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「自動販売機」 (Jido Hanbai Ki)
“Vending Machine”

“I know those passsers-by aren’t actually heartless. Even if they barged in to help, it’s not like they’d be able to do anything. They’d just get hurt themselves. Everyone looks out for themselves. That’s normal. If there’s anyone willing to stand up for a stranger, they’re either an idiot or…”

As far as a statement about the world goes, Misaka hits the nail on the head with her quote to start things off this week. In general, there are a lot of things in the world (and about people) that you just know are true. Many of these things aren’t exactly ideal, but at the same time, they’re things you can’t blame people for doing/not doing/believing. And in the end, while it’s arguably quite sad how human nature is at times—even if it’s logical—it’s also something that can at least give you a sense of “known quantity” in your life (should you choose to accept that this is how we are). Indeed, one way of looking at life is just to expect nothing… and it’s something that’s not only notable in and of itself, but a notion that could theoretically serve as the standard by which you differentiate the people that are “special” or “different from others.” And really, that’s the core behind the “friendship” between Misaka and Touma.

Having previously watched Index myself, I knew this “reunion” was coming, but this week just hammers in just how fateful of a meeting it was. There’s just nothing like coming off one of the biggest tribulations of your life and just stumbling upon the one guy that’s pretty much the definition of “not normal.” Of course, part of that is innately related to his ability to negate esper powers, and really, when you link two and two together—that is, his ability and its potential effectiveness against Accelerator—it really just screams “fateful meeting” in more ways than one.

Either way—again, I’ve seen this moment before in Index—but dang, it still doesn’t change how awesome this moment was. There’s just nothing quite like just trashing evil vending machines in revenge for taking your ten-thousa—wait, never mind, Misaka kind of deserved that. Ahem* But yeah, in any case… drinks are on the house today it seems… and with it, comes the great slice of life bits that the series just knows how to slip in perfectly. Yes, I’m talking about Saten’s belief that all of Misaka’s problems are caused by a guy—which is theoretically true. I mean, she’s not wrong if you consider the male scientists and Accelerator… but hah, yeah, let’s just say that the point is that this led to quite the sequence of hilarious developments. You gotta love all the faces this week in particular (quite the trend in Railgun S especially) and well, this week highlights a bit of the eye of the storm so to speak…

…as it looks like things just aren’t over yet. The cheery atmosphere of the first half gives way to the resumption of the darker bits we’ve been accustomed to lately as we find out that the Level 6 Shift is still ongoing, and to say it comes as a shock to Misaka is an understatement. The question now though, is exactly what she finds herself asking: What should I do? What can I do? With the city itself seemingly behind everything (and 183 facilities popping back up virtually overnight), it’s morale sapping to say the least—especially when you how she finds this out while also being literally face to face with a sister that knows nothing of her feelings and will likely die before the end of the day. Just absolutely heart-wrenching to watch.

Ultimately, it was a tad bit surprising (although, I guess it shouldn’t be) how similar this was to the corresponding parts in Index. What’s notable however, is how I still felt emotionally invested regardless though, because while I was half expecting myself to be like “oh hey, it’s nostalgia time” and shrug it off… things didn’t really end up working that way at all. I suppose it’s true what they say though: it’s all about perspective. And finally seeing things from Misaka’s view really changed the landscape so to speak, because it really highlighted just the anguish she’s had to go through before the vending machine scene—things that we never got to see in detail in Index. Needless to say, all of this just strengthens my impressions of both Railgun S and Index in general, and it’s just a testament to how well this series has been done for the most part—something that hopefully will continue to carry on to the remainder of this series.


ED2 Sequence

ED2: 「stand still」by 井口 裕香 (Iguchi Yuka)


June 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm
  • June 22, 2013 at 5:23 pmSilentCid


    • June 22, 2013 at 7:47 pmAmatsu


      • June 22, 2013 at 10:04 pmShirai Kuroko


      • June 23, 2013 at 12:17 amSwarz


      • June 23, 2013 at 8:12 amMISAKA #10032

        onee-sama says MISAKA in a subdued voice in an attempt to fit in with this group of weird people.

