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School District 12 (第一二学区 Dai Jū'ni Gakku?) is the easternmost School District of Academy City. The district's primary feature is its collection of schools dealing with theology.[1]

Principles[]

The district's focus is religious facilities, occult studies and theology schools, from a scientific approach and perspective.[2] Although the district is known for its collection of theology schools,[1] rather than believing in gods, the idea behind them is to research why humans believe in gods and what is needed to keep people in the special psychological state known as 'belief' in the long-term.[3] Most of the research in the district falls under the fields of philosophy, psychology and architecture.[3] The district is home to the Occult Denial Society (オカルト否定学会 Okaruto Hitei Gakkai?), Academy City's analysis of all things unscientific and supernatural.[3]

While the district has many reconstructions of religious facilities, some with elaborate and detailed constructions, they are shallow recreations from a scientific perspective, with no magical symbols or anything that would matter to the magic side.[4][3] Rather than asking why people believe in Shinto fortune slips, it would instead be asked what psychological conditions lead people to pay money for them when the outcomes are apparently just determined by random chance,[3] with some buildings' reconstructions nothing more than a model on the cycles and patterns needed to efficiently bring people in and take their money.[4]

Land is something which can't be spared in Academy City and as such, it cannot have big shrines and temples sprawling out along the ground like in other places. Instead, most of the buildings in the district are high-rise skyscrapers with multiple floors and no interior walls, providing more space than the average school campus.[3] Most of the religious facilities in the district are housed inside these skyscrapers' floors - for example, a huge temple garden could be built on one of these floors and even though it is all indoors, one could meditate under a waterfall.[3] These buildings do not just contain one type of religious or mythological facility, with a system of openings for people (e.g. university research teams) wanting a type of temple or cathedral similar to that of leasing rooms in a multi-tenant building. It would not be unusual in these buildings for the ground floor to hold a discount store while the second floor houses a church.[3]

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Misaka Mikoto and Shokuhou Misaki at the Daybreak Shrine on New Year's Day

In the case of the building which Kamijou Touma's group and others visited on New Year's Day, a typical skyscraper in the district with glass on all sides and over 50 stories tall, the ground floor had large entrances, a wide-open space with a building guide in the center of the floor, and more than 20 elevators to the higher floors. According to the floor guide, the first five floors were for general information and shopping, the seventh housed a museum, the sixth was assigned to a Christian cathedral, the eighth to Egyptian Mythology, the ninth Buddhism, the tenth Shinto, and the eleventh to Folktales and fortunetelling.[3]

Temple Graveyard (Astral Buddy Ch30)

A temple graveyard in the district.

Although most of the district's religious facilities are held in or converted from high-rise buildings,[4][3] there are constructions in the open as well. Lined up in between the concrete and glass skyscrapers rising like bamboo shoots,[3] there are Greek-style temples (with color patterns applied to a temple with project mapping - likely for researching the theory that the Parthenon was not originally white),[3] giant pyramids, five-story pagodas[3] stone monuments and statues of goddesses, a river with naturally decomposing origami dolls floating down it rather than fallen leaves or flower petals, and elevated streets closed to traffic, along which herds of deer might wander.[3] The place has been described as feeling more like a theme park with replicas of famous tourist locations around the world than a research institute for mythology and religion.[3] The streets lined with various religious facilities give a multi-cultural feeling to it.[1]

Some of the tools stored and studied in the district may sometimes be taken out to other parts of the city for festivals and similar occassions, traditions enjoyed in the city without any belief in religious concepts behind them. In the case of a summer festival, examples might include a wooden scaffold for a bon dance, rows of paper lanterns and a giant Japanese-style drum.[2]

Given its focus on religious facilities, the district has more firefighting equipment than most districts, but instead of each building having its own tank, there is a Central Firefighting Tank managed by the district as a whole.[5]

Background[]

In the past, according to a story known to Kamijou Touma, Aogami Pierce apparently visited the district on an ascetic journey to rid himself of worldly thoughts but found a shrine maiden cute, resulting in professional warrior monks from a neighboring temple being called as reinforcements, with Aogami being thrown out and banned from entering the district again.[3]

Chronology[]

Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index[]

Ichihanaran Festival Arc[]

Main article: Ichihanaran Festival Arc

Silvia, Brunhild Eiktobel, and Leivinia Birdway visited the district during the Ichihanaransai. They complained about district's unpleasant structure.[4]

Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index[]

New Year's Arc[]

Main article: New Year's Arc
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Kamijou Touma visiting the Bridge Builders Cabal Academy City Consulate.

On January 1st, many residents of Academy City came to District 12 as part of their New Year's shrine visits.[3][6] At that time, the Bridge Builders Cabal had also managed to set up a consulate in the district via its acquisition of the Condroniard Republic.[7][8] Having greeted Touma on New Year's Day, Alice invited him and his group to her new 'secret base' on January 2nd.[9]

On January 3rd, after a battle broke out at the consulate and martial law was initiated, the Transcendents at the consulate went elsewhere in the district and joined with other members of the cabal called in from outside the city as they prepared and performed the ceremony intended to summon Christian Rosencreutz (which lasted until January 4th),[10][11] with Mut Thebes pursuing Touma, Aradia and Anna as they headed across and out of the district in a hijacked Predator Octopus towards School District 15.[12] The trio briefly stopped to stock up at a discount store in the district, where Hamazura Shiage and Takitsubo Rikou were also shopping in order to avoid crowds at the few stores still open.[13][14]

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Kamijou Touma and his allies in the district during the defensive battle.

