To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S – 20
「フェブリ」 (Fe Buri)
Have I ever mentioned how much this series makes me want to get some Gekota of my own? No? Well, now you know. But really, considering how popular Railgun’s been throughout its run, it’s quite surprising how little there is in terms of Gekota related merchandise. I mean, it’d reason that it’d be a best seller no? Plenty of colors to work with, kids and fans of the series would love em,’ and it just makes no sens—okay, I digress.
Ahem* Strange marketing/product release decisions aside, the big thing for me these past two weeks is the slightly conflicted feelings I’ve been getting watching this arc. See, on one hand the slice of life elements have been a typical hallmark of the Railgun series in general, and this week’s whole mention of Febri as yet another little sister of sorts (albeit, a non-human version) is a nice throw back to the previous arc, but I can’t help but feel like there’s been something slightly off with the recent episodes. Granted, it’s nothing that really impacts my overall enjoyment in any significant way, but I felt like it was worth at least mentioning to see if anyone else felt at least somewhat similarly.
Because as much as I appreciate the shower scenes they’ve put in the last two weeks and the inclusion of Kongou within a lot of the events here, they’re things that feel somewhat out of place for one reason or another. Of course, it’s highly possible that this is something that merely results from the basic fact that the Febri Arc’s been quite a different animal from the Sisters’ Arc, and part of this might just be because we haven’t exactly had much of a chance to see the slice of life elements (and Kongou) through the first 18 or so episodes… but it just feels strange to suddenly see the latter appear nearly a dozen separate occasions during each of the last two episodes (for example).
Again, it’s nothing too big, but just something I felt worth noting at least. Either way, it does look like the arc is starting to ramp up the ante a little bit though, as our mad scientist group continues tinkering with their “mysterious malfunctions.” At this point, it’s still somewhat up in the air just exactly what’s going on there (Shinobu’s strange involvement especially)… but at the very least, the thing that seemingly looks like Febri’s hair here (combined with how she stopped the mech) seems to hint at Febri being at least some kind of vital control component (or the basis of) their system in some way. And really, now you know why I didn’t continue on being a scientist after I graduated, because it’s all good till you turn into a mad scientist and start doing a bunch of crazy stuff like the guys in Railgun S! That is of course, unless you’re Rintarou Okabe, in which you may feel free to continue doing… whatever it is you do.
Terrible jokes and references aside, it’s generally a pretty straight forward episode for the most part, serving more so as a setup for the things to come. Sadly, there’s only four episodes left though… but alas, all good things must come to an end at some point, and it looks like that time’s nearly upon us in regards to Railgun (at least, for now). With that said though, SOMEONE GET ME THOSE GEKOTA PLEASE. Thanks.