    • June 23, 2013 at 3:10 amSetsuna Henry

      Kamijyo Touma
      Misaka Mikoto

      Am I the only one who like to calling people with full name?

      • June 23, 2013 at 3:15 amCrook

        ERU ERUFU!

        am I doing this right?

  • June 22, 2013 at 5:27 pmboingman

    I am surprised this episode looked so good after last week’s non stop action.

    • June 22, 2013 at 9:20 pmsonicsenryaku

      that is what i have been saying since this series began; I’ve never seen JC Staff this consistent before.

  • June 22, 2013 at 5:36 pmOtamega

    • June 22, 2013 at 6:34 pmc2710

      The next best thing after torture by mini Chitandas

  • June 22, 2013 at 5:43 pmKuntzy

    Holy sh*t that preview was mayhem.

  • June 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm†Croos†

    Deja vu?

  • June 22, 2013 at 5:53 pmlyncpin

    Can’t wait for Touma vs Accelerator get animated.What different they make from index 1.

  • June 22, 2013 at 5:55 pmDa5id

    I wonder if you could fit the Sisters arc of Index in between each episode of Railgun from this point on.

  • June 22, 2013 at 6:01 pmKuro

    Looking forward to Show Spoiler ▼

    • June 22, 2013 at 7:40 pmTSouL

      I think you mean Show Spoiler ▼

  • June 22, 2013 at 6:11 pmMagoiichi

    I was waiting for dem Kuroko reactions XD. Her Saten Sense is tingling!

    I need a To Aru Kagaku no Sister! There needs to be a spinoff anime all about the sisters <3

    In fact, a lot of characters in the series deserves their own anime/manga! I want, no, I NEED a Kanzaki anime!

  • June 22, 2013 at 6:12 pmsheep

    Accel’s voice was a bit too deep.
    He’s supposed to be effeminate.

    • June 22, 2013 at 6:16 pmSilentCid

      Sounded the same as always.

      • June 22, 2013 at 6:29 pmsheep

        Not sure how to explain it. Maybe ‘deep’ isn’t the right word.
        Accelerator feels like he’s growling all the time.
        In the previous seasons, Okamoto sounded less raspy in scenes that didn’t put Accelerator in stressful situations.

    • June 22, 2013 at 6:27 pmsmokex365

      Look back at the series. He tends to only get high pitch when he’s excited.

    • June 23, 2013 at 3:37 amAnonymous

      Personally, I don’t find anything different.

      Though if you’re sensing something, then it’s probably Okamoto Nobuhiko finally figuring out the right feel for his character, much like how actors in the beginning of TV series feel different than they appear later on in the series, when they’ve grown fully accustomed to their roles.

  • June 22, 2013 at 6:17 pmChaos2Frozen


    There’s one thing you seem to overlook and that’s the true meaning of Mikoto’s flashback. Her “fateful meeting”, as you put it, is not about who is normal or who has special powers, but the most important thing is that Kamijou has the will to act (Batman Begins =p).

    Even if he is powerless against a group of thugs, he sees no reason to ‘abandon’ someone who needs help.

    • June 22, 2013 at 6:39 pmZephyr

      Well, generally that was included eh. I was talking about the quote being indicative of what differentiates someone who is “not normal,” and in that context, Touma fits this because he’s one of those “people willing to stand up for a stranger” ― making him someone who is different in that respect. :P

    • June 22, 2013 at 6:52 pmBear

      Well, he was trying to “save” the thugs from Biribiri and not her from the thugs as I remember.

      • June 22, 2013 at 7:36 pmChaos2Frozen

        No, that was the second meeting at the start of Index

        This is the very first meeting way before he knew she was a high level esper.

