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"Accelerator" (一方通行 (アクセラレータ) Akuserarēta?, lit. "One-Way Road") is the thirteenth episode of the second season of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun anime series and the 37th episode of the series overall. It was first broadcasted on July 5th, 2013. The screenplay was written by Tsuchiya Michihiro and is storyboarded and directed by Ishikawa Kensuke. The animation was co-directed Moroishi Kouta, Fujibe Ikuma, and Naoya Takashi.

Tree Diagram—the ultra-high speed super computer of Academy City that is boasted to even "predict the future". Mikoto invades a facility to try and hack the high-tech computer to end the abominable plan. However, a grim fact comes upon her.

The Tree Diagram has already been destroyed. Desperate, Mikoto lost sight of what to do, and raids a facility as a result, rationalizing that "since Tree Diagram has been destroyed, I only need to destroy everything related to the experiment."

However, something reflected in her eyes at the height of her rampage, the experiment, monitored by the facility. Meanwhile, while looking for the missing Misaka Imouto, Touma encounters an unbelievable sight in a back alley.

SynopsisEdit

Misaka 10031 appears in front of Accelerator to begin the next experiment, and Misaka 10032 on the other side of the street prepares as well. After a short time to prepare her goggles and the firearms of choice, Misaka 10031 marks the start of the 10,031st experiment.

  • The face of a woman who has been broken.
  • Touma wonders where Misaka Imouto is.
  • Mikoto doesn't even bother hiding her identity.
  • Touma discovers the aftermath of Misaka 10031 and Accelerator's battle.
  • Misaka Mikoto cometh.
  • With his powers, Accelerator fires a barrage of bottles at Misaka 10031.
  • Mikoto continues venting her spleen.
  • A queer feeling envelopes Touma after seeing a familiar shoe.

Meanwhile, in District 23, a disappointed Mikoto quietly leaves the Tree Diagram Information Receival Center, still in disbelief after finding out that the most powerful supercomputer in Academy City has been destroyed. Many thoughts are in her head — how the Tree Diagram was destroyed, the fact of losing a bargaining chip to stop the experiments, and how the experiments continue its smooth progress despite the destruction of the Tree Diagram.

However, a glimmer of hope appears as Mikoto remembers a facility located nearby, one of many that is currently collaborating for the Level 6 Shift Project.


Back in District 7, Touma comes out of Book-On, only to find his friend nowhere to be seen. As he picks up that girl's cat, which Touma calls "Deferred", an alleyway just across the street takes his attention. Touma looks for his friend inside the dark alley, and anxiety sets in as he sees a shallow crater on the ground, followed by an explosion heard from a distance; regardless, he pushes on, following the source of the noise he heard.

Misaka 10031 showers Accelerators with bullets, all of which simply bounce back off Accelerator's ability. Although slightly taken aback by a grenade launched right onto him, Accelerator decides to go on a more offensive stance, using a nearby case of bottles as makeshift missiles that shatter upon impact. 10031 flees from battle as soon as she finds Accelerator go on the attack and heads deeper into the alleyways of District 7, with Accelerator lazily pursuing her.

Meanwhile, Mikoto goes on an electrified rampage inside a District 23 facility. Unlike her more covert operations, Mikoto disregards being seen by cameras and human eyes and marches uncontested, destroying any non-human who stands in her way. As she heads further into the more sensitive machinery of the facility, she unleashes her ability, laying waste of everything she sees, determined that she will destroy anything and everything that is, was, and will be involved in the Level 6 Shift Project.


Touma reaches a crossroad as he pushes on into the alleyway he entered earlier and sees a familiar shoe amidst several pieces of broken glass, as well as its other pair nearby. As he hears another explosion, Touma heads towards the direction of the blast, his tempo increasing by the minute.

Meanwhile, Accelerator reaches Misaka 10031 as one of the bullets from her gun rips through her goggles, causing her to fall to the ground. Accelerator then slows down things a bit by allowing 10031 to guess what his ability can actually do. 10031 once more receives gunshot wounds from the bullets she fires at Accelerator and suspects that his ability involves reflection.

As 10031 is forced to retreat to a dead end, Accelerator reveals the true nature of his ability: vector transformation — the ability to control vectors and, by extension, any physical concept which has vector values like heat flux, momentum, and electric current.


