"August 16" (八月十六日 Hachi-gatsu Jū-roku-nichi?) is the 25th chapter of the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun manga series.
Mikoto dreams of the moment she agrees to donate her DNA map and she shouts to her younger self to stop, that they are lying to create the 'Sisters' experiment. Her dream develops into her being grabbed by the other 'Sisters', with them blaming her for creating the experiments.
Mikoto wakes up on a bench outside and sees Shinobu standing over her, who realizes that Mikoto has found out about the program. Asking how the scientists can continue this experiment, Shinobu explains that they only see the murder of these 'Sisters' as hamsters, rather than people. Mikoto realizes that she spread the bank cards around the alleys to delay the experiments (which ultimately didn't work) and questions Shinobu as to why she sees the 'Sisters' as human.
She tells Mikoto that after 'Radio Noise' scrapped and the 'Sisters' were used for the 'Level 6 Shift Project' instead. Shinobu recalls talking to Misaka 9982 and her asking Shinobu whether or not the outside air is sweet or spicy, after hearing the outside air is good. After the doors are opened, Misaka 9982 describes the multitude of sensation she feels in a very poetic (Yet methodical) way, much to the awe of Shinobu.
She tells Mikoto that that was the moment she believed that the clones were more than just guinea pigs. Mikoto replies that she doesn't look at clones like humans and that she doesn't think she can help people accept being killed, but she can't accept the people who use "other people's DNA Maps for stupid experiments". She jumps up, telling Shinobu that this is her problem and that she will fix it.
The next scene cuts to scientists talking to Nokleben about simultaneous terrorist attacks, using cyberterrorism to interfere. They cut off all communication lines, which stops Mikoto's attack, destroying 70% of the facilities. She attacks a further three laboratories (Despite days of non-stop moving), which makes the scientists believe that Mikoto is in charge (Though they don't have any concrete proof).
Mikoto ends up exhausted in her room, but she refuses to sleep due to the thought that other 'Sisters' could end up being experimented upon. Kuroko enters her room, concerned, to which Mikoto brushes her off, walking out. Kuroko realizes that Mikoto is caught in something horrible, but is disappointed in the fact that Mikoto can't rely on her.
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- Misaka Mikoto
- Nunotaba Shinobu
- Shirai Kuroko
- Mugino Shizuri
- Frenda Seivelun
- Kinuhata Saiai
- Takitsubo Rikou