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OP2 Sequence

OP2: 「eternal reality」 by fripSide

「勉強会」 (Benkyo Kai )
“Study Group”

You’ve got guts Misaka. Requesting permission for a later curfew in order to study? SOUNDS LIKE LIES. But okay. That dorm supervisor.

As you’ve probably guessed by now, what we get this week is a brief respite following the action packed Sisters’ arc, and it’s just nice to get an episode that settles back to Railgun’s norms so to speak. That’s not to say I disliked the previous arc in any shape or form, but at the same time, there’s just nothing quite like seeing some of the shenanigans we got to see this week. After all, there are few replacements to seeing the dorm supervisor wreck some mental havoc on Misaka, the many faces of Saten, Misaka’s blushing face, Kuroko confusing Kongou’s desire for food for that of an alternative variety, or Misaka’s sudden reunion with Frenda and Mugino. Generally, it was pretty relaxing episode for the most part and it’s pretty much what the doctor ordered.

Still, despite the relative calmness this week, there was a lot going on in the background—particularly in regards to the repercussions resulting from Misaka’s virtual disappearance from the lives of Saten, Uiharu, and Kuroko throughout the previous arc. In particular, what we get is an emphasis on how much the rest of the group was worrying for Misaka and their relief felt in seeing she’s fine now, and it’s something that serves as a nice foundation to show that their friendship is still stronger than ever, while allowing Misaka herself to admit that she could’ve handed the situation better herself. There’s a bit of a maturation and reaffirmation previously established sentiments here and it’s a nice showing that kind of “wraps up the bow” on the Sisters’ Arc once and for all—especially so when one considers the revelations regarding the Sisters’ shortened life spans and how they’re still theoretically fighting, but for a different reason (to live rather than to die). Going back to episode 16, this was the exact thing discussed in the omitted scene I mentioned last week, and it was good to see that they actually did in fact make sure to go over it before moving on. So kudos to the guys working on the series for doing so.

In any case, this episode just goes to show how great the previous arc was, because if there’s one thing I really felt watching this episode, it’s just how my view of “friends and what it means to have a real friendship” have really changed as a result. In many respects, the dynamic between Kuroko, Uiharu, Saten, and Misaka is theoretically the same as it always was, but I just can’t help but feel a kind of increased appreciation for their friendship and how well it’s depicted. Each of our main cast really has their own part in creating the group dynamic we love watching so much, and they all contribute something of their own the to the friendship, even if they’re not necessarily always around. Again, it’s nothing particularly new (as their friendship has always been a key element of the series), but coming off from the Sisters’ Arc, it feels like there’s more meaning than ever to their friendship.

Overall though, the big thing is that with the Sisters’ Arc over, things are quite relaxed compared to the previous weeks (as Kuroko notes herself). One does wonder if it’s merely the calm before one last storm (before the show’s end) however, as the attempted hacks of the Sakugawa Middle School newspaper servers seem to allude to something on the horizon (even if it might just be a red herring). At the very least, the re-introduction of Kongou and the others herald a new beginning (as does the inclusion of a new OP/ED sequence), and I guess we’ll see how things roll from here.

Author’s Note:

  • Next week will be a special on the Index movie. As the movie will be covered here on RC, this special will likely be skipped. Coverage will resume the following week with episode 18.
  • Please watch the comments you’re posting before you do so, especially if they’re beyond the scope of what’s covered by the anime. I’ve been pretty lenient up until this point, but there should be no reason I’m seeing spoilers regarding character deaths in this topic (especially without spoiler tags).

    ED3 Sequence

    ED3: 「リンクス」 (Rinkusu) by 三澤紗千香 (Misawa Sachika)


    August 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm
    • August 3, 2013 at 1:20 pmNgai

      Fun ep :) Had missed Saten and her VA ^^

    • August 3, 2013 at 1:24 pmechykr

      Attack on Saten: We just can’t get enough of Saten-san.

      i.e. More Saten-san screentime is always welcome.

      This episode she’s mainly in Biribiri-teasing mode. XD

      • August 3, 2013 at 9:50 pmewok40k

        Saten: trolling mode on!

    • August 3, 2013 at 1:29 pmechykr

      Like most mercenary characters, the girls at ITEM sure are Punch Clock Villains.

