Hey everyone! Recently on “AnimeTV” I reviewed Season 1 of “To Aru Kagaku no Railgun” (A Certain Scientific Railgun). I recently finished the second season and wanted to update my thoughts on the show.
I loved the show before and it continues to deliver in season 2. This anime is very popular in Japan right now for good reason and I predict we’ll be seeing it in the US soon enough. The basic plot of the show: Misaka is a student in Academy City where the majority of the population are espers (and also students). Misaka herself is a level 5 esper, the highest level there is. Along with her friends Shirai, Uiharu, and Saten, they solve a mystery surrounding “level-uppers,” people who attempt to get higher esper powers by dangerous means. In their research, they learn about children that are considered “mistakes’ and they must figure out a way to save these children from an evil research labratory. How does this tie in with “level uppers?” Well, that’s the mystery!
OK, so the good points about this show: Season 2 is very nicely tied into Season 1. It’s not some totally new story…they basically continue from season 1 and do it while still keeping it all very interesting. Plus, for you mech fans, we actually get a few in season 2! The main reason I love this show is because it ended up being something I never thought it would be. I was expecting the typical inapporiate panty shots, stupid battles for no good reason, and that everyone’s goal was going to be to “level up” their esper powers throughout the show. But in fact, it’s not about any of those things. It’s about friendship and it’s about helping those who need it.
But the number one reason I love this show is because it is a GREAT show for girls. Railgun is almost completely filled with girl characters and every single one of them is smart, strong, brave, and doesn’t back down in a fight. There is not one single girl in this show who is wimpy and needs saving. So A+ in my book for creating a show that has action, science, technology, and is geared towards women. And most of all, I think men will like it a lot too.
And again, the villains are awesome. There’s actual REASONS to them doing the things they do. They aren’t just evil for the sake of it. And you even feel bad for them from time to time. And finally, the music is kick ass. The opening song in season 2 called “Level 5-Judgelight” by Flipside (or Fripside) and it has been stuck in my head for weeks now. The director, Tatsuyuki Nagai was a Unit Director on “Witch Hunter Robin,” another one of my favorite shows. Again, this show is a spinoff of sorts to “Toaru Majatsu no Index” and I plan on DEFINITELY watching that next.
As far as the bad goes with this anime…well, I can’t really think of any. But if you start this show hoping for lots of battles, I wouldn’t recommend it. But if you are a fan of a good storyline, then definitely check it out!
So, what are your thoughts on “To Aru Kagaku No Railgun?”