March 07, 2010

To Aru Kagaku no Railgun -- ending speculation

So I stopped watching To Aru Kagaku no Railgun with episode 14, but I'm still following the writeups on certain other sites. And I have an idea of how it's going to end -- which necessarily is a spoiler, and is below the fold.

At the end of ep 12, when the anti-Skills were about to haul Kiyama away in their paddy wagon, Mikoto promised Kiyama she'd help rescue the comatose kids who were Kiyama's students.

It looks like the final plot arc of Railgun is Mikoto fulfilling that promise.

Mikoto is the hero of the series, and the series will end with her doing something spectacular. But this time it won't be a fight, the way it was at the end of ep 12. It'll be something entirely different.

In Index they said that the Sisters are all networked. They don't quite have a group mind, but it isn't far off of that. And Last Order seems to be the controlling intelligence, or the coordinator, of the collective.

This is part of the general conceit of the series: one-and-only-one power per person, but that power can be amazingly versatile as long as you can rationalize it as being related to the base power. Mikoto can zap people directly, but she can also hit them with projectiles,  and walk on walls, and create weapons out of the soil, and a bunch of other things "which are electrical or magnetic".

If the Sisters can network, then it suggests that Mikoto could conceivably be able to come up with some sort of networking ability as well. That's what I think is coming. Eventually it's going to take someone getting in touch with the kids, and it'll be Mikoto who does it. And in so doing, the kids will wake back up again without leveling the city.

If that's really what happens, it might end up being a pretty good series ender after all.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Engineer's Disease at 08:08 PM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 A pretty good end?  Maybe.  But they really ruined the series overall with ep. 15-20.  Not as bad as a certain 8 episode arc from another series we won't mention, but a complete squandering of opportunity.

Posted by: ubu at March 07, 2010 08:12 PM (ZmJEa)

2 Different people wanted different things from this show. Some wanted action and this sisters arc, others (included myself) wanted Kuroko yuri antics. In the end they pleased neither group..

Posted by: Andy Janes at March 08, 2010 12:32 PM (cEaZp)

3 I actually liked the episodes.  Granted I wasn't looking for any particular arc, or for anything to happen.  I just took them for what they were.

Posted by: DrHeinous at March 08, 2010 12:49 PM (/Y+Yb)

4 Ditto, DrH.  And by taking what they gave us, I've enjoyed Railgun all the way through.

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 08, 2010 09:54 PM (mfPs/)

5 (Uiharu's power was kinda lukewarm, though)

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 08, 2010 09:54 PM (mfPs/)

6 Was that revenge?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 08, 2010 10:05 PM (+rSRq)

7 Wazzahuh?

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 08, 2010 10:49 PM (mfPs/)

8 I thought maybe you were retaliating for my pun with a pun of your own.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 08, 2010 11:29 PM (+rSRq)

9 Oh.  I had that part of my brain cauterized, so I don't remember it anymore.

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 09, 2010 05:16 AM (mfPs/)

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