Anime Review: A Certain Scientific Railgun S – 2

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Saten, look at your life. Look at your choices. 

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I get the distinct impression this run of Railgun is going to piss me off, and not just because the subs I download are unnecessarily bulky and lag by a good 40 seconds.

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The anime is starting out decidedly slow, introducing the seemingly harmless rumor of randomly placed money cards in alleys. Turns out that students have taken to walking down narrow passages in the hopes of finding free cash. And while everyone is looking for the product, a group of thugs end up finding the source: a girl from the prestigious Nagatenjouki Academy. And of course, Misaka is there for all of it and gets involved in what is bound to be a bigger, badder situation. So yeah — a slow start to a show that promises a lot of action. It’s because of that promise that I don’t really mind the normalcy of this episode. Just don’t let me down, Misaka.

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Stepping out of the confines of the story, for a second: I’m seriously starting to think over-acting is J.C. Staff’s thing. Like, it was painful in the last couple scenes with the mystery girl. Every single line delivered by the thugs was hilariously bad. And it wasn’t just them; almost every secondary character seemed to be trying too hard to sell their words. Even main characters like Ruiko are trying way too hard. What was with the whole “sniffing out” money cards? Just… no. 

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And it only becomes worse when the suspension of disbelief is gone as well. Let’s go back to that last scene with the thugs. Why exactly does nobody tie her up as they’re searching the room? And why is the gang leader’s first impulse not to turn on the lights? There was no spectacle about it — she literally just flips the light switch. And things like this are littered throughout this episode. Like how does an organization that takes the consent of a child seriously even allowed to exist in this universe? And why does Uiharu’s chopsticks just kind of float above her hand? See, I’m getting very good and nitpicking at a variety of different things — something I shouldn’t even want to do for a hit franchise such as A CERTAIN SCIENTIFIC RAILGUN.

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It was bound to happen; I didn’t see a whole lot of hype for this show. Granted, I don’t have my ear to the ground for buzz every time a new season starts, but this anime is just adding to my list of reasons why I probably should.

GO Rating: 3/5

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Ernie Capagal

Ernie Capagal

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