Book Review: A Certain Scientific Railgun Volume 2

August 18, 2013


It looks like things are progressing quite nicely. Out of the four books I recently got, I have already covered half of them and only two remain. Today, I will be reviewing A Certain Scientific Railgun Volume 2 by Kazuma Kamachi.

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

Investigation into the Level Upper continues, as Misaka and Kuroko try to learn more about it.

However, the situation seems to become personal when Saten collapses because of it and somebody else they have contact with becomes the prime suspect.

I enjoyed this book. After my disappointment with the first volume, which was my own fault, things have certainly improved. The things I expected to be interesting, such as the fight between Misaka and Kiyama and Kuroko's fight with a thug, certainly caught my attention and made me want to keep reading. I also liked how it was explained how the Level Upper worked. In the anime, I felt like comparing the Level Upper to a computer network and discussing how electronic communications works explained too much. While that kind of detail was probably necessary, considering the fact that not everyone works in the technology field or majored in a technology degree, I did not feel that it was necessary to move things along. On the other hand, in this volume I immediately connected the dots when the idea of a network was brought up and Kiyama explained things. In fact, if Kiyama's explanation was used instead of the one provided by Konori in the anime, I do not really think that anybody would be lost. Besides, I thought that Uiharu was supposed to be the tech genius, not Konori. Then again, these are just the most basic concepts that are being discussed, because limits on networks do not even come up. Another thing that I liked was that there were some funny parts. The funniest that comes to my mind though are two scenes. First, the guys that Misaka encountered in the previous volume appear yet again. What makes this so funny is that Kuroko asks them about the Level Upper and they decide to attack her because she wore the same school uniform as Misaka and they end up losing to Kuroko too. Of course, if she was not able to do that, I do not think that she would make a good partner for Misaka to fight alongside. Another thing that I found funny was when Kuroko and Misaka were at the hospital. While they were waiting, Misaka falls asleep and Kuroko tries to wake her, ultimately deciding to give her a kiss. While this did happen in the anime, I found it funnier here because Misaka says that Kuroko kissing her would give people the wrong idea and there are people already wondering if Misaka and Kuroko were a couple. I probably would have laughed hysterically if that part was included in the anime, but considering how Kuroko's advances on Misaka have been present more in the anime than the manga right now, I probably would not have enjoyed it as much, so I guess that it was nice that the scene was cut short. There was something else that I found funny, though mostly due to irony, but since the Level Upper arc ended earlier and the Index arc ended later than I thought, it looks like the ironic part does not exist after all. Outside of that, and the fact that this volume also had a TOC, nothing else seems to come to my mind. The fact that things have improved, since scenes I expected to be interesting actually were, and one scene was a bit funnier than it was in the anime made this rather enjoyable.

Although I did like the book, there are certainly some issues. However, aside from a minor typo, and since I am used to the pacing now, I will say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Seeing that things have improved and I am used to the pacing now, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of action and A Certain Scientific Railgun. As for everyone else, I recommend reading this only after reading the first volume, in order to be accustomed to the pacing.

What are your thoughts on A Certain Scientific Railgun Volume 2? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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