A Certain Scientific Railgun #EX — I Hate This Bloody Show

October 27th, 2010


I figure that I may as well come clean.

Also, I figure that after 24 episodes and a DVD special, I should put the final stamp on this ignomious pile of drek.


I’m glad they’re not bucking any trends here! I’d hate to see the show maintain even an ounce of the semi-entertainment from the DVD special. Animation’s too expensive! Just throw together some old closeups of talking heads on a new background and call it a day. It’s right back to random panovers, exposition everywhere, 5 minutes of content stretched out to fill 30 minutes and my personal favorite, retconning! Seriously. The one kind of cool part of this episode was around 20 minutes in when Misaka starts losing it and jarringly jumps from scene to scene. That actually almost felt like there was something more menacing going on than "some person is carrying around a magic box." But no. They decided to go out by making the joke that that whole portion just being Kuroko stalking Misaka and actually had nothing to do with what they spent the better part of five minutes explaining not moments ago. Thanks.

Anyway. The episode was Misaka sensing someone watching her, which turns out to be her electrical senstivity interacting badly with some corrupt Anti-Skill woman’s random magic science box that she’s carrying around. Of course, it takes the 20 minutes to even get to that part because they need to go take a bath first, have a montage of walking around town, maybe a few long drifting shots of the sky, listen to Saten’s whacked-out urban legends, talk about taiyaki… you know… important things. And then, the exposition of what was happening. God. Way to put Index to shame. They literally showed characters sleeping through it. The mind boggles.

Oh yeah, and apparently Misaka can fly now. Either that, or she has a steel plate in her head that she’s magnetically charging against stone. It wouldn’t surprise me though, since she attacked a grenade with electricity. What were you expecting to happen, you halfwit? At least the OP now makes absolutely no overtures about this being anything more than cheap pandering anymore.

Aaaaaaaaah. That was cathartic.

Posted in Railgun | 10 Comments »

10 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Nazarielle says:

    At least you’ve finally made it past the denial stage :p

  • Vegetarian4Life says:

    The opening looks nice!

  • Hentai_Jp says:

    You know that opening just explained it all…


    It wants to be K-ON!, yet it fails miserably (where K-ON! actually succeeds).

  • redlupine says:

    what is up with all the blushing in the opening?

    The Railgun manga is one of my favorite manga I’m following now, but they turned the anime into… this *sigh*

  • ubu roi says:

    WTF? Academy city is supposed to be 20-30 years ahead of everything else, and yet they’re still using super-8mm cameras? That funky film splicer that Misaka is using in the opening scene? I used to have one of those.

    Anyway, this wasn’t the Sisters’ Arc, so FAIL.

  • TJ says:

    They chucked a bit of everything in there… wasn’t the worst Railgun episode ever, but certainly wasn’t the best either.

  • Celestial says:

    biribiri is better than index cuz saten’s iphone

    and random ipad in every anime now

  • DP says:

    Fun episode, decent plot, and well worth watching.