8.0
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A Certain Scientific Railgun

A Certain Scientific Railgun

Tokyo MX 2009

Misaka’s electro-manipulation abilities – and delightfully destructive Railgun projectile move – make her a rock star in Academy City. The techno-metropolis is packed with supernaturally powered students known as espers, including Misaka’s flirty friend and roommate, Kuroko. She uses her teleportation skills as a member of the Judgment law enforcement team, fighting crime alongside her fellow agent Uiharu. Joined by their friend Saten, a spunky Level 0 esper, Misaka, Kuroko, and Uiharu have a blast taking on danger whenever and wherever it arises.

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The 10 Best Episodes of A Certain Scientific Railgun

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E15

#1 - Tōma Kamijō

8.75

Season 2 - Episode 15

Despite the injuries he received from Mikoto, Tōma goes off at full speed and arrives at the site where Accelerator and Misaka 10032 are fighting. Tōma states his firm desire to rescue Misaka 10032, saying that even if she is a clone, there's only one of her in the world. As their fight begins, Tōma intially struggles against Accelerator as he launches projectiles at him and sets off a dust explosion. However, Accelerator is shocked when Tōma is able to punch him with his right hand, also coming as a surprise to Mikoto, who had also rushed to the scene. Angered, Accelerator starts using his ability to manipulate the wind, creating a huge hurricane that deals a lot of damage to Tōma. Mikoto attempts to go with her original plan in order to save Tōma, only to realise it would be futile upon witnessing Accelerator using his power to create a large ball of plasma that would wipe out everything in the area.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 40 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E24

#2 - Eternal Party

8.69

Season 2 - Episode 24

Shirai, Konori, Kongou and friends, and Uiharu and Saten confront the powered suits at the four Assembly sites, where they soon receive backup. Misaka and Febrie move to take on Aritomi directly, but he has one final surprise up his sleeve for them.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 35 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E14

#3 - Promise

8.68

Season 2 - Episode 14

Tōma arrives at the Tokiwadai dorms, where he is reluctantly greeted by Kuroko, who decides to let him wait for Mikoto return. When the Dorm Supervisor comes by for an inspection, Kuroko is forced to hide Tōma under Mikoto's bed due to his powers negating her teleportation. There, he finds the details concerning the Level 6 Shift project stuffed inside her teddy bear, learning that Misaka 10032's experiment is next. Tōma follows a trail of windmills to a bridge where he eventually finds Mikoto and confronts her about the experiments. With all her other efforts failed, Mikoto feels convinced that the only way to stop the experiments now is to prove she doesn't live up to Tree Diagram's expectations of her power by letting herself be killed by Accelerator in a single move. However, Tōma, feeling her way won't save anyone, decides to stand in her way, refusing to fight back or even defend himself from Mikoto's lightning.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 38 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E16

#4 - Sisters

8.59

Season 2 - Episode 16

Accelerator demands to know why Mikoto is protecting Misaka 10032 and is surprised to hear her answer that she is her sister. Before Accelerator tries to kill them, Tōma manages to regain his footing and uses the remainder of his strength to beat Accelerator with one final punch. As he is knocked out, Accelerator comes to the realization that the reason he wanted to become a Level 6 in the first place was so that he wouldn't have to hurt anyone anymore. After the experiments are cancelled as a result, Mikoto visits Tōma in hospital, who assures her that even though many Sisters died, it's thanks to Mikoto that they got to be born in the first place. Afterwards, Mikoto takes a walk with Misaka 10032, where they play with another pair of sisters and think about the future that lies ahead. The next day, Ruiko and Kazari discuss about Mikoto using Ruiko's kitchen to make some handmade cookies which are for Tōma as thanks for his help.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 41 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E13