  • June 22, 2013 at 6:17 pmF

    I am gonna destroy that vending machine of yours!!!

  • June 22, 2013 at 6:36 pmCelecia01

    I found when reading this arc in the manga and watching it now, that the whole ‘Sisters’ arc in both Railgun and Index makes much more sense after viewing it in both series, I was somewhat lost (mainly because of subtitle overload) when watching it years ago for the first time, but now everything has clicked and Misaka’s desperation to conclude the experiment makes much more sense when you consider how hard she’s already fought, against the facilities and ITEM.

    On another note, I’m glad to see that they’re reanimating all of the Touma parts with upgraded animation(? not sure on the specific word)I feared that, without mentioning any spoilers, as most of the things in the remainder of this arc were aired in Index they would just reuse old footage. Can’t wait to see the finale of this arc (those who have watched Index and read Railgun know what I mean) reanimated with the updated quality. It’s gonna be awesome!

  • June 22, 2013 at 6:37 pmPtolemaios00

    Misaka’s angst Show Spoiler ▼

    (Not spoilers: go watch season 1 Index if this is surprise)
    EDITED: The reason I asked for spoilers is that some people haven’t watched Index. Just because you think they should’ve doesn’t mean you can just consider stuff like the aforementioned not a spoiler.

    • June 22, 2013 at 6:41 pmc2710

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • June 22, 2013 at 6:39 pmc2710

    Watched Index eps 10 and 11 twice

    Watched Railgun S ep 11 twice


    I must say, for some reason, this feels like one of the best episodes this season and dang…. Its just was more emotionally invested than back in Index

    I also never knew MIKASA Network was so colourful and I dont quite remember Sphinx running missing at this point…..

    Show Spoiler ▼

    Next week….. Schrodinger and Show Spoiler ▼

    . Though the preview seems to suggest it may not show Show Spoiler ▼

    • June 22, 2013 at 7:31 pmHelvetica Standard

      image breaker

      I think it’s “imagine breaker”

      • June 22, 2013 at 8:16 pmc2710

        Thanks…. No wonder something was amiss

      • June 22, 2013 at 11:36 pmImagine Breaker

        Show Spoiler ▼

        don’t know if this counts.

  • June 22, 2013 at 6:39 pmCelecia01

    Also, on another side note, I hope that the series expands on what happens to the scientist (I forget the name) that tried to help free the sisters and was stopped by ITEM. If memory serves right we never find out what happens to her in the original source material, she just kind of vanishes after being caught.

  • June 22, 2013 at 6:45 pmsheep

    I thought the Index counterpart of the Touma scenes were funnier.
    Then again, the director of Index I also directed Azumanga Daioh.

    Also, Accelerator’s flashback was nice.
    I like how they moved it earlier so it wouldn’t interfere too much with the inevitable fight.
    The finger-chewing scene was questionable though.

  • June 22, 2013 at 6:58 pmWuz

    Was that thing Accelerator chewed on what i think it was..?

    • June 22, 2013 at 7:16 pmJack

      Misaka Imouto’s finger.

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • June 22, 2013 at 7:01 pmIzzard

    I know I’m being a bit fussy but some of the scenes of Misaka/Touma encounter have deviated from the Index version.

    • June 23, 2013 at 1:46 amKuntzy

      Would you really like a frame by frame rehash?

      • June 23, 2013 at 5:38 amIzzard

        Kuroko in Index was going all polite while in Railgun S she was like OMGWTFBBQ the world has just ended because onee-sama is with a guy. That is too far off from being a scene with a different POV.

      • June 23, 2013 at 6:37 amActar

        The answer to that is: not really. But it makes it very jarring when one views it as an intersecting point in the original Index. Completely new animation with different perspectives and different thoughts are all a-ok, since we’re seeing it from Mikoto’s perspective. However, they went so far as to change so many details.

