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Toaru Kagaku no Railgun (とある科学の超電磁砲(レールガン) Toaru Kagaku no Choudenjihou?) or A Certain Scientific Railgun is the second manga series that is based off the Toaru Majutsu no Index franchise. The Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga is an original side story written by Kamachi Kazuma and illustrated by Fuyukawa Motoi.

The Railgun manga series is released as a monthly manga in the Dengeki Daioh magazine since February 2007, and currently has twelve tankoubon volumes released.

The manga series has been adapted into two 24-episode anime series based on the first six volumes of the manga from October 2009 to March 2010, followed by an OVA released on October 2010. A sequel to the anime series entitled Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S was green-lit[1], which was confirmed to cover the Sisters Arc in the original manga.[2]

PlotEdit

Diverging from the plot of Index, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun focuses more on Academy City and the third of seven Level 5 espers named Misaka Mikoto.
A Certain Scientific Railgun Characters

Several characters from the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun anime.

Misaka Mikoto, despite being part of the most powerful espers in Academy City, also has a more carefree side to her life. She has to fend off constant "love attacks" from devoted friend and roommate Shirai Kuroko but despite of being the Ace of Tokiwadai Middle School she still acts like a normal student as in nobody is better than the other. However, with various problems arising in Academy City — both noticeable and out from plain sight — she moves as Academy City's unseen savior, using her powers to save people, loved ones and strangers alike.

Development Edit

The concept used in Toaru Kagaku no Railgun began when the future editor (Ogino Kentaro) of Railgun made a request to Miki Kazuma, Kamachi Kazuma's editor, on how he wanted to have an Index manga in Dengeki Daioh. Due to the fact that the Index manga was already serialized in Monthly Shōnen Gangan, the editor asked for a Daioh to have one for the science side, specifically that of Misaka Mikoto.[3]

The idea was well received by Miki, and after a general idea was drafted, the producers asked Kazuma to write the original concept of it. Kamachi Kazuma, at that point, was told that the manga would be using Academy City as a primary state, as such, he wrote the original draft with Shirai Kuroko as the protagonist, feeling that Mikoto was too powerful a character from who he could make an an entertaining manga. He was later corrected, and was asked to use Mikoto instead, despite having written "quite a bit". Because of this, he was forced to rethink everything from the ground up in order to use.[3] It is unknown what would have become of the side story had Kuroko been accepted as the protagonist.

Motoi was later called up to be the artist of the manga, and started serialization in the April issue of Dengeki Daioh on March 2007. The first volume was later released on November 10, 2007.[4]

Overseas Release Edit

Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga in North America and began releasing the series in North America starting with the first volume on June 2011.[5] Like the rest of the printed series by Kamachi, the manga is distributed by Kadokawa Taiwan for the Chinese market, with the first volume being released on April 29, 2009.[6]

Chapters and VolumesEdit

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Volumes 1 to 10Edit

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Volume 01
First Part of the Level Upper Arc
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga v01 cover

Date of Release (JP) November 10, 2007[4]

(EN) June 7, 2011[7]

ISBN (JP) ISBN 978-4-04-866293-2

(EN) ISBN 978-1-935934-00-4[7]

Number of Pages 194 pages
Cover Character(s) Shirai Kuroko and Misaka Mikoto
There are 2.3 million people in Academy Cityand approximately 80% of them are students. There where science and technology is more advanced than the outside, the special esper development program has been incorporated into the curriculum. There are only seven Level 5 espers in Academy City, and among them is Misaka Mikoto. Because of her power and disposition, she becomes involved in a number of incidents happening in Academy City.
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Volume 02
Second Part of the Level Upper Arc
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga v02 cover

Date of Release (JP) June 10, 2008[8]

(EN) September 27, 2011[7]

ISBN (JP) ISBN 978-4-04-867146-0

(EN) ISBN 978-1-935934-02-8[7]

