Anime Review: A Certain Scientific Railgun S Episode 18

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It looks like there is more than one thing for me to be grateful about today. Of course, the one that has me excited that Railgun S has finally resumed after a one-week delay, which means I can continue on with the simulcast. Today, I will be reviewing A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 18.

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

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Banri is being discharged from the hospital and Misaka and the gang are celebrating, while Haruue moves out to be with Banri.

However, the relaxing day becomes weird when a child that Misaka and her friends met seems to know Misaka, even though this is their first meeting.

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I am not too sure about this one. With the Sisters Arc over and I do not know how long the Daihasei Festival Arc in the manga will last, I think that starting a different story arc is a good thing. After all, I do not know how important the Liberal Arts City arc is in the series, though I thought I read that some people do not think this it is canon, due to interaction between Saten and a new character featured in volume 7 of the manga. Things seemed to be pretty peaceful this episode, which was kind of nice, because I had no idea that things were starting to occur so soon, much more so than the events of the Daihasei Festival Arc, which had a more obvious hint that something was about to happen. I also liked how Misaka told Banri that she did not have to join Judgment, which she thought was the reason Uiharu was nice to her. This seems to remind me of what some people think of their lives in our society. Many people think that just because they join a church, such as the LDS church, or go to college or get their high school diploma or give in to lust, that their life will change for the better. However, in reality, none of that will change anything, because even with the help of others, it is up to us to change the direction of our own lives. If that was not true, a path to redemption for our mistakes would be pointless. With Misaka emphasizing it here, it seems to make a bit an impact on me. I also liked the incident where Kongo was being lectured about the use of her powers. To me, it seemed kind of like the gun control debate going on these days. While there are some differences, the guy that favored having antiskill handle the criminal instead of Kongo is reminiscent of how many people that want to restrict access to guns think that waiting for the police is a better option than killing an intruder when they attack you. I also found it funny that he mentioned that surveillance cameras were around. Now, it is true that cameras do help in investigations, but there are billions of people out there in the world, and with so many people resembling each other, I doubt that cameras alone would have apprehended the criminal. If anything, I get the feeling that this person hates the fact that esper powers exist, just like there are people that hate the fact that guns exist, not realizing that people have been killing each other before firearms ever existed. What was even more interesting though was the fact that there seems to also be a group who also think that espers are unnecessary. However, that pales in comparison to how a kid that just met Misaka and her friends knew Misaka. Misaka might be well-known for her infamous railgun, but judging by how the lowlifes that Misaka encounters react, I doubt anybody would know who Misaka was. For a girl that is not a clone to know who Misaka is has to have either witnessed the things Misaka did or know somebody that previously had contact with Misaka, which I am suspecting is Shinobu. Then again, that there were rumors about Misaka going around that Watanabe had to deal with, according to her thoughts and flashbacks in volume 7 of the manga, I doubt that too many people do not know Misaka by face, especially since that volume also stated that she has experience doing demos outside Academy City. Because of this fact, I should not be too surprised about somebody knowing Misaka right off the bat. Outside of that, I cannot really think about anything else that I liked. The fact that Misaka tells Banri that she does not need to join Judgment, as well as the fact that things seem to be happening quicker than how the Daihasei Festival Arc started, made this episode look pretty good.

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Although there were things that I liked about this episode, there are certainly some issues. However, only one thing seems to come to mind. The scene where both Uiharu and Haruue are crying on each other's shoulders did not really that emotional to me. Yes, they have been together for quite a long time and they have been through a lot, especially the poltergeist incident that ended the first season, and separating can be difficult, but I just could not really feel anything. I think that this is because outside of the Poltergeist Arc, I do not really think that we got see the bond that has developed between the two. True, Haruue did show up more than in the manga version of the Sisters Arc, which I hardly remember seeing her in, but I still did not see the bond that Uiharu and Haruue developed. However, in Clannad After Story, which this scene reminded me of, we get to Tomoya go from a person that did not want to have anything to do with Ushio, because of his sadness towards the death of Nagisa, to wanting to be in Ushio's life and the change was noticeable enough that I felt like crying as well when I saw Tomoya and Ushio crying together. Here, I just did not get that feeling, even though I wanted to experience those same feelings. While there was not a whole lot wrong with this episode, the fact that the crying scene felt inferior to another anime did ruin my enjoyment a bit.

Despite the fact that the crying scene was not that great, the fact that this seems to be a good start to a new arc made this worth watching. I only recommend this to fans of A Certain Scientific Railgun.

What are your thoughts on A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 18? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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