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Gekota mascot giveaway from Crepe Rablm as shown in Railgun episode 1

Gekota (ゲコ太 Gekota?, Yen Press: Croaker) is a popular mascot found in merchandise marketed to children in the Toaru Majutsu no Index universe. A Gekota fan is called a Gekoer (ゲコラー Gekora?).[1] Misaka Mikoto is a huge fan of the franchise it belongs to, and much to her consternation gets her labeled as someone who is childish.

Principles[]

Gekota seems to belong to a cast of characters composed of frogs. Several characters have been revealed to exist in the franchise so far.

  • Gekota (ゲコ太 Gekota?) is an old man type of character who is known to suffer from motion sickness easily. Because he has a habit of saying geko-geko (ゲコ, ゲコ), the name stuck and he's been referred to as such ever since.[2][3]
  • Pyonko (ピョン子?, Yen Press: Hoppit) is a female frog from the same franchise. She wears a bow on her head and is pink in color in contrast to the usual green of the male frogs.
  • Keroyon (ケロヨン?) is another frog from the same franchise. He lives next to Gekota.[2] His name is revealed in Dengeki no Kantsume (電撃の缶詰?) vol.159.[4]
  • Pyonkichi (ピョン吉?) is another frog from the same franchise. He appears in Misaka Mikoto's dream when she used Indian Poker.[5]

Merchandise[]

The Gekota franchise is the most prominent one in the Toaru Majutsu no Index universe, and there has been a lot of various items that feature its characters.

Chronology[]

Toaru Majutsu no Index[]

Index Arc[]

Main article: Index Arc

Gekota figures were used in the ritual in order to represent Tsukuyomi Komoe and Index.[9][10]

Academy City Invasion Arc[]

Main article: Academy City Invasion Arc

Because Touma lost to Mikoto in their Daihaseisai bet, he was forced to do anything she wanted. Mikoto made Touma sign a pair contract with her in order to subscribe to a handy antenna service. A free pair of Lovely Mitten Gekota straps, featuring Gekota and Pyonko, were acquired by the two for subscribing to the service.[2]

Acqua of the Back Arc[]

Main article: Acqua of the Back Arc

Mikoto headed to the Spa Resort Serene Springs in District 22 in order to collect the 10 stamps needed to acquire a free out-of-bath Gekota strap.[13][27]

DRAGON Arc[]

Main article: DRAGON Arc

Stephanie Gorgeouspalace had Gekotas hanging from her Light Machine Shotgun.[28][29]

World War III Arc[]

Main article: World War III Arc

The straps acquired during September 30th were mentioned several times during the arc. The first instance of which was Mikoto staring at her phone with the strap on it, thinking about looking into the upcoming World War.[30] Lessar later on asked Touma about the strap when he saw it hanging from his pants pocket.[31] Mikoto later on saw Touma, with the Gekota strap in his pocket, on a broadcast about the situation in Russia.[32] This prompts Mikoto to head to Russia by hijacking a supersonic bomber, and meets Misaka 10777, who later inquires about the aforementioned strap. At the end of the arc, Mikoto saw Touma's torn Gekota strap at the coast.[33]

Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index[]

Homecoming Arc[]

Main article: Homecoming Arc

Hamazura Shiage points out the torn string attached to Touma's phone, making him realize that the Gekota strap came off. Later on, Mikoto returns the strap she found to Touma, who reattaches it to his phone.[34]

Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index[]

Christmas Eve Arc[]

Main article: Christmas Eve Arc

At least one large illuminated Gekota-themed decoration was present in the streets of Academy City on Christmas Eve.[35]

Operation Handcuffs Arc[]

Main article: Operation Handcuffs Arc
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GT3[36]

During the events of Operation Handcuffs on Christmas Day, Kumokawa Seria and Kumokawa Maria swiped Gekota and Bunny Grey costumes as disguises in order to blend in and survive the night in School District 6.[37][38]

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun[]

Level Upper Arc[]

Main article: Level Upper Arc

A free Gekota strap was being given away by the newly opened stall, Crepe Rablm. The first 100 customers were given the strap for free, with Saten Ruiko being the last winner. She gave it to Mikoto, realizing how badly she wants it.[11]

Poltergeist Arc[]

Main article: Poltergeist Arc

Mikoto, Kuroko, Ruiko, and Kazari went to the Academy City Fireworks Display together. At the night fair, Mikoto bought a Gekota mask from one of the stalls. She later used this mask when she attempted to infiltrate the Advanced Education Department.[18]

Sisters Arc[]

Main article: Sisters Arc

Mikoto spent at least 10,000 yen on gashapon in order to acquire a Gekota badge.[12] She later gave it to Misaka 9982 who cherished it until her dying moments.

