Here we have another season of Railgun, and boy has the Index franchise have had its ups and downs. From banal superheroes to awkward friendships, the spinoff Railgun at least has the benefit of being more conventional in its superhero storytelling. As a result, it doesn’t suffer too much from the gargantuan harem problem in Index, the lesser being of the two and whose plot is just like its harem—traversing here and there, and yet not actually making any progress. Thankfully we have the more favorable Railgun to keep this broken madman of a series together.
This episode starts with a rather dull setup, rehashing the prototypical scene of a damsel in distress surrounded by a bunch of testosterone-pumped gangsters in a dark alley. To be fair, it’s a fun homage to the very first scene in Index, however stale this rendition is in the first place. Coming to the rescue is the lovable Misaka Mikoto, dispersing the situation without needing to raise a finger. Isn’t her OP-ness so lovely? It’s a comical toss to disperse a more tense situation with a light-hearted flick. But like the rest of the series, it just makes a derivative work feel…derivative. From other scenes in the episode is the same consistent quality as the first: generic, unoriginal, and yet purely inoffensive.
Next, we’re introduced to one of the few Level 5’s missing in the series—a puppet spinster by the name of Misaki—who uses her powers of manipulation to weave pretenses of being Ms. Popular. Another hit and a miss with some long dragged out dialogue, and unwieldy build-up of tension between her and Misaka. It’s just a super-powered twist on two different cliques not getting along. That’s interesting, right?
This segues into the last half of the show, which introduces some generic action setup of a prisoner in a hospital getting away, Misaka’s friend becoming a hostage, and Misaka playing the goody two-shoes hero yet again. It’s boring, but it doesn’t necessarily do anything all that wrong. Sure, it tosses any shred of realism out the window with such odd coincidences happening all around her (is this city really brimming with robbers and lunatics?). But in the end, it’s a rehash of superhero stories that never gets old in its execution. In essence, it’s fun fluff.