  • Shock and awe—researchers watch as their facility is destroyed.
  • Mikoto's conscience steps in.
  • Accelerator looks down upon Misaka 10031.
  • Mikoto's powerless hand covers the death of her Sister.
  • Mikoto trembles at what she saw...
  • And breaks down in tears.
  • Another day, another sin, to weigh him down.

In District 23, the scientists of the facility attacked by Misaka Mikoto could only watch in disbelief as their data was destroyed singlehandedly by the ranked-third Level 5 of Academy City. Mikoto soon heads to a room filled with videos taken from cameras located across Academy City.

She laughs at herself, thinking that she is one step closer to bringing down the Level 6 Shift Project, but doubts in her head remind her about how many clones would need to die before she could end the experiments for good. Mikoto explodes in an electrified outrage as she desperately asks herself for the thing she needed to do to force the-powers-that-be to cancel the project.

Then, amidst the destruction is a live feed of one of the cameras mounted in Academy City, showing someone who looks exactly like her sprawled across the ground.

Moments later, a boy with silvery-white hair wearing a black shirt approaches the girl.

The boy hands over his next question to his 10,031st victim: "What do you think would happen if one's blood flow is reversed?"

Right after the boy stabs his fingers into Mikoto's look-alike, everything becomes drenched in an ominous red, as if the girl exploded.

Mikoto becomes overwhelmed by despair, while Accelerator, having killed that girl for over 10,000 times, simply walks away.

  • Misaka 1 introduces herself.
  • Misaka 1 backs up into Accelerator unawares.
  • A man in the room controls it all without raising a single fist.
  • Misaka 1 down after Accelerator's attack.
  • Misaka 1 inadvertently shots herself.
  • Misaka 1 feels the cold pangs of death.

Soon, Accelerator remembers his first encounter with the Misaka Clones, and the very first experiment. He was quite disappointed due to facing someone who looks like a Level 5 but fights like someone of lower level. Regardless, he was asked to proceed with the experiments, disregarding the lower levels of his "enemies" and the fact that they are — despite being cultivated in mass amounts — humans.

By the end of the first experiment, the clone he encountered met her demise in her own hands, after being shot by the very bullet she fired at Accelerator. Ten thousand and thirty experiments later, it became a mere part of Accelerator's daily life.

  • Only the dead can know peace from this evil.
  • Misaka 10032 with a certain body bag.
  • The Sisters gather and introduce themselves as clones to Touma.
  • Touma contemplates on the things he has seen and has failed to save.
  • Mikoto decides her fate, the final solution to the experiment.
  • Touma determines to contact Mikoto's room.

Touma finds what was left of Misaka 10031 minutes after, and he was completely shocked by the red that was painted across the alleyway. He called the Anti-Skill soon after, but he found no trace of Misaka 10031 where he found her. As he was left alone after considering his call as a mere prank, a puzzled Touma is joined by another Misaka Clone.

As he was joined by clone after clone, the confused Touma is confronted by a small army of Mikoto look-alikes, telling that Touma, as someone not part of the experiment, has no privilege to know about the "experiment". However, they later reassure Touma that among them is the one whom he met at late afternoon, Misaka 10032. 10032 then points out that the bag she is carrying contains the remains of Misaka 10031, the clone he and the Original met earlier, confirming that a Misaka Clone has died.

Then, 10032 finally reveals their true identity, as Misaka Mikoto's clones, involved in an experiment whose details are heavily classified. She then leaves her cat in Touma's care before leaving with the other clones.


As the night looms over Academy City, Touma is still shaken by the events that had happened. And the first thing that entered Touma's mind was whether Mikoto knew anything about what is going on. He decides to look for answers by visiting the Tokiwadai Middle School Dormitory, but hesitation begins to set in.

Meanwhile, Mikoto discovers what she has to do to put a stop to the Level 6 Shift Project.

Upon returning to District 7, Mikoto gathers her determination to end this once and for all!

