Anime Review: A Certain Scientific Railgun S Episode 13

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Well, this stinks. After being able to cover the Railgun simulcast consistently each week, I ended up waiting for the latest episode to be available, since FUNimation's site kept reporting it as EVS members only or unavailable, even though they had a link for free streaming, and by the time I found out that Hulu, whom I do not like anymore, had it, there was no way to cover it that day.

On the bright side, I am not a week behind in this series. Today, I will be reviewing A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 13.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

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After finding out about the destruction of Tree Diagram, Misaka goes into a blind rage and starts wreaking havoc at yet another facility.

Meanwhile, after getting out of the store, Touma finds that the Misaka clone is nowhere to be seen and is determined to find her, not knowing that he has stumbled upon a ghastly experiment that Misaka has known about for quite sometime.

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I kind of liked this episode. Seeing Misaka go on a mindless rampage was a bit fun. Yes, destroying things because of a horrible truth is not really a good thing in real life. However, I still feel a bit of sympathy for Misaka because she tried so hard to stop the Level 6 Shift project and ultimately failed, when finding out that Tree Diagram was not as important to the experiment as she thought. In her situation, people would either go berserk or just become depressed. Fortunately, Misaka went berserk. After all, one of the problems I had with the arc in A Certain Magical Index, at least in the anime, was that I just did not get why Misaka was so depressed, which I found to be really dull, when Touma found her, after finding out about the Level 6 Shift project. If she just did nothing and just stayed depressed, instead of going berserk, I probably would not have liked this episode too much, even though her depression is understandable. Like AstroNerdBoy, I also liked how things from Misaka's perspective are combined with Touma's perspective in this series. It really seems to make things much more clear, such as why Misaka is so upset by the experiments and how Touma got involved. In the manga, it seemed like Touma just appeared without any explanation, as if we were supposed to know the events from Magical Index. By including stuff from both perspectives, I think that people that only watched Railgun would not be lost when they start watching this, though the lack of explanation for Touma's memory loss, which AstroNerdBoy complained about in his review of episode 11, still has not been resolved. The best part of this episode for me though had to be Touma showing the police the place where he saw a corpse. The thing that caught my attention was that the cops told him that there was nothing suspicious on the security cameras. While lying is a possibility, which is what I would normally suspect in these kinds of situations, we know that Touma really did see something. As such, it makes me wonder who is actually behind the experiment, especially since a camera was visible in that location. Misaka could be right about Academy City itself being involved, but with Tree Diagram's destruction in Magical Index, the connection cannot really be made that easily. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else without repeating myself. The fact that having both Misaka's and Touma's perspective of the events make things much more clear than either the Railgun manga or Magical Index anime alone, as well as the fact that it seems that somebody with a lot power seems to be involved, due to the suspicious words of the police, made this a pretty enjoyable episode.

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Although I did like the episode, there are certainly some issues. However, since nothing comes to my mind, other than my frustration of why I could not access the episode on FUNimation's own site as quickly as usual, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that things are much more clear here than the either the Railgun manga and Magical Index anime, this was definitely worth watching. I only recommend this to fans of A Certain Scientific Railgun.

What are your thoughts on A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 13? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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