Anime Review: A Certain Scientific Railgun S Episode 5

May 12, 2013


Well, I guess this must be a lucky day. Instead of just one post, there are two. Then again, I did reading a book. Anyway, I am just glad that I am able to keep covering the simulcast that I picked up. Today, I will be reviewing A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 5.

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


Having encountered a clone, Misaka's world is shattered because of the proof that showed her assumption was wrong.

In order to more information from the clone, Misaka decides to follow, with her only clues being a experiment and a password used to verify those involved in the experiment.

However, when she does find out, the revelation is much more shocking than the fact that there are indeed clones of Misaka running around.


I kind of liked this episode. In the previous episode, Misaka did not really seem to care whether a clone of her existed or not. However, after spending much of the day with her, Misaka seemed to be concerned about her clone. I also liked how we finally got to see exactly what was going on. After all, since the project that Misaka found out about back in episode 3 was frozen, even I was wondering exactly why clones would exist, though I already knew from having the manga. I also liked how Accelerator was introduced as a crazy person that seemed to enjoy killing. Seeing as how he acted pretty much the same way in A Certain Magical Index, I am glad that this was consistent between both series, since the Sisters Arc is the first arc where the two series overlap. Of course, I preferred the Railgun version. Besides, Misaka's fights tend to be enjoyable than Touma's. There were also some funny things present in the episode, mainly involving the time Misaka and Misaka 9982, the first Misaka clone seen by Misaka herself. The funniest though was the fact an ice cream man thought that the two Misakas were sisters. Because we know that they are not really sisters, since the other Misaka is clone, it made me chuckle quite a bit. After all, it would certainly be easy to think that the two Misakas are sisters. I have no doubt that I would make such an assumption myself, though I have said many times on this blog that assumptions are bad. Another funny thing that happened, though not quite as funny as the two Misakas being mistaken for sisters, was that they had a fight later on. Misaka placed her Gekota badge on Misaka 9982, who is not satisfied with it, but when Misaka tries to take it back, Misaka 9982 claims that the badge now belongs to her. I do not really think that I would keep something that I truly did not want, though there may be some exceptions. I guess that Misaka 9982 is a better person than I am. I also liked how things were still fairly faithful to the manga, though I did forget that Uihara did make an appearance at this point in the series. Then again, I did say in my review of the prvious episode that I hardly remembered Misaka's friends showing up after it was revealed that Nunotaba was the one behind the cash cards. It really looks the staff behind this series is doing a great job, since I have yet to want to complain about things just because they are not completely accurate to the manga. I certainly wish things were adapted like this. Unfortunately, things like that probably will not happen in my lifetime. After all, like the case with Detective Conan (Case Closed), plot holes can crop up when important stuff is not faithful to its manga counterpart. I also liked how things became intense very quickly. I how actually feel Misaka 9982's desperation and fear, as she encountered Accelerator. When I read the manga version, I do not think that I felt such thing from these same events. It could be like AstroNerdBoy said in his review that things had much more impact in the anime, which I will certainly agree with. The fact that things are pretty faithful to the manga counterpart and the fact that I actually felt what was going on, as well as the fact that funny moments that occurred between Misak and Misaka 9982 were quite funny, certainly made this enjoyable.


Although I liked the episode, there are certainly some issues. However, as I cannot really think of anything that absolutely bugged me, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Seeing as things are still going strong, this was definitely worth watching. I only recommend to fans of A Certain Scientific Railgun.

What are your thoughts on A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 5? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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