    • June 23, 2013 at 6:46 amEbisu

      You can take it like it was seen from another point of view. Determined actions look different when the viewer changes. I think we didn’t have Kuroko’s inner monologues in the original and Touma is portrayed more like a third party here.
      The scene lasted a different amount of time, so it’s normal to show things a bit different and your Main Character is another here.

      • June 23, 2013 at 4:38 pmIzzard

        Problem is that the actual physical actions are totally different. The kicking of the vending machine in Index was before Misaka learned about the value of the note that Touma had put in (she just wanted a drink first) whereas in Railgun, it was with the intention to obtain two thousand yen worth of drinks for Touma (if not the actual note itself).

  • June 22, 2013 at 7:13 pmgoldzero

    touma had an improvement in animation and it seems like next episode is going to improve kamijou animation even more in all honesty this episode was very enjoyable including the scenes with touma and mikoto and how close mikoto and kuroko friendship is. it was a very touching/funny episode.

  • June 22, 2013 at 7:14 pmgoldzero

    touma had an improvement in animation and it seems like next episode is going to improve kamijou animation even more in the next episode.in all honesty this episode was very enjoyable including the scenes with touma and mikoto and how close mikoto and kuroko friendship is. it was a very touching/funny episode.(sorry needed to re-post because i made a few errors in my last one).

  • June 22, 2013 at 7:32 pmAnnihilism

    What is he chewing on?

    • June 22, 2013 at 8:08 pmLonghaul

      something pink and generally taboo to eat

      • June 23, 2013 at 8:17 amTaiyo

        And definitely something you aren’t suppose to spit on the sidewalk.

  • June 22, 2013 at 7:38 pmHelvetica Standard

    Wait.. wasn’t Tree Diagramm..ah, nevermind I would spoil the fun for those watching these series before watching Index or Railgun 1…for some weird reason..

  • June 22, 2013 at 8:09 pmhallo

    is it gonna be touma vs accelerator for the next episode

    • June 22, 2013 at 8:12 pmLonghaul

      going by episode titles Show Spoiler ▼

      • June 22, 2013 at 9:06 pmHelvetica Standard

        If we follow that logic, the entirety of this 2nd season will be focused on the sisters arc.
        I seriously hope that’s not the case.

      • June 22, 2013 at 10:07 pmLonghaul

        Show Spoiler ▼

  • June 22, 2013 at 8:10 pmLonghaul

    Whoever comes up with those various drinks has to be having fun, I think all the previous flavors we have seen were there and then some.

  • June 22, 2013 at 9:50 pmGaze of Providence

    Amai Ao looks handsome here. Show Spoiler ▼

    • June 23, 2013 at 3:23 amAnonymous

      Suzuki Tatsuhisa sure has come a long way since voicing this seemingly insignificant villain in Index 1 back in 2009. He’s since landed quite a number of major roles.

  • June 22, 2013 at 10:53 pmewok40k

    Oh my… the series so far was one misfortune hitting Mikoto after another. Discovering you have been cloned. Discovering that thousands of your clones have been murdered. Barely getting alive from confrontation with ITEM. Discovering the experiment continues. And that it has been so expanded that you cant realistically stop it. Realising it is the city authorities that allow the experiment to take place.
    I wonder what Mikoto intends to do now since she suggested that she would do some “great calamity”. If she intends to Show Spoiler ▼

    she might be for another misfortune since someone has already done it…

  • June 23, 2013 at 3:19 amAnonymous

    December 6th, 2008 – Episode 10 of To Aru no Majutsu Index first TV airing
    Introduction to Sisters Arc – Vending machine scene – Touma POV

    June 20th, 2013 – Episode 11 of To Aru no Kagaku RailgunS first TV airing
    Sisters Arc – Vending machine scene – Mikoto POV

    It has taken 4 years 6 months and 14 days for the same scene to come full circle with these two series.

