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「お姉さまの力になりたいですの」 (Onee Sama No Chikara Ni Nari Tai Desu No )
“I’d Want to Help My Sister”

It’s another week and yet another solid episode of Railgun, as Misaka shows everyone exactly why you don’t mess with the Railgun. Interestingly enough though, this episode ends up being not so much about Misaka’s “revenge” as it is a commentary on friendship and life. And that’s just fine for me—because as much as I loved seeing Misaka hacking her way (both literally and figuratively) through the labs, this episode (and the series itself) was made much stronger due to the presence of the other stuff we get this week. And what stuff am I talking about exactly? Quite a few things actually. Be prepared though, because this’ll end up being a tad long.

First and foremost, there’s the bit at the beginning, where I found myself noting how Misaka refuses to involve—and in ways, rely—on her friends for help, despite their willingness to do so. It makes sense of course, considering how personal this issue is to her, how despicable the experiments are in the first place, and her likely desire to keep her friends safe by not getting them involved—but it brings up a question of: “at what point is it foolhardy to keep doing something yourself?” Because as we see throughout this episode, Misaka’s clearly on the brink. It’s not surprising considering how each second wasted is literally equivalent to a life (or lives), but there definitely comes a point where one’s attempt to take something on by oneself may end up doing more harm than good—both literally in the physical standpoint and figuratively in respect to the strain you put on your friendships.

Indeed, the other big thing this week that’s really emphasized is both how hard it is to be friends of someone as significant as Misaka Mikoto, how great the friends she has are, and how close they all are in general. Sadly though, it’s this closeness that really causes a lot of friction this episode as well, as Kuroko finds herself endlessly worrying about Misaka, and torn between respecting her privacy (and personal boundaries) and putting herself into the center of it. Interestingly enough though, it’s also exactly this closeness that lets her accept that in the end, the best she can do right now is show that she’s there for her if Misaka needs it—and it’s something that’s not only powerful as a commentary on true friendship, but goes to show the many ways one can still help someone even if it’s not quite in the literal sense. Still, it is quite something to see just how much Misaka’s been able to do in the span of such a short time by herself, which also really heralds a kind of testament to the potential of humans in general—especially under extreme duress.

Moving on though, all of the above just highlights the notion of how virtually everything is relevant this episode in one shape or form. A few weeks ago it was the very pertinent discussion about what the case would do if they had clones. This week, it was about what you’d do if you got a lucky card that could grant you a wish. Undoubtedly, a wish is something both Misaka and Kuroko want more than almost anything at this point—and it signifies just how significant even this is, despite its presence in a kind of side development. Chalk this up with the timing of the eyecatch—with the episode title signifying Kuroko’s wish of “wanting to help” Misaka—and it’s really amazing how it doesn’t seem like anything’s wasted at all in terms of relevant content.

While we’re on the topic, the whole search for a four-leaf clover was also exceptionally ripe with extra commentary as well. In this respect though, Saten’s comment really just summaries everything: “happiness might be harder to find than we think.” And it’s significant not only because of how true it is—especially considering how both Misaka and Kuroko are anything but happy at the situation they’re in despite them “having it good” in terms of their friendship—but also because of its connection to the next event, where Kuroko and the kid find a load of four-leaf clovers. In that context, it’s just begging to be construed as basically saying “there’s happiness for everyone, you just have to find it” and it’s quite touching—adding quite a bit to Saten and Uiharu’s expression of appreciation for Kuroko’s friendship. Oh, and did I mention the pair of butterflies? Because there’s a lot that can be related in that context too.

Ultimately though, the four-leaf clovers do notably also signify good luck—something that indicates that Kuroko might just get her chance soon enough. On the flip side though, Misaka definitely looks like she’ll need it (and the luck), because it looks like there ain’t any shortage of Level 5′s people in her way…



May 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm
  • May 24, 2013 at 8:10 pmSerRompalot

    If I recall correctly, Frenda isn’t a level 5, and that her level has not ever been explicitly stated either.

    • May 24, 2013 at 8:13 pmThe Moondoggie

      Yup, that’s true.

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      • May 27, 2013 at 3:30 amAshton

        Frenda is level 0 that’s why in the OP sequence, she’s using some sort of special grenades when she’s fighting Misaka.

