Railgun 24 (END)

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The damn geezer that started everything. Wonder what happened to him?

Probably the most decent adaptation J.C. Staff has done that veered in to original story territory and came out looking better than its original. Final episode of Railgun seriously didn’t disappoint, with an ample serving of action, heartwarming and awesome.

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Heheh, Kuroko double-teaming with the ojou-sama.

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Reminded me of GTO a bit here.

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Mikoto’s Crowning Moment of Awesome #1 of this episode; combi-Railgun attack with Kuroko. Obviously her range is limited to 50m due to her usage of coins. Beatrice Telestina should’ve figured that out from common sense. Extra PWN points for reusing her own mecha’s weapon back at her. Also I’m glad the action scenes in the second OP were used, albeit with different backgrounds.

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Of course, like any good final boss, there is always a Round 2 before it ends.

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Fuck yeah, Saten-san!

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Mikoto’s Crowning Moment of Awesome #2.

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And finally, Kiyama gets her wish fulfilled. Still, those kids are brutally honest.

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And happy endings all around. めでたし、めでたし~~

A great episode to cap things off, I loved how the OP’s were used as insert songs at both of Mikoto’s showdown moments with Beatrice Telestina. There are some great, albeit slighly cheesy, lines in the episode that I really liked, such as Kiyama’s “A teacher can’t give up on her students!” and generally Mikoto’s lines to Telestina. Quite hard to see those nowadays, for me.

The ending generally wrapped up the Level Upper arc nicely, with original storyline appended to the anime actually feeling like part of the story rather than some tacky add-on. Sure, there’s a few loose ends around, but those are really inconsequential in the big picture. Besides, it does give them some threads to resume in Railgun S2, should they need to fill up time in case the Sisters Arc can’t fully fill up a two-cour run.

Looks like no future project announcements at the end here, some people apparently were expecting Index S2 announcement. I guess they still haven’t finalized stuff for that yet. Next season, J.C. Staff is to be occupied with Kaichou wa Maid-sama and Uragiri-something until Fall. Looks like they’re changing their target to shoujo for now. Well, hopefully Railgun manga will wrap up the Sisters arc in time for Railgun S2 in Fall, but we’ll see. Index S2 is also a safe bet for Fall, but there might also be Shana S3 somewhere along the lines.

Overall though, I did enjoyed watching Railgun, despite some slower, character building moments at the beginning of the series and the middle after the Level Upper arc finished. Some of those actually led somewhere at the arc conclusion, and those that didn’t gave the world of Railgun a lot more character to it. I mean, who didn’t like the episode where Uiharu went Limits Off or the one where the dorm supervisor had a crush. Coupled with some really nice action scenes and dialogue, not to mention two extremely memorable OP’s by fripside, Railgun anime is definitely a keeper for me.

Liked: Yes (7 out of 10)
Rewatch: When the Blu-Rays finish coming out.

20 Comments

  1. T.K. Said,

    March 20, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

    Truly a nice show. I was one of ’em who was waiting for an announcement, but no dice. Now for the painful wait for Index S2

  2. Dude Said,

    March 20, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

    Belt-feeding Kuroko is another CMOA

  3. KINGRPG Said,

    March 21, 2010 @ 12:13 am

    I like that you think. Thank you for share very much.

  4. Cho_Hakkai Said,

    March 21, 2010 @ 12:44 am

    That is one of the good show I enjoy for now as there are very few nice show to watch for me.

  5. TJ Said,

    March 21, 2010 @ 1:48 am

    In the end of the chase scene, Kuroko could have easily teleported the tip of the claw into Telestina’s mech to destroy it, but alas this is Mikoto’s show.

    Entertaining finish, but series was pretty average.

  6. disappointing Said,

    March 21, 2010 @ 2:05 am

    Heartwarming? Awesome? Wow, your standards are much lower than mine. This was cheesy, incoherent nonsense. Even calling it “average” is being way too kind. They didn’t what to do, so they pulled out all the stops and used every lame plot device in the book to give us an excuse for an convoluted chase scene and lame Dragonball Z antics. I wasn’t expecting it to be anywhere near this bad, because there are so many other shows that looked like they would be worse this season. They really dropped the ball.

  7. DL Said,

    March 21, 2010 @ 3:06 am

    That woman was damn annoying. That laughter and way overplayed facial disortions made it pain to watch.

    This whole arch was not in manga, but i guess it was in books?

    They should have done Accelerator story instead, that would have been a lot better.

  8. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 21, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

    @Dude: Oh yeah, that was kinda cool, but not really that awesome.

    @TJ: Out of range maybe? Kuroko’s teleport ability has a limit. Still, the combi-attack was pretty awesome.

    @disappointing: Maybe your standards are a bit too high. For a mainstream, “otaku-targeted” show, this is pretty good in my book.

    @DL: AFAIK, it’s an original arc created for the anime to continue from the Level Upper arc. Manga is currently on Sisters arc.

