To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S Episode 5

Definite Power Advancement Project (Level 6 Shift Project)

What would you do if you met yourself…and then found out that “you” were fated to die for some experiment?

Anyone who’s taken the chance to read this blog in past installments knows that I hate the Index series with a passion, not for the theme or the set-up, but for the terrible main character and how he makes everything so ridiculously boring. As such, I was always slightly worried about this arc, considering that said main character goes as far as to feature in the OP of Railgun. This episode marked the first part of the crossover, and I must admit that it was brilliantly done.

See, Railgun was always the better character, and this time around, she finally ran into one of the clones which aren’t meant to exist. Her confusion of the entire surreal situation was pretty founded, as they helped a cat, ate ice cream and bickered over a frog badge together, before her clone walked off to do what it called “the experiment”.  The fun and light hearted humour is there to make the hard-hitting scenes at the end hit even harder, and it really really works.

Then, y’know, this brings us to the experiment in question. The process of killing Railgun over and over and over again and again in order to push a fellow Level 5 up to the fabled Level 6. Fans of Index already know all about this, but the delivery of the big “punch-line” was at it’s best here, and it’s quite clear that we aren’t going to hide any of the unethical brutality this time around. As the darkest episode of Railgun moves into the past, this season should be pretty epic.

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2 thoughts on “To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S Episode 5

  1. Alex… Saying you hate Index with a passion because of the TERRIBLE adaptation the anime is… oh well, not totally unjustified, judging by how that’s where the only info you have about it comes from. There are volumes that don’t feature Touma at all, btw. But I digress, this is a post about Railgun.

    And man… how awesome this episode was, I can’t stop saying that. If they keep adapting this arc as well as they have so far, this is going to be freaking awesome. And I agree with pretty much all you said about this episode. The SoL scenes between Mikoto and 9982 only really hardened the impact of what happened. And it packed quite the punch.

    Also, just saying, but if you find Mikoto the best character in the To Aru universe, then you’ll love this arc to bits. She undergoes quite the amazing character development here. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the Sisters arc.

  2. I never watched the index before because I’ve heard it’s more like a side story. I watched To Aru Kagaku no Railgun. I feel like that anime is that actual story with experiments. I’m loving the 2nd season too.

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