Book Review: A Certain Scientific Accelerator Volume 2

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Things seem to be going well with this batch of books, huh?

As I mentioned in my last post, I recent went to Barnes & Noble and got three books before their online and in store sale came to an end.

So far, one book has been covered and two remain.

Today, I will be reviewing one of those remaining two, which is called A Certain Scientific Accelerator Volume 2 by Kazuma Kamachi.

As I have given a series synopsis in my review for the first volume, I will not go over it again.

Accelerator and Estelle have found the corpse used by DA and started the process of reanimating it, but before things are completed, DA interrupts them and Accelerator goes on a rampage that results in serious repercussions.

However, Accelerator is not the only one that DA is causing trouble for and a high ranking citizen of Academy City, among a few other individuals and groups, has hired some people to eliminate DA, which may cause more troubles for Accelerator.

After the atrocity that was the first volume, I was not really that interested in reading this volume.

Then again, if my Barnes & Noble trip had gone the way I was expecting it to, I would have gotten one complete series and one volume of this series, so that I could safely drop this one, but that did not happen, so this series is being given one more chance to try and impress me.

Unfortunately, after reading this volume, I am becoming even more sure that this is probably the worse series in the Raildex universe.

Luckily, there are a few things that were good enough to find some enjoyment.

First, Accelerator actually seemed to experience some complications during the events of volume.

As much as I like Accelerator, he just seems to be too perfect, especially since the only people that really gave him troubles in the time that I have been following both A Certain Scientific Railgun and A Certain Magical Index, the latter of which I only follow because there are some things that go unexplained in the former, were only Touma Kamijou and the leader of Hound Dog, who really understood Accelerator's ability and knew Accelerator personally.

Yes, Accelerator did have some troubles because he is currently unable to use his ability without the Misaka network, which his collar allows him to do, but right now, Accelerator is recovering from the gunshot wound to the head that he received on August 31st, according to both a note found within the pages of this volume and the fifth book of A Certain Magical Index.

While the first volume pretty much ignored this fact, seeing as only those who follow the parent series of the Raildex universe, if not both portions of its canonical events, actually know about this, I would have been a bit more angry if these events were entirely ignored.

After all, I was kind of bugged by the fact that Kuroko was up out of her wheelchair during Railgun's Daihasei Festival arc, which occurs in volumes 7-10 of the Railgun manga, when she was supposed to be recovering from the injuries she sustained during the Tree Diagram Remanent arc, because she could have made things worse for herself.

Here, while Accelerator was on his rampage, the wound he received on August 31st seemed to actually get worse because he got involved with the events surrounding DA.

Speaking of DA, I also liked how a bit more was revealed about them.

Even though they are not as great of an enemy for Accelerator like Hound Dog was, it seems like Anti-Skill has the same kind of problems as the law enforcement bodies in our world, since even we have to deal with police officers and heads of law enforcement agencies that seem to commit acts of evil, though those are much more widely acknowledged by the public than the kind of apathy that Shinichi Akiyama talks about in chapter 29 of Liar Game.

Of course, that could just be because we learn that almost all of the members of DA have done things that they were not supposed to, seeing as a lot of the things that were revealed was about a few individual that showed up already did things like illegally sell weapons to other people.

The thing that caught my interest the most though was that DA decides to go after the other Misaka clones, instead of only Last Order.

Most of the time, whenever Accelerator gets involved in something, Last Order seems to be at the center of it all, at least once one gets past the Sisters arc, since Touma and Mikoto Misaka are the ones that usually do something whenever the other other clones are involved, though the clones are not necessarily a well kept secret, considering that four of the seven level five espers and a whole bunch of other scientists know about existence of the clones, while only rumors of the clones seem to have reached the ears of the public.

This kind of makes me want to reconsider and give this series another chance, but from what I can dig up, things do not really seem to improve all that much from here, so the only way I am going to continue on with this series is if it has some relevance to either A Certain Scientific Railgun or A Certain Magical Index.

Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked.

The fact that Accelerator does seem to have problems caused by his gunshot wound and that more about DA was revealed, as well as the fact that the other Misaka clones seem to have become involved, made this book a bit more interesting than the last one.

Although things do seem like they have improved, there are some issues.

First, things still do not seem to be that interesting.

While I did have a somewhat similar experience reading the first volume of the Railgun manga, it did not carry over to the next volume like the problem did in this series, nor was I aware of the future events that the protagonist would go through, beyond those that happened in A Certain Magical Index's second anime adaptation and a few rumors, like I did when I read the manga version of Railgun's Level Upper arc.

Instead, I think the problem is because the people behind this series, as I am still not too certain how involved Kazuma Kamachi is, despite being listed as the one behind the story, did not really set the mood for this series too well.

After all, I think that this series probably would have been better if it started before the events of the Sisters arc, because there is quite a bit of things that nobody really knows about Accelerator, regardless of whether they follow A Certain Magical Index or A Certain Scientific Railgun or both.

Of course, seeing as Accelerator's memories of how he got involved in the Level 6 Shift Project were presented in A Certain Scientific Railgun, the Sisters arc itself could be skipped in this series, much like how A Certain Scientific Railgun never covered the Tree Diagram arc from Mikoto Misaka's perspective like I thought it should have before jumping into the Daihasei Festival arc.

Besides, Accelerator's perspective of the Sisters arc would be nothing more than the flashback shown in A Certain Scientific Railgun and probably a montage of him killing thousands of clones right up to the point where Touma comes and fights him, which would be relatively boring in of itself.

Speaking of Accelerator, I still do not feel like I know him all too well.

Yes, it is revealed that he had received a gunshot wound to the head on August 31st, which everyone who has seen the Magical Index anime adaptations and/or read the Magical Index novels already knows, but he still just seems to be the killing machine that he appeared to be during the Sisters arc.

Even though this might improve over the course of the series, seeing as the first two volumes of a series are usually used to set things up, but do not reveal everything, in order to give the audience a reason to continue, the pace at which this arc is going just does not allow me to learn more about Accelerator than I already do.

At least A Certain Scientific Railgun gives me enough time to know the characters, though those that have only seen the anime adaptation of the Railgun series do not really see how good it can be, which is probably because Kuroko's antics, which even I am sometimes annoyed by, seem to be shown much more often than they are in the manga.

Still, I think that the people behind this series should have taken a look at both canonical portions of the Raildex universe and see what made they so great, instead of trying to capitalize on Accelerator's popularity like I think they are still doing.

The thing that I hate the most though was that there really was not anything that was particularly funny.

While the omake, which was one thing that made the previous volume bearable, did have some things that to laugh about, I just could not really find myself laughing as much as did in the previous volume, because it seemed to end on stupid impressions and the same joke about chest size that ended the omake of the last volume.

If even the omake fails to make me laugh the volume where it was good, then that seems to be a very bad sign of things to come and makes me feel like dropping this all the more.

Other than those things, I cannot reallly think of anything else that was particularly bad, beyond what I have already mentioned.

The fact that I still seem like I do not feel like I know Accelerator beyond what I know from A Certain Magical Index and that things still are not that interesting, as well as the fact that the omake was not really that funny, made this yet another one of the worst books I have read.

Despite the fact that things did seem to improve a bit, the negative still outweighs the good enough to the point where the series seems like a complete waste of time.

I recommend everyone, including fans of Accelerator from the Raildex universe, avoid this series like the plague, because I have not really seen enough improvement to really invest my time in this series.

What are your thoughts on A Certain Scientific Accelerator Volume 2? Did you like it or hate it? If you hated it, was enough to make you want to drop the series, like it does for me, or are you going to give it yet another chance? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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