You can say whatever you want about J.C. Staff’s overall production quality, but I think they deserve some credit for bringing Railgun back just as everything is going on hiatus. With the world going to hell and the future remaining wholly uncertain we are definitely in need of some levity, and thankfully with this arc at its climax we’re set to get plenty of it. I’m not going to say Biribiri and friends are here to save anime, but I’ll be damned if they aren’t helping salvage this spring season. Even if the next episode might be, erm, delayed too.
Considering the number of starts and stops Railgun has had since January, I got to hand it to the show for cheekily inserting a Kuroko narrated recap right at the start. While debatable if even needed (and likely down to minimizing production time—note that you can hear the original episode voice tracks under Kuroko’s narration), it does show some consideration for viewers who might’ve lost track and helps keep plot matters consistent. Also for compressing the fight scenes, which frankly made them all the more awesome. The big one this episode was naturally Kuroko and Mitori, with our shadow metal girl going all in on tactics while ignoring overall strategy. You’ll never identify all the moving pieces in combat, and failure to account for even the most unexpected of circumstances can often prove fatal. Mitori didn’t have to know that Uiharu would get involved, but the girl definitely should’ve had a tertiary escape route on hand on the small chance of moeblob-induced technological glitch. You know, because Murphy’s law.
The other running fight concerns Misaka, although outside of some choice Sogiita bashing the real fun lay with our well-endowed, starry-eyed blondie. For all which one may loathe Misaki (and she deserves a lot of it), a willingness to twist her own memories to beat the biggest baddie of them all is not half bad, particularly when her own life was very much on the line. It shows a level of thinking Mitori currently lacks, and while still tied up in Misaki’s own inherent distrust of anyone else, does give an opening for some interesting developments later down the line. Not hard guessing for example that Misaki possesses a means of reverting her memory manipulation if she can use it on herself. Likewise, not too difficult seeing the solution to Misaka’s current predicament lying firmly in whoever can reach her first now that one barrier has been conveniently broken through. Plenty of denouement (and happy reunions) left before this arc concludes, and only so much time for which to realize it.
Good thing Touma has got the Fist of Justice ready to go, because it certainly looks like that timer is quickly ticking down.