Patience can truly prove annoying at times, but it does have a habit of paying off as Railgun proudly smacked us over the head with this week. Hard. Beyond the perpetual fun which is maidly Misaka fretting over washboards, it was all plot this go around as Indian Poker got its proper debut and our mystery girl Kuriba Ryoko was finally brought into the light. Or at least both Ryokos, because I know some did not have machine uprising on their bingo card.
Given how much Indian Poker has been played up as a wholly cognitive tool, it should probably prove a little surprising it all boils down to manufacturing souls, but eh, this is the Indexverse, and damn near every new development winds up being over the top. In truth though it’s arguably not that bad a premise for this type of series; with the concept of a soul being one of philosophy’s/science’s biggest unknowns and major ethical constraint against such things as teleportation technology, it was about time one of these sister stories gave it a shot (if SAO can do it, so can the Indexverse!). While I’m slightly dubious as to the method of generation (unless you’re literally splitting the mind alongside the body it just sounds like AI with extra steps), there’s no denying the results will prove entertaining—after all, androids on the loose has never once proved problematic.
What ensures things are kept fun, however, is the tag teaming once again of Misaka and Misaki. While there’s no denying Misaki’s methods of persuasion will lose their lustre eventually (no matter how hilarious the results may be), it’s nice knowing the girl has somewhat learned proper give and take is truly needed to get someone on board. Even if the sincerity of Misaki’s indirect support of the Sisters is still hard to take completely seriously at the moment given past circumstances. Nevertheless, considering everyone’s favourite nurse Mitori is in on this and the Accelerator famous Scavengers are back to serve as the enemy of the moment I think we’ll get more than enough fireworks and explosions to meet the needs of our Level 5 combo.
After all, it just wouldn’t be a true Railgun conclusion without some proper railgun action.