    Though the animation has been redrawn, nearly the entire dialog (not character monologue voiceovers) between Touma, Mikoto, #10032 (#10031?) and Kuroko in that scene has been reused word for word.

  • June 23, 2013 at 3:24 amTheMoondoggie

    “Touma and Mikoto doing cute SoL things: the episode”


    I can’t wait for all the violence to start again.

    • June 25, 2013 at 8:39 amzeroyuki92

      Sure… Accelerator chewing “something”, desperate Misaka realizing that her efforts from the previous episodes were completely useless, more Misaka sisters deaths… Cute, indeed.

  • June 23, 2013 at 3:27 amAnonymous

    Index once again performs the ED for RailgunS.

    Iguchi Yuka’s singing voice grows more pleasing to hear.

  • June 23, 2013 at 3:33 amAnonymous

    How a same scene elicits a completely different reaction:

    In Index 1, when Touma sees #10032 appear, our reaction was the same as his “Oh wow, her twin sister has appeared!” Like Touma, most did not know what was to come.

    In RailgunS, when Mikoto sees #10032 appear, our reaction was the same as hers “Oh dear, they’re still continuing with that awful stuff. Poor Mikoto.” Like Mikoto, we all knew what had transpired, and realized Mikoto’s efforts were all in vain.

  • June 23, 2013 at 4:07 amPetro

  • June 23, 2013 at 5:27 amGermanguy

    I am still impressed, how the Seijus can work with their Voice

  • June 23, 2013 at 6:33 amActar

    Interesting, they changed so many details of this scene… How Mikoto gets the drinks, how Kuroko reacts, Misaka’s entrance… I understand the need to make changes to the scene, but it’s so jarring after having seen Index…

  • June 23, 2013 at 6:41 amminato

    in the ending, what was that note again on the bear’s neck? i forgot it from the previous episodes…

  • June 23, 2013 at 7:44 amSamurai Pumpkin

    Wow, I had a lot of fun for watching a retelling of an episode that I thought that I had already seen.

    I am so impressed with the animation quality. I think I’m going to go back and check out the other series’. It might just be me but the average scene seemed to have a lot of work put into it compared to what I remember of Index / Kagaku no Railgun I.

  • June 23, 2013 at 8:11 amZhinvu

    …You gotta love all the faces this week in particular (quite the trend in Railgun S especially)…

    It’s too bad this face from Toaru Majutsu no Index episode 10 didn’t make it to this version of that fateful encounter.


    - I’m surprised Kuroko didn’t react like this on the possibility that Mikoto was out with a guy. It would have been normal for her to do so.


    - Also Show Spoiler ▼

    • June 23, 2013 at 8:15 amTaiyo

      I think that was before the John Pen incident chronologically.

    • June 23, 2013 at 8:27 ambelatkuro

      Second half of season 1 was anime-original so of course it doesn’t.
      The manga and LN takes precedence with regards to canon in the timeline and stuff.

      >reading the wiki instead of the source materials
      ( ¬‿¬)

  • June 23, 2013 at 3:37 pmsato

    Touma’s voice actor has this weird wheezing layer in his voice when he’s running or panting. Check out the scene at 6:38. It always seems like he’s about to have an asthma attack, but the talking sounds fine. I noticed this back in Index, but it weirds me out every time.

    And.. Show Spoiler ▼

  • June 23, 2013 at 8:02 pmThe_Chigger

    I preferred the Index version of the opening scene, though this one is good too. It does bug me that they’re so different but I can get on board the idea that each is from a different person’s perspective.

  • June 26, 2013 at 3:26 amZakalia

    Having read the manga and watched the Index anime I am really looking forward to what comes next :D

  • June 26, 2013 at 8:16 amSamurai Pumpkin

    One of the best things about this is that this is the 2nd or 3rd time that we have seen the same scene in a series but it just gets more interesting.

    The vending machine was present in the original Index and once again in the Kagaku no Railgun series if I remember right.

    Has any other anime done something like this before?