Well might’ve spoken too soon last week when back to back Railgun was upon us, but honestly credit where credit is due: J.C. Staff got this arc finished. No matter the shenanigans of Corona-chan, Railgun persevered until a suitable stopping point, and while another delay until July 24th is really disappointing, at least we have plenty to look forward to in the summer. Dream Ranker is upon us after all, and nothing says satisfaction like a triumphant return to typical Railgun.
After all the fighting and denouement last episode, you’d expect some levity for the final parts of Daihasei, and indeed that’s what we received. Just not with the characters you probably expected. Mitori and Misaki were the stars of this show, not only revealing some further backstory on the tragedy which is Dolly, but also acquiring some surprising (yet welcome) redemption I expect a few probably didn’t see coming. Mitori after all is not what you’d call good at face value, but her gradual endearment towards Dolly and care for the girl is undeniable, and open willingness to help Misaki track down her sister and give her some taste of normalcy a fitting end for the objectives she started her vengeance for. While hindsight shows Mitori naïve and wrong to place blind trust in a man only out for his own maniacal vision (I doubt she ever thought Gensei used her as much as she believed she was using him), there’s no denying her heart was in the right place, and in the end, got the conclusion she was actually yearning for. What can I say, cute always wins.
As for Misaki we got some equally eye opening switcheroos courtesy of unhindered emotions. Although Misaki is unlikely to be a changed person after crushing Gensei (Misaka certainly knows), her trust issues definitely don’t extend to Dolly, and, in a way to Mitori as well. Both girls share a bond with Dolly few with either see or understand, and while Misaka could easily come close, her relationship with the Sisters isn’t the same just due to the sheer number of them. Each Sister is their own person, but Dolly is unique for being the first, only knowing of (to our knowledge) Mitori and Misaki, and lacking the gestalt connection linking the Sisters together. In a sense it’s a little like Accelerator and Last Order, though you damn well know the guy will never admit it. It’s a nice touch to see a vulnerable Misaki though, and reinforces the fact that no character in Railgun or the Indexverse is ever really two dimensional once you get down to brass tacks. Everyone, from protagonist to antagonist, has their quirks and desires, and many often buck what one would expect for their particular role. They may not be the most elegantly developed, but as Misaki shows, you can be sure there’s more going on under the hood than first apparent.
How that carries on into Dream Ranker everyone can guess (or read up upon), yet you can be sure the principle won’t be changing too much. Best stay tuned boys and girls, for while Railgun might be taking a two month sojourn, this season’s fun and games are yet to come.