Mikoto and her friends work together to stop Telestina and save the children.
Wow if you want to end a series on a high note this is the way to do it. Some might call it overkill, but really this was pretty incredible. If you take out seriousness and just enjoy the ride it’s a pretty great last episode. Telestina was such an over the top villain that you have to appreciate the mayhem she can create. Who cares if the city gets destroyed since if she makes a level 6 then there is no reason for the city to exist. She chases Kiyama’s car in a very bulky, but Code Geass like mech. Then she has another Capacity Down trap set and goes in there to do battle. Then finally she brings out her own blaster to go vs. against Mikoto’s railgun. Her snapping so suddenly might have been jarring, but she was a ton of fun to watch. I think they should take that armour into study considering it took that kind of blast and saved her life at the end. I doubt Mikoto had time to hold back from a full attack so she took a pretty heavy shot.
I have to give them credit for fitting everyone into this final conflict in some capacity. It was an interesting pair with Mitsuko and Kuroko taking on those poor robots. Of course they had to be robots or else they couldn’t have nearly as much fun taking them out. It might have lead to some iffy moral situations if helicopters piloted by people just doing their job get taken out by a flying truck. That was a pretty cool ability from Mitsuko and can see why she would brag about it. All she has to do is just slap something and watch it fly away. Of course not to be outdone Kuroko has to bring out a massive roll of needles which is incredibly deadly in her possession. They do have similarities in that they move things, but they really do move them in completely different ways. The best news is that Mitsuko has finally found people who will gladly listen to her stories and believe every word.
I have no complaints on the amount of action they fit into this one. They even found time to insert the two OPs of the series into different fights. I had thought that Telestina went down too early in the episode so it was less of a shock when she appeared like that. Everyone played a role in settling this. Perhaps the most key person was Saten. The fact she wasn’t an esper saved them all since she could move easily with Capacity Down running and then shut it off. Of course like with all computer problems all you need is a bat, lol. I know it kind of sets a message that she doesn’t need abilities to help, but I still hope that eventually she does get her own ability. Getting rewarded for all the effort isn’t a bad thing after all. Like how it tied together with really the only good mini-arc of the second half with the Big Spider motorcycle. That was also a good throw by Konori especially considering she was flying through the air.
Of course no one should have been hoping for Anti-Skill to play a key role in this one. They managed to be around by fighting forces no one ever actually gets to see. At least they had an excuse that the superiors wouldn’t let them do anything. Again it just shows that the people running this city really don’t care long as someone gets results. Otherwise there is no way that a crazy woman like Telestina would have had any authority.
Despite the weak points this arc has been worth it for those kids getting to wake up. It really concludes properly what happened in the first arc. They deserved so much better than they got so at least they can start living their lives again. It’ll be tough since they’ve missed a lot of time. They might have to give Kiyama back her teaching job since they are years behind and would stand out in a class of their actual academic level. Still it was a touching moment when they woke up and spoke to Kiyama again. I don’t like some of the things she did, but that doesn’t take away from that moment. She finally achieved it and should be able to avoid committing any more crimes. Though wasn’t it odd that Kiyama was the only one in the hospital after this incident? I mean just because Kuroko, Mikoto, and Uiharu are espers it doesn’t mean they have fast healing skills.
I have some mixed feelings about Railgun as a whole. There were some great moments in this series. Really there was nothing wrong with that Mikoto vs. Touma fight in the first half. My only problem was that the first half felt much stronger overall than the second half. That probably has to do with the fact that we wasted episodes on that one Anti-Skill member and the dorm lady. I mean the dorm lady? It wasn’t even the best they could have done regarding that character. The second half wasn’t completely lacking since I did like the Big Spider mini-arc. But overall it felt like they were trying to buy time with some of the episodes. Including some in the first season you probably could have cut 3-4 episodes out of this series. I think characters like Uiharu and Mikoto actually suffered with the extra episodes. They had to create these problems for them to overcome. Mikoto shouldn’t have made many of the mistakes she ended up making here.
Still while there were rough spots I really enjoyed the series. A character like Saten really came into her own here. The extra episode to finish the Level Upper incident and her role in keeping everyone together showed what a valuable member of the group she was. If I have any regret is that she didn’t get the chance to gain her own ability. The manga is ongoing obviously so maybe she’ll get lucky down the road. Not gaining an ability isn’t going to make her less valuable, but I just think that with all that hard work achieving that dream would be a nice touch.
This series really helped me gain a different view of some characters. Kuroko when in Judgment mode is a great character. She keeps her cool and is reliable when it comes to a fight and for investigating. I don’t like her obsessive side about Mikoto, but overall she is a good character. The show could have had more Touma. He’s not a main character here and that is fine. But I do think when he shows up you get some of the best reactions out of Mikoto that you just don’t get anywhere else.
They also did a good job painting a darker colour to the city. Things start up pretty nicely, but you dig further and find some ugly things. The city allowed experiments like that since the scientists need funding and support to make these things happen. The mention of Level 6 also makes me hope that we might just see a second season for Railgun down the road.
It wasn’t perfect, but I really enjoyed Railgun. You had some fun times and you got to see some characters grow up along the way. Besides they did a pretty nice job with the effects and the fights. Besides when you have Mikoto getting silly over childish things and raging over Touma you can’t have a bad series. Plus that great smile Mikoto had this episode itself made this worth watching. It’s too bad that for now Railgun is done. Oh well back to reading the manga since I stopped while the series was going on.