Ahh Railgun; if there’s one thing you can be sure on it’s this series spending come quality time with every character big and small, and this was another episode performing that honest work. It may be filler-ish in a way, it may be disliked, but there’s always some method to the madness here. After all, there’s no misunderstanding what next week’s events are going to be about.
After all the teasing last episode with Dream Ranker and Shaei’s precognition you could be forgiven for thinking we’d get their synthesis this week. It’s usual Railgun to throw everything including the kitchen sink in the blender before delving into the arc’s main premise after all, and in a sense we did get that, just not as fast as may be remembered. Sure, the main thing here was Shaei’s backstory and his little runaround to save
Doge a stray Shiba Ibu (which if you’ve ever owned a dog you know is something you’d do in a heartbeat), but there were some portents of things to come amidst all the fluff. The ampules of fertilizer; the tying back of said fertilizer to Indian Poker; Shaei’s recovery which you know will just so happen to finish in time for him to help out in whatever threat is about to appear; it’s pretty easy to see how these pieces tie together, even while the overall picture remains just out of sight.
And it’s not as though everything was about one elementary schooler using words far outside his age group. Besides showing Kuroko as more than a hyperactive connoisseur of all things tsundere biribiri (something often easily forgotten given how often that mode pops up over the other), Uiharu was also back to doing Hollywood hacking shenanigans while the less featured (yet still equally fun) Konori Mii also deigned to make a surprise appearance. Is it enough to overcome the B-team feel? Not that much, but at least it’s nice knowing no one (and no character aspect) truly stays forgotten once they’ve been properly introduced.
Still cannot deny I’m more looking forward to what’s coming next week though. When it comes to Railgun, nothing is better than watching its titular character in action.