Anime Review: A Certain Scientific Railgun S Episode 24

September 29, 2013


It looks like more than FUNimation's fourth season of Detective Conan is coming to an end.

Because I have been following the Railgun simulcast since April, I have covered episode episode until only one remains. Today, I will be reviewing A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 24.

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


With STUDY about to start their revolution, Misaka and her friends and allies make their stand, in order to save the city they love.


I am not too sure about this one. I liked how both ITEM and the Misaka clones helped in Misaka's final struggle. Yes, this is not the first time the Misaka clones came to her aid, since they did help turn tides of Touma and Accelerator's fight to be in Misaka's favor, but this is the first time that I saw Mugino help Misaka, even taking the Railgun manga into account. Then again, seeing as how ITEM was involved in this mess before Misaka and they were all in the same location around the same time, this was kind of expected. I also liked how Misaka thought back to everything she went through. It showed that she learned quite a bit, especially because of her involvement with the Sisters Arc. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked.


Although there were some things that I liked, there are certainly some issues. First, this episode was not really that interesting. While the situation with episode 3, is part of the cause, I cannot really say that it is the main reason. If anything, I think that it is because I have seen things like what happened here way too much in other shows. Do we really need another arc where bunches of people show up to battle an army of things that will cause massive destruction? In fact, something similar happened in the Pandora Hearts anime, except for the group of people being members of Pandora, not city residents, and I was not even the least bit. Right now, it is looking like the filler arc from the first season was much more enjoyable. I also did not like the use of Wannai and Awatsuki's powers. It did seem kind of neat, but it felt like their combination was being done without purpose. In volume 8 of the Railgun manga, their combination work did make sense because they were both taking advantages of each other's powers to take down the enemy's pawns, though they did put up a pretty good fight individually to. Here, their combined powers did not seem to do anything but allow them to move about quickly. Another thing that I did not like was I did not know how ITEM even got involved in this final fight. For a show that has generally explained things, such as how Febri knew Misaka's name, which was shown right in this episode, though we already knew Nunotaba was responsible, I was expecting to see why they did show. This is worse than Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 16. As terrible as that episode was, this is worse because this is the final episode and they think that characters we were not expecting to show up would make things interesting? The thing that annoyed me the most though was Misaka's railgun usage. Usually, each time she fires it is filled with a ton of excitement, but I was not really impressed by it here. In fact, I was much more excited when she fired off her railgun in the first episode, as much as I was disappointed by how the episode played out. For a final episode, there is so much wrong with it that I cannot really think of anything that can redeem it.

Despite what little good there is, the negatives outweigh it enough to make this a waste of time. I am not sure that I can even recommend this to fans of A Certain Scientific Railgun, so the only reason to watch this to finish out one of the most disappointing arcs I have seen.

What are your thoughts on A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 24? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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