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20 reasons why you should watch Mikoto and her To Aru Kagaku no Railgun

September 3, 2009


Long titles ftw. I don’t know if I have the effort left to post a full fall anime preview, but I shall post one for To Aru Kagaku no Railgun. If you didn’t know already, Railgun is essentially a manga spin-off from To Aru Majutsu no Index which began airing last year. Except that this is based only on the science side of Academy City with a real protagonist, Misaka Mikoto.

Mikoto is a level 5 esper, the third strongest in Academy City. She has the ability to control electricity and magnetism, allowing her to create instantaneous railguns using coins as projectiles. Hence the ‘nickname’ – Tokiwadai’s Railgun, with Tokiwadai being the school she attends.

The following does contain a little bit of spoilers, but nothing too major. :D
Image-ladened post beware~

1. You get to see moar Mikoto.

2. Moar railguns.

Damn right, coin projectile railguns.

3. Shirai Kuroko, teleporter doing her tricks for Judgement.

Kuroko really does have quite a creepy smile. xD

4. Biri-biri!


5. A lot less Touma, makes a lot less BS lectures.

STFU will you.

6. No Index Librorum Prohibitwhateverblahblahblahrium. YAY.

Goodbye Index... and stay away.

7. Judgement + Kuroko kicking ass.


8. Psychotic monster vs Mikoto fight.

9. Biribiri fan service.

10.  More of these scenes.

11.  Kuroko abuse.


12.  Chibi Kuroko.

Kicking ass then, kicking ass now.

13.  The Sisters are back! And we learn more about them this time.

MISAKA Network

14.  Chibi Mikoto.


15.  Teleporting sexiness.

Kuroko teleporting

16.  The PV for the show!

17.  New side characters, Saten and Uihara.


18.  J.C. Staff is the production studio again, with the director of ToraDora! (Nagai Tatsuyuki) at the helm and the same character designs as To Aru Majutsu no Index.

Arbitrarily throwing in a ToraDora! pic here

19.  Last Order! (actually.. I don’t know if she’ll make an appearance)

20.  Totally tsundere. Biribiri. :3

And the question I seem to see asked most about it is, “do you need to have watched Index to understand this?” Answer is no, Railgun will hopefully make sense without it as it’s a standalone parallel series. It would give you some more insight into Mikoto’s world, but not necessary to understand this plot. So yeah, October = moar Mikoto. Look forward to it!!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Skh permalink
    September 3, 2009 8:25 am

    Reason #21: Mikoto is voiced by Rina Satou.

    Looking forward to this one, I hope it will have less talk and more action than Index.

    • September 3, 2009 4:23 pm

      That too, I forgot her seiyuu’s name when I typed that up.

      Yeah I hope so too. With Touma out of the way, they should be cutting down on quite a lot of talk.

  2. suguru permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:32 am

    Definitely looking forward to this, especially after reading some of the manga. I ended up dropping Index, but I’m thinking Railgun will have me hooked.

  3. frog212 permalink
    September 3, 2009 12:31 pm

    I dont know. I didnt like Index at all. I hated how dialogue heavy that show was and how little it had any action.

    • September 3, 2009 4:26 pm

      I say blame Touma. It got ridiculous everytime he was in a fight, he always had too much to say. Hopefully they’ll get it right with Railgun. I suggest to read some of the Railgun manga, that’s really what got me hooked and hyped up about the anime adaptation.

  4. September 3, 2009 10:06 pm

    You just made your post worse by inserting that Taiga picture.

    • Systematic permalink
      September 4, 2009 4:08 pm

      What are you talking about? Taigaaa wins. <333
      way better than Mikoto anyday.

  5. Lero permalink
    October 29, 2009 3:54 am

    5.- Ok, only some times.
    6.- Disagree, cause she didn’t messed the plot.
    18.- Totally FAIL, that director messed chapters 2 & 3 of Railgun. RAGE!!!
    20.- Ehem Index also is tsundere like Touma mom.

    And since the explanations(the novel is about the communication in a sci-fi world) in Index were alreafy showed in the anie it won’t be necessary show to us again ;).

    PD: Taiga is a shota with a wig, so she/he loses against Mikoto.

    • December 4, 2009 3:02 pm

      @6. She brought half the story in, but she was more or less useless throughout the anime except against that golem.
      @18. Yeah, that I agree with now having watched them. O_o Original manga was better.

      Although true, the anime was portrayed in a way that people new to the show would be able to understand. Since it’s running in parallel and not a sequel..

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