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Hachiko's To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Tv Review

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Screenshot Mikoto Misaka. The Railgun. Need we say more? To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Screenshot Kuroko Shirai. Judgment represent! To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Screenshot Kazari Uiharu & Ruiko Saten To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Screenshot Perhaps taking a look at this MiniTokyo review?

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun tv Review

Story & Characters

Just when you thought you've seen it all with To Aru Majutsu No Index, here comes the side story. A side story, you ask? Well, let me clear my throat first to remind you that Nanoha was a side story of Triangle Hearts, and you can figure out how that turned out already.

To Aru Kagaku No Railgun (A Certain Scientific Railgun) is the side story to Kazuma Kamachi's classic. While the main draw focused on the lovable Index Librorum Prohibitorum and the happy-go-lucky nullifier known as Toma Kamijo...the spotlight now focuses on the middle-school shocker that shoots lightning at the flip of a coin: Mikoto Misaka, and the teleporting sidekick that is attached to her like a shark to a remora (literally): Kuroko Shirai.

This Tokiwadai pair, along with the flowery Kazari Uiharu and Ruiko Saten from Sakugawa, is out to right wrongs and triumph over evil-no wait, that's not it. Let me backtrack a little here.

Some strange things are going on in that good ol' Tokyo suburb of Academy City (home to some of the best crepes in Japan-I can testify that I've actually had some, they are epic). It's up to these four-a Judgment ace, a Judgment recruit, a Level 5 that one can wonder "In the name of all things Gekota, what is she doing here?" and a Level 0 tagalong-to figure it out and do something about it.

Not the most likely of teams, one can agree. But it sure will be fun to watch this one unfold. The storyline for this is true to the manga, and I love the direction the JC Staff team did with this.

Rating: 8

Art

I love a sci-fi series that has effects and action. While the action and detail is a notch below Index, Railgun has the razzle-dazzle and flash-from-cash (a cheesy pun on how Mikoto does the business; watch and see for yourself) to keep you interested.

This is a fair balance of color and details in the action scenes. I wish there was more of this, but hey, I'll take Mikoto, Kuroko, Kazari and Ruiko getting their well-needed closeups any day. Nice work with the eyes, and anytime you see Kuroko's lips form a three when viewed sideways...you can just sense where this is going.

Now that I think about it, I have this conclusion when viewing a series that goes 12 or 13 episodes, and it goes like this: fewer episodes, better artistic quality. More episodes translate into not-so-good art unless you can get the funding to improve the level of quality.

In short, let’s give kudos to JC Staff for laying out the eye candy for the visual buffet buster in all of us.

Rating: 9

Sound

First off, let's give it up for fripSide. The band's OP for Railgun, "only my railgun," is an infectious anthem that is worth a listen. A solid opening must be definitive of the show it represents. And "only my railgun" is only a prime example of definitive. This OP is worthy of a number of remixes.

Next, Elisa's two ending theme contributions, "Dear My Friend" and "Smile-You and Me," are best played when heading on the long ride home. It's the perfect antidote to a tough work week.

Third, the crew from To Aru Majutsu no Index reprise their roles. Well, at least the Academy City natives that is. Rina Sato cements her role as Mikoto Misaka with a sensational performance. Among the notables include Kazari Uiharu's seiyuu, Aki Toyosaki, who many of you should know is the voice behind Yui Hirasawa of “K-ON!” And I wonder, how interesting would it be if she owned one of those Les Paul Cherry Sunbursts?

Finally, the background soundtrack to Railgun is a nice accompaniment, and is one of the more noteworthy OSTs that my ears have listened to.

Rating: 9

Presentation

To Aru Kagaku No Railgun is best-watched with the main story itself, To Aru Majutsu no Index. But it can be watched on its own. What’s the secret? It's how you adapt the plot. Whether it's a side story or the feature, if you stick to how the plot goes without compromising anything, you are witnessing something special. And that’s what you get with Railgun.

I declare To Aru Kagaku no Railgun as the best spin-off since the Nanoha franchise. It's got an expert cast, a nice OP and ED, and visual theatrics to boot. If only a certain nun from England were viewing this from afar…

A must-watch. Recommended. And yes, Index Librorum Prohibitorum...we miss you.

Rating: 10

Final Verdict

9.00 (very good)

Reviewed by Hachiko, Dec 20, 2009

Comments

  1. Kikiyo Dec 20, 2009

    Very nice review~!

    merged: 12-20-2009 ~ 02:25am
    It makes me want to see it~!

  2. info-0 Dec 21, 2009

    Misaka Mikoto :D. The most lovable character I have seen in anime of JC :).

    Very nice review. The final note may be a little bit on high side, but I don't really care.

  3. rukasu04 Mute Member Dec 22, 2009

    Nice review

  4. SchRita Dec 22, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  5. PPV10 Dec 27, 2009

    Like it, Love it, and Gotta watch it :)!

  6. Hachiko Dec 28, 2009

    Glad you liked this review. Be sure to check the other ones.

  7. honglong17 Jan 01, 2010

    this anime really good just are you say. Thank to this review , i know and watch this good , enjoyable anime
    Thank again

  8. SchRita Aug 27, 2010

    I'm interested in this one.

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