only my railgun is the first opening theme of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun anime. It was first introduced in the first episode of the anime as an ending theme (initial TV airings only) and from the second episode up to Episode 14 as an opening theme (used in the first episode as the opening theme as well), it was replaced by LEVEL 5 -judgelight-. On the 12th and 24th episode of the anime, it was used as an insert music.

Until 11 years later in 2020, this song is re-recorded by fripSide as -version 2020-, right when Yoshino Nanjō vocalized in a more mature motion.

Background[edit | edit source]

The song acts as a description of the titular character of the series, Misaka Mikoto, and her signature move, the Railgun.

Promotional Video[edit | edit source]

The promotional video of "only my railgun" depicts various characters from Toaru Kagaku no Railgun as played by people in masks. The only characters of note are Shirai Kuroko and Misaka Mikoto, and the rest of the characters in the video display various psychic abilities like psychokinesis, pyrokinesis, manipulation of water and others. One other actor in the video is a magician played by comedian Maggy Shinji, who performed various tricks, seemingly imitating the psychic powers in the video.

In later 2020, Maggy Shinji was returned once again in the video, but having teamed up with the other male comedy magicians rather than the cosplay characters with psychic abilities. In the video's ending, one of the comedians at the center, which they are lined up along with Maggy in a v-shaped formation, performed Railgun right out of nowhere similar to the old one.

Tracklist[edit | edit source]

It was composed and arranged by Satoshi Yaginuma and was sung by Yoshino Nanjo, under their band name fripSide. This was their first single release since the departure of the previous vocalist. It was released on November 4, 2009, an entire month after the broadcast of the first episode.

The single features the full version of the song.

  1. "only my railgun" – 4:17
  2. "late in autumn" – 6:09
  3. "only my railgun" -instrumental- – 4:17
  4. "late in autumn" -instrumental- – 6:09

Characters[edit | edit source]

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun title card for only my railgun.

By appearance

Spoilers[edit | edit source]

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Japanese English Translation
hanate! kokoro ni kizanda yume wo mirai sae okizari ni shite
genkai nado shiranai imi nai
kono chikara ga hikari chirasu sono saki ni haruka na omoi wo
Release! The dream that's engraved in my heart, leave even the future behind
This limitless, yet meaningless power
Sparkles with light, with my feelings at the distance, preceding it
aruite kita kono michi wo furikaeru koto shika
dekinai nara...ima koko de subete wo kowaseru
If I can do nothing but look back at the journey along this road...
I have the choice to destroy everything, right here and now
kurayami ni ochiru machinami hito wa doko made tachimukaeru no?
kasoku suru sono itami kara dareka wo kitto mamoreru yo
How long can the people stand against this darkness that falls on the city?
Surely somebody will protect them from the pain that is racing through
Looking!
The blitz loop this planet to search way.
Only my RAILGUN can shoot it. imasugu
karada juu wo hikari no hayasa de
kake megutta tashikana yokan
Look!
The blitz loop that (tries to) guide the planet
Only my railgun can shoot it.
Right now, this definite sensation
Runs around my whole body at the speed of light
tsukame! nozomu mono nara noko sazu kagayakeru jibunrashisa de
shinjiteru yo ano hi no chikai wo
kono hitomi ni hikaru namida sore sae mo tsuyosa ni naru kara
Seize! All the things of my shining heart's desire, leave nothing behind
I still keep the oath I made that day
Even the tears that shine from my eyes will turn into my strength
tachidomaru to sukoshi dake kanjiru setsunasa ni
tomadou koto nai nante uso wa tsukanai yo
But I won't lie that I am immune to
The little pain I will feel when I become perplexed
sora ni mau KOIN ga egaku houbutsusen ga kimeru unmei
uchidashita kotae ga kyou mo watashi no mune wo kake meguru
From the coin that dances through the air, the trajectory determines my fate
The target however is the answer that creeps inside my heart again today
Sparkling!
The shiny lights awake true desire.
Only my RAILGUN can shoot it. kanarazu
tsuranuiteku tomadou koto naku
kizutsuite mo hashiri tsuzukeru

Sparkling!
The shiny lights that awaken true desire
Only my railgun can shoot it.
It's piercing through without fail, nor pause
And will continue to run, no matter what the pain

nerae! rin to kirameku shisen wa kuruinaku yami wo kirisaku
mayoi nante fukitobaseba ii
kono kokoro ga sakebu kagiri dare hitori jama nado sasenai
Aim! With a shining vision so dignified, shred open the darkness with composure
Just throw away any of the doubt
My heart screams loudly, I won't let anyone stand in my way
hakanaku mau musuu no negai wa
kono ryoute ni tsumotte yuku
kirisaku yami ni mietekuru no wa
omoku fukaku setsunai kioku
Uncountable wishes are faintly trembling down
Gathering on my two open hands
The darkness that I tore apart is revealing to me
Heavy, deep, painful memories
iroaseteku genjitsu ni yureru
zetsubou ni wa maketaku nai
watashi ga ima watashi de aru koto
mune wo hatte subete hokoreru!
I don't want to give in to the despair
That has shaken this reality that is losing colour
For now, I shall take every bit of pride
And feel proud for being myself, the way I am!
Looking!
The blitz loop this planet to search way.
Only my RAILGUN can shoot it. imasugu
karadajuu wo hikari no hayasa de
kake megutta tashikana yokan
Look!
The blitz loop that (tries to) guide the planet
Only my railgun can shoot it.
Right now, this definite sensation
Runs through my whole body at the speed of light
hanate! kokoro ni kizanda yume wo mirai sae okizari ni shite
genkai nado shiranai imi nai
kono chikara ga hikari chirasu sono saki ni haruka na omoi wo
Release, the dream engraved in my heart, leave even the future behind
This limitless, yet meaningless power
Sparkles with light, with my feelings at the distance, preceding it