      A few days ago the two Level 5 girls were literally at each other’s throats, and now they and their “minions” (Kuroko and Frenda respectively) are now joyfully chatting away and boasting about each other’s deficiencies and bust sizes. LOL

      • August 3, 2013 at 3:30 pmUDoh

        It’s because they are mercenaries.

        • August 3, 2013 at 3:37 pmschwegburt

          Yeah, but you also have the mercenary tropes who hold grudges or have such a bloodthirsty nature that they’ll kill just for the thrill of it.

        • August 4, 2013 at 7:40 amTaiyo

          You mean just like Mugino?

      • August 3, 2013 at 5:36 pmRamen


        • August 3, 2013 at 5:40 pmRamen

          oops brain fart, meant hamazura

        • August 3, 2013 at 5:44 pmechykr

          Yeah, but remember this is all before Mugino met Hamazura.

      • August 3, 2013 at 9:50 pmewok40k

        I was just rofl at the way Mugino and Mikoto went to tame their respective fangirls after bragging match escalated to boob groping…

    • August 3, 2013 at 1:33 pmMagoiichi

      I missed the slice of life episodes and our girls hanging out again.

    • August 3, 2013 at 1:37 pmBlazaking

      Nice fun episode. While I was a bit disappointed in the lack of Misaka imouto in the OP and ED (meaning they won’t be appearing much in the coming episodes), I guess it makes sense since they’re all being healed right now. Guess we’ll have to wait until Index 3 to see them again.

      What I did like is how we didn’t just completely move on from the Sister’s Arc like it never happened; the episode slowly and gradually moved us into the new arc, showing that Misaka is still concerned over it all.

    • August 3, 2013 at 1:46 pmgawrshness

      Ah arc concluded…Accelerator on his way to a brighter life…Touma somewhere else saving another damsel in distress…and a fun episode comes along…

      AND we never found out what happened to Shinobu…I would have been content even with an anime original closure like showing her walking away from Academy City or watching Misaka from afar with a smile of content or something…sniff…I’m sad…I want that closure…

      • August 3, 2013 at 2:43 pmLonghaul

        Shinobu appears in the new OP.

      • August 3, 2013 at 5:41 pmsonicsenryaku

        If you watch the new OP closely, its very easy to miss…like super easy, but at the part where the little girl is hanging on strings and the screen breaks into pieces of glass, you can see shinobu’s reflection right before it breaks as well as in the glass pieces so I think that’s pretty much a guarantee that we will be seeing her soon.

        • August 3, 2013 at 9:51 pmgawrshness

          It’s an instant though, but from the looks of it the remaining arc will have an original ending as it appears to be happening in the time span before Accelerator and Last Order’s fateful meeting even the scientist who later became Accelerator’s guardian appears among the ‘bad guys’ in the opening.

      • August 3, 2013 at 5:46 pmechykr

        As others have replied to your post, she’ll be back. Besides, why such a hurry to get into action after the conclusion of another great arc? Wind down a bit and let the storywriters set the pace, we still got 7 weeks to go.

      • August 3, 2013 at 9:00 pmAsmalti

        @ gawrshness
        I would like to correct a little bit of your statement. While Accelerator is on his way to a brighter life (If you consider the increasing number of idiots picking a fight with him as that) , Touma’s about to get beaten up by Tsuchimikado and watching ‘Kuroko’ going ‘YES WE CAN!’ on television.

    • August 3, 2013 at 1:50 pmsonicsenryaku

      Wow, 17 eps in and the series still looks great(the subtle attention that goes to animating Saten shows that she indeed has fans) The mood whiplash was felt while watching this ep but I definitely did not dislike it. The first half of the ep still had the lingering aftermath of the sister’s arc hanging in the backgroud and it was nice to see the girls enjoy their summer hotpot (Kuroko and her attempts to slip Mikoto some sort of Aphrodisiac). Looks like wont lose that tight direction in this season after all and something tells me that the aftermath of the sister’s arc will linger on till the end.

