To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Episode 5

October 30, 2009


The word “railgun” might be in the title, but that doesn’t mean that To Aru Kagaku no Railgun has to focus primarily on Mikoto all the time – Thus, this episode turns our attentions to the history between Shirai and Uihara. This flashback takes place against an introduction where the two Judgement members find themselves at the scene of a car being broken into – Rather than waiting for backup as suggested by Uihara, Kuroko charges in without a second thought and ends up both letting the thieves escape while also putting both girls in danger….
This in turn leads to a blow-out argument between the two, with Uihara (who expected her to get angry?) losing both her rag and her patience with Kuroko, particularly when the latter seems to have forgotten a promise that the pair made in the past.

This leads us nicely into the story of exactly how that promise was made, taking us back to a time when both Shirai and Uihara were at elementary school. When a robbery commences at the post office where both these characters are situated at the time (Academy City seems to be rife with crime, doesn’t it?), once again Kuroko rushes into action without considering the potential dangers of doing so, endangering her friend’s life and having to rely on some mysterious outside help to help her before she eventually triumphs over the robbers.

I’ve got to say, this was perhaps the most enjoyable episode of To Aru Kagaku no Railgun so far – For all of its lack of everyone’s favourite railgun apart from some brief appearances, it was a well-paced and nicely told story that gave us a little more depth on both Shirai Kuroko and Kazari Uihara’s characters, fleshing them out in a way that was arguably required to bring them forward from roles simply as “girls who aren’t Mikoto” into interesting individuals in their own right. Stories that flash back to the past can occasionally be tired, plodding or just plain unnecessary, but what we saw here managed to avoid all of those pitfalls to deliver a genuinely decent story. While I rather enjoyed the fun “eyebrow drawing” story and even the more slice of life-esque opening two episodes, this is more like the kind of thing I was expecting from this series – My only concern is that it all still seems a little disjointed, taking us from what looked to be important scenes regarding Mikoto last episode to this. Still, even that isn’t enough to dampen my enjoyment of this instalment.



  1. Can’t believe how small Uiharu and Kuroko were before middle school. I wonder if Kuroko ever realized that Mikoto saved her on that day.

  2. I was hoping that this part was going go be an OVA, but they used it for more character development instead, which I thought worked out really well. Once again, happy with what they’ve done, integrating the chapter where Kuroko and Uiharu met each other with some of their own stuff.

  3. This really is the best series of this season I think. I’m glad they’ve got it at 24 eps instead of 12 or 13. I really home we see more of Touma, even though he is only a supporting character. But watching the interaction between him and Mikoto is funny.

  4. I could honestly care less about Touma, UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE, one of the biggest reasons why the first series was fail was because of this useless excuse of a main character. I was hoping we would never see Touma or that idiotic Index, that red haired dude was fucking fail too. The series is fine with just BiriBiri and the other girls.

  5. I was shocked that Uiharu is so weak after all. Too bad those thiefs escaped on top of tazing Uiharu and hitting with a car door Shirai. Saten never stops that upskirt lift of Uiharu, so this time it is leaf clovers….whatever. Most impressive is the past of Shirai and Uiharu in primary school. Most impressed with Komari’s power of x-ray vision, which is interesting because you can see if anyone carries soemthing dangerous like a gun. Equal Speed….making any object go at the same speed until it gets destroyed or ability stops. That is crazy think of something big that cannot be destroyed and it can created big destruction. Feel bad for Mii getting that wound from the robot blowing up, Shirai for getting kicked in the face/getting her ankle stomped. Was surprised Shirai only knew how to teleport others at first and not herself. I though she learned faster than that. Of course Misaki saves the day. Informative episode this was.

  6. I hate you

  7. Nobody mention the gore scene when the burglar stepped mercilessly on Kuroko’s foot? seriously, that would have cause dislocation!! I actually feel hurt hearing Kuroko screaming in pain. I actually wondered how she managed to run and tackle the burglar after that. Needlessly to say, the whole setting up was interesting and the confrontation was epic. And I really like the idea that their power is constantly evolving instead of gifted at the very beginning.

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