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To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S – 19

「学園都市研究発表会」 (Gakuentoshi Kenkyuu Happyoukai)
“Academt City Research Exhibit Assembly”

Hello everyone, Stilts here filling in for Zephyr this week. First of all, let me get my Railgun C.V. out there – I haven’t read the manga. Okay, now that that’s all done, onto the episode!

Febri-chan Is Adorable

While you can accuse many little girls in anime of being portrayed as…well, you know what I mean, Febri is designed to hit you right in your fatherly/motherly instincts. Personally I kept thinking about my nieces and nephew, who Febri is a lot like, except there aren’t four of her and they aren’t constantly running around driving my older brother insane. So a downgrade all said, but she’s still pretty cute. I know Saten-san and Uiharu agree. Saten is the papa and Uiharu is the mama, what an adorable family, d’aaawww!

Misaka Is Childish

Not that this is news, but an episode revolving around Misaka trying to get a kid to like her – and her subsequent depression whenever she failed – once again highlighted how childish our Biribiri is. Not that her Gekota fascination doesn’t keep reaffirming that. It says something when the only other character that likes Gekota is Febri, even though Touma’s friend Aogami Pierce may have ruined that. Don’t destroy a little girl’s dreams, Pierce-kuuun!

These Students Are Bad Scientists

Okay, so they could be good at the actual science part, but Academy City seriously needs to implement some ethics courses. You don’t experiment on people without their knowledge! That’s just part of doing science in a modern society. Also, that pretentious bastard who does most of the talking acts like a total tosser, so I look forward to his eventual (and hopefully disgraceful) defeat.

As for what experiment they’re running, I have no idea as usual. The only major clue we have are those lolipops with the interesting taste, and how the students are excited to be experimenting on Misaka like they did on Mugino last episode. I’ll let you draw your own inferences from there.

Looking Ahead

Once again, Misaka is wrapped up in another twisted experiment. I would be lying if I said another amoral experiment excited me, but then again I don’t know all the details yet. The fact that it’s another dumb experiment could quickly become a non-issue if it’s an interesting experiment, which I hope (and suspect) it will be. Time will tell.

tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Saten is the papa, Uiharu is the mama, Febri is the daughter, & Misaka is just childish. Still, haha! #railgun 19

Random thoughts:

  • The first episode centered on a loli, and I’m covering it. Seriously, what is up with this season?
  • That…that’s not right, Kurokooooo!! Stay a crazed, strangely mature lesbian please. Leave that immature stuff to the K-ON girls.
  • Disclaimer On Spoilers: Don’t post them. If you feel compelled to post them, use the spoiler tags, and make sure to clearly explain what your spoilers are about. I haven’t read the manga, and I’d like my one week covering this show not to end with me being horribly spoiled. Thanks for your cooperation, because I’d prefer to not have to kill anyone.

For more from yours truly, check out my blog on writing, art, and the book I’m working on at stiltsoutloud.com.

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August 24, 2013 at 4:27 pm
  • August 24, 2013 at 4:37 pmgawrshness

    spoilers? I thought this last arc is anime original since Shinobu’s fate was left unknown in the manga after she was captured in the lab?

    1. Those nerds…man I want to punch them so bad…
    2. Misaka dear I think you may possess some challenges when you’re a mommy!
    3. Check out the Much More Railgun III cause I can’t remember laughing this hard only in 8 minutes ever before.

    • August 24, 2013 at 5:23 pmStilts

      Oh, is it? WELL GOOD! That means I won’t have to hurt anybody :D

      • August 24, 2013 at 8:52 pmgawrshness

        Stilts as a fan of this series tell me, have you ever fantasized about the author finally making an event in which Last Order and Misaka meet? I only brought it up because I think the premise would be very similar to this episode except Last Order is much more hyper than Febri.

      • August 25, 2013 at 10:44 amEnigma

        Mikoto gets to meet Last Order on 9/30,
        Show Spoiler ▼

        It’s either that INDEX doesn’t adopt the scene, or canon Mikoto is not attracted to cute little girls at all.

      • August 26, 2013 at 1:10 amStilts

        To answer your question, I hadn’t really thought about it. I feel like meeting a cute young girl and meeting a cute young girl that is your clone are two totally separate events, though. Misaka’s reaction to one don’t necessarily have anything to do with her reaction to the other.

    • August 24, 2013 at 5:27 pmSetsuna Henry

      Yeah. Much More Railgun III is really funny.

    • August 24, 2013 at 8:19 pmLonghaul

      Yeah this is an anime original arc so it is new to everyone, the next arc in the manga is current one going.

    • August 25, 2013 at 12:50 amTomislol

      Omg MMR III was hysterical, especially @ Kuroko. I won’t say anymore to people who have not seen it. But damn funny.

  • August 24, 2013 at 4:54 pmOmega

    Q: What will happen when Febri-chan mets Touma?

    A: She will call him Onii-chan.

