Well, it was really unfortunate week last week, when the server went down for almost the whole day. On the bright side, it looks like things are pretty stable, since I can continue covering the Railgun simulcast. Today, I will be reviewing A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 14.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
While Misaka is still out and about, Touma, who just learned about the experiments, visits Tokiwadai's off-campus dorms, to find out if Misaka was aware of the situation.
When he learns about the details, he then heads off to deal with things, not knowing that Misaka has something else in mind.
I kind of liked this episode. I am certainly pleased that Kuroko was not as annoying as she was back in episode 3. Then again, she has not really gotten on my nerves lately, which is certainly a good thing. I also enjoyed a bit of a laugh from seeing her in this episode. When Touma came into Kuroko and Misaka's room, Kuroko tried teleporting him out, when she noticed that checks were being run, and she found out that her powers did not work on him. Because of all of the times Saten is bringing up urban legends, I thought that she would be able to put two and two together. After all, she did go crazy about the fact that Misaka met the supposed stripping woman in the first season, though Saten and Uiharu did give her idea that Misaka might start stripping in public herself because of that meeting. Just that thought alone kind of made it funny when she found out that she could not teleport Touma out. Not only was it funny here, but when I decided to rewatch a few episodes of the Magical Index version of this arc, it was funnier than what had happened in Magical Index. Another thing that I found funny was that she wanted Touma to do something. With her crush on Misaka, I thought that she would have done something herself, but seeing as she did not take part in the events that brought the Level 6 Shift project to an end in either the manga or the anime version of A Certain Magical Index, as far as I can remember how it ends, I doubt that the people behind the anime would suddenly decide to have her involved here, considering how faithful the anime has been to the Railgun manga so far. Kuroko was not the only one that provided some enjoyment. Apparently, Touma, whom I normally hate to see, actually seemed to be a much better character here than in his own series. When he realized what Misaka planned to do, he got her to accept a different solution than her own, which seemed pretty stupid in Magical Index anime, because we did not get to experience the things that Misaka did in this series. Her thinking was that her death would mean something if thousands of people got to continue on living. Unfortunately, things are not always like that. In fact, terrorist attacks on countries do not cease just because a leader has been killed or captured. I also seemed to like the feel of things here, much more so than what was shown in the Magical Index anime. In A Certain Magical Index, which I had to watch about four episodes, which is all but one episode of the arc, to catch up to where this episode ended, in order to be able to compare things, I just could not really feel anything, especially when Touma talked with Misaka. I could not feel for her and I could not really understand why he would get involved. Of course, I do not think that I could understand why Touma would get involved in the Railgun manga either. Here, seeing what Misaka had to deal with, and the fact that we saw things from the perspectives of both Misaka and Touma in the previous episode, I certainly understand Misaka's feelings. Because of this fact, I have no doubt that this is the best version of the Sisters Arc. If Magical Index was handled like this, I would probably like it more. The fact that the Kuroko finding out that her powers do not work on Touma was funnier here than in Magical Index, as well as the fact that I could feel much more from the scenes here than in the Magical Index version of those same scenes, did make this pretty enjoyable.
Although I liked the episode, there are certainly some issues. However, since the only that comes to mind is that we are mostly following my least favorite character, who ended up being decent this episode, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that things are going so well and that I seem to feel more from the scenes as they are presented here than they were in Magical Index, 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 14? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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