「超電磁砲×心理掌握 (レールガンxメンタルアウト)」 (Reerugan x Mentaru Auto)
“Railgun x Mental Out”
It may not exactly have been an eternity since Railgun last aired, but damn does it ever feel like it. Two week breaks, even for infamous “production” reasons, are already rare at the worst of times, but in the current chaos of coronavirus run amuck who honestly knows what will happen next. At least it looks like more Railgun for the moment, and it couldn’t be better considering where this arc is currently going.
As is often the case for numerous science-side Indexverse stories Level 6 and its attainment is the raison d’etre for many a villain, and the current situation is no different. We now know our lovable octogenarian mad scientist Kihara Gensei is back at it again for example with MEMBER-assisted plans to use the Sisters for yet another Level 6 scheme (never waste research materials, science is expensive!), while Misaki fights against this for, well, some reason? Yeah, that bit was sort of left out. I wouldn’t worry too much about this black box though, as the pacing right now leaves us open for some Misaki backstory I firmly expect few unfamiliar viewers will have seen coming. Hint: everything is far more interconnected than you thought it could be.
Of course whether Misaki has a legitimate reason for her actions doesn’t take away from the questionability of said actions. While the girl might be correct in believing Misaka to be a loose cannon wholly incapable of surgical strikes (it’s a time-honoured tomboy trait) and mentally attuned to never trust a spoken word, there’s no excuse for mind wiping Misaka’s friends or trying to keep the biribiri out of the picture. Such actions only dig a seriously deep hole of misunderstanding likely to result in a worse outcome. Seriously, if you want to control Misaka I guarantee it would’ve been easier explaining the situation and focusing on directing her outrage rather than trying to avoid it. When it comes to unstoppable forces all you can do is give them a path and let them go wild until inevitably running out of steam. Well, unless looking for hilariously cute catfights, because there’s no way we would’ve got that otherwise.
We may not know yet if Railgun is now back for good, but stay tuned boys and girls, because with the plot quickly heating up and two snappy Level 5s on the prowl, you can bet what comes next will prove amazing.