    • August 3, 2013 at 3:01 pmTechim

      Ohh…I spot 4koma material getting animated as part of a regular episode..
      kinda rare for anime isn’t it?
      Here you go, for those interested in what happened to Kuroko & Frenda at the restaurant. =D

      • August 3, 2013 at 5:49 pmechykr

        LOL at the second koma, where not just Kuroko and Frenda, but even Mugino ended up as collateral damage to Mikoto’s thunderous wrath.

        • August 3, 2013 at 7:57 pmLonghaul


      • August 3, 2013 at 7:01 pmKen James

        AUTHOR EDIT: Please watch the spoilers. I already removed your previous comment, yet you post the same one again without spoiler tags. Kindly refrain from spoilers of this nature (especially without spoiler tags).

        • August 3, 2013 at 10:41 pmKen James

          Sorry I only know how to comment this, not really understanding how to make a spoiler tag please someone show me. Sorry again.

        • August 4, 2013 at 12:59 amLonghaul

          the instructions are below where you typed in your post

        • August 6, 2013 at 10:36 amZephyr


          ^ See image above. Feel free to test below.

    • August 3, 2013 at 3:23 pmCelecia01

      The Sisters Arc was one of, if not the best arc to date of Railgun, and whatever the studio decide to do next it’ll certainly be hard to follow. At least, as the opening suggests, that whatever is in store for the show at least we’ll have some kick ass animation to keep things looking brilliant.

    • August 3, 2013 at 3:37 pmOni

      what still no hairpin change?!?!

      • August 3, 2013 at 5:44 pmsonicsenryaku

        Im sure that has to do with the fact that these events are still taking place within the timeline of the first season of Index

    • August 3, 2013 at 3:41 pmxephx

      Sadly my personal curse when it comes to this franchise came true once again.
      I always love one OP and find the other one preety meh. Its also once again the OP2 the only time the second OP was the one I liked was in Index 2.

      • August 3, 2013 at 4:07 pmCelecia01

        Very true, though I do think fripside do a brilliant job on the openings, and Sister’s Noise was one of the best I’ve ever heard, this new one has a certain filler feel to it. On the upside, the animation is certainly good.

    • August 3, 2013 at 5:26 pmZephyr

      Just a general notice:

      Please watch the comments you’re posting before you do so, especially if they’re beyond the scope of what’s covered by the anime. I’ve been pretty lenient up until this point, but there should be no reason I’m seeing spoilers regarding character deaths in this topic (especially without spoiler tags).

    • August 3, 2013 at 5:37 pmRamen

      Dorm supervisor secretly strongest character in Index universe.

    • August 3, 2013 at 6:50 pmSetsuna Henry

      I can’t really wait to watch Index Movie.

    • August 3, 2013 at 7:51 pmYartech

      Scientists as the main antagonists for this arc huh. Well, their names better end with ‘Kihara’. Kihara scientists are the best scientists! And Anti-Skill is as crappy as ever in the opening. When will they ever do their job properly?

      • August 3, 2013 at 8:08 pmZephyr

        And you wonder why I didn’t go into research after graduating with my science degree.

    • August 3, 2013 at 7:53 pmRadiosonde

      • August 3, 2013 at 8:17 pmZephyr

        When you mentioned “2 Level 5′s,” I instantly thought of Accelerator… but yeah including him in that moment would be hella strange.

      • August 4, 2013 at 12:42 amVaans

        Hmmm….Big breasted or flat chested? It’s hard to choose.

      • August 4, 2013 at 2:52 amNeunmann

        Pettan pettan, mune pettan!

    • August 3, 2013 at 7:59 pmLonghaul

      I can see plenty of folks asking why Kuroko is in a wheelchair in the preview/next week.

      • August 3, 2013 at 8:09 pmZephyr

        Why Kuroko is in a wheelchair!? (I kid, no need to answer this. :P)

        • August 3, 2013 at 8:13 pmKoroshiyaKi

          Because her onee-sama got a little too rough with her =P.

      • August 3, 2013 at 11:28 pmWanderer

        Should I assume she was injured in an Index episode at some point, then?

        • August 4, 2013 at 12:24 amLonghaul

          If you watch the second season of Index you will find out.

    • August 3, 2013 at 8:30 pmBlazaking

      Oh, I forgot to mention in my previous comment about how Uiharu was subtly being a bit more serious whenever Haruue’s matter was mentioned. Not sure if it will become relevant at any point, but I really did like that attention to detail. Something that Railgun S has been great at throughout.