#5 - One way - Accelerator

8.58

Season 2 - Episode 13

Mikoto falls in despair, realising that with the Tree Diagram destroyed, she has no way of stopping the experiments. She tries to cling onto her cause by mercilessly destroying another facility, but loses all hope when she sees a feed of Misaka 10031 being killed by Accelerator. As Accelerator reminisces about his first experiment and his first time killing a Sister, Tōma discovers Misaka 10031's corpse and calls AntiSkill to investigate it, only to find it gone when they arrive, with no evidence it ever occurred. After the AntiSkill leaves, Misaka 10032 appears before Tōma, who comes to learn the true nature of the Sisters. Upon learning this, Tōma heads for the Tokiwadai dorms to try and get some answers from Mikoto, who at the same time is contemplating her last resort.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 33 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E5

#6 - Definite Power Advancement Project (Level 6 Shift Project)

8.45

Season 2 - Episode 5

After unwillingingly helping her rescue a kitten from a tree, Mikoto tries to question Misaka 9982, but is unable to learn much due to being unable to decipher a codeword. She instead decides to follow her around in case she returns to her base of operations, where they end up doing some surprisingly sisterly activities. Later that evening, as Misaka 9982 points out that she isn't returning to her point of origin, Mikoto takes her leave after inadvertently giving her the badge she won earlier. After receiving some help from Kazari in deciphering the code she was told about, Mikoto is horrified to learn of the Level 6 Shift Project, in which 20,000 Sisters are to be killed in 20,000 battles in order to evolve Academy City's most powerful Level 5 esper, Accelerator, into a Level 6 esper. Whilst learning of this, Misaka 9982 engages in her assigned battle with the aforementioned Accelerator, finding herself helpless against his reflective abilities.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 42 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E23

#7 - Dawn of a Revolution

8.39

Season 2 - Episode 23

Aritomi explains how he started the Chemicaloid Project out of jealousy towards espers, hoping to bring forth a revolution. Forced to recuperate elsewhere, Shinobu reveals to Mikoto how she was roped into STUDY following her failed attempt to stop the Level 6 Shift experiment, explaining how the hair strands utilise Janie's ability, Diffusion Ghost, as an alternate power source. Noticing the guilt she feels, Mikoto assures Shinobu that the Sisters bare no ill will towards her, using her electricity to counter the paralysis in her body. Thanks to a nanodevice injects into her by Heaven Canceler, Mikoto manages to bring Kuroko to her location, with Shinobu choosing to stay behind to do her part. After Mikoto explains the situation to the others, the group unanimously decides to try and find Janie. After a night of planning, Mikoto and Febri set off to find Janie whilst the others prepare to fight off against STUDY's mechs.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 33 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E8

#8 - ITEM

8.38

Season 2 - Episode 8

With only two facilities remaining, the higher ups behind the Level 6 Shift project call upon the services of the underground group, ITEM. As Mikoto infiltrates one of these facilities, she finds herself against one of its members, Frenda Seivelun, who causes trouble for her using flammable tape and stuffed toys containing bombs. Meanwhile, Shinobu arrives at the other remaining facility, where they are attempting to transport the data whilst the other facility is being attacked. Mikoto chases down Frenda who, after a series of failed attacks, fills the room up with nitrogen, bluffing that it is an explosive gas, preventing Mikoto from using her electricity and putting her at a huge disadvantage. However, Mikoto, refusing to simply give up and be killed, manages to fight back against Frenda, leading to her bluff becoming exposed and a prompt electrical payback.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 37 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E10

#9 - Particle Destabilizer (Meltdowner)

8.31

Season 2 - Episode 10

As Mikoto eventually comes face to face with Shizuri, she manages to use some of Frenda's leftover doll bombs to compensate for her weakened powers. Shizuri fights off these dolls by using shards of prism glass to divide her lasers, but Mikoto manages to use her with to knock her out with one of the remaining dolls. After finding and destroying the facility's data bank, Mikoto finds herself on the run from an angered Shizuri. Fleeing to a bridge, Mikoto manages to get the best of Shizuri by using Frenda's ignitive tape to collapse the walkway underneath her and cause her to fall down. As Mikoto makes her escape, Shizuri manages to learn about the Level 6 Shift project and decides it would be more amusing to let Mikoto suffer. The next day, Mikoto investigates the remaining facility, only to find it abandoned, allegedly having gone bankrupt. As Mikoto believes this to be the end of the experiments, she comes across Tōma by the vending machines.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 35 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E4

