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To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S – 02

「寿命中断(クリティカル)」 (Jumyō Chūdan (Kuritikaru))
“Life Interrupt (Critical)”

Our daily dose of BIRI BIRI is here again and well, things start turning slightly more serious as the pieces start falling into place.

Starting things off this week is a nice flashback into Misaka’s past (SO CUTE!)—particularly her experience with the unnamed boy afflicted with muscular dystrophy and her subsequent allowance of the mapping of her DNA. To say the least, there was definitely a lot wrong with the whole scenario—ranging from the obvious lack of informed consent to the intentional exposure of someone so young to something so terrible—but for me, it was especially notable to see the connection to Misaka’s reaction in the first episode, as well as the fact that things aren’t all that sunny despite her rather cheerful exterior. And with the return of the unnamed blue haired girl from her flashbacks, as well as the supposed rumors spreading around about mass-production clones of Level 5 espers… it looks like extra trouble’s just brewing along the corner.

For now however, things are mostly fairly calm… and that leaves us with some pretty priceless moments and expressions as a result. There’s just nothing like watching Kuroko mess with Misaka to give off a few laughs, and gosh darn, there were quite a few of those this episode. I mean, how about that Satan Saten (ALL THAT MONEY!)? Or that trick played on the dorm supervisor (SECRET ONEE-SAMA VOICE COLLECTION, YEAHHH)? Oh, did I mention the return of the dark alleyway gag from the first episode too? Just some entertaining stuff.

In the end though, I guess that’s why I always had a soft spot for this series. Not only are the characters pretty likable and fun to watch, there’s a nice sci-fi/action/fantasy backing to everything as well, and a decent, serious plot to top things off. There just aren’t many series that manage to pull this combination off well, and there are just few things better to do on a Friday night than watching some railgun action. Amazingly enough, she didn’t actually get much of a chance to show off this week… but it definitely looks like that’ll be more of the exception than the norm. And well, what can I say except: make sure you drink your milk, and for crying out loud, stay out of dark alleyways. Oh yeah, and stop trying to pick on seemingly harmless girls too—especially if you’re in Academy City (gotta pity the fools).

**Again, please refrain from discussing anything beyond the scope of what’s been covered by the anime.


ED Sequence

ED: 「Grow Slowly」 by 井口裕香 (Iguchi Yuka)


April 19, 2013 at 7:09 pm
  • April 19, 2013 at 7:11 pmAquahardt

    First post!
    Accel not appear yet?

    • April 19, 2013 at 7:28 pmLonghaul

      its following the manga so it will be a few episodes before we get to see him training

      • April 19, 2013 at 7:44 pmhuntermad

        That is not training, that is “level up”

      • April 19, 2013 at 9:28 pmVermillion

        You mean exp grinding

      • April 19, 2013 at 11:07 pmGaze of Providence

        The training has no breaks, only an accelerator.

    • April 20, 2013 at 8:15 amc2710

      Thus we see the beginnings of the Accelerator arc from Index I.’

      Gosh… I’m spamming Index I and II just for this

  • April 19, 2013 at 7:16 pmLuxor

    Well, it looks like her esper ability was not “Critical,” but… superior acting abilities? :O

    Such OPness, my gawd.

  • April 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm†Croos†

    If you guys ever wonder why this girl was able to fight in the dark is because she actually close one of her eyes to so as to be able to retain her vision while she was in the dark.
    This is the explanation.

    • April 19, 2013 at 7:41 pmLuxor

      Don’t be surprised when you hear about people walking around in the dark with an eyepatch. LOL

      • April 19, 2013 at 9:54 pm†Croos†

        I agree Luxor.

      • April 20, 2013 at 2:20 amActar

        Yup. Mythbusters used this explanation as a possible reason for pirates wearing eye-patches. Since they had to go below deck often, the eye-patch would help them see in the darkness.

    • April 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm†Croos†

      >Money card duplication
      >Clone mass production
      I can see now what this girl’s ability is.

      • April 20, 2013 at 6:53 amGermanguy

        Well, there where some Cards with different Value

        Perhaps this is the Little “clone” flaws :)

  • April 19, 2013 at 7:19 pmSilentCid

    I need to hang out with Saten-san because she seems to have a nose to sniff out money lol. Not only that, I like how she seems to always has an adventure. Maybe her and I can do some treasure hunting xD. I know some people going to wondering why Nunotaba Shinobu doesn’t have the not so creepy eyes as her character design in the manga. I’m only guessing that maybe Kiyotaka Haimura (The one who designs all characters in for the Index universe) might of not designed her in the manga at the time likely did the design for the anime. Her personality still makes up for it (Her creepiness) which is why it doesn’t bother me so much. She really gives it to them.