Number of Pages 192 pages
Cover Character(s) Misaka Mikoto, Shirai Kuroko,
Uiharu Kazari, Saten Ruiko
Akemi, Muu, Mako
Kiyama Harumi and Kamijou Touma
  • 8. July 20 (七月二十日 Shichi-gatsu Hatsuka?)
  • 9. July 21, Part 1 (七月二十一日① Shichi-gatsu Ni-jū-ichi-nichi ①?)
  • 10. July 21, Part 2 (七月二十一日② Shichi-gatsu Ni-jū-ichi-nichi ②?)
  • 11. July 24, Part 1 (七月二十四日① Shichi-gatsu Ni-jū-yokka ①?)
  • 12. July 24, Part 2 (七月二十四日② Shichi-gatsu Ni-jū-yokka ②?)
  • 13. July 24, Part 3 (七月二十四日③ Shichi-gatsu Ni-jū-yokka ③?)
Mikoto and Shirai decide to the rumours that there is a mysterious item that amplifies esper powers known as the Level Upper. Who would've thought that despite their investigation that it would fall into the hands of Uiharu's friend Saten Ruiko?
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Volume 03
Third Part of the Level Upper Arc
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga v03 cover

Date of Release (JP) February 27, 2009[9]

(EN) February 14, 2012[7]

ISBN (JP) ISBN 978-4-04-867719-6

(EN) ISBN 978-1-935934-12-7[7]

Number of Pages 204 pages
Cover Character(s) Shirai Kuroko, Uiharu Kazari
and Konori Mii
The Level Upper Arc that began in Volume 1 will finally conclude! What is the true purpose of the Level Upper that has appeared on the net? And can Mikoto defeat the mastermind!? In addition to Mikoto and Kuroko cleaning the pool, other popular characters from the series also appear to be busy.
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Volume 04
First Part of the Railgun side of the Sisters Arc
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga v04 cover

Date of Release (JP) October 27, 2009[10]

(EN) May 8, 2012[7]

ISBN (JP) ISBN 978-4-04-868169-8

(EN) ISBN 978-1-935934-18-9[7]

Number of Pages 186 pages
Cover Character(s) Misaka Mikoto and Misaka 9982
"Clones of the Railgun live in the city." Mikoto has heard of such urban legends. However, she begins examining the truth behind it despite believing it all to be a hoax. Then one day Mikoto meets one of these Sister clones, and discovers the cruel truth hidden from her...!
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Volume 05
Second Part of the Railgun side of the Sisters Arc
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga v05 cover

Date of Release (JP) June 26, 2010[11]

(EN) August 7, 2012[7]

ISBN (JP) ISBN 978-4-04-868686-0

(EN) ISBN 978-1-935934-78-3[7]

Number of Pages 242 pages
Cover Character(s) Misaka Mikoto, Nunotaba Shinobu,
Kinuhata Saiai, Frenda Seivelun,
Takitsubo Rikou, Mugino Shizuri
and Accelerator
One after another the Level 5 esper consumes all those who stand in her way. Can Mikoto stop the horrible experiments that play with lives...!? A fierce fight is inevitable in volume 5 with a shocking appearance!
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Volume 06
Third Part of the Railgun side of the Sisters Arc
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga v06 cover

Date of Release (JP) February 26, 2011[12]

(EN) December 11, 2012[7]

ISBN (JP) ISBN 978-4-04-870350-5

(EN) ISBN 978-1-937867-03-4[7]

Number of Pages 234 pages
Cover Character(s) Sisters
The Level 6 Shift Project is the killing of 20,000 individual Mikoto clones, known as Sisters, in Academy City. In order to stop the experiment, Mikoto tries to challenge the strongest esper, Accelerator. But then, Touma appears. There, the strongest and the weakest clash!
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Volume 07
Fourth Part of the Railgun side of the Sisters Arc and the First Part of the Railgun side of the Daihasei Festival Arc
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga v07 cover

