Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S – 07

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Saten is checking on something important today.

 Welcome back super powered friends to more Railgun S on Metanorn! Last week was all about how Accelerator who for me personally stole the show, but what are we going to do this time? I suspect we will finally start some official story with Misaka fighting some other high powered characters right Highway?

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 Highway shows up for the episodes that aren’t just Misaka. Well, that’s not the only reason. So let’s see what Fosh and I thought of this week’s episode of Railgun S!

 

Kuroko x Misaka

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Kuroko fights the urge to jump in bed with Misaka!

When fans of Index or Railgun usually talk about certain characters like Kuroko most of us think of a few words like crazy, annoying, comical and super obsessive of her Misaka’s love and affection and I bet you can add more to this list of things to call Kuroko. Personally I feel for every awesome main character in anime or manga you NEED a character like Kuroko who simply comes off as a goofball sidekick that lightens up the mood and that is where she shines the most! Especially in this current arc filled with death and sadness. So yeah I know this was an episode without the usual badass Misaka running around saving the day because most of our time was spent following Kuroko around as she worked with Saten and Uiharu on a side mission, but I feel the main theme of the episode was about Kuroko’s true feelings and how she deals with being kept in the dark while Misaka runs off in the middle of the night to do her solo work. In the end even if you do not like Kuroko at all you have to feel a bit sorry for her because she just wants to help Misaka out as a friend, but at the same time she doesn’t want to upset her by spying on her because it would destroy the special bond between them! I would love to see the two of them working together to stop the evil experiments; however if you watched some of season two of Index you would know Kuroko eventually discovers some info related to the MISAKA sisters and all of that! As well as Touma finding maps and info about the tree diagram in the room when he pays Kuroko and Misaka a visit back in season one.

Separate Ways

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Saten desperately waits for her own arc.

While last week was all Mikasa, this week was all not-Mikasa. While I liked this episode a little bit more than the ones without Kuroko, Saten, and Uiharu, as well as Kuromi, I still would like it more if it was all of them at the same time. I just can’t shake the feeling that this would be so much less trying for Mikasa if she leaned on her friends some more. I can understand why she doesn’t, but that doesn’t make it right not to.

Similarly, watching the rest of the crew without Misaka tends to feel a bit aimless. She’s always the main plot driver, so without here there, this felt more like an extended cut away than anything important. And that’s a bit different for Railgun as well. Even in the situations in the past where they’ve had separations between Misaka doing things and everyone else doing other things, they were all moving towards the same conclusion. This time it just feels like everything but Misaka has been put on a shelf, waiting until she finishes ‘the important stuff’ and then they’ll get back to the ‘fuwa fuwa’.

Fun with Misaka and friends

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I bet Uiharu is checking out Saten’s ass.

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So you better not do anything dirty!

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You better watch out!

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Dat evil grin.jpeg

End thoughts

So yeah this episode was interesting because we took a break from all the Misaka related fun and focused mostly on Kuroko dealing with a few things on her own with the help of Saten and Uiharu, but hey at least JC Staff is giving some time for the side characters right? That said I really hope we get to see more Saten only themed arcs in the future, even though I think that would only happen in the form of random filler episodes because I can’t recall Saten doing a whole lot in the manga. Besides the stuff with Kuroko we got to see just how hard Misaka has been pushing herself to shut down each and every lab while rocking that new tomboy outfit of hers, which reminds me I need to draw more pictures of her! So what do you want to see more of in the next set of episodes? I think we are gearing towards the events found in the opening aka Misaka’s first real fight against a fellow level five and that has me very excited!

If it sounds like I’m not enjoying the story, that’s not really true. I’m enjoying it fine. But to me it also feels like it’s lost something important. I know I’ve harped on this before, and it’s annoying to sound like a broken record, but I think it’s a failure of the show to change the mode so much. Index was “Touma does stuff after people get him in a situation.” Railgun season one was “Situation gotten into, everyone helps out and Misaka finishes it off.” It just seems, well, lazyto just make it all Misaka doing things for this story arc. But all we can do is ride it out to the end.

Preview

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Introducing ITEM! I CAN’T WAIT!

Time for a new arc!

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25 Responses to “Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S – 07”

  1. skylion says:

    We all like Academy City for it’s action, but I always has the feels for these side stories.
    For one, as you mention Fosh, it is unlikely that we will see a bonafide Saten arc. So get this while it’s hot.
    For seconds, it shows some character depth. We love it when the gang kicks ass, but here we get to see what Kuroko is like underneath that capricious, glomp-the-onee-sama, nature of her. As a member of Judgement, this is her turf, but given the nature of Academy City, how much she is in the dark is one thing, but holding back, keeping both the home fires burning, and the official fires not burning at all is a tremendous responsibility.
    And finally, I enjoy simple storytelling of this nature, it broadens the characters. Imagine if JoJo had moments like these.

