And so the mostly uneventful Febri arc of Railgun S is now over. Thankfully unlike the other eps, it gets straight to the point and is action-packed. It won’t blow you away like the Sisters Arc ending(or the Index movie), but it’s still satisfying to see this dragging story end with a bang.
At this point, the show knows we don’t care about the story anymore. So instead it goes for connecting a bunch of references to previous arcs while gathering almost every character in the show for the final battle. But unlike the references before, these are more straightforward and used as examples of past mistakes rather than a cheap explanation for some evil conspiracy or sci-fi bullcrap. In any case, it does well when it comes to answering remaining questions and reiterating the themes of Railgun one last time.
Now as far as the action goes, this last ep doesn’t disappoint. Everyone from ITEM, Judgement, remnants of Anti-Skill and Misaka’s friends all join up to fight 20,000 robot armors, artificial meltdowners and more. There’s even a scene where Saten and Uiharu control a transforming giant mech(made by Kongou’s company) to face off two Anti-Skill spider robots(not the same ones from the Index movie though). Sure it’s not up to the level of the Touma vs Accelerator battle, but when you have a giant robot launching Misaka into space only to use it as a Railgun bullet against a giant missile heading to earth, are you really going to complain? I’m not!
Overall, Railgun S reaches phenomenal levels of Awesome during the Sisters arc, but fizzles once it reaches the Febri arc. But the overall package was an emotional thrill ride and one of JC staff’s best series in the Raildex franchise. And for all the failures the Febri arc had, it didn’t destroy the overall story, and the Sister’s arc will never be done better again. Bravo to JC Staff and director Tatsuyuki Nagai! I hope to see more in the future!