Book Review: A Certain Scientific Railgun Volume 6

September 3, 2013


Things seem like they are going pretty well, huh? As I have mentioned before, I recently got five books from Barnes & Noble. One by one, I have covered each until only remains. Today, I will be reviewing that title, which is called A Certain Scientific Railgun Volume 6 by Kazuma Kamachi.

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

Realizing that all of her efforts were in vain, Misaka decides to put her life on the line to put an end to the Level 6 Shift project.

However, before she can do anything, Touma decides to stop her and confront Accelerator himself.

I enjoyed this volume. It was nice seeing Misaka figure out that she cannot do everything, as evidenced by the fact that she so desperately wanted help. This makes sense because she did think quite highly of herself until her encounter with Accelerator in the previous volume, which is the manga counterpart of Railgun S episode 6. After all, I did not really see her underestimate her opponents, who comprised ITEM. True, she did not think that Mugino had something that would allow her to target multiple objects, but I think that she handled things quite well, especially taking her weakened condition into account. I also liked how Misaka remember Kiyama's parting words from volume 3 and we got a flashback to Kiyama's arrest. This tells me what I wanted to know, which was what Kiyama meant by her words. In Railgun S episode 14, at about the same point, however, Misaka's flashback is of what we saw in episode 2. Then again, the change makes sense, because the perfect setup for the Sisters Arc did not occur in the first Railgun anime, due to a dialogue change from its manga counterpart in volume 3. Still, it makes me wonder if Kiyama knew about the Misaka clones, since she did say that the Level Upper network was based on information gained thanks to Misaka. Another nice thing about this volume was an omake explained something that was not really answered in either Railgun S or the A Certain Magical Index anime. While Touma was out and about, he left Misaka 10032 outside with the cat the Misaka clone found. Later, when he comes back out, Misaka 10032 was gone. Yes, we did find out that she was still alive, but I really did not really get why she left, when Accelerator was not her opponent. Here, we find out that she was called for clean up duty for the experiment, which is what led to Touma finding out about the clones. It was also nice having Accelerator's flashback, which happened in Railgun S episode 11, occur during the fight between Touma and Accelerator. While their fight in Railgun S was great, I just could not really detect a change in Accelerator's views of the clones because the flashback was shown earlier. Here, however, I could see the change that was about to occur. When I brought it up with AstroNerdboy, he thought it was done to have the fight only take a certain number of episodes, in order to allow for good breakpoints. The best thing about this volume though was that it made me want to read the next volume again to find out how everything ends. For an arc that I already read through once, that is certainly a good thing. The fact that this makes me want to read the next volume again and that things were explained here that were not in either Railgun S or the Magical Index anime, as well as the fact that there were things that were better in the manga than Railgun S, made this a great book.

Although I liked the book, there are certainly some issues. However, since the good things about this volume outweigh it enough that I can ignore it, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was a lot to like, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of action and A Certain Scientific Railgun. As for everyone else, I would recommend reading the previous two volumes first, because I am not too sure that things would be as enjoyable as reading the Sisters Arc from the very beginning.

What are your thoughts on A Certain Scientific Railgun Volume 6? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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