    • May 24, 2013 at 8:13 pmAmarrez

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      • May 25, 2013 at 7:33 amSDFSDG

        I havent read the light novel but I from what I hear if she can use a “Seemingly infinite” amount of explosives on her person…maybe she has hammer space?….I’m somewhat joking here…and somewhat serious.

      • May 26, 2013 at 4:10 amKF

        Frenda is a level 0? I believed it was mention that she was a level 4 in the Railgun manga.


    • May 24, 2013 at 8:27 pmZephyr

      Ah whoops. Thought it was Misaki for a moment there. Post amended. Thanks for the catch.

      • May 24, 2013 at 11:17 pmSilentCid

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  • May 24, 2013 at 8:12 pmAmarrez

    Not looking half bad there, Fre.

    • May 24, 2013 at 10:18 pmbelatkuro

      It’s Fre nda.
      Say it with me. Fre nda.

      • May 24, 2013 at 11:25 pmSilentCid

        LN spoiler

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      • May 25, 2013 at 7:26 pmTheMoondoggie

        I think people who respond to this only got “half” of the joke…

        *ba-dump tish~!*

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      • May 25, 2013 at 10:18 pmSilentCid

        Is that why only people gave negatives to me because they didn’t understand it?

  • May 24, 2013 at 8:37 pmLozenge

    Time for some biribiri rampage!

  • May 24, 2013 at 8:41 pmKeith

    • May 24, 2013 at 9:57 pmMike

      I have to admit, I <3 ITEM :p

    • May 24, 2013 at 11:26 pmSilentCid

      LN related:

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    • May 26, 2013 at 2:28 amMutare

      VAs for ITEM are as follows
      Mugino, Shizuri – Koshimizu, Ami (if you don’t know this name, go look it up, it should be instantly recognisable)
      Kinuhata, Saiai – Akasaki, Chinatsu (Nibutani from Chuunibyou)
      Seivelun, Frenda – Uchida, Maaya (Rikka from Chuunibyou)
      Takitsubo, Rikou – Suzaki, Aya (Tamako from Tamako market)


  • May 24, 2013 at 8:49 pmTreyon

    Nice!!, but still its since its like this we will be seen touma in action around episode 10 or so… i want misaka to fall for him so bad =P

  • May 24, 2013 at 9:29 pmWanderer

    A bit of reality sneaking in there: you are very likely to find multiple four-leaf clovers in the same place.

    I’m worried about the girls. Mikoto’s taking too much on herself with this. Not just in how much she’s trying to do, but in how much she’s blaming herself, and how she beats herself up over every moment she stops to rest, thinking about who might be dying because she isn’t out there stopping it. That’s too much for any one person to carry. It’s more than she should have to take on. Yet she cannot risk getting the others involved in something that could even potentially result in them confronting Accelerator. Because of him, the Level 6 Shift project is far too insanely dangerous to dare involve the others.

    Yet Mikoto is breaking under the strain. Kuroko can see that, and Saten and Uiharu can see it through Kuroko. None of them know what to do. It is a terrible thing, to see someone you care for suffering, yet be unable to help them.

  • May 24, 2013 at 9:32 pmEliteF22

    Dat ponytail!

  • May 24, 2013 at 10:47 pmSetsuna Henry

    • May 24, 2013 at 11:21 pmSilentCid

      Don’t like her sinister grin too?

    • May 27, 2013 at 2:00 amc2710

      Pony tails never looked so electrifyingly hot

  • May 24, 2013 at 11:09 pmewok40k

    Even when being a level 5, Mikoto is going against people with very big funds, allowing them to hire Show Spoiler ▼

    . She will be in for a fight unlike any other she ever faced, soon.
    Kuroko Show Spoiler ▼


    • May 24, 2013 at 11:21 pmSilentCid

      I don’t think anything can compare to her fight with Accelerator who practically wasn’t even scratch, and she was dazed that her best ability that she is known for shot back at her. If it wasn’t for those sisters she would of been the next person smash by a rail car.

      • May 25, 2013 at 3:05 amUDoh

        As long as the rail car is made of iron, Mikoto can move it easily magnetically. Accelerator has whole a lot more ways to kill her though.