      • August 4, 2013 at 12:27 amLonghaul

        Yeah that was too overt to just be nothing.

    • August 3, 2013 at 10:06 pmKouji-kun

      What arc are we on now? Daihaseisai?

      • August 3, 2013 at 10:08 pmAsmalti

        Judging by the opening its going to be a filler arc. Time frame-wise its probably just before Angel Fall arc. Unless they’re going to ignore the effects of Angel Fall.

        • August 4, 2013 at 2:28 amiron2000

          Is that little girl in the OP an original filler character then?

        • August 16, 2013 at 10:24 pmInnocentius

          Shouldn’t it be the Three Stories Arc now? Following which would be Daihaseisai.

    • August 4, 2013 at 12:20 amMutare

      That Kuroko vs Frenda scene was gold. Flustered Misaka is best Misaka. New OP will grow on me eventually, though is the ED official – I thought it might be promoting Endymion, but I guess we’ll see two weeks later. I’m not too bothered by a rescue arc for Shinobu really… – Toaru LN has always had this hero and villain theme running along it and I always read Shinobu’s role in the Sister’s arc as a hero who “failed” which is why she disappears during the arc; those who fail get swallowed by the “darkness” in Academy City. On a side note – WHAT’S WITH ALL THESE BLONDES APPEARING IN RAILDEX???

      • August 4, 2013 at 2:03 ambelatkuro

        Blonde lolis to be exact.
        We’ve tried to count how many blond lolis there are in the whole of Raildex in MAL and we can’t even finalize the number as there are a lot of them coming out from each volume, whether minor or major appearances.
        Kamachi likes them lolis. And still no casual Vento.

    • August 4, 2013 at 2:38 amiron2000

      Railgun is nice but I’m losing track of the Magic side of things.

      Wonder will there be Index season 3 next :P

      • August 4, 2013 at 3:49 pmCelecia01

        No news yet, but myself and I’m sure many others hope so. This series of Railgun has been great and, having read on with the Index LN and not wanting to spoil anything,things really pick up in Index after second series conclusion. Having that material with this animation would be amazing.

    • August 4, 2013 at 3:45 amfreedomapoc

      so is this a filler arc ? or will it follow the novel further?

      • August 4, 2013 at 4:29 amAsmalti

        Filler. Then again the author will most likely make the characters canon, like what he did with Haruue. Just FYI this show is not based on the Index LN, but the Railgun manga.

    • August 4, 2013 at 7:43 amTaiyo

      Uwah, I wonder what the new filler arc is going to be about. But like all science side stories, there’s always giant mecha involved.

      IMO, I think the best parts of the Toaru universe are when Mikoto and Touma are working together and when Accelerator is doing what Accelerator does best. Tsukkomi-ing all the wierdass girls that he meets.

    • August 4, 2013 at 9:19 amBoobie-loving-alien

      ¿Touma? ¿Where is Touma? ¿No Touma? This sucks. The best fucking chapter in all the Railgun series was the last three… I believed that the producers have learn the lesson… And with so many machines… no Touma… sigh

      • August 4, 2013 at 11:38 amScruffy

        If you want more Touma go watch Index. Touma is only a side character in Railgun, abet an important one.

      • August 4, 2013 at 11:42 pmechykr

        Asking for more Touma in a series about RAILGUN is like asking why there’s no sphaghetti in a Japanese restaurant. His epic appearance in the last arc was just that: A CAMEO.

        • August 5, 2013 at 2:23 amBoobie-loving-alien

          LIke I said… they not learn? Railgun with Touma is epic! And Index with less Index and more Misaka is good too. Such misfortune!

    • August 4, 2013 at 1:33 pmNierTevra

      index movie? awwwwww…….yeahhhh………….

    • August 4, 2013 at 3:11 pmAnnon

      Watching Mugino and Frenda like this… makes me sad.

    • August 8, 2013 at 12:09 ambakakubi

      I hope they’ll have an episode about the time when Show Spoiler ▼

      , from misaka’s perspective of course. That would be awesome! (Plus I’ll finally get to know what the hell touma said in the end!