「原子崩し (メルトダウナー)」 (Genshi Kuzushi (Merutodauna))
“Particle Destabilizer (Meltdowner)”
The fight between Mugino and Misaka gets underway and there are plenty of lessons to be learned this week. First and foremost among them? One should always clean up after oneself—especially if what you leave behind are combustible dolls that can be used by your opponent. Because when you’re dealing with someone as crafty as the Railgun, that slip up might just lead you to getting KO-ed in quite the anti-climactic (although somewhat epic) manner.
Still, if there was one thing I was thinking after that moment, it was how the fact she just leaves Mugino there won’t work out too well—and it turns out that’s just the case. Sure, the epic KO gave her enough time to finish off the facility, but darn… she almost paid for it as a result. Just another lesson in ways—that is, always make sure your enemy is really down for the count (or finish them off)—though Misaka manages to utilize yet another hand me down from Frenda to make her escape.
Ultimately, the majority of the episode ends up giving us a spectacular fight for the ages, and it’s both amazing not only to see two Level 5’s fight… but amazing in regards to how this ends up being the event that immediately precedes Misaka’s
first meeting with a certain someone. Indeed, as the episode comes to a close, things start coming full circle as we link back to some of the events in Index—and fittingly, next episode (#11) corresponds perfectly to a Misaka oriented episode from Index of the same number. Suffice to say—whether the latter was intentional or not—I gotta say, it sure looks like the guys at the helm sure know what they’re doing, and it’s showing in more ways than one. The quality and content’s just been an overwhelming upgrade compared to the previous season of Railgun, and it’s just nice to see.
Looking forward, the basic thing is that the incidents regarding the Misaka clones seem far from over. The company behind the projects seem to have filed for bankruptcy, but the fact remains that even if this means the experiment is done… there’s still the tall task of getting the clones adapted to an actual life as well. Either way, Misaka has a lot of work left to be done—though, she sure deserved that brief respite she got at the end—and it looks like this’ll be something that carries over to whatever arc is shown in the second half of this series.
On a bit of a side note before I finish up here though, I must say that there are quite the assortment of priceless expressions in Railgun S (with Frenda accounting for about half of them) and that it was interesting to see a small glimpse into the reason behind ITEM’s dynamics this week too. The comment from Takitsubo stating that “this is the only place for me” is exceptionally telling—after all, what kind of a situation must’ve you been thrown into if this is where you end up?—and it’s something that makes Frenda’s hope that she finds a different place especially notable. In the end, it looks like they’ve been thrown together for one reason for another, and it’s a notion that likely accounts quite a bit for their great teamwork as well. There’s just nothing like the fact you’re forced together with others and shoved in a crappy situation to get one to perform at their best.
Author’s Note: It’s come to my attention that commentators are just freely discussing content not covered yet in the Railgun and/or Index animes without the use of spoilers. I’ve been pretty lenient so far because I know a lot of you have read the source material and/or have watched Index, but there’s a limit to that lenience, and that refers to things that should be in spoiler tags not being in them. So from here on out, please make sure to spoiler things corresponding to the above, with a bold statement line before the spoiler indicating that it is a spoiler belonging to this category. Spoilers in reply to other spoilers, or spoilers involving Index do not need this extra statement line.