Have you ever watched an anime that you just can’t get enough of. It is so good you never want it to end, because you feel like you would be lost without it. The anime is so amazing even if it has one season you end up re-watching it several times just because you enjoyed the story, characters, and animation that much. This is how I feel when I watched A Certain Scientific Railgun also known as Toaru Kagaku no Railgun.
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD
Please note the following, this blog will contain spoilers from this point on. I suggest if you haven’t watched the anime that you watch it first before proceeding to read this blog post. I will be sure to source out any information that does not come from my mouth for plagiarism is a big no no!
Season One Summary
The student-filled Academy City is at the forefront of scientific advancement and home to the esper development program. The seven “Level 5” espers are the most powerful in Academy City, and ranked third among them is middle schooler Mikoto Misaka, an electricity manipulator known as “The Railgun.”
When strange incidents begin occurring throughout the city, she finds each crime to be connected to the elusive “Level Upper,” a legendary device that allegedly increases the esper level of its user. As the situation escalates, it becomes apparent that there is more to the Level Upper than meets the eye, and that Academy City may be a far more twisted place than the glamorous utopia it appears to be.
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun focuses on Mikoto and her friends—and the dangerous situations they find themselves in—as they get caught up in the matter of the Level Upper. As Mikoto says, “There’s never a dull moment in this city.” (Source MAL)
Season Two Summary
Mikoto Misaka and her friends are back, investigating rumors across Academy City. Soon, Mikoto discovers something terrifying: horrific experiments are taking place throughout the city, involving the murder of thousands of espers. Moreover, these espers are far from just ordinary people: they are clones of Mikoto herself. Feeling responsible for their treatment, she sets off to put an end to the experiments; however, the forces opposing her are much more dangerous than she anticipated, and Mikoto finds herself up against some of the most powerful espers imaginable.
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S continues the story of the Railgun as she desperately fights to put an end to the inhuman experiments that she believes she helped cause, her life dragged deep into despair in the process. There’s never a dull moment in Academy City, but no one ever said all of them would be pleasant. (Source MAL)
A Certain Scientific Railgun premiered fall of 2009, and aired from October 3, 2009 to March 20, 2010. This anime has a total of 2 season each season has 24 episodes that are about 24 minutes long each. The following producers involved in this anime is Geneon Universal Entertainment, Movic, AT-X, ASCII Media Works, Project Railgun. Railgun is a spin off series from another anime called A Certain Magical Index, which in my opinion sucks, but maybe I’ll I will give it another shot someday.
I remember being home bored as I browsed for an anime to watch. I wanted an anime that had a kick ass female lead who wasn’t a damsel in distress. I was over watching anime’s with really awesome male leads. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind them, but I wanted something different. With a few google searches I landed on A Certain Scientific Railgun that has forever been in my heart as my number one anime.
I remember watching the anime, and getting an overwhelming feeling of excitement …
to be honest every time I re-watch the anime I still get that overwhelming feeling of excitement. I was instantly hooked. A Certain Scientific Railgun, follows Misaka Mikoto and her group of friends as the encounter numerous of adventures, and obstacles. Rather the issue at hand is small, silly, or very serious Misaka, and her friends handle each issue like a pro.
They are students who ultimate goal is to better their powers as espers however, in a city with a a lot of people who have special abilities it’s only natural for the criminally-minded to try to seek out their own bit of power… even if it is at the cost of others. To prevent such things, and to maintain civil order they have created a group called Judgment. Having a stronger esper like Misaka to help keep things in check doesn’t hurt either. The anime is so much fun, and enjoyable to watch. Throughout the two season you grow to love the characters in this series very much. They each have quirks about them that make the anime that much better.
I have three favorite characters that really stuck with me since season one. Of course one of them being our main girl Misaka Mikoto, following behind Misaka is Shirai Kuroko, and Kiyama Harumi are the three ladies who stood out the most to me in the series. Don’t get me wrong all the other characters made some sort of impression, but these three ladies left the biggest impression on me.