#10 - Sisters

8.24

Season 2 - Episode 4

Three months earlier, in an unknown facility, a pair of scientists mentor the birth of a clone of Mikoto, labelled Misaka 9982, installing memory functions via Testament. Back in the present, Mikoto, who is feeling cheerful with the clone rumors being seemingly debunked, goes shopping with Kuroko and the others at the mall, helping Kazari and Erii buy a rice cooker whilst also picking out things for an upcoming school trip. The next day, as Mikoto ends up having nothing to do, some young children, including the girl whose bag she previously found, pick up on this and have her play with them. Noticing one of the kids wearing a Gekota badge, Mikoto frantically goes through a whole bunch of gumball machines in order to try and win one for herself. As the day comes to an end, Mikoto suddenly senses a power identical to her own and, upon chasing after its source, comes across Misaka 9982.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 34 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E6
#11 - Because I Can See Them All
8.22
Season 2 - Episode 6

Mikoto unleashes her anger at Accelerator, who quickly deduces she is the original, becoming further enraged upon seeing Misaka 9982's torn leg and hearing Accelerator's selfish reasons for participating in the experiment. However, even her most powerful attacks are simply reflected back at her. Just then, the fight is halted by the arrival of dozens of other Sisters, who request that Accelerator stop fighting Mikoto to avoid throwing off the experiment's calculations. As Accelerator takes his leave, Mikoto feels no comfort in hearing the Sisters acknowledge themselves as nothing more than guinea pigs. After a restless night, Mikoto is approached by Shinobu, who explains why she chose to oppose the experiment. Having been called back from the Radio Noise Project to assist in the Level 6 Shift Project, Shinobu got to see the sensitive side of one of the Sisters and become unable to see them as anything other than human.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 36 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S1E24
#12 - Dear My Friends
8.22
Season 1 - Episode 24

Mikoto and the others catch up with Harumi, who was actually being led away by a decoy. As Kuroko and Mitsuko hold off Telestina's ground troops, Harumi, Kazari and Ruiko head towards the real location of Erii and the children, whilst Mikoto defends them from Telestina, who is piloting a large robot that is resistant to Mikoto's attacks. With the help of Kuroko, Mikoto eventually manages to beat the robot by using its weaponary against it. They manage to find the children, but are soon found by Telestina who attacks them with Capacity Down. She plans to use the first sample, taken from herself, and the children in order to turn Erii into a Level 6. Just as things seem desperate, Ruiko manages to destroy the Capacity Down controls, allowing Mikoto to use her railgun and beat Telestina. With the first sample in hand, Harumi finally finishes the cure and reawakens Banri and the other children. As they recover, they give a big message to Harumi for her birthday.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 45 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E11
#13 - Vending Machine
8.21
Season 2 - Episode 11

Mikoto runs into Touma, who, unbeknownst to her, has lost his memories of her, and ends up vandalising a vending machine to spit out drinks to compensate for some money it stole from Touma. Kuroko arrives on the scene and, despite not being pleased over the presence of a supposed 'boyfriend', feels relieved that Mikoto appears to be back to her cheerful self and takes her leave. However, Mikoto's joy is shortlived when another Sister, Misaka 10031, appears before her, telling her in private that the experiments are still ongoing. Horrified to learn more Sisters have died bacause of her, Mikoto ends up yelling at Misaka 10031 for reminding her of Misaka 9982. After learning countless other facilities have picked up the experiment, Mikoto comes to realise that her enemy is Academy City itself. Meanwhile, Accelerator recalls how he was first approached about the Level 6 Shift project.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 34 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E1
#14 - Railgun
8.15
Season 2 - Episode 1

