Anime Review: A Certain Scientific Railgun S Episode 9

June 9, 2013


Even though I did not get around to it when I wanted to, I sure am glad that I can continue the simulcast that I decided to pick up. Today, I will be reviewing A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 9.

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


While Nunotaba continues to do her own thing, Misaka has her own hardships to deal with.

Instead of one opponent, Misaka must now face three of the four members of ITEM, one of which can track her movements.


I enjoyed this episode. While the fight against Frenda in the previous episode was great, it was not much of a challenge for Misaka, compared to having most of the members of ITEM working together. It certainly would not be easy because each member of the group has her own power or specialty. This would mean that Misaka would to have attention to the actions of each of her opponents. What made things really exciting though, other than the fact the fight was in realtime, was that we see that Mikoto really is a capable fighter, even in a weakened state. After all, she not only took note what the abilities of her opponents were, but also how they worked, in the case of Mugino's power. Another nice thing about the fight was that I seem to feel much more tension here than in the manga. While the manga counterpart was certainly intense, thing here seemed to be on a whole different level. Since Frenda's fight was much more enjoyable than in the manga, I expect nothing less in this episode than I got in that fight. Misaka was not the only one in the spotlight, however. Like AstroNerdBoy, I was impressed by Nunotaba's actions. Instead of just sitting by idly while Misaka does something about the Level 6 Shift Project, she decides to try to stop the experiment via a different method. I might prefer to accomplish things the way Misaka is going on about it, but I will admit that going about and destroying things will not always solve a problem. At the same time, trying to give clones emotions might not really do anything, considering that scientist might not really care about the emotion of their tests. Still, I am glad that Nunotaba is doing something. I also liked how Nunotaba freed herself easily and aimed a gun at one of the people that came after her. Like with Misaka's fight, I also liked how I actually got some feeling from the actions that Nunotaba was taking than in the manga. Even though what she did in both mediums was pretty much the same, I do not think I wanted Nunotaba to succeed in her goal as much as I did in this episode. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that I liked without repeating myself. The fact that Misaka's fight with the members of ITEM felt more intense than the manga, as well as the fact that I wanted Nunotaba to succeed than in the manga, did make this a great episode.


Although I liked the episode, there are certainly some issues. However, considering that this anime is still pretty faithful to its manga counterpart, and that things seem much more exciting that the manga, I will have to say there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that things were pretty intense, this was definitely watching. I only recommend this to fans of A Certain Scientific Railgun.

What are your thoughts on A Certain Scientific Railgun S episode 9? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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