I haven’t seen To Aru Majutsu no Index, but it’s hard for me to believe that what the show really needed was a spinoff based on its most moe subplot.
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun is apparently going to be a kind of scifi K-on!, complete with a tsundere tsukkomi, an irrascible pervert, and an incompetent moeblob (I guess Saten will have to suffice as the show’s Mugi). I can’t imagine why they bothered to even base it off an action series except for the name recognition, judging from the first two episodes the setting and plot are going to be completely incidental.
Instead, Railgun is about 4 of the most familiar and boring stereotypes in anime wandering around a futuristic city and doing the most mundane things in the most moe way, and it will probably sell 50,000 DVDs. Why bother with crap like ‘plots’ and ‘themes’ when you can mix some slapstick with a little yuri, throw in a few pantyshots and call it a day?
Oh God, the panties. We’re two episodes into the show and we’ve seen twice as many pairs of underwear as we have characters. Is this really all it takes to entertain the average otaku these days? I could animate the Victoria’s Secret catalogue and make a mint. Just draw half the models crying and the other half blushing and all of them as 14 year olds.
The only thing holding my attention is Kuroko’s voice. I don’t follow seiyuu but whoever assigned her character that nasal lilt and haughty speech pattern is a genius. Obviously though one good VA can’t redeem an entire series, rather than a diamond in the rough it’s more of a skittle in the shit. Maybe tasty in a different context, but utterly incapable of making the whole package edible.
This show is everything that is wrong with anime. It’s shallow, pointless, and lewd in the most depressing way. Even if you enjoyed the original, it’s quite possible that this will not be your cup of tea. Watch Railgun if you like little cartoon girls in their underwear and you don’t care who knows.