A Certain Disregard for The Science of Railguns #24 — Matryoshka Mech

March 19th, 2010


Mechs inside mechs inside mechs!


Essentially everything I said about last week’s episode also applies here, along with a healthy dollop of complaints from the last arc conclusion episode. Approximately 8 minutes of this episode has the two OPs as insert songs playing in the background. Ugh. Although, I have to admit, the corniness of these last two episodes has definitely been the highlight of Railgun. There’s nothing like seeing a 120 pound girl be hit with a few tons of steel claw, then detonate it in front of her face and come out of it with a few scuff marks. The entire MAR team going rogue still makes no sense, the plot is being shoehorned in out of nowhere literally moments before the villain bites it, and Telestina riding around in a mech inside of a mech is pure hilarity. If she comes back, I hope she makes it four nesting mechs deep.

That said, at least the first half was really pretty good, if rather nonsensical. Kongo stole the show when she pitched a SWAT van through two helicopters though. After that, Misaka riding around on a car was just lame. I don’t even want to talk about the SUPER RAILGUN or the fact that after taking Telestina out, they just assumed she was done for. The second half was back to the usual Index/Railgun standards though. About five minutes of villain exposition followed by Saten putting her bat through a monitor (apparently Skill-Out’s control is tied into… a monitor… also, it hurts espers now too) and the corniest rail gun vs rail gun final shot with the original OP playing. Bullets are not beams, dammit. I don’t demand much scientific plausibility from this show, but come on here. Shouting does not make a bullet bigger.

Final thoughts at the bottom.

Final Thoughts:

Once I gave in to mocking Railgun relatively mercilessly, this became much more entertaining to cover, and I blame all of you for egging me on. Okay, perhaps I also blame the complete lack of weekend shows too.

Despite the last two entertaining episodes though (and not usually for the right reasons), this still really is barely maybe an average show and really has just made me appreciate Index all the more. Direct comparisons are unavoidable… so I won’t avoid them. This was plodding, needlessly melodramatic about the strangest things, and perhaps its greatest strength, corny through its big dramatic moments. Arc for arc, the two shows had about the same number of protagonist morality speeches and the same amount of exposition. One show just finished arcs in 3-4 episodes while the other took 12 and spaced them out side stories about throwaway characters that had barely three minutes of screen time before their dedicated episode and even less than that afterwards. If any of the character development had lead somewhere, it’d be a different story. When drugging up your friends, putting them and yourself in a coma, and almost getting yourself killed just leads to a "friends are important… yup!" speech… no. Just… no.

It could have been so much better… It really should have. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. The best episodes of this show were when they remembered that this series is about people with powers using them. Instead, the ostensibly main characters were typically shoved off into the corner and only brought out to wrap up arcs. It’s somewhat funny how the titular characters are very trivialized in both Index and Railgun. It worked in Index because there were so many more interesting characters to focus on. The same can’t be said for Railgun.

So… if you’re still on the fence about this, I would suggest drinking heavily before you try to watch it, and even then, there’s not too much worth watching outside of the last couple episodes to each arc…. which comes out to about four episodes. Basically, this was a show that had about 8 episodes worth of content stretched out to 24, and it shows… painfully. Here’s to hoping that Touma’s inevitible return will make it all better. I miss you, Touma. Come back to me.

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25 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • GreyDuck says:

    Everybody misses Touma. In fact, given his memory loss, even Touma misses Touma.

  • Lero says:

    Touma: Don’t worry Aroduc, I’ll destroy that illusion for you.

  • longhaul says:

    I heard you like mechs so I put a mech in your mech so you can drive a mech while you are driving your mech…

    Honestly my biggest complaint with railgun so far came from the previous episode, the way they handled Mikoto wanting to handle things herself and being guilted about not letting the friends help, knowing what happens in the railgun manga.

  • qweq says:

    metroid mode!

  • worm says:

    Excellent episode.

  • mike says:

    I felt like I was watching Nanoha StS.

  • If they had done this arc starting with ep 15, and then finished the series with the Sisters arc, this would have been sterling.

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh, let me count the ways this could have been better…

    Kakine: LEVEL 6 IS MINE, BITCH!
    Accelerator: LEVEL 6 IS MINE, BITCH!
    Aleister Crowley: HOUNDS, clean up the mess in my keikaku.

  • Nazarielle says:

    Oh so the ojou-sama with the fan actually got to use her powers? What are they anyway?

    • Aroduc says:

      “Aero-hand”. She can make things fly into the air.

      However little sense that makes.

      • When Kongou touches something and uses her power, what amounts to an invisible high-power rocket engine appears at that point which is under Kongou’s control. She touched a truck like that and was able to steer it into two helicopters and shoot them down.

  • Yue says:


  • skurai says:

    Purple Mechas… what will they think of next

  • The beam-o-war at the end was idiotic. The right way for that situation to be handled was for Kuroko to kill Telestina by putting one or more spikes into Telestina’s brain and/or heart.

    • Yue says:

      That’s so heartless… XD

      Anyways, that might happen if Kuroko has Kenshiro’s conscience. [imagines her at level5]

    • redlupine says:

      aim for her head, because she doesn’t have a heart

      *reference cookie for grabs*

  • TJ says:

    Yeah, the episode made no sense, but at least there was enough stuff being blown up to make it entertaining.

    And Kongo killing two helicopters with a van was awesome. She just one-upped John McClane.

  • Will of the Wisps says:

    Anyone reminded of Front Mission 3 (the 1st chapter) where the protagonists deploys mechas from trailer trucks? It didn’t help that Railgun’s mecha looks kind of like Titans from Tiberium Sun.

  • ark noir says:

    My lasting impression of index will always be kuroko walking into a hospital, shows her armband saying she’s from judgment and asked about a patient and the doctors then turn over confidential information let alone this info to a little girl not long out of grade school.

    kudos to the front mission 3 comment.

    a mech inside a mech?? headmasters and target masters anyone?

  • Hyosuke says:

    While this did nothing to overcome the series shortcomings, it was still a great episode. Too bad this was one of only a few that were great. Well I suspect we’ll hear sooner or later about a second season for Index and then maybe they’ll go back to Railgun…eh… who knows..

    • Yue says:

      I agree. Hopefully, JCStaff will improve more in the *directing* department and not make us feel…

      “WHAT HECK HAPPENED!?” “WHERE’s THE PLOT!?” “WHY DOES ACCELERATOR LOOKS BADASS(and a lolicon at the same time)!?”

  • Anonymous says:

    No ITEM. No Frenda. No Railgun vs. Meltdowner.

    Goddamit JCStaff. Are you trying to steal Studio DEEN’s thunder?

  • Lero says:

    OMFG!!! Deen ver. 2.0??