      • May 25, 2013 at 3:13 amewok40k

        accelerator was not actually trying to kill her, he did self-defence. Sure, he might do more if the sisters didnt convince him to stop, but the fight coming will be much more tactical due to enemy Show Spoiler ▼

    • May 25, 2013 at 8:47 amGermanguy

      Well, the “villains” in the ED must be there for a reason. So lets see how they work in the Anime.

      • May 25, 2013 at 8:47 amGermanguy

        i mean OP not ED

  • May 25, 2013 at 12:01 amAnonymous

    It was a good transitional episode. Covers parts concerning Kuroko, Saten and Uiharu not covered in the manga. This “filler” was just about right, long enough to get a breather from Mikoto’s brush with Accelerator, and short enough so that we’re back fully recharged to see whatever conflict she’ll come up against next.

    Especially when we get to see the good ol’ Saten skirt-flip at poor Uiharu’s expense.

    • May 25, 2013 at 3:14 amLonghaul

      the calm before the throwdown

  • May 25, 2013 at 1:21 amMutare

    Next week is gonna be super good. So pay super attention. Honestly J.C. could super lead in to To Aru S3 straight after Railgun. One can hope :3

    • May 25, 2013 at 7:09 pmTheMoondoggie

      I think that’s the idea for Railgun 2: Since the members of ITEM also played important roles before and in WWIII.

      • May 27, 2013 at 2:03 amc2710

        I’d love to see this animated till the end

  • May 25, 2013 at 2:09 amboingman

    Shows how different I think of this episode, because to me it not only looked like a filler episode (along the whole ep. the characters looked off, thus needing some blu-ray fixing), it also very clearly felt like one. I didn’t care about the slice of life butterflies flying to the sky episode. It was too cheesy/eye rolling for me to enjoy it and felt disruptive after last week’s impressive episode. Worst episode in my book thus far. Only the last few secs were worth it for me.

  • May 25, 2013 at 4:09 amPlankton

    Another thing to consider is that while Misaka may be in the right ethically and morally, she’s still going against the law. Asking for help from her friends would not only place them in danger, but also force Kuroko to choose between her Judgement work and helping Misaka.

  • May 25, 2013 at 4:16 amGaze of Providence


    In other news, did anybody catch the blond scientist’s name in the credits and who voiced him?

    • May 25, 2013 at 7:57 pmDea

      Kites=Knockraven by Kazuyoshi Hayashi

      Seriously though, I like the use of the ‘=’ delimiter for names in the ToAru-verse.

      • May 26, 2013 at 7:04 amGaze of Providence

        Thanks bro.

      • May 27, 2013 at 2:05 amc2710

        Thought it was Kihara

  • May 25, 2013 at 4:57 amCelecia01

    Can’t wait for next week, I’ve wanted to see the battles animated for a while now and believe that Misaka and ITEM’s battle is going to be epic.

  • May 25, 2013 at 5:12 amCarVac

    Part of the problem with involving her friends is: She’s Level 5, so in some senses she’s got a measure of safety. Her friends…aren’t necessary to the higher-up’s.

    Fortunately, someone else important to the higher-ups is on her side too…

  • May 25, 2013 at 5:20 amYuhsaku

    Let’s see how the encounter with ITEM goes. Muginoooooo…

  • May 25, 2013 at 8:40 amGermanguy

    Hehe, strange. When i saw this Scene, i was thinking of “Ghost in the Shell”. Except that she dont turn into invisible mode :)

  • May 26, 2013 at 12:19 amMagoiichi

    Follow your nose and convert the kiddies!

    This episode felt more like a slice of life than usual.Misaka chose the stealth route for now, but next episode should be all about the action.As much as I love watching Saten tease Uiharu and hearing Kuroko say Judgement repeatedly, I need to see more characters and action!

    At least bring back the Stripper Lady, please!

  • May 26, 2013 at 3:36 amSheep

    Great episode.
    Not a fan of the Saten portions though.

  • May 26, 2013 at 5:06 pmsadakups

    Misaka in her civies is very much fine.

  • May 31, 2013 at 8:18 amMIVD

    WOW Fre nda and mugino will show up next episode can’t wait Show Spoiler ▼

    want to again see the item boy shiage hahahaha!!!