    Misaka had to put that gekota strap on her tea cup I guess that sealed the deal for her on her little tea party. xD

    • April 20, 2013 at 4:16 amCybersteel

      A good woman for marriage.

  • April 19, 2013 at 7:35 pmUDoh

    Hey, don’t call her Satan LOL

    • April 19, 2013 at 7:44 pmLuxor

      But surely, money is the devil?

    • April 19, 2013 at 7:44 pmSilentCid

      I don’t see anyone saying Satan…

      • April 19, 2013 at 8:01 pmbelatkuro

        There was a slight typo earlier with Saten’s name.
        >I mean, how about that Satan (ALL THAT MONEY!)?

    • April 19, 2013 at 8:09 pmZephyr

      You saw nothing.

    • April 21, 2013 at 4:32 amThe Moondoggie

      I didn’t expect Zephyr to be part of the Saten hating crowd LOL….

      • April 21, 2013 at 8:13 amZephyr

        Keyboard made me do it! I don’t have anything to do with it, I swear!

  • April 19, 2013 at 7:55 pmgawrshness

    aw for a moment there I thought that picture of mini Misaka was Last Order…oh well.

  • April 19, 2013 at 8:00 pmstarss

    An ENGLISH money card?? :D

    I see two stills where we see two drawings/frames blurring into the other. Odd.

  • April 19, 2013 at 8:15 pmnekomimimeido

    I hope to see Last Order soon!, Misaka Misaka best clone.. hnnggghhh

    • April 19, 2013 at 11:17 pmaloysius

      Please don’t jinx it. The character has never appeared in Railgun, and hopefully never will.

      • April 20, 2013 at 9:20 amAnonymous

        Jinx what exactly? Just what is it you dislike about Last Order anyway? I would welcome her appearance in this show with open arms.

      • April 21, 2013 at 11:31 amaoihakurei

        I’m guessing what aloysius meant is that he doesn’t want the adaptation to deviate from the source by making Last Order appear when she’s never appeared in Railgun before.

  • April 19, 2013 at 8:26 pmRasen

    Without dropping names, I’m really pleased to see that the dark-haired girl doesn’t look as crazy as she did in the manga.

  • April 19, 2013 at 8:50 pmsonicsenryaku

    Looks like Mikoto is about to put in work next week. The pacing so far of this season of railgun seems better than the previous one (its still too early to tell) Hope im right.

  • April 19, 2013 at 8:59 pmhallo

    without reading the manga. just for the 2 episodes of railgun it’s more amazing than the first. hoping i wont be disappointed with the ending like shana final where ending suck so bad i sold my whole set for a chunk of change and some pizza.

  • April 19, 2013 at 9:19 pmsilentv

    Seeing Misaka’s past in this episode reminds me of Last Order. I want more Last Order! Hope she appears later on. XD

    • April 21, 2013 at 11:33 amaoihakurei

      Sorry to ruin your hopes, but Last Order will probably never appear in Railgun S.

      • April 21, 2013 at 11:11 pmDa5id

        Well, maybe a cameo. We know she at least was made before the experiment was shut down.

  • April 19, 2013 at 9:41 pmDa5id

    This was one of the last shows Omni wrote about…


    • April 19, 2013 at 9:46 pmZephyr

      Those were the days.

    • April 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm†Croos†

      Who’s Omni?

      • April 20, 2013 at 6:54 amGermanguy

        The Original Founder of RC :)

      • April 21, 2013 at 4:31 amThe Moondoggie

        >Croos has forgotten dear founder….


        /me slaps Croos around

    • April 20, 2013 at 7:55 amNatsu

      omni was a jerk…tobe honest

  • April 19, 2013 at 10:39 pmAnimesetsuna

  • April 19, 2013 at 11:05 pmGaze of Providence

    No fish-eyed Shinobu?

    Nope, can’t deal with it.

  • April 19, 2013 at 11:08 pmKyosuke


    • April 20, 2013 at 9:31 pmIncognito

      Dude, don’t let
      Show Spoiler ▼

      find you here… XD

  • April 19, 2013 at 11:40 pmGaze of Providence

    The episode references the large-scale field trip that happens in the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun SS light novel.

  • April 20, 2013 at 4:06 amewok40k

    OK, to sum it up – almost everything right now is spoilerish to some degree so proceed at own risk!
    Show Spoiler ▼

    last but not least, Kuroko hugging Mikoto hugging her plushie – priceless!

