As someone who has been a huge fan of the railgun/index series since the anime debuted a decade ago (yeah, I’m old as balls), you can bet that I was ecstatic at the news of both getting a continuation after so many years. However, after the shit show that was Index III, I was scared for the future of Railgun T dreading that it would receive the same horrible treatment from JC staff. Thankfully this fear was short lived when Tatsuyuki Nagai was announced to be continuing his duties as director of the Railgun series. So far, Railgun T has been living up to and
exceeding the expectations of its predecessors Railgun and Railgun S as it takes everything that made the Railgun series amazing and turns it up to 11.
After 6 and a half years of waiting, the electric tsundere herself, Misaka Mikoto, is back with the gang, starting the Daihaseisai festival. As per the customary tradition, Misaka got one hell of a bad ass entrance in the first episode, Shirai is up to her normal pervertedness, Uiharu is the same old resident judgement tech and Saten is the usual sucker for her academy city conspiracy theories. Nothing has changed, and that’s how it should be. This simple formula, alongside fantastic voice acting and art/animation, is what allows Railgun T to stand out from the rest. Plus, they hype is real as the man, the myth, and the legend, Sogiita Gunha has finally made his appearance, and he is ready to spread the important of true GUTS to all those in Academy City.
The first few episodes have been slower and have mainly focused on the introduction to and the fun events in the Daihaseisai festival, while also slowly building up to the real good events that are going to occur later. Now that we are getting into the thick of the conflict surrounding the Daihaseisai festival, and the continuation of the level 6 shift, Railgun T is succeeding, and by succeeding I mean it is absolutely amazing. It completely blew my expectations out of the water and if you haven’t started watching it yet, get to it, you are missing out as its damn good. It’s also quite refreshing to see some of the other characters like Kongo finally getting some well-deserved screen time!
The quality of the art and animation is leaps and bounds better than I would’ve expected from the now established professional PowerPoint slide company known as JC Staff. I have a feeling that we can thank a large part of it being due to Tatsuyuki Nagai, but, in the end, what’s important is that things look very promising in the art and animation department for this season. The characters are well drawn, look good (I’m looking at you Shokuhou Misaki ;), my queen) and movements and events are well animated. The higher levels of Sakuga in the opening is just a small tidbit of the superb job JC staff is doing animating this fantastic series.
Also, I didn’t think any opening could be better than Sister’s Noise, but here I am looking like an idiot as this opening is off the charts good.
All in all, things are looking good for Railgun T in the near future, and I desperately hope that it is not met with the same ill treatment that took hold of Index. However, I highly doubt that and that is why I am so excited for and happy with this adaptation so far.
A final note for you all: as Sogiita Gunha would say, “OVERCOME EVERYTHING WITH GUTS!!!” and let’s enjoy another season of Railgun :)
For Index/Railgun fans who have been following since the debut of Toaru Majutsu no Index, anime or not, aren't you all excited for the new season of Railgun after literally a decade? Personally, I am not one of those people who have been following the Index series since that long time ago, however, a fan is still a fan no matter how old or new are you to the series isn't it?
With that being said, J.C. Staff honestly flopped season 3 of Toaru Majutsu no Index that was released just 2 years back during 2018. And then last year came Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator, was
it amazing? I wouldn't say it was amazing, but it passes for an anime (barely). However, just by looking at this new season of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun really makes me wonder if the staff working at J.C. Staff are trolling with us or not since they literally proved that they can make an anime look good, sound good and most importantly, have a storyline that doesn’t feel like some thrown-away script found in the dumpster.
We start off with the events that following the storyline of Index 2 which might have confused the people who haven’t actually watched the Index series which FYI is the parent story of Railgun and that Railgun is just a side-story. But thankfully the series quickly diverges away from Index and into its own set of storylines. The Daihasei Festival is about to begin, and that the committee managing it tries to find Level 5 espers for their opening ceremony speech. After getting rejected by several Level 5s, they manage to find 2 espers willing to take the job. Through this event we can roughly guess the personalities of the Level 5 espers in Academy City, a selfish and overinflated ego-like personality due to being one of only 7 Level 5 espers that lie within the city.
