UNDER_LINE (滞空回線アンダーライン Taikū Kaisen (Andā Rain)?, lit. "Airborne Circuitry") is a network of miniscule machines spread all over Academy City which serve as the sole direct line of information to the Windowless Building and Aleister Crowley.

Principles[edit | edit source]

The UNDER_LINE nanobots in the Index manga adaptation.

They have a spherical body with three wire-shaped cilia on the left and three on the right. Instead of walking on the ground, they float through the air. They are minuscule machines which use the convection of the air to generate their own power to gather data indefinitely. They use a quantum signal they produce to transit over a direct electron beam to pass information between them and have created a type of network.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

At some point in the past, Kihara Yuiitsu developed the UL Exploder, a device which gathers and detonates the UNDER_LINE's nanodevices in a false dust explosion, creating a space which couldn't be monitored for a very short period of time. When she showed it to Kihara Noukan, he praised her skill but scolded her, telling her not to bully "him".[2]

Chronology[edit | edit source]

Toaru Majutsu no Index[edit | edit source]

Battle Royale Arc[edit | edit source]

Main article: Battle Royale Arc

Kakine Teitoku steals the Tweezers in an attempt to get a hold of one of the UNDER_LINE. After stealing Tweezer, Girl in the Dress asks regarding the results of the analysis, to which Kakine laments on how the data in UNDER_LINE are not enough to compete with Aleister with equal footing.[1]

Later, Tsuchimikado Motoharu shows the Tweezers that he had recovered from the confusion after Accelerator's fight with Kakine. Motoharu shows to them the information inside the UNDER_LINE. Seeing that it was all a bunch of information they were able to get on their own, and that it was just information the higher-ups are gathering to keep an eye GROUP's actions, they become dismissive of it. However, Motoharu reveals that there is one more, and says the last one the list of information displayed on the Tweezer's screen is the word DRAGON.[3]

Acqua of the Back Arc[edit | edit source]

Main article: Acqua of the Back Arc

Due to Acqua of the Back's attack, UNDER_LINE was severely damaged and is creating a burden on the entire network.[4] Aleister isn't worried about this development, and is going through the information the network has gathered.

Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index[edit | edit source]

Ichihanaran Festival Arc[edit | edit source]

Main article: Ichihanaran Festival Arc

As Thor and Touma prepare to break through the Windowless Building, Thor explains that he couldn't reveal his plan in full before now due to the higher-ups having set up a surveillance network monitoring everything in the city, different from the surveillance satellites and that has not been revealed to the public. The text makes clear he is referring to UNDER_LINE. As such, Thor makes the both of them use one of the many secret bases that previously belonged to Freshmen, and made a blind spot in UNDER_LINE to carry out their operations secretly.[5]

Mental Out Arc[edit | edit source]

Main article: Mental Out Arc

After dealing with Shundou Toshizou, Kihara Noukan sends a communication request to the Windowless Building and then speaks to Aleister Crowley. He proceeds to give a report about having taken care of the last of Aleister's 72 requests in eliminating groups or persons that had grown during his absence and refused to regroup, though he comments that due to UNDER_LINE Aleister should already be aware of this.[6]

Salome Arc[edit | edit source]

Main article: Salome Arc

Kihara Yuiitsu made use of the UL Exploder to create false dust explosions by gathering and detonating the UNDER_LINE's nanodevices during her fight with Kamijou Touma and Salome.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

Navigation[edit | edit source]

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Key Events (Timeline)

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See also: Academy City

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