To most people, she is considered a ‘proper lady’ (referred as ojou-sama or お嬢様). In reality, she’s short-tempered, prideful, and has an improper attitude with some slight boyish tendencies (or masculine since she wears boxers and an undershirt) and insecurities, a fact few people know of. Despite this, she is friendly and easygoing, and Saten Ruiko and Uiharu Kazari comment on how they are shocked to find that, compared to other Level 5’s, she doesn’t look down on lower-level espers at all. This probably is because she was originally a level 1 esper, and became a Level 5 esper through hard work.
She often shows an incredibly immature and selfish side and even slight tsundere tendencies when her crush, Touma, insults her. To add to this childishness, she is inclined towards cute things, most specifically, Gekota and Kill Bear merchandise. She likes frog merchandise, but only if it features Gekota. When she realizes that a stuffed animal another person is carrying is just a regular frog, she immediately loses all of her interest in the stuffed animal. She has a very irrational and unexplained fear of bugs, as shown in episode 6 of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun. She can also be slightly hypocritical at times, getting angry at Touma for not calling her by her name despite never once calling him by his. While generally amicable and humble, Misaka is highly individualistic. She often prefers to be solitary and dislikes the idea of being restricted by rules and duties such as those of Judgement and Anti-Skill. She wishes to avoid endangering other people and relies on her powers to try to solve problems on her own, frequently despite her better judgment.
She has a keen sense of justice, demonstrated by her frequent involvement in the crime-fighting body, Judgment, and her resolve is unshakable. This is shown when she was willing to lose in a fight against Accelerator on the first move, just to prove the Sisters Project was wrong and save the remaining 9969 sisters (Tree Diagram predicted that she would die in the 185th move). She secretly likes cute things, especially Gekota (a popular frog mascot), and is easily embarrassed. She often goes to Green Mart to read manga for free in her spare time on Mondays and Wednesdays and goes to the bookstore on the 10th of each month. She’s also good at playing the violin and teaches Uiharu Kazari how to play in Volume 12 of the Light Novel. Furthermore, according to Shirai Kuroko, Mikoto naturally acts as a leader and becomes the center of attention by everyone, yet she cannot mingle with those people regardless of being the center. She states that Mikoto is at the top and defeats her enemies, but she cannot avoid making more enemies at the same time. Moreover, she states that the most important to Onee-sama is someone she can feel on the same level as her.
Mikoto is known for being very intelligent, only natural as she is in Tokiwadai Middle School, a school that is meant to create world-leading talents and thus deals with a very advanced curriculum. Furthermore, she has been shown to be capable of solving problems intended for Kamijou Touma who courses a school rank higher than her, though it should be noted that Kamijou’s school doesn’t pursue the same academic excellence that Tokiwadai does.
It was shown that Mikoto had intended to take the trial enrollment into Touma’s school during the Ichihanaran Festival, which further showed her interest in Touma, though this came to naught as she was interrupted by Shokuhou Misaki.
As of December of the current year, following the encounter with the High Priest and a glimpse at what Touma had been facing, Mikoto’s pride has been considerably damaged, seeing how far behind she was and feeling she was nothing but a burden to him. At the same time, she is desperate to catch up with Touma and be able to stand on the same stage as him so she could tell him her feelings. This has led to her personality becoming somewhat unstable and developing in a potentially dangerous direction, noted by Mass Murderer Salome and exacerbated by her acquisition of the Anti-Art Attachment. (Source Wiki Fandom)
Kuroko can be described as a “girl living in the future”. She is used to the world 30 years from now portrayed by Academy City and is ignorant to the customs that present-day Japan still practices, like the “love umbrella”, which students usually use to link their names to the name of their crush, and the conventional technology outside Academy City.
Aside from being a girl with a modernistic outlook, she can also be blunt when giving her opinions, and this has caused her to be at odds with Uiharu once. Another distinguishing characteristic of Kuroko is her feelings of romantic love towards Mikoto. In the ongoing Railgun manga her affections appear to be genuine and that she is truly in love with Mikoto. She even allows herself to get severely hurt in order to do what she can to help Mikoto. She is regarded as Mikoto’s best friend.
Although usually laid-back and friendly, Kuroko portrays determination and confidence in her own abilities when she encounters enemies, even to those whom she knows is more powerful than herself. To her credit, she is an honorable girl who keeps her word, is kind to children, and shares with Mikoto and Touma the same ironclad sense of justice that makes neither of them ever back down in the face of adversity. According to a particular rumor concerning her and Mikoto: “There’s this horrifying teleporter in Judgment who’ll tear apart your body and soul if she catches you…and there’s another that rules over even that teleporter body and soul – the strongest Electromaster,” although Kuroko had no knowledge of this rumor until a robber she took down told her about it.