  9. anon Said,

    March 22, 2010 @ 1:11 am

    I lol’ed when I heard Biribiri say “Zenryoku Zenkai!”

  10. Sacchi Said,

    March 22, 2010 @ 3:39 am

    The first half of the anime was awesome, although the second half felt a bit inferior. Still, a great anime without a doubt.

  11. Nosgoroth Said,

    March 22, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

    @kurogane: I have to agree with @disappointing, I’m afraid. Railgun range of 50m (what!?) and DBZ-style railgun collision were absurd to the point of breaking suspension of disbelief; they didn’t even try with the technobabble First Sample thing, I felt really disconnected during the final showdown in the laboratory; the chase was cheesy as hell, particularly the mecha; the drama between Uiharu and Kuroko (idiot ball much?) felt fake…

    Even if you say it’s an “otaku-targeted” show, there is an abysmal difference between the Level Upper arc and this series finale.

    I’m calling personal discontinuity on the second half of the show.

  12. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 22, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

    50m range sounds logical considering she’s shooting coins. With the amount of energy and heat that is generated, it’s more likely the projectile melted within the range rather than it just being a random limit. Admitedly the final showdown at the lab was a bit terrible with the railgun becoming a laser.

    I didn’t really care about the whole “First Sample” thing, since it’s clearly a deus ex machina from the start. I wouldn’t have survived Index if I paid too much attention to that shit.

    In any case, the whole point of this “extra” arc was to bring a better closure to Kiyama’s tragic past. The rest of it, such as the First Sample technobabble, Haruue (quite useless character actually), Poltergeist, etc was just fluff to get some action scenes out. I rather take that over cutting off the show halfway in an original manga arc or do some random half-assed ending.

    In my opinion, having the show end like this is good enough for now. It’s not perfect, eh, but it’s better than it being mediocre.

  13. Nosgoroth Said,

    March 22, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

    Oh, I do have to say that Kiyama’s part in all of this WAS good. Particularly the scenes when the children wake up. And Haruue’s too.

  14. Nosgoroth Said,

    March 22, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

    I can’t find any hard data on ranges, but considering she is firing at over 1,000 m/s (Railgun ep1) a medium/big coin (5g? 10g?) the range should be well over 50m. Wiki on a 20 year old railgun prototype from MIT:

    “(…) projectile with a mass of 0.7 g and achieved speeds of 3,000 m/s, and with a mass of 1.1 g reached speeds of 2,400 m/s”

    Again, no data on range, but range is one of the points of railguns. At that speed, anything under half a mile sounds suspect to me.

    …I took this a bit too seriously :(

  15. Ketsuekiame Said,

    March 23, 2010 @ 6:52 am

    I believe she’s called “Railgun” for the method used to fire the projectile, not for the actual velocity/force she can produce.

    From wikipedia, description of a railgun: “A railgun is an entirely electrical gun that accelerates a conductive projectile along a pair of metal rails using the same principles as the homopolar motor. Railguns use two sliding or rolling contacts[1] that permit a large electric current to pass through the projectile. This current interacts with the strong magnetic fields generated by the rails and this accelerates the projectile.”

    Please note, “Accelerates a conductive projectile” (metal coin) and the entire of the second half which is effectively how she “fires” the coin (by manipulating magentic fields and passing a huge current)

    Some of us like to put effort into things like this :)

  16. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    March 23, 2010 @ 7:54 am

    If you ask me, the way she does her Railgun attack already disqualifies her as a railgun. There’s no metal rails for one. It’s more like supercharged coin flick.

    Again, I might be totally incorrect about the ranges, but just going by common sense and all, see.

    But I digress, arguing about physics in a show where ESP and magic coexist as opposing forces is probably going to be as useful as scooping water out of the sea. As long as it’s sufficiently believable/cool, I’m fine with it!

  17. Monic Said,

    March 23, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

    I really enjoyed this series even the slow character building moments. This whole finale had non-stop action and fun from beginning to end there was no part of it I didn’t love. You can count me in the easy to please department because I bought everything this show (particularly this episode) sold.

    I love Mikoto and co. going all kick ass and everyone contributed, Even Saten played her role here. Also loved the way they resolved Kiyama’s arc. It gave her the resolution I’ve wanted but the manga never gave her. In the end this show was all about characters and character dynamics and that’s one of the things I really loved about it.

  18. Epi Said,

    March 23, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

    Unlike most of the commenters here, this was one of my favorite shows of the past 2 seasons, and I’m sad to see it end. Need my BiriBiri fill now!

    I think people shouldn’t think too hard about the ‘physics’ behind it all and just have fun. The real fun of this show was the Yuri adventures which even with the lack of any actually good fanservice managed to be pretty awesome.

  19. Man0warr Said,

    March 23, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

    JC Staff has a new novel adaption coming out too:

    Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakama-tachi

    Comedy/Romance, etc, 3 leads played by Miyu Irino, Kanae Itou, Shizuka Itou

  20. Blacksun88 Said,

    March 27, 2010 @ 12:47 am

    cant wait to watch this series!! look really awesome

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