Major EventsEdit

  • Accelerator explains to MISAKA 10031 that his ability is the ability to transform any vector. The MISAKA network is now cognizant of this fact for all of the future battles with Accelerator.
  • Misaka 10031 dies at the hands of the Accelerator , and is witnessed by Misaka Mikoto .
  • Touma yells in shock upon the discovery of Misaka 10031's corpse and later learns that Misaka Mikoto has clones after he briefly doubted his own sanity and thinking that he had hallucinated Misaka 10031's death.
  • Mikoto reveals that she has figured out the perfect, final way to end the experiment after thinking about the fact that the Level 6 shift project scientists had conjectured that Accelerator only had to kill Railgun 128 times in order to induce a level 6 shift in the Accelerator.
  • Touma heads to Mikoto's room in the Tokiwadai dormitories located away from the main campus in an attempt to speak to her and approach her about the Level 6 Shift experiment.

Adapted FromEdit

CharactersEdit

New CharactersEdit

LocationsEdit

New LocationsEdit

No new locations were introduced during this episode.

AbilitiesEdit

New AbilitiesEdit

No new ablities were introduced during this episode,

TriviaEdit

  • Accelerator's flashback has him killing indirectly the first Misaka clone. The scene is taken from the tankobon version of the chapter instead of the magazine version, where it implies that Accelerator killed Misaka 1 instead of her own doing.
  • The direction set up in a way to make it seem that Touma was close in discovering Misaka 10031 and Accelerator's battle, unlike that of the previous adaptation of the scene which shows that it has been quite a while since Misaka 10031's death and then Touma discovering the corpse.
  • As a coup de grace to the Misaka 10031–10032 confusion, Misaka 10032 explains in detail her and Misaka 10031's role in the story.
  • The flashback with Misaka 1 implies that Accelerator's battle with Mikoto in episode 6 was the first time he fought another level 5.
  • The OST from episode 5 when Mikoto witnessed the death of Misaka 9982 was used here once again for when she witnessed the death of Misaka 10031.

ReferbacksEdit

  • Touma's meeting with Misaka 10031 and 10032 are referenced by Misaka 10032 to clear Touma's confusion.

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Like the real world FN F2000 that the Toy Soldier is based on, it uses also uses a grenade launcher.
  • The gun that Misaka 1 uses is a variant of a M1911 pistol that is often seen in the series. It is most likely a Colt variant, which uses a skeleton hammer and picatinny rail, like the Colt XSE.

Differences in AdaptationEdit

Animation TriviaEdit

  • At least 20 seconds from the previous episode are reused for the cold opening of the episode.
  • Scenes from episode 11 and 12 are reused for various flashbacks.
  • In the beginning of this episode's ending (as the music was playing), the windmills near the bridge start to turn as Mikoto walks by hinting at the fact that Mikoto tends to give off electricity that makes windmills spin as a way of foreshadowing what will happen during the fight in episode 15.

SoundtrackEdit

# Title Time Scene & Notes
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Unverified Track Eyecatch
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Unanswered QuestionsEdit

  • What happened to the thugs Accelerator fought in the alleyway?
  • How was even the Sisters even capable of cleaning the alleyways efficiently in such a short amount of time?
  • What happened to Touma's suit case and the book he bought?
  • What was Mikoto's conclusion at the end of the episode about how to stop the experiment for good?

QuotesEdit

  • Accelerator: "C'mon, did you really just turn tail? Shaking your pretty little ass at me... Lemme guess, you're leadin' me on?"—to Misaka 10031 after she makes a retreat.
  • Accelerator: "I usually just leave it on reflect. But that isn't exactly what I'm doing now.,The correct answer was... vector transformation. Momentum, heat flux, and... electric current. I can control anything with a direction just by touching it."—to Misaka 10031 regarding the nature of his ability.
  • Mikoto: "I'll destroy them all. All their equipment, their funds, their desires, and their ambitions. I'll destroy everything until all that's left are ashes. And then, one day... One day? Will such a nice day ever come? How many of those Sisters have to suffer before it comes? Shut up! What d'ya want me to do?! How the fuck am I supposed to make them cancel the plans?!"—internal monologue.
  • Researcher: "However, the first experiment has yet to be concluded. It won't be until you dispose of the subject behind you. Completion of the project requires the disposal of 20,000 armed clones. The target has not yet ceased operation. Continue fighting."—researcher egging Accelerator on to kill Misaka 1.
  • Misaka 1: ""It's dark... It feels like I'm sinking into deep waters... Is this... death?" asks Misa... ka..."—death of Misaka 1.
  • Misaka 10032: ""Misaka has, in fact, died," announces Misaka."—said to Touma.

ReferencesEdit

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