To Aru Kagaku no Railgun – 17
Even though it’s summer vacation for the students, teacher Tessou Tsuzuri still has a lot of work, and she finds herself late for Anti-Skills duty with Yomikawa. To make matters worse, she’s been fairly inept at her job recently, and Yomikawa scolds her. Knowing that she has to put more effort in, Tessou tries harder to help people while on patrol the next day, but she again fails at everything, including trying to communicate with a boy named Kounoe to get him to go home from a game center at the end of the day. Seeing Tessou looking troubled, Yomikawa suggests that she go do something she enjoys. Yomikawa later also gives Tessou some time off so that she can catch up on her duties at school, and on her way home, Tessou passes by the game center again. Remembering what her colleague said about doing something she enjoys, Tessou goes in and teaches that same boy from before a few things about the fighting game he’s playing.
Before Tessou can play a game herself though, she gets called by Komoe to go pick up a drunk Yomikawa. As Tessou carries Yomikawa home, Komoe talks to her about how every day is fun for her because she loves all the students, including the one who led to her roof getting blown off. The next day, Tessou is once again energized to do her Anti-Skills job, and while she doesn’t exactly fail in trying to deal with situations involving Index, Himegami, and a girl who lost her pendant, she isn’t much help either. Her trip home once again takes her to the game center, and this time she actually gets to play a game. In the middle of it, she gets challenged by Kounoe, and although she loses, she feels fired up again. Walking home with him, the two talk about the next game in the series, and before they part ways, he thanks her. Sometime afterward, Tessou learns from Uiharu and company that Kounoe transferred schools so that he could study to become a game developer with the same company that made the fighting game. This makes Tessou happy and ready to do her best at her job again.
This was a decent episode that developed Tessou Tsuzuri’s character, but the story here wasn’t anything special. I mean, the episode ended on a good note, and I enjoyed hearing Endou Aya voicing Tessou, but as I sort of touched on last week, it’s hard to become really interested in side characters with just one-shot episodes like this. Having said that, I do wonder if the pendant girl will be significant later on because she seemed to get too much attention to be just a throwaway character. Anyway, what made the episode actually noteworthy is the fact that it further connected Index and Railgun by featuring Index and Himegami in a pair of cute and amusing scenes. It also had Komoe mentioning that the roof of her home got blown off, so it appears that timeline-wise, this episode occurs somewhere around Index episode seven. I’d love to see more connections between the two series, and in particular ToumaXMikoto interactions, but it looks like the Railgun anime story will for the time being continue to focus on side characters, with the dorm lady being next week.