Meanwhile, we have the usual Misaka gang—Uiharu, Kuroko, Saten & Misaka herself—doing the things they do best basically. Uiharu trying her best by doing her judgement work; Kuroko fantasizing about her being with Misaka; Saten doing her usual conspiracy theory thing-y; Misaka doing her usual walk around the park to beat up some level 0 thugs.
Despite the story starting off pretty chill and relaxing, we are only 6 episodes in and shit has just gone down, like down down. And it really made me realize that this is what I love about Railgun, the fact that they spend the first 2-3 episodes doing a quick memory jog and world-building, give you a good amount of time to breathe and understand the city before getting into the chase. This is really what railgun really does best and allows it to stand out among the hundred other shows that are airing alongside it this season. Despite being a sequel & a side-story, they still spend a considerable number of episodes doing world-building instead of getting into the action straight away, I would like to highly appreciate that.
Personally, if I were to compare this to Railgun or Railgun S, I would prefer T over both of them. Not because of the debut of Misaki, although many Toaru fans have always treated Misaki like a queen, I would just have to prefer Misaka over her. Wait, hold your horses for a minute, just a minute tks. I am not ready to get flooded by comments talking about Misaki in somewhere else besides this current railgun arc, so chill out. Okay back to the topic, if I were to be frank, I really loved the openings and endings for this current season, they just feel a slight better from the previous ones although I still love every song that fripside has ever produced so it might just be because it’s a fresh song and who doesn’t love new songs?
The sakuga for this series has not degraded, actually it felt like it has just gotten a notch better. Kudos to J.C. Staff for holding down their fort when it came to making the new season of Railgun since their recent productions honestly make them seem like they have just went all the way downhill. I especially loved the flying scene at the start of the opening theme, it reminds of a certain event in Railgun S where Misaka shot a railgun when she was all the way in the sky. And also that frame when Kuroko looked up, which follows up with Misaka looking down and flying down to the Earth was a nice transition that I really appreciated a lot. As a person that really appreciates openings, a bad opening equals to a bad start to an anime episode even if the episode ends up being good, a weird aftertaste will be left when I try to give the anime a score.
Overall, Railgun T at this point of time doesn’t seem to be an anime that would join its other fellow Toaru friends in the trash and instead actually stand out among the other anime that are airing this season. Calling this show bad would be more than an overstatement, cause it's amazingly blinding.
As a conclusion to over a decades worth of storytelling, it's got a lot to live up to, and it's about as good as you could really hope for it to be. Overall, I really do like Railgun S better. At the end of the day, Railgun S was just a wildly new experience, it was such a gamechanger and crowd-pleaser. Not only that, Railgun S I think had a better final battle. This final battle, while boasting the biggest ensemble of Railgun heroes we've ever seen on screen, is weirdly dark and muddied in CGI scenery compared to the battle at Stadium (Final Arc
at Railgun S). Also I hate Kuroko, she's just not that fun and annoying. Okay so those are my criticisms, what did I like about the anime? I guess everything else? The anime has a big emotional core, and a climactic end that is godamn powerful. This anime juggles a lot. Seriously this is like watching someone juggle 10 flaming chainsaws, it's a godamn miracle it works at all. That it works this well is even more of a miracle. It's an imperfect anime in 2020, but perfectly satisfying conclusion to this arc of the Index saga.
Look if you like Railgun then you'll like this a lot. The story is set up well and the side characters are very well set up , they honestly have more development then some main characters in other series. CGI is still noticeable in this series but not nearly as much has past seasons, the backgrounds are still amazingly detailed and really help to show just how big the city is and of course this seasons railgun shots have looked amazing and highly detailed. The OP and ED of this season are arguably the best of the series and have a high production value to
them the song choices are great and fit the series overall felling