Kuroko can be close-minded at times refusing to believe in urban legends without any concrete evidence and even then it will still take some time for Kuroko to accept it. Examples include the boy with the power to make other powers stop working, despite knowing him personally and it was not until when she saw the effects of the Level Upper that she began to suspect it and even than it was only after seeing it a considerable amount of times. Kuroko doesn’t seem to like the idea of Gemstones, believing that such a phenomenon couldn’t be possible without the Power Curriculum Program.
In her Japanese conversations, Kuroko has the habit of ending the determinative sentences with the auxiliary word “ですの” (desu-no), instead of “です” (desu) in standard Japanese language. This can be seen as her unique label in Toaru franchise. For example, Kuroko’s catchphrase: ” ジャージメントですの！” (pronunciation: Jājimento desu-no! meaning: I am Judgement! or This is Judgement!). This is also shown in her character song Desu no! White & Black. (Source Wiki Fandom)
Harumi acts too logically and lacks common sense, which is demonstrated when she stripped in front of others without thinking about it, a result of her years being a researcher. In Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, she is revealed to be the source of one of three urban legends popularized by different Web forums within Academy City, the urban legend of the “Stripping Woman”. She is shown to have low self-esteem about her body, justifying stripping in public by saying that no man would care about seeing her body.
Originally, having difficulty with children, her experiences after becoming a teacher to Child Errors. Although she is kind and considerate in people in general, she is fiercely loyal to her students, willing to make Academy City her enemy,make use of weak espers, as well as willingly cause destructive Poltergeist phenomena for their sake. In the last story arc of Railgun, she is seen to be usually downcast, putting herself to blame for what happened to her own students. She manages to take refuge to Misaka Mikoto’s dedication to help others (and once noted that they share similar ideals) and Uiharu Kazari’s eagerness to help her student Edasaki Banri.The bags under her eyes are a direct consequence of Harumi’s intense dedication to her work as a researcher and the lack of sleep. (Source Wiki Fandom)
As a researcher in the Advanced Education Department, under the supervision of Kihara Gensei, Harumi was part of a team that researched on abilities that surpasses its level limitations after exposure of certain conditions, or more precisely, to interpret the laws of berserk abilities. During her tenure with the project, Harumi was tasked by Gensei to become a teacher for Child Errors as she has a teaching license. During her time as an instructor to the children she first thought of them as a nuisance, however she eventually formed a bond with them, especially to a girl named Edasaki Banri. However, her students all fell into a coma after an experiment being conducted on them by Harumi’s research group faced difficulty and Gensei neglected to provide the students with appropriate medical attention to instead focus on gathering data.This event shocked Harumi and she eventually resigned.The experiment was actually meant to the creation of another Ability Body Crystal.
Harumi eventually became a researcher of AIM diffusion fields in the AIM Analytic Research Center, even then she was already planning on trying to revive her students from their coma. In order to use its powerful calculation, she requested to use the Tree Diagram supercomputer twenty-three times but had these requests rejected by the authorities. She eventually resolved in developing her own “processor” in the form of human minds connected to a network to calculate for her, after being inspired by the prospects of Misaka Mikoto’s clones. Seeing the tremendous calculating powers brought about by the use of a network, she created a sound of a very specific frequency that allowed the listeners to become part of a network with other listeners by altering their brain activity. Here, she uses the knowledge gained from Gensei on how to tune brainwaves. Taking advantage of the incentive of advancing their abilities, she distributed the file secretly to the students’ brains. She had also created a cure for the sound as she had predicted that the side-effects of using the Level Upper could eventually cause the user to fall into a coma. (Source Wiki Fandom)
When an anime gets me so excited that I can’t stop watching it once I start it … you know it is a good anime for you to watch. It is 2018 and I still find myself re-watching A Certain Scientific Railgun just for the enjoyment. Every time I re-watch the anime I find myself enjoying it more, and more, and I learn more, and more about the anime itself. Railgun is way more awesome than Index … it bypasses that series by a landslide in my opinion.