A certain final thoughts on Railgun

So with the final volume of To Aru Kagaku no Railgun released, it’s time to discuss the whole of the first season. I hope to cover both the positives and negatives throughout the season in this look back (and it’ll also work as a look forward to To Aru Majutsu no Index 2). Similarly to my review of the first arc, I’ll be putting images of the whole set of Blu-Rays throughout this editorial.

The first fact of note that should be mentioned about Railgun is that not only is it an adaptation of an ongoing manga series, but that itself is an adaptation from the original Index light novels. At the beginning of this season, there were only one arc that was complete compared to several novels of Index. That was the Level Upper arc seen in the first 12 episodes. The following manga arc is still ongoing (the Sisters arc from Misaka’s POV) so it could not be adapted due to that constraint. Continue reading

A certain reflection on Railgun – Part I

Since To Aru Kagaku no Railgun was a show that aired for two coups (two seasons at once) in Japan, the story had two big arcs and with my Volume 4 review, we have finished the first coup/arc: Level Upper. In place of screencaptures this will have pictures of the completed coup interspersed throughout.

So the Level Upper arc helped introduce us to the main story characters and show their motivations. Misaka Mikoto is a complicated young woman. She’s always wanting to prove herself moreso than anything. She’s headstrong and stubborn, but she knows when she’s wrong and works to help solve most of the problems she causes (the electrical outage in the end of episode 8 wasn’t one of those instances). A tomboy to an extent, but she still has a heart like a child. A good choice for a main character. Continue reading