「警策 看取」 (Kouzaku Mitori)
Well the Olympics may have been delayed, but don’t worry, because at least Railgun is back on track! Yes it’s the first week in a good while without any postponement before it, and frankly it’s a pretty good time for some airtime consistency. Considering the places this arc is heading it wouldn’t do to cut things off in the middle.
As anyone could’ve guessed previously, tracking down the source of Misaka’s (and Misaki’s) ire was never going to be as simple as imagined. Want to catch the mad scientist? Best start on those 4D chess lessons and learn the art of thinking five moves in advance—although to be fair I don’t think such strategizing is up Misaka’s alley. It’s all quintessential Railgun in the end however; for every plot development there’s a couple twists lying under the surface, and if you believe you know where things are going best check your assumptions again because the narrative fog of war lies thick over this franchise. Just ask our starry-eyed blondie.
If series familiarity also wasn’t enough, proof of such trickery comes naturally courtesy of Saten who you damn well know wouldn’t ever pass such an opportunity by. While the Aztec angle is likely out there for anyone anime-only or unfamiliar with Index (hint, it’s not science-related), at least Kouzaku Mitori makes some sense. Officially dead girl using an underground organization as a scapegoat to pursue ulterior motives relating to washboard tomboys? Oh yes, this arc isn’t finished introducing its main players just yet. Although we’ve got some time before getting any answers on this latest development, rest assured it all ties back into the Misaka/Misaki shenanigans and Level 6 attainment. The Index-verse may love overindulging in side-characters, but they always have their place in the end.
Whether or not it involves survival of course remains to be seen, but one way or another you can bet things are going to get a lot more interesting before all is said and done.