August 30, 2014

Railgun S Ends

Well, the second half of A Certain Scientific Railgun S has finally been released and arrived last Friday. Like its predecessor, it's a 'juvie', though rather dark at times. It's also more thoughtful and entertaining than most. 


 Because of the ongoing spoiler tag issue, I'll conceal my shameful fanboy prattlings below the fold. 


I'd wondered what that .gif was about...now I know.
The story does not move along anywhere near as elegantly as the first season with its multiple plot-lines developing concurrently. Instead there are two main arcs that do not really intersect and the set-up is pretty heavy handed for both. However, once the story gets started it really takes off.  

It does become clear about midway through that this is a companion series to another show  as the lead character from said show(who has been making the occasional cameo in both seasons) becomes entwined in this one. I am completely unfamiliar with  A Certain Magical Index. However, I gather that Mikoto actually originated as an interesting side character in that show.  I am given to understand that the first story arc of this season is actually her appearance in Index, but from her perspective, and boy howdy, does she get put through the wringer!

Note though, that the show does not feel incomplete. I enjoyed it and was able to follow it fine without having ever seen Index. 
 

The first arc is a fairly disturbing science fiction story that gets surprisingly graphic. It's much more dramatically compelling than the second but is quite dark. The second cour however, allows for a most satisfying climax.  

 The main characters sans Kuroko all remain thoroughly likable and Kuroko is an interesting case study in the difference between authority and virtue. 

One big surprise is how misleading the first episode is

Like the first season, the dub is pretty good, and boasts some really good performances by minor but pivotal characters with Mariela Ortiz doing a fantastic job as Nunotaba. 

All in all, I liked the show a lot and I recommend it (and its predecessor) highly. Says The Brickmuppet, smugly assuming that his recommendation carries any weight. 

I should probably pick up Index now. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 01:08 AM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 The climax of the first plot arc is a replay of episodes 12-14 of the first Index series. Although the Railgun S version has a lot more red paint.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sun Aug 31 08:33:01 2014 (+rSRq)

2 I don't know if the creator realized the hot property he had in Misaka Mikoto when he created her, but she became so popular that I would not be surprised if the Railgun spinoff sold much more than the original Index series.

Posted by: topmaker at Sun Aug 31 20:17:16 2014 (2yZsg)

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