March 26, 2014

To aru kagaku no Refrigerator

I've been watching Railgun S all the way through, and I just spotted a huge logic fail. Below the fold, of course.

By the time Touma fights Accelerator, Accelerator has killed more than 10,000 sisters, one per day. That's what they tell us.

10,000 days is more than 27 years. And yet we've also been told that the Level 6 Shift experiment has only been going on for a year or two. How'd they manage that?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Engineer's Disease at 08:41 AM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 I'm not certain what the light novels say, but if they agree there is a cheap retcon in universe.  I suspect the novels say otherwise.

The more expensive one is that the computer did the scheduling, and for most of the experiment, they killed about 30 a day. After the various bits of sabotage, they slowed the experiment down to one a day. Or the computer wanted to have a period with that spacing for some reason.

Posted by: PatBuckman at March 26, 2014 10:17 AM (+LcKg)

That had bugged me too, so I concluded that he couldn't have been limited to one per day, at the beginning at the very least. The first experiments were conducted in a closed indoor environment that would have taken Accelerator less than 5 minutes to kill a Misaka, so it's conceivable that they could run multiple experiments in one day.  Plus, the first Misakas hadn't learned much yet from their network on fighting Accelerator, so they would be easy fodder (even though later Misakas are still relatively easy fodder.)

But still, killing 50 Misakas per day every 5 minutes would take 4 or 5 hours per day, even without allowing for experiment prep time. You'd have to do about 50 or so per day to get anywhere near 10,000 Misakas in one or two years. I don't remember if they actually said it was one Misaka per day, or if I'd just assumed that.

Posted by: wahsatchmo at March 26, 2014 10:18 AM (r4uXE)

3 If you know your history, you know that 250 a day is feasible for one man with a support organization.

Posted by: PatBuckman at March 26, 2014 10:27 AM (+LcKg)

4 The most prolific executioner in history, Vasili Blokhin, personally executed 7,000 prisoners over 28 days during the Katyn Forest Massacre. He started out with a quota of 300 per day.

Posted by: muon at March 26, 2014 07:20 PM (jFJid)

5 You know, now that you pointed that out, I feel kind of silly not to have realized it. And this is from an author who goes to decent lengths to match the time lines between the two series.

Posted by: topmaker at March 27, 2014 04:17 PM (2yZsg)

6 Somewhere in the background of the LN, it's explained that the first 9000 or so of the Misaka Sisters were killed in very, very large combat rooms.  We see one of these when 9982 is introduced.    It's how they got up to that number so quickly.

They still managed to go from 9982 to 10032 in 20ish days?  There's some scheduling issues to work out, obviously.

Posted by: sqa at March 27, 2014 04:47 PM (zg0qh)

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