Ruiko is chased by some thugs in an alleyway until she is rescued by Mikoto who deals with them. The next day, as she waits for her friends to arrive at Tokiwadai, Mikoto has an uncomfortable run in with Tokiwadai's other Level 5 esper, Misaki Shokuhou, who warns Mikoto that she and her friends should not mess with her clique. Later Mikoto, Kuroko, Kazari, Ruiko and Erii visits Banri in the hospital who is undergoing physiotherapy. While Erii rekindles with Banri, Mikoto reveals to the others she brought a present for Banri and wants to give to her with a surprise but realizes she left her bag containing the present in Banri's ward. Just then, a criminal patient that was under watch by AntiSkill is broken free by some of his companions and takes Erii as a hostage. Upon learning of the situation from Yomikawa and Tsuzuri, Mikoto heads to the rooftop to try and prevent the culprits escaping via helicopter.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 46 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E12
#15 - Tree Diagram
8.14
Season 2 - Episode 12

Mikoto resolves to destroy the Tree Diagram, the supercomputer responsible for the experiment's calculations, in the hope she may be able to stop them. Meanwhile, Touma encounters Misaka 10032, who coerces him into helping her look after an abandoned kitten she had found. As Touma goes into a book store to look for a book to help him with his own cat, Misaka 10032 goes off to observe Accelerator as he begins his scheduled battle with Misaka 10031. Arriving at Tree Diagram's control center, hoping to hack into Tree Diagram to order a halt to the experiment, Mikoto is confused to find it not only heavily low on security, but completely abandoned as well. Hacking into the system, she is horrified to learn the truth; Tree Diagram had been destroyed for months, with the experiments continueing regardless.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 35 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E9
#16 - Aim Stalker Power Trace
8.11
Season 2 - Episode 9

Mikoto attempts to escape from Shizuri's attacks, which proves difficult due to ITEM's third member, Rikō Takitsubo, using her AIM Stalker ability to help Shizuri and Frenda home their attacks on her position. Meanwhile, Shinobu, who felt Mikoto shouldn't have to carry her burden alone, sneaks into the basement of her facility where the incubated Sisters are being held. There, she intends to install emotions into all of the remaining Sisters via the Misaka Network in the hopes it may move the organizers to suspend the experiments. However, she is apprehended by ITEM's fourth member, Saiai Kinuhata, who was guarding the facility in case a second party was involved in the attacks. Shinobu somehow manages to get the program installing, but it is suddenly blocked by an unforeseen error code, labelled "Breach code no. 20001". She attempts to use violence to save herself, but her attack proves futile against Saiai's Offense Armor ability and she is taken into custody.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 35 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S3E14
#17 - Dragon Strike (Jaw of the Dragon King)
8.10
Season 3 - Episode 14

Gensei has fallen victim to Shokuho's cunning, but Mikoto is still struggling to contain her power. Kamijo decides that he must help her at any cost.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 30 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E21
#18 - Darkness
8.09
Season 2 - Episode 21

Heaven Canceler goes on to explain to Mikoto that Febri's body is poisoned, requiring her to suck special lollipops to keep herself alive, leaving her angry that another dark organization is performing twisted experiments. Whilst keeping this a secret from the others, Mikoto runs into Misaka 10032, who tells her that Febri had been wanting to meet her own big sister, also believing Febri to have a link to Testament, leading Mikoto to believe Shinobu is involved. After receiving a call from Mitsuko about the importance of friendship, Mikoto realises she shouldn't have to do this alone and decides to inform Kuroko and the others about Febri's condition, becoming surprised and relieved to find them more than willing to help. Upon analysing a strange object that Yomikawa found in the mech suit, which is revealed by Heaven Canceler deduces it to be a strand of hair similar to Febri's, possibly belonging to her sister, before revealing to Mikoto that Febri's life may be coming to an end.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 34 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E2
#19 - Life Interrupt (Critical)
8.08
Season 2 - Episode 2

