A certain focus on background characters!

Sorry for the long delay between reviews, all I can say is that it’s been quite busy for me lately. Hopefully I’ll be able to get the next volume’s review up quicker. It comes out Friday, so I should get it really soon. That being said, this volume of To Aru Kaguku no Railgun focuses on the background characters that typically don’t get much focus in many shows.

Volume 6 contains the same extras that the other sets did: the main volume BD, a special CD containing 4 episodes of the radio show in mp3 format, another short story from Index, and another 12 page booklet.

The three episodes contained on this disc are 15-18: Academy City, Spelling during Summer Vacation, and Asunaro Park.

Academy City picks up right where we left off in episode 14, when Mii and Kurozuma are finally reunited. The two work out their struggles over the past two years since Kurozuma’s disappearance after an accident to take down Big Spider since they’ve “got to let their seniors show off sometimes.” It’s a very action packed episode that lets us see into Mii’s past and flesh out her character a bit. It a great conclusion to a two-part arc.

Summer Vacation is a nice variation on the typical cliche where the main characters are followed during their break. This time we follow Tanzaki-sensei from the Anti-Skill squadron through her typical day during summer vacation and the struggles she goes through. It’s an inspirational episode that doesn’t quite end exactly well, but still inspires people to do their best. It’s not the best episode, but it’s not that bad either. It’s average, just like the focus character.

Finally Asunaro Park shows us another side of the Dorm supervisor. While she’s strict on the rules, especially on Kuroko (how many times has her neck been broken?), she has a softer side like everyone else. We get to see the rise and fall of her crush on Daigo-sensei and it’s somewhat sad to see him pick the main caretaker of the park. Like the prior episode, it’s average.

This disc has audio commentary for episode 16 with Rina Satou (Misaka) and Kana Ueda (Mii) voicing over the episode. It also has two textless endings for episodes 16 and 17.

So to conclude, this is another good Railgun set. While it doesn’t have the best episodes of the series (due to having to make original content), it is easily passable. Every set can’t be amazing, otherwise the best episodes wouldn’t stand out. As usual I’ve uploaded these and many more screencaptures in full 1080p size on my Photobucket Account. Next time features maids, new characters, and some mechs! Stay tooned!

This entry originally appeared on Cartoon Leap and has been copied faithfully (minus image locations) from the original content.

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