    • April 20, 2013 at 5:37 amGaze of Providence

      The reason for Shinobu’s cash card related actions (spoilers):
      Show Spoiler ▼

    • April 20, 2013 at 5:46 amVermillion

      Show Spoiler ▼

      • April 20, 2013 at 5:56 amVermillion

        Show Spoiler ▼

  • April 20, 2013 at 4:44 amAngryKoala

    This is what Shinobu does when she’s not playing karuta.

  • April 20, 2013 at 6:41 amtwinkletwinklelittlestar

    excuse me, but what is the point in this post? why is zephyr blogging this? no offence, but someone else should blog this…

    where did the good writers of this site go?

    • April 20, 2013 at 7:50 amSilentCid

      I don’t see anything wrong about him blogging this show. He is only writing on what he sees in this episode only without going to other material outside this.

      • April 20, 2013 at 9:24 amtwinkletwinklelittlestar

        this is just a summary. i miss the days when some sort of intellect was required to compose a decent post. all the bloggers who blog this season have problems understanding their shows. can we have the old writers back, please? this was supposed to be blogged by someone else, get that guy back.

      • April 20, 2013 at 12:13 pmZephyr

        I don’t usually make a point to reply to such comments, but I’ll make an exception here.

        I’m curious. What exactly are you expecting in terms of a post regarding a set up episode such as this without going into spoilers regarding either the source material or Index? Because the way I see it, given what we’ve seen so far in episode one and two alone, you’re not going to get pretty far without going into some kind of ridiculous conjecture unless you want to spoil half/most of the readership here, which is not and never has been something we do here.

        And really, I find it rich that you’re saying all the bloggers have problems understanding their shows. What’s been misunderstood? Did you actually read everyone’s posts on all the series being covered? Have you read past posts written by these same authors? Posts written by me? Like PSYCHO-PASS and Hyouka finales I covered for? Because it sure looks like you haven’t done your due diligence and are making mass generalizations.

        Furthermore, what gives you the right to say you understand a show better than the people here? Is this coming from the view of someone who has already read the source materials? Because if it is, that just makes your accusation that much more absurd, as you’re basically blaming us for not understanding something that we don’t have the full picture on, when you do. Just absolutely ridiculous. And also, if by some chance you didn’t read the source materials, I gotta say, that’s just pure arrogance if you think you’re someone who can understand it so much better than all of us.

        Last but not least, you say you mean no offense, but that’s total BS. The fact that you needed to say it in the first place showed offensive intent, and it just makes me wonder. Since you basically said every writer here sucked, why exactly are you still here? Because gosh darn, it sure looks like we’re too intellectually challenged to meet your criteria.

        tl-dr: If you got something to contribute that doesn’t involve mass spoilers, do so. Got something you want to point out regarding a writer’s style/post? Give suggestions to fix it or contribute your own thoughts like everyone else. If you got nothing else better to say aside from “OH LET’S JUST REPLACE THIS GUY,” then don’t say it. Spare me the arrogance, the pretentious attitude, and the nonsense.

        Oh yes. And to repeat your own comment: “What was the point of your comment exactly?” Cause it sure looked like there wasn’t any point there aside from meaningless criticism and bigotry. You got so much time to post that comment (and other similar ones in other writers’ posts), why don’t you use it to post something constructive instead?

      • April 20, 2013 at 6:50 pmFiveOVER

        Seeing as zephyr couldn’t dwelve into spoilers and this episode is just a calm before the storm. I don’t see the validity of those complaints AT ALL.

        Why don’t you write it yourself if you are so talented. Just a suggestion.

    • April 21, 2013 at 1:10 amGoodStuffs

      LEAVE POOR COWBOY ALONE ! you have offended his bloggeryness! only take small jabs! like loool your tl;dr was almost as long as your tl! hes trying tho! cut the guy some slacks! hey cowboy we love you man! lol keep at it! haters will always hate! well give you jabs here and there look forward to it! take it ezz

  • April 20, 2013 at 6:51 amAnonymous

    Hey, we have Index singing the ED for Railgun this season.

    While it’s a pity Elisa isn’t doing the ED (maybe for ED2, hopefully), Iguchi Yuka actually sings quite well in her real voice.

    Last Order… not quite! Still, HNNNNGGG!

    This shot could have easily come from an Aoki Ume anime.

