「バルーンハンター」 (Baruun Hantaa)
Well Railgun is certainly back into its motions. From ridiculous sports to teasers and even outright trouble on the horizon, all the remaining bits and bobs decorating this scientific force have now entered the picture, and the time is nigh for getting to the good stuff. Oh and the Fist of Justice? Told ya so!
While sports festivals are about as cliché as anime gets, one has to admit the showcase of Tokiwadai skill (or lack of it) was pretty damn fun this week. Not only did we get another bit of comedic and well-deserved Sister attention with fighting talent and deadpan hilarity, but another succinct example of how esper powers aren’t always the magic (heh) bullet. When one relies on physical prowess to overcome all, mental aspects (e.g. planning, coordination, organization) take a back seat because hey, who needs to think when you can just smash face? Except of course where that talent cannot compensate. As the opponents of the moment showed (and one ever lovable teacher indicated) it pays to not become arrogant and always recognize/account for your own weaknesses, because doing so can often pull victory from the jaws of defeat.
Of course Tokiwadai’s loss wasn’t entirely down to differences in strategy. The deliberate targeting of Misaka through her Sister should be indication enough that this arc won’t be all about sportsmanship, and that Misaki also has her own cloning schemes afoot. It’s not immediately apparent that Misaki or her friends/allies ordered the incapacitation (our MEMBER culprit never realized who the Sister actually was for example), but considering how Index-verse stories typically go you can firmly bet on some connection between our well-endowed blondie and the mystery clientele. Still after already going through another (albeit unintentional) Sister-napping in Accelerator it’s going to be interesting seeing where this one leads, especially once the one true biribiri catches wind of it. Misaka is never one to leave a friend hanging after all, particularly those who are closer in ways few could ever be.
And yes, you damn well know Saten’s shadow metal is going to play a part in the festivities as well, because what would we ever do without the daily Uiharu forecast?