Mikoto was shown to be wearing Gekota pajamas on the night before she attempted to hack the Tree Diagram Information Receival Center.[15] Her phone was also revealed to be part of the Lovely Mitten Gekota line of mobile phones.[6]

Daihaseisai Festival Arc[]

Main article: Daihasei Festival Arc (Railgun)

Mikoto wore the same mask she bought during the night fair in order to hide her face during the Balloon Hunter competition, after Misaka 10032 was dragged into playing the game in her stead.[19][39]

Hokaze shows her Pyonko phone to Misaka.

On the second day of the festival, Hokaze Junko sees that Mikoto has a Gekota phone and reveals that she has one too. She says that she managed to acquire a rare mail order limited edition Gekota strap from that year's M-fes. She tells Mikoto that she will give it to her if she gives her all in the day's events. Mikoto becomes very excited for a moment, but then realizes that this is all a trap and that Junko is frighteningly skilled.[1][40]

Dream Ranker Arc[]

Main article: Dream Ranker Arc

Mikoto with Gekota and friends in an Indian Poker dream.

When Mikoto tried Indian Poker for the first time, she experienced a dream where she encountered multiple Gekotas and played with them. It is later revealed however that they are actually servants of dream Shokuhou Misaki, with one of them giving a sad look to Mikoto when she was about to refuse Misaki's order to massage her back. This lasted until she wakes up from her dream.[5][41]

During the incident involving Kuriba Ryouko's doppelganger, Scavenger's Leader used Gekota-themed communication badges to communicate with Misaka Mikoto on their pursuit against the Doppelganger.[42][43][44] Later on, other Scavenger members used them as well to communicate with Leader to evacuate the Skill-Out thugs in the Doppelganger's path.[43][44] Leader used it again guide Mikoto through the badge on finding the real Doppelganger on the airship.[45][46] After the incident, Scavenger decided to keep the Gekota badges when they decide to replace their outdated equipment once they got the funds on their future missions. Leader took a liking to the character afterwards.[47][48]

Astral Buddy[]

Astral Buddy Arc[]

Main article: Astral Buddy Arc
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Astral Buddy Ch5[49]

Toaru Majutsu no Index (PSP Game)[]

Main article: Toaru Majutsu no Index (PSP game)

In the unlockable Mikoto Route, Mikoto chases Touma around because the latter obtained Gekota Chocolate before she did, not to mention insulted the mascot character by calling it weird.[24]

List of known Gekoers[]

Gallery[]

References[]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 12 Chapter 2 Part 4
  3. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 005
  4. Toaru Majutsu no Index @wiki ケロヨン
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Chapter 039
  7. 7.0 7.1 Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Episode 04
  8. Toaru Majutsu no Index II Episode 20
  9. 9.0 9.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index Manga Chapter 005
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  11. 11.0 11.1 Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Episode 01
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  16. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun OVA
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  20. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Episode 22
  21. Toaru Majutsu no Index II Episode 06
  22. Toaru Matsuri no Triangle
  23. Astral Buddy Manga Chapter 005
  24. 24.0 24.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index (PSP game)
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  26. Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator Episode 08
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  28. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 19 Color Illustration
  29. Rainbow Spectrum, Index Volumes 16-20
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  31. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Chapter 2 Part 1
  32. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 20 Between the Lines 2
  33. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 22 Epilogue
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  35. Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 01 Opening Illustration
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  46. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun T Episode 24
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  49. Astral Buddy Manga Chapter 005
  50. Astral Buddy Manga Chapter 013
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