Date of Release (JP) December 17, 2011 [13]

(EN) April 2, 2013[7]

ISBN (JP) ISBN 978-4-04-870976-7

(EN) ISBN 978-1-937867-21-8[7]

Number of Pages 192 pages
Cover Character(s) Misaka Mikoto, Saten Ruiko
and Kamijou Touma
After the desperate struggle against the Accelerator, Mikoto was waiting for Kamijou Touma with some handmade cookies that he pestered her for. Then, a non-standard scale super athletic meet!!
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Volume 08
Second Part of the Railgun side of the Daihasei Festival Arc
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga v08 cover

Date of Release (JP) October 27, 2012[14]

(EN) August 6, 2013[7]

ISBN (JP) ISBN 978-4-04-891101-6

(EN) ISBN 978-1-937867-39-3[7]

Number of Pages 242 pages
Cover Character(s) Misaka Mikoto, Shokuhou Misaki,
Ringlet curl girl, Kongou Mitsuko,
Shirai Kuroko, Saten Ruiko,
Uiharu Kazari, Awatsuki Maaya
and Wannai Kinuho
The first day of the Daihasei Festival. Misaka 10032 took part in a match in Mikoto's place but now her whereabouts are unknown. Mikoto sets out to search for he, however in front of her, Shokuhou Misaki's clique and a new darkness stands in her way...
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Volume 09
Third Part of the Railgun side of the Daihasei Festival Arc
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga v09 cover

Date of Release (JP) August 27, 2013[15]

(EN) April 15, 2014[7]

ISBN (JP) ISBN 978-4-04-891844-2

(EN) ISBN 978-1-937867-79-9[7]

Number of Pages 242 pages
Cover Character(s) Misaka Mikoto and Shokuhou Misaki
Misaka Mikoto finds that one of her Sisters has disappeared, and contacts Mental Out, Shokuhou Misaki, who works behind the scenes during the events unfolding. She tells that the Sister is being targeted by a mysterious organization. The ones who are pulling the strings... is the advocate of the Level 6 Shift!?
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Volume 10
Fourth Part of the Railgun side of the Daihasei Festival Arc
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga v10 cover

Date of Release (JP) July 26, 2014[16]

(EN) April 22, 2015[7]

ISBN (JP) ISBN 978-4-04-866698-5

(EN) ISBN 978-1-626920-39-2[7]

Number of Pages 272 pages
Cover Character(s) Misaka Mikoto, Shirai Kuroko,
Shokuhou Misaki and Kamijou Touma
Due to Kihara Gensei's "experiment," Misaka Mikoto has begun transforming into a Level 6 esper. The one who stops her is...


Volumes 11 to CurrentEdit

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Volume 11
First Part of the Dream Ranker Arc
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga v11 cover

Date of Release (JP) October 27, 2015[17]

(EN) June 28, 2016[7]

ISBN (JP) ISBN 978-4-04-865431-9

(EN) ISBN 978-1-626922-16-7

Number of Pages 242 pages
Cover Character(s) Misaka Mikoto, Shirai Kuroko,
Uiharu Kazari, Saten Ruiko,
Kinuhata Saiai, Shokuhou Misaki,
Ringlet curl girl and clique members
Things seemed to have calmed down in Academy City after the Daihaseisai. But strange rumors have been popping up. What is it? There is a mechanism that allows people to see and enter "good" dreams. Moreover, it has an effect on reality....
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Volume 12
Second Part of the Dream Ranker Arc
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga v12 cover

Date of Release (JP) November 27, 2016[18]

(EN) July 25, 2017[7]

ISBN (JP) ISBN 978-4-04-892365-1

(EN) ISBN 978-1-626924-47-5

Number of Pages 240 pages
Cover Character(s) Frenda Seivelun, Saten Ruiko,
Yumiya Rakko, Awatsuki Maaya,
Wannai Kinuho, Naru, Seike,
Leader and Yakumaru
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga Volume 13
Third Part of the Dream Ranker Arc
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga v13 cover

