Final thoughts on "To Aru Kagaku no Railgun"

When I first heard of this after the last episode of Index in 2008, I wasn’t sure what to think of it as Index was boring, but the two girls that appeared in the openings (Saten and Uiharu) made me wonder why they appear there, talking to Kuroko, despite not appearing in that anime.

Fast forward to October 2009, it’s spin-off anime, Railgun, started. I wasn’t expecting anything other than somewhat parts of Index to appear. I liked the opening and ending: quite catchy and upbeat. As time passed, and with reference to the Railgun manga, I realized that any reference to Index is very minimal as events from Index involving Misaka and Kuroko never appeared. Even Touma is treated like a one-off character. I wished they do that instead of the pointless filters.

Speaking of filters, things start to go downhill after a few episodes and are forgettable. Episode 13 (modeling agency) was very boring, episode 19 (midsummer festival) seemed like they tried to squeeze everyone in, the pace was too fast, and the character design (Kongou Mitsuko and Uiharu especially) in this episode is glaringly obvious that it looks awful. Since these long filters, there has been nothing exciting until episode 23, the second last episode. The mini-arc involving Konori Mii was interesting. The opening and ending theme for most of the second half of the season was not as upbeat as the first half. I don’t know why both Index and Railgun takes place only in a particular summer vacation, which also means that, except for (an episode worth of) a flashback, we never see the characters in their winter uniform, which looks better than the summer ones.

Overall, it had a good start, but things went downhill. Less than half of its total episodes were something to look forward to. As Railgun episode 13 was around when the 2010 Winter anime (Durarara, BakaTest, etc.) began, I wasn’t really looking forward to keep watching Railgun since then. Maybe it’s best to stick to its manga or light novel. I’ve only read up to volume 3 of the manga. (Can’t seem to buy volume 4 or latter: it’s either sold out or require a mode of payment I can’t use)

ALL HAIL THE GREAT ONEE-SAMA!!!

Final thoughts on "To Aru Kagaku no Railgun"

When I first heard of this after the last episode of Index in 2008, I wasn’t sure what to think of it as Index was boring, but the two girls that appeared in the openings (Saten and Uiharu) made me wonder why they appear there, talking to Kuroko, despite not appearing in that anime.

Fast forward to October 2009, it’s spin-off anime, Railgun, started. I wasn’t expecting anything other than somewhat parts of Index to appear. I liked the opening and ending: quite catchy and upbeat. As time passed, and with reference to the Railgun manga, I realized that any reference to Index is very minimal as events from Index involving Misaka and Kuroko never appeared. Even Touma is treated like a one-off character. I wished they do that instead of the pointless filters.

Speaking of filters, things start to go downhill after a few episodes and are forgettable. Episode 13 (modeling agency) was very boring, episode 19 (midsummer festival) seemed like they tried to squeeze everyone in, the pace was too fast, and the character design (Kongou Mitsuko and Uiharu especially) in this episode is glaringly obvious that it looks awful. Since these long filters, there has been nothing exciting until episode 23, the second last episode. The mini-arc involving Konori Mii was interesting. The opening and ending theme for most of the second half of the season was not as upbeat as the first half. I don’t know why both Index and Railgun takes place only in a particular summer vacation, which also means that, except for (an episode worth of) a flashback, we never see the characters in their winter uniform, which looks better than the summer ones.

Overall, it had a good start, but things went downhill. Less than half of its total episodes were something to look forward to. As Railgun episode 13 was around when the 2010 Winter anime (Durarara, BakaTest, etc.) began, I wasn’t really looking forward to keep watching Railgun since then. Maybe it’s best to stick to its manga or light novel. I’ve only read up to volume 3 of the manga. (Can’t seem to buy volume 4 or latter: it’s either sold out or require a mode of payment I can’t use)

ALL HAIL THE GREAT ONEE-SAMA!!!

Background Characters

Background characters. Though we might be more focused on the more important characters that is the main focus, have you ever wondered why do they look better than the main characters?

To begin with, the design of the main characters are design the earliest. Usually, far earlier than the anime series. So, the background characters are drawn later.

Sometimes, the main character might not be the main focus and most likely not given a name. If they even say anything, it would appear with names like “Girl A” in the credits.

Of course, without these background characters, it would look out of place. There would either be silhouettes (Bakatest), or even completely void of them (Bakemonogatari). Sometimes, they are included, but are not animated (K-on) or very little (Railgun).


Unfortunately, in images like these, there are errors
Take this screenshot for example: in the left image, there are details included like the posters or the duty roster next to the chalkboard, but that girl closest to the teacher on the right is wearing a blue tie instead of a red ribbon. In the right image, the second and third girl from the left have the body proportions out of place: their head is smaller than the body! Of course, the right image is displayed quickly.

Of course, the background characters has to match with the style used for most of the characters, but sometimes, they would just use the same face, but with different hairstyle, outfits, and body language.

There are those where the background characters look a lot better than primary and secondary characters.

There are those that add to the realism of having a background character reacting to what secondary characters are doing to them, even if it does not have any actual outcome. Here, a girl (in uniform) is forced out of her seat by Harima Mika (wearing white). She is forced to move to the empty seat behind the main character (Mikado). This all happens while the main character is narrating about Seiji (guy next to Mika) who finally turned up in school and switches focus to Sunohara Eri who is looking at Harima and Seiji and is seated at the front left.

It’s sad that these background characters that look a lot better than the main characters don’t appear much and won’t be remembered as they appeared for only a while.

