On this particular day, the girls are talking about urban legends, and the ones they bring up include a woman who’ll suddenly take off her clothes, a Level Upper tool that increases a person’s abilities, and a guy who has an ability against which other abilities have no effect. This last one gets Mikoto’s attention because she had actually met someone before with that power – Touma. He had tried to save her from a group of thugs but had angered her in the process, causing a surge of electricity in her that knocked everyone out. Everyone, that is, except him. Coincidentally, right as she’s thinking about this, she runs into Touma trying to help a woman who’s looking for where she parked her car. Touma is in a hurry, so he wants Mikoto to help the woman instead, and as they’re arguing about it, the woman suddenly starts to take off her shirt because it’s so hot. This attracts a lot of attention since they’re out in public, and Touma ends up running away, leaving Mikoto with the woman. As it turns out, the woman is a researcher studying cerebrophysiology and AIM dispersion fields, so Mikoto tries asking her about an ability against which other abilities have no effect, but the woman isn’t able to help her much.
When the woman’s skirt then gets stained by a random kid’s ice cream, she almost takes off the skirt in public, but Mikoto takes her to a restroom to get it washed and dried. While she’s getting dressed, the woman brings up thanking Touma, and the way Mikoto talks about him makes the woman think that Mikoto likes him. Mikoto is eventually able to help the woman find her car, and afterward, she feels tired and blames Touma. As luck would have it, she runs into him again and proceeds to challenge him to a fight. He agrees, and so the two face off by the riverbank. Nothing Mikoto throws at Touma hurts him though, and even when she tries to electrocute him by grabbing his right hand, nothing happens. This gives Touma the opportunity to punch her, but when he sees how scared she looks, he falls down and pretends to be defeated. This just angers her even more, and she ends up chasing him for most of the evening. She’s ultimately unsuccessful at catching him though and returns back to her dorm, only to find Kuroko convinced that Mikoto has been cursed by the woman who takes off her clothes.
That was without a doubt the best episode of Railgun so far, and arguably it was the most fun I’ve had with an episode of either series, so kudos first to J.C.Staff. The battle between Mikoto and Touma was exciting even though you knew that there was no way Touma would lose, and it was just hilarious in general just to see the two interact – the comedic timing was perfect, especially the scene where Touma pretended to fall in defeat. Mikoto also managed to be extra cute this episode thanks to all the tsundere moments, and Touma got to act cool a couple of times as well, yet never came across as preachy. It’s worth mentioning though that I think a lot of my enjoyment here comes from having seen all of Index and knowing the ups and downs of Touma’s character combined with how weak Mikoto really is towards him. I’m not sure if someone who hasn’t seen Index would enjoy this episode nearly as much.
In any case, despite all the fun stuff, this episode moved the story forward a little as well with those urban legends – which obviously aren’t so false – and with the introduction of the scientist lady Kiyama Harumi. She actually comes off as a much nicer and less creepy character than I remember from the manga, but her lack of common sense is still there. Given how different this anime adaptation has been so far (in a good way though, as this episode shows), I’m curious to see how they use her character and develop the story from here. It’s hard to believe I’m saying this, but hopefully there’ll be more Touma too.