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"Thoughtfulness" (心馳 Shinchi?) is the 97th chapter of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga series, released on October 27, 2017. This chapter serves as a preliminary chapter before the formal opening of the Jailbreaker Arc on chapter 98.

After the various events that unfolded in Academy City, Saten Ruiko and Uiharu Kazari visit certain urban legend sites in Academy City while trying to pick up from their respective losses. Meanwhile, a flustered Misaka Mikoto remains shaken by a conversation she overheard, and finds herself looking for advice on what to do next.

SynopsisEdit

While taking a stroll around Academy City, Saten and Uiharu talk about some urban legends, including the story of a talking Golden Retriever stopping an attempted suicide and the story of three Child Errors (Flower Chomper Lahay Guillot, Feigned Innocence Emako and Sweet Tooth Siegtogo) who were abducted and experimented by a mad scientist. They later enter a small archway, rumored to ruin the romantic relationships of anyone who pass under it, and spend time on a manmade reservoir that was said to have sheltered a mutated giant serpent. Their conversation soon gains the attention of two gyaru girls, one of which claims that she saw a serpent not too long ago. However, her poor attempt to photograph the beast arouses suspicion from Uiharu.

After leaving the reservoir, Saten takes the chance to thank Uiharu for letting her see various urban legend sites in Academy City, and admits that she had been in a dismal mood after the sudden disappearance of a friend that she just recently met. Uiharu refuses to promise Saten that she will not disappear like her other friend, but she assures Saten that she will not disappear if Saten would stop feeling so depressed.

Saten, with her spirits lifted by Uiharu's words, soon finds a flustered Mikoto among the crowd. According to Mikoto, "a friend" was baffled about a certain other person's tendency to meddle with the former's affairs and sacrifice itself for others and that "friend" realized having a "special kind of feeling" towards the other person. While Mikoto mulls over the fact that the "other person" seemed to like "symbols of motherhood" (i.e. large breasts), Uiharu tells Mikoto that the only way for her "friend" to receive the feelings of the "other person" is to be exposed to something tragic and to stay in such a state of tragedy. As a confused Mikoto listens to Uiharu's advice, Saten desperately tries to keep Mikoto from being misled by this advice.

Major EventsEdit

CharactersEdit

By order of appearance:

New Characters Edit

AbilitiesEdit

No abilities were used in this chapter.

LocationsEdit

TriviaEdit

  • One of the gyarus that approached Saten and Uiharu bears a resemblance to Akikawa Mie, most notably her short hair and cardigan tied around her waist.

ReferbacksEdit

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • The "man-faced dog", also known as jinmenken, is a known Japanese urban legend. Like the talking Golden Retriever, the jinmenken is capable of speech, and can rather be rude, but is otherwise harmless compared to other urban legend-related creatures.

Unanswered QuestionsEdit

  • What happened to one of the dragons from Touma's right hand?

QuotesEdit

  • Talking Golden Retriever: "Life can be as bitter as a cigar. But you grow hooked on that bitterness. You too will understand once you are old enough to smoke. So why not try living long enough to understand the flavor of life?"
  • Uiharu: "Making promises about the future isn't that easy. But...If you tell me you'll never look so sad again...then I guess I could promise you."

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