OP: 「dual existence」by fripSide
「天賦夢路 (ドリームランカー)」 (Doriimu Rankaa)
Patience may indeed be a virtue, but damn was it hard waiting for Railgun to return. After several intermittent stops and starts and then one disappointing (if understandable) delay, we are finally back to finish what should’ve ideally completed last season, and I for one couldn’t be happier. From the fun of blondes and tsundere clones to a made-for-Saten special, Railgun is properly back on track.
With Railgun having went on hiatus right at the end of the Daihasei arc, there was thankfully no real need for catchup as Dream Ranker got started this week. We got the appearance of all major players, the first taste of what this batch of episodes will all be about, and more than enough humour to help us all forget about the nuisance that is delay. Needed some testy Misaka tsuntsun-isms to round the day out? Have that aplenty. Wanted Misaki to do the usual and bring everything back to the true measure of status? Got you there fam. Thought Kuroko wasn’t Kuroko enough? Oh you won’t be disappointed. Hell even Saten did as Saten does just to confirm Railgun hasn’t lost its way. Personally all my love goes towards Misaki’s groupie Hokaze Junko though, because nothing says perfection like unintentionally setting up catfights between a pair of stubborn level fives. Gekota certainly approves.
On the more serious side, the titular focus of this arc was also revealed with Dream Ranker. Besides the fun which trading card fantasies and softcore pornos elicit, the biggie is naturally the existence of S-Rank people capable of providing, shall we say, tailored dreams and a dream transfer system which you know did not definitely arise from suspicious circumstances. Couple it with an accident predictor app (obviously Saten would find it first, because Saten), Kuroko running across its elementary schooler inventor Shaei, and Shaei outright asking for help, and it’s not too hard seeing there’s yet another bit of Science-side fun and games set to wreak havoc.
It’s anyone’s guess just what ties all these pieces together right now, but at least we can be confident knowing we won’t have to wait as long as before to start deconstructing the mystery.
ED: 「青嵐のあとで」 (Seiran no Ato de) by sajou no hana