Anime Review: A Certain Scientific Railgun S Episode 20

September 1, 2013


I guess this is not really a bad day. I was not so sure if I would be able to catch the latest episode of Railgun S, but things seemed to work out. Today, I will be reviewing A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 20.

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


After the incident earlier that day, Misaka and her friends decide to relax at a bathhouse.

However, when they finish up, the girls are led a strange place, due to a lot of detour signs, something comes out to attack Misaka.

Unfortunately for Misaka, it seems that she has become involved in yet another secret of Academy City.


I have to say that I enjoyed this episode. The mystery surrounding Febri just keeps getting stranger. First, there is the fact that she seemed to know Misaka before ever meeting her. Then, STUDY's actions seem to suggest that there is something special about her. Now, it appears that Febri is not even human. This makes me wonder who made her and why. Obviously, because Nunotaba is part of STUDY now, STUDY may have indeed made her. After all, they seemed to expect something to happen during an experiment that was carried out in this episode and Nunotaba was involved in the Sisters project. If I had to take a guess, I think that she is the power source of the robot that attacked Misaka, because it stopped attacking and issued an error. The fight between Misaka and the robot was kind of interesting as well. I was kind of surprised that her electricity had no affect, but the attacks she made using iron sand did. Now, I am not familiar with in the field of robotics, but I would have expected the robot to be affected by electric currents. After all, computers are affected by high wattages. This makes me wonder if STUDY planned to have many of the level 5 espers involved, because their first experiment involved ITEM, whose leader is the fourth ranked level 5, but Mugino is not an electromaster like Misaka is, so they did not need make it impervious to electric attack. Of course, that could have been taken into account when STUDY decided to include Misaka in the experiments. I also liked how Misaka relinquished ownership of one her Gekota puppets. Misaka really wanted it back, after Febri took it from here, but when she figured out that Febri, she decided to just let Febri have it, even go so far as giving it to her, when the girls took her to a hospital. Misaka could have been greedy and taken it back then, but she did not. I am not too sure that there would be too many people out there would do that. Many in our society are greedy enough to become criminals after all. I guess Misaka really is a nice person. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I liked because I am not too sure where things are going. The fact the mystery concerning Febri deepens and Misaka willing gave up her Gekota puppet seemed to make the episode made the episode enjoyable.


Although I liked the episode, there are certainly some issues. However, since nothing really comes to my mind, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

With the mystery surrounding Febri deepening, this episode 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 20? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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