Anime Review: A Certain Scientific Railgun S Episode 15

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First FUNimation decides to annoy me. Now, it seems to be Hulu, though I dislike the site begin with, because they no longer tell users when they post new episodes. Crunchyroll definitely is better in that aspect.

Fortunately, I did not have to wait too long to continue on with the Railgun simulcast. Today, I will be reviewing A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 15.

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

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After convincing Misaka to not throw away her life, Touma engages Accelerator in a fight that will determine whether or not the Level 6 Shift project finally comes to an end, but things may not be as easy as it might have seemed.

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I enjoyed this episode. The fight between Touma and Accelerator was exciting. In fact, it was much more exciting than the same events that happened in the Railgun manga, though it was exciting there as well. Of course, seeing as many of the fights aired in Railgun S seemed much more exciting than their manga counterparts, I would expect no less. I also liked how Touma actually struggled through this fight. I will admit that the fight was not exactly that easy in the A Certain Magical Index anime, but it seemed like that the fight was way too easy and seeing him struggle there only made me want to see Accelerator kill him. Here, it seemed like a fight that I would expect to happen between the strongest level 5 esper and a level 0. Another thing that I liked was that since Touma seems to be a better character here than in his own series, I actually wanted him to win. That is how I wanted to feel about Touma in the Magical Index, but I just could not. Of course, that could be because I understand what Misaka had gone through in this series. Another nice thing was that I could actually feel pretty much everything this episode, from the desperation to how dangerous things were here. For example, when Misaka sees Touma about to be killed, I could actually feel that she was helpless and needed the help of the Misaka clones to turn the tide. In A Certain Magical Index, even though the fight did seem exciting, I just could not feel anything during this fight, not even in the scene where Misaka asks the clone for help. This got worse when Misaka 10032 was actually shown standing on her own feet in Magical Index, because she was supposed to have been badly beaten by Accelerator. This seems funny to me in a way. Magical Index is supposed to be the main storyline, but it does not give me the same kind of feelings that a spinoff like Railgun does. Then again, Railgun has pretty much always been more interesting to me than the Magical Index anime and I know that there are people who like Magical Index more, most of whom have access to the original novels, whereas I can only get access to the fan translated versions of the novels, since I do not know enough Japanese for it to be a second language, nor can I read Kanji, Katakana, etc. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that stood out. The fact that I actually felt like I wanted Touma to win and that his fight against Accelerator was much more exciting than both the Railgun manga and the Magical Index anime, as well as the fact that I could actually feel everything, made this a good episode.

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Although I did like the episode, there are certainly some issues. First, even though I am not particularly a fan of Touma, I wanted to actually see the whole fight through. While it was nice seeing how Misaka got to area, it seemed to interrupt the flow of the fight a bit. Seeing as how I could watch the inferior Magical Index version of this arc, however, to get that experience, I will just mark it as a minor annoyance, especially since this series has been faithful to the manga. Another thing that I did not really like was Accelerator's change in view of the clones being people too. While the flashback of Accelerator getting involved in Level Shift 6 project was shown in episode 11, I thought that it would have had a bit more impact being in this episode. As it is here, I cannot really understand Accelerator's change of heart towards clones. I think that this is because the events shown here would have made it much more interesting to learn that he was not the cold-blooded killer he was portrayed to be, which is how that flashback would have made a bigger impact in this episode. In the Railgun manga, the flashback does get shown during the fight between Touma and Accelerator, and as a result, it seems like Touma words do get through to Accelerator. However, seeing that it did not affect the excitement of this episode, I will label it a minor issue. While there is something that does make me want to watch the inferior Magical Index, I think this episode could have been made better by showing the flashback from episode 11 here, in order to create an experience that really was better than the manga.

Considering that I could feel everything and the fight between Touma and Accelerator was more exciting than both 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 15? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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