「外装代脳 (エクステリア)」 (Ekusuteria)
Yes, that’s right, you haven’t heard wrong: Railgun is back on hiatus after this week. Frankly this was an inevitability considering Japan’s recent federal state of emergency declaration (thanks Corona-chan!), but it still doesn’t take away the sting of yet another spring (alright, technically winter) show being pushed into the summer—and the one reaching its climax at that. Considering we’re now in save Misaka before she explodes mode, the wait to find out what happens next is going to be painful.
As deduced previously, Misaka’s new powerup isn’t Level 6 material, but it’s certainly gearing up to be it. Thanks to that Gensei magic our little biribiri is slowly and inexorably changing, rapidly increasing in power while simultaneously losing the hallmarks of sanity. I think we all know Misaka is going to survive this situation (obviously), but the how undeniably remains up in the air. Touma and that mystical Fist of Justice cannot deal with the combined might of tsundere attitude and coopted Sisters network after all, and even Sogiita’s ridiculous one punching can only scratch the surface before being walloped into tomorrow. It pretty much comes down to Misaki actually saving the day (because deep down she knows she cares about Misaka), but after that showdown with our octogenarian Terminator I’m not so sure she has what it takes to carry on.
Where any upset is likely to originate is likely with Kuroko and Mitori, because there’s no way this plot tangent is likely to remain isolated when Kuroko onee-sama infatuation has remained deadly silent these past few weeks. Mitori’s backstory after all is still technically an unknown, and with her own intentions for Misaka equally in the dark, you can bet there’s something to the girl which will help overcome the ticking time bomb on the other side of the city. Plus who wouldn’t like to see another pair of enemies team up for the sake of something greater?
For as far as we’ve come in this arc there’s still plenty of material to work through, and even more character relationships to build back up. I have no idea when we’ll see Railgun again, but I’m definitely looking forward to the moment it makes its return.