To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S – 09
「能力追跡 (AIMストーカー)」 (Noryoku Tsuiseki (AIM Sutoka))
“Power Trace (AIM Stalker)”
It’s another week of Railgun S, and I gotta say, they’re really showcasing the Level 5 espers this time around. With Mugino “The Meltdowner” making her triumphant (SUPER!) debut, more than half the Level 5′s have shown up at some point already, and it’s admittedly quite the surprise to see them all playing a part (or about to) in the development of things. For now though, the sole focus is on the fight between Mugino and Misaka (how bout that Spider(wo)man move showcase?), and things really ain’t looking too good for the latter. But then again, when you’re up against a
supergroup as well-rounded as ITEM, it’s no wonder…
…cause they’re quite the amalgamation of talents. Not only do you have a Level 5 who seems like she can break down anything with her ability, but you have a Level 4 in Takitsubo that can memorize and track a particular person via their AIM dispersion field no matter where they are, a crazy beret wearing bomber in Frenda, and yet another Level 4 in “Offensive Armor” Kinuhata as well. Indeed, they’re people who could really hold on their own, and the fact they’re all working together just makes them an insane combination. There’s just nothing quite like fluid teamwork and ITEM’s really got time to strut their stuff this week. I find myself wondering just how they got together (and into this line of work) in the first place… but I guess that’s more so something for another time.
Either way—despite ITEM demonstrating the importance of great teamwork, they nonetheless also demonstrate one other key lesson: the fact that there’s really no substitute to having that one transcendent talent on your team. Even the greatest sports teams typically have that one player they can call on when the time comes—and in ITEM’s case, it’s Mugino and her Meltdown ability. Sometimes, you just have to fight fire with fire—Level 5 with Level 5—and it looks like we’re heading in to quite the showdown next week as a result. Combine that with the fact that Shinobu’s in some seemingly dire straits as well, and it’s just like… “gosh darn, how exactly are they going to get out of this?”
And that my friends, is the million dollar question indeed. Still, while we look ahead, it’s also important to note how they both ended up in the situation they did, and it basically all boils down to one thing: trying is better than not. Because if there’s one big lesson here this week—and one that continues the “fated lives” concept from the past few episodes—it’s that even if something seems like it’s futile, it’s worth trying regardless. There’s a lot here about how it’s important that you give that effort in the first place—because if you never try, nothing will happen. The only way you’ll change something is by doing something about it, and that’s really what Shinobu highlighted this week especially. As it turns out, new security measures seem to have thwarted her plans to install emotions onto the MISAKA Network… but the fact that she tried in the first place is something to be noted. That, and the fact that you have to wonder about the significance of that one MISAKA clone sitting in that laboratory. Part of me is inclined to believe that Shinobu’s “failure” might not have been one at all… and it makes me wonder if that MISAKA might be the key to rescuing her from her fate in the coming week(s).
Indeed, it’s either that, or the fact that Kuroko’s turn might be coming up soon. Because while that whole bit about Level 5-Level 4 dynamic duos was literally describing Mugino and Takitsubo… I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who thought about Misaka x Kuroko instead…