「あたし…みんなのこと見えてるから」 (Atashi Minna no Koto Mieteru Kara)
“Because I Can See Them All”
Continuing from last week, Misaka finally meets Accelerator and… things don’t turn out too well. But, I guess when you’re dealing with someone who can control vectors—which pretty much everything in existence has—there’s only so much you can do. As it turns out, it ends up being the MISAKA sisters that bail her out of the situation instead—with quite the impressive showing—which brings with it both a notable sense of irony… and the hammering in of the reality that there’s nothing Misaka can do against Accelerator himself…
…which arguably, is what this episode is about: accepting reality—that is, understanding what it is that you can and can’t do. Because in the end, what Shinobu says this episode ends up being absolutely correct. It’s not so much about who’s right and wrong as it is what you’re going to do about it. One can argue all day about the ethics behind what’s going on, the definition of what it means to be human (and what it means to live), and about human morality—but when you’re dealing with people that treat life as equivalent to something worth 180,000 yen and don’t see themselves as murderers, words ain’t really worth a darn. And so, as Misaka realizes herself, there’s no point lamenting the decision she made in the past and no point in sitting there feeling sorry. She sowed the seeds, so she’ll take responsibility—because she’s the Railgun, and you don’t mess with Misaka Mikoto. She might not be able to beat Accelerator, but she can still give those behind the experiment a darn good beating—even if she needs to hunt down each and every one of the 20+ facilities to do so.
Suffice to say though, I gotta say—this was arguably the single best episode of either Railgun S or Railgun in general. Emotions were running high all throughout, especially during the Accelerator vs. Misaka fight—heck, even I was getting pretty emotional near the end even though I watched Index and knew what was coming—and it’s something that combined with the more complex topics of “what makes someone human” and “how does one determine what’s right and wrong” to make this an exceptionally memorable episode. The bit with Shinobu recapping the events that made it so she could no longer consider the MISAKA sisters just guinea pigs was just extravagantly done and served to really hammer in the fact that they’re not just a collection of shared experiences and information—they’re living, breathing beings capable of so much more. Indeed, her comment about how she realized the MISAKA sisters were theoretically even more human than her was exceptionally powerful, and just demonstrated how it’s not the sisters that aren’t human—but the scientists behind the experiment that are inhuman.
There’s just a lot here this week, and it’s something that’ll undoubtedly carry on into the coming weeks as Misaka presumably starts doing what she does best—blowing things up. With great friends at her side as well, I really do pity the fools that think they’d get away with doing this experiment in the first place.