, she falls for the enemy's devious trap and loses consciousness. Hokaze Junko rushes to save Shokuhou, however, strong enemies surround her……?
|Astral Buddy Manga Volume 03|
|Third Part of the Astral Buddy Arc|
|Release Date|| July 26, 2019|
July 14, 2020
|ISBN-13||ISBN 978-4-04-912643-3 |
|Number of Pages||192 pages|
|In order to rescue the kidnapped Shokuhou Misaki, Hokaze Junko proceeded to enemy territory alone. She seemed to have barely defeated the enemy that stood in her way, Yumiya Iruka. However, final move Iruka has taken is to resolve herself to self destruction...!?
――And then, the repulsive past that was the origin of all of the incidents is made clear!!
|Astral Buddy Manga Volume 04|
|Fourth Part of the Astral Buddy Arc|
|Release Date|| October 26, 2020|
August 24, 2021
|ISBN-13||ISBN 978-4-04-913390-5 |
|Number of Pages||242 pages|
|After defeating the mastermind of the case targeting Shokuhou’s Clique, Yumiya Iruka, and her collaborator, Houjou Arei, Hokaze’s life seemed to have regained peace.
However, this time the #7 Level 5, Sogiita Gunha, challenges Hokaze to a match! In front of the overwhelming difference in ability, Hokaze was left on the defensive, but...!?
And... despite the turmoil that befalls Hokaze, the true mastermind, Mitsuari Ayu, steadily advances her plan. The incident that originated with a ghostly disturbance, finally engulfs the whole of Academy City into chaos!!!
Chapters Not in Volume Format
- According to a now deleted tweet by Nogi Yasuhito, the original plot for Astral Buddy didn't have Shokuhou Misaki showing up at all and Kongou Mitsuko was supposed to appear sometime around the second or third chapter, but all that changed when developing the plot into an actual manga.
- According to Ogino Kentarou, Astral Buddy's chapter title is named by Nogi Yasuhito himself.
- The title of Astral Buddy does not follow the naming convention of Toaru franchise. (e.g. Toaru XX no OOOO)
- Seven Seas Adds Railgun, Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Orphen Spinoff Manga; 3 Light Novel Series, ANN. July 10, 2018
- Gouranga (Railgun Manga Editor), Twitter
- Dengeki Daioh Launches Kino's Journey Manga, A Certain Scientific Railgun Spinoff, ANN
- Astral Buddy Volume 1: (Japanese) Kadokawa - Seven Seas
- Astral Buddy Volume 2: (Japanese) Kadokawa - Seven Seas
- Astral Buddy Volume 3: (Japanese) Kadokawa - Seven Seas
- Astral Buddy Volume 4: (Japanese) Kadokawa - Seven Seas
- Tweet translated on js06's Official Twitter page. August 11, 2019.
- Ogino Kentarou, Twitter.