Date of Release (JP) November 27, 2017[18]

(EN) May 29, 2018[7]

ISBN (JP) ISBN 978-4-04-893425-1

(EN) ISBN 978-1-626927-81-0

Number of Pages 226 pages
Cover Character(s) Misaka Mikoto, Kuriba Ryouko
and Doppelganger

Chapters Not Yet in Volume FormatEdit

MediaEdit

MangaEdit

The Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga series started serialization in Dengeki Daioh in May 2007, and is released once every month. The manga series currently has twelve tankoubon volumes and a total of 97 chapters have been released. Seven Seas has licensed the manga series for North America under the title A Certain Scientific Railgun.[19]

In March 2017, a side-story illustrated by Nogi Yasuhito, entitled Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Gaiden: Astral Buddy (とある科学の超電磁砲 (レールガン) 外伝 アストラル・バディ Toaru Kagaku no Choudenjihou (Rērugan) Gaiden Asutoraru Badi?), began serialization in Dengeki Daioh on April 2017. It details another incident which occurred during the manga's Dream Ranker Arc and features Hokaze Junko, the ringlet curl girl from Shokuhou Misaki's clique as the main character.[20]

Anime SeriesEdit

Main article: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun (anime)
Only my railgun Title Card

Title card for the first season of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun.

An anime series adaptation of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga was announced on March 18, 2009 on the official site of the Toaru Majutsu no Index anime series, which aired in October 2008.[21] Roughly one year after the release of the Index anime series, the anime adaptation of Railgun began airing, with its broadcast run ending in March 2010. There was also an extra anime episode bundled on a DVD with the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Official Visual Book which was released later, on July 24, 2010.[22] An OVA of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun was released later, on October 29, 2010.[23]

In October 2012, A second season of the anime adaptation entitled Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S was announced.[1] The series is expected to entail the infamous Sisters Arc, entirely from Misaka Mikoto's perspective as it was depicted in the Railgun manga. The series began airing on April 12, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. on A-TX. Following the arc, the anime-original Silent Party Arc, which introduces a new character, Febrie, as well as the mystery surrounding her, began from episode 18 of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S series. At Anime Expo 2010, North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced that they had acquired licenses for both Toaru Kagaku no Railgun and Toaru Majutsu no Index TV series to be released on 2011. On March 22 2014, Funimation established on their website that they acquired the license for Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S.

Music Edit

FripSide on future gazer PV

Yoshino Nanjō and Satoshi Yaginuma of fripSide during the official music video for "future gazer".

The anime adaptation of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun has seven pieces of theme music, three opening themes and four ending themes. The first opening theme is "only my railgun" by fripSide, the 2nd Opening Theme is "LEVEL 5-judgelight-" also by fripSide. The 1st ending theme is "Dear My Friend -Mada Minu Mirai he-" (Dear My Friend -まだ見ぬ未来へ-, lit. "Dear My Friend: Towards an Unseen Future") by ELISA, and the 2nd ending theme is "SMILE -You And Me- " also by ELISA, the 3rd ending theme is "Real Force" also by ELISA. The OVA also has its own opening and ending song; "future gazer" by fripSide for the opening, and "Special "ONE"" by ELISA for the ending.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S has four pieces of theme music, consisting of two opening theme songs and two ending theme songs. The first opening theme is "Sister's noise" by fripSide. The 1st ending theme is "Grow Slowly" by Yuka Iguchi, which was released on May 15, 2013. The second opening theme is "eternal reality" by fripSide and the second ending theme is "Links" by Sachika Misawa.

Light Novels Edit

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun currently has two light novel titles, both of which are side stories that were released in parts as additional content for the limited-edition releases of the Toaru Majutsu no Index anime series on DVD and Blu-ray. The first volume, entitled Toaru Kagaku no Railgun SS: Liberal Arts City, focuses on an overseas field trip by the main cast, while the second volume, entitled Toaru Kagaku no Railgun SS2: Shopping Mall Demonstration involves Mikoto's trip in Russia and the ensuing contact with the members of the magic cabal New Light. A third volume is due to be released on December 27th 2017, celebrating the manga's 10th anniversary.

