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A Competitive Tsundere BiriBiri 04 [Orange Farm Archive]

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Glad to see a glimpse of the good old Misaka Mikoto biribiri.

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Whatever tolerance Misaka has for Kuroko – it just doesn’t apply to Touma.  Maybe because she’s…tsun…tsun…what was that word?

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Biribiri?

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Biri.  Biri.

I think what made Misaka so attractive in season one was her competitive nature.  I know a lot of other otaku don’t really like Touma, but I don’t mind him.  I think he’s a reasonable character and the interactions between him and Misaka are the best.  Misaka’s character has been really bland up until this point, so I’m glad to see the plot line actually starting.  This is more what I expect from this franchise.  Needless to say, other people aren’t as satisfied with that, but those people watch Trapeze, making them tremendous faggots who advocate shitty art style and gimmicky production values equivalent to that of Southpark.  [/rant]

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Dream.  Job.

We also got a taste of a new character completely unique to the Railgun timeline.  I enjoyed this woman’s conversation with Misaka as it showed how shortsighted and young she really is.

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“Oh so you spend your life researching weak stuff like that…”

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Tried to be polite, but probably said one of the most insulting things possible.  When someone tells you their life work is researching applications for AIM waves, your first response probably shouldn’t be “Oh, that weak power….”  Either the researcher’s feelings really are dead or secretly even she was not immune to the Misaka’s big-gulp moe and let it slide.  Love how Touma also pawned her off on Misaka.  With those bags under her eyes, she probably forgot her parking space because she either did so much in the last 20 hours or so that she didn’t have room in her mind for it, or had been in her lab for months on end.  Either way, interesting character.  I’m not all that interested in her personally, but like Touma – what she provides for Misaka’s development as a character is invaluable entertainment.  Approved, Akiko-san style.

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“Whether or not you make the super market sale is a life or death moment for a poor academy student!”

How could I hate one of my own, after all?  Scenes like this really show Misaka’s background effect on her personality.  Even though she is a kind and caring person (as shown in episode one, to Saten-san), even things like this will go past her.  It makes for some inconsistency that needs to be worked on in the series, but overlapping the Index time line has shown Misaka’s…electric…nature.

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This is where some newcomers to Railgun might get a bit confused.  You see, Index opens with Touma actually trying to save some thug from hitting on Misaka.  It’s good that we got to see the background of that now.  If you didn’t know, Misaka is in general pissed off at Touma for the fact he was completely unharmed from her railgun attack.  This is why she challenges him to fights constantly, in order to prove herself.

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She doesn’t exactly understand the full extent of his abilities, and overrates him quite a bit.  Her combat ability is so strong that she is not really able to see the obvious tactics involved in beating him.  Despite having Imagine Breaker, Touma still has a completely breakable human body.  Again, this expands on her character a lot, showing her age and actual combat experience.  Kuroko could easily dispatch of Touma with her experience fighting from Judgement.  All Misaka has really done is fry thugs who hit on her and blast a few things out of the sky (as far as the viewer knows, anyway).

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The production values of this fight scene were incredible; as expected from the creators of Index.  I went back and watched this entire scene four times.  The To Aru series in general has always been combat oriented but never drags battles out – the mistake of all action anime.  I’m surprised J.C. Staff doesn’t take a shot at doing a more action-oriented series, they would be good at it.  Did I mention Shana S was out? Ahaha…okaysomaybeIdidn’twatchshanaatalldon’tbemad.

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Mazui said it first, but you really are missing out if you didn’t watch this one in HD.  I’m jealous of Patches’ TV right about now.

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To top it all off we got to hear some of Kuroko’s VA’s exhilarated over-reacting voice – my favorite work from Satomi Arai.  I expect to see her to get some big roles after this series, she’s performing excellently.  Even though Kuroko had little screen time I was glad to see she didn’t get completely ignored.

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Sleeping Moe.

If anyone tells you J.C. Staff didn’t try hard enough for Railgun, they’re wrong.  I won’t remove my last judgment of it having a moderately-slow start, but I’m glad to see things pick up.  Lets just hope they don’t drop the ball, now that they got the serve back.

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Right on target :3

I don’t think they will.

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7 Responses to “A Competitive Tsundere BiriBiri 04 [Orange Farm Archive]”


  1. 1 BillaBomb
    October 25, 2009 at 6:48 AM

    … epic

  2. 2 ndesu
    October 26, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Best episode so far. I agree about Kuruko’s scenes being short but sweet this week. Her VA somehow puts what I find to be an annoying voice on a level of being so awesome.

    Hm, this post is missing curse-beating pantsu-donning screencaps D:

  3. 3 komidol
    October 26, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Hah, well I’m not Random Curiosity. I’m not going to cover _every_ snippet of the episode. I didn’t actually care for that scene too much. Seemed like to a cheap way to end an otherwise great episode.

    I used to find VA’s like Kuroko’s voice annoying, but now it’s almost like I favor them. Really cute. I like identifiable voices. If you gave me a clip of Saten’s voice actress in 2 years, I probably won’t remember it – but in 20 years I’ll remember Kuroko.

  4. 4 zeroknight
    October 27, 2009 at 1:43 AM

    Just had to reply, regarding Mikoto calling the AIM waves “weak”, that is technically the definition for them. They are weak that they cannot be sensed normally by humans. She wasnt being disrespectful at all.

    It was discussed in the episode where Kazakiri Hyouka first appeared in the Index anime. Komoe was talking about it with Touma.

  5. 5 komidol
    October 27, 2009 at 2:13 AM

    I’m aware of that, but the point is you don’t say it so bluntly or to someone who specializes in it. Especially in a Japanese culture. She was trying to be polite, but wasn’t to careful about what she said. That’s why I found it to be cute.

  6. 6 zeroknight
    October 27, 2009 at 5:19 AM

    I see. It was a perfectly normal response for me so I wanted to make sure if there was a misunderstanding with what Mikoto called weak but with what you said, there was none. Just a difference in perception I guess.

    *vanishes and goes back to being a lurker*

  7. October 27, 2009 at 5:43 AM

    No need for that, I like comments. It was a speed sub so for all I know she could of said something a little less blunt than “weak”

    :it is a mystery:


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