To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S – 01
「超電磁砲(レールガン)」 (Cho denji ho (Reru gan))
It’s been a long wait—three years to be precise—but Railgun’s finally back, and it doesn’t miss a beat. Because this is Academy City and as Touma says it himself: “(there’s) never a dull moment in this city.”
Indeed, those words couldn’t be more true, as things start off with their usual BIRI BIRI flourish. It’s like that quote from Mr. T: “I pity the fool” (special thanks to Takaii for making that)—except in this case, it pertains to a bunch of fools who think they’d get away with chasing Saten down dark alleyways. Granted, it’s her fault for going down those alleyways herself though… so I guess the lesson here’s just basically to steer clear of dark alleyways. This is of course, unless you have teleporting espers and electromasters as your friends—in which case, you can just keep calm and carry on (responsibly please).
But yeah, for the most part, the debut of Railgun S is your standard affair—both in terms of being an introductory episode, as well as in comparison to its prequel. We get the standard recap of what Academy City is—2.3 million inhabitants w/ 80% of its population students—to start things off, followed by a gradual re-introduction of the characters we grew to love in the original series in Misaka, Kuroko, Saten, and Uiharu. Kongou, Harrue, Edasaki, Tessou, Yomikawa also make their respective returns—and we get a glimpse into Tokiwadai’s other level 5 in Shokuhou Misaki too. Topping things off in the end is a quick appearance of Touma, who’s busy surveying…
…the havoc wrecked by Misaka against the other fools that tried to take her friend hostage AND keep her bag. I pity the fool indeed—especially considering it was purely coincidental they ran into her at all. But if it’s any consolation though, they at least knew what was coming the second they realized who Misaka was… though in the end, I suppose that’s not that much consolation. Heh. Well, whatever. Either way, it’s definitely quite the life being a level 5—especially when you end up getting involved in a bunch of things voluntarily to add to the things life throws at you—but I guess that’s why they say the middle/high school years are the high points of your life (at least, in anime).
Ultimately, the bottom line is this: it’s definitely been too darn long since the last Railgun. There just ain’t no real substitute for a weekly dose of Misaka Mikoto and it’s pretty darn nice to finally see her (and the rest of the gang) back in action—especially when you got Iuchi Maiko and fripSide returning to compose the music/OP song respectively. Looking forward, it just looks like it’ll be a fun ride—2 whole cours!—and well, what can I say? I’m darn excited. Admittedly though, I would’ve preferred an OP sequence that didn’t quite show as much spoilers as this one seemed to show, but yeah… that ain’t a real big deal though. Until next week!
**Please refrain from discussing anything beyond the scope of what’s been covered by the anime.
OP: 「sister’s noise」 by fripSide