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The scene in which Mikoto is near a vending machine being passed by Touma before being groped by Kuroko is a recreation of a similar scene in the first opening of the Toaru Majutsu no Index anime.
  • In the promotional video, Kuroko is depicted as both a Teleport and a Psychokinesis user.
  • She hums this theme at the end of thirteenth episode of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun.

References[edit | edit source]

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Music
Index Openings PSI-missingmasterpiece
Endings Rimless ~Fuchinashi no Sekai~Chikaigoto ~Sukoshi Dake Mou Ichido~
Inserts Amejellyfish
Index II Openings No buts!See visionS
Endings Magic∞worldMemories Last
Inserts Pray ~Inori~
Index Movie Endings FIXED STAR
Inserts Telepath ~Hikari no Tou~ATARIMAE no KyoriBrand New Bright StepGloriaAshita, Hareru KanaOVERShining Star-☆-LOVE Letter
Index III Openings GravitationROAR
Endings Kakumei Zen'yaOwaranai Uta
Railgun Openings only my railgunLEVEL 5-judgelight-
Endings Dear My Friend -Mada Minu Mirai he-Real Force
Inserts SMILE -You & Me-
Railgun OVA Openings future gazer
Endings Special "ONE"
Railgun S Openings sister's noiseeternal reality
Endings Grow SlowlyLinks
Inserts stand stillInfinia
Railgun T Openings final phasedual existence
Endings nameless storyAoarashi no Ato de
Inserts Koko ni Itai
Accelerator Openings Shadow is the Light
Endings Parole
Games Openings ANSWER (Index PSP) • way to answer (Railgun PSP) • adverse wind (Index MMO) • Get Ready! (Virtual-On) • JUNCTION (Imaginary Fest)
10th Anniversary Where I belong... Zutto
Compilation Albums Index Compilation Album (Snap out of it!!) • Railgun Compilation Album
Artists Kawada MamiIKUKurosaki MaonfripSideELISAKishida Kyoudan & THE Akeboshi RocketsTHE SIXTH LIEsajou no hanaIuchi Maiko
Soundtracks
Index OST 1Index OST 2Index II OST 1Index II OST 2Index Movie OSTpolarisIndex III OST 1Index III OST 2Railgun OST 1Railgun OST 2Railgun S OST 1Railgun S OST 2Railgun T OSTAccelerator OSTVirtual-On OSTVirtual-On Sound CD
Archives (Drama CDs & Image Songs)
Index Archives 1 Audio Drama"Arigato" no Keikenchi (Index) • Watashi Rashiku Aru Tame no pledge (Misaka Mikoto)
Archives 2 Audio DramaZero Kara no Gyakushū (Kamijou Touma) • Owari wa Dochira (Himegami Aisa)
Archives 3 Audio Dramaunder the cry (Stiyl Magnus) • Salvia farinacea (Kanzaki Kaori)
Archives 4 Audio DramaHisoyakana Yokubō ~Misaka wa, Hasseisase masu~ (Misaka 10032) • i intersect (Kazakiri Hyouka)
Index II Archives 1 Audio Drama"Okaeri" no Zettaichi (Index) • Gensou, Moshikuha Sore ni Hitoshii mono (Kamijou Touma)
Archives 2 Audio DramaShoudou nano de gozaimasu yo (Orsola Aquinas) • Stray Virgin (Agnese Sanctis)
Archives 3 Audio DramaBEAT IN (Biri)! BEAT IN (Biri)! (Misaka Mikoto) • Hi ~yun! DESTINATION (Shirai Kuroko)
Archives 4 Audio DramaNetwork wa Fantastic (Last Order) • 99.9% Noisy (Accelerator)
Railgun Archives 1 Audio DramaRailgun Girl Days (Misaka Mikoto) • Desu no! White & Black (Shirai Kuroko)
Archives 2 Audio DramaUbuiro Bloomy (Uiharu Kazari) • Namida Gomen no Girls Beat (Saten Ruiko)
Archives 3 Audio DramaGira Gira Now! (Misaka Mikoto & Shirai Kuroko) • Kanpeki Will (Uiharu Kazari & Saten Ruiko)
Non-Archives Toaru Majutsu no Index Radio DramaToaru Majutsu no Index III Drama CDToaru Kagaku no Railgun T Drama CDToaru Matsuri no Triangle
Misc.
A Certain TuneBand ScoreKaraoke Song Numbers
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