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: 「Grow Slowly」 by 井口裕香 (Iguchi Yuka)