To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S – 03
「超電磁砲量産計画 (レディオノイズけいかく)」 (Cho Denji Ho Ryosan Keikaku (Redionoizu Kei Kaku))
“Railgun Mass-Production Plan (Radio Noise Project)”
Ah, human curiosity. There’s just nothing quite like it. On one hand, it’s the thing that makes us avoid things out of fear and let’s us life our lives without going insane. On the other hand, it’s the thing that makes it so we have to know about something—regardless of the risks that come with it. Usually, life throws us situations that let us choose between the two… but sometimes, you just don’t get the choice. As Misaka finds out this week, sometimes life just forces you into doing something—that and, sometimes, the ridiculous rumors you’ve been hearing about? They just might have some basis. And while it’s true that ignorance is a bliss at times, this sure ain’t one of them—as it’s confirmed that Misaka’s DNA was indeed used for an alternative purpose.
Needless to say, it’s something that really tests the ethics behind proper scientific experimentation—though I guess it’s more like something that violates virtually every ethics law we have in place right now—and it’s a notion that begs the million dollar question: “at what point do you argue something is worth it?” Because if there’s one thing that I believe, it’s that there are some things out there that may be worth sacrificing quite some things for. Don’t get me wrong—there’s no way I’d ever do something like the blatant breach of proper informed consent like the doctors at Yamashita University did (or anything regarding this plan in the first place), but at the same time… if you really wanted to argue about it, there’s a lot you could argue about here.
After all, it does arguably make a whole lot of sense to try and mass produce Level 5′s for military purposes if you could—considering their low natural occurrence in nature and the potential enemies that are out there in their universe (those of you that have watched Index in particular would know what I’m talking about). In that context, ensuring the basic survival of your city and livelihood… well, that’s theoretically worth violating a few laws for… right? Or is it? Again, it all goes back to what makes something worth the investment or violation of laws/guidelines, and it’s admittedly quite an interesting question when applied with what we know here. Though, in the end, the key point is the term “what we know here…”
…as it sure doesn’t seem like the experiment’s over yet. Misaka ends up not realizing the additional implications of Shinobu’s words (“the purpose and details have changed since I left”) this week in one of the more epic “OH WOW, SHE JUST MISSED HER” moments in recent history, but there’s definitely some shady things going on that definitely weren’t in the original experiment. Alas, it looks like they’ll be content to keep the exact details hidden a bit longer though, as it doesn’t look like we’ll get the reveal just yet. Of course, those of you that watched Index already know the specifics on this, but for those many readers that haven’t watched Index yet, I’d like you to keep your spoilers regarding the experiment to a minimum (and to spoiler tags if you really need to say it).
Ultimately, I gotta say—that what was the best Railgun S episode by far. I suppose it’s not that surprising given the fact the first two episodes were pretty much just setting up the developments here, but yeah, what can I say? They managed to do a pretty nice job piecing together the puzzle pieces we were left previously—the purpose of the cash cards was a nice touch especially—and they topped it off with some of the nice humorous moments we’ve come to love about this series as well. There’s just nothing like seeing Misaka theoretically get owned multiple times in quick succession by Shinobu for one (RESPECT YOUR ELDERS!), no replacement for Kuroko’s reverse pedobear moment, and no words to describe the hilarity of the faces by Saten (I SPELT IT RIGHT THIS TIME, OKAY!?) over the cash cards and the insanity of Misaka just splurging 30K on clothing and renting a hotel room just to change to those clothes. In addition, it was pretty cool seeing Misaka’s “hacking” skills too. On a random note though… how exactly do you even enforce wearing uniforms everywhere outside of class exactly?
Author’s Note: Regarding the science in this episode, you can theoretically clone via the somatic cells from hair technique they used here. You’d need to pull the hair with the root though. We don’t have those chemicals they used to speed development to 14 days however. Insert random reference here.
**EDIT: Due to personal reasons, coverage of Railgun S 04 will be delayed. As the nature of these circumstances were quite sudden, I was unable to find a substitute writer to cover this week. Depending on how circumstances work out, I may be able to get it out sometime early to mid-next week, but there is a significant possibility that a double post will be done next Friday instead. There is also a possible chance that I may not be available next week either, but I will try my best to ensure that there will be at least some kind of coverage next week.