To Aru Kagaku no Railgun – 18
Kuroko’s relationship with her dorm manager hasn’t been getting any better, but that changes after she and Mikoto see the woman buying some pizzas and bringing them to an orphanage. As it turns out, Uiharu and Saten’s teacher Daigo also works there, and it’s clear to Kuroko that her dorm manager has a crush on him. Kuroko thus takes it upon herself to help out and sets it up so that the dorm manager gets to spend time with Daigo, but what really impresses Daigo is when, during another earthquake, the dorm manager uses herself to protect a child. This has the dorm manager thinking marriage, and Daigo only furthers that notion by asking her out to talk about her opinion of younger men marrying older women. The dorm manager thus has Kuroko and company help her get all dressed up for the next time she goes to the orphanage, but when Daigo shows her the ring he’s going to propose with, he reveals that the woman he’s proposing to is actually the older principal of the orphanage. In the aftermath, the dorm manager returns to being her normal disciplinarian self.
For a good majority of the episode, I was actually pretty entertained by Kuroko’s antics since it made for good comedy. That’s why I wasn’t too thrilled by the more serious parts of the episode, especially the predictable way the romance part unfolded and how things returned back to normal by the end. It also irked me a little that they never gave a name to the dorm manager lady despite spending an entire episode on her. Probably the only worthwhile things to take away from this episode are the topics that it shared with last week’s episode, namely the earthquakes and the Child Errors, the latter of which felt sort of out of place when it was explicitly referenced this week. I’m guessing that those will come up again whenever these side character episodes end and the final arc starts, though it looks like next week will be just a maid themed episode.