Toaru Kagaku no Railgun (とある科学の超電磁砲（レールガン） Toaru Kagaku no Rērugan?), translated as A Certain Scientific Railgun, is the anime series adaptation of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga series by Fuyukawa Motoi. The series was produced by J.C. Staff between 2009 and 2013, and was directed by Nagai Tatsuyuki and written by Minakami Seishi, with music by Iuchi Maiko.
The anime series is composed of two 24-episode seasons, and is set in the same universe as the Toaru Majutsu no Index light novel series, although with a focus towards one of the seven Level 5s in Academy City, Misaka Mikoto. On October 7, 2018, a third season has been announced.
- Main article: List of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Episodes
Like in the original manga, the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun anime series serves as a supplement to the Toaru Majutsu no Index anime, focusing more on life in Academy City.
Misaka Mikoto is known by many as the ranked-third Level 5, the highest attainable level of an esper, and a role model to many students in Academy City, especially in Tokiwadai Middle School, where she studies. However, a little-known fact is that Mikoto is also like most of the population of students in the city and is far from the role model figure many assume her for. The series documents Mikoto's various exploits within the city together with her devoted roommate Shirai Kuroko and her friends Saten Ruiko and Uiharu Kazari.
The first season focuses on a mysterious sound file that is rumored to allow its listeners to gain esper levels, as well as the teacher that develops the file. The second season coincides with a substantial arc in the Toaru Majutsu no Index light novels which involves an experiment that used Mikoto's DNA map to create clones of herself which are later slaughtered to give way for an attempt to produce the first Level 6 in Academy City. Both seasons feature anime-original story arcs.
- Misaka Mikoto - An Electromaster, ranked at Level 5, and a student in Tokiwadai Middle School. She is considered as a student role model for her steady progress of her abilities, but is actually a tomboyish girl with a strong sense of justice. She is voiced by Rina Satou.
- Shirai Kuroko - A teleporter who works in Judgment and is Mikoto's schoolmate and roommate. She has an almost unhealthy obsession over her "onee-sama", and will go to great lengths to receive her affection. She is voiced by Satomi Arai.
- Saten Ruiko - Studies in Sakugawa Middle School and is a Level 0 with an ambition to gain esper abilities that does not match her enthusiasm in pursuing it. She is close friends with Uiharu, and she flips her skirt at times. She is voiced by Kanae Itou.
- Uiharu Kazari - A Level 1 esper with an ability she does not think highly of. She is Saten's schoolmate and Kuroko's colleague in Judgment, and is formidable at using the computer to gain information. She is voiced by Aki Toyosaki.
An anime series adaptation of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga series was green-lit on March 18, 2009. The series, produced by J.C. Staff, directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai and written by Seishi Minakami, aired between October 3, 2009 and March 20, 2010 on six TV channels, and was later released in eight-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets between January 29 and August 27, 2010. A second season of the anime, entitled Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S, whose staff comprises of the same team that worked on the first season, was broadcast between April 12 and September 27, 2013, in two TV channels.
The anime series is licensed in North America by Funimation under the title A Certain Scientific Railgun. The first season was released on DVD on April 16, 2013, and the second season was simulcast on Funimation's website, and was later released in two parts on DVD on July 1, 2014 and August 19, 2014.
The release of the anime series on disc format included a series of albums entitled Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Archives. The Railgun Archives albums share the same format as its Index counterpart, composing of character songs performed by the anime series' voice actors, as well as an audio drama. The three albums were released between March 26 and July 30, 2010. Each volume of the disc set also includes a portion of a side story written by Kamachi Kazuma entitled Toaru Majutsu no Index SS: Kanzaki.
A parody series based on the Railgun anime entitled Toaru Kagaku no Railgun MMR was bundled with limited edition Blu-ray and DVD releases for both seasons of the anime.
An official guidebook to the Toaru Majutsu no Index and Toaru Kagaku no Railgun anime series, entitled Anime Toaru Majutsu no Index no Subete―featuring Anime Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, was released on October 2010, and was bundled with the first OVA of the Railgun anime.
Like in the Toaru Majutsu no Index anime, Maiko Iuchi handles the music for both seasons of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun anime. Ten theme songs in total are used for the series. In the first season, fripSide performed "Only my railgun", which was used in the first 15 episodes, and "LEVEL 5-judgelight-", which was used in subsequent episodes except for Episode 24. Elisa performed the ending theme songs in the first season, namely "Dear My Friend -Mada Minu Mirai he-", which was used in Episodes 2-11 and 13-14, and "Real Force", used in subsequent episodes up to Episode 23. For the OVA, the song "Future gazer" by fripSide was used as opening theme song, while Elisa's "Special "ONE"" was used as ending theme song.
For Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S, fripSide's "Sister's noise" was used as opening theme song, followed by "Eternal reality", also by fripSide. "Grow Slowly" and "Links" were used as ending theme songs, performed by Yuka Iguchi and Sachika Misawa respectively.
- ↑ TVアニメ『とある科学の超電磁砲』第3期の制作が決定！, Dengeki Online (in Japanese). Accessed October 07, 2019.
- ↑ "Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga's Anime Green-Lit", Anime News Network. March 18, 2009.
- ↑ "Funimation Reveals A Certain Scientific Railgun's English Cast", Anime News Network. February 8, 2013.
- ↑ "Funi Adds Trigun Film, Moyashimon, Shiki, Black Butler 2, Sekirei 2, More", Anime News Network. July 3, 2010.
- ↑ "Funimation to Stream A Certain Scientific Railgun S Sequel Anime", Anime News Network. April 12, 2013.