Time for a little Throwback Thursday! In celebration of our newest release of A Certain Scientific Railgun (on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack for the first time! Buy it today to see Misaka’s adventures in HD!), we’re reposting the first installment of our “A Certain Scientific Analysis” series, where we look at the science behind the show in the A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Railgun anime series. Learn how Misaka’s Railgun powers stack up against a real-life railgun superweapon!
(You can also see more of our Analysis series with A Certain Scientific Analysis S, which covers Railgun S [season 2]. We’ll be putting part 3 of our series soon on this blog, so keep an eye out for it!)
The characters of “A Certain Scientific Railgun” wield amazing esper powers, but nearly none are more impressive than our protagonist, Mikoto Misaka, nicknamed “the Railgun.” Her electricity powers, based on the electromagnetic projective launcher of the same name, allow her to shoot small arcade coins at high speeds for maximum damage. In other words, she’s a badass.
But what is a railgun? We’ve asked Justin Lan, a mechanical engineer from MIT, to explain the concept—and how it relates to the show.
Warning: Those of you with an aversion to science and/or math may wish to turn back now, but it’d be nice if you stay. I’ll keep it simple, I promise!