Book Review: A Certain Scientific Railgun Volume 11


Things just keep getting surprising, huh?

I recently received the last half of my Barnes & Noble order, and while things dud arrive later than expected, one of the titles was a relatively recent release.

Today, I will be reviewing that new title, which is called A Certain Scientific Railgun Volume 11 by Kazuma Kamachi.

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

It is just another ordinary day in Academy City, with students going back to the daily grind, or so they think.

Special cards that allow people to share dreams with others have become all the rage among the students in city, some even reporting to allow people to develop knowledge or skills quickly, and it has been causing problems, especially for members of Judgement.

After having to deal with the disappointment that was A Certain Magical Index Volume 7, it is nice being able to read a series that I enjoy following.

Fortunately, I really enjoyed this book.

Although not much has happened, in terms of an main event, seeing as this is the beginning of what I’d called The Dream Ranker arc, I did not feel like putting this book down.

This is how many stories should begin and would lead to them being more interesting.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of books that start off rather poorly, such as The Book Thief and A Certain Magical Index Volume 1, where things just take too long to get interesting or other that remain dull throughout the course of the book, such as A Certain Magical Index Volume 2.

True, it could be because of bias towards the Railgun portion of the Raildex universe, but if I were to try and take that out of the equation, I have no doubt that many readers would prefer something like this to something that just feels like it drags on like the first two Magical Index books did.

Hopefully, things remain interesting, unlike the Daihasei Festival arc, which seemed to go downhill once Touma became involved, despite not even being a main character in this series, but it will take a while to know because this arc has not completed its run in Japan yet.

I also liked how there was quite bit to laugh about.

Yes, there are the usual things for this series, like Saten messing with Uiharu and Kuroko’s advances on Misaka, which still are not as annoying as what she does in the anime, mostly because it does not happen too often in the manga, but there were other things to laugh about, like how Awake Misujme had pedophilic behaviors and the boy she tried to get did not mind, yet called Kuroko’s a pervert.

Now, everyone familiar with the Raildex universe will acknowledge that Kuroko is a pervert, but her main interest is in Misaka, not little boys like Awake was, and seeing Kuroko’s reaction to those accusations were priceless.

The funniest things though involved Misaka and a member of ITEM, whom she had to contend with back in the Sisters arc, both did not seem to be too interested in Indian Poker, since one wanted cheap cards and the other had a bad experience, but they both suddenly got excited over something called the Bust Upper, which ends up being related to chest size.

Seeing how much of a big deal they made over their chest size was quite funny and I laughed pretty much the entire incident.

This is what I expect from this series and this volume really delivers on the comedy, much more than Magical Index ever could.

The thing that I liked the most though was that many of the incidents that occur in this volume were wrapped up before the end.

While it is nice to have a few things to look forward to in subsequent volumes, it does not mean that every manga volume should end without resolving things.

After all, the true events of this arc might start in the next volume, seeing as there have been nine chapters per volume for the last couple of volumes, according to the Magical Index wiki and only eight or so chapters have been released since this volume came out in Japan back in October of last year, according to the link provided earlier.

Of course, I cannot really guarantee that because the recent chapters did not have too much going on to be able to link everything together.

Still, things could get interesting and that would take away the disappointment that was the Daihasei Festival arc.

Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I liked, at least without spoiling things too much.

Because things were interesting, in spite of not much happening, and I was able to laugh quite bit, as well as the fact things that were not too important were wrapped quickly, this book was rather enjoyable.

Although I liked the book, there are some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about, such as typos, nothing really bugged me too much.

As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was more to like than hate, this was definitely worth reading.

I recommend this mainly to fans of A Certain Scientific Railgun, as they will get the most enjoyment from this.

As for everyone else, this is worth giving a try, especially because knowledge about prior events in the series does not seem to be important right now.

What are your thoughts on A Certain Scientific Railgun Volume 11? Did you like it or hate it? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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