Anime Review: A Certain Scientific Railgun S Episode 16

July 28, 2013

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Well, this is certainly a surprise. I was looking around and apparently FUNimation made an episode available for free streaming on their site before Hulu got it, which is certainly an improvement, though FUNimation was nice enough last time to tell people when free streaming was available on their site. As a result, it looks like I do not need to wait to continue covering the Railgun simulcast. Today, I will be reviewing A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 16.

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

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With the fight between Touma and Accelerator coming to an end, everyone must settle into a peaceful life.

The ones that have the most adjusting to do though are the Misaka clones.

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I am not too sure about this one. I did like seeing Accelerator's thoughts, as we see him have a definite change of heart, though the most change seen of Accelerator comes after we get a real introduction to Last Order, who has yet to be officially introduced in Railgun, as far as I can tell. This makes up for the fact that I was not really able tell that Accelerator changed much in the previous episode, which was caused because Accelerator's flashback occurred in episode 11. I also liked the funny scenes present. The funniest of which is when Misaka 10032 talked about Misaka. When the two Misaka's walk by a park, some children ask if they are sisters or something because they look a like. When one of the kids tries to determine whom the elder sister was, Misaka 10032 is very blunt and says some things that get Misaka, before admitting that Misaka put her life on the line for Misaka 10032. It seems funny because this is the first time that I think somebody other than Kuroko got under Misaka's skin about the fact that she likes childish things. Yes, others have made her feel embarrassed, such as Saten and Uiharu making comments about pajamas that Misaka liked in the first season, but this was probably the worst kind of embarrassment for her not to get angry about. This is kind of understandable because I do get embarrassed myself when people bring up something that I like that would normally be associated with kids, such as my interest in anime. I guess I do have something in common with Misaka. Then again, I think that many people would have that in common, since there are things we get embarrassed about when people mention it, even if we know that it does not matter what other people think. Another thing that I thought was funny was Misaka 10032 lecturing one of the children, saying that an elder sibling should indulge their younger sibling's selfishness, and says that she is commencing brainwashing. What makes this funny is that the public schools pretty much do the same thing. Some of you will disagree, but a quote from Doris Lessing does say that it is how things are. There were other parts that were pretty funny as well, but not as much as those scenes. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that I liked. The fact that Accelerator's change of heart is more noticeable here, as well as the fact that there were a ton of funny scenes, made this episode pretty good.

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Although there were things I liked, there are certainly some issues. However, only one thing comes to my mind. This episode was not particularly exciting, or even interesting. Yes, this is the end of the Sister's arc, but like episode 3, it had more to do with the fact that my excitement waned because of having to wait a week. If I had seen this immediately after the previous episode, I probably would have said that this was a good ending to the Sisters Arc. As there is nothing that can be done about this, I will just label this as an annoyance. While my excitement may have waned from the one-week waiting period, there does not seem to be anything bad enough to hurt this episode.

Considering that there was a lot to like, 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 16? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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