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A Certain Scientific Railgun Summary

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A Certain Scientific Railgun has sadly come to an end, therefore I need to write my first series summary since starting this site.

I first became aware of Railgun thanks to it's opening, it had great animation and a fantastic upbeat soundtrack (only my railgun). After reading up and finding that it was a side story to A Certain Magical Index, I went and watched that first. Hence, by the time I got round to actually watching Railgun it was already in it's 9th episode. While you don't need to watch Index first in order to watch Railgun, watching it did certainly help with the characters as they had already been introduced previously.

At the start of the series the whole Kuroko-Misaka relationship thing really detracted from my enjoyment of the series, I don't mind the odd bit of yuri but doing it constantly and in a fashion that's extremely over the top just doesn't work. However, as the show went on this was decreased to a more acceptable level.

The first main arc, Level Upper, was interesting and well planned out over the 12 episodes within which it featured (that is, 1-12). The second arc had plenty of sub-arcs and it was only towards the end that you realise all of these sub-arcs are one huge arc masterminded by an insane super-villain! This arc was also interesting, however there was also a lot more filler. The occasional filler episode is fine, it's sometimes good to have a break from the main plotline and do something different, but too many episodes consisted of filler. It would have been better to see more plot and i'm sure they could have fitted some in without problem. Thought the entire series I would have also liked to see a few more fight scenes involving the use of a range of abilities. The animators did a fantastic job at animating the fight scenes, but having a few more would have made the series more enjoyable.

Background music was well used within the series, especially during fight scenes. In major fight scenes (Episodes 12 and 24) the actual fight was timed to one (or both) of the openings. As both openings where fantastic soundtracks and as the lyrics of the openings fitted the themes of the series this worked extremely well. The first ending theme (Dear My Friend -まだ見ぬ未来へ-) seems to be the weak spot here, all of the other openings and endings are fluidly animated and have a very fast, upbeat sound track.  Perhaps once they realised just how popular Railgun was they decided that investing extra resources into developing an awesome second ending was feasible.

Overall, I found Railgun extremely enjoyable and rate it 4/5. If a second series is animated I will certainly pick it up. Considering how popular Railgun has been I wouldn't be surprised if a second season was animated.

I would like to thank Ayako for subtitling the series, and Mazui for the few rare cases where Ayako took more than a few days to subtitle an episode!

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