「超能力者(レベル5)」 (Chou-nouryoku-sha (Reberu Faibu))
“Super-powered (Level 5)”
Well boys and girls, it’s been one hell of a wait, but it’s finally here: Railgun has returned. While the return of Index back in 2018 was lauded in of itself (even if the results were, erm, less than impressive) and Accelerator added some well needed spice to the Index-verse adaptation catalogue, there’s no denying Railgun was what we were all waiting for with baited breath. So how does the next round of shorts wearing electromagnetism play out? Amazingly.
Right from the get-go Railgun wastes little time in (re)introducing us to all the major players of past and future. The titular Misaka (Satou Rina) is as Misaka does as usual for example, while Kuroko (Arai Satomi) is still firmly endowed with a sense of love (and ridiculous pet name giving) no amount of shock therapy will ever eliminate. Not far behind of course comes the always popular duo of Saten and Uiharu, and yes, you don’t need to worry about Saten’s weekly reporting—she’s as top notch as ever on the details. Accompanying such mainstays as well are a whole swath of series staples, from Kongo to the Sisters, ITEM and Accelerator, and even those level fives who we may not have much experience with yet, but are set for some serious screen time (looking at you there Misaki (Asakura Azumi)). It’s a hell of a lot to take in for an introduction, although likely just enough for anyone familiar with Railgun to wrap their heads around. And if you’re not familiar with Railgun go back and watch the first two seasons already!
As for story Railgun T will likewise be offering no major surprises. Things are kicking off with the Daihaiseisai Festival arc teased at the end of last season, and while initial pacing indications could point to troubles down the road (it’s a massive arc truth be told, even for two cours), expect it to last at minimum a good way to Railgun T’s midpoint. As the foreshadowing and eerie connections of Misaki suggest there’s a lot of material to unpack here, and with both new and old characters alike being teased like mad (yes, Touma and fist of justice is never that far away) you can expect things to heat up and get wild in a significant rush. After all it just wouldn’t be Railgun (or the Index-verse for that matter) without a few crazy twists waiting down the pipeline.
While too early to guess how Railgun T will turn out overall, with cast and crew firing on all cylinders alongside Railgun worthy animation and artwork, you can firmly bet this one will not prove disappointing. Best stick around boys and girls, because Railgun is back and it’s just getting started.
OP: 「final phase」 by fripSide