    Saten is checking on something important today.
    Oh, yeah, gots to keep an eye on the side plot.

    • Hiss13 says:

      Seconded. A lot of people have been complaining about the episode because it is “filler”. While it is filler, it also does give us a good look at how Mikoto’s friends are dealing with her distant actions and cold shoulder treatment.

      At the same time, we can’t forget that the Railgun anime is not solely about Mikoto.

      • belatkuro says:

        The Railgun anime maybe, but the manga has always been about Misaka. She’s the reason we even have the manga in the first place.

        • Foshizzel says:

          That is true the anime is not 100% about Misaka while the manga is all about her, but I guess that makes things more fun to have two “different” things? I am happy the anime does not follow page for page from the manga! It makes things interesting xD

  2. Gecko says:

    I did not like this episode. Kuroko cares about Misaka more than just the “onee-sama!” stuff, wonderful. That’s fine with me. She should care beyond the glomping. (Although why do characters have to be so hesitant to talk to each other?? COMMUNICATE. Problems will work themselves out if people COMMUNICATE.) I just didn’t really like the whole “help the little kid out” side story, even if it was a parallel to Kuroko and Misaka. Sure, it shows that Kuroko and Uiharu did not know what to do- they should help her out, but what she wants isn’t allowed.

    But I don’t know, I was getting used to the “Misaka does things” points, and this was like someone realized that everyone else had been forgotten. Why they couldn’t have added them back in some other way that would have kept the story relevant beyond just switching back and forth is beyond me.

    • skylion says:

      I rather liked the side story of helping that little kids out. The main story is built from some rather large tropes, so underscoring it with a very simple approach makes the stakes of what Mikasa needs to do important, ground in a way that is approachable and human.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Even if Kuroko was to ask Misaka straight up what she is up to I don’t think she would even tell the truth about the experiments, Accelerator and her clones because that would endanger her friends and to us it seems cold, but for Misaka she views it as protecting them.

      Well the anime can’t focus on Misaka all the time as much as I personally would love to see that happen, but if that was true then what is the point in hiring voice actors for the other characters then if we only want Misaka doing things? I guess I don’t mind filler like this xD

  3. Hiss13 says:

    Next week is ITEM’s anime debut!

    Can’t wait to see Mikoto vs Fre|nda.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Item is so awesome! I loved that chapter from the manga and agreed their fight should prove to be quite fun to see animated xD

  4. Sheep says:

    The problem is that they added a little too much sugar in what was supposed to be a very bitter experience for Mikoto. The mellow tone of this episode, especially the sappy second half, didn’t live up to the promise of action and excitement that Episode 6 ended with.

    That said, this episode was mostly good. I appreciate the producers’ efforts to show her friends’ concern, but I think they could have done this in a less disruptive way.

    • Foshizzel says:

      True things have shifted from the drama moments and agreed JC Staff is doing a good job with the side characters and how each of them really care for both Misaka and Kuroko with friends like Saten and Uiharu who could go wrong? ;D

  5. elior1 says:

    good news after the next episode is AIM staler doupt and in episode 10 is meltdowner

    • Foshizzel says:

      Railgun vs meltdowner! I AM SO HYPE FOR THAT!

      • BlackBriar says:

        The name Meltdowner sounds intense. I look forward to seeing if that fight deserves the hype it’s getting.

  6. lou says:

    kuroko really is a workaholic….

    • Foshizzel says:

      Indeed she is xD

      • BlackBriar says:

        It’s amazing how she still has time and stamina to always sexually harass Misaka.

        • skylion says:

          You find the time for the things that are important….

          • BlackBriar says:

            So sexual harassment tops everything. Interesting piece of advice.

  7. BlackBriar says:

    The episode was alright but uneven for development. It would have been better if equally shared between Misaka taking out the laboratories and the rest of the group with their activities. I have a bad feeling the scientists have a nasty trick up their sleeve. The leader is too laid back for someone who’s currently losing valuable equipment and information. Not to mention he already knows who’s behind the attacks.

    There are some characters too faithful to the anime law of keeping their thoughts back and Kuroko is one of them. She knows Misaka is going in over her head yet she does nothing. It’s only going get worse if she doesn’t do something. Things tend to get really ugly when that point is reached. And in the worst case scenario, if she catches Misaka red handed, she’d have no choice but to arrest her.

    Saten for best anime bloodhound! She sniffs for what’s most important: Cold hard cash! And she’s taken on an apprentice. May she teach them well.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Ooooh that is where ITEM comes into play because with only two labs left they can totally set up a trap or series of traps to catch Misaka in the act.

      When Kuroko is not in ultra onee-sama mode she is a really fantastic character that generally cares for Misaka, but yeah you are right eventually there has to be some kind of emotional breakdown for Misaka! Maybe after she finishes her work with destroying the labs?

      Saten for the win!

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