Mikoto recalls in a dream of how, when she was younger, she was approached by scientists wanting to use her DNA map to help cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The next day, Kuroko tries to take Mikoto through an alleyway to get to the mall, only to find it filled with people. They discover this is due to someone hiding envelopes containing money cards within the alleyways, piquing people's curiosity to search for them. After running into Ruiko, who is also on the hunt for the money cards, Mikoto overhears some SkillOuts who have managed to locate the source of the envelopes and decides to follow them. Meanwhile, Ruiko grows curious as she allegedly seen Mikoto at the mall, despite Mikoto never actually getting there, with Mii explaining to Kazari about a rumor of there being clones of her. The SkillOuts eventually trace the envelopes back to a Nagatenjouki Academy student named Shinobu Nunotaba, demanding she hand over the other envelopes.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 39 votes.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - S2E19
#20 - Academy City Research Exhibit Assembly
7.97
Season 2 - Episode 19

The girls are unable to find out any more information from Febri, as she appears to be a bit cautious around Mikoto and takes a liking with Ruiko. Kazari invites Ruiko and Febri to her apartment to spend the night. The next day, the group fails to find any background information on Febri, believing her to be a Child Error, so they make arrangements for her to be moved to the orphanage in Asunaro Park. As the gang heads out where the Academic Assembly Exhibit will be held, Ruiko sets up some time for Mikoto to get along with Febri on their own. However, Febri gets lost when she wanders off and follows a Gekota mascot who is actually Pierce Aogami whilst Mikoto wasn't looking. Aritomi spots her and sends some security bots after her, but Mikoto manages to save her in time. Afterwards, Ruiko has Febri apologize to Mikoto for worrying her which young girl finally accepts Mikoto. With Mikoto now involved, Aritomi and his colleagues decide to experiment on her as well.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of A Certain Scientific Railgun from 33 votes.

Last updated: dec 06, 2020

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J.C. Staff (yes, THEM) did a great job with the Railgun series and created a very complementary side story to A Certain Magical Index which I think surpasses the original (particularly the second season, Railgun S). Mikoto Misaka aka "Biribiri" is one of my favorite anime characters and Railgun gets her front and center in the action, which is never a bad thing. I watched the first season of Index before this and I think that is the best way to truly enjoy this series. Railgun can definitely be watched without seeing Index first, but all the Touma (he is such a boss in Railgun vs in Index) cameos (and other characters allegedly) really lose their impact. And while Index was purely an action shounen, Railgun is more of a girly slice-of-life where the chicks also kick ass during their time off. This is particularly true of the first season which is about 50% SOL episodes. The second season is beyond epic and there are only a few fillers there. The biggest strength of this series is without a doubt the protagonist, Misaka. I love her. There is so much to her than just a tsundere with unspeakable esper powers. But it isn't until the second season, where her character really gets a chance to develop and go through some truly difficult hardships. Shirai is hilarious with her yuri love for Misaka and Uihara and Saten are there to be cute adding to the girly SOL part of this series. I wish that there was more Touma in Railgun (like in every single episode) but when he does appear, he comes off so much better than he does in Index (so much less preachy). The action scenes are animated very well and give us a great variety of esper powers especially in the second season. The soundtrack for Railgun is fantastic filled with great BGM tracks. I loved the OPs and EDs from both seasons (especially Dear My Friend and sisters noise). As I said earlier, the first season of Railgun is much heavier on the girly SOL. I didn't mind this that much but there were a few too filler episodes for my tastes. However, the second season of Railgun is epic and really cuts down on the filler. The first 16 episodes of season 2 cover the "Sisters" Arc which is hands down the best arc of the Raildex series and J.C. Staff knocked it out of the park. Even though Index covered it for a few episodes in the first season from Touma's perspective, Railgun really delves into everything Misaka had to go through especially her suffering and depression. I absolutely loved every moment of it, in particular the final battle, even though I kind of knew what was coming. The final arc is not as good, but I'll let it slide since the "Sisters" arc was so epic. So, I'd give the first season a 7/10 and the second season an 8/10 (a 9/10 for the Sisters Arc). If you've watched Index at all, Railgun is a must see if you liked Misaka in any capacity. One can never get enough of Biribiri. It is definitely a step up in quality from the Index series. And you don't have to watch Index before this (or at all) in order to enjoy Railgun but it definitely helps. Anyway, if you like watching girls doing girly things and kicking ass with crazy esper powers, this is the show for you.

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Very enjoyable anime. Both seasons are well made and the music is superb.

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