To Aru Kagaku no Railgun – 21
After this new Poltergeist incident, Kuroko thanks Telestina and chats with her about the interference to AIM dispersion fields. Since they’re all okay, the girls eventually return home to their respective dorms, but Mikoto is bothered by the fact that there are similarities between the current situation and the Level Upper incident. She thinks that Kiyama Harumi might be involved again, but of course Kiyama should still be in prison. Kuroko, on the other hand, is bothered by how Haruue was acting, and the clues point to Haruue being connected to the Poltergeist incidents. Over at Uiharu’s apartment, Haruue wakes up and worries that she caused Uiharu trouble, but Uiharu continues to support her and feels that Haruue can change like she wants to. The next day, while Uiharu takes Haruue to the park, Kuroko and Mikoto find Haruue’s file in the Judgment database. It reveals that Haruue is a level 2 with telepathy, but what really catches their attention is the special note that says Haruue can display power exceeding her level under certain wavelengths.
At the park, Haruue tells Uiharu of her determination to change, and she reveals that she’s searching for someone. It’s an old friend that she doesn’t want to just wait around for, so Uiharu promises to help her search. At that moment, however, Haruue starts talking to someone else again, and another Poltergeist incident occurs. It wreaks havoc on the park, and Telestina’s group is called in again to help. After learning about what happened, Mikoto and the others meet Uiharu at the hospital, and when Uiharu realizes that Kuroko suspects Haruue, she gets defensive about her new friend. Telestina interrupts them to explain that it’s possible that a telepath is behind this, but only someone above level 4. Just to be sure, she takes Haruue in for some tests, and the girls learn that Telestina is the head of MAR’s research laboratory. The tests say that Haruue isn’t behind the interference, but this means that they still don’t know who really is responsible. In any case, the girls are able to see Haruue again, and they learn that she can sometimes hear the voice of the friend she’s looking for. That friend is the girl whose picture she has in her pendant, and Mikoto recognizes it as one of the same girls that Kiyama had been taking care of. As it turns out, Haruue is a Child Error as well.
This episode had a lot of exposition that ultimately confirmed everything we had suspected: Haruue is a Child Error and a friend of Kiyama’s student Edasaki. It also made clear that Kiyama should still be in jail, so it’s still a mystery what’s going on with her. All in all, I wouldn’t call it a bad episode, but I did find it very aggravating to watch Uiharu defend Haruue when we as the audience can tell that Haruue is clearly connected to these Poltergeist incidents. Along those same lines, I’m not a big fan of how they’re trying to create some distrust between Uiharu and Kuroko because that’ll only get in the way of learning the truth. Telestina obviously knows more than she’s saying, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this was all part of some grand experiment. The preview and title of the next episode seems to suggest that it could have something to do with someone attaining level 6, and I assume it’s something separate from the Accelerator/Sisters stuff because otherwise they probably would have just animated the next manga arc.