Railgun's place in the timeline relative to Index

Topic started by Whiskeyjack on July 15, 2010. Last post by akinkhoo 3 years, 1 month ago.
Post by Whiskeyjack (111 posts) See mini bio Level 19
So I've recently wrapped up watching A Certain Scientific Railgun and A Certain Magical Index, and it got me to wondering, when exactly does Railgun take place relative to the various events in Index?
I did find it strange that both series had a  similar plot arc (to make a level 6) and both were connected to Misaka strongly, in Index very strongly linked to her history, and in Railgun by the associations she gains throughout the series. Yet none of the characters make any sort of acknowledgment in either series about having seen the wacky scheme before.
The other odd point would be the relationship between Misaka and Touma. From the progress, of sorts, that was made near the end of the series with the Aztec magician, Misaka's attitude in Railgun would make sense taking place some time before then. But if that's the case, does Railgun exist in that little window after Accelerator and before those events? Because we see no sign of the clones (as far as I can remember) in Railgun.
Or is this all just based off of a series of silly light novels/manga and I'm trying to apply to much wacky real-world logic to something that oughtn't.  In the relationship question I suppose you can chalk it all up to silly anime romances where unless the author wants it to happen, no progress occurs.
Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,747 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Im not to sure, I never really paid to close attention but I thought they ran fairly parallel, ie. not a sequel or prequel. 
Post by godeater (2,041 posts) See mini bio Level 11
well the kid in index is in aru tu railgun so not so long after it.
Post by akinkhoo (2 posts) See mini bio Level 3

it start just before the 1st season of index and end in the middle of the 1st season of index. railgun's version of sister arc where she meet the clone for the first time happens after the 1st season of railgun. at least according to the novel. the level 6 experiment in railgun season 1 look like a precursor to MISAKA network and Kazakiri Hyouka too.

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