A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 1 (2009)
とある科学の超電磁砲 (Toaru Kagaku no Rērugan)


In the futuristic Academy City, which is made up of 80% students, many of whom are espers possessing unique psychic powers, Mikoto Misaka is an electro-master who is the third strongest of a mere seven espers who have been given the rank of Level 5. The series focuses on the exploits of Mikoto and her friends; Kuroko Shirai, Kazari Uiharu, and Ruiko Saten, prior to and during the events of A Certain Magical Index.
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A Certain Scientific Railgun manga is a spin-off of Kamachi’s A Certain Magical Index light novel series, taking place before and during the events of that series.

A 24-episode anime television series adaptation, produced by J.C. Staff and directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai, aired in Japan between October 3, 2009, and March 20, 2010.

Alternative title

– Toaru Kagaku no Railgun
– A Certain Scientific Railgun
– とある科学の超電磁砲[レールガン]
– เรลกัน แฟ้มลับคดีวิทยาศาสตร์
– 科學超電磁砲
– 어떤 과학의 초전자포
– To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
– Toaru Kagaku no Choudenjihou
– Некий научный рейлган
– 某科学的超电磁炮
– 魔法禁书目录外传
– 科学的超电磁炮

TL;DR Review

A Certain Scientific Railgun (とある科学の超電磁砲レールガン Toaru Kagaku no Rērugan) is a Japanese manga series written by Kazuma Kamachi and illustrated by Motoi Fuyukawa, which began serialization in the April 2007.

Imagine a school slice-of-life anime, but with superpower and some ecchi-ness thrown in, and you have this series. If you think about it, that’s not the worst idea for a premise. You don’t need to have seen A Certain Magical Index in order to watch this series. There are some cameos here and there, but this series can stand on its own.

I find that I am quite enjoying this series, unlike A Certain Magical Index. In Index, I felt I had to trudge through just to finish a story arc. Railgun, however, kept me interested in the characters, stories, and even jokes.

The stories of A Certain Scientific Railgun is more micro in scale and mostly occur in Academy City. It is easier to relate to than the convoluted plot of A Certain Magical Index. The number of characters is also small, giving us a chance to explore their personalities better.

Though there’s a lot of repeated ecchi comedy bits, it doesn’t feel as forced as Tomu and Index sequences.

I highly recommend this series to those that enjoy a slice-of-life show that’s a little faster pace and have superpowers. A Certain Scientific Railgun contains some nudity, graphic violence, and some suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Featured Music

A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 1 (2009)

A collection of notable music and song from this series.


Opening Theme

– “Only My Railgun” by fripSide (eps 2-24)
– “Level 5 (Judgelight)” by fripSide (eps 15-23)

Closing Theme

– “Only My Railgun” by fripSide (ep 1)
– “Dear My Friend (Mada Minu Mirai e)” (Dear My Friend -まだ見ぬ未来へ-, lit. “Dear My Friend (Toward a Future We Haven’t Seen Yet)”) by Elisa (eps 2-11, 13-14, 24)
– “Smile (You & Me)” by Elisa (ep 12) [which uses the same tune as “Dear My Friend (Mada Minu Mirai e)”]
– “Real Force” by Elisa (eps 15-23)

Insert/Image Theme

– “Only My Railgun” by FripSide (eps 12,24)
– “Level 5: Judgelight” by FripSide (ep 24)
– “Desu no! White & Black” by Arai Satomi
– “Gira Gira Now!” by Arai Satomi, Satou Rina
– “Girly Days” by Satou Rina
– “Hatsu-iro Bloomy” by Toyosaki Aki
– “Kanpeki Will” by Itou Kanae, Toyosaki Aki
– “Namida Gomen no Girls Beat” by Itou Kanae
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A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 1 (2009)

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.



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