A Certain City's Darkness Located just west of Tokyo, the scientific utopia known as Academy City has slowly been making a name for itself in its mere two decades of existence. With advancements in technology being 30 years ahead of the entire world, it is slowly making a name for itself as a pioneer of the future. Several countries around the world has recognized the magnificent feats achieved by Academy City and some of them even fear their potential in disturbing the harmony of the economy due to their apparent capability of becoming a leading technological producer. As the city's name suggests, it is a city of several schools and institutions of higher learning from kindergarten to university level that learn side-by-side along with the scientists who research on psychic powers and higher technology, the latter being one of the primary reasons for its establishment. Academy City is composed of 23 districts, called School Districts which are simply numbered from one to twenty-three and each of these districts have a specific purpose. 1 Where most of the city's administration is located 2 Training areas for Judgment and Anti-Skill, military-related facilities 3 Accommodations for authorized outsiders (which also includes hotels, private pools, etc.) 4 Food-related facilities, including experimental crop growing 5 Mostly filled with universities and junior colleges 6 Recreational facilities, which also includes an amusement park 7 Middle and high schools, school dormitories, boarding houses, hospitals. There is also a mysterious building with no clear entrance or windows. 8 Mainly for the various teaching staff of the city 9 Industrial arts and fine arts schools 10 Reformatories, nuclear energy research facilities, the city's only cemetery 11 Goods transfer 12 Theology system schools 13 Kindergartens and primary schools 14 Accommodations and various other facilities for overseas students 15 A large district consisting of the city's major shopping district and mass communications facilities 16 Focuses on commerce 17 Railway cargo storage and organization, Location of a special prison for high profile criminals. 18 Uncertain 19 Uncertain; has been in a decline recently 20 Schools focused on raising athletic students along with their esper abilities 21 Dams for water storage; observatory in the mountains. 22 The smallest district in terms of surface area; this district is mainly for developing technology for an underground town in the face of land shortages in major cities 23 Airline companies and aeronautics and space development One of the main focuses of Academy City is the production of artificial espers through the recently established Power Curriculum Program. After its first year of implementation, the results suggests that it had been very effective since it managed to produce espers from Levels 0 - 5. Among all the espers that were produced through said program, only seven were theorized to be created but only 5 of the thousands of students that took the program managed to become a Level 5. The sixth was regarded as a Natural Esper known as a gemstone, of which only 50 at a time can exist throughout the world. On the other hand, the seventh was produced through unorthodox and inhumane means by the scientist, Takasura Katsugi who was previously ridiculed by his peers and colleagues for deviating from the norm. Now he plans to use his creation to the city that once humiliated and shunned him. By taking possession of the other Level 5's, or eliminating them should they resist him, he is planning on crippling Academy City and taking over it. Faced with this external threat and the Darkness that still continues to haunt them, can these children overcome A Certain City's Darkness?