As I’ve said before, one of the shows that aired during the Fall/Winter seasons that I really enjoyed was To Aru Kageku no Railgun. It’s the second show that I’ve enjoyed enough to get the R2 release. Well, I needed an upgrade for a possible release of Disappearance, so these reviews will be brought to you in Megax HD!
To begin with, this set differs with the Haruhi sets I reviewed earlier, besides the BD/DVD difference. There is no random inclusion of goods, so no randomness between this review and others. What this set does include with each volume is a special CD with radio tracks from the seijuu and two booklets. The first and fifth sets will come with boxes to include all the volumes in for easy keeping.
The first booklet is the first part of a short story featuring a character in the main series To Aru Majutsu no Index, Kaori Kanzaki, and her adventures. Not being able to read Japanese, I apologize for a lack of summary. The second booklet is a “instruction guide” which features details from the episodes and character analysis (including my favorite thing from a show:character art).
On the BD, there are the first three episodes: Electomaster, You need to stay hydrated if you work under the sun, and Tokidawa Under Fire!. These episodes help set up the four main characters well.
Electromaster works as a great introduction to every character. We see the reason why Mikoto Misaka is the focus of this show and how each character fits into the world. My only complaint is the addition of the OP/ED style that was left out of the broadcast, and that’s me being picky.
Hydrated serves to expand on the interactions between Shirai Kuroko and Mikoto, including how they met. A bunch of great Kuroko moments and good advancement of their friendship.
Finally, Tokudawa Under Fire helps to introduce us to how different Kazari Uiharu and Ruiko Saten are from the Tokidawa students. By having Saten-san be attacked for simply wearing the uniform shows one can’t pick out the special powers from the normal people on looks alone.
Included on the BD are the textless OP and EDs as well as audio commentary by the Seiju for Misaka-san and Kuroko-san. Not being able to understand the language just yet, I can’t offer any interesting comments.
Each episode is presented in 720p HD. The images are great compared to the HD broadcast. What’s really striking is the vividness of the colors and the little distinctions between the characters and the scenery. I also enjoy the little details like changing a picture in an electronic album or maintaining drinks on the same line.
The extra disc included in each set is a radio CD which features audio from the seiju that was originally put on the website. I missed all of the shows, but including a hard copy of the audio is a nice way to store memories during the broadcast.
Since I knew I would be reviewing this series, I felt required to obtain a special gift: the bonus pre-order DVD included with the 1st and 5th sets. This bonus disc, labeled Chou Denji Disc 1(Big Electromagnetic Disc 1) has four additional special features: a little gag reel made by the studio with footage from the episodes, a home release preview video aired on TV in Japan featuring the seiju for Uiharu-san and Saten-san, a little contest between all four seiju to see if any have super powers, and the online preview video for the series.
CD Japan also shipped a special advertisement poster (helps my poster collection grow even more).
All in all, this was a great set and a great start for Railgun. I enjoyed seeing these episodes just as much as the first time and noticed new things as well thanks to all the work put into the backgrounds. I apologize that I couldn’t get any menu shots due to the BD format, but I hope to get some in the future.
This entry originally appeared on Cartoon Leap and has been copied faithfully (minus image locations) from the original content.