A Certain Scientific Railgun Vol. 1 Paperback – Jun 7 2011
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“Part girl. Part railgun. All awesome.” ―JAPANATOR.COM
“Extracting the two most charismatic characters and giving them their own manga series was a stroke of genius.” ―WAKARANAI ANIMU BLOG
About the Author
KAZUMA KAMACHI is a Japanese writer of light novels and manga. He is best known for A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun.
MOTOI FUYUKAWA is a Japanese manga artist and illustrator best known for A Certain Scientific Railgun.
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"A Certain Scientific Railgun" is a spinoff series from a novel franchise in Japan called to aru majutsu no index, which translates to "A Certain Magical Index". One does not need to be familure with Index to enjoy Railgun other than knowledge that the characters live in a city where psychics are trained called Academy City.
For fans that do not know the story well, the pacing is a bit fast so I feel as though new readers may have difficulty keeping up with what's happened. However the artists uses the characters expressions and tones to tell the story well with great characters so this book can be enjoyed by fans of the Raildex franchise or new fans. For new fans, I suggest watching the anime, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun to see these characters really shine.
The story itself is very similar to the novel and anime adaption. One of the things I enjoyed most was that the characters way of talking through translation was not sacrificed, as Kuroko still calls Misaka "Oneesama" as she should rather than "big sister". Even Gekota is in there.
The art style itself is very enjoyable. The characters are cute, expressive, and not difficult to tell apart.
This book is a refreshing take on the Railgun franchise for those who saw the anime back when it was airing in 2009.
For fans of the series, the story follows that of the anime series (for those who have seen it) so doesn't provide anything really new other than a new medium through which to enjoy the familiar characters. For those with no familiarity with the series, Railgun is a not-to-deep but fun read. The series is largely character driven (and some cameos won't make sense without background knowledge of the Index series) and those characters are rather fun - whether it is Kuroko's creepy advances on Misaka, Saten's consistent teasing of Uihara, or Misaka's not-quite-convincing tsundere act every time she runs into Tomoa. This is a great first introduction to the series.
As a reviewer I find it harder to write a good review for a book I liked than one I wasn't so happy with. This had an interesting story with both mysteries to solve and relationships to build. These girls are not pushovers!
The stories seemed to rise a little higher than the juvenile hijinx and embarassment the looks to dominate other series. The mystery of the level upper will be interesting to follow... will this be a benefit or a cheating shortcut with horrible consequences?
Regardless of if you have seen the anime however, the charming characters and the amazing setting of Academy City are sure to entertain anyone thinking about picking up this title. It's a masterpiece and is difficult to put down.