March 20, 2010

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun -- a visit to the refrigerator

Questions about ep 24, below the fold. (Spoilers, obviously.)

How did Konori survive when Telestina's mech broke through the road surface?

When Mikoto used her power while riding on top of Kiyama's car, why didn't it toast the electronic ignition? And Uiharu's computer, and everyone's cell phones, and... (Because the car's a Faraday cage, right? Wrong.)

Mikoto fired a coin from on top of Kiyama's car, with the usual flourish of flipping the coin into the air. Shouldn't the headwind have blown the coin away? They were traveling upwards of 90. Kiyama was flooring it, and that's a hot car.

It also strikes me that Kiyama was driving like a stunt man. No normal person could do that kind of thing; where did she learn to drive lke that?

I want to set up business doing highway repair in Academy City. I'll never run out of work.

It does seem that Kuroko can change her momentum when she teleports, and the momentum of objects when she teleports them.

It seems a bit uncanny that Kuroko knew exactly what Mikoto wanted when Mikoto screamed Kuroko's name. It can be rationalized, but...

It's even stranger than Kuroko was able to hear it, when she was still so far away, and riding on the back of a loud motorcycle.

Does it really make sense in character terms that Konori wouldn't catch up with them and join them at the research facility? It seems that after Kuroko teleported away, Konori decided to call it a day and headed home, even though she knew where they were going. I don't buy it.

Leaving aside the question of how Telestina survived Mikoto's shot at her mech, how did Telestina get to the research facility? And how did she sneak up behind Mikoto and Kuroko without being seen or heard? (No, she doesn't have a relevant power. Remember, she wasn't affected by the Capacity Down.)

When Telestina and Mikoto fired their beams at one another, whose aim made them hit? And why wouldn't they just pass through one another?

After the beam-o-war, why was there still a working transistor anywhere within a thousand feet?

Telestina is shown after losing the beam-o-war. Mikoto's shot went right through her chest. How did she survive it? Her chest wasn't in the line of the beam-o-war; how did she get hit?

UPDATE: When Mikoto fired her big railgun at the mech, that was a considerable mass -- maybe half a ton of steel. She accelerated it to a speed such that it was able to put a hole in the mech, and then rise into orbit, it looked like. That should have produced a considerable recoil in the firing mechanism i.e. it should have knocked Mikoto into the next county, yet she didn't even move. Where did the momentum go?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Engineer's Disease at 04:01 PM | Comments (13) | Add Comment
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Spoiler tags, please!!!

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Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 20, 2010 08:47 PM (+rSRq)


RenpyTom posted this without spoiler tags:

When Mikoto used her power while riding on top of Kiyama's car, why didn't it toast the electronic ignition? And Uiharu's computer, and everyone's cell phones, and...

It strikes me that someone, somewhere must be investing a lot of money in the whole Academy City project. Perhaps whoever's doing that feels obligated to make people whole after esper-related damage... and as part of that, they've decided it would be more cost-effective to supply people with robust electronics. It makes you wonder how they plan to profit from the powers. ... or maybe I'm just rationalizing.

(Also, for some reason my comment seems to be having its paragraphs eaten.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 20, 2010 08:51 PM (+rSRq)

3 Sorry about that, I had incorrectly assumed that the comments were below the fold. (They're not.)

Is the bbcode supposed to let me break things into paragraphs with blank lines, or is an explicit p tag required?

Posted by: renpytom at March 20, 2010 09:19 PM (vkkAp)


You should be able to hit Enter and get a paragraph break that way. Comment entry is supposed to be WYSIWYG.

You can operate at the level of HTML. The far right control on the comment entry header, looks like this "<>", opens a window where you can see and directly manipulate the HTML that the WYSIWYG code creates. But you shouldn't have to do that.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 20, 2010 10:32 PM (+rSRq)

5 I'll check that out.

And my mind was going renpytom, renpytom, where do I know that name from?

I could have just clicked on the link, but that would be cheating, or something....

Posted by: Pixy Misa at March 21, 2010 05:52 AM (PiXy!)

6 It is a stretch but:

Posted by: schaumannk at March 21, 2010 06:27 AM (npu+U)


Actually, in the whole sequence,

But she shouldn't have that ability. The air isn't magnetic!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 21, 2010 08:47 AM (+rSRq)


I just had another flash.

Now, in the last episode, Telestina claims that her weapon is designed to be the same as Mikoto's railgun, but much stronger. Yet Mikoto is able to win against it. How?

I think the answer is that Mikoto has been holding back when doing the rating test at the school. She's capable of firing her shots a lot faster than she does at the swimming pool, so the official records about her power are way low. She used a lot more power than that against that car, and she probably came close to maxing out against Telestina, but it was enough to win.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 21, 2010 10:46 PM (+rSRq)

9 That explanation works for me, but now I've got another "Whaaaaaaaat?" moment to deal with... 

Posted by: ubu at March 22, 2010 08:29 AM (i7ZAU)

10 And now I'm having even more refrigerator moments. It's going to have to wait until tonight and is too long for comments here. 

Posted by: ubu at March 22, 2010 08:37 AM (i7ZAU)


Actually, it was me that proposed the idea

I don't find such a limit to be implausible, if that's what she's really doing.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 22, 2010 11:10 AM (+rSRq)


Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 22, 2010 11:13 AM (+rSRq)


On a different matter,


This is just after Kuroko put a spike in the right manipulator of Telestina's powered suit, in order to make her drop the capsule. Kuroko is grinning because she succeeded. What I noticed is that she's got one spike remaining in her left hand.

I think she was keeping it as her last reserve. As long as Mikoto was up and fighting, Kuroko was content to let Onee-sama win the war. But if Mikoto had gone down, I think Kuroko was ready to kill Telestina with that last spike. That's in character.

It is not in character for her to run herself completely out of ammunition in a serious battle like this, and clearly she has not. I wouldn't be surprised if she has a few spikes left strapped to her thighs.

But it's completely in character for her to support Mikoto instead of winning it herself, even if she is capable of winning it herself.

Which brings up the second point: I think the writers are trying to imply that Telestina has gone totally wacko (duh), but also (and not duh) that she's become monomaniacally obsessed with Mikoto and with defeating Mikoto. That's why she's studied Mikoto's documented powers and levels and why her mech (and her powered suit) is designed to defeat Mikoto and why she seems to be hunting Mikoto all through this episode.

And the fact that Mikoto has been holding back in her school evaluations, and thus that her documented power levels are low, is why Mikoto is able to win. Telestina didn't overdesign enough. Mikoto is much stronger than Telestina realized.

So now we have at least a partial explanation for the beam-o-war: Telstina wanted to defeat Mikoto when Mikoto was using her top level attack, and to do so using an artificial version of that same attack. Mikoto was fighting, and it was a situation where only her top level attack could win, so that's what she used. And since Mikoto was up and fighting, Kuroko didn't interfere. She wanted to let Mikoto win it, and had faith that she would.

Which in turn means Kuroko is aware that Mikoto has been holding back in her school evaluations. She's seen Mikoto in action many times, so it's not too surprising she would be cognizant.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 22, 2010 11:38 AM (+rSRq)

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