Hmm, so J.C. Staff decided to do an original story for the second half of Railgun instead of animating the currently running “Sisters” arc in the manga. I’d say it’s a better choice than adapting it halfway and then rewriting shit, but given the patchy record J.C. Staff has on adaptations I will pray for the best that the original story won’t be terrible.
Positively speaking, it’s good to see them focus on other aspects of the Academy City in this current arc, like the people who fail to achieve ESP powers despite running through the “curriculum”. It’s been mentioned often that the pressure is there for students to actually gain ESP powers and seeing what happens when they can’t, gives a fresh perspective to the city and makes it less… sterile.
While it does feel odd that there’s a shantytown in the middle of the city despite it being claimed to be a totally planned city, I guess it is possible for places like that to happen in any city. Hell it would probably be strange if there wasn’t a place for the bad hats to collect together in a city of 2.3 million people.
Also, with a new arc comes new OP and ED. Level 5 -Judgelight- does give off a bit of a “Gundam” feel like someone pointed out, especially with the action-packed spoiler OP animation (Damn, Mikoto and Kuroko look fucking cool here), but it’s not a bad song. Not as catchy as only my railgun, but a good song nonetheless. Yoshino Nanjou definitely can sing, that’s for sure. Not much to say about the ED… except for the weird colored outlines style they employ in the animation. Made me thought my chroma settings got fucked up or something. Oh, and…