Ranked #693

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun

Alternative Titles

English: A Certain Scientific Railgun
Synonyms: Toaru Kagaku no Choudenjihou
Japanese: とある科学の超電磁砲


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2009 to Mar 20, 2010
Premiered: Fall 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.891 (scored by 100,886 users)
Ranked: #6932
Popularity: #143
Members: 193,183
Favorites: 2,732
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Academy City is a highly developed place in terms of technology. It is said to be 20 to 30 years ahead of the rest of the world, and 80% of its 2.3 million residents are students. The focus of studies here is directed towards esper powers. Misaka Mikoto, one of the top level espers in town, shares a room with Kuroko Shirai, another high level esper who is a member of Judgement, a law enforcing agency composed of students. Both attend Tokiwadai, a private school reserved for the high-leveled and the rich. Kuroko's partner at Judgement, Kazari Uiharu, is a low level esper who studies at Sakugawa middle school. Her best friend and classmate there is Ruiko Saten, a level zero, one who has no esper powers. Together, the four encounter several adventures in the exciting scientific town.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Misaka, Mikoto
Misaka, Mikoto
Satou, Rina
Satou, Rina
Shirai, Kuroko
Shirai, Kuroko
Arai, Satomi
Arai, Satomi
Saten, Ruiko
Saten, Ruiko
Itou, Kanae
Itou, Kanae
Uiharu, Kazari
Uiharu, Kazari
Toyosaki, Aki
Toyosaki, Aki


Kawase, Kouhei
Kawase, Kouhei
Nagai, Tatsuyuki
Nagai, Tatsuyuki
Aketagawa, Jin
Aketagawa, Jin
Sound Director
Kasai, Kenichi
Kasai, Kenichi
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(2/24)

Episode Title Aired
1 Electromaster
Electro Master (エレクトロマスター)
Oct 3, 2009
2 When Working Under a Hot Sun, Rehydration is Essential
Entenka no Sagyou ni wa Suibunhokyuu ga Hissu Desu no yo (炎天下の作業には水分補給が必須ですのよ)
Oct 10, 2009

Opening Theme

#1: "only my railgun" by fripSide (eps 2-14)
#2: "LEVEL 5 -judgelight-" by fripSide (eps 15-23)

Ending Theme

#1: "only my railgun" by fripSide (ep 1)
#2: "Dear My Friend -Mada Minu Mirai he-" by ELISA (eps 2-11, 13-14, 24)
#3: "Smile -You and Me-" by ELISA (eps 12)
#4: "Real Force" by ELISA (eps 15-23)

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Mar 31, 2010
If ever there was a word in visual media that the general public immediately distrusted, it's "spinoff". Experience has proven to many that a show, comic or novel that is derivative of a popular series is rarely as good as the original work, and the DVD bargain basement is littered with titles that were designed with one thing in mind - to cash in on the original work's popularity due to the lack of a valid sequel. Shows like Crusade (Babylon 5), Joey (Friends), Highlander: The TV series, Robocop: The TV series, the horrendous Baywatch titles, and a horde of others all attempted to milk read more
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Mar 19, 2010
Are the burdens of being special greater or lesser than the burdens of being ordinary?

Academy City is a city that thrives on those who are espers -- who are special -- whether they already have powers or are trying to attain them. Everyone is reaching towards their ideal self, but some people don’t care what methods get used. The pursuit of the “next level” is absolute. If our limitations only exist so we can surpass them, should there be a limit to how far we can go to get there?

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, or A Certain Scientific Railgun, follows the events around Misaka Mikoto read more
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Sep 5, 2015
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun is a show that I was pretty hyped to start watching after ending Majutsu no Index, as I thought it would be cool to get some insight on Misaka's life as a Level 5 and get to know better the world the esper's live in. What I got was nothing like that, at all.

The story is nothing new. At all. There are people who can use powers and this time a whole city is there to develop these. Even though everyone's already full of that premise, doesn't mean you don't have to explain the world build, writers. We only got read more
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Jan 4, 2015
[Adapted From Original Blog Post]

You know, I'm always down for an average anime series. Yes, I admit I have high standards, very few anime even reach an 8 out of 10 for me, but I have absolutely no problem sitting down and watching a show I have every inclination will be just "kind of alright". It makes me feel like I get a bigger scope of things in the anime world when I watch these shows, so that includes watching those anime that have made it onto my Plan to Watch list for the sole purpose that for some reason, they have been able to read more
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