“The Battle Begins”
Ah nothing brings satisfaction like watching a deserved beatdown. Even if it’s not really a beatdown, and the real fighting has yet to begin. That’s right gentlemen, Railgun is finally readying the big guns for some midseason carnage, and while the suspense is quite literally aggravating, never fret, because the results are going to be a thing of beauty.
While Railgun’s (and the Index-verse’s) penchant for featuring minor characters in all shapes and forms typically yields more fat than meat in any given arc, it’s hard denying the latest example in our minor villain Baba didn’t deserve his fleshed out comeuppance. Smug superiority always needs a little humility now and then, particularly when said superiority largely rests on the back of power that technically isn’t yours. Maybe it’s the hubris of watching arrogance put in its place or simply the satisfaction of seeing rape face in the dirt, but damn it was nice watching Baba get beat by a pair of girls he definitely shouldn’t have underestimated. They may not be the strongest or most interesting of characters we’ve seen to date, but Kongo’s friends certainly show how perseverance and a bit of ingenuity can go a long way towards endearing a crowd. Well, even if it was mostly for the final result.
For all the fun of teamwork however, the main attention this week rightfully lay on Misaka and what you can be assured will be some violent fireworks. I imagine few expected Misaka to stumble across Kongo again so soon for example, but the end results of vigilante Kongo certainly provide the impetus needed for Misaka to finally ditch her chaperones—and give quite a bit of anger to help fuel what comes next. It’s sometimes hard to remember after all that next to no one knows what Misaka has gone through regarding the Sisters, or how strongly she feels for their safety and wellbeing. Just coming between them and seeking to leverage their potential is enough to get a free lightning ride, but by also involving the wholly innocent in the process too? Well you cannot say you weren’t warned. It’s going to be really interesting seeing just what Misaka does next, because while Misaki undeniably deserves the beating she signed up for, we still don’t know why she kidnapped a Sister or what her endgame is. Obvious bet is nefarious of course, but there’s always the potential it’s not, and in that case Misaka is going to have one hell of a decision to make.
Best stay tuned boys and girls, Railgun only gets crazier from here.