After being brought back into the world by the Bridge Builders Cabal's ceremony late on January 4th, "CRC" remained in the district indulging himself for much of January 5th. When he finally started moving at 5PM, the district was the site of the first defensive line for Anti-Skill and Touma's allies to impede his advance towards Heaven Canceller's Hospital,[15][16][17][18][5][19] before they were forced to fall back due to his use of Citrinitas and an ice-cold deluge from the ruptured Central Firefighting Tank.[5]

Astral Buddy[]

Astral Buddy Arc[]

Main article: Astral Buddy Arc

After Yuuri Senya was returned to her true body, she, Hokaze Junko, and Shokuhou Misaki visited Toomine Kanari's grave in a temple graveyard in the district.[20][21][Notes 1]

Known Locations[]

Location Type Details
Condroniard Consulate Consulate Technically the Bridge Builders Cabal Academy City Consulate, set up by the group by buying the Condroniard Republic, a Central American micronation, and exploiting a bureaucratical weakness,[7] in order to provide Alice with a secret base in the vicinity of Academy City and Kamijou Touma.[7][8]
East External Connection Terminal [22]
Graveyard A temple graveyard. Toomine Kanari's grave is located here.[20][21][Notes 1]
Great Pyramid Area (大ピラミッド方面 Dai Piramiddo Hōmen?) A sign to "A9, Great Pyramid Area Exit" was present at the exit to the district's railway station.[3]
Megalith Culture (巨石文化 Kyoseki Bunka?) A sign to "Megalith Culture" was present at the exit to the district's railway station.[3]
Near Death Experience Labs (臨死体験研究 Rinshi Taiken Kenkyū?) A sign to the "Near Death Experience Labs" was present at the exit to the district's railway station.[3]
Takasaki University (高崎大学 Takasaki Daigaku?) "District 12 Takasaki University" was given as example of bus stops in Academy City often using names of school facilities.[23]
Tree Worship (樹木信仰 Jumoku Shinkō?) A sign to "Tree Worship" was present at the exit to the district's railway station.[3]
Unnamed church A giant church, unusually a standalone building rather than in a skyscraper, painted to look old and with a concrete slope leading to an underground parking garage.[24]
Unnamed discount store [13][14]
Unnamed Skyscraper

A typical skyscraper in the district, which Kamijou Touma's group and others visited on New Year's Day, the technical name of which is currently unknown. Possibly near the station, the building has glass on all sides and over 50 stories tall. The ground floor has large entrances, a wide-open space with a building guide in the center of the floor, and more than 20 elevators to the higher floors.[3]

The floor guide listed the following on the first eleven floors:[3]

  • 1-5: General Information and Shopping
  • 6: Christian - Latin Relief Cathedral (ラテンレリーフ大聖堂 Ratenrerīfu Daiseidō?)
  • 7: Museum - Materials Exhibition Floor (資料展示フロア Shiryō Tenji Furoa?)
  • 8: Egyptian Mythology - Nile Nome Temple (ナイルノモス大神殿 Nairunomosu Dai Shinden?)
  • 9: Buddhism - Great Red Lotus Temple (大紅蓮寺 Daigurenji?)
  • 10: Shinto - Daybreak Shrine (曙光神社 Shokō Jinja?)
  • 11: Folk Belief, Folktale, Multipurpose Fortunetelling Consultation Floor (俗信・民話・多目的占い相談フロア Zokushin Minwa Tamokuteki Uranai Sōdan Furoa?)

Notes[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The graveyard tower in School District 10 was the only known graveyard in Academy City until the final chapter of Astral Buddy featured a temple graveyard in School District 12. Ogino Kentarou, the editor for Railgun and Astral Buddy, had already discussed the graveyard issue with Kamachi Kazuma. They concurred that the religious facilities of Academy City were concentrated in School District 12, so that there could be situations like the last chapter of Astral Buddy.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Toaru Majutsu no Index no Subete
  2. 2.0 2.1 Toaru Anbu no Item Light Novel Volume 02 Epilogue
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 07 Chapter 1 Part 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 06 Chapter 5 Part 4
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 09 Chapter 2 Part 7
  6. Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 07 Chapter 1 Part 3
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 07 Chapter 2 Part 1
  8. 8.0 8.1 Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 07 Chapter 2 Part 2
  9. Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 07 Chapter 2 Part 5
  10. Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 08 Chapter 1 Part 6
  11. Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 08 Epilogue
  12. Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 08
  13. 13.0 13.1 Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 08 Chapter 1 Part 1
  14. 14.0 14.1 Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 08 Chapter 1 Part 2
  15. Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 09 Prologue
  16. Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 09 Chapter 2 Part 1
  17. Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 09 Chapter 2 Part 2
  18. Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 09 Chapter 2 Part 4
  19. Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 09 Chapter 3 Part 4
  20. 20.0 20.1 Astral Buddy Manga Chapter 030
  21. 21.0 21.1 Ogino Kentarou (Railgun editor), Twitter. Retrieved on 29 October 2020.
  22. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 15 Chapter 2 Part 4
  23. Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 03 Chapter 2 Part 8
  24. Souyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index Light Novel Volume 08 Chapter 1 Part 7

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