Anime Review: A Certain Scientific Railgun S Episode 23


While some of you may be sad about the end of summer in the northern hemisphere, not everything about it is bad.

For me, I am glad that I can still cover the simulcast that I decided to pick up back in April. Today, I will be reviewing A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 23.

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


After Nunotaba injected a drug into Misaka, Aritomi reveals his plans to start a revolution and even why Febri and her sister, Janie, were created.

Now, with the new information from Shinobu, Aritomi, and others, Misaka and her friends must prevent the downfall of the Academy City they know, as well as retrieve Janie.


I kind of liked this episode. I liked how Misaka asked the very question that I wanted answered. It shows that she pays attention to details quite well, which is certainly a good trait to have. After all, if we pay attention to the details of situations, we would be able to figure out the solution to the problems. Another thing that was nice was that it finally revealed how Nunotaba ended up with STUDY and what happened after she was captured by ITEM back in episode 9. In the manga, Nunotaba just up and disappear, without making any appearances during the Daihasei Festival Arc, after Kunihata subdued her. Of course, unlike some other people, I was only really curious about what happened to Shinobu when she appeared right alongside STUDY. Besides, she did not seem like somebody that was going to be important beyond the Sisters Arc, just like how Kiyama did not really seem to be that important after the Level Upper Arc, since the only time she appeared after that incident was during a flashback in volume 6. I also liked how Misaka told Shinobu that she did not have to go through things alone. Seeing as Misaka tried to solo things in the Sisters Arc, it looks like Misaka has definitely become a bit more humble. This definitely makes up for her stupid decision to have Nunotaba give in to Aritomi’s demands, which I still think Nunotaba should have seen through because of her experience with the darkness of Academy City. There are also some things that caught my interest. First, Yomikawa, who is apparently the only Antiskill squad leader we see in the Railgun anime, said that their weapons came from STUDY. Because of this fact, I think STUDY had something to do with Yomikawa’s suspicion and having Antiskill ignore what is going on. In fact, I do not think that this anything new, because it happens in our own society as well. The second thing is what is Kongo’s father up to? As a father, he would definitely want to help his daughter, but the guy he was talking to gave a smirk some time after Kongo and her friends closed communication. I have a feeling that something is going to happened, but I cannot really say whether it will be to help Misaka or not. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that caught my eye. The fact that Nunotaba revealed what happened after she was captured back in the Sisters Arc and that STUDY seems to have had a hand in stopping AntiSkill’s investigation, as well as the fact that Misaka really has learned from her experiences during the Sisters Arc, made this episode decent.


Although I liked the episode, there are certainly some issues. However, only one thing comes to my mind. This arc seems to have already lost its momentum. True, it should be leading to a conclusion because this is the penultimate episode, but the events in this episode changed an otherwise decent arc into an anime original that can be found in almost any other show. There is the villain that will do anything to get what they want, like Therestina, and then there are people that are upset with how things are. While neither one of types of characters automatically make the storyline bad, I just feel like I lost interest in the whole thing. Maybe, I will change my mind about this arc if the final episode is able to miraculously end things impressively, but my hopes are not really that high, considering that I was not really that impressed with the final arc of the first season.

Despite the good, the fact that this arc seems to be going downhill means that the only reason to what this is to finish the show. I only recommend this to fans of A Certain Scientific Railgun, unless the current arc was not that impressive at the beginning.

What are your thoughts on A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 23? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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