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Neverending New Beginnings: Final thoughts on "To Aru Kagaku no Railgun"

28 Mar 2010

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Haruka Takahashi

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Final thoughts on "To Aru Kagaku no Railgun"

When I first heard of this after the last episode of Index in 2008, I wasn't sure what to think of it as Index was boring, but the two girls that appeared in the openings (Saten and Uiharu) made me wonder why they appear there, talking to Kuroko, despite not appearing in that anime.

Fast forward to October 2009, it's spin-off anime, Railgun, started. I wasn't expecting anything other than somewhat parts of Index to appear. I liked the opening and ending: quite catchy and upbeat. As time passed, and with reference to the Railgun manga, I realized that any reference to Index is very minimal as events from Index involving Misaka and Kuroko never appeared. Even Touma is treated like a one-off character. I wished they do that instead of the pointless filters.

Speaking of filters, things start to go downhill after a few episodes and are forgettable. Episode 13 (modeling agency) was very boring, episode 19 (midsummer festival) seemed like they tried to squeeze everyone in, the pace was too fast, and the character design (Kongou Mitsuko and Uiharu especially) in this episode is glaringly obvious that it looks awful. Since these long filters, there has been nothing exciting until episode 23, the second last episode. The mini-arc involving Konori Mii was interesting. The opening and ending theme for most of the second half of the season was not as upbeat as the first half. I don't know why both Index and Railgun takes place only in a particular summer vacation, which also means that, except for (an episode worth of) a flashback, we never see the characters in their winter uniform, which looks better than the summer ones.

Overall, it had a good start, but things went downhill. Less than half of its total episodes were something to look forward to. As Railgun episode 13 was around when the 2010 Winter anime (Durarara, BakaTest, etc.) began, I wasn't really looking forward to keep watching Railgun since then. Maybe it's best to stick to its manga or light novel. I've only read up to volume 3 of the manga. (Can't seem to buy volume 4 or latter: it's either sold out or require a mode of payment I can't use)