    I loveee Feri-chan’s arc. Damn, now my blood sugar level are off the charts XD

  • August 24, 2013 at 5:07 pmneckzor

    This is an original storyline that is not reflected in the manga/novels.
    They were too close to the manga to start the new arc that is raving amongst fans… (and I’m telling you it is fricken epic that it’s hard to not spoil because it’s that good).

    Overall I’m interested how this arc will pull off with its remaining episodes, considering its somewhat filler material and whether we might see some magic action remains in the air (though its unlikely) is intruiging (let alone a certain scientist that is part of the experiment).

    I quite like this episode shaping up the child in Mikoto, and just having Saten/Uiha as parents just makes it even better. I’m all for this arc so far!~

  • August 24, 2013 at 5:54 pmExukvera

    08:10 – Saten reading “Kino no Tabi”.

    • August 24, 2013 at 11:12 pmBenigmatica

      In the future, she might be reading “Asura Cryin” or “Durarara!!”, keeping with the Dengeki Bunko theme!

  • August 24, 2013 at 6:05 pmGaze of Providence

    Well, at least this is less infinitely boring and less melodramatic as last episode. Seems like they’re fitting in these “evil plots” in a single day in-universe since next episode seems to occur during the evening.

    Also Aogami was the highlight of the episode. Since that interview about the arc said that the current arc would be like a “festival” and have many characters appear, I can only guess and expect, since the story of this filler arc isn’t doing much for me, for cameos to be forthcoming.

    Also, FROG WRAP EXPERIMENT? Could it be a Show Spoiler ▼

    • August 26, 2013 at 1:12 amStilts

      A few cameos are always fun, as long as they don’t get in the way of the plot. Or more correctly, there’s enough of an interesting plot that they’re the only draw.

  • August 24, 2013 at 6:36 pmdaikama

    @Stilts – as you pointed out in the season preview, it’s a loli summer so no surprise here. Can’t throw the proverbial stick without hitting a loli these days.

    Huh? It’s “too late” to call Anti-skill about a missing child? What kind of working hours/dedication to public safety do these people have? >_<

    Props to Misaka for making the "ultimate" sacrifice in giving up her Gekoto finger puppet. A heroine's life is sure full of sacrifices. LOL.

    You know you're in dire straights when you lose out to Kongou-san when making new friends.

    Yeah, Misaka has her childish side, but that's part of her charm – especially when you consider that she's the #3 level 5. Unlike Accelerator or Meltdowner, she's never drunk on her own power or looks down upon other less talented individuals.

    While this is one of the "light hearted, slice of life" Railgun episodes, I still found it quite entertaining (LOL'd more than just once or twice) despite the lack of any "real" action. Sign of a quality show IMO.

  • August 24, 2013 at 9:35 pmJJ

    Stilts: “The first episode centered on a loli, and I’m covering it. Seriously, what is up with this season?”

    LOL it had to be stilts that blogged this.

    • August 25, 2013 at 2:57 amStilts

      I know, right? This season is totally warping my rep ;_;

    • August 25, 2013 at 3:04 am†Croos†

      amd before we know it. Stilts will change his name into Divine v2.0 beta

  • August 24, 2013 at 9:47 pmTechim

    Damn…anyone agree that Kuroko looks much more seductive/girly/moe with her hair let down instead of tied up? :3

    • August 26, 2013 at 1:13 amStilts

      Yes. This. This so much. With gusto!

      Preferably without her acting all childish though. Hair down makes her look much more womanly, so go with it girl!

  • August 24, 2013 at 10:02 pmJ-Luke

    I laugh everytime I see this:

    Febri-chan is the perfect combination of HNNGGGG and epic win.

  • August 24, 2013 at 10:39 pmechykr

    *Yuri goggles on* (aka don’t take this too seriously folks)

    Go Saten-san at using Febri-chan as the opportunity to move in with her love Uiharu after Haruue dumped her for Edasaki last week. :3 The three just look like a family together. XD

    *Yuri goggles off*

    Curse those mad scientist folks for bullying a loli. But even after saving Febri-chan from those berserk bots, Febri-chan still won’t endear to Mikoto. lol

    LOL at Pierce cameo.

  • August 24, 2013 at 11:54 pmKF

    … So cute!


  • August 24, 2013 at 11:58 pm†Croos†

    >Sees post
    >Thought Ghost_Zephyr change Style
    >Sees Stilts commenting
    >Sees the top of the post
    >Stilts was actually the poster

    • August 25, 2013 at 12:23 ambelatkuro

      Every time huh, Croos.

    • August 26, 2013 at 1:14 amStilts

      I am very very sneaky!

  • August 25, 2013 at 12:17 amewok40k

    Being a loli means you can befriend anyone. Maybe save the twisted scientists, but even a scary person like level 5 can be befriended if youre a loli. Even Mikoto.
    Show Spoiler ▼

    Other than that, not much to say – now gimme some explosions!

  • August 25, 2013 at 1:35 amAlec

    Oh, just saw Kino.
    Great watch.

  • August 25, 2013 at 1:52 amboingman

    Instead of Kongo I’d have liked more of new doujinshi star Misaki. Such a shame that she only appeared in the first episode.