Oh, and one last thing. Can you guess who this is?

Background Characters

Background characters. Though we might be more focused on the more important characters that is the main focus, have you ever wondered why do they look better than the main characters?

To begin with, the design of the main characters are design the earliest. Usually, far earlier than the anime series. So, the background characters are drawn later.

Sometimes, the main character might not be the main focus and most likely not given a name. If they even say anything, it would appear with names like “Girl A” in the credits.

Of course, without these background characters, it would look out of place. There would either be silhouettes (Bakatest), or even completely void of them (Bakemonogatari). Sometimes, they are included, but are not animated (K-on) or very little (Railgun).


Unfortunately, in images like these, there are errors
Take this screenshot for example: in the left image, there are details included like the posters or the duty roster next to the chalkboard, but that girl closest to the teacher on the right is wearing a blue tie instead of a red ribbon. In the right image, the second and third girl from the left have the body proportions out of place: their head is smaller than the body! Of course, the right image is displayed quickly.

Of course, the background characters has to match with the style used for most of the characters, but sometimes, they would just use the same face, but with different hairstyle, outfits, and body language.

There are those where the background characters look a lot better than primary and secondary characters.

There are those that add to the realism of having a background character reacting to what secondary characters are doing to them, even if it does not have any actual outcome. Here, a girl (in uniform) is forced out of her seat by Harima Mika (wearing white). She is forced to move to the empty seat behind the main character (Mikado). This all happens while the main character is narrating about Seiji (guy next to Mika) who finally turned up in school and switches focus to Sunohara Eri who is looking at Harima and Seiji and is seated at the front left.

It’s sad that these background characters that look a lot better than the main characters don’t appear much and won’t be remembered as they appeared for only a while.

Oh, and one last thing. Can you guess who this is?

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun 13


The weather is so hot that I can’t eat outdoors~


Misaka-senpai, Kuruko-san, would you help us to be models?


Uiharu and Saten was invited along. They are amazed at how nice the building is.


Kuroko: Kongo Mitsuko, Konori-senpai, what are you two doing here? And you, did you know that Tokiwadai students are supposed to wear the uniform even on days off?
Mitsuko: Today I’m not a Tokiwadai student. I’m a model with a large audience ever since I was a child.


Kuroko: By “audience”, you mean the people at your household?


Lady in the foreground: Okay, pick a swimsuit you like, and, when you girls are ready, let me know.


Lady from earlier: This virtual-reality room is the most advanced in the academic city: you could actually feel what you see. It’s currently not switched on though.


WOW!


Now what?


Now this is the extreme opposite of what we had earlier.


Mikoto: Wow, what a nice view. Look, that’s… the earth? Wait, we’re on the moon surface?!


What is that large rectangular black thing over there?


Lady: Oh, sorry. There were technical problems with the machine. While it’s being fixed, have a meal. The ingredients are over there.


Wow! Nice curry!


Touma: Biribiri, what are you doing?

I won’t be applying the style used for Durarara!! here due to different interests towards anime. On top of that, this episode of Railgun is one of the most boring filter episode I’ve seen for quite a while. Even how I covered K-On! is different. I currently have no plans to do the BD/DVD-only episode 14, but it is possible in the future. Just that I would do it some time after everyone else has written their reviews of it.

Not sure about other anime, but this series has the longest (ビキニは目線が上下に分かれますけどワンピースは身体のラインが出ますから細い方しか似合わないんですよ; episode 13) and the shortest (声; episode 21) episode titles I’ve ever seen.

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun 10


Hnn…..


Are you sure this is working?


What? It actually worked! Just like magic!


Hey, Ruiko! That “Level Upper” actually worked!


Ruiko?


What the heck is this?


Uiharu: Transfer Complete
Kuroko: Is this music file the “Level Upper” everyone is talking about? It’s hard to believe that it’s just audio.


Uwaa!!!


Jeez!


Hey, you’re annoying.


Give me a break…


Uiharu: Wow, look at all the injuries.


Uiharu: Don’t worry, besides the two of us, Misaka-san would be the only ones who would see you like this.


Kuroko: I… DON’T… WANT… ONEE-SAMA… TO… SEE… ME… LIKE… THIS…


Mikoto: Hey! Do you guys want anything?
Kuroko: Crap!


Oh, hi there, onee-sama! Good day!


Phew…


Uiharu: You have the Tree Diagram supercomputer to solve this case?
Kiyama: Yeah, come here if you like to.


Hey! What happened?


That’s what happened to my friend. I’m scared of the same thing happening to me any time now.


Don’t say such weird things. Look, I’m coming over.


Saten-san…


You two! Could you come over here?


Mikoto: A real-life Gekota!


Um, you’re mistaken.


These are the brainwaves of all the Level Upper victims and we noticed that the patterns have a common pattern.


That’s a lot…


Kiyama: I see. That’s what happened to your friend.


Kiyama: I’m going to get some coffee to calm you down.


Hm? What’s that?


Based on all the info the professor gave us, we’ve found someone who matches the common brainwave the most.


This, and this, this too. They are all…


You shouldn’t be looking through people’s things you know.


Kiyama Harumi?!


By the way, what’s with the flowers on your head?


What you had seen me doing is just a small part of what is to come.


Onee-sama! Wait! It’s too dangerous to go there.


ALL HAIL THE GREAT MIKOTO ONEE-SAMA!


Hey, what did you make me say that for?