「竜王の顎 (ドラゴンストライク)」 (Doragon Sutoraiku)
“Dragon Strike (Jaw of the Dragon King)”
It’s been a wild ride for Railgun of late, but it seems some sense of normality is returning to the series. Now I’m not going to triumphantly state back to back episodes means consistent biribiri for the remaining part of the season, but with the world still crazy and this season equally erratic, any chance of guaranteed Railgun is happy times indeed.
While Railgun is undeniably science-side Index through and through, there’s still room for magic here and there are Touma’s latest fist to the face shows. Or rather lack of it. Imagine Breaker is one of the franchise’s greatest and most enduring mysteries, and as dragons from the void indicate, the mystery won’t be solved anytime soon. Want a proper explanation? Go read Index! No really, because this is about as far as any answer will be forthcoming in terms of Railgun. At least we got one hell of a spectacle for this scene though, as I’m fairly certain no one expected 2D, hand drawn animation for this degree of action. Probably just down to the investment disparity between Railgun and Index mind you (no need to beat on Index III right now, that horse is thoroughly dead), but hard to deny the inkling of hope arising for future Indexverse adaptations. We’ll just have to see if J.C. Staff’s attention to detail carries over into future Index.
As for the conclusion to this arc, there was definitely something for everyone. While Kongou went full embarrassed yet happy cutie pie (with some interesting remarks on Misaka’s virtue to boot), everyone’s favourite amphibian doctor returns for some quick screen time while Misaki reverts her memory changes, albeit with some hilarious side effects. As for Mitori I’m pretty sure no one is surprised she got away from Kuroko (even if Misaki’s appearance was a little unexpected), because hey, cannot let that uniform and esper ability simply go to waste—especially when her reasons are still not explicitly stated. And then comes the most anticipated reunion of Kuroko, Uiharu, and Saten with Misaka—with some Touma shenanigans for spice. Never thought for a second Saten and Uiharu would pick up on the tomboy crush so damn fast, but god bless both for providing some choice biribiri expressions (*cries in reaction folder size increase*). Move over Kuroko, this is the pairing I signed up for. We likely won’t see anymore on this front for the rest of the season (Touma is a nonfactor in the upcoming arc), but this left a good place to continue in upcoming seasons.
Right after we get through the fun and games of Dream Ranker of course!