  • August 25, 2013 at 3:12 amGermanguy

    My Speculation is, that Febri can control their Machines like a Swarm. So in short, she is the “Master CPU” for them. And this Loli is nearly the same as the Pills for the Girl in Team Item. This Enhanced Scan Girl

    • August 25, 2013 at 3:14 amGermanguy

      and these Scientist, just see other Peoples only as Numbers and Data, to toy with them. They lack on social interaction

    • August 25, 2013 at 3:16 amGermanguy

      Perhaps her Golden Hair color, is a by production of this Drug (if it is really some, of course)

  • August 25, 2013 at 5:15 amRuriNeko

    Stilts, isn’t there something awkward at this point to how the story is introduces and paced?

    Since this is Railgun S[ister], and after the Sisters Arc is finished and everything is original now. In order to stay with the sister theme, they probably made a new arc with Febri being everyone’s imouto.

    Now here’s something that bothers me. So they went through all that effort to introduce the famous Shokuhou Misaki scene with Misaka in episode 1, then she hasn’t appeared once since then in the story. So what now? Is Shokuhou somehow supposed to be involved in this Railgun S original arc? But doesn’t that disrupt her story in the actual timeframe? And if they’re just eliminating her completely from the Railgun S story, why bother to introduce her out of chronological order in episode 1 when her debut in the actual story is much further away?

    I guess the whole thing just doesn’t make sense to me that they pushed Shokuhou’s introduction to episode 1 and then just leave her out of the story. At least with Kongou Mitsuko, they introduced her at the beginning of Season 1 and she’s been a consistent side character when she technically is supposed to enter the story AFTER Sister’s arc.

    • August 25, 2013 at 5:16 amRuriNeko

      please excuse the typos… apparently my brain wasn’t functioning.

    • August 25, 2013 at 5:48 ambelatkuro

      Nah, S now stands for Saten ;)

      To answer seriously, (spoiler tagged for length and possibly minor spoilers)Show Spoiler ▼

      Lastly, Stilts already said he doesn’t read the manga. He couldn’t have answered your question if he tried.

      • August 25, 2013 at 6:43 amsonicsenryaku

        not to mention Show Spoiler ▼

      • August 25, 2013 at 12:55 pmRuriNeko

        I see, that makes sense, she did gets a crazyload of doujins afterall. I guess I was just so looking forward to her appearance after all those doujinshi that I was a bit thrown off by lack of her.

      • August 25, 2013 at 3:56 pmrh75


        Misaki gets a lot of dounjishi because she has big boobs and is blonde with a troll personality(Remember what sells doujinshi). Her current character development is that of a secondary character. She is just now beginning any type of development in the manga and novels. However, there is nothing to say that she can’t become the next Itsuwa, Himegami, or any other females that know\like Touma.

        Personally, I’d rather have seen the fight between Mikoto and Gunha Sogiita. That’d been fun to see.

      • August 26, 2013 at 1:19 amStilts

        Didn’t click on any spoilers because, as belatkuro mentioned, I haven’t read the manga, but I can assay a guess as to why she appeared in Episode 1.

        Fanservice. Pure fanservice. She appeared for the same reason that Aogami Pierce popped up this episode when any mildly suffering character would have done just as well. Give her a little cameo just to get the fans interested (and maybe fill up some extra time in Episode 1), and that’s a good enough reason from J.C. Staff’s point of view.

    • August 25, 2013 at 7:08 pmGaze of Providence

      In a magazine scan, it is state that only the first cour will be “about,” about as in with regard to or with focus on, the Sisters. The second cour is about the Silent Party, as you can see, the end card of Railgun has changed from Sisters to Silent Party.

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • August 25, 2013 at 1:13 pmLonghaul

    Has that pair of Judgement workers that were talking with Yomikawa appeared before?, they look familiar for some reason.

    • August 25, 2013 at 7:10 pmGaze of Providence

      No, that’s just JC STAFF’s sameface syndrome. They could’ve easily put Konori’s roommate there as she too is of Judgment, but nope.

  • August 25, 2013 at 2:47 pmCrook

    Is this written by the studio itself? I’m pretty sure it’s filler material either way. Some writing; such as when the man with the glasses sent those robots was awful. He stood there pretty much in plain sight. The robots came from his direction, and I’m pretty sure three robots wouldn’t have the same malfunction and drive to the same direction at once (if I was a bystander and thought it was a malfunction, that is). I feel like this wouldn’t have happened in the source material, but I might be over-thinking things.

    • August 26, 2013 at 1:21 amStilts

      Actually, all good points. It all fits in his pretentious bastard vibe, but you’d think such a smart guy would think things through a little more clearly. Though perhaps he was just too arrogant and didn’t care. Your suspicion is understandable, though.

    • August 28, 2013 at 4:31 pmAdam

      Those police robots often wander round in flocks of three to six as a replacement for beat cops though.

      So he could just asssume people would think they were helping February when she was lost or otherwise going about their duties.

  • August 27, 2013 at 6:37 pmFraye

    Misaka keeping the thumb doll sneakily back into her pocket was epic. Well, loli spotting those subtle actions was more epic. :3