To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S – 24 (END)
It’s that time of the year again. The end of the summer season heralds Railgun S’ final episode, and it’s an one whose title couldn’t be more fitting. Because when you have virtually everyone in the cast coming together for the last hurrah, it really is an eternal party, and there ain’t nothing like fighting off 20,000 powered suits for some early morning exercise. Add in a side of “bringing some justice” and what we end up getting is an action packed ending that highlights what Railgun’s been about all throughout it’s two season run: friendship. And while some may have some qualms with some of the over the top developments (some of which were quite similar to the Index movie) here this week, I gotta say, I quite liked how they finished things off here.
Granted, it’s probably because I’m a sucker for when series give us some throwbacks to the past, but yeah, there was a whole lot of that this episode, and it was a pretty darn nice touch having both themes from Railgun and Railgun S playing all throughout the conflict. Combine that with the return of ITEM, the general “GAR” nature of the episode, as well as the fairly nice resolution Shinobu gets in regards to her “creations”… and you get a finale that provides us with a conclusive ending, sets up for the Index movie, finalizes the “ties” between the Sister’s Arc and this one, and tops things off with a nice contrast with the Sister’s Arc too (in regards to this arc’s more upbeat nature). Sure, Aritomi ended up being quite the terrible villain, but all things considered, I feel like they did a pretty decent job doing what they did in a mere 7 episodes, even if it did end up paling quite a bit in comparison to the Sister’s Arc overall.
Either way though, the fact of the matter remains that we won’t see any Railgun for a little while now that this season’s come to a close, and I’m admittedly quite sad about it. There just ain’t quite anything like waking up for the weekend with some BiriBiri, and I’m going to miss how they go about “handing invitations to another’s party without asking” (to quote Aritomi). With that said though, I’ll let the screencaps tell the rest of the story here, and shift down to the Final Impressions (you’ll find this below).
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Quick Final Impressions:
In looking back at Railgun S, this was one of those cases where it was a clear tale of two halves—the first half being the Sister’s Arc and the second half being the Febri Arc. Generally, the first half was arguably a masterpiece in every sense of the word. Not only did it provide us with spectacular, emotional developments, it demonstrated that it’s possible to still make something great even if viewers know what’s going to happen, and it’s generally something that few series dare to try, let alone succeed with.
Sadly however, the overall appreciation of the series is lessened somewhat by the second half, which ended up being an all original filler arc. As I’ve stated previously, this filler arc doesn’t end up being “bad” by any stretch of the word, but the thing is that it comes on the heels of arguably one of the best arcs of any series I’ve seen in awhile, and it’s really a bit ironic, because one can say that many of us felt the second half was worse than it was precisely because of how great the Sister’s Arc was.
With that said, I feel like Railgun S as a whole did ultimately meet everyone’s expectations in the end—even if that ends up mostly due to the Sister’s Arc more than anything—and it’s essentially all that matters at this point. Now that we’ve gotten here however, it’s sadly time to bid adieu to the lovable cast for the time being, and I’d just like to take this time to once again thank viewers for viewing/commenting both on my Railgun S posts and on the site in general. Hopefully my posts have contributed at least somewhat positively toward your viewing experience in regards to Railgun S, and I hope you’ll join me for my future coverage of other series as well. Until then, it’s a fond farewell, and I guess I’ll see you guys around.