To Aru Kagaku no Railgun – 19
It’s time for the Tokiwadai girls’ dormitory’s midsummer festival, so Mikoto has to put on a maid uniform and play host to a large crowd of people. Fortunately, she spends most of her time showing Uiharu and Saten around, and Uiharu in particular is very excited to experience all the events, from a stitching class to a flower arrangement exhibit. What makes Mikoto uneasy however is everyone looking forward to the stage performance she’s scheduled to give. She is even more nervous when the time finally comes and she sees all the people gathered, but by chance she runs into Touma backstage. Seeing him infuriates her, and she scares him off, however the encounter also eases her nerves, allowing her to walk onto stage and perform a solo with her violin without further incident.
This week was rather devoid of meaningful plot, but it managed to still have some high points. Uiharu was pretty cute and amusing with her unrestrained antics for the first half, and it was interesting to see Tsuchimikado’s sister Maika make an appearance. But it was Mikoto and Touma who stood out the most by the end of the episode. It was nice to see Touma have such an effect on Mikoto, unintentional though it might have been, and I loved both her violin rendition of Real Force and the way it led into the actual ED sequence. I do wonder though why they bothered hiding Index’s face again after showing her a couple of episodes ago. Anyway, it looks like next week is more festival type stuff, though the preview also seems to hint that the earthquake aspect will become important soon.