Games Edit

A game entitled Toaru Kagaku no Railgun was released for the PlayStation Portable handheld console on December 8, 2011. The game has the predominant features of a visual novel, and includes an original story by Kazuma Kamachi, detailing Misaka Mikoto's adventures while investigating an urban legend in Academy City. The game has close tie-ups with the PSP game released for Toaru Majutsu no Index, and the story itself is teased in portions of the Railgun manga.

Due to the nature of Railgun as part of the Index universe, characters from Railgun also appear in games based on the light novel series, notably Toaru Majutsu to Kagaku no Ensemble, Toaru Majutsu to Kagaku no Puzzdex and Toaru Majutsu no Index Struggle Battle.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "A Certain Scientific Railgun TV Anime Gets 2nd Season," Anime News Network. Retrieved on October 21, 2012
  2. "Railgun Staff, Cast Return for 2nd Season Sisters Arc", Anime News Network. October 25, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Toaru Majutsu no Index Subete: Talk with Fuyukawa Motoi
  4. 4.0 4.1 "とある科学の超電磁砲(1) [A Certain Scientific Railgun (1)"](Japanese). Retrieved on 24/12/2012.
  5. "Seven Seas Acquires 3 Red Hot Manga From Japan". Anime News Network. July 20, 2010. Retrieved on 24/12/2012.
  6. 魔法禁書目錄外傳 科學超電磁砲 (1) from Kadokawa Taiwan (Chinese). Retrieved on 26/12/12.
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 7.17 7.18 7.19 7.20 7.21 7.22 A Certain Scientific Railgun. Gomanga. Retrieved on 09/01/2015.
  8. "とある科学の超電磁砲(2) [A Certain Scientific Railgun (2)"](Japanese). Retrieved on 24/12/2012.
  9. "とある科学の超電磁砲(3) [A Certain Scientific Railgun (3)"](Japanese). Retrieved 24/12/12.
  10. "とある科学の超電磁砲(4) [A Certain Scientific Railgun (4)"](Japanese). Retrieved 24/12/12.
  11. "とある科学の超電磁砲(5) [A Certain Scientific Railgun (5)"](Japanese). Retrieved 24/12/12.
  12. "とある科学の超電磁砲(6) [A Certain Scientific Railgun (6)"](Japanese). Retrieved 24/12/12.
  13. "とある科学の超電磁砲(7) [A Certain Scientific Railgun (7)"](Japanese). Retrieved 24/12/12.
  14. "とある科学の超電磁砲(8) [A Certain Scientific Railgun (8)"](Japanese). Retrieved 24/12/12.
  15. "とある科学の超電磁砲(9) [A Certain Scientific Railgun (9)"](Japanese). Retrieved 27/8/13.
  16. "とある科学の超電磁砲(10) [A Certain Scientific Railgun (10)"](Japanese). Retrieved 09/01/15.
  17. "とある科学の超電磁砲(11) [A Certain Scientific Railgun (11)"](Japanese) from Amazon Japan. Retrieved 25/11/15.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "とある科学の超電磁砲(12) [A Certain Scientific Railgun (12)"](Japanese) from Amazon Japan. Retrieved 25/11/16.
  19. "Seven Seas Adds A Certain Scientific Railgun," Anime News Network. July 20, 2010.
  20. Gouranga (Railgun Manga Editor), Twitter
  21. "Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Manga's Anime Green-lit," Anime News Network. March 18, 2009.
  22. "Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Book Has New Episode Listed," Anime News Network. June 15, 2010.
  23. "Toaru Kagaku no Railgun OVA Confirmed for October 29," Anime News Network. June 22, 2010.

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