Toaru Kagaku no Railgun – review

March 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm 6 comments

“I’m surprised this sh!t was so popular. Actually, I’m not.”

An anime series with only female characters? How could they screw it up?!

FINALLY. Railgun’s finished, so it no longer will take up precious bandwith! And what a journey it’s been: 24 episodes, mostly of filler substance, and some development here are there.

Face contourship win.

If you’ve been living in a hole for the past few months, Railgun is actually a sidestory to the even more popular and much more decent Toaru Majutsu no Index. It follows the character Misaka, one of the 10 level 5 espers in Academy City, an imaginary city where students rule and play with awesome powers. Her friends also get significant screen time: the crazy Kuroko, the pathetic Uiharu and the playful Saten.

Misaka clearly is the Batman

I’m not going to say that Railgun was totally bad. It had some VERY funny moments, most of which surrounded Kuroko’s almost obsessive ‘love’ for Misaka, her ‘onee-sama’. It also had some very good pointers and references to Index. In fact, I’ll tell you now: if you haven’t watched Index and you actually want to watch Railgun, you might just want to take a look at the sidestory’s parent.

It's the ribbons

The music isn’t too flashy. Besides the catchy OPs, the musical experience was largely forgetable. On the other hand, most of the voices were done pretty well, especially Shirai’s. In fact, I’m pretty sure Shirai would be the most popular character of the entire sidestory. Her personality is nailed fantastically. Toyosaki Aki does a solid job of Uiharu and the teachers that appear in Railgun are an amusing bunch.


Animation overall has been handled well. There are some instances of 3D work, but those are largely forgetable. The animators however have done a fantastic job of giving life to Misaka’s electrical powers. They’re fantastic to watch. However, ironically fights aren’t very exciting when you compare them to Darker Than Black S1 and even Katanagatari. I think the key in making fantastic fight scenes is nailing their duration, besides the obvious choreography, and it isn’t quite as well done in Railgun.

Never trust nerds with guns.

Character design is horrible. The characters never really change, and if they do, it’s so sudden that you’re left wondering what the hell happened. They’re also pretty generic, so if you’re looking for depth, GOOD LUCK.

Stop staring at me Uiharu. I hate you.

I won’t recommend Railgun to anyone who hasn’t watched Index, hands down. The story is disjointed and pathetic, and the filler material isn’t quite as funny as it should to maintain solid interest. Heck, even the ‘supposed’ fanservice episode was mediocre, and how hard can it be to give hungry adolescent males their dose of skin and bewbies. Index was a far better series and unlike Railgun, deserves a solid season 2 to finish off what it left behind.

Animation – 8/10

Sound – 8/10

Story -5.5/10

Characters – 6.5/10

Enjoyment -6.5/10

Overall – 6.9/10




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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Baka!  |  March 22, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    My favourite game when watching this series was “Spot the Index.” She appeared what…..3 times throughout the series? Touma appeared slightly more.

  • 2. The Ninja  |  March 22, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    You’re too generous with your scores…needs more application of a railgun =P

  • 3. Baka!  |  March 23, 2010 at 11:12 am

    tbh it was quite a boring series. Project Index was sooooo much better.

  • 4. Fabrice  |  March 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    The ending was simply meh,
    they wasted a lot of epsiodes in the series..
    plus i was hoping for more misaka x touma =/

  • 5. ippius  |  March 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    i think most ppl were. i kno i was.

  • 6. Reltair  |  March 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Railgun was just mostly randomness with a set cast of characters. It was a decent diversion for me with adequate amounts of entertainment.


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