  • April 20, 2013 at 6:58 amGermanguy

    Well the ED suggesting that we will get known at last one Clone of her. Interesting

  • April 20, 2013 at 8:20 amc2710

    And thus we see the beginnings of the Accelerator arc in Index (I think)

    Just so happen I finished watching the Accelerator arc in Index I.

    I’m spamming both Index series just for this show.

  • April 20, 2013 at 9:22 amZzz…

    They made Dead Fish Eyes look…normal…

    *sigh* But her design was part of her charm…right?

    So they doing this arc after introducing Mental Out…so original material?

  • April 20, 2013 at 10:25 amEntrav

    Accelerator will soon be here. Looking good so far.

  • April 20, 2013 at 11:37 amewok40k

    • April 20, 2013 at 1:18 pmCrook

      At least the balancing and match-ups in ‘Academy City Fighters’ are good.

      • April 20, 2013 at 6:22 pmewok40k

        lost count of players crying imb4 on Touma…

    • April 20, 2013 at 5:12 pmVermillion

      Show Spoiler ▼

      • April 20, 2013 at 6:20 pmewok40k

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      • April 20, 2013 at 6:44 pmFiveOVER

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      • April 20, 2013 at 10:24 pmVermillion

        Sister’s level
        Show Spoiler ▼

        Last Order
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      • April 21, 2013 at 3:59 amThe Moondoggie


        Where in the LN did it say that?

        Show Spoiler ▼

      • April 21, 2013 at 5:37 amFiveOVER

        Show Spoiler ▼

      • April 21, 2013 at 6:01 amGaze of Providence

        The levels are Show Spoiler ▼

      • April 21, 2013 at 5:50 pmSilentCid

        You cant forget the other…

        Show Spoiler ▼

  • April 20, 2013 at 1:21 pmNierTevra

    oh god, i bet the blue haired chick can make a guy cum by just whispering into his ears…

  • April 20, 2013 at 2:39 pmagr0n

    If I pick up this series should I watch the parent anime first aka Toaru Majutsu no Index or do I just need to watch Toaru Kagaku no Railgun first?

    • April 20, 2013 at 3:41 pmJyang

      You don’t need to watch Index, Railgun season 1 is enough. Index will actually spoil the ending of this arc so I wouldn’t recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet. Only thing you’ll miss out is knowing who the black spiky hair guy is [aka main character of Index series].

      • April 23, 2013 at 6:56 pmagr0n


    • April 20, 2013 at 10:06 pmc2710

      I’m just spamming through Index series just for the fun of it

  • April 20, 2013 at 10:28 pmdrzero7

    Only an ignorant 14 year old will turn those Money Cards in. I WOULD CASH IT!

    • April 21, 2013 at 1:25 amhoiut

      Why not cash it and then turn it in? Consider the money a treat for doing your due diligence!

  • April 21, 2013 at 3:32 amActus

    Hmm… So there is this strange law in Academy City which prohibits damaging or discarding cash, cash cards do not fall under such a category.

    This is one strange law because if this is the case, donating cash would be considered a crime since ‘discarding’ means relinquishing one’s property rights in an object.

  • April 21, 2013 at 4:07 amThe Moondoggie

    >Again, please refrain from discussing anything beyond the scope of what’s been covered by the anime.

    LOL, do you mean only in the Railgun route? Or Index as a whole?

    Anyway I thought we are starting with the Festival Arc, why suddenly are we going for the SISTER’s arc?

    That’s just confusing :/

    • April 21, 2013 at 5:28 ambelatkuro

      Timeline wise, we’re still around the beginning of August(August 10 to be exact), around the time of the Deep Blood arc in Index(Himegami Aisa and Aurelios). Daihasesai arc is in the middle of September.
      It’s easy to forget that since the dates aren’t mentioned in the anime as much as it was in the manga/LN. Also, Railgun timeline starts a few days earlier than Index timeline so that’s why we’re still at this part of the Index/Railgun storyline.

  • April 21, 2013 at 6:09 am3vidently

    I spent my Friday (that I should’ve spent studying) watching Chihayafuru and then Railgun. All I can say is that the Shinobu’s look and seem to give off the same presence.

  • April 21, 2013 at 9:01 amkageKun

    I just noticed! The reason why Shinobu had to act all creepy and theatrical is because of the anaestatic she used: she HAD to get them scared to get their heart pumping so that the anaestatic would work faster!

    Ras Al Ghul: Theatricality and deception are powerful tools to the untrained eye.

    Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve just seen a modern, impromptou Batman trick in action!

  • April 22, 2013 at 3:18 amOh

    Accel needs to appear otherwise the series will juet degenerate into random fillers and annoying fan service.

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