Anime Review: A Certain Scientific Railgun S Episode 1

April 14, 2013


It looks like it has been a while. Yes, I know have been posting about Detective Conan (Case Closed), but I am not talking about that. Back when I first got the domain name that I am using to this day, I was covering a simulcast. Seeing as how there was one series that I was interested in this year, I thought I would pick it up. Today, I will be reviewing A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 1.


After the events of the poltergeist incident, things seem to have calmed down a bit. However, Misaka Mikoto and her friends have little time to react, as new dangers lurk within Academy City.

I am not too sure about this episode. It did seem like a pretty decent start for the new season. Somewhat like the pilot of the first season, things had a peaceful feel throughout much of episode. Another nice thing that I noticed was that the antics that Kuruko is known for was not really present in this episode. For those that do not like that aspect of her character, this certainly is a bit of a relief. However, that does not mean that they will not show up, since I am not exactly certain which arc this is based on at this point in time, though MAL does state that this adapts the events of the Sisters Arc from Misaka's perspective. There were also a few scenes that were funny, but nothing really jumps out at me like what happened in Negima! volume 37. The action was also somewhat enjoyable. After all, seeing Misaka fighting is one thing that does make this series interesting. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything that I really liked. The fact that the pilot starts off decently and that there was some action from Misaka, as well as the fact that Kuroko antics are not around in this episode, does make it seem nice.

Although there are things that I liked, there are certainly some issues. First, I did not really care for what was going on in this episode. Maybe if I watched this immediately after watching the first season, I would have been more excited. Still, I just could not feel anything for the characters. The most likely cause of this is because it seems like we never really get to know our characters. Yes, this show is not really aimed at newcomers to the Railgun series, but like Inuyasha: The Final Act, it has been a few years since the first season originally aired, according to MAL. At least when I read the manga, it seemed like I got to know the characters, even though I did start right at the Sisters arc. Here, however, instead of getting to know the characters, we are immediately thrust into yet another incident. Hopefully, this does improve as the series goes on. Another thing that I did not like was that it was not obvious what arc this was supposed to come from. As I said earlier, there is a source that says that this is supposed to be the Sisters Arc, but I saw things that did not take place until around the Daihaseisai Festival Arc, such as Shokuhou Misaki confronting Misaka in the library. For something that is supposed to have the Meltdowner vs. Misaka fight, this sure is confusing. However, I think that this is because I read the manga before watching this episode. After all, Kongo Mitsuko also did not get introduced until around the Daihaseisai Festival Arc, yet she appeared in the very first episode in the last season, which I saw before reading the manga. Another thing, aside from the confusion, that results from seeing scenes from the Daihaseisai Festival Arc does is make me question how accurate this show is going to be to the manga version of the Sisters Arc. However, since Kongo was not really that active in the Level Upper arc of the first season, I think that I may be able to trust the staff behind the show to not have Misaki involved in the arc that this series is supposed to contain. Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that bugged me, especially since this is just the pilot episode. The fact that I did not feel anything for the characters and that seeing scenes that were not supposed to happen yet confused me turned an otherwise decent start into somewhat of a disappointment.

Despite the fact there were things to like, the confusion about what arc we supposed to be seeing and the fact that it did not feel anything for the characters makes this nothing more than something to kill time. I only recommend this to fans of A Certain Scientific Railgun because this show does not seem to be friendly